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Char Siew Wantan Noodles @ Restaurant Hock Lim, PJ State

I usually don’t have time for breakfast on Saturdays, as I give piano lessons in the morning. Since I had a free Saturday morning last week, rif took me to Hock Lim, PJ State for breakfast. At 9am, Seng Kee Wantan Mee was the busiest stall in the coffeeshop and we were there specially for the noodles. According to the auntie, she has been selling wantan mee for more than 30 years!We ordered a large plate of char siew wantan mee (RM5.30) to share. Almost every table in the coffeeshop had a plate (or more) of wantan mee. There were a few people waiting for their noodles, so it took about 10 minutes before ours arrived. The noodles had a springy and chewy texture. As seen from the photo above, each strand was well-coated with sticky dark sauce. rif usually orders the “cho mein” (broad egg noodles), but it is only available on Sundays. The char siew was very good – I felt that this was the highlight of the meal. Although it did not literally melt in my mouth (not as fatty as I like it to be), it was tender and well-flavoured. The wan tan had a soft, smooth skin that glides down the throat easily. I detected a strong hint of MSG in the soup, so I did not finish it. They run out of char siew very quickly, and only steamed chicken is left after that. Get there earlier if you want a share of the sticky, sweet and tender BBQ pork.I spotted a queue at the nasi lemak stall in front of the coffee shop, so I ordered one with ayam merah (RM3.80) to try. It was disappointingthe rice was not as creamy or fragrant as I like it to be. On top of that, the sambal was not spicy enough and the chicken was terribly dry. A good thing I asked for extra gravy, else I wouldn’t be able to eat the chicken!We also bought some egg tarts (RM1 each) from the pastry display at the coffeeshop. The tarts had a buttery, flaky crust and egg custard filling that was not too sweet. Not bad, but I prefer Tong Kee’s version to this.

I enjoyed my breakfast, and would definitely come here if I ever crave char siew wantan mee. For RM5.30 (large plate), it is slightly on the pricey side but the hearty portion makes up for it.

Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Wantan Noodles: 8/10 (non-halal) Nasi Lemak: 4/10 (halal)
Verdict: One of the best char siew wantan noodles I’ve eaten.

Seng Kee Wantan Mee
Restaurant Hock Lim
Jalan 52/18 (same row as KFC)
PJ New Town


22 Responses

  1. Life for Beginners

    Gosh, I guess I have to wake really early this Sat morn if I wanna get a taste of that char siew with my wantan mee… :)

  2. foodbin

    one of my fave place for wan ton mee but the server is quite ignorant-sometimes mixs up all the orders.

  3. thenomadGourmand

    wahh..thks for reviewing it! I read abt this in this in TimeOut (but a few mths ago heheh)..so its good ah?

    Unka n I went to Kam Heong instead, Sun morning aft tht unfortunately car incident, my mood definitely didnt improve frm the wan tan mee there. no good babes, no good.

  4. thule a.k.a leo

    other commendable wantan mee that I’ve tasted…
    1) Canton-i in 1Utama, Sunway Pyramid and The Garden Mid Valley
    2) Mel’s Corner at Section 17 PJ (don’t forget to ask for their white coffee too)

    PJ State is one area which I have not been to for ages :) haven’t explored thoroughly.

  5. Bangsar-bAbE

    leo – Canton-i a bit expensive, no? But yeah…I heard it’s quite good. Mel’s Corner…will check it out, since I’m always around that area. Thanks! ;)

    nomad – Yup, it’s good. But must go when got not many people, else she’ll rush. I don’t like it when she rushes…it affects the taste slightly.

    Never ate the wantan mee there…but yeah, if my car liddat, sure no mood to eat wan!! One day we go lar…maybe we do brekkie there before our chicken rice…kekeke!

  6. Bangsar-bAbE

    foodbin – Yea…it happens a lot during peak hours.

    LFB – Yup…I went there at almost 11am once, and only steamed chicken was left! =(

  7. lecoupletoy

    That is a real hearty breakfast babe!! Got wanton, nasi lemak, egg tarts, you are eating into lunch period.. My kind of brekkie!!!

  8. FOODnTRAVELla

    Wow! It looks yummy. Will make a trip there:-)

  9. CWF

    If you want to have nice nasi lemak, you may want to try this nasi lemak selling beside 7-eleven at Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Near Jalan Rahim Kajai. But it only sells in the morning. :)

  10. Nic (KHKL)

    i think it’s great that some wantan mee stalls prefer to serve the leaner char siew. it gives the customer a wider selection. too much fat char siew can be rather jelak sometimes, hor? hehehe…

    too bad about the nasi lemak. cos the redness of it was quite appetising.

    i like tong kee too! :D

  11. Bangsar-bAbE

    Nic – rif doesn’t like it too fatty but I love my char siew fat! =P

    Ya lor…I found it so disappointing, as it looked promising.

    CWF – Is that packet version or the custom nasi lemak?

  12. Bangsar-bAbE

    FOODnTRAVELla – Remember to go early! =)

    lecoupletoy – I did eat into lunch period! Too full to eat after that…kekeke. =P

  13. worldwindows

    That’s sticky caramel goodness. Always have a soft spot for char siew and siew yoke.

  14. J2Kfm

    aiks, how ironic! i posted on wantan mee also yday! hahaha ….
    your char siew looks more presentable though.
    the caramelized, sweeter version.

  15. CWF

    They usually sell in packet version. However, you can add extra ingredients such as chicken, sotong and etc.. :)

  16. taufulou

    wahh!!! looks nice and tempting and if only i could get up early..might try!~

  17. taufulou

    wahh!!! looks nice and tempting and if only i could get up early..might try!~

  18. Bangsar-bAbE

    taufulou – Set alarm clock! =P

    CWF – Thanks! Will go check it out…

    J2Kfm – Yup, what a coincidence! Your char siew looks pretty good too!

    Reminds me of the char siew I always eat in Sitiawan… ;)

  19. Bangsar-bAbE

    worldwindows – Time to pay them a visit!

  20. hApPy HaPpY

    the char siew looks good, can't wait to try it.

  21. Bangsar-bAbE

    hApPy HaPpY – Enjoy!

  22. cahimle

    char siew…my favorite

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