Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Siew Yoke @ Kedai Kopi & Makanan Mooi Mooi (aka Kum Kee Chicken Rice), Taman Gembira, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur

Armed with our Flavours Good Food Guide book, we went in search of Kum Kee Chicken Rice shop, not to eat chicken rice, but to eat the famous crispy siew yoke which was featured in the book.

Visit #1

We found the place after a few wrong turns, but there was no billboard stating "Kum Kee Chicken Rice". Instead, there was this corner kopitiam called Mooi Mooi, in which there was a stall selling assorted roast meats. The stall itself had no name on it.

But we recognised the rather prosperous looking proprietor (Bernard Ngin) from the photo depicted in the book, so we concluded our search. Bernard did not allow us to take a photo of him preparing the slabs of siew yoke in his backyard (trade secret at stake, methinks), so we had to surreptitiously take a photo from a distant, where we were seated.
A customer ordered this for take away. 1kg of siew yoke costs RM60.00 here. What a lovely sight. This had us salivating even before our meal arrived.....the anticipation was torturous.

It got really crowded really quick, there was a queue of people piling up. Though we went at 11.15am, we had to wait a long while before our meal arrived. Ordering a portion of char siew and siew yoke combo (RM12.00) for 2 persons was not sufficient, we discovered. Not enough to satisfy 2 very hungry carnivores. The char siew was really melt-in-your-mouth tender as we got the not-so-lean cuts, and the siew yoke was heavenly. And so....

Visit #2

We revisited, this time with hubby's mom and brother, armed with a better understanding of portions. We ordered a quarter roast chicken, the thigh area.

And 2 strips of sweet, sticky char siew. Tip: order the char siew that is not so lean, it's more tender. This round, we ordered the lean cut, which was more dry and chewy than what we had in Visit #1. And the best of them all, 2 strips of siew yoke. This beats even Wong Kee's siew yoke. Mom says it's now the reigning king of siew yoke. The skin is super crispy yet melts in the mouth. The meat is juicy and tender, and not as fatty as that found elsewhere. No wonder Bernard so jealously guarded his secret of making the perfect siew yoke.

The soup is free and free-flowing. I like!

Visit #2 cost RM68.00 for the 4 of us. And we even had excess char siew to tapau.

For directions, do refer to WMW's blog.

Kedai Kopi & Makanan Mooi Mooi
#94, Jalan Rukun 2,
Taman Gembira (off Jalan Kuchai Lama),
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-79824902
Operating hours: 10.30am-3.00pm, closed on alternate Mondays.

The siew yoke here is tops, 4-bams!

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