Serving Hokkien Mee since the 1920s!
Kim Lian Kee is known to be one of the most famous eateries situated at Petaling Street, at the heart of the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur. As I looked around while trying to decide what to order, I noticed that most people ordered (at least) a plate of Hokkien noodle, the star of the eatery.
Hokkien Mee (Small) RM 7.00 (~S$2.90)
The vivid dark colour of the noodle was really enticing. The noodle, cooked with dark soy sauce was thick, yummy and not as salty as one might think. It came with a few prawns, some cabbage, pork and squid slices, as well as a pretty generous amount of crispy, melt-in-the-mouth lard fritters which enriched the overall flavour of the dish. It seems like this dish has never failed to draw the crowd into the restaurant. Pika's advice: You can try adding sambal belacan (lit. shrimp paste chili) to give a fiery feel to the dish!
Roasted Pork Rice RM 5.00 (~S$2.05)
The dish was pretty disappointing. Firstly, it came to the table cold. Secondly, while the roasted pork was pretty tender, the skin lacked the crispy crackling I was expecting. Nevertheless, the chili was quite nice and spicy.
Pork Soup RM 7.00 (~S$2.90)
Being a Hokkien, I really appreciated that Kim Lian Kee did a good job on the soup, which is also known as luk ken thang. The picture doesn't show it, but the soup consists of not only vegetables, but also not-so-thin slices of pork meat coated with corn flour. The soup was savoury; perhaps just a tad too salty (not much of a problem since I only noticed it when I almost finished the soup), but it was really a wholesome soup that warmed the soul.
The restaurant runs daily, but the opening hours aren't fixed. You may want to look at the (estimated) opening hours at the link below.
Kim Lian Kee
49-51 Jalan Petaling
(Daily, but opening hours not fixed)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,