Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Restaurant Soo Kee @ Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Since Roger and Sue from
Food Tourist were quite full from their walkabout around Petaling Street, we opted for fried noodles. Soo Kee is an old favourite - I remember those times my parents will bring us to eat the noodles. In those days it was their fried beef hor fun and the cantonese fried noodles but now they serve other items. It's interesting to observe their open kitchen - there's a line of cooks manning each wok. High flames lick the cast iron woks while the cooks furiously fry up the food items.

I even managed to catch them deep frying the paper chicken parcels in a wok filled with hot oil. The cook who was manning this was doing a dual job - frying the noodles and monitoring the paper chicken parcels at the same time.

Unlike other places, the chicken pieces in the parcels here are huge. Marinated in oyster sauce, ginger juice, garlic and a touch of rice wine, the chicken is very aromatic especially when you open the parcel. There's not much sauce here as the chicken has absorbed most of it. Depending on which part of the chicken you get, the meat is tender.

Soo Kee is also famous for their version of Sang Har Meen (Water Prawns with Noodles). Unlike
Green View's version, it's served with extra crispy thin noodles here that is not drenched in the eggy sauce.

This is my all time favourite - the fried beef hor fun. Silky strands of kuey teow intermingle with melt in the mouth beef slices, chopped spring onions, ginger slices and an eggy sauce. Heavenly!

For vegetables, we tried the fried chive flowers with intestines. This was really good - the combination of the slightly chewy intestines and crunchy chives mixed with chopped garlic.

We also ordered Nam Yue Pai Kuat (Fermented Bean Curd Pork Ribs) that wasn't too fantastic. Although you could taste the fermented bean curd used, the meat on the pork ribs was too dry. Could be a combination of over frying plus the ribs does not have enough fat in it.

Incidentally, this outlet is now run by the owner's daughter while her brother runs the other outlet just across the road known as Soo Kee's Son (Meng Cheong). There are also various Soo Kee outlets in Petaling Jaya (Taman Megah and opposite Restoran Seaview) which are run by their other family members.

Soo Kee Restaurant
14, Medan Imbi
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2148 1324

(Non Halal. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed on Mondays)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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backStreetGluttons said...

Great to know the old Grandmaster is still thriving with usual + some new recipes( isit ah ?) !
what v know place have been recently further blessed by Joey Yap of feng shui fame.

(btw 'pasta' place in TTDI is actually a pub & same row as MBB facing condos, think our previous comment on location was MIA sorry)

Fulltime Mom said...

Hey, I came across Soo Kee & son's in Taipan the other day. The signboard said they sold Mun Fan and Beef Keuh Teow.

boo_licious said...

team bsg - wow! You seem to know everything.

fulltime mom - that is probably one of the relatives as you see a lot of them around. The other stalls are quite decent if you don't fancy a drive down town but this is still the best I reckon.

Tummythoz said...

Sadly, it's another one of those stalls that I don't frequent anymore. Makan kakis felt d taste/quality deteriorated while the prices soared.
Funny though, never noticed they serve paper wrapped chickens and always thot these were steamed, not fried.*scratch head* Hmm wonder if can get friends to try again based on this info ..

boo_licious said...

tummythoz - yeah, lots of stories abt how the food has deteriorated. I notice lunch vs dinner makes a difference as I had horrible lunches here before. The noodles were good though and this place was super packed on Sunday night. The paper chicken is one of their specialties, must have when you eat here. As far as I know, it's always deep fried, maybe you thought it was steamed since the meat is technically stewed in the heat of the parcel?

fatboybakes said...

oh mah lawd, that intestines and chives looks deeevine. i've never had intestines apart from in pork noodle, bak kut teh or deep fried in kah soh...
can feel gout coming on oridi.

MeiyeN said...

chives with intestines... and da sangharmeen... i am salivating!!!!!! thanks for da recommendation ;)

boo_licious said...

fbb - the one you should try is the BBQ Fried Intestines at YHK Yong Tau Foo, Pudu. I think they braise it and deep fry it so there's the slight bite and flavours to it. Excellent stuff.

Xiu Long Bao said...

How did u manage to take the pic of the hot wok so up close???bravo!

tankiasu said...

Oh how much is their paper-wrapped chicken?

The BBQ Fried Intestines at YHK is amazingly nice, but slightly pricey I feel.

wmw said...

Yeah, still go there and eat once in a while. Used to be better, at one time, I preferred the Soo Kee's son beef noodles in Desa Sri Hartamas but that stall (and the one in Damansara Jaya) is gone :o(

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Been awhile since I ate here. Usually have their noodles...beef noodles and sang har meen. Nice, but can't afford to eat for lunch all the time. Din know they had paper chicken. Gotta try it next time. Thx!

Precious Pea said...

I was so captivated with the Sang Har Meen and as i scrolled down and saw the picture of the chive with intestines, my mouth watered ...droolz. Aiyoo..can feel the crunchy intestine in my mouth oledi.

NekoHime said...

Hi boo_licious... good pics of sang har meen. Drooling.... :P'''

Unknown said...

the beef slices are so pinkish n look so good..have no idea how to reach there..we buta kl road one..

boo_licious said...

meiyen - hope you like it.

xiu long bao - I zoomed in rather than stand so near.

tankiasu - don't have the bill hence can't tell you but would think it's more than the usual RM2 plus ones.

wmw - think they open at other places instead as they recently reopened back in Taman Megah.

lemongrass - this was strictly for dinner time I think.

precious pea - quick, quick! make a trip there.

neko him - thxs!

kampungboycitygal - this is behind KTZ and Overseas Restaurant at Jalan Imbi. Near Sg Wang Plaza and Lot 10 also.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

heard their noodles are at cut throat prices..but their beef noodles are to die for..whereas sang har mien to me depends on how fresh the prawns really theres no point going to a place like imbi = expensive rent and etc.. i used to go to a pandan indah place to get my cravings.but thats only lunch time during my uni holidays..

boo_licious said...

cravings - didn't know pandan indah had yummy noodles. We tend to go here because it's easy to get here and I love the beef noodles here.

Unknown said...

The paper chicken in a fryer is interesting. I have only seen paper chicken baked. Looks yummy!

Unknown said...

paper wrap chicken, it's been so so so so long since i had them!

long long ago, when I was working in KL, we used to have it at the shophouses between Mines and Serdang KTM, wonder if it's still there...

boo_licious said...

lannae - they fry it this way then the chicken meat is tender.

keropok man - that place is still there. Called Leong Ya and run by a family of siblings. You should drop by there as the food is still good.

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