One thing I always thought Bangsar South needed was an ol’ school kopitiam that serves the local Malaysian favorites. This area, despite being small in size, literally is a food paradise for those from this side of town. With a variety of cuisines available, one is literally spoilt for choice here. Despite that though, I always thought an ol’ school kopitiam will be a hit here. Yes, there is Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock but …. I dont knowlahh, for some reason it does not register in my head as a kopitiam and most importantly, the food at the Bangsar South outlet is somewhat mediocre.
Anyways, when I saw Hock Kee a month a go, boy was I excited. I waited and waited for the right time to give it a try and a month later, here I was. Why a month later?Well, this kopitiam has been a hit since it opened doors among the folks working in the area. During lunch hour, its always full house with a long waiting line. The best time to visit is perhaps during the weekends or during non peak hours as well as public holidays.
The kopitiam is located on the Ground floor of Nexus in Bangsar South. Parking was easy. Especially with the Raya holidays at the moment, The basement carpark at Nexus was mostly empty during my visit. Parking rates were: RM 2 for first hour, RM 2 for each subsequent hour.
Despite me dropping by after lunch hour, the eatery was still busy. It was mostly occupied with some empty seats here and there. Still a loud, boisterous environment, filled with overlapping conversations. Ordering was easy as there was a QR code ordering system whereby you scan the code, access the menu and place your order online. The only downside to that is their enormous menu. They offer a variety of dishes and going through the menu on the phone was quite ‘lecehlahhhh’. Food arrived pretty fast.
….. Yup. Imagine scrolling through this on the phone? Pening oooooooo. Soooo many dishes.
Satay Fried Kuey Teow, RM 15.90
This dish was tasty but it was missing two things. Firstly, the satay. Where is this satay? I did not see any satay on my plate. Satay is skewered meat, usually served with peanut sauce. There was peanut sauce but no satay. It is very misleading to include the word SATAY in a dish and then not provide it. Haiyaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Satay Fried Kuey Teow is not a common combination and as it included 2 dishes I liked, hence why I decided to order this dish. If you are not going to provide the satay and instead only serve up fried kuey teow with a side of peanut sauce, then its FRIED KUEY TEOW WITH PEANUT SAUCE and not SATAY FRIED KUEY TEOW. 🥺🥺
Secondly, it was missing the charred taste that I usually looked forward to when I order this dish. This was more of a personal preference. If you are one who do not care about ‘wok hei’, then it would not matter to you as much as it matters to me. That being said, the dish was tasty nonetheless. It included noodles, prawns, eggs, taugeh with a side of peanut sauce. The sauce resembled a nasi lemak sambal but it was mostly made up of peanuts, crunchy and sweet-ish. Tasted surprisingly good when eaten with the noodles.
Steamed Chicken Rice, RM 14.50
This chicken rice was yummy, I enjoyed it. The chicken was soft and tender, juicy too and soaked in ketchup that I naturally used as gravy for the soft rice. Add in the chili and ginger paste…. ooo yummy. I was satisfied with this dish.
Would I head back here? Yes, I would. Not only is Hock Kee conveniently located, there are also many more dishes for me to try. I look forward to it.
Address: 16, Ground Floor, Nexus, Bangsar South, KL.
Opening hours: Everyday. 8 am – 10 pm.
FB page: https://m.facebook.com/HockKeeMalaysia/
Signing out now, Ciao.