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August 27, 2012

Koon Kee Wantan Mee

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Wantan mee

Wantan mee isn’t something I crave for unless it comes with curry laksa broth or topped with flavourful pai kuat. My first Koon Kee experience was at age 17, when a friend took me here for lunch after finishing a school project in Petaling Street. It wasn’t a pleasant lunch – the place was filthy and I spotted a huge rat running around.

The wantan noodles were sloppily placed on the plate and it was way too oily to enjoy. My second visit 2 years ago further etched my disapproval of Koon Kee’s wantan noodles, and despite the close proximity of my current workplace to Koon Kee, I never set foot in that stall.

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Those unpleasant memories of Koon Kee played a big role in my decision not to set foot in the Damansara Utama outlet. But after more than 2 years of being a stubborn old cow, I finally gave it a shot. The Koon Kee in Damansara Utama I mean. Since I had a dental appointment a few doors away, It was somewhat convenient to eat there. Besides, rif found a parking spot right in front of the shop.

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Spot the cabbage!

Good thing we got there before the lunch crowd kicked in – my order of wantan mee (RM4.50 – small, RM5 – large) arrived in just 10 minutes. Unlike the Petaling Street version, this plate of wantan mee came with cabbage instead of the usual mustard greens. Taste wise, it was decent.

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Perfectly al dente

The noodles were evenly coated with the sauce, comprising dark soy sauce, soy sauce and onion oil. Texture wise, it was nicely al dente up to the last bite. Sadly, the char siew slices were lean and dry with hardly any aroma. I prefer the wantan mee at Hock Lim in PJ State – the gravy is darker and more flavourful while the char siew slices have a better ratio of fat and meat.

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Curry laksa

I also tried the curry laksa (RM4.50 – small, RM5 – large) which was nothing to shout about. I guess you can’t always trust the tips on Foursquare. The broth was spicy, but lacked richness and fragrance from the coconut milk. On the plus side, the aunty was pretty generous with the raw cockles and chicken slices.

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Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Decent wantan mee, but not to my liking.

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Koon Kee
Jalan SS21/37,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya,

21 Responses

  1. i’ve never eaten a wantan mee anywhere that i’ve loved, but i’m in lust with the plump cockles in that curry mee 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahaha…I knew you would love the cockles. 😉

  2. Kash

    Would do anything to eat wantan mee now!!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Learn to make wantan mee? But I understand how you feel. Was so desperate to eat pan mee when I was overseas, I made some for dinner. Tasted anything but pan mee. Lol!

      1. Kash

        Tell me about it! I can get HK style wanton mee(very dry noodles) but as usual it’s at least an hours drive to the city, same for dim sum. Sigh…Can’t get the proper thick soy sauce here, everything mainly the sweet type(Cap Kipas Udang, Ayam Brand).

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Poor you! 🙁

  3. I liek my wonton mee dark, the darker the nicer ;P

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Me too! Hehehe… 🙂

  4. I saw a Koon Kee restaurant at PJ Uptown ..
    is it one of the branch?

  5. Bernard

    Try Big Fat Guy restaurant’s authentic Penang prawn mee, you won’t regret it. Same row with Uptown Wondermilk.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You mean Fat Spoon?

  6. wow they have branch indamansara utama now??i jus went to the petaling street branch one week ago…didn’t manage to try their char siew (finished by the time we arrived) but I like the sang mee texture..is the springy type (just like the translucent yellow rubber band springyness)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Don’t put too high hopes in the char siew. It’s nothing to shout about hehehe…

  7. Hello girl, have you heard of a pan mee stall in KL called ‘Jo-jo’ pan mee? I’d not been in KL for a long time, and last week one of my friend from Kuching mentioned about it, and I was totally oblivious!
    By the way, great food blog! keep up the work! 🙂

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yup, it’s nearby Koon Kee. I find the pan mee ok only though…

      1. i find the pan mee quite ok too…nothing much too awesome…I prefer Lim Kee Pan Mee just 500m away…

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Lim Kee? Never heard of that…

  8. jmci

    This Koon Kee might not be the branch of the famous Petaling Street one. The texture of the mee is different. I’ve come across a few wantan mee stalls/shops who use the same name – either by coincidence or to ‘tumpang’ the original shop’s popularity.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Thanks for sharing this.

  9. Timothy Chew

    Looks awesome. I haven’t try it yet.

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