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