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Hong Ngek

In a neighbourhood of Indian and Malay eateries that change hands almost yearly, Hong Ngek stands out for its Chinese menu and its staying power.
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50 Jln. Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Overview

In a neighbourhood of Indian and Malay eateries that change hands almost yearly, Hong Ngek stands out for its Chinese menu and its staying power. Opened in the 1940's by an immigrant from Fujian, this casual joint still packs in lunchtime crowds with show-off specialties such as "two-way" pomfret—a whole fish shorn of one fillet, then steamed and served with its missing half, stir-fried with sweet peppers, celery and black pepper—and simpler bites like niangao, chewy rice cakes with pork, shrimp and cabbage. This is the spot for the city's most deliciously wok hei–infused Hokkien mee (stir-fried thick noodles and pork seasoned with black soy sauce) and a blast from the culinary past in the form "salad chicken"—half a bird boned, pressed, stuffed with ham, deep-fried, and served alongside chunks of fresh pineapple dressed with salad cream. Eat here once and owner Liew Hing Ling will recognize you next time, even if it's three years later. "I don't forget faces," she smiles, displaying an attention to detail that's as evident at the table as it is at the front of the house.

Tel:
+60 3 2078 7852

 

 

Published on Mar 22, 2010

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