A new acquiantance – both of food and person

Another deary Monday was salvaged at the last hour of work by an unexpected invite for dinner.

But

Venue: Unheard of place.
Directions given: Vague. Turn left, car park, tabib cina (arghh?) and church. Road name? “dunno worrr.. ” Outlet? “dunno also…” Hmmm
Person inviting: Never met him before. Now that I come to think about it, never spoke to before either.

Anyhow, promises of good chinese food, supposedly a better tai chow than Seng Kee on Jalan Sultan, and assurance that they do serve good noodles is too good to resist.
So, with some scribbled directions on a piece of paper, I braved the Pudu road jam at 530pm, and head towards Petaling Street, in search of churches, car parks and chinese medicine halls.

To give credit where it is due, that person wasn’t that hopeless in giving directions, and I found the car park and church pretty easily.
The restaurant and tabib cina was another thing entirely.

Part II: Meeting the person.
Call :
” oh hi, I’m in a very bad jam in front of Puduraya. Are you there yet?”

“Yeah, right in front of Seng Kee.”

“I see. Did you find the place? ”

“Nope, I found the car park though. Can we meet you here and you bring us there?”

“Ok, I’m in a (describe car model). I’m already on Jalan Sultan.”

“Great, we will wait for you; you can’t miss us, we will wave.”

So we waved enthusiastically at the first black car that matches his description.
Oopps, female driver. Wrong car.

Ahh.. there’s another one. Enthusiastic waving again. Driver looked at us askance and honked. Shit.

“He said he is already on Jalan Sultan right” my friend queried. “Uh huh..” I replied.
“Can’t be that long right..”. I didn’t reply to that.
For the next car both of us were more subdued and I peered cautiously at the driver..
Male – check.
Match of face to pics I saw before on blogs – ok, 70%.
Acknowledgement of driver to us – ok, car stopped and we were greeted warmly by Unkaleong in flesh. ;p

Finally.

Completely hidden, the restaurant was an old roofed “space” with typical tables and chairs of tai chow outlets that boast an open air dining concept πŸ˜‰

Famished, we got down to the ordering quickly. We went by UnkaLeong’s recommendations and I added an order of noodles just to test his judgment of food ;p

Cantonese Yee Mee (dunno exact name, moi no comprehend cantonese)
Loved it. The noodles wasn’t too crispy and yielded a satisfying bite. Flavourful egg gravy and generous pieces of soft chewy squids among other toppings made me abandon my bowl of white rice.

Braised Beancurd in Egg Gravy.
Same gravy, with addition of mushrooms. Even the mushrooms was prepared right. (I am particular about this as I do not like the “smoky earthy” taste of dried chinese mushrooms that is not rinsed properly). The deep fried bean curd was fresh and smooth.
Sweet and Sour ChickenI think.
Both the onion rings and chicken was lightly coated with flour and deep-fried. I am not sure what sauce it was meant to be, for it was very mild and a cross between sweet and sour.
I liked the additions of onion rings here, something not too common. Fragrant and soft, it was a delight to munch on.

I personally thought the chicken would have tasted better if the sauce was poured over it instead of letting the whole piece sit on top of the gravy on the plate.
Maybe it was due to the onion rings? Well, nothing that a bit of mopping up of the sauce with the chicken and liberal dose of in-house sambal and green chili sauce can’t help.

Four Heavenly Kings. The pungent member was sorely missed though. But it’s ok, guess not everyone is a fan of petai.BEFORE:

AFTER:
Any guess for whose hand is that?? ;p
Another concurring thumbs-up!
Obviously a place that goes purely by word of mouth, the tables were slowly but surely filled up as the night progressed.
Overall, I liked the food here. While liberal douse of oil is common place in chinese tai chows cooking, thank god here the cook has exercise some form of prudence & likewise, condiments were added at the right dose, without any one flavour being overbearing in any dish, ie: none were too salty nor overly msg-ed.

UnkaLeong evidently has fond memories of this place. He regaled us with stories of how long it’s been in operation, how it used to look like, to remembrance of steam rice cooked in individual metal bowls.

I can feel the fondness he has for this place and his enthusiasm in sharing it with fellow foodies but apparently none has visited yet. (ahem..his foodie friends please take note! And yeahhh, the name FBB was mentioned a few times..)
He had even reminded me to blog about it. Ahhh… now with some really backlog-ged posts due, I honestly told him it will probably be sometime before I do so.

