Chinatown Seng Kee (唐人街胜记) on Jalan Sultan was not exactly our original intended destination this evening - rather, it was supposed to be Sang Kee (生记酒家) round the corner on Jalan Hang Jebat. That was, until my dinner date for that evening saw the place & suddenly changed her mind – that zinc-roofed old spot was waaay too grungy for her, she insisted. Okay-eee, I'd have proceeded to go in - but, as things stood ...
So, it was onto Seng Kee - a casual Cantonese eatery that looked like it was teleported straight out of some village in Southern China (including those diners sitting inside) and plonked right in the heart of KL Chinatown. The friendly proprietress was very nice though (a refreshing contrast to the stern, unsmiling old chap who owns Sang Kee), and even spoke in English to me first, before promptly switching to Cantonese when my KL friend responded to her.
No regrets coming here - what we had: the "Sung Har Mein" (生虾面） or braised large, freshwater prawns served atop crisp "yee fu" noodles. The sauce was eggy and delicious, flavored by the roe-filled prawns, with some sharp spike in flavors from the ginger & scallions.
Another dish we had was the sweet-sour pork - my choice actually - it's my comfort food, and one which I'd ordered *everywhere* I went - Tokyo, Dublin, New Delhi, Sydney, Berlin, ...
The version at Seng Kee was, as I expected, 100% what a good sweet-sour pork should taste like: sweet (sugar), sour (vinegar), oniony, tomatoey, with green peppers providing an added texture, and twice-cooked battered pork cubes which were crunchy on the outside, yet soft inside. It certainly wasn't the best version I'd ever had, but it was very competently cooked nonetheless - certainly went very well with my cold Heineken beer, I must say :-)
Chinatown Seng Kee (唐人街胜记)
52, Jalan Sultan
50000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2072 5950
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