Now this is probably a well-known secret among Petaling Jaya folks, but for me it is a new found gem. Claimed by many as the best Ipoh Hor Fun (Kuey Teow Soup) outside Ipoh, I have been wanted to check this place out eons ago but never got to do so until recently.
This Restoran Soo Kee (no link whatsoever with the Soo Kee in Imbi), in a very nondescript shoplot, is located at SEA Park, a neighbourhood better known for its famous roasted ducks than anything else. A mother-and-son duo operates this popular restaurant, and tables are limited so do come early to avoid the peak hours crowd. Parking is another headache too, as this eatery is right opposite the wet market, with high volume of vehicles coming in and out this area.
But once you have tasted their Ipoh Hor Fun, all problems and headaches will be forgotten instantly. The kuey teow itself is excellent, with its smooth texture that can rivals those found in Ipoh (I know Ipoh langs will violently object to this statement). The thinly-sliced prawns tasted very fresh, although it was a tad too thin, and together with some shredded chicken and the fantastic broth, truly makes this an absolute delight to have.
If you are not into soup-based food, fret not as you can always opt for the dry version. Mixed with soy sauce and with the same ingredients as the soup-version, this is very enjoyable too, with the rich taste of the soy sauce goes so well with the smooth flat noodle.
But your visit here would not be complete without ordering their steamed chicken with oyster sauce (poached chicken a.k.a. “pak cham kai“). In fact, this fantastic chicken dish’s fame is starting to shadow over their Ipoh Hor Fun. It actually looks pretty ordinary, just normal-looking steamed chicken, with generous amount of oyster sauce over it.
But look can be deceiving as I found out here. This poached chicken is got to be one of the best I have eaten so far. The chicken is just so tender and succulent, coupled nicely with the aromatic oyster sauce. My only complaint would be the overwhelming oyster cause that can be too salty.
Nice prawn wantan (“sang har wan tan“) is not easy to find in Klang Valley anymore, but Restoran Soo Kee is the place to go if you want some. Instead of pork fillings, you will find one prawn wrapped inside. Chunky enough to bite enjoyably, but too small though for its price. One hungry soul can easily eat 10 of these I reckon.
With so many good food at offer, I would come back again for sure, especially when I am craving for Ipoh Hor Fun and can’t afford to drive 2 hours up north for it. The only setbacks would be the relatively small portion, I can easily wallop 2 bowls of the Hor Fun, and the slightly high price. But then again, I am sure most of you would not mind paying a little extra to taste truly excellent food amidst all the mediocre food out there.
Restoran Soo Kee
Address: 33, Jalan 21/17,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Telephone: 03-7876 7736
Operating Hours/Days: 8:30am – 2:30pm (Closed on alternate Wednesdays)