Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Breakfast @ Hong Kee Tim Sum, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya

Last weekend, after hearing Precious Pea rave about the yummy lor mai fan at this place, we knew we had to sample it. Gathering early in the morning at this place, it was packed to the brim with families. The restaurant works on a system whereby they'll bring you the items in the bamboo baskets unsteamed for your selection. Everything is frozen and uncooked which can look kinda scary looking. Once you select what you wish to eat, they'll whisk it away to cook in the steamers. It's super fast as the bamboo baskets returned quickly to the table. For the fried items, a waiter/waitress will present an array on a tray for you to choose from. Other items like chee cheong fun, porridge and etc, you will have to order from the wait staff.

We ordered a selection of steamed items - the spinach steamed dun sum which is tinged green from the spinach juice. Wrapped within was chunks of pork and prawns that were a good mouthful. Really good stuff especially if you like your dim sum chunky. The siu mai which has a similar filling but less chunky as it was minced didn't satisfy as much as the spinach version.

Ultimate order and what we all came for after the raves from Precious Pea was their Sang Chau Loh Mai Fan. Supposedly their most popular order, it's only available during the weekends as it's a pretty time consuming dish to prepare. The glutinous rice is said to be soaked and steamed before frying it with bits of chinese sausage, egg, mushrooms and chives. Not too oily, the rice is fragrant as they're generous with the chinese sausage bits which taste delish. I don't mind two orders of this when I return to this place as it's very good stuff.

This place serves the Hong Kong style chee cheong fun which has two types of fillings - prawns and char siu. We had the char siu version which was not too bad with silky smooth rice flour sheets. Seems from what I read in the newspaper, they have one person specialising in making this hence the quality is maintained.

An essential order for dim sum breakfast - har kau which is prawn dumplings. This one didn't pass the test as the skin wrapping the prawn was too thick and not translucent enough. The prawn inside was pretty crunchy though.

This particular dim sum was made of wafer thin egg crepes that encased a pork and prawn filling. Not too bad but the filling tastes similar to the one you get with siu mai.

The char siu sow was good with a flaky lard enhanced pastry casing. They fill it up with chunks of meat for a pretty substantial bite.

Unlike the char siu sow which we all liked, the steamed bun or pau was not too great. The filling seems to lack flavour.

I always love Wu Kok - Crispy Yam Puff but this version wasn't too great as the yam was not crispy enough. The filling is not too bad though but I was pretty dissapointed with the not crispy yam exterior.

Another must have - the fried carrot cake with bean sprouts and egg bits. This version is pretty good and fragrant. Another plus point is it's not too oily.

Overall, we thought the place definitely rated another visit especially for their Sang Chow Loh Mai Fan. Although some items can be given a miss, the steamed spinach dim sum, chee cheong fun, fried carrot cake, char siu sow and egg crepe dim sum were pretty good orders. Prices range from RM1 to RM5 for the items which are calculated based on the bamboo baskets and plates you accumulate on your table. Service is brisk and the place is also clean and airy as it's a corner lot.

Hong Kee Tim Sum
18 and 20, Jalan SS22/25
Damansara Jaya
Petaling Jaya

Tel No: 012 - 6069787

(Non Halal. Same row as Magic Wok and Restoran Mama's and within the Atria Shopping Centre area.)

*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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Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Sigh....I shud've gone. The loh mai fan sure looks delicious!

Cat Cat said...

You just know how to torture me!
Those har gau, siu mai and HK chee cheong fun looks so yummy. Good food and beautiful pictures.

Tummythoz said...

Sang chau loh mai fan? New to me. Looks good.

Cheesywee said...

For some reason I really love DimSum although a lot of my Chinese friends don't find it that great. When I do go, I always have to get Chee cheong fun, but I've never seen the Crispy yam puff before . . I love yams and I want to try :(

Rarebeet said...

Mmmmmm dim sum looks pretty good here. Why oh why do I read food blogs at lunch?? I'm so hungryyyy

MeiyeN said...

ooo... so long ago i last had dim sum! must drag my parents along one day.....

Beans said...

Aih, why have I not tried the loh mai fan yet? Nvm there's always this sunday... hehe

jasmine said...

the lor mai fun looks good. ah, another dim sum place for me to visit on weekends.

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Ginger said...

i like the look and sound of loh mai fan! also the cheong fan looks good... hungry d

God of Food's said...

Yummy, the lo mai fan looks something new to me...

sc said...

i was there 2 weeks ago..i actually find their dimsum average, though i didnt try their lo mai fan and fried carrot cake.. must say that their servings are rather large though..

Precious Pea said...

Yumzzz...glad you like the loh mai fan too. So addictive, seems like i have to get a weekly dose of it.

boo_licious said...

lemongrass sweetie - can always go again as I'm game for that loh mai fan.

cat cat - oops! Poor thing. Never mind, am sure u can get good HK dim sum at USA.

tummythoz - very good and "heong" so do try.

cheesywee - must have the wu kok (but not at this place) if u love yam as it's crispy and light.

paprika - poor thing! Soln is to eat yr lunch and read food blogs.

meiyen - hope u enjoy it more than Carl's Jr.

bee nee - u're regular there? sounds like it. Hope u like the loh mai fan.

jasmine - yes, so many nowadays and so little tummy space.

mano - thanks for the info. If I do need, will call you.

ginger - the loh mai fan is a must have!

god of food - yes, different version. It's "heong" because of they add lots of ingredients.

sc - go again and eat the loh mai fan. The rest of the stuff is ok only but still so packed.

precious pea - hey! u're back from siem reap. Thanks for introducing this place, I think I'm also hooked on the loh mai fan.

wmw said...

Me missing the loh mai fan....Sistas, bila???

Jackson said...

i wan to try the Sang chau loh mai fan? i wonder the is the texture soft or hard?

boo_licious said...

wmw - this sat?

jackson - the texture is not too hard, kinda like normal rice.

rokh said...

i went there bout 3-4 times, yea some of the dim sums are hit and miss but not too bad actually. i have yet to try the sang chou loh mai fun. will try it the next time.

boo_licious said...

rokh - wow, u're a regular there. Yeah, I know what you mean abt the dim sum here as some are very good but others can be so so only.

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