Shin Kee Beef Noodles is one of the famous beef noodle stalls in Petaling Street. The stall has been around since the 1930s and their original Hakka beef noodle recipe is still being preserved by the current third-generation owners.
The place is usually packed but there was no queue at all when I visited (hooray to off-peak dining hours!). Do try to avoid 12pm-2pm as you'd likely have to share a table with strangers after surviving the queue.
While they only serve beef noodles, there're a few customisations to decide upon when ordering:
Type of beef soup – Fresh Beef Slices, Beef Balls, Fresh Beef Slices+Beef Balls, or Beef Mix (a mix of beef innards, fresh beef slices and beef balls). *Add on serving of beef parts can be requested but additional charges will apply
Type of noodle - Meehoon (rice vermicelli), Mee (yellow noodles), Loh Shee Fun (rice pin noodles), or Horfun (flat rice noodles)
Noodles in soup, or Dry Noodles (noodles and soup served separately)
Size - Big(RM12) or Small(RM10)
Mix Beef Dry Mee+Meehoon (4.5/5)
The noodles were topped with a generous dollop of stewed beef mince and dark soy sauce mixture. Aromatic and savoury, the beef mince made the noodles delicious enough to enjoy on its own - it's comparable to a drier version of Chinese Zha Jiang Mien (炸酱面 or Fried Sauce Noodles).
Prepared with beef bones, the accompanying clear beef soup has a light beefy flavour. It comes with generous pieces of beef, beef tripe, beef balls, and raw beef slices. The bouncy beef balls are so much better than the typical store-bought frozen ones! I also particularly love the tender raw beef slices as they added extra beefy goodness to the soup.
Mix Beef Hor Fun Soup (4.5/5)
Growing up with Hainanese beef noodles, beef mince is not an ingredient I'm accustomed to seeing in beef noodles, much less in beef noodle soups. So imagine my curiosity when this bowl of beef noodle soup was topped with stewed minced beef!
I gave it all a good mix and voila, the clear beef soup has turned a darker shade of brown. Surprisingly, the stewed beef mince didn't make the soup too oily and only intensified the beefy flavours. After trying the soup and dry noodles, both are delicious in their own ways so order whichever tickles your taste buds.
Not forgetting their homemade chilli sauce : spicy and salty with a strong sour tang, this chilli sauce pairs perfectly with the array of delicious beef toppings. A whole bottle is available on each table so go all out if you love it spicy!
Overall, I fully understand why Shin Kee Beef Noodles remains a local favourite after around 90 years in business. While newer beef noodle establishments might offer larger menus and more comfortable dining areas, Shin Kee continues to serve delicious bowls of beef noodles with a side of nostalgia from their humble establishment. A must-try if you're after a taste of old KL.
Sabbylicious Makan Rating
Food : 4.5/5
Price : 4/5
Environment : 3/5
Service : 4/5
Must order : Beef Noodles
Operating Hours Thursday - Monday (10.30am - 7pm)
Tuesday (10.30am - 6pm)
Closed on Wednesday
Sin Kiew Yee Shin Kee Beef Noodles
7a, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur