Super Non-Halal: Meng Kee Char Siew King

For the consideration to my muslim readers, read no further as this is a non-halal post. Batal puasa kan baru tahu!


Being well-known in Kuala Lumpur for serving the best char siew in town, Meng Kee has opened a branch in Shah Alam for some time now and dubbing themselves Char Siew King on their signboard while they’re at that too. A little too much self-loving? Then again, if you know your patrons have all come from afar to eat at your shop even when you’re located in the middle of an industrial park – I’ll have some level of pride too.

I’ve been craving for a good serving of Meng Kee char siew ever since I started a training course at Glenmarie the last two days. I’ve read so much about this branch and I’m super tempted. And finally, I managed to make my way there for lunch with McCutie. The place is much larger and much more comfortable than it’s original KL store and from the paper-cuttings on the wall, I found out that this branch is run by the daughter of the owner.

The place was surprisingly packed considering it was a Saturday afternoon. However, I’m impressed with the service level. Within 5-minutes of ordering, the waiter started filling up our small table for two with plate upon plates of steamed chicken, beansprouts, soups and of cause Char Siew.

At first glance I noticed that although the Char Siew here has that same signature glistening exterior and sweet smokey taste and smell distinct to Meng Kee, there’s a slight difference: the meat cut here has far less fats. Hooray for me! Who cares if it doesn’t have that melt-in-your-mouth sensation. Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you how much I really love skinny pork or even pork to begin with.

Yes, you read right above. I’m not the biggest fan of pork dishes, but who can really resist good char siew right? Also great for not-so-big pork lover like myself, this branch serves a greater variety in their menu like steamed chicken, roast chicken and grilled ‘sausage’ (siew cheong). Breakfast menu includes wantan noodles and toast too.

6 Responses to Super Non-Halal: Meng Kee Char Siew King
  1. Life for Beginners
    September 15, 2008 | 1:13 am

    I dunno, from where I’m sitting, the char siew looks like it has plenty of fats oredi… Hehe.

  2. email2me
    September 15, 2008 | 10:27 am

    Another Keng Char Siew is located in PJ SS19 called Ah Khai Famous Char Siew Rice. At least this seller is not as arrogant as Meng Kee.

    Check it out at my blog.

    By the way … you got a nice blog here.

  3. little miss kechik
    September 15, 2008 | 1:16 pm

    takde la batal puasa kan.. hampir la.. hahahahaha! laparrrr siot! hahaha!

  4. drownedglass
    September 16, 2008 | 9:58 am

    Ooh Meng Kee Glenmarie! I love love love. One of the best char siew ever, right up there with the Sg Besi wan tan mee.

    And if you’re still in Glenmarie, try the Hakka mee at the coffeeshop in the next block (not the corner one, the one next to it that’s more like a food court than a coffeeshop).

    Damn, you make me wish I was back in the office.

  5. qwazymonkey
    September 17, 2008 | 3:42 am

    LFB: Trust me then you don’t wanna visit the Alor’s store.

    Email2Me: Oh yes, I live just around that area. The charsiew’s good too but really too fat for my liking. Thanks for the kind words, glad you enjoy what you see.

    MissSmall: Hmm u hungry looking at Charsiew? *Suspicious look*

    Drowned: Missing it eh? Mari we head there when you’re back. McC’s craving for it too. LOL

  6. Lyrical Lemongrass
    September 17, 2008 | 10:33 am

    I’m so glad I’m gonna have some of that char siu this weekend! :-D Oh, and drownedglass is right about the hakka mee…it’s really good. So’s the curry mee. Aargghh…I need my fix nowwwwwww!