Sin Hiap Kee looks like any unassuming kopitiam at first, but it’s more than meets the eye. What’s popular here are Indian-style curries interestingly prepared by a Chinese couple. There’s one thing you should consider before eating here though, that is their price is similar, and maybe even higher than the Nasi Kandar chains.
Although the coffee shop starts operating at 7am, the curry dishes are only available from 12pm onwards. Even before that, customers could be seen sitting around just waiting for them to come out of the kitchen.
If you come in a group, you can opt to have your chosen dishes served ala carte style – easier to share among your friends and family. Either that, or you can have it the normal “chap fan” style.
Fish head curry is the signature dish here so it should be on top of your priority list to try. The moment you order it, the lady boss will ask whether you want the cheap or expensive option: mackerel or red snapper. The whole red snapper head costs RM75, it’s way over our lunch budget so we settled for the mackerel slice instead @ RM14.
We enjoyed Chili Lala @ RM9 the most, it’s delicious and the cooking style is quite unique.
The Squid Curry is unexpectedly pricey, in fact more expensive than the fish at RM18 per portion. Fortunately it’s tasty enough to warrant the price tag. Mutton curry (RM9) was the only dish we didn’t fancy. It’s spicy alright but the curry somehow lacks aroma and tasted a little flat.
There are also a couple of fried dishes – chicken, prawn, fish egg and crispy sunny side up.
Overall, I can’t say we didn’t enjoy the food because most of the dishes we had were delicious. But safe to say we won’t be regulars at these prices. Lastly, we had no issue whatsoever with the lady boss who is said to be temperamental. She was friendly to us throughout the meal.
Restoran Sin Hiap Kee
32 Lorong Brunei Selatan
55100 Pudu, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2148 9557
Business hours: 7am – 7pm, closed on Sundays & Public Holidays