On Kee Restaurant (安記芽菜雞飯) in Kampung Cempaka is said to serve pretty good kai si hor fun and steamed chicken, which intrigued me as I was craving a good bowl of hor fun prior to my trip to Ipoh late last year. This visit was in November, when interstate travel wasn’t allowed/encouraged just yet.
Since it was our first time at On Kee, we decided to go with what was recommended – based on the photo display on their wall. Unfortunately, they didn’t have wantan mee or sui kow, which limited us to the option of curry laksa, kai si hor fun and a portion of steamed chicken.
Despite people claiming the kai si hor fun at On Kee is good, I found it quite average. The broth was tasty but a tad lighter in flavour that I would like it to be. As for the hor fun, it was too coarse so it didn’t do justice to the delicate broth. But the prawn dumplings were delicious – plump, juicy prawns and of generous portion too. It was a good mouthful.
The curry laksa was also just alright in my opinion. Definitely not Ipoh-style from the looks of it as well as the taste. But if you’re not fussed about the origins of your curry laksa, this is decent enough to enjoy with steamed chicken or roast meats.
I asked for a combo of siew yuk and char siew for my curry noodles since we ordered a portion of steamed chicken to share. The siew yuk was tasty but char siew lacked fatty bits so it erred on the dry side.
Jien and I both thought the gravy for the steamed chicken was tasty. Granted the chicken wasn’t as smooth, the sauce made up for its shortcomings. On Kee also serves roast chicken but we didn’t opt for it since steamed chicken is best when it comes to eating kai si hor fun.
All in all, On Kee is a decent option if you’re around the area. Nothing close to what you would get in Ipoh but I reckon if you need a buffer, this is one. Not too exorbitantly priced either; we paid about RM6.50 per bowl of noodles and RM8 (if I remembered correctly) for the chicken.
Food: 5.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Try the steamed chicken.
Restoran On Kee 安記芽菜雞飯
Jalan PJU 1/5,
47301 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 016-519 3438
Business hours: 8am till 5.30pm