Monday, August 16, 2010

Dim Sum @ Kedai Kopi dan Makan Seong Kee, Taman Connaught, Cheras

Another Sunday and we're on the hunt for good dim sum again. Moving along the Taman Connaught stretch of road, we come to another dim sum eatery, Kedai Kopi dan Makan Seong Kee, purportedly the most famous dim sum place in Taman Connaught.



We reckon this would be a good place to bring our guests to try the dim sum fare in Cheras since it is ALWAYS busy (busy should be a good sign for good food, yeah?) even on weekdays. Needless to say, on weekends, it is extremely crowded, so crowded that tables are even set up on the main road.

Service here is good, there are ample servers to cope with the influx of people. Similar to Jade Village, things are done the old-fashioned way, whereby servers walk around the tables with trays of dim sum and you pick what you want to eat.

We started off with some chee cheong fun (rice noodle rolls), one with prawn filling and another with scallop filling. I prefer the chee cheong fun we had at Jade Village as the prawns were bigger and the chee cheong fun was smoother. To my dismay, the scallops in the chee cheong fun were the size of a 5 sen coin, but for the price you pay here, it is to be expected.


Our guest had the porridge, topped with some crunchy bits.


They use pretty decent-sized and fresh prawns in their prawn dumpling (har gao). Steamed fishballs seem to be a standard order nowadays for Baby C.


And some fried fishballs, which were nice and bouncy.


I don't usually like eating siew mai as the filling is usually all pork, but the ones here are a mixture of pork and prawn and were pretty nice.


The steamed ribs in black bean sauce was good - the meat fell easily off the bone and was flavoursome, and slightly spicy from the cili padi.


The century egg served with pickled ginger was average, as the yolk wasn't creamy enough.


The deep fried dim sums here fare much better than Jade Village. The Taro Dumpling or deep fried crispy yam cakes (wu kok) were very good; the pork filling was very flavoursome.



The fried wantans were nice and crispy.




One of the best deep fried items we had here was the beancurd roll with pork/fish filling. Very tasty.




The mini popiahs (or spring rolls) were very good too.



The House Special Tofu (jiu pai tofu) was just so-so.



The char siew pau (steamed bun with Cantonese BBQ pork filling) was just so-so for me, the filling was not as flavoursome as Jade Village's. However, that didn't stop Baby C and her cousin gobbling down a few of these. They also shared a tau sah pau (red bean paste bun), which was soft. The nai wong pau (corn custard bun) here is good.


The lo mai gai (steamed glutinous rice filled with chicken) here is really tasty, the glutinous rice was nicely flavoured.




The braised chicken feet with mushrooms (fung zhao) was excellent. The chicken feet which has been deep fried, boiled, marinated and then braised was flavoursome and tender.

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The lo bak go (pan fried turnip cake) was decent, although I would have preferred it better if they threw in some beansprouts with it.



The yong tau foo variants here fared better than Jade Village - we tried the brinjal and red chilli stuffed with fish.


Fujiko liked the deep fried beancurd (foo chuk) stuffed with fish and chive filling, crunchy and light.


For dessert, we had some egg tarts. The pastry here is of the non-flaky cookie dough variant. Although the egg tarts were decent, I still preferred the flaky pastry type from Jade Village.



Not sure what this is called, but it's a flaky pastry with lotus paste filling and was pretty delicious.



One of the best items we had was the deep fried custard tart, which resembles the Portugese egg tart in appearance. It was very tasty, definitely better than the egg tart here.



We ordered these pandan glutinous balls with lotus paste filling because they looked unique, and we liked that they came wrapped in the pandan leaves still. Tastewise, it was really good. The chewy texture of the glutinous rice was lovely. I could easily eat 5 of these.



The sesame ball with lotus paste and duck egg filling was very good.



The sesame ball with lotus paste filling (jian dui) was nice and crisp. I liked the chewy, sticky glutinous rice texture.



And to finish, we had 2 portions of this coconut milk jelly as both the kids and adults love jelly! It was nice and refreshing.



Verdict: Affordable dim sum. I like the deep fried dim sums and dessert options you get here!

Opening times: 5.30am to 2.00pm daily. Closed on alternate Tuesdays/Wednesdays (days off not fixed).

Price: Reasonable. We had at least 25 plates of dim sum between 5 adults and 2 kids, and the bill only came to RM76!

Location: Kedai Kopi dan Makan Seong Kee, Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. (adjacent to CIMB Bank and saw row as Guardian Taman Connaught)
GPS Coordinates: 3.081659, 101.736971

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