Sunday, 29 January 2012

Laksa @ Lee Kee in Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru


Lee Kee Johore Laksa has been around since 1946 when Madam Lee, the present owner's mother founded the business. Lee Kee began life as a mobile street peddler stall where its laksa was sold from place to place carried in baskets slung across Madam Lee's shoulders.

Lee Kee is now a stall located at the popular Kee Kim Huat coffee shop in Taman Sri Tebrau, between the busy Shell petrol station and the prominent Wisma Tiong Hua building.

Waiting time is about 30 minutes during busy periods as the stall is run by just the lady stall holder and a lady helper. While waiting, customers are treated to the aroma of fragrant laksa spices raising from the pot and letting the time pass by, by watching the diverse and interesting clientele in the coffee shop.

The RM5 bowl of laksa
The RM5 small laksa comes with bee hoon and yellow noodles garnished with bean sprouts, fish ball, tofu, fried tofu skin, and fresh cockles.

The gravy has just the right coconut milk richness and is fragrant but not too spicy. Those who prefer more kick in their gravy can add in the small dish of sambal chili provided. I needed to add that in.

The tofu at Lee Kee is the dense, tender yet firm and fresh variety. (Other stalls use the porous kind of tofu to soak up the laksa gravy.) The stall holder cut a couple of slits in the tofu to assist in gravy absorption but it doesn't help much. The pleasure of eating this tofu comes from the texture, fragrance and flavour of freshly made tofu. This sets Lee Kee apart from the other stalls.

This fried tofu skin is my favourite part of Lee Kee's laksa. It stays crispy even when drenched with laksa gravy.

The flavourful fish ball tastes of fresh fish.

The cockles are clean, fresh and are lightly cooked, retaining its chewiness, juiciness and natural taste.

Lee Kee's is a good laksa with its own loyal following through the years.

Restaurant name: Lee Kee Johor Laksa (stall inside Kedai Makan Kee Kim Huat)
Address: 80, Jalan Badik, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.487064,103.768798
Hours: Monday to Sunday 06
Non Halal
Date visited: 29 Jan 2012

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1 comment:

  1. Just tried today. You are right about the tofu skin. That was the only highlight. Didn't like the fish ball -- too hard. I usually don't drink the laksa (soup) but I did for this one. Most people come here for the claypot chicken rice, not the laksa though.


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