Kuala Lumpur - Home-cooked flavors from Mei Xiang Saltfish Delicacy (美香咸魚飯店)
Mei Xiang's the perfect spot if one wants a taste of KL Cantonese-style home-cooking - just plain, good, old-fashioned cooking yielding honest-to-goodness dishes with robust flavors.
What we had for lunch:
- Radish and pork soup: intense flavors resulting from slow-boiling the soup to extract all the flavors out from the pork-ribs and the sweetness from the radish;
- Stir-fried prawns with bitter-gourd and salted duck's egg-yolk-flavored sauce;
- Steamed minced pork patty with chopped dried cuttlefish. This was my fave dish of the day - the sweetness from the pork, with enough fat to provide the deliciously rich flavor and texture, whilst the cuttlefish provided a salty tang and irresistible fragrance; and
- Steamed fish with salted black beans and chillis. Not my fave but my dining companions loved it.
This place's a keeper ;-)
Mei Xiang Saltfish Delicacy (美香咸魚飯店)
4 Jalan Medan Imbi, Off Jalan Imbi
Kuala Lumpur 55100
Tel: +6012-299 3331
Just arrived back in KL on Sat morning, mikey. Feeling very tired, but a couple of friends called and asked to do lunch. I'm glad I came out - this was the first curry-free meal in 3 weeks and it sure tasted good!
The bittergourd was good - properly prepared, so that much of the bitterness was not present. The salted duck-flavored sauce was great.
Oh yes, of course, huiray, but it won't be "good". It's practically impossible to get authentic Chinese food in Bangalore or Chennai, as the cooking will inadvertently "Indianize" the dishes. Even Continental/Italian restaurants are similarly affected, whereas French restaurants are non-existent.
One of my staff got very ill from the food (common ailment for visitors) and I accompanied her to the doctor, where she was advised to stay away from spicy foods for a few days. The doctor recommended a diet of curd rice, steamed idlis, putu or idiyappam with sugar only.