Sunday, August 20, 2017

KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee at VivoCity Food Republic

Signature Chilli Ban Mee

These guys opened just five days ago in the Food Republic food court on the third floor of VivoCity. The noodles were overcooked, and the accompanying soup was tasteless, thus making it worse than Kin Kin. But I easily forgot about all of that after tossing in some of that wonderfully salty and spicy dry chili, which they laid out in five huge bowls in front of the stall on a scale of 1 to 5.

Try the level of spicy!!! [sic]

The highest level 5 wasn't intolerable and could be readily eaten with a single scoop thrown into one's bowl. But my preference was for a heaping spoonful of level 3, which still provided heat but also more saltiness. If they sold that stuff by the jar, I'd buy one immediately. Side note: the Shi Mao Dao Yunnan Rice Noodle stall at the food court up here has sadly closed down. :(

2 comments:

Tery Lim said...

Hey!

Do you know you can get a jar of something similar (I think) for only SGD$1.xx + at NTUC?

The jar looks like this (in the link) and it comes in slight variations (yellow/red or green/red label). I eat it with home made fried rice, maggi mee, soup, Bak Zhang and a whole heap of different foods and its very good!

https://www.google.com.sg/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcf.foodiewithfamily.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F09%2FHappy-Lady-Chinese-Spicy-Chili-Crisp-5-680x453.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fforums.somethingawful.com%2Fshowthread.php%3Fthreadid%3D3790517%26pagenumber%3D5&docid=kgZ6Pjb4Yza89M&tbnid=awZ6GSPXQ89wBM%3A&vet=1&w=680&h=453&bih=776&biw=1440&ved=0ahUKEwi9-v_J3OnVAhXFKGMKHerFDrgQxiAIGSgB&iact=c&ictx=1


-Terence-

bma said...

Ah yes, Laoganma. It didn't occur to me until you pointed it out, but you're right, they are kind of similar, in texture at least. I seem to recall Laoganma being a tad sweet though, and there are a lot of other things going on in that jar, whereas this stall's was more simply salty, spicy, and greasy. My memory may be faulty though so I think a head to head comparison is in order!