I'm sure most have heard about this well-established restaurant in Pudu KL serving hearty Chinese zi-char (dishes cooked upon order meant for sharing). Arriving at dinner time on a weekend, the restaurant was quite packed despite the spacious alfresco seating.
The service was prompt and we ordered several signature dishes as recommended by the waiter.
Steamed Song Fish Head (5/5)
As we came in a larger group, we managed to order two versions of their iconic Song Fish (Bighead Carp): Steamed Cantonese-style, and Steamed with Minced Ginger. Both fish heads were fresh and did not have any "muddy" taste.
The Cantonese-style featured a tasty soy sauce mixture and was garnished with julienned ginger, garlic oil, chillies, scallions, and cilantro. The fish was cooked beautifully and I highly recommend enjoying this dish with white rice!
The minced ginger version had copious amounts of ginger and fried garlic, resulting in an aromatic sauce that complements the fish. A must-try if you like ginger. I personally find it a tad too spicy and preferred the fish steamed Cantonese-style.
Pumpkin Tofu (4.5/5)
As someone who enjoys the sweetness of pumpkin, this was a stunning dish. The silky smooth egg tofu is deep-fried and cooked in rich pumpkin sauce with shrimp and snow peas. Another dish that goes so well with rice!
Salted Egg Tofu (5/5)
The crowd was in the mood for tofu so we ordered another tofu dish. Coated with salted egg and deep-fried to crispy perfection, this tofu dish was an umami party in the mouth. The sauce was a good balance of salty and sweet. If you're not keen on tofu, you could try their Salted Egg Squid - also a bestseller.
Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Leaves (4/5)
The greens were still crunchy and had just enough fragrance from the garlic oil.
Spinach Soup with Century Eggs (4/5)
We ordered a soupy vegetable dish to remedy the cold rainy night. Prepared with superior broth, the dish was both flavourful and refreshing with the addition of century eggs, wolfberries and anchovies.
It was a satisfying meal that featured fresh ingredients, sizeable portions, and reasonable prices for KL standards. The restaurant was clean and the service was prompt. Do give it a try if you're craving some good Chinese zi-char in KL!
Food : 4/5
Price : 4/5
Environment : 3.5/5
Service : 3.5/5
Must order : Steamed Song Fish Head and Salted Egg Tofu/Squid
Opening Hours Daily (11:30am–3pm, 5:30–10pm)
Restoran Mun Kee Steam Fish Head 4926A, Jalan Seladang, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur