Kedai Makan Toong Kwoon Chye is truly a culinary institution in Kuala Lumpur selling one of the better wantan mee (dumplings noodles) back from 1930s. Wow that means my grandfather's days!! 3 generations on, the Yap family is still holding on strong here. The kopitiam (coffee shop) still have a few old school marble topped tables which have since turned a gray completes with wooden kopitiam chairs.
This is how the cooking station looks like with the 3rd generation Yap working on our noodles.
Their noodles are still homemade which is done the way I liked - al-dente, still springy like in Mandarin they termed it as 'Q'. Its specialities include noodles serve with braised mushrooms and chicken feet; char siew (chargrilled pork) and wantan (dumplings) where the noodles can be served in soup or dry; a true Hakka dish of deep fried pork (char yuk) braised with black fungus (mook yue); steamed chicken and dry curry chicken.
Hubby ordered the dry style curry chicken noodles (RM6.00) which costed slightly on the high side since he order one and a half portion of the noodles. When it arrives, his eyes literally lit up as this is the dry curry noodles he likes. Other places usually mix their noodles with the dark soy sauce concoction before ladle on the curry. Toong Kwoon Chye's style was simply curry over plain noodles. I had a bite and I have to say its pretty good. The santan (coconut milk) nor curry powder did not over power the taste of the curry chicken.
I ordered my favourite char siew wantan meen (RM4.00 for small portion) in dry style. My taste agreed with the dark and slightly oily sauce. I can practically eat this everyday! The wantans are a major disappointment though, lacking in fillings and taste.
Other times I've eated their steamed chicken noodles (wart kai meen) where the chicken meat is tender and juicy. They used to served steamed soup as well for lunch but has since stopped. Their herbal chicken soup is extremely hearty with a large piece of drumstick sitting inside the bowl but too bad you'll need to go else where for this.
Kedai Makanan Toong Kwoon Chye 'Mee'
9, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Opening Hours: 7.00am to 7.00pm daily but closed on alternate Wednesdays
Toong Kwoon Chye is located next to the Royale Bintang Hotel right towards the end of Jalan Bukit Bintang. Map can be found here.
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