WHEN a friend asked me to recommend some good food in Seri Kembangan, seeing as to how often I'm there for work, I was stumped.
While I often end up in Seri Kembangan for assignments, I usually rush back to the office and hardly eat there.
However, one of my local contacts recommended Restoran Loong Kee, an eatery that sells homemade yong tau foo, so I decided to try it out for lunch one day.
Restaurant owner Tan Leong Poh may not have been born and bred in Seri Kembangan New Village, but his homemade yong tau foo and fish ball noodles have been embraced wholeheartedly by the locals.
Tan, who hails from Malacca, is no stranger to the F&B industry as his parents are hawkers.
Following in his parents’ footsteps, he set up a stall selling yong tau foo, fish ball noodles and braised pork with rice, among other foodstuff in Seri Kembangan.
“I wake up at 6am daily to prepare; some items are prepared the night before.
“Many customers will order yong tau foo or fish cake to go with their noodles.
“There are also customers who order our yong tau foo for parties,” he said.
As I got there at 2.30pm, I just about missed the lunch crowd. There was ample space between the tables, so even with a packed restaurant, I reckon it would not feel too cramped here unlike in some kopitiam that can be quite stuffy and uncomfortable.
I ordered kuey teow soup (RM6), which came with homemade fish balls and an assortment of yong tau foo at RM1.40 per piece.
I was still recovering from a bad cough, so the light kuey teow soup was just the thing I needed.
It had seaweed, spring onions, fish balls and thin slices of fish cake to be enjoyed with the flat rice noodles.
I could not resist the fish cake (RM4.50 per piece) and ordered another piece. I finished it, despite having had a big bowl of kuey teow soup.
Loong Kee has garnered regulars over the years, and one of them is Chuah Hooi Hong, who was seen enjoying his favourite curry noodles (RM6) at the coffeeshop.
“It's different from other curry noodles I have had elsewhere; the curry here is less oily and has a traditional taste that is difficult to find these days.
“If I want something light, I will order the kuey teow soup,” he said.
Loong Kee is located at No 1106, Jalan SK 9/6, Seri Kembangan and is open from 7am to 3pm, daily, except Wednesdays. For details, call 012-933 9797.