There are quite a number of places in Klang Valley that are famous for their char siew (bbq pork), and a couple weeks ago my colleagues introduced me to another place that serves one of the best char siew in town – Restaurant Soo Kee at Jalan Ampang.

I think some day I should compile a list of the best char siew places, but until then… lets talk about this place instead.

restaurant Soo Kee is where you find awesome char siu
restaurant Soo Kee is where you find awesome char siu

Restaurant Soo Kee is situated at Jalan Ampang, just right next to the flyover heading to Ampang Point. While you can’t park directly outside the shop, it’s not exactly tough to find a spot at nearby roads.

It’s an old school restaurant with even older owners, but the place is air conditioned, and pretty clean too, that’s always a plus.

intestine, salted roast duck, and the char siu (bbq pork)
intestine, salted roast duck, and the char siu (bbq pork)

For the 7 of us, we ordered the char siew, salted roast duck, intestine, deep fried spring roll, and their signature tofu dish. I think we had initially ordered a vegetable dish to go with, but canceled it somehow.

So the char siew – it was easily one of the best I’ve had. The skin was slightly charred, the meat soft, succulent, and the layer of fat almost transparent. This is what we came for, and none of us were disappointed.

Then there’s the salted roast duck, this too was a dish not to be missed. It tasted essentially like .. well, salted version of a good roast duck. I do like the extra dimension that the saltiness bring, the skin was crispy, and we devoured everything.

The intestine though, was a bit of a disappointment to me, it was a little bit too tough (perhaps overcooked?). Not bad per se, but could be nicer if it was a bit softer.

deep fried spring roll and signature tofu
deep fried spring roll and signature tofu

Deep fried spring roll actually looked and tasted nothing like spring roll, but a lot closer to fish cake instead. However, it was a really good fish cake and something that I’d order again without a doubt.

The signature tofu is basically Japanese tofu in egg drop soup with a bit of seafood ingredients. Offers some contrasting taste to the mostly oily/fatty dishes we had, a good balance, but nothing to shout about.

KY, Debran, Sarah, Yin Foong, Angelina, Michelle & another ninja
KY, Debran, Sarah, Yin Foong, Angelina, Michelle & another ninja

We had an awesome Friday lunch for sure, and Soo Kee is definitely a place worth revisiting. The lunch came to something like RM 15-17 per person. Reasonable for what we had.

That Friday afternoon was spent fighting the zzz bug though. Just one of the disadvantages of having a lunch too good on working days

map to Soo Kee restaurant at Jalan Ampang

Address:
Restaurant Soo Kee
No. 373-1, 4th Mile,
Jalan Ampang Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.158449, 101.747088
Tel: 03-4257 0767
Closed on Mondays

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33 thoughts on “KY eats – Fantastic Char Siew at Restaurant Soo Kee, Jalan Ampang

  • January 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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    hey, isn’t there also a totally different soo kee at medan imbi, the one that specializes in sang har mee & paper-wrapped chicken? i wonder if anyone ever mistakenly went to this jalan ampang place, hoping for sang har mee 😀

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    • January 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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      Sean: there are too many places by the name of Soo Kee! another ipoh horfun place at seapark too

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  • January 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm
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    the best things in life are… swimming in lard. Say it ain’t so!! 😛

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  • January 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm
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    It’s easy to obtain good char siew and make them but I think the toughest to make and get good ones are siew yoke.

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    • January 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm
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      Michelle: yah, there are far fewer awesome siew yoke places, and then tend to get very expensive.

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  • January 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm
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    Nice! It does look pretty good. Not a fan of tofu but I do prefer Japanese tofu (tastes better). 😀

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    • January 5, 2012 at 1:01 am
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      Huai Bin: yeah, i prefer japanese tofu too

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  • January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm
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    parking is quite a bitch there though. but so far i’ve been lucky enough to park right in front. the taichow stuff is quite good actually.

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    • January 5, 2012 at 1:01 am
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      missyblurkit: good for you! jeles

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  • January 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm
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    Oooh, I forgot about this place LOL. used to go there quite often when I was staying around that area. awesome char siew!

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  • January 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm
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    wah everything look so yums

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    • January 6, 2012 at 8:52 am
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      eiling: eat all the dishessssss

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  • January 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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    I love that intestine picture, looks so yummy and I can almost imagine the taste…dipping it with chili sauce!

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  • January 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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    KY, a bit OT here. But apart from the corner shop in Seapark (I think it’s called Loong Foong), what would be your top pick?

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  • January 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm
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    hmm.. everyone looks so familiar.. 🙂 and the char siu is like calling me ! .. I think i will start “to eat list’ !

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    • January 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm
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      TikkoSS: come visit us la!

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  • January 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm
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    There are 2 good char Siew shop at Kepong.. Yummy !!

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  • January 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm
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    This one is on the row of shophouses behind La Risatta right? Vaguely remember it there but didn’t know that they served char siew!

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    • January 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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      JD: i don’t know where is La Risatta. ahhaha

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    • January 11, 2012 at 9:41 am
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      Choi Yen: oo I assure you it is not, just very lightly burnt outside which provides the crunchiness, perfect!

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  • April 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm
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    Hi. I saw a girl next to you on the right top photo, is she Chong Set Fah?

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  • October 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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    Next visit try their other signature – kon cheen har look – fresh water prawn pan fried in dark sauces.

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    • October 27, 2014 at 9:25 am
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      John: Ooo didn’t know they have that, thanks!

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