Soo Kee Mee on Medan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wok Hei

I’ve always been fascinated by professional cooks using the Chinese Wok to transform ingredients into palatable wonders. The primal roar of fire, the crackle snap and pop of boiling oil and the singing spatula with backing sizzle; closing my eyes, I can sometimes tell by listening if there is good eating ahead.

Kitchen cacophony segues into gastronomic symphony; the audible edibles. Like a broken drum, it can’t be beat.

Flying Droplets

With a swish and flick, the magical wok is ready for the next transformation

It was the last day of our great Malaysian Makan Trip and we decided to have a nice lunch at Soo Kee before hitting the road back to the SG. Apparently there are 3 Soo Kee restaurants around the area (his son and his daughter-in-law) but we went to the original instead.

Stepping into Soo Kee is like taking a trip back in time to the 70s where the pace is casual and the decor is what your parents are more used to. I left the ordering and the table because I was drawn by the sounds coming from the open kitchen.

Yau Mak Choy

As we were the only ones (early) in the coffee shop, I could see our orders being prepped and cooked. The sight of the Yau Mak Choy (Stir-fried Romaine Lettuce) being tossed quickly in the wok and then steamed slightly was slightly marred by the sight of spoonfuls of MSG thrown in.

People with MSG-sensitivity might want to tell them of your food allergies; one of our traveling companions broke out in a rash almost immediately.

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Their Paper-bag Chicken might look pricey, but I assure you that it is well worth the money. You get the significantly larger thigh meat than our local pitiful wing joint. It was tasty, tender and when no one was looking, I was scraping the paper bag wrap to get at the delicious skin.

Yes, people of the Fearful Generation will be pleased to learn that the deliciously crunchy cholesterol-laden skin is stuck to the paper wrap and is automatically peeled off as you undress the chicken.

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We ordered their famous Sang Har Mee (Big Prawn Fried Egg Noodles) which was slurp-worthy but I was told by my betters that Restoran Green View does a more refined version. You’ll just have to take their word for it.

And because it was also very famous, we had their Beef Kway Teow which was a gloriously eggy, gooey and slurpy mess. Some might complain that the beef had been over-tenderized but I was happy to experience old-school Malaysian tze-char.

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Fascinated by their wok skills, we also ordered their pig intestines and liver with Koo Chye (Garlic Chives). It was exceptionally good. The intestines had a slight crunch and the liver was tender with a nice bite. The garlic chives added a pleasantly mild garlicky flavor that rounded off the ensemble.

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Actually, we found it so good that we decided to order another round but this time with the more traditional ginger and spring onions. It was very good but I think I prefer the Garlic Chives version more because the innards weren’t overpowered by the ginger and spring onions.

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And there you have it, a spectacular end to a spectacular Malaysian Gastronomic Tour. It’s fun if you have a large group of like-minded persons, so we can order so much. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have made it past the paper-bag chicken.

Restoran Soo Kee Mee, 14, Medan Imbi, 55100, Kuala Lumpur Tel No: +60 03 2148 1324. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed on Mondays.

Paperbag Chicken

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Our Yau Mak Choy getting ready to be stir-fried

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Steaming pile of lettuce!

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Emphatically, Monday off

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Posted on 2nd Nov 2010 in Cantonese, Makankaki, Malaysia, Old School

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There Are 9 Comments

 

Nicholas commented on November 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm


Incredible action shots. There’s something inherently powerful about seeing splashes of hot oil hanging so delicately and gracefully in the air, knowing full well they’ll make something become delicious 😀


 

alkanphel commented on November 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm


The food looks mouth-watering 😀


 

ivan commented on November 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm


@Alkanphel: Oh yes, it was!


 

ivan commented on November 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm


@Nicholas: Thanks! I had to be pulled away from taking more photos to go eat. 🙂


 

Rebecca commented on November 6, 2010 at 10:43 pm


MSG to the max!!
And I find the beef overly tenderize too ;p
Glad that you managed to enjoy Msian food durin ur trip!


 

Camemberu commented on November 11, 2010 at 2:14 am


Awesome food and kitchen shots (especially of the fire and water)! And what an ode to kitchen cacophony! I want some of that sang har meee!


 

cj commented on November 12, 2010 at 12:53 am


hey ivan,

Cj here.
You can try Richwell SangHarMee the next time u pop by KL, which i think is more interesting than sookee/greenview. Richwell is just beside GreenView Restaurant.


 

ivan commented on November 12, 2010 at 11:14 am


Thanks CJ! I will keep that in mind when I’m there next.


 

enigma commented on June 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm


I love this restaurant!! I love the food, I love the staff, I love everything about this restaurant!!
The crispy noodles are delicious;)
The fried rice here is the best in the world in my opinion!
Ummmm…getting hungry looking at these pics


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