Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SekMeChoy

This no-frills eatery in Salak South is dishing out decent deals for the Chinese New Year season, feeding congregations of ten for RM324 nett (without tea).

Reserve a slot in SekMeChoy's air-conditioned section (which has as few as five tables _ less than a quarter of the outlet's capacity) & raise your chopsticks for the salmon-jellyfish yee sang.

SekMeChoy's signature bak kut teh is the centerpiece of this set, with refillable hot broth. Distinctively peppery, awash with plenty of meaty-fatty pork belly & tail & bouncy intestines.

Spicy steamed tilapia, fleshy & flaky, with tangy tomatoes, stinging cili padi & crunchy shallots.

Pork shank with dried oysters & mushrooms. Deliciously emblematic of ingredient-driven Oriental cooking, thanks to meat & accompaniments braised to sumptuous succulence.

Prawns served cold with pineapple salad. Gorgeously presented & relatively healthy, but not the most pleasurable crustacean preparation. Steam them with rice wine or stir-fry them instead.

Pak choy with fish maw. Nothing wrong with this, but it probably won't be remembered by the time the Year of the Snake slithers in.

Bean curd skin with broccoli & cauliflower. Also more of a stomach-filler than a scene-stealer.

Lotus leaf fried rice with waxed sausages. Well-prepared, though the sausages are not as perfumed as the most intoxicating ones out there.

Lemongrass-laced jelly with lychee. A tropical herbal twist to the standard chilled dessert. Potentially an acquired taste, but refreshing all the same.


SekMeChoy,
195, Jalan Besar, Salak Selatan, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7982-3132
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28 comments:

  1. Gong xi gong xi

    Hehe

    Btw, I don't fancy pale looking meat in any dish. Hehe..
    Did you actually go there today?

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    1. Rad: heh, thank you, thank you :D ya, pork tends to be quite pale in its original form. maybe even paler than chicken! =) oh, nope, my posts are never in chronological order. sometimes i post entries about restaurants that i visited months ago =)

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    2. What! Really?! Oh ahahaha I always think and imagine... Oh what an exclusive dinner he just had today or lunch or breakfast

      Whoaa... :p

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  2. OMG.. Where and how did you find these places Sean?? LOL

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    1. Rebecca: oooh, in the end, salak south turned out to be quite close to my home! less than a 15-minute drive :D

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  3. i certainly hope u didnt go try out the menu by yourself!

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    1. Joe: what? set menus are meant for sharing! heheh =)

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  4. the bak kut teh .. was really nice..
    Do they serve only bkt in the morning?
    Strong herbs flavour?
    Coz i usually makan bkt in the morning...

    Keep it up .. n bring us more hidden pearl restaurant...

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    1. Simple Person: oh, they serve BKT here at night too! good for me, since i usually skip brekkie in the morning =) no herbal taste though. it's more of a peppery soup, with strong meaty flavor :D

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    1. Michelle: we were stuffed! we actually had to pack some of the bak kut teh, cos we couldn't finish the big bowl :D

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  6. I keep hearing about bak kut teh places in Klang but have no idea what makes a great bak kut teh. I've only had it a handful of times. Some friends say it has to be very herbal to make it great. What do you think?

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    1. The Yum List: oh, bak kut teh is one of those dishes where everyone seems to have their own personal preferences. i like it herbal too, cos then there's a unique sweetness in the broth that's utterly addictive. you can actually find great bak kut teh outlets in downtown KL, in the Imbi area, not far from Bukit Bintang. try googling for Sun Foong or Yoke Yat bak kut teh in Imbi (those two outlets normally close early in evening though) =)

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  7. I used to eat a lot of bak kut teh when I was in JB.
    But I think we haven't had any bak kut teh for almost 4 years :P

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    1. CK: oooh, i wonder whether JB bak kut teh is better than KL's bak kut teh. or whether it's noticeably different. i can't remember having bak kut teh back when i was malacca, heheh :D

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  8. I swear - you must have visited more Chinese restaurants in the past, oh, 2-4 months, than you have all the time before. Impressive! And Gong Hei Fatt Choy! :D

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    1. Kenny: i think despite my initial misgivings, i'm now loving chinese food! and i must be hooked, cos i still want more (shocker!). too bad the big-ass servings at most chinese restaurants are just not suitable for intimate tables of two diners :D

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    2. Good gosh! The first miracle of the Dragon Year! Hehe.

      Well, you know where you can find two extra dining buddies who are crazy about Chinese food too. :)

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  9. Possibly for the price, the lap mei fan uses lap cheong from China? Maybe tht's why not tht nice.

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    1. Baby sumo: sounds like the probable explanation! It was a bit of a letdown, but I guess mediocre lap Mei fan is still better than no lap Mei fan at all, heheh =)

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  10. i love these simple no frills restaurants. they can amaze us with a couple of dishes from time to time. have you tried Keen Steam Fish in Salak Selatan? food is good too. no aircon though:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo, I've not heard of keen steamed fish! Sounds like a good place to try for fresh-tasting fish! Will definitely keep it in mind for a Chinese meal, thanks =)

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  11. we'll make a chinaman out of the chinese boy yet! Good for you .. keep eating chinese food la.. u need more fibre! hehe

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    1. Ciki: heheh, I promise to finish all the greens on my plate! Though I'll have to actually ORDER greens first! :D

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  12. hey you made it to SekMeChoy! Were they not making the durian dessert when you went? hehe

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    1. Dropsofcontentment: oops, i think we were in a total chinese new year daze! failed to notice any durian desserts there, heheh :D

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  13. I'm more interested in the dessert than the CNY menu. haha. the dessert looks really nice and cooling.

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    1. Eiling: heheh, that dessert was a nice end to the meal. Though i'm not really a fan of Chinese desserts :D

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