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The Best BBQ Meats in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Saturday, 12 June 2010

More on pork belly! This post is about where to get the best siew yoke (BBQ pork with crackling) and char siew (caramelised BBQ pork) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - places that we must go to whenever we go back. The good char siew back in KL are really something else compared to the stuff we usually see in London. For starters, good restaurants will actually use good quality cuts and certain people will prefer some to be leaner or fatter; we prefer "boon fei sau" or "half fat half lean" meat, which is almost 50% fat and is amazingly tender and flavourful. Also, there is usually a sticky caramelised sweet glaze over the meat which goes great with rice.

Restaurant Wong Kee 王美记


Otherwise known as Robert Siew Yoke.

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Most famous place for siew yoke in Klang Valley. Meats cooked with charcoal. They only start serving at 12:30pm sharp but people arrive at 12 to "chup" (reserve) table.

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Melt-in-your-mouth fats, crispy skin that lasts for hours (proven when my uncle takes away several packets for the whole family to enjoy and it's still crispy, even after refrigerating and reheating in the microwave.) while meat itself is well seasoned. Remember to ask for more fatty bits!

Restaurant Wong Kee 王美记
30, Jalan Nyonya,
Off Jalan Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
12.30pm-4:30pm
Tel: +603-21452512, +6012-2690660

Restaurant Meng Kee Char Siew 明记叉烧

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Used to be at Tengkat Tong Shin but moved to Jalan Alor. Char siew still very good, tasty nicely charred caramelised surface but soft tender meat. Taste of the meat is evident all the way through not just on surface. Remember to ask for more fats!

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Charcoal BBQ pit

PigPig had quick chat with a man who was grilling the meat who said the branch in Glenmarie is operated by his son-in-law. We tried the one at Glenmarie a few years ago and it just tasted different. The KL brach is still my favourite place for char siew.

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Chicken also not bad.

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Restaurant Meng Kee Char Siew 明记叉烧
Alor Kopitiam (next to Nova Hotel)
Jalan Alor
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6017-6388648/016-9093721
Open for lunch every day except Sundays.
OR
20 (Ground), Jalan Pekedai U1/36
Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park

Oversea Restaurant (Imbi) 海外天

Another great well-known place for char siew. But still prefer the sweeter and crusty version of Meng Kee's.

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Oversea Restaurant 海外天
84 – 88 Jalan Imbi
Kuala Lumpur
Tel:+603 – 2148 7567

Reunion @ Bangsar Village II


We actually came here for the fried Hokkien noodles (which will be in another post). Ordered their BBQ meats and found they were actually really good. Firstly, both BBQ meats were fatty =) The char siew was really tender with a sweet and charred outer layer (but lack the sticky crust like Meng Kee's). The siew yoke had nice thin crispy skin!

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Reunion
2F – 17/18, 2nd Floor Bangsar Village 2
2 Jalan Telawi Satu,
Bangsar Baru
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2287 3770

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