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Chilli Pan Mee

There’s spicy, and then there’s this dish. If ever there was a tolerance test for how hot you can stand it, this would be it! Yes it’s fiery, but it’s also totally fabulous.


Chilli Pan Mee

25 minutes
40 minutes

4 soft poached eggs 

800g (1 lb) cooked wheat noodles 

blanched snow peas, green beans or choy sum, to serve 


Crispy anchovies 

½ cup vegetable oil 

½ cup dried anchovies 


Spicy chilli sambal 

¼ cup dried shrimp 

20 large dried red chillies 

3 small red Asian shallots, roughly chopped 

garlic cloves, roughly chopped 

2 fresh red chillies, roughly chopped 

3 tbsp vegetable oil 

1 tsp sugar  

2 tsp sea salt 


Mushroom & pork 

4 dried shitake mushrooms 

2 tbsp vegetable oil 

350g (12 oz) minced pork 

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 

3 tbsp soy sauce 

1 tbsp dark sweet soy sauce 

1 tbsp oyster sauce 

1 tsp sugar 

1 tsp cornflour (cornstarch), mixed with 1 tbsp water 

1 tsp sesame oil 

½ tsp white pepper

  • Step 1

    For the mushroom & pork, place the dried shitake mushrooms in a bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 15 minutes. 

  • Step 2

    For the spicy chilli sambal, soak the dried shrimp in hot water for 15 minutes. And in a separate bowl, soak the dried chillies in hot water for 15 minutes. Once your ingredients are softened, drain the shrimp and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add the shallots and garlic and blend until finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.

  • Step 3

    Squeeze the dried chillies (reserve the chilli soaking liquid) and place them in the same food processor. Add in the fresh chillies and blend to a rough paste (you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of chilli soaking liquid to help the processor along). Set aside.

  • Step 4

    Add the 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the dried shrimp mixture and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes. Now add in the chilli mixture and stir-fry until well combined. Then turn the heat to very low and cook, stirring every so often, for 30 minutes or until the mixture is dark and jammy. 

  • Step 5

    In the meantime, continue preparing your mushroom & pork. Squeeze your softened shitake mushrooms to remove excess liquid. Use a knife to remove and discard the tough stems. Then cut the mushrooms into thick slices. Set aside for later.

  • Step 6

    Heat the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a work or large frying pan over high heat. Add the pork and stir-fry until almost cooked. Add the garlic and mushrooms and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Then add the soy sauce, dark sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce, pepper and sugar. Stir-fry until well combined, then add 1 cup water and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Step 7

    In the meantime, finish the spicy chilli sambal by stirring through the sugar and salt. Stir-fry for a minute or until well combined and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside for later.

  • Step 8

    Finish the mushroom & pork by stirring through the corn flour mixture. Stir and simmer for a further minute or until thick and glossy. Turn the heat off and stir through the sesame oil and pepper.

  • Step 9

    For the crispy anchovies, heat the oil in a small frying pan over high heat. Add the dried anchovies and cook for 2-3 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towel.

  • Step 10

    To assemble, divide the noodles and snow peas among serving bowls. Top with the mushroom & pork. Add a generous couple of spoonfuls of the spicy chilli sambal, a small handful of the crispy anchovies and a poached egg. Serve with extra spicy chilli sambal on the side. Mix everything in the bowl before digging in!

What is chilli pan mee?

Chilli pan mee is a super spicy Malaysian dish. There are many variations of pan mee dishes within Malaysia, however chilli pan mee is one of the most popular iterations! Anf the best if you want to give your spice tolerance a run for its money! Making chilli pan mee at home is a great way to control the spice level, that way you get all the deliciousness of this fiery dish, but you have complete control over just how much spice you’re looking for.

Where is chilli pan mee from?

Chilli pan mee is a popular noodle dish from Malaysia,  it originated there and has quickly become one of the most popular noodle dishes in Kuala Lumpur! It is the ideal dish if you’re really wanting to put your spice tolerance to the test.

Accordion TitleHow do you eat chilli pan mee?

Serving chilli pan mee with blanched greens is a popular way to serve it, the greens tend to give your tastebuds a relief from the fierceness of the chilli pan mee. Topping with a soft egg is also popular, or even serving with something more sweet , like sweet potato, to help counteract the spicy is a common serving suggestion!

What are pan mee noodles made of?

Pan mee noodles are traditionally made from wheat, or sometimes egg. Our chilli pan mee recipe has been made using store-bought wheat noodles. However you could make your own wheat noodles for chilli pan mee from scratch if you are feeling extra crafty!

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