The owner's husband learnt how to roast char siew from a Hong Kong chef, and the couple have been selling the roast meat for over 20 years. No artificial colouring or preservatives are used and the secret to the tenderness and taste of the meat lies solely in the marinade ingredients and roasting technique. The husband operates the chicken rice stall, hence one can enjoy the roast meats with rice.*
Wantan mee (RM4.50)
Anyway, back to the wantan mee and char siew. I am a huge lover of wantan mee and the wantan mee here definitely passes the test. But the star of the dish was the char siew as it was tender and totally melt-in-the-mouth! The caramelised skin was so delicious. I don't even like fatty char siew that much, but the one here was so good that I wouldn't mind eating it over and over again.
We also ordered some sui kow (dumplings).
A char siew pau (BBQ pork bun) for our Baby C
On our next visit, we ordered a plate of char siew (RM10) since we just couldn't get enough of it the last time. The char siew here is chopped roughly rather than sliced. Compared to the char siew served with the wantan mee, this plate was a mixture of some lean and fatty char siew. The lean meat was not as good as it doesn't possess the melt-in-your-mouth texture. Next time, I will have to remember to request for the fatty meat only.
Delicious and flavoursome
All gone in under 10 minutes
Needless to say, this is our new favourite place for a char siew fix. Our visits to Meng Shiang have always been impromptu and without a camera, hence it has taken me (only) 7 months since my maiden visit to finally write about this place. It's a shame not to share such a wonderful place.
The restaurant can get very busy on weekends, so you will have to wait a while for the wantan noodles. I usually go during the week and avoid the crowd (still a 15 minute wait) :P
Opening times: 8am til 3pm, or whenever the char siew runs out. Closed on alternate Tuesdays.
Service: Slow but the food is good!
Location: Restoran Meng Shiang, 1 & 3, Jalan Kas Kas 2, Taman Cheras (Yulek), Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. (Opposite Restoran Hau Kee Seafood)
GPS Coordinates: 3.099839, 101.74144
*Extract from Sunday Metro.