Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sang Kee Wanton Mee @ 747 Kopitiam

Not sure if things have improved at Sang Kee but here are some personal tips that will hopefully help to ease the pain of waiting for their infamous char siew wanton mee.

1) Bring a group of friends that you can talk to for hours.
2) Have some nice char kway teow from the nearby stall.
3) Wear something outstanding so that they can remember you.
4) If you are too hungry, queue for takeout (it’s faster, really).
5) Bring reading materials.
6) Annoy the lady boss by bugging her every 10 minutes.
7) Don’t bring older family members who hate waiting.
8) Settle for the table nearest to the stall.
9) Come very early.
10) Bring along some humour.

I’ve had some pretty good memories here – breakfasting with my folks, meeting up with a recovering Lyrical Lemongrass, catching up with The Girl From Abu Dhabi and A Malaysian Kitchen In Manchester, and of course, the consistently tasty bowls of wanton mee, covered with a light yet flavourful curry base and topped with sweetly glazed char siew. There’s also the springy, dry-tossed version, served with crunchy lettuce. Do request for the belly for that soft, rich, aromatic bite. Their char siew is meant to be eaten this way, I feel.

Sadly, I fail to see a system here. Even if I’m wrong, that there is an indeed a system, it’s time for a major overhaul. To have the lady boss reminding us of a long waiting time is a kind gesture, but to be the first to order, only to be served last is another issue altogether.

It’s been a few months since my last visit. Perhaps things have been ironed out now and the ordering system has improved. I do hope so, as with a few strong, more efficient competitors conveniently located within the vicinity, it’s quite obvious which of these the customer will not choose. Seriously, good char siew should not be wasted on a bad system.

Sang Kee Wanton Mee
SFS (747) Kopitiam
Jln PJU 1/3C,
Sunway Mas, Petaling Jaya


Selba said...

Whoaaaa... I guess need to memorize the 10 tips if there's a chance to visit this place someday, hehehe

J said...

Wah. Thats a lot of grief to go through for a bowl of noodles+char siew..... :(

Is it anywhere close to being worth the (possibly long) wait though?

qwazymonkey said...

I actually like their curry noodles with char siu more. It's good no doubt. But yea, agreed that there's no system at all.

U know, I reckon one should just go there with a lighted sign and whistle like those Chinese concert-goers. Guarantee she'll spot u from a mile away and be annoyed at you whistling every 2 seconds! LOL

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

You're right. We should all just lighten up and relax. Thanks for introducing this place to me when I was coughing and snorting phlegm. I recovered quite soon after that. Char siew must be the cure for everything. Hugs.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

8) Settle for the table nearest to the stall -- I wanted my char siu fast, so I did that once. It was so so so hot! The heat from the boiling pot was too much to bear. =P

minchow said...

Haha, wear something outstanding - now, that's a tip for crowded system-deprived food joints everywhere! I think I'll start doing that at my local pan mee place, the dim sum place on Jln Ipoh, what the hell, everywhere and anywhere!

Precious Pea said...

They have free wifi or not?? If so, i dun mind the wait, can facebook while waiting ;)

mimid3vils said...

for me it's not worth wasting my time waiting for the food here, I can have my char siu fix at FSF :P

UnkaLeong said...

I knew it. We should have tried the CKT instead of the Pan Mein. Hehehe...

Life for Beginners said...

On Tip#2... isn't it amazing how neighbouring stalls never fail to profit from their more famous and popular brother/sister stall?

I should stalk some of the best and busiest stalls at kopitiams everywhere and set up another stall just to catch the extra, hungrily awaiting customers... :P

CUMI & CIKI said...

yarmie! i like this one.. i don't care! so they mess up .. as long as not too often i will still keep on coming back.. ooyeah! ciki WILL B BACK!

rokh said...

thanks for the tips! amazingly this tham jiak has yet to brave a return

Anonymous said...

Opulently I agree but I think the list inform should have more info then it has.

J2Kfm said...

Yeah, it's notorious now, reaching great heights of foodies' pet peeves.
I'd take FSF any time, but I do feel compelled to try this, maybe just once. To appease the Char Siew beast within.

Simon Seow said...

yeah, I heard have to wait damn long wan. If I go on weekday, should be better right?

LetsEat said...

Curry Noodle look amazing and probably taste good, nice photos

Nic (KHKL) said...

selba, haha, don't worry. we, the locals, will show you the way! ;D

j, indeed! well, i'd say, give it a go. this might just turn out to be your ideal char siew! ;D

qwazymonkey, yeah, i agree! their curry noodles is yummy. ohhhh, a whistle is a good idea!! and maybe those inflated batons Chinese concert-goers use to make noise too! :D

lyrical lemongrass, you are welcome, dear. char siew is indeed a good remedy for everything. but for me, it's hokkien mee la...hehehehe.

bangsar babe, omg, you are right! haha. once, i sat near the ckt stall and oh boy, do i smell like lard..haha!

minchow, dim sum on Jalan Ipoh? you hang out there? that's my favourite dim sum place! ok, i'm all for the old school lot only - mee boon. :)

precious pea, haha, i thought of wifi as well. but i doubt they will la, since they cant even manage the orders well. sigh....

mimi, yeah, i read your post about it! hmmm, seems like FSF is a better place for fast and efficient service, hor? :D

Nic (KHKL) said...

unkaleong, hehehehhehehe....i recommend the ckt, for sure. ask TNG to buy you ckt there next round! ;D

kenny, that's a good idea! nothing too complicated, just some good appetizers. who knows, it might grow into a big business on its own!

cumi & ciki, you were there much earlier than us, i think! u da bomb! let's go again sometime. long time never see y'all d!

rokh, haha, i know what you mean. it mentally torturing to have to wait for a bowl of wanton mee! i'll only go there if i only have, like the whole morning to burn! hehehe.

anonymous, hehe, and i thought i was the last person to blog about this place. better late than never, right? ;D

j2kfm, yes, do give it a try! if not, how are you going to begin to condemn it! hehehehe...joking la. the char siew is good, so do give it a try. and compare to see if you prefer this or fsf's. :D

simon, errrr, i think weekdays are also the same. maybe go earlier la, say around 10+ am on weekdays. but i still blame their system la. hope you'll have a good experience there. ;D

letseat, hey, thanks for stopping by! ;D yupe, their curry mee + char siew is good. do give it a try (but be prepared for the q!)...thanks for the compliment! ;D

thenomadGourmand said...

yes, the curry broth did tantalise. mayb, just mayb, if i had to bring atr group of friends to makan, I will come here again. But tht might be nx year! LOL.
There is so many places springing up with CS!

Nic (KHKL) said...

tng, yeah, agree! char siew kai (street) should be made a tourist attraction!!! i've yet to try some new ones also. :(