** This stall has moved to Medan Selera Berlian, Jinjang Selatan **
For some reason, I notice that popular food vendors from Petaling Street like to branch out into Kepong/Jinjang area. It started with Hon Kee porridge, followed by the Portuguese grilled fish, Sze Ngan Chye roast duck and most recently Fried Hokkien Mee.
The Fried Hokkien mee mentioned is none other than Kim Lian Kee‘s – inarguably the most famous Hokkien mee restaurant in KL, since it’s billed as the birth place of this ubiquitous noodle.
However, do note that this stall is not the branch of Kim Lian Kee. After a brief chat with the owners (two brothers) only I knew that they are actually the nephews of Kim Lian Kee’s current owner.
From what I was told, they used to work as chefs at Kim Lian Kee for more than 30 years. It’s not until last year that they decided to pursue their own ventures after being encouraged by their father. After all, they possess all the relevant skills and experience to operate a fried noodles stall.
Keeping true to the family’s tradition, charcoal is used to fry every kind of noodle they have to offer may it be Hokkien mee, Wat Tan Hor, Lor Mee or Cantonese Yee Mee. Besides Hokkien Mee, we also ordered a Wat Tan Hor just for the sake of trying. The prices are reasonable enough, only RM14 for two plates of noodles.
Although there was a backlog of orders, the noodles arrived rather quickly. I think it took less than 5 minutes for them to serve us.
At first glance, the dark and luscious Hokkien mee looked and smelled promising enough, complete with a good amount of crunchy lards at the side. As for the taste test, it certainly meets expectations and we thought the chili paste was excellent.
The Wat Tan Hor was pretty normal though, as the noodles lacked ‘wok hei’ that’s crucial to accentuate the flavor. Besides, the gravy looks a bit peculiar too being a lot darker than usual. That said, it wasn’t terrible considering I finished all of it, but it wasn’t great either.
One other thing that we liked about this stall is the friendliess of the owners, they are really humble and down to earth to earth folks who seem genuinely happy to serve their customers.
Kim’s Petaling Street Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee is located in Jinjang Utara’s hawker centre, it is where the famous Ipoh Road Yong Tau Fu can also be found.
Pusat Penjaja Jinjang Utara
Jalan Jinjang, Jinjang Utara
52000 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: 7am – 3pm