I’d previously visited Putien restaurant, a Henghua restaurant which is really a Singapore transplant in KL (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875257). This evening, I tried a home-grown Putien restaurant in KL. Hoi Kee has been around for 60 years or so, and I’d always wanted to visit its last-known location in Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, which suddenly closed down 3 months ago.
This evening, I came across Hoi Kee its new location, just off Old Klang Road. What we had:
- Steamed grass carp head with minced ginger – lots of ginger! The carp was sweet-fleshed, though one needs to be careful of the Y-shaped fish bones;
- Oyster omelette with scallions – very tasty, especially with the chilli paste dip.
- Deep-fried flavoured tofu – not exactly to my taste due to the strong Chinese 5-spice scent.
- Heng hua fried bee hoon – not exactly the sort I’m more familiar with from Putien restaurant. But this version, simpler and more rustic, has thick rice noodles with an addictive bite: more like Italian pasta than Chinese noodles.
Hoi Kee Heng Hwa (海记饭店- 兴化小食).
16, Jalan 1/109E
Desa Business Park, Taman Desa
(Off Jalan Klang Lama).
58100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6012-366 4096/+6012-208 1910