You’d be surprised how in a big town with a huge predominantly Chinese population, finding good Chinese food can still be a tough challenge. Yes, Klang is renowned for its famous Bak Kut Tehs and seafood (though I feel the crown has been lost to other coastal towns in Selangor). But when it comes to local hawker fare such as chicken rice, Hokkien mee, prawn mee and char koay teow, I’ve been searching high and low to find the good ones.
Lo and behold, my search for a beef noodle and char koay teow recommended by a fellow foodie, brought me to a small and old residential neighbourhood of Taman Berkeley in northern Klang. After mistakenly thought that the restaurant I was looking for is closed, I ended up in Mr Lee Restaurant few shops away.
It’s a restaurant that apparently specialises in Ipoh hor fun as well as steamed chicken and other roasted meats (char siew & siew yuk). Being a glutton I am, I wanted to try as many items my big belly can take. So I ordered a dry Ipoh Hor Fun with Prawn Wantan (RM6), and a quarter steamed chicken (RM12).
The Ipoh Hor Fun comes in a decent portion. The kuey teow they used here is not as smooth as I would like them to be, but they are still better than most of the mediocre ones out there. Tastewise, one of the better ones I had outside Ipoh and the famous one at Imbi.
The Ipoh Hor Fun I ordered comes with four decent-sized prawn wantans, served in a separate bowl that also includes a piece of Yau Mak vege, and broth that not surprisingly added with MSG. The prawn wantans themselves are quite enjoyable even though the size could have been bigger. There are a whole small prawn in each of those wantans though.
Now the steamed chicken. I specifically asked for the drumstick and thigh parts as I am not a fan of chicken breasts and ribs. When it arrives, my first thought is the skin looks really good but the meat itself looks rather bland and uninviting. But one bite into it and my worries are gone. While it is not the best that I ever have, it does strike a fine balance with its tenderness, smooth skin, and the flavorful soya sauce.
So there you go, a blessing in disguise. Failed to find my initial target but ended up discovering another gem. All in all, this eatery has the potential to be a top one of their kind. If I have any qualm at all, it would be their watery chilli paste. I find it quite unacceptable for a chicken rice shop to underestimate the importance of a thick and spicy chilli paste. Having said that, I would still definitely return to sample other items on their menu, and bring others to check it out too.😉
Mr Lee Restaurant (李想吃烧腊店)
21, Lebuh Bangau, Taman Berkeley, 41150 Klang, Selangor
Business hours: Mon to Sun, 830am to 830pm
Tel: 0111 5380677