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Kuala Lumpur - Home-cooked flavors from Mei Xiang Saltfish Delicacy (美香咸魚飯店)

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klyeoh Apr 21, 2012 06:34 AM

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 ;-)

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Mei Xiang Saltfish Delicacy (美香咸魚飯店)
4 Jalan Medan Imbi, Off Jalan Imbi
Kuala Lumpur 55100
Tel: +6012-299 3331

 
 
 
 
 
  1. huiray Apr 21, 2012 07:55 AM

    Looks very delicious.
    That fish dish might qualify as something I remember a relatively new poster was inquiring about some months back.

    Is Medan Imbi entirely non-residential nowadays? (A long-departed aunt of mine used to live there decades ago)

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    1. re: huiray
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      klyeoh Apr 21, 2012 11:27 AM

      It does appear to be a totally commercial area these days.

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      mikey8811 Apr 21, 2012 08:36 AM

      You back in town already. Haven't been here in years although I remember the pork patty. How was the bitter gourd? - that's always a fave thing for me w salted yolk or with scrambled eggs.

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        klyeoh Apr 21, 2012 11:29 AM

        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.

        1. re: klyeoh
          huiray Apr 21, 2012 11:42 AM

          Actually that raises another question in my mind - surely it must be possible to have a nice meal in Chennai or Bangalore that is completely curry-free?

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            klyeoh Apr 21, 2012 04:56 PM

            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.

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