with friends in KL
I have waxed lyrical about the char siew many times...see here and here, even crowned it best in the world. In a recent visit to KL with some friends on a foodie trail, I revisited many of my favourites...and the first place we landed was Meng Kee for the char siew.
So have I changed my mind? Absolutely not. This time, we arrived about 12:30pm, the char siew was still a bit warm. The fats glistening. The meat sensous and super-shiok as it slides into the mouth. The mouth feel is absolutely addictive. The crispy, sweet, charred outsides providing perfect counterpoint to the rich, smooth, slippery fats which are ably supported by some (yes, there is some) lean meat. The flavour is exquisite. Heavenly!
We also thought we should add a taugeh (bean sprouts) to balance the fat...um...to enhance the taste.
Even the taugeh is lethal...liberally sprinkled with crispy deep fried shallots and crispy lard bits...the taugeh is just blanched al dente...crunchy, a bit raw inside, but cooked outside. Drenched in soy sauce, oil and the gorgeous shallot and lard mix. Excellent++.
The ladyboss also "forced" us to order some chicken...
She just shoved a plate on our table, even before I had the chance to order anything. I had wanted to send it back, but one of our foodies thought it would be a good idea to add some variety, so we accepted it. Big mistake. The chicken was not good at all. Never order the chicken at Meng Kee.
But overall, the char siew keeps me coming back, despite the dirty, squalid shop environment. Despite the high tension atmosphere (assistants shouting orders, and generally an environment which encourages you to eat quickly and get out, rather than spend time to savour the great meat), the char siew is certainly THE BEST. Read about a comparison to Overseas soon.
13 Tengkat Tong Shin
Tel No: 017 -6388648
Open for lunch time only from 11am (but often by 10:30 it is ready)...typically finished by 1:30-pm, closed on Sundays.
There is a sign which says that they are moving soon. But no fear. They are moving almost directly behind the current shop...to Jalan Alor, next to Nova Hotel.