Sunday, April 27, 2008

the upper echelons of dhall-dom

Huat Kee Fish ball on Jalan Loke Yew was recently closed for 10 days and this was our second visit back to try the dancing fish balls... Lucky for us, it was open this time!

Touted as one of the BEST fishball in KL, we just had to try it!

Since the build up to this place had been so great, we were expecting great things for this fishball.
Well, the 'konlow' (dry) noodles was at best, average. It wasn't terribly tasty or different from other kwey-teow noodles we have tried.

The fish balls were small and rather so-so as well... Though the style is rather different, we much prefer the foochow fish ball/mee-suah shop on Jalan Yew (which as recently moved, just a block across the street. Not too far walking distance; near a Cantonese Methodist Church and opposite Fathima Court.)

Photo of the old location of Foochow fishball/mee suah place (Hup Yick)

New place the fishball moved to.. called Taste of Foo Chow (click to enlarge)

Anyway, back to Huat Kee, even the owner doesn't eat his own fishballs.. and that's telling you plenty.. innit?


Hmmmm... after that rather unsatisfying meal..we were still hungry....
So, the man, suggested we go look for more food... near San Peng flats...

Ah! I see it! My all time favourite Chapati stall... ! The TIGER! The man! (or should i say WOMAN.. because the owner is this cute, unassuming indian lady...)

Out on the walk way of Tiger Jit Singh Capati stall, the pickles simmer and dry in the noon-day sun... the smell is intoxicating... makes me want to tapau some to snack on in front of the TV later... :)

Here it is ... that wonderful thing called Chapati! The ones they serve here fresh, are a little doughy but really tasty.. and go down oh, so well, with the mutton curry .. (as you will soon see...)

The yellow dhall (chick pea) is magnificent... full of flavour, and chunky with chick pea bits. None of that watered-down nonsense that some places dish out...
but while the yellow dhall is delicious...


It's the GREEN dhall that i totally KILL for!.... Mmmmmmmm... green lentils.. the best! And this place does it amazingly well... I just died and went to heaven..

Anyway, be it Yellow or Green, this transcends to the upper echelons of dhall-dom.

The mutton here can hold its own too, i tell ya. Soft and succulent, and full of tendon and cartiligeous bits... none of that hard-meat "cooked to death" stuff, that has you fighting with your food, tooth and nail...

Finally, wash it down with the cool, cool lassi... and know that the world has become a better place the moment this meal entered into it :):)

The Fish :4/10
The Tiger:7/10
(the Tiger wins.. hands down!)


team bsg said...

what an X-eating chronicle ! we have 2 meet on earth fast ( unfoochow balls also never mind ) before we meet later in heaven as we 2 will die with da maatttttons !

boo_licious said...

I have yet to visit Huat Kee, heard not too great things abt it. You shld have also hopped next door to Tiger Jit for the yummy prawn mee laden with deep fried pork lard cubes. Sinful stuff...

Precious Pea said...

11.31 p.m. and feeling hungry now. CAPATI for breakfast tomorrow!!!!

yammylicious said...

i can see through your pic tat how great is tye fish ball!! fish ball surface look so shining!

Big Boys Oven said...

oph I am a chapati fan! chaaaapati!

Jason said...

Oo.. Bummer~ Luckily the capati saved the day!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Looks like Tiger Jit Singh saved the day, huh? I've seen it so often everytime I go for the prawn noodles a couple of stalls away, and I've never succeeded in dragging myself away from that stall to try anything else. The flesh is indeed weak.

As for Huat Kee, tried it a coupla times but not impressed at all. And you're lucky that they were open when you visited. They close on random days (due to the whims of the owner perhaps?) so if you're making a trip out specially to eat it, be prepared to be disappointed. (But fear not, just cross the street to Red Leaf some yummy selections there - fish head noodles, pan mee, wantan mee, etc...all good.) Likewise with that Foochow place. I found it rather disappointing.

sweetpea said...

Very tempting lah - I'm on the my to the mutton & the cool lassi!

Nic (KHKL) said...

do i see lard on the fishball noodle!!! nice! too bad that didnt enhance the taste...sigh...

but...ohh...the hot and spicy mutton...the cooling lassi...a perfect combo! ar, can add a dessert after that? hehehe...

redSeptember said...

cud you please tell me exactly where the tiger is hiding?

macam best je! i drooling alr. heehhehe

landmarks... anything!

Julian Si said...

Really good write-up, I must try the chapathi!

Hmm, nice SPY SHOT on the fishball owner's ta-pow makan box!!

Ciao.. is off to Macau!

sweetpea said...

Making my way to the mutton & cool lassi!

Imbi & Itchy said...

you really know where to go dig for good food, a real true blue food enthusiast :-) hope i have the courage to go down to old klang road in search of these jewels one day!

CUMI & CIKI said...

team bsg:
farnee! 1st iv heard of un-foochow balls

set... prawn mee next on agenda!

precious pea:

shiny is bad!

join da club


lyrical lemongrass:
red leaf huh? will look out 4it cheers!

no room for dessert:( haha

the tiger is on jalan san peng... kl

bon voyage.. enjoy macau!

aye aye!

imbi & itchy:
be bold! be strong.. and follow thy stomach! haha