Affectionately known as “the signboard-less shack behind the Full Gospel Assemble (FGA) building“, Lim Kee Fried Noodles has been popularly serving favourite Hokkien and tai chow dishes for a few decades now, from this very spot. But, I didn’t know that before as I hardly venture over to this side of the world. So imagine my horror when I first heard that the other floggers were planning to celebrate Chian Tyng’s birthday in Kuchai Lama. Thankfully, it wasn’t the hardest place to find as I roughly knew where Full Gospel Assembly was located.
I knew it was going to be an interesting evening the moment I got there. The place was literally a SHACK! Nothing fancy about the place. The outside was not even lit, only white fluorescent lights were illuminating the place from the inside. I was lucky enough to get a VIP parking right in front of the place. But the real story has yet to come. As I entered the place, I saw AWOL, FBB, Boo and Unkaleong together with the birthday girl uncomfortably sitting right at the end corner of the restaurant. I quietly sat down and didn’t ask what was happening. They said “Hi” but had their eyes locked towards the outer side of the shack. I didn’t make anything out of it as I thought they were just looking out for the rest of the gang.
5-minutes later, AWOL turned around and screamed, “That bigger table’s leaving, go get it now!” Like an eagle charging down toward its prey, Unkaleong rushed over instantly. Boo looked over at me and realised I was shocked and blur. She filled me in. Apparently the lady boss refused to sit us down at the bigger table, even though we told her that we were a party of 10. So, there we were sitting miserably next to a pile of dump and little flying insects which Boo refuses to acknowledge. It was a funny image seeing AWOL showing them who’s boss with an stern face, complete with the one-hand-on-waist stance that gave the lady boss a run for her money. Somebody please post the picture up!
Anyway, by the time everyone showed up and happily sat on the bigger table, we were very hungry and hoping food to be served instantaneously. Less than 10-minutes after, the first of our long list of orders was served, the Fried Kuay Teow. This yummy dish tasted like a very garlicky dry version of Hokkien-styled noodles topped with tons of crunchy lard-croutons and uncooked egg. Mixed them up together and you’ll get a heavenly tasting dish. We happily gobbled it up like we’ve not eaten for days. I did say we were very hungry.
The Mui Choy Kow Yoke was a specialty. No complaints there. Love how there weren’t much fats on the meat. Next came the Kam Heong Lala which was full of fragrant little dried shrimps. The Steamed Fish Head in Bean Sauce was noteworthy. The fish was perfectly steamed allowing the meat to be still firm and juicy at the same time; and the sauce was made of fermented beans, chili and garlic tasted distinctively different from any other tai chows around. Simply yummylicious!
Another two specialties that made their way to our table were Fried Tung Fun with Bittergourd and the Fried Pak Kor. Both dishes were passionately fried by the chef and was full of wok hei. The tung fun is fried with lean pork meat, cabbage, mixed seafood, egg and topped with pounded dried shrimps and fried shallots; and also deliciously served with stir-fried bittergourd on the side (which I initially overlooked). The latter specialty was fried in Hokkien-style like the earlier kuay teow, only much wetter and sweeter.
Also on our order list were the house specials (was there anything that’s not their specialty or covered in dark sauce for that matter?) of Hakka Abacus Seeds (suen phun chee) and the Pork Ribs with Fruity Sauce. The abacus seeds’ texture were not as chewy as the ones we were exposed to. The ones served here were made with less dough and more yam filling instead. According to the lady boss, this was the correct way to make them. The abacus seeds were fried with dried shrimps, minced pork, spring onion and wood fungus was one of my favourites from the evening. By the time the Pork Ribs arrived, I was seriously stuffed and could only managed a small piece. The ribs were first deep-fried with nam yue (fermented bean curd) and rolled in a sweet-sour concoction of mayonnaise and fruit juice. It wasn’t bad, but nothing fantastic either. Then again, perhaps I was too full to enjoy any more.
Oh, we ordered a mandatory Stir-fried Vegetable too. Can’t remember what it was we ordered, was it Tapioca Leaves?
The meal ended on a sweet note when the birthday girl was presented with 3 different kinds of dessert courtesy of the Godfathers of baking (FBB and Just Heavenly). Needless to say, they never failed to impress and pamper our taste buds. And blowing out the candles, the sweet and beautiful C.T. is finally of legal age. Any takers?
What I really like about the shack was that the dishes served here had enough fire-power or wok hei and that the kitchen had a good sense of timing between dishes, only serving one or two at a time. We didn’t feel rushed through the entire dinner, making the pace very, very enjoyable.
Before calling it a night, the lady boss informed us that they will be finally moving into a new and more modern facility right across the main road (next to the school). I’m sure the shack ambient will be sorely missed by many of its loyal customers. Let’s hope that the quality of food remains when they move over. We’ve heard one too many of “they used to taste better when they were just a stall next to the longkang” comments. It would be sad to loose such a gem, especially now after it has come to my knowledge.
I drove pass many road side stalls and other shacks on the way home through the Old Klang Road. I can’t help but wonder how much I’m missing here. This area is after all a road less traveled (or in this case eaten) and quickly made a mental note to start my discovery soon. Any good recommendations?
Lim Kee Fried Noodles
Shack behind FGA (Full Gospel Assembly) Building
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
Tel : 03-7981 1972
Opens from 6 pm-12 am
Close on alternate Mondays
p/s: You have less than a month to visit the shack before they move. Their phone number will remain the same after that. WARNING: Do not park your car at the VIP spots in front of the shack, unless you want to go home in a car covered in lard ‘wax’ and fumes like mine! Do not be tempted!
NOTE: Additional pictures used in the above comic courtesy of Nigel A. Skelchy of Kampungkayell. Thanks!