But hey, how could I say no, seeing how earnestly our Unka promotes his childhood outlet? ;p
So here it is; pics, directions, GPS and a story. No excuse for not paying a visit ok!

Restaurant Sang Kee
Jalan Hang Jebat.
Not visible from the main road, the entrance is via a car park which is right opposite the Gospel Hall Church.
Within the car park, there is a chinese sinseh “clinic”, behind it is this roofed open- air dining restaurant ;p

GPS: N03 08.597′
E101 41.956′

The meal cost RM55, with a pot of really fragrant chinese tea and 3 cups of white rice in addition to the above dishes.




This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. AR

    Yummy. Haha…especially the noodles.

  2. Selba

    Whoaaaa.. unkaleong brought you to his childhood outlet? That’s so nice… but how come he didn’t bring you to Thai restaurant? Maybe next time? Hehehe…

  3. Tummythoz

    Think I’ve been think I’ve not. Hmm sounds familiar and yet looks odd. Oh well. Only 1 way to find out. Going soon.

    Hey, nice meeting u!

  4. Allie

    I always find that KL tai chau is much better than Penang…

  5. Bangsar-bAbE

    Waaa….I also want to eat!

    Unkaleong so fit hor?? I feel so flabby next to him… o_0

  6. Chong

    Quite cheap le… for KL standard.

  7. Alexandra@Chefspiration

    oooh I could go for a really nice chinese meal right now…slurp!! looks really good πŸ™‚

  8. UnkaLeong

    Aiyo…So sweet of you. Bumped it to the top of your list. Hahaha! It was lovely meeting you and Alex in person πŸ˜‰ Don’t forget to visit the Jalan Bandar Hokkien noodles yar!

  9. fatboybakes

    u very brave girl hor, simply meeting up with strangers laidat. hahaha, food looks delish though…

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  11. 550ml jar of faith

    Everything looks exceptional here! Even the pedestrian bean curd dish is oozing poetry! Well worth the mistaken identities and traffic mishaps! πŸ˜€

  12. thenomadGourmand

    AR: yeahh. u wallop most of it as usual!

    selba: Thai restaurant?? hhm muz ask him abt that….

    Tummythoz: u too!! quite lucky of me really, cos i hardly see u in events πŸ˜‰

    allie: huh?? sure boh??

    bangsar- babe: errr.. hard to tell, he’s in a long sleeved shirt..but he’s thin for sure!

    chong: hhmm.. i tot it was ok. but i hardly been to tai chow plcs in KL so I cant really tell..

    alex: aiyo..when we meetin up for makan? u alws so bzzzz..

    unkaLeong: nice of u to make time for dinner, appreciate t really!
    yup, if u say its sooo goood, i got to try!

    FBB: hehe..life very boring la. but i read enuf of blog posts to b sure its safe to meet up w Unka!
    u muz go w him to try this plc..like i said, ur name was mentioned a few times durin dinner! ;p

  13. Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy

    Omigod R you met him ON YOUR OWN?????? He’s notorious! πŸ˜‰ heheheh

    No la our unka very da sweet wan but serious exhibitionist. Next time can show his pic all! No worries. πŸ˜‰

    Am sorry I missed it but as I said, it would have been really late! Never mind, there’s always a next time.

  14. mimid3vils

    I think this place had make more famous by Ah Xian, will be full house always I think πŸ™

  15. Lyrical Lemongrass

    I second FBB. Nanti he stalk you how? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  16. backStreetGluttons

    Unkal's Girlfriend shud be somwhere near thats why he's so sentimental & just love these homecooked dishes with the wholesome sweet memories here !
    good food good co. , perfecto
    LOL !

  17. thenomadGourmand

    550ml: oh yes, well worth the time spent! unka is sweet really!
    Food reminds me of simple home cooked meal..somethin i crave for in KL..

    Allan Yap & Nigel: LOL!! exhibitionist??? really?? He seems a bit shy worr.. ;p
    Yes, hope to meet u for makan- makan soon too. Mayb at this Jln Bandar plc which Unka is promoting again.. hhaaha..

    mimid3vils: dear, i dunno this ah xian worr..but wait ..mayb i do, young guy that goes ard promo food plc one? on astro? I saw him in Pg..while havin lunch w the otr floggers at chin bee tea hse..

