Lim Kee, Behind FGA Building, off Jalan Kuchai Lama

*Notice: Lim Kee has moved to its spanking new premise at Kuchai Business Centre. Click here for the address.

*Rewind back to 8th November 2008

I was in Damansara that day. Not know what to have for dinner, I contacted WMW (my nearest flogger neighbour!) and glad that she was free to entertain me that night. It was quite a last minute decision actually and based on the Good Food Guide from Flavours, we decided to venture into the unfamiliar territory of Kuchai Lama (I’ve always wanted to explore areas like Old Klang Road, Puchong, Kepong, Segambut and so on as I believe there are many hidden gems waiting to be discovered).

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The place doesn’t have a signboard (but the book says that the place is called Lim Kee) but if you know where the Full Gospel Assembly (FGA) building is located, Lim Kee is just behind the building. Opens only for dinner, parking could be a issue here especially if you arrive during peak hour.

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We were lucky that we managed to get a table without long wait and we got more excited when we realized we were seated just next to the kitchen! (we don’t really bother with the smokes and fumes anyway).

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Initially, we would like to order their specialties which were highlighted in the book but we ended up ordering more and more stuff! We had the Fried Sweet Potato Noodle (recommended by the book), done in Hokkien style with prawns, squids, vegetables, pork slices and topped with a handful of fried, crunchy lard bits. Being my first time trying this delicacy, I find it a little bland. The potato noodles were quite nice to chew, though. (I just realized that both WMW and I were using the same picture!)

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Lim Kee dish out different types of side dishes every weekend and we were lucky that night as we managed to try the braised pork in special gravy. The gravy has a fruity taste and the pork, juicy and fork tender (or maybe you can call it, chopsticks tender!). There wasn’t much fat on the meat, so we had more meat to dig in and we literally mop the plate clean.

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Another recommended item – Fried Glass Noodle with Bitter Gourd. Both of us initially thought that the bitter gourd would be stir fried with the noodles together but actually, it was served on the side. Stir-fried with prawns, squids, pork slices and topped with chopped spring onions, fried shallots and crunchy lard bits, the noodles has a nice “wok hei” and not greasy (the lard bits do not count!)

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I guess WMW liked Abacus Seed as she seems excited upon hearing about this dish from the lady boss. The stir-fried abacus seed here was different from the one I tried at Nam Chuan (notice the difference in colour and cooking style) and I would say I prefer this version, which was cooked with dried shrimps, minced meat, spring onion and wood fungus. The yam abacus seed were quite firm, yet still managed to deliver the QQ (al dente) texture when biting into it. Good stuff.

It was a fruitful trip, I must say. Exploring new eating places is more fun with someone who share the same passion and I’m glad that we made it here despite the excitements and uncertainties while driving to the place (we accidentally got onto a elevated highway and both of us were screaming and blaming each other for too busy talking and didn’t pay attention to the signboards!) but we still managed to arrive safely.

Lim Kee is located behind FGA (Full Gospel Assembly) Building
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama,
Tel : 03-7981 1972,
Opens from 6pm-12 am,
Close on alternate Mondays.
(details above are from WMW)

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Christmas Comes Late in Melaka, Part 1

Let’s start the new year with my first food post. I’m sorry for the lack of updates; been busy lately with my relocation, Christmas dinners, New Year eve celebration and Internet issue. I’m now officially moved to Damansara from Cheras (but I’m still working in Cheras…), which is very near to WMW’s place! Henceforth, you will see more posts on PJ and its surrounding area in the future.

2008’s Christmas can be said as one of the best for me, so far. Same as the year before, we made our annual pilgrimage to Melaka on the 27th Dec. We invaded Paul’s house for a feast with his family members and his friends and his family’s friends. I was plain lazy to take pictures of all the food but there were tom yam spaghetti, lamb chops, nasi kerabu, tuna sandwich, steamed yam cake, red wine chicken, pork knuckle, gorgeous cupcakes from Audrey and so on. Seriously, the cupcakes were really good. If you’re interested to ask her to bake you some, you can contact her here.

We stayed overnight in Melaka and when the sun rises (that’s almost noon actually), we packed our stuff and ready for some food hunt before crawling our way back to KL. Thanks to Internet, we made our first stop here:

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Based on SC‘s experience, we braved the traffic in three cars to Ming Sate Hut, located at the shoplots next to Mahkota Parade for the non halal pork satay. Very simple interior and furniture. They provide long tables which can sit 6 people at one time with wooden stools. The grilling stove is placed at the entrance of the shop, so one can spot the place easily.

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The peanut sauce served here is different from the usual ones. Not so coarse and slightly sour sweet, we found that they added plenty of shredded pineapples into the sauce. Dip the skewer into the sauce and “scoop”, you’ll found strands of finely shredded pineapple on it. Each person get their own bowl of sauce, so no need to worry about hygiene issue. You can refill your sauce with the container available on every table.

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Priced at RM 0.55 per stick, the pork satay is smaller in size but extremely juicy and tender, much better than the one in Ipoh. The four of us who shared one table; Alex, Jason, Alvin and me, ended up ordering 40 sticks of the pork satay and 20 sticks of the chicken version.

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And yes, if pork is not your cup of tea, they also have chicken, liver, intestines and mutton too, all RM0.55 per stick. It’s not halal though, as they’re being grilled on the same grilling stove as the pork satay. The chicken version is lighter in colour, but nonetheless, still lipsmackingly delicious with the pineapple peanut sauce.

We left the place and decided to go for dessert (which will be in part 2)… anyone can guess what type of dessert?

Ming Sate Hut
G-33, Jalan PM4,
Plaza Mahkota,
75000 Melaka.

Read more about Ming Sate Hut from SC’s post and also Jason’s.