When I read about how Carol of Oh For The Love of Food! raved about her aunt’s wantan mee, I straight away made up my mind to check it out. Located at the PJ New Town area where finding a parking spot can be as difficult as finding a good wantan mee in Klang Valley, one need to have mighty patience to round and round that area.
Well, I rounded that area extra more times as I just can’t seems to be able to see any Restoran Hock Lim there. After awhile, I decided to park my car and continue my hunt on foot. Just minutes before my MD loses his patience, I saw it from a distance, Seng Kee Wanton Mee stall.
There is no signboard outside to tell you that this is Restoran Hock Lim, except for a lighted drinks menu inside. But one look at this old-styled coffee shop, you know there got to be good food here.
After placing my orders with the woman at the stall, I asked her if she’s the aunt of Carol, just to be friendly. But no discounts, kekeke. The cook (I assumed he’s the uncle) seems to be cooking the noodle non-stop. In fact besides the couple, they have another 2 helpers as their business is so brisk.
Once you have placed your orders, it won’t be long before one of the helper comes to you with chopsticks and the customary green chillis. But don’t be too happy yet, as the wait for the noodle to actually be served can be really lengthy. My first visit there was ok, only waited for about 10 minutes. But the second visit me and my colleagues waited for at least 25 minutes. So if you have a strict 1-hour lunch, you can basically forget about this.
But fortunately, the wait was all worth it. The first thing that you will noticed when you take your first mouthful, is how springy the noodle is. The texture was really good, although still lacking if compared to the mighty Ang Kee Wantan Mee at Restoran OK.
The taste was really nice too, with the right amount of soy sauce and other ingredients. They are very generous with the char siew as well. The char siew is more lean than fat type, will definitely appeals more to the fairer sex. They are very chunky and the taste is sweeter than usual. Very nice, though I thought it was a little bit too dry if you ask me.
And what is wantan mee without the wantan right? Well, the wantan here is not exactly big, but the good thing is the thickness of the skin is just right and the fillings tasted fresh. The soup has a very MSG-ish taste to it though.
Besides the default char siew and the wantan that comes with the noodle, you can also order Siew Yuk and Poached Chicken as well. The siew yuk is alright, without any overpowering porky taste although just like the char siew, it was a bit too dry.
Thumbs up for the poached chicken as I really like the fresh taste. As I mentioned before many times on this blog, the sight of blood on chicken meat is a very big turn off for me. But thank goodness there was none of it here. They serve the chicken plainly, with just minimal amount of soy sauce and oil. No fried shallots, spring onions or taugeh (beansprouts).
No doubt Seng Kee Wantan Mee does serve good wantan mee. The noodle itself is definitely nicer than the average out there. While the char siew and siew yuk are more to the downside, their wantans and poached chicken scored highly in my book.
But I do have to warn you, based on my three visits there, the quality swings from good to mediocre and back to good. It seems like their quality suffers whenever there is a big crowd patronising their stall. So go there earlier for better taste, and easier to find a table as well as a parking spot. Pricewise, they are basically in line with most of the wantan mee stalls with prices start at RM3.50 onwards. Do check it out and you might want to give your feedback to Carol.
Seng Kee Wanton Mee at Restoran Hock Lim
Address: 18 & 20, Jalan 52/18 (Jln Tengah),
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
*facing Menara MBPJ*
Operating Hours/Days: 8:00am to 3:00pm, Daily (except some Saturdays according to the owner)
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