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Hong Ngek, Jalan Tun HS Lee, Kuala Lumpur

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I’ve dined at Hong Ngek many times but since all of my visits were work lunches, I never got around to blogging about this place. Now that I work far away from KL, I miss this place terribly. I miss the crab meatball, fish fillet curry, herbal chicken and BBQ pork ribs (that is REALLY good).

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Crab meatball

Here are pictures of most of the dishes I’ve eaten at Hong Ngek – except the noodles because I was too hungry and forgot about the camera. I’ve taken travellers (including Brian from Adventurocity) and friends here, and they’ve all enjoyed the food. Unfortunately, this place is only open for lunch from Monday to Saturday and I rarely have Saturday afternoons free anymore.

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BBQ Pork Ribs

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Inside the crab meatball…

What I do when I get to Hong Ngek is to order the BBQ pork ribs; before I even get my table. This is a limited dish so after 1pm, chances are, you just missed a great finger-licking experience. Even a colleague, claiming to be on a diet, ate a whole large rib by herself.

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Fish fillet curry (taken with my old iPhone 3GS)

Fish fillet curry is one of my must order here. The fish is boneless and deep fried till crunchy before curry gravy and vegetables are added inside. It is aromatic and thick with a good oomph from the spices. Terribly addictive with white rice.

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Yam basket

If you’re big on yam baskets, Hong Ngek does a pretty decent version with stir-fried chicken and vegetables in the centre. When I’m done with the yam, I like to nibble on the fried noodle bits used as a base and decor.

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Herbal chicken

My colleague loves the herbal chicken here, but it’s not my kind of dish. That aside, Hong Ngek does it quite well. rif has popped by for lunch several times, and when he does, we order a bit more than the usual. Hence the deep fried pork knuckle with Mongolian sauce and braised pork knuckle on a subsequent visit.

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Deep fried pork knuckle with Mongolian sauce

I like the fried pork knuckle better. I can’t quite describe the taste, but the Mongolian sauce tastes like a cross between curry sauce, BBQ sauce and butter milk sauce. I’ve also tried the Hakka pork belly with yam slices and rice vermicelli fried with pork belly. The latter is bad for you, but also so good to eat.

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Braised pork knuckle (taken with my old iPhone 3GS)

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Hakka pork belly with yam (taken with my old iPhone 3GS)

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Tau kan tofu

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Stir-fried French beans

My food orders have always been the same when I go to Hong Ngek. This is how I get when I’m comfortable with a place and happy with the food; I never try anything else. rif thinks I’m missing out on the possibility of discovering tastier dishes, and I know he’s right. Let me get past the crab meatball and fish curry, and we’ll see. 😉

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Oyster and egg yolk meat ball. Tried this when they ran out of crab meatball…

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Old school cooking done well.

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Hong Ngek
50, Jalan Tun HS Lee,
50000, Kuala Lumpur
Tel:03-2078 7852
Business hours: 10:30am to 7pm (Mon-Fri), 10:30am to 5pm (Sat)
Closed on Sunday
GPS Coordinates: N 3 08.903 E 101 41.849


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12 Responses

  1. KY

    I want that fish filet curry, except maybe with fish head 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Go try! 😀

  2. The oyster and egg yolk meat ball look like mooncake because of the egg yolk. lol..

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Lol now that you mentioned it, ya!! We should arrange to go makan there. 😀 You’ll like the food.

  3. ooo, it’s nice to have pork knuckle of both the braised and crispy variety. i like both, and it’s often difficult to decide which one to order, if a restaurant offers both 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I’m sure you can finish both. 😛

  4. ulric

    An old haunt of my mum and I during my schooldays…we always order their crab meatballs, wok-fried ‘tong fun’ and the ‘po li kai’ (glass chicken?…hahaha)! =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, the tong fun is quite good too. But I like the kau yuk mai fun better hehe.

      1. ulric

        Wat is it with u n pork fat huh?…hahahaha 😛

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Where got? 😛

  5. Jenny Chee

    Wow foods look so good . I wanna go and try it 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You really should Jenny! It’s good food. 😀

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