    LL: hohoho..poor Unka. He'll think twice be4 askin a girl out for makan nx time..kena all this comments!

    bsg: yes,that's the word to desc Unka, sentimental!
    & gd food n gd co is alws appreciated! πŸ˜‰

  18. vialentino

    wow….rm 55 is very cheap with all the food…good, got gps location also ler….nice recommendation.

  19. Life for Beginners

    Hehe, a date with Unkaleong?

    *pauses, stares at all the comments above*

    Darn, I guess I’m late again? Cis cis. Well, I’ll make fun of you two another time. πŸ˜›

  20. UnkaLeong

    Rolls eyes @ the usual suspects. Especially to the fella who started it πŸ˜› She may not ask me out for makan anymore. Hahaha!

    BB: Hahaha…It should be the other way roundlah πŸ˜›

    TNG : Wah, me skinny ar? Thanks for the compliment!

  21. CUMI & CIKI

    id recognize unkaleong’s hairy hands anywhr:P hehe.. why didnt u post his Abs against the dishes as backdrop..? Im sure he’ll comply:P

  22. babe_kl

    my parents brought me here since i was young too :p but rekindled only recently.

    btw how come no order sweet n sour pork??? next time must order ok!!!

  23. thenomadGourmand

    vialentino: me thinks so too..so instead of ur usuals in Kepong/Puchong (roll eyes) come dwn KL to try some of these plcs la!

    LFB: *chuckle* really crazy laaa the comments this post is getting! Poor unka.

    unkaLeong: yes you're thin. πŸ˜‰

    Cumi & ciki: hahah..that's EXACTLY what he said! pose w his abs?? wa lau..so vain one ahh??

    babe_kl: ya lorr! after makan only realised there was no pork!! aiyooo!

  24. Nic (KHKL)

    *munching popcorn as i read the comments*

    hehehe…

    this is what a food blog is about. food, lotsa food and friends! ;D

  25. worldwindows

    Classic tai chow. Like every of those dish.

  26. burpandslurp

    hahaha! you’re such a funny guy. but if you’ve never met or talked to him, how do you know him? through blogs?
    strange that you would meet a mystery person at a mystery place! but glad you had a great meal!

  27. thenomadGourmand

    nic: i so agree! Now i feel much better, aft the bad experience i had w some floggers (roll eyes)

    worldwindows: classic is wat i like really πŸ˜‰

    burpandslurp: yup thru blogs πŸ˜‰
    oh yes, that’s half of wat i do sometimes..the craziest things ;p

  28. gourmand extraordinaire

    Problem with these places in KL is that if you don’t have a car, you probably can’t get there. πŸ™ I’m sad.

  29. thenomadGourmand

    gourmand extraordinaire: Hey..u got no car?? No worries, nx time got makan-makan we let u know, & try to car-pool ya πŸ˜‰

  30. Rebeliciosz

    I recognised AR’s bracelet!

  31. vialentino

    monday i will blog a chinese restaurant in kl too….cheap and nice too

  32. yapthomas

    ooo *hungry*

    when is the next makan makan???

  33. thenomadGourmand

    rebeliciosz: hahahha..yup tats him..

    vialentino: oh? goody..

    yapthomas: this comin week, ur game for it?

  34. yapthomas

    just keep me in the loop.. πŸ™‚

  35. AR

    Of course…seeing as you gave me the bracelet 3 years ago πŸ˜›

  36. gill gill

    wah…getting fehmes liao lo? 34 comments in a single post, ptp cant fight with u leh…hahaha

    Other then Ken, you will be our food guide in KL :D~

  37. thenomadGourmand

    yapthomas: ok!

    AR: 3 yrs?? wahh lasting hor..both the bracelets n friendship πŸ˜‰

    gill gill: harlo!! haaha..no la. got some gd supportive frens. site hits stil pretty much the same – LOL.
    oh yes,being ur food guide no problemo, likewise when i’m in Pg, only trust ur recommendations!

  38. Steven Goh

    Wah, nice leh. Somemore is a hidden treasure πŸ™‚ Btw, how much is the damage provided.

  39. CRIZ LAI

    The dishes looked good. Very homely style I would say. Since you had been there, bring us there next time. πŸ˜›

    http://crizfood.com/

  40. thenomadGourmand

    steven: RM55. ok la i guess. hv to rmbr this KL, not Pg.

    Criz: of course i will. can bring u to better plcs too! πŸ˜‰

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