It’s all about Chinese steam soup @ Meng Kee, Paramount Garden

black pepper pig stomach and chicken soup
2 Sept 2008 

Yeah, you can find chinese soup in most chinese restaurants but how about those that need hours to prepare? Are you always ready to pre-book or pay big bucks for it? If yes then you can go for high end chinese restaurants or some soup specialist like Ah Yip Restaurant.

For those who are familiar with Petaling Jaya, Taman Paramount (this is where the Putra Paramount lrt station is if you are more familiar with LRT) and its adjacent Seapark are a treasure of much good food ever since the older days, eventhough many floggers and KL locals are more familiar with the commercialised SS2 or the upcoming Jaya One which pull a bigger crowd….

This highly recommended area flourishes whole day especially at night but let’s start with this:

Seated at the first stall of the hawker row, next to the POS bangalow & Giant supermarket (you won’t miss this landmark), this stall is no stranger to PJ locals craving for soups. Like others in Paramount, their existence can be traced by decades and they are still popular. So, herbal chicken soupthere must be a good reason for this, in fact, many! :-

1. As mentioned, this is a soup specialist, so you can find over 30 types of vegi, ABC, herbal, pepper pig stomach soup to the ‘high end’ ones, all prepared in individual traditional soup bowls.

2. Price wise, no worries! Even after series of price hike, it only ranges from around RM4.50 - RM6 including some chickens / ducks / pork ribs. Alternatively, you can go for the more ‘high end’ that serve village / black chickens with expensive herbs like ginseng which is <>RM10. All are priced very reasonable and highly affordable, even the rice (RM0.70 per serving), hahha!

3. Taste wise, it’s obviously sweet and rich in taste. From the meat inside the soup, one can tell it has been boiled for hours. There is no MSG as I am very sensitive to it, ha. 

4. Service is prompt and staffs (a variety of chinese, indians and foreigners) are friendly.

We ordered the ginseng chicken soup at only RM 4.50 & black pepper chicken soup at RM 5! To top it up with some vegi / tofu / pre-cooked dishes, we ordered a braised belly pork with salted fishbraised belly pork with a generous amount of salted fish, RM5, taste not bad and it’s still warm. It was such a satisfying dinner that finally completed with authentic nutritious SOUP which is hard to find!

Come early especially weekends, you can also come for just the soup which I saw some working ladies doing that. Will love to know if you have other suggestions on soup in KL or Malaysia.

Meng Kee Steam Soup (Hawker row next to Giant & Post Office)
Stall No. 9, Jalan 20/16,
Paramount Garden, PJ

Open at night


Environment      : Hawker stalls
Service             : 4/5
Taste                : 5/5
Price                 : 5/5

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