Monday, January 28, 2013

Lunch and dinner at Restaurant Kim Lian Kee & Visit Petaling Street

Restaurant Kim Lian Kee is a Chinese restaurant which runs by Lee's family since 1920s. It supposes to be the most famous place for Hokkien Mee in Kuala Lumpur. It claimed to be the the birth place of hokkien mee in Kuala Lumpur.
Mr Lee, the boss of Kim Lian Kee. Restaurant Kim Lian Kee is the founder of Hokkien Mee in Kuala Lumpur. It is known for its excellent hokkien Mee. A very popular venue among locals. The aroma from the hokkien mee never fails to draw people to the stall.
A roadside stall in Petaling Street that serves the favorite charcoal wok-fried Hokkien noodles with 60 years of history. There are two Kim Lian Kee located at Petaling Street. One is the original one which only opens in the evening and the newer one opens from the morning.
A few branches of this family-owned restaurant started to sprout out throughout the city.
This restaurant now owned by the third generation of Lee's family. The owner remained to serve the customers with their unique charcoal cooked noodles. We have been planning to try Kim Lian Kee's Hokkien Mee since some time ago. Finally we got the chance to go there for lunch and dinner on 3.11.2012. 
After did some research, quite a number of web results pointed to this Restoran Kim Lian Kee which located in Jalan Petaling. So we went to Petaling Street shop lot. Parking can be a slight issue here as it is just by the main road.
This restaurant is located at the heart of Petaling Street. We ate upstairs where they have ample seating.
The old stall was featured by Axian (Jason Yeoh), in his famous food programme.
The Hokkien-style fried mee has satisfied the tummies of celebrities from afar like Hong Kong food critic Chua Lam. Chua Lam (also known as 蔡澜 in Chinese) claims that it is the best in the world. 
Restaurant Kim Lian Kee also attracts some of the foreign TV hosts from Hong Kong 钱嘉乐.
Kim Lian Kee on Newspaper.
Other than fried noodles, Kim Lian Kee serves other simple side dishes as well.
Off course we had their signature dish, Hokkien-style fried mee. It costs RM 7.00. The noodle is fried with charcoal to maintain its unique taste. It served on a plate with a piece of banana leaf with the generous amount of lards, prawns and squid. The noodle is so flavourful with the dark sauce. Plenty of “wok hei” and made better by the generous amount of lard. 
Yang Zhou Fried Rice. It costs RM7.00.
Chicken Porridge 鸡丝粥. It only costs RM5.00. Nothing better than a bowl of chicken porridge on a rainy day.
Claypot Style Loh Shu Fen. It costs RM 8.00. The noodles are very flavourful.
Claypot Style Yee Mee. It costs RM8.00.
Moonlight kuey teow. 月光河. A raw egg on top. RM7 for a small plate. The noodles are served smoking hot and you could bury the egg and let it cook for a bit The dish has enough wok hei and you can smell the aroma of it when being serve.
Char Siew Rice. It costs RM5.50. A nice and delighting meal.
A small canister of sambal belacan on each table to spice things up. Its great with sambal belacan to spice things up.
Stylish Tea Sets.
Drinking tea has become a part of people's daily life.
If you want to enjoy the original hokkien mee in a nice and comfortable air-conditioned environment, you can give any of Kim Lian Kee's branches a try.
This restaurant is literally full of people and the service can be a bit slow. We took quite a while for the dish to be served, The service here need to be improved. 
If you find yourself at Petaling Street, do check out this restaurant for some good Hokkien Mee. You can certainly carve for Hokkien Mee. A hearty meal that is a staple for most local Chinese families.
Four of us ventured into Petaling Street on one fine morning. Besides to attend a Literature Seminar,  we also wanted to take our sweet time to have a final look of Chinatown.(Petaling Street)
We went for a food-hunt adventure around Petaling Street in the afternoon. We chose a hotel exactly in the heart of Petaling Street, as it would be easier for us to walk around. The journey could be a bit hot and stuffy. Anyway, its worth the sweat.
The market gets opens around noon, gets lively in the early evening, and finishes around 10pm at night. Girls, it was our fourth time stepped into Petaling Street.
For the past years when mom studied in Kuala Lumpur, mom seldom had my footprint stepped on Petaling Street. It is very popular with foreign tourists. You will need to practice your bargaining skills to avoid being overcharged. Recently, most of the vendors are selling the same merchandise. Almost all the vendors are foreigners. They come from Nepalis, Burmese, Bangladeshis and Nigerians.
We were very pleased to bought some purses in a shop. They were at a reasonable price.
Famous Soya Bean at Petaling Street. 
We never forgot to have hot Tau Fu Fa. RM1.40 perbowl.
Do not forget to patronize the Air Mata Kucing (dried longan drink). RM1.50 percup. The stall is situated at the junction of Petaling Street. It’s really good to cool us down especially when we are walking around under the hot sun. You won’t miss it for the crowds.
This stall in Petaling Street is quite well known for their air mata kucing. All the ingredients come together extremely well. Refreshing and soothing to the throat.
Central Market is the last stop on the Chinatown Walking Tour. We shopped for handicrafts, gifts and souvenir items. It is air-conditioned. What a relief after our long sweaty walk. Dad and mom really like all the arty crafty things.
Girls, we made a trip to Petaling Street to recapture our old memories. This place gives us lot of memories. We walked through 茨厂街 before it all disappearing from history. Anyway, dad and mom hope that this heritage can be conserved for many years to come.