After an eight hours drive from Kuala Terengganu to Grik and Kuala Kangsar, we still find time to circle Kuala Kangsar little but very majestic and beautiful town for a decent place to eat. It didn’t take us long to zoom in on Restoran Choon Kee. The place is brightly lit and lots of local folks were occupying table for 10 persons. Huge crowds equal good food. And we were certainly not disappointed.
This is by far the best mantis prawns in butter that my whole family has eaten. The mantis prawns were solid and tasty whilst the butter sauce or rather those tiny crumbs made of eggs are tasty without feeling oily.
In the background is a plate of salted fish beansprouts. Kuala Kangsar is between Ipoh and Taiping and therefore, the beansprouts are the fattest and juicest, as Ipoh is famous for her beansprouts, claimed to sprouted with spring water from the Tambun hills.
As we didn’t get to eat any huge prawns whilst in the East Coast, we had a blast ordering another dish of prawns. This is the Indon spicy prawns. Another dish that made our circling around Kuala Kangsar worthwhile.
There were other dishes but I didn’t have time to snap the photos. We purposely drove from Grik to Kuala Kangsar and up north again to Penang eventhough it meant we have an additional 60KM to travel compared to Grik to Baling to Penang. Our main reasons were to test out the newly opened highway and also to bring my kids to see the ‘oldest rubber tree in Malaysia’. I must say that the great dinner at Restoran Choon Kee had made our trip less taxing. The next time we drive from PG to KL, we know where to have good dinner. If only we can find the place again. 😛
Shooi(August 28, 2006 - 10:26 am)
My dad is fr KK, but everytime we are there, it is always homecooked food by my relatives. Really would love to try this place next time, where is this shop? Near which landmarks/ buildings? Thanks for sharing 🙂
lilian(August 28, 2006 - 12:01 pm)
shooi – I think it is on the old trunk road to Ipoh. I guess your dad will know ‘cos the restaurant took up two shop lots, one with aircond, one without. And there is a Nyonya restaurant nearby.
pablopabla(August 28, 2006 - 2:04 pm)
Wah! Eight hours drive must be real back-breaking!
Neo(August 31, 2006 - 5:09 pm)
Must try that butter prawns next time 🙂
irene(September 1, 2006 - 9:42 am)
i am orang kuala kangsar too. Everybody in kuala kangsar (chinese) must know this restaurant lar. If u cant find it, just ask ppl around. haha.. i also never tried these dishes before ler..
Malaysia Best » Malaysia oldest rubber tree in Kuala Kangsar, Perak(September 6, 2006 - 11:42 pm)
[…] Well, we were merely passing Kuala Kangsar and it was fun hunting down this tree.Â But it certainly is not worth a trip to Kuala Kangsar just to look at it because there is nothing else to see.Â However, if you are in Kuala Kangsar, do take a drive around the town tosee the colonial past legacies like the Clifford College (which used to produce some of the best teachers in Malaysia), many majestic bungalows, the Sultan of Perak palace, the breathtaking bridge and Kuala Kangsar food.Â We had a nice dinner in Kuala Kangsar. […]
sin(September 12, 2006 - 8:02 pm)
i am from kuala kangsar^_^
the famous ‘pao’ u asked probably it’s located at the Jalan Kuala Kangsar.The main street in the town.it’s beside a chinese medicine shop–hehe, my dad’s shop:p– i heard my dad said tat the many many years ago the Sultan of Perak ( dunno which 1 lar~) had went to the restaurant purposely to taste the pao. The traditional hai-nan style kopitiam is called æ‚¦ æ¥
feichai(June 2, 2008 - 11:48 am)
Yeah Sin, it’s on Jalan Kuala Kangsar, previously known as the Main Road. The shop has currently been changed from Yut Loy to Yat Lai.
You can book your pao’s prior to reaching there via telephone 05-776 6369. I was there last weekend (school holidays) and we also tried the chicken chop (RM13 – nice but pricey) and fried bee hoon.
Thanks for the intro to Choon Kee. You should try their salad prawns as well! Yummy!
ll(June 10, 2008 - 10:04 pm)
the food served in the above mentioned restaurant is yakky. just had a 10 course wedding dinner there 2 wks ago. some of the food served, my dog might not be interested! it used to be good back then in the 80’s n 90’s. dunno wat happened!
kitty(January 9, 2009 - 4:10 pm)
Hi, Many of our malay ministers, sultans & CEO & those top VIP were from MCKK(Malay College Kuala Kangsar).
Clifford is one of the oldest school in the country too, but never heard of it famous in producing many good teachers la,
where did u get the facts???
eddy(January 22, 2009 - 5:33 pm)
hi everyone.i m eddy.i m from kk too.why nobody mention about sudut nyonya restaurant.i think the food is really great.it sell many famous nyonya cuisine with really delicious until saliva drops :-P.it is only situated beside choon kee
may(February 17, 2009 - 5:44 pm)
i am a student from UTM Skudai, i went to Kuala Kangsar for my urban study reserach last month. I had try all the food you all mention at the above, it is great. I would like to ask those who are Kuala Kangsarian especially youngsters, what do u aspect in order to develop your own town? Why most of the youngsters are moving out to the town? Do you think KK is a special place for you?