Who’s My Daddy and the Awesome Shack

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.

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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!

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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?

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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!

20 Responses to Who’s My Daddy and the Awesome Shack
  1. UnkaLeong
    April 19, 2009 | 5:03 am

    Heheheh…Had a blast bro;) I’m in a comic!

  2. Yin
    April 19, 2009 | 9:58 am

    wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh looks SOOO GOOD!!!! i wanna go too…

  3. Chaokar
    April 19, 2009 | 3:31 pm

    Oh my,
    I love muichoykao yuk. I shall attempt and lure you with my pictures.
    Evil grin,

  4. thenomadGourmand
    April 19, 2009 | 5:38 pm

    kuchai lama.. dont even know where tat is! but i been meanin to get my a$$ there for the Nippy wantan noodles tat i heard is very the good..tat’s on Jln Kuchai Maju 7..

  5. Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy
    April 19, 2009 | 6:15 pm

    hey hey thanks for credits and using pics ;-) feel so famous now been ‘comic stripped’ by the one and only qwzymnky ;-)

    It was a fun eve wasn’t it?

  6. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    April 20, 2009 | 3:34 am

    hahah funny quotes all the way! just like how lard was spread all over the noodles hor..

  7. thule a.k.a leo
    April 20, 2009 | 3:52 am

    I remembered that I went there twice with Jenn but it was full to the extent that many customers were left waiting outside the shack… and parking was scarce (so lucky you for finding a nice spot)…
    We went there very early on our third attempt and managed to park very close to the shack and took out dinner before cabut-ing… hahahah!!!

  8. Nic (KHKL)
    April 20, 2009 | 5:49 am

    omg, i can imagine how fun it was that night! too bad i couldnt make it…sigh…

    super hiao cup? muahahahaha! ROFL!

    on a more serious note, why no one ordered hokkien mee one??? ok, i go try. ;D

  9. CUMI & CIKI
    April 20, 2009 | 7:26 am

    aiiyo.. i hvnt been comic-tized yet.. :( boohoo! hehe.. gr8 post lil monkey.. it’s LONG! anywyz.. the humour is excellent.. captures the moment perfectly !
    (ur “dad”s would be proud:P)

  10. Life for Beginners
    April 20, 2009 | 12:21 pm

    Nigel as Dr. Evil? Priceless.

    AWOL trumping the lady boss’s @$$: How come no pix? Someone post up FAST! :)

    P.S. Nice new haircut, bro! ;)

  11. J2Kfm
    April 20, 2009 | 1:22 pm

    LOL. i’m starting to enjoy your posts, little monkey you … hahaha

    oh they’re moving so soon? by month’s end, still enough time?

    been wanting to go, but a bit off from the city, hence left out from my options.

  12. qwazymonkey
    April 20, 2009 | 4:24 pm

    Unka: Hard not to include you. You were sitting right next to the burfday girl so you were in almost every other picture. Had to give you a line or two lah then ;)

    Yin: Go bring ya mum there. Yums

    Chaokar: You're such an evil little thing aren't you. Lucky I'm not such a big Babitarian like some people I know here. Well, give it your best shot!

    Nomadgourmand: Oh yea, I think they were talking about it the other day too. I should check it out soon too.

    Nigel&Allan: Thanks for the pix. They were great additions to the ones I have. Helped to tell a complete story

    Joe: I think you should stop eating Hokkien Mee for a while now. The lard's making you talk crazy. Kinda like the folks at the table the other night. I swear it was the lard talking! LOL

    Thule: Haiyo, the VIP parking was a bad choice. I think the oil stains are still on my car after two washes over the weekend. If only wax were made to last this long!

    Nic: Every dish here was almost a Hokkien Noodle dish, only not cooked with Yellow Noodles. You go try and report. Can bring Yin since she drooling from yesterday d.

    C&C: Don't fret. I'm sure your time will come. In character development stage now. Perhaps, can feature you as a solo heroin in tight leather suit! Hmmm can so imagine you as some feline superhero/villian. Sorry haven't got my plot right yet. :)

    LFB: I think my 'bapak' has the picture. But don't wanna chase the old man lah. Maklumlah sudah tua dan nyanyuk. Just bare wit it.

    J2Kfm: Glad you're being entertain. :) But I always say, the people featured are the real stars: they do the crazy talks, I just make the comics. Come over to KL for the long Labour's Day weekend!

  13. fatboybakes
    April 21, 2009 | 4:48 am

    GUFFFFFFFFFFFAW, what a hilarious post. pat pat pat. well done. u really capture conversations well…i totally forgot about the sequence about MCC with nigel.

  14. qwazymonkey
    April 22, 2009 | 3:20 pm

    FBB: Your age is playing games with your memory. Next time I get you some ginko pills!

  15. Lyrical Lemongrass
    April 22, 2009 | 3:22 pm

    Oi, u misrepresenting me. I’m as mild as a johnson baby lotion as couldn’t hurt a monkey, even if I wanted to.

  16. qwazymonkey
    April 23, 2009 | 3:59 pm

    LL: Oi, was that a threat? U mean u wanna hurt this lil monkey if you could? See, I knew I was right about u being bossy! Now, you like Ah-Long boss only

  17. fatboybakes
    April 24, 2009 | 5:00 am

    i think thamby meant she IS johnson’s Baby lotion…

  18. LeCoupleToy
    April 24, 2009 | 8:30 am

    Love reading your blog.

  19. Lyrical Lemongrass
    April 24, 2009 | 11:52 am

    Laughing at FBB’s comment. How u know ar?

  20. qwazymonkey
    April 24, 2009 | 4:36 pm

    LL & FBB: You and my Ah Pa's soul mates lah. You guys can just finish off each other's sentences. I got long way more before I can be like him.

    LeCoupleToy: Cheers guys! Remember to tell me how the candlelight holders turn out.