Hit up Heng Kee Eating House in Cheras for fish balls and 'yong tau foo' using saito fish paste

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — I'm often lost in Cheras. It's so vast that exploring it for food is a daunting task for me.

Hence when a friend who resides there said she'd take me to one of her regular places, I was more than happy.

Hidden inside the slightly run down Taman Emas, Heng Kee Eating House has around 20 years plus experience serving fish balls and fish cake made from Saito fish. They also offer an assortment of yong tau foo that you can select from the counter.

Select from trays of 'yong tau foo' made batch by batch such as pig skin, chillies or lady's fingers stuffed with fish paste (left). You can pick from various deep fried items filled with fish paste (right).
Select from trays of 'yong tau foo' made batch by batch such as pig skin, chillies or lady's fingers stuffed with fish paste (left). You can pick from various deep fried items filled with fish paste (right).

Select from trays of 'yong tau foo' made batch by batch such as pig skin, chillies or lady's fingers stuffed with fish paste (left). You can pick from various deep fried items filled with fish paste (right).

Your choice of noodles like this 'loh shue fan' is served with a mix of minced meat and soy sauce (left). Try the unusual butterflied 'yau char kwai' layered with fish paste that is crunchy and delicious (right).
Your choice of noodles like this 'loh shue fan' is served with a mix of minced meat and soy sauce (left). Try the unusual butterflied 'yau char kwai' layered with fish paste that is crunchy and delicious (right).

Your choice of noodles like this 'loh shue fan' is served with a mix of minced meat and soy sauce (left). Try the unusual butterflied 'yau char kwai' layered with fish paste that is crunchy and delicious (right).

At the front of the restaurant, you can pick which items you wish to dine on.
At the front of the restaurant, you can pick which items you wish to dine on.

At the front of the restaurant, you can pick which items you wish to dine on.

You can pair it with your choice of noodles like kuey teow or loh shue fun, made in-house at Heng Kee's own factory at Desa Tun Razak. The noodles can be served dry or with soup. There's also a curry version.

Select from the counter what you want with your noodles from trays of yong tau foo. There's around 15 varieties with perennial favourites like chilli, lady'd fingers, brinjal, beancurd and so forth.

You also have unusual items like yau char kwai, pig's skin, and long beans looped into a circle. Each piece is priced at RM1.70. The fish balls are 70 sen per piece.

The fish cake and fish balls have a nice bouncy texture and make for a wholesome meal when paired with the noodles.

For the fried items like the fuchuk, as they aren't prepared upon order, they tend to be not crispy enough. However the yau char kwai with a layer of fish paste was a surprise. It's got a nice crunchy bite that I enjoyed tremendously.

Enjoy your selection of 'yong tau foo' with clear soup and noodles.
Enjoy your selection of 'yong tau foo' with clear soup and noodles.

Enjoy your selection of 'yong tau foo' with clear soup and noodles.

The eatery spans two shop lots making it spacious for diners.
The eatery spans two shop lots making it spacious for diners.

The eatery spans two shop lots making it spacious for diners.

Look for the eatery inside Taman Emas at Cheras.
Look for the eatery inside Taman Emas at Cheras.

Look for the eatery inside Taman Emas at Cheras.

The dry noodles are topped with minced meat with a dark soy sauce mix. On its own, it's a mild taste. What elevates it to something much more delicious is a dollop of their chilli sauce.

Unlike the sweet bottled version usually served with yong tau foo, this sauce had a slight piquant taste. A generous scoop of the mild spicy sauce brightens up everything it touches.

Heng Kee Eating House, 17, Jalan Emas 6, Taman Emas, Cheras, Batu 8 1/2, Selangor. Open: 7am to 5pm. Closed on Wednesday. Tel:+603-90802052

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