A few meters down the street from Fai Kei Wantan Mee is Meng Kee You Tiao, another popular eatery along Happy Garden’s Wai Sek Kai. In the morning, this space is actually occupied by Phang Key dim sum to seat their customers. When noon comes, Meng Kee takes over to set up their fried fritters and dessert stall.
I didn’t count how many, but there are at least more than a dozen kinds of fritters available here. Most of them are pretty common such as 咸煎饼 (Ham Chim Peng), Ma Keok (马脚), fish balls, yam cake and fried nian gao (炸年糕) – you should know all these – unless you have been living under a rock?
The modus operandi here is simple and straightforward. You only need to tell the uncle whether you are eating in or taking out. Depending on your answer, he will either hand you a plate of plastic bag. Then it’s time for some treasure hunt and pick your favorite fritters.
Here’s our haul and I still find it hard to believe that all of these goodies cost less than RM5. No wonder they are able to draw customers like bees to honey.
Everything we tried was good especially the Ma Keok which was probably the best among all, followed by the (red bean) Ham Chim Peng. If I had to nitpick, the only disappointment came from the you tiao because it did not taste as light and not quite as crispy as I prefer; albeit being fried fresh on site.
Safe to say you could skip the diluted and bland tasting tong sui here, as none of the passed the test. Having said that, the desserts were surprisingly selling well, for reasons I don’t know. Seriously though, they are not worth your time and money, just forget about it.
Meng Kee is no doubt a good place for a cheap tea break but if you ask me if it deserves a special trip, I would have to say no. Fai Kei, on the other hand is actually worth the drive. Anyway, if you happen to be around (or after eating at Fai Kei) it certainly won’t hurt to take away some fritters back to office or home as snacks.Meng Kee You Tiao 明记油条
Jalan Lazat 1, Happy Garden
58200 Kuala Lumpur