PETALING JAYA, Malaysia – Kota Damansara has long been a foodie haunt, and we’ve seen an influx of new eateries this year. One we were particularly curious about was Fook Kee Gourmet Noodle & Rice – a labour of love for fellow foodie, Sidney Kan.
Nestled in Hup May, an institution in Sunway Damansara, you’ll find the unassuming little stall manned by Kan himself. On the menu, you’ll see just three items; but rest assured there’s much more brewing behind the scenes.
You’ll have to be a regular to be treated to special dishes not on the menu. Or you can just keep reading!
Kan’s inspiration for Fook Kee results from the distinct lack of quality Taiwanese cuisine in the city. In keeping with this, he adds an interesting touch by modernising his take on it through some very subtle touches. For example, the use of udon in his noodle dishes.
The portions are on the small side for the RM7 (USD1.66) and up price point, but what you’re paying for is sheer quality. And on that front, we’re more than happy to pay for what’s served up at Fook Kee.
We’ll tell you right now – Our favourite dish isn’t on the menu! You’ll have to turn up in hopes that Kan will treat you to a bowl of Youtiao (Chinese cruller) with Minced Pork (RM7, USD1.66).
This dish is so beautifully balanced. Sweet, savoury, slightly spicy, with a bit of a bite. The wonderfully tender braised pork marries perfectly with the light crunch of the youtiao that slowly soaks up all the flavour in the bowl.
All we can say is, you need this in your life!
You shouldn’t skip the Lou Rou Fan (RM7.50, USD1.78), either. This is Kan’s take on Taiwanese braised pork rice – and it’s fantastic. This dish provided a far more savoury hit despite being topped with the same braised pork as the youtiao. It’s not one to be missed if you’re in the area looking for something that’ll hit the spot.
Paired with a bowl of extremely flavourful soup; you’re getting a full meal.
Interestingly, while the portion sizes may appear small, they’re actually incredibly filling. If you’ve got a Binge-sized appetite, you’d be happier ordering both the noodle dish and the lou rou fan. But if you’re there with a friend, order the youtiao to share, and a main each.
If noodles are what you’re after, the Deep Fried Pork Noodle (RM7.50, USD1.78) won’t disappoint. Amidst the array of flavours, the udon holds its own adding more texture and flavour to the dish.
The thin slivers of fried pork, coupled with fatty pork belly make this an indulgence we wouldn’t pass up. Addictive down to the last strand.
Kan also offers homemade Pork Meatballs (RM0.80, USD0.19 each). They’re full of flavour and maintain their springy bite without being tough in any way. Definitely some of the best that we’ve had in this category.
Personally, we’d skip the soup on this. if you’re already ordering something else, ask for them as an add-on to the dish itself.
- The unpretentious environment.
- The reasonable fare for what you get.
- That unsurpassed youtiao dish that we haven’t encountered elsewhere.
- Parking. Kota Damansara is infamous for its parking issues, so Uber it if possible. Otherwise, park in one of the surrounding malls and walk over.
Fook Kee Gourmet Noodle & Rice
Jalan 5/7, Dataran Sunway
Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Tel: +6012 302 1269