Thursday, November 01, 2007

Restoran Soong Kee - Beef Ball Mee

As you can see from the signage, the shop offers beef ball mee. This shop has the right to claim it because they really produce their own noodles and beef balls. Something rare nowadays, as most shops just get their ready made supply instead.
The shop is situated between the intersection of Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (Silang) and Jalan Tun HS Lee. The owner (Mr Siew) is the 3rd generation running this store since 1945. Even the cook (Mr Chan) has been working with the shop for forty over years. What it says here is about quality and experience.

Location: 3 Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (fka Jalan Silang), Masjid Jamek area, Kuala Lumpur
Rating: Good

Although most people ordered mee (yellow noodles), I actually prefer their loh shu fun (rice noodles shaped in short tubes). The yellow noodles may sometimes be over cooked and become less springy. You can't find the same loh shu fun here anywhere else. The texture has more substance and less chemicals. When compared to the normal fare, you'll find the loh shu fun here less springy but also less transparent.
Another attraction here is the minced meat laid on top of the noodles. The aroma is balanced between the sauce and the strong smell of beef.
Although I do eat beef meats and parts, I prefer to order beef balls and fresh meats here. Long time ago when the wet market was still situated in central market area, the beef that is used to prepare the meals in Soong Kee were fresher. Fresh meats spells springier and better texture beef balls and meats on the table. Nevertheless, the cook's experience help overcome the shortcoming by deciding how much salt to add for which part of meat, how long to cook for older or younger meat, and how long should the meat be pounded to ensure the springing texture is obtained. So coming here, you are assured of beef balls that can bounced off the table hihi..
A simple meal like this cost you about RM5. The owner has tried to maintain its price at affordable level. Can you feel his passion?
By the way, another reason why I love coming here is to enjoy lyrical whistling/singing by the cook/owner. They sing or whistle with vibrant tones while cooking us tasty meals. Some people say you have to maintain a peaceful and blissful heart if you want to cook a good meal. Maybe there is some truth to it after all.
This won't be my blog if I do not try its chili sauce. Now this is the Cantonese style chili sauce made with vinegar. Mixing it with the noodles or the meat brings out the flavour and appetite. Yum yum.. If you plan to go there, please note that there is limited parking space around that area and the shop opens from 11am till night. Bon appetit!


Anonymous said...

The information here is great. I will invite my friends here.


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