Meng Kee Char Siew, KL

I have heard tonnes about this place but didn’t get to try it until I was downtown during lunch hour on one of those rare occasions. Persuaded my colleague to go as I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.

For those who are not familiar with the area, it’s quite easy to drive pass the shop without a second glance. But the lunch crowd only goes to show that it’s popularity is unsurpassed. Also, Malaysians indeed flock to anywhere to eat so long the food is good even if the shop is a wee bit dingy looking and wet.

There were only two drinks available during my lunch here – dried longan herbal drink or barley drink. Also, we were served the yellow rice (cooked with oil drippings from the chicken) and chilli first. The rice was sticky and clumpy which failed to impress. Chilli sauce was also less than satisfactory as it was very watery and lacked the spicy kick I was more in favour of.

But these juicy cuts of char siew saved the day. Perfect ratio of meat to fat, with a sticky, sweet outer layer with a hint of chargrilled-ness, these were heavenly and truly sinful. Even my colleague who normally cuts away any fatty parts couldn’t resist these and popped everything into her mouth. Lol.

In comparison to the delectable char siew, it’s no wonder the steamed chicken pales in comparison. The flesh was quite smooth, but just didn’t wow like the char siew did. Yes it remains a must-order as Meng Kee only serves these two meats.

After such a carnivorous spread, one can order a plate of crunchy bean sprouts to balance out all the meat (and also to rid ourselves of the guilty feeling of over-indulging). Afterall, we have been drilled to get enough greens in our meals.

Yes, the char siew is easily one of the best I have had so far. But it also outshines everything else they serve. Waiting time is minimal so it’s also not a place for one to linger after finishing up everything on the plate. I doubt anyone would want to linger as well as the ambience of the place just doesn’t encourage it. But yet, for the sake of the best char siew, we’ll gladly eat by the rubbish dump if we had to! And pay more while we’re at it. Go figure. Lol.

Meng Kee Char Siew 明记叉烧
13 Tengkat Tong Shin,
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Open 11am to 3pm

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  1. err the taugeh is not “green” per se hahaha..

    yes the char siew is damn awesome..and it was closed last friday!!!

    epicuriousgirl says: but originated from green bean what. lol.

  2. J2Kfm said

    hmm, I still prefer Famous Seremban Favourites to Meng Kee though.
    or maybe I was served lean meat on the day I went.
    agreed that the rice was nothing special, and lumpy.

    epicuriousgirl says: must try the famous s’ban faves then. sounds promising. 🙂

  3. cumi&ciki said

    this charsiew is not bad, but way too expensive. It’s famous and they shamelessly capitalize on it. There are charsiew places just as good if not better, in Cheras, Pudu and Kepong.
    We boycott expensive, over-rated, places.. but that’s just us.. 😉

    epicuriousgirl says: oh well, once in a while for the novelty of it. 🙂

  4. mimi said

    I love char siu with caramelized skin~~ yummy~~

    epicuriousgirl says: me too, the sticker, the better. lol.

  5. Simon Seow said

    Always look out for this place but always can’t find T_T

    epicuriousgirl says: it’s very near Ngau Kee Beef Noodles… and if you know where Eight Guesthouse is… it’s opposite it I believe.

    • huihui said

      the price is very expensive ,the chansiew not ready nice …not worth to eat.

  6. JENCOOKS said

    I have heard of Meng Kee being tarpaud all the way to Singapore too.

    epicuriousgirl says: not too surprised as I have heard of other good food that they buy a and bring all the way back. 🙂

  7. […] siew here looks inviting and tastes sweet and sticky with charred edges. However, if compared with Meng Kee’s, it lacks the melt-in-your-mouth texture. Hence, I have to say it rates second best but remains the […]

  8. Agnes said

    Good heavens, that picture of the char siew’s making me wanna go out right now and ta pao *slurps*. I must find this place. I must I must I must.

    epicuriousgirl says: hehe. glad this review helped then 🙂

  9. vkeong said

    Ah, thanks for reminding this place… I want to blog about nice ‘siew lap’ stalls in KL 🙂

    epicuriousgirl says: can’t wait to read about them!

  10. Alpha1 said

    Well, i still prefer the stall in Salak South Garden instead. (opposite 7-11) Meat is juicier, really melts in your mouth.. and parking is definitely more accessible. Go before 12 otherwise there’ll be a large lunch crowd!

  11. Nucky said

    Is Meng Kee open even on Sunday? Anybody please let me know.

  12. went to look for this shop last week. reliase that it has moved to a new location at Jalan Alor. The taste is great but the price is on a high price. Anyway, once in a way is OK…i update the latest map, address, and gps coordinate at my blog. Cheers!

  13. Nicole said

    is this shop open everyday?
    From what time to what time?

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