Saturday, 22 November 2014

Restoran Leong Kee & Ming @ Hulu Bernam, Selangor

Leong Kee, as it is known to the locals is a famous stall that is located in Ulu Bernam, Selangor just after the boundary from Tanjung Malim, Perak. Though it is across the Bernam River, to locals this is still considered part of Tanjung Malim though they differ administratively. Previously, they were based right beside the old market in Tanjung Malim and that is where I used to go as a little boy. Sometime in the early 1990's, they had to move to cater for KTM's double track project and were relocated in a different location just about a 100 meters from the present place. It is only now where they have a physical restaurant to them and yet the cooking is still done outside like the yesteryear's as you could see from the photograph below.

Restaurant Leong Kee & Meng

Ah Leong Busy Cooking

Old Fashioned Cooking Area
In recent years, he has changed the name to Leong Kee & Ming to allow his son to become a partner in the business. The specialty here is that all food is prepared using charcoal stoves. He also sells only a few dishes and these are highly sought after. His prices have also just been raised minimally over the 30 plus years that I have been eating here but the food quality has never dropped. All his dishes are RM 8.00 flat. There are no various portion sizes and they are same across all his dishes, just one standard size. Since it is just the three of us here today, I would not be able to show you all his dishes, just a few to number but all extremely good.

Drinks Preparation Area

Cutlery In Hot Water

Excellent Chili Paste
We prefer to sit outdoors usually. The service is pretty fast and it is all family members that assist. They attend to you swiftly but from around 9 pm onwards, the waiting time can be long for the dishes and so it is advisable to come here around 7+ or for supper at around 11+. He is open till 3 am anyway. The above Chili Paste goes well with his Hokkien Mee which is absolutely delicious. We did not order the Hokkien Mee tonight as we were already quite full from lunch and so decided to just stick to some other dishes. The Chili Paste deserves a rating of 10/10 .

Pepper Soup with Noodles @ RM 8.00

Pepper Soup with Noodles @ RM 8.00
This Pepper Soup comes in two choices, with or without noodles. The noodles used is the Rice Vermicelli. This soup is filled with cabbage and pork slices and with a whole load of pepper that gets you sweating to all glory the moment you take the first sip. An excellent dish! Good also for a cold night and especially when one is having flu. He does not use the normal pepper and his pepper is procured at the Chinese Medical Halls. My dad wanted to just have this pepper soup and so we ordered the above dish with noodles for him. I would again rate this dish at 10/10 . Even the ones available in Damansara Hokkien Mee or Sentul Ah Yap does not come anywhere close to this.

Pepper Soup @ RM 8.00

Pepper Soup @ RM 8.00
My brother and I wanted to have just the plain soup and hence we ordered the above. Once again, just like the one above with noodles, this too was perfect and I would rate this at 10/10 .

Fried Kuey Teow @ RM 8.00

Fried Kuey Teow @ RM 8.00
This is by far the most sought after dish here. Usually by around 10 pm, the Kuey Teow is sold out. It comes with a raw egg on the top and has to be mixed thoroughly. Something that you would not be able to find elsewhere. Absolutely delicious dish. Again I would rate this 10/10 .

On the whole, this is an excellent place to visit for dinner or late night supper. The bill today came to RM 25.50 including drinks. The Herbal Tea here is only priced at RM 0.50 each as opposed to RM 1+ in Kuala Lumpur.  Besides the above, if you come in a large group, do also try his Hokkien Mee and Loh Mee, both are awesome. I have also introduced this stall to many of my friends in Kuala Lumpur and they did make day trips just to try this place out and the reviews have all been very positive. I am yet to meet someone who would say that the food here is bad or only average.

Address: Taman Seri Asa, Jalan Besar Ulu Bernam,
                35900 Hulu Bernam, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1900 - 0300 Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

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