Came to Lai Kee at Tun Aminah in JB, one of my favourite fish ball noodle shops, after a long break. It was another good experience at Lai Kee, a well established name known to most JB folk.
As usual on Sunday mornings, the shop was full with customers spilling onto the corridors and even the adjacent kopitiam. Waiting time can be long from 30 minutes to nearly an hour during peak hours. Personally, I feel it is worth it :-D
Boss, Ah Lai still leading from the front at the steamy stove. The pace on this Sunday morning was frenetic as usual.
Everyone is here for Lai Kee's signature hand made fish balls.
Lai Kee's fish balls are made at the shop with 100% fresh ikan parang (wolf herring) meat. (This picture was taken at the Pontian fish market.)
We ordered the "dry" noodles, so the fish balls came separately in a soup. We also had a separate large bowl of fish ball soup.
Love Lai Kee's fish balls. Never perfectly round as they are hand made. They are dense, and with every bite through the tightly packed bouncy meat, a gush of gentle fish flavour lands on pleasingly our taste buds.
There was also the deep fried version of fish balls. It's the same flavour with added savouriness, same chewiness with soft leathery feel on the outside.
Lai Kee's soup tasted less salty than I remembered it. I actually like this milder savoury sweet soup better. I also like it that the clear soup is not greasy.
We can have our noodles in soup or "dry". I always have mine "dry" :-D
The bowl of noodles which we tossed in a blend of soy sauce, generous dose of lard and chili sauce which we asked for.
Ah Lai cooked the yellow noodles slurpy smooth and soft. The delicious noodles were wet with the flavoursome savoury spicy sauce.
Fish cake wrapped in bean curd skin which is fried to a crisp outside.
Crispy enough? :-D
Lai Kee's fish cake which is a popular takeaway item.
That sauce was just generic ketchup chilli blend which I didn't use :-D
->> One of my top favourite fish ball shops in Johor. The hand made pure fish balls have just the right texture and flavour. The noodles feel and taste great. The fish cakes and bean curd crisps make good sides. No gimmicks - just a great old school food experience in JB.
Disclosure: Boss, Ah Lai declined our payment for our food.
Restaurant name: Restoran Lai Kee 来记西刀鱼丸
Address: 90, Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA), Skudai, Johor Baru, Malaysia
GPS: 1.522671,103.664653 / 1°31'21.6"N 103°39'52.8"E
Hours: Daily 7:30am to 3:00pm (Closed on alternate Weds)
Dates visited: Numerous times since 10 Jan 2012
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