Despite the name, Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert is actually a chain from Singapore. Besides desserts, Sheng Kee also offers a selection of Hong Kong cuisine including snacks, dim sum and various rice and noodle dishes.
Although I visit 1 Utama quite frequently, I have no idea why I never noticed this restaurant until recently. I should be kicking myself because if I had discovered Sheng Kee earlier, it’d be one of our to-go places to eat in the mall.
Sheng Kee’s signature Combination Noodle @ RM17.90 is a thing of a beauty. The amount of toppings that they place on the wantan noodle itself is probably worth the price, more so considering the restaurant’s setting and location. You get 3 wantan dumplings, 2 sui gao and a rather generous cut of char siew too.
The noodle’s texture is exactly like what you’d expect from a HK wantan mee, thin strands with a bite yet void of any ‘kan sui’ taste. It was nicely seasoned too and the sauce had a perfect mix of sweet and savory flavor.
The char siew was just alright, so we enjoyed the dumplings more. If you ask me, I think this tastes better than another restaurant nearby which specializes in wantan mee.
Snowy Char Siew Bun @ RM6.90 is a popular starter here and I highly recommend it especially if you haven’t had anything like this before. But for those who have been to Tim Ho Wan, you should be familiar with this, as they are essentially the same thing. Taste wise, it’s delectable but I thought they could have been more generous with the char siew filling, as half of the bun was filled with air.
Crispy Beancurd Skin with Shrimp Cheong Fun @ RM7.90 – a clever combination that I highly enjoyed, even tastier when taken with their homemade chili paste. And that’s coming from a person who doesn’t fancy cheong fun at all.
I’d also recommend the HK Carrot Cake @ RM5.90, it was flaky with slices of Chinese sausage stuffed in between and goes extremely well with the chili paste too.
Siew Mai @ RM5.90 – decently made and surprisingly affordable.
For a fuller meal, the rice dishes should fit the bill. The Crispy Braised Chicken Drumstick @ RM15.90 comes with a whole chicken thigh that’s drizzled in a sweet soya sauce.
As you can see the rice was also well cooked, fluffy with separate grains. The addition of fragrant onion dried shrimp on the side was a nice touch. Besides adding texture, it also boosted the overall flavor with an umami punch.
Another rice dish we had was the HK Braised Beef and Tendon Rice @ RM15.90. I liked that the braised gravy was rich but not salty, while the beef was tender and easy to shred.
The Gold-dusted Chicken Cutlet Noodle @ RM15.90 would be perfect for the youngsters. There’s everything to like about the juicy boneless fried chicken thigh, but what really made it stand out was the blend of ‘gold dust’ strewn on it – it was dangerously addictive.
If you feel like having something light, you could opt for their congee. The most elaborate choice on the menu has got to be the Supreme Congee with Sliced Fish, Prawn, Scallop and Sliced Mock Abalone @ RM17.90.
The congee itself is pretty good (for Malaysian standards), it had the soothing gluey texture resulted from slow cooking, and the seafood which provided most of the flavor was impressively fresh too.
As for the desserts, I am pleased to say that Sheng Kee lives up to their name. The Mango Pomelo Sago @ RM8.90 was the best I have had so far, hands down beating all the others in town.
The Black Glutinuous Rice @ RM9.90 on the other hand was not bad, could have been better if it was a lot thicker in consistency but that’s just my personal preference. Nonetheless, I highly enjoyed the coconut ice cream and the honey pearls that came with it.
Another mango dessert that’s worth a try is their made to order Mango Glutinous Rice Roll @ RM5.90. I don’t know why, but I have a nagging feeling that this is somewhat underpriced, as other dessert shops would easily price this close to RM10.
The drinks at Sheng Kee deserve a mention as well. If you like your drinks strong in flavor, then you wouldn’t be disappointed with their Green Lime with Plum Juice or Lychee Peppermint, both @ RM5.90. They are nice and refreshing alright, especially the one with plums. However, they could prove to be a tad too tasty for some.
Overall, the food we had was enjoyable and reasonably priced for the portion you get. Frankly speaking, I had my reservations before coming here due to the reviews I read on their FB page.
But as it turned out, almost everything was more than satisfying and even exceeded my expectations for a chain restaurant. My dining partners, some of them who had eaten at Sheng Kee a couple of times before this, also agreed that the meal experience we had was better than what they had previously.
Lastly, for your information, Sheng Kee can also be found in IOI City Mall, and their third and latest outlet is located in Paradigm Mall.
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert
Lot LG 311b, 1 Utama Shopping Centre
47800, Petaling Jaya
Business hours: 10am – 10pm daily