I like to blog about good food. I honestly believe that no food blogger with a right mind wants to write about bad eating places because that defeats the purpose of having a food blog. But there are some places that I think I should warn you all about and Mee Bon Dim Sum restaurant along Jalan Ipoh is one of them. Usually I leave what-I-think-is-lousy-makan-places alone but when a “highly regarded” food blogger rates the dim sum here as “super tasty” – it just flips me out. And the irony is that the writer (an expat if you are wondering) claims to have had the best dim sums in the region.
The shop. Despite having so many steaming baskets our dim sum arrived lukewarm.
Kuai Lim dim sum is a typical neighbourhood coffee shop in Jinjang where you will find market-goers and all walks of life talk the morning away over tea. It is certainly nothing as fancy as Chuai Heng but if a nice and cheap dim sum meal is what you are looking for, I think you won’t be disappointed here.
Besides the steamed dim sum we had there are also some fried ones and a variety of buns to choose from. Overall they taste fresh and I especially liked the Siu Mai – it might not be the best out there but it had this nostalgic flavor that other places lack. In fact, when compared to the other dim sum restaurants (of the same range) I have been to in Kepong/Jinjang area, I would rate Kuai Lim as one of the better ones as far as taste is concerned.
As you can see the premise of the restaurant is quite clean even though it is located just next to the morning market. The only issue would be noise, where the elder patrons tend to talk really loud almost to the extent that they seem to be shouting at each other. But hey isn’t that the common atmosphere in coffee shops?
Kuai Lim Dim Sum Restaurant
Jalan Jinjang Indah (Garden St), Jinjang Utara,
52000 Kuala Lumpur
Given the countless places that serve dim sum in KL, I seldom revisit a particular restaurant within a short period of time as there are always more to discover. But I made an exception for Chuai Heng and had my dim sum brunch there for two consecutive weekends because their dim sum is really good, albeit slightly higher priced than the rest.
The restaurant might look normal from the outside but the interior is actually quite grand with a welcoming appeal. Dim sum is ordered using an a la carte paper menu and prepared to order so they always taste warm and fresh.
I absolutely love the Siu Mai @ RM7.80. It sounds expensive but the good thing is that each basket contains four pieces instead of the usual three. Each of them are made of some minced meat and least three pieces of sweet and succulent prawns with the desirable crunchy texture.
Some pumpkin slices add a different twist to the Steamed Pork Ribs. This is very tasty as well, but alas, we felt it had more bones than meat.
After coming back from Hong Kong I have been shunning our local dim sum joints because I feel they are not up to the standards anymore. If you have been to Hong Kong and tasted some of the best dim sum in the world, I am sure you can relate to this. The last time I had dim sum was at Foh San 2 months ago and I found myself not enjoying the food at all. Everything just tasted uninspiring and dull.
Now, based on a reader’s suggestion, I went to Min Huang Restaurant in Kepong. They serve plenty of Shanghai and Hong Kong style dim sum and desserts which I find to be good enough to earn a recommendation from me. And yes, even after comparing them with those I had in HK.
Among the many dishes we had here, the Shanghai Special Fried Bean Sheet @ RM4.80 (small) would be the most recommended one. The bean sheet is very similar to koay teow but appears a lot thinner, more translucent and with a slightly chewy texture. The chef sure cooked the dish right by infusing a lot of ‘wok hei’ and egg fragrance into it, it tastes just delicious.
A special variant of Xiao Long Bao seasoned with Chinese herbs is served here @ RM7.20. It tastes exactly like the normal Xiao Long Bao, just that it has an extra pleasant herb flavor to it.