Our lunch last Sunday was at Meng Kee ‘tai chow’ restaurant. I can’t really call it a restaurant as it is a pretty dilapidated make-shift roadside stall. You will see colorful recycled cardboard egg cartons lining the roof of the stall. This is done so that the cardboard absorbs the heat of the hot afternoon sun. Be prepared for occasional sightings of rats and roaches crawling on the floor 😅 But don’t be intimidated by its appearance and hygiene. For the best steamed fish head and steamed rice wine lala in the world, the shortcomings can be easily forgiven. And be prepared to be drenched in sweat if you go there on a hot afternoon.
Meng Kee is located just opposite Scott Garden and is easily recognizable by its bright red signboard sitting out on the road. Your reward will be delicious tai chow done right. The great-for-sharing Steamed Fish With Ginger and Soy Sauce is a must-order. The flesh of the fish is very fresh, fleshy and smothered in copious amounts of chopped ginger and a sauce redolent of rice wine. Not to be missed is the Steamed Lala. Cooked in a similar style, the shellfish is delicious and fresh in its own juicy right. The quality extends to their meat dishes. The hubs ordered the signature crispy Pei Pa duck, which is a toothsome deep fried duck. You will see patrons dropping by to ‘ta-pau’ several Pei Pa ducks.
As I had no time to eat my breakfast, I was famished by the time I had lunch at 12 noon at Meng Kee. I quickly gobbled up the fish in flash. It was so yummo and fresh.
The one thing this road-side stall lacks is parking space. My tip to you is ~ be there before 12 noon for lunch and you may be lucky to find a spot to park right outside the shop.
We added a plate of fried lobak (meat roll) towards the end of the meal as I was tempted to try it but I don’t really fancy the pork fats used. The lobak is very tasty with hint of five-spice powder but I find it too greasy for my non-greasy palate.
The steamed crab with ginger and rice wine was spectacular too. Hubs paid RM150 for two large crabs.
I doggy-bagged a little bit of everything that we ordered for Alycia who stayed home to revise for her weekly tests. She ate crabs for the first time after having her braces done! But still found it hard to manged the crabs.