Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Seafood @ Restaurant Fock Kee, Queens Park Retail Centre, Jalan Peel, Kuala Lumpur

ginormous crabs are used here (RM55 per kg)

Don't you just love the double connotations of Chinese words? This place (formerly known as Zhui Mao or the Drunken Cat) reminds me aptly of the twins, Fook Mi & Fook You from the Austin Powers movie. Despite the surreal sounding name, food here is more honest to good Chinese food.

it may not look great but believe me, one of the best steamed cheong cheng tilapia in town (RM22)

A must-have is the steamed tilapia, a dish that this restaurant has perfected since 1985 when they started business in a wooden shack on Jalan Peel. Not only was the fish perfectly steamed, we absolutely love the flavours of the cheong cheng sauce, a harmonious blend of soy bean paste and chillies. Coupled with fried lard bits, this was so incredibly addictive, I ended up eating most of the fish.

spicy prawns served in a mini wok (RM25)

Other specialties here include their impressive looking salted egg yolk crab, prepared in a different way from Robson Heights as the salted egg yolk sauce is loose and does not adhere to the cooked crabs. Moreover the crabmeat does not absorb much of the salted egg yolk sauce. Nevertheless the crabs here are huge, as they're from Indonesia. Another recommended dish was these spicy prawns served in a mini wok. Sadly, it didn't hit the right notes for the tongue at all with the not-very-spicy nor tasty sauce coating the large prawns.

Despite some misses, I reckon I'll still return as I absolutely love the steamed fish here. They also do other kinds of sauces i.e. ginger, assam, nonya, thai and etc. Another branch run by a sibling is also open in Sungai Besi.

Fock Kee Restaurant
QP30-1, Queen's Park Retail Centre
Jalan Shelley
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 019-6111999

(Non Halal. Place is open for lunch and dinnertime.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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Borneoboy said...

Those crabs are gigantic ! I'm a sucker for huge crabs. I can just imagine sinking my teeth into the big juicy claws. One of life's great pleasures.

Tummythoz said...

Pity about that prawns dish. Used to be one of my fav. Sometimes we order squids done this way.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cheong ching fish is awesome with loads of carbs at nite..perfect to mask away the muddy fish smell too..

Rebecca Saw said...

Alws love steamed fish. Esp if it comes with the rocking good sauce like wht i see in your pic!

J said...

Haha... Well, probably Fook Kee means something poetic and profound in Chinese? :)
(Oh man, those crabs look tempting!)

thule a.k.a leo said...

yeah.. the steamed tilapia is good! perhaps one of the best in KL too.

I have been here too many times... i think since 2000! Next time try these dishes.. if you go back there again :)

1) curry seafood... served in similar wok as the prawn, taste-wise it is quite OK
2) fo yim kuat - basically it's pork rib marinated with their special sauce and wrapped in aluminum foil. Sometimes you would notice fire bursting out of the foil as you cut open it :) it's harmless so don't worry.
3) Zho Zhong Gai - deep fried chicken and stir fried with their special sauce
4) Try their herbal chicken as well but I don't know if they still offer limited quantity every day or not.

Babe_KL said...

loved the special ingredient in the cheong cheng sauce - chu yau char!!! LOL

minchow said...

That fish is poetry! I could eat a whole one myself!!

J2Kfm said...

i;ll take your word for it. the fish, i meant.
it's almost a lost art, seeing the tilapia being served with crunchy lards. very hard to find them here in Ipoh.

Chefspiration said...

The crabs look amazing! Gave you an award btw!

Sue Yin said...

Hi there,

sorry to diverge from this topic but do you happen to know where the vegetarian restaurant Yue Yee Chai, Pudu, KL has moved too ?

i was looking through your archives and noticed you visited this place in 2006.

i was there tonight but i cant seem to find it anymore.

can any readers of this blog help as well ?

it used to be my favorite childhood place but have not gone there in years :)

email2me said...

This is the first time I see people put pork lard on their steam fish. Must give it a try soon .... Just can't resist after reading the way you describe it. XD

eiling lim said...

Hmm... then I must make my way there for the fish!

boo_licious said...

Hi Lisa, they have moved further down the road, nearer towards Times Square and changed their name to Restaurant Vegetarian. New address is no. 8, 1/77, Jln Changkat Thambi Dollah. You can call them at 03-2148 4681 if u want directions there. Good luck!

boo_licious said...

Borneoboy - these ones will definitely satisfy you. One of the biggest fellas I've seen around.

Tummythoz - dunno why that is one of their signature, as there's no distinctive flavour to it.

Joe - this is seriously good stuff. Usually the cheong ching sauces are blah, too much soybean paste and etc but this one was wow, very good.

J - hee hee, well that's also one way to grab people's attention rite?

Leo - thxs for the tip and yes, I totally agree with u on the best steamed fish title for this place. Simply excellent stuff.

Babekl - yup. Love how it's crunchy when u bite in it then it melts in the mouth adding flavour to the whole sauce. Darn brilliant combo.

550ml - I almost did finish it, was sooooo good.

j2kfm - it's quite common nowadays in tai chow but somehow this fella's pairing of the sauce and the crunchy chee yau char is extremely good.

Thxs Alex for the award! So sweet of you.

email2me - oooh, do go and let me know if u like it also.

eiling - yup, very good stuff. I'm now thinking abt the fish and drooling.

CK Lam said...

Hopping over here after reading your Hakka Food @ Restoran Yap Chong. All the seafood dishes in this post looks inviting.

Hope we get to meet up one day and go for makan-makan.

ck lam

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