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.