Friday, August 04, 2006

Koon Kee Wan Tan Mee, Jalan Hang Lekir (Cecil Street)

Wan Tan Noodles with a generous serving of Char Siew (Barbequed Pork) and 2 measly Wan Tans (dumplings) in the soup.

Koon Kee is located on Jalan Hang Lekir (nearby Petaling Street) which is still popularly called by its old name, Cecil Street. Cecil Street also happens to be the home of some of the more famous Chinese stalls in KL such as the Hokkien Noodles at the crossroads, the grilled fish stall, the air mata kucing stall and the porridge stall (there's actually a few more).

Koon Kee is probably the most famous stall selling wan tan noodles in the whole of Kuala Lumpur. The shop itself is nothing fancy though. Despite being in operation for probably over two dozen years they are still located in their original old, cramped and dilapidated shop which isn't actually a bad thing because they have really maintained their old school charm complete with dirty floors, men cooking in singlets and the obligatory rude waiter :) In fact they are affectionately described as the wan tan noodle stall operating from within a hole in a wall.

I've always had fond memories of Koon Kee because my grandmother would often pack home some Koon Kee noodles and bring them back for me to enjoy (that and the killer Chee Cheong Fun from the stall nearby Koon Kee). I did not like their wan tan back then because they contained salted fish but it's a taste that I've acquired over the years.

It's been some years since I've visited Koon Kee but I took the chance to do so yesterday during lunch. It was just the way I remembered them. Delicious but the serving has shrunk somewhat. I ordered a large helping plus a cooling sugarcane drink and the total bill came up to RM5.30. I wouldn't call it expensive because that's what I usually pay for lunch anyways. It's true that they used to be expensive but the prices of all the other restaurants have gone up while they've retained their priceline so they're at the median now.

The wan tan noodles were very nice. They were fine enough and tasted like they are made fresh with no trace of boric acid. I didn't quite like all the fat on their Char Siew but I think it's possible to order the less fatty cuts. I loved their wan tan. Thanks to the salted fish in the stuffing it had a distinctively aromatic taste. Unfortunately they were really small and I only got two measly pieces with my meal. The next time I go I'll probably order an extra bowl of wan tans or try out their sui kows.

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3 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Blogger Jackson

yoo........i'm not suppose to check yr blog again! You know how fat am i and yr pics makes me lost my control!!! HOW???? :P

6:00 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

jackson: no no... come visit often... don't worry about being fat... guys need a little meat to look manly!

7:56 PM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous JM

hi there, i saw your post on wan tan mee or kon lo mee... i personally think that there's one hidden stall in kepong has nicer wan tan mee than kook kee's.
u may go check it out if u'r interested, it's in selayang, kepong, a corner shop opposite SMK St. Mary.
the pai guat kon lo min(spare ribs if not mistaken.. hehehe) is nice... u may ask the boss to recommend other choices...
i personally highly recommend this shop... hehehe

11:29 PM  

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