My buddy Peter brought me to Sang Kee, a KL institution for their famed big river prawn noodles and beef hor fun.
I think Peter is the Indiana Jones of the foodie world. He has eaten in all the continents in the world. He is as comfortable in dingy back lanes as exclusive Michelin Star restaurants. His taste ranges from traditional dishes of all kinds to the latest culinary innovations. I am glad that Peter is showing me some of the good eats around KL.
Peter led me to Lorong Yap Ah Loy a side lane off busy Jalan Yap Ah Loy beside HAPPY supermarket. This is about a 10 minutes walk from Masjid Jamek LRT station.
Sang Kee is a back lane stall tucked away behind Jalan Yap Ah Loy in the shadow of looming concrete towers. Sang Kee is over half a century old (established 1955) and the buildings surrounding it ain't exactly young either.
Inside, Sang Kee is well kept and really quite comfortable in the shade, even while it is blistering hot out there in the dusty streets. It's like a peaceful hide out in the frenetic bustle of old historic, downtown Kuala Lumpur.
Sang Kee is run by the Wong family. The senior Wong goes about his paces with the wok with practised rhythm, gusto and infectious exuberance.
The younger Wong is a master in his own right. Sang Kee's fans will be happy to note that their favourite stall is secure for another generation.
Sang Kee's old style menu. Just a few dishes and their most popular are sang har meen (river prawn noodles) and ngau hor (beef hor fun).
Sang Har Meen - price RM48.
I like the springy firm texture of the thick noodles and I could taste the wheat. The noodles were enveloped in a gooey sauce which was mildly savoury sweet eggy.
The single large river prawn was cut in half. It was fresh and meaty. Our's had roe 😃
The prawn was done a little chewy and didn't have much natural sweetness (as compared to wild sea prawns).
Beef hor fun - price RM25.
The flat rice noodles had a nice brown wok sear. The savoury sweet eggy sauce was again mild. The expected toasty taste from the seared noodles was lost when I folded the hor fun into the mild tasting sauce.
There were many slices of tender juicy naturally sweet beef in the noodles which I enjoyed.
👉 I love the setting and whole experience of eating in this storied KL institution. I will definitely be back at Sang Kee.
Restaurant name: Sang Kee Restaurant 生记酒家
Address: 5A, Lorong Yap Ah Loy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GPS: 3°08'47.5"N 101°41'49.1"E | 3.146523, 101.696969
Tel: 019 373 9135 | 012 321 6988 | 012 323 6634
Hours: 11:00am to 3:00pm (Sun & PH off)
Date visited: 29 Dec 2016
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