You know, Anthony Bourdian once said that char kway teow is the "tastiest ugly mess". I am not sure if CKT or charcoal grilled char siew is uglier 😄 But, to me, the uglier the char siew, the better it tastes 😋
This morning, I am back at my old food haunt in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. The area around Kepong has developed tremendously since I was here nearly two decades ago, but the buzzing pasar pagi (morning wet market) and eateries are still here. We dropped in at Hing Kee Roasts & Chicken Rice shop.
Inside the typical Malaysian style no frills coffee shop, besides roasts and chicken rice, Hing Kee also serves "economic rice", wanton mee, Chinese style desserts 糖水, and rice dumplings.
The man behind all these dishes is Ah Lim and his family. They have been running Hing Kee for over twenty years in Kepong.
All the food at Hing Kee are good, but we are here for their marvellous char siew.
This piece of roast "arm pit" or 不见天 is tender and moist with juice. In the mouth, it felt like chewing into a wet spongy marshmallow. The char siew tastes caramel sweet, layered with natural porcine sweetness. It is complemented with slight savouriness and the distinct toasty smokiness of charcoal roasts.
Roast pork belly char siew. The same awesomeness of Hing Kee's char siew.
Lovely brown sauce made with char siew dripping. Sweet savoury with smokey taste. Good enough to eat it on it's own 😃
We can eat our char siew with wanton noodles or with plain white rice.
The wanton noodles were good. The egg noodles were done soft al dente. The tossing sauce has some char siew drippings, lard and crispy lard cracklings, so it tastes savoury sweet with porcine sweetness and toasty smokiness.
The wanton dumpling and broth are average.
But, we are really here for Hing Kee's char siew. This awesome charcoal roast char siew - one of the best char siew I have tasted. Next time, I shall have Hing Kee's char siew with plain white rice.
Restaurant name: 兴记烧腊鸡饭店 Hing Kee Roasts & Chicken Rice
Address: 19, Jalan Burung Tiong, Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3°12'03.9"N 101°37'56.3"E | 3.201093, 101.632303
Hours: 11:00am to 5:00pm (Lunar month 1st and 15th off)
Date visited: 12 Nov 2016
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