One of those interesting typical trad-KL Chinese coffeeshops which looked like it'd been caught in a time-warp for the past 5 decades. I loved places like these in a *big* way - more character than those sterile chain outlets which seemed to permeate KL these days.
I'd passed by this spot situated along busy Jalan Sungei Besi numerous times en-route to other downtown destinations, and had always thought of stopping there one day. The huge steaming baskets of dim sum situated by the road-side looked mighty intriguing!
Well, we did finally stop there this evening, and had a taste of Hock Leong Hin's dim sum offerings. What we had:
- "Lor mai kai" (糯米雞) or steamed glutinous rice, flavored with soy/wine/ginger and various ingredients like Chinese waxed sausage, chicken & shitake mushroom.. It's not as tasty as those from Ming Room, etc., but I don't mind at all - I was there to experience the "old kopitiam" atmosphere;
- 3 types of steamed fish-balls - one portion plain ones, one where chives/carrots/finely-chopped mushrooms had been mixed in, and one which incorporated crunchy white fungus. *Strictly* for fishball lovers, i.e. my dining companion (not me, I'd never, ever acquired a taste for Chinese fishball/fishpaste/and others of their ilk)
- Char-siu bao (叉燒包) or steamed barbecued pork buns - Hock Leong Hin's version had the fluffy, pillow-soft dough, with moist barbecued pork. Delighful.
Well, the place may not be to everyone's taste - simple, rustic dim sum amidst a rather spartan atmosphere - the coffeeshop seemed to lack air circulation and was oppressively hot this evening, irregardless of the heatwave currently enveloping KL.
Restoran Hock Leong Hin
155 Jalan Sungai Besi
55100 Kuala Lumpur