Hutong food court in the upmarket Lot 10 mall in downtown KL must be the best food court in Kuala Lumpur. No, let me re-phrase it - the best food court in Malaysia!! Never had I come across such a congregation of some of the best hawkers from Malaysia & Singapore, all in one place, and where one can dine in air-conditioned comfort. Petaling Street's Kim Lian Kee has a stall there, complete with charcoal stoves ... charcoal stoves in an upmarket indoor food court!! But that's another story.
I am here for perhaps Kuala Lumpur's BEST wanton noodles - Ho Weng Kee (何榮記) , which has been churning out KL-style wanton noodles for nearly 60 years. Ho Weng Kee's main restaurant moved from KL's old Chinatown to the suburbs (SS2 in Petaling Jaya) many years ago. But its stall in Hutong food court made it very accessible to shoppers & visitors thronging KL's popular Bukit Bintang shopping/dining district.
Ho Weng Kee's KL-style wanton noodles are dressed in dark soy-sauce, lard & other flavorings which made it absolutely delicious & addictive. The noodles were thinner than those from most other places in KL, and the texture was delightfully springy. Ho Weng Kee's barbecued char-siu was as good as any one can find in KL or Hong Kong - nicely caramelised, not too fatty, tasty & with the perfect bite to its texture. Their wantons were minced pork-filled (as opposed to HK-style's shrimp-filled wantons), served in a delightful consomme.
I also ordered an extra side of crisp-fried wantons which were an absolute revelation - ultra-crisp wanton wrappers which shattered at the slightest bite, yielding tasty minced pork filling inside. Perfect. But the piece de resistance remained their noodles - I just couldn't stop eating!
Ho Weng Kee (何榮記) Wanton Noodles
Hutong Food Court, Basement
Lot 10 Shopping Centre
50 Jalan Sultan Ismail (corner with Jalan Bukit Bintang)
50250 Kuala Lumpur