de oink cafe guide to … kuala lumpur! soo kee restaurant

Last December, my best friend Agnes (I call her Aggy) was in Singapore for a visit (she is currently based in Denver, Colorado). She was thinking of a short getaway and Kuala Lumpur just popped.

This is what we call snacks

Aggy and I arrived in Kuala Lumpur in the late afternoon. And we were both famished. We didn’t want to eat anything too heavy as we were meeting Amy and her partner Terence for dinner. As Pavillion (shopping mall) was opposite our hotel (Westin), we went over for a quick snack, i.e. curry chicken, steamed bread and coffee at Old Town White Coffee cafe.

Once we were done with our “snack”, we went back to our hotel for a quick shower and met up with Amy and Terence who brought us to a nearby coffee shop for dinner.

Soo Kee Restaurant is this small and cosy coffee shop along Medan Imbi. The kitchen is open and exposed, so you can see who and how your food is being cooked. Over at Soo Kee, they are famous for two dishes – Beef Hor Fun and Sang Har Mee (fresh water prawns noodles). We also ordered a plate of stir-fry Chinese lettuce to share.

Stir-fry Chinese lettuce

Beef Hor Fun

For the Beef Hor Fun, the beef was perfectly cooked or rather the way I liked it – medium rare – tender and not chewy. The hor fun was silky soft, and the gravy was peppery and salty.

Sang Har Mee

I do wish I had that much love for the Sang Har Mee. I am a fan of sang mee but the sauce was extremely salty. And the sauce was vital to the crispy sang mee. That said, Soo Kee was rather generous with the “har” (prawn) – they were gigantic and juicy.

While we were finishing up, a thunderstorm pelted towards us. And we were asked to evacuate from our “outdoor” seating as the rainwater was flooding into the coffee shop. The scene was hilarious, it was like one of those “end of the world” movie – water started coming in, people moving their things around, and trying to run away. Like any good movie, we, of course, narrowly escaped.


Soo Kee Restaurant
14, Medan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Closed on Mon. Tue – Sun: 12.00pm – 3.00pm; 5.30pm – 1.30am

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