Sunday, 3 March 2013

Dim Sum at Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon - Don't bother looking for the sign, the awning covers it. Just head for the shop with the most people with waiters in yellow shirts.
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Steamed Pork Buns
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Boiled Egg Dim Sum
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
A big selection and, dim sum in the making
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Mixed Vege Dim Sum
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Prawn Dim Sum
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Dim Sum with Peas
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Dim Sum and Iced Coffee (a strong brew mixed with condensed milk is a sweet pick me up or great dessert replacement)
dim sum, jalan ipoh, kedai kopi mee bon
Mixed Dim Sum
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Chicken Wing cooked in paper bag
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Dim Sum
Kedai Kopi Mee Bon, Kuala Lumpur, dim sum, jalan ipoh, sentul, yum cha
Glutinous Rice

A Dim Sum Adventure on Jalan Ipoh, Kedai Kopi Mee Bon

Heading off one morning to meet a local friend for chicken rice under the tree on Jalan Ipoh turned into an unexpected dim sum brunch. Finding the chicken rice spot closed, we looked for the closest place that seemed good - a pack of people usually being a good sign. We spied an opening in the wall with tables spilling out into the street just down the road. Upon arriving I found it was one of those spots on my recommended list of, "must find one day." So cravings for chicken rice quickly turned to saliva production for dim sum as we saw giant bamboo steamers and glass ovens heating up the side walk.

No menu and not much English didn't matter as staff were soon welcoming us in and showing us fingers summing the total number of our party and guiding us to a fan cooled plastic table. Again the lack of written or verbal forms of communication mattered little as a tray of hot dim sum delights were speedily delivered to our table for selection. Not knowing what we were ordering, and thanking our good stars that none of us had food allergies, we dove in, pointing to the prettiest, juiciest, tenderest balls on the tray.

Sad to admit that even though I have demolished a decent number of dim sum meals since living in Asia, I'm still yet able to name many of the selections without a menu. Everything we ate however was super tasty owing to large portions of pork and prawns being in most mixes. The steamed pork buns were enormous with a juicy sweet pulled pork filling and the soft bread casing light and feathery. The chicken wings in a sticky sauce cooked in a paper bag were taken in numerous portions so were the halved, boiled eggs topped with pork and unidentifiable goo. The only plate I didn't find my palate craving for more were the century egg buns. Filled with a quail egg that's black in colour and firm jelly like in texture I found them rather bland. My local dining buddy though did repeat the order so I guess it's just a matter of opinion. 

Each tray came with two portions and was priced at RM4 a round. The bill came at the end through a tallying of the silver trays on our table and a cash payment. The iced coffee made with thick black brew and heaped condensed milk is a sweet pick-me-up or a great dessert replacement. Canned drinks are too available but a pot of Chinese tea is the recommended accompaniment.

Reason to visit: steamed pork buns, good range of mouth watering dim sum, a truly local experience in a bustling ambience

Kedai Kopi Mee Bon
491 Batu 3 Jalan Ipoh
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 4043 7784

32 comments:

  1. I love d "yu mai @ fish paste" there... :D

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    1. Ooh, I must try that one next time.

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  2. Wallet friendly makan place in KL !!!!

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  3. don' worry, even I don't know them all by name, and I live here! haha :D The beggar's chicken looks good. is it only chicken wing or is there a choice? ;)

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    1. I only saw chicken wings - I wouldn't have known how to ask for anything else. :-)

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  4. wow, this is like a little dim sum factory, with diligent workers churning out so much delicious merchandise! :D dim sum really is one of the ideal types of food to share on a large table with family and friends. everyone ends up happy, full and contented :D

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    1. You're right it does resemble a factory. A very efficient and delicious one. :-)

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  5. Looks really good...the steamed paos, everything. Typical of dim sum at places like this - should be quite cheap or at least, comparatively over there, right? RM4 for two portions (Ummm...why some three? Same price?) rather pricey by our standard here though.

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    1. You keep rubbing in how cheap Borneo is... you know I'm going to make you take us around to your fav spots one day.

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  6. Dim sum! Definitely recommended with a pot of hot tea!

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    1. Hubby was smitten over the tea. It sure did make a fine companion.

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  7. I heard of this place before, but haven't tried the dim sum there yet. :P

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    1. You'll have to try it and let me know what your expert taste buds think. :-)

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  8. Looks like dim sum paradise! And the paus! The chicken wing too! Will head there soon.

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    1. Sure is a dim sum paradise. So much choice!

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  9. Kristel just loves Dim Sum. So when we are on holiday and we find such a restaurant, we have to go in.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  10. It's so rare to see u reviewing a coffee shop. Gosh, my pick goes to the paper chicken!!

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  11. This is the place i went after clubbing when I was young....

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    1. Oh, so now you're letting us in on your secrets. I can see how it would be a great breakfast after the night before. :-)

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  12. Dim sum galore! I must say, my favorite is the steamed pork buns.

    Same here; I've been eating dim sum infrequently all these years but I still can't order it without actually looking at it. The only one which I can order is siew mai, which I presume is the one made with the wanton skin. =D

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    1. Oh yes, steamed pork buns make me drool just thinking about them. :-)

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  13. Everything looks so delicious! The dumpinglings with peas look particularly mouthwatering.

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    1. That one was my favourite - lots of juicy peas!

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  14. Your dish looks really mouthwatering! i love to be there with a hot cup of chinese tea.

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    1. Ooh, yes, Chinese tea is the perfect accompaniment.

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  15. LOVELY PLACE TO EAT DIM SUM!! oh no.. U just triggered my cravings.. Huhu.. It's been almost half a year I did not get to eat dim sum..I guess I need some this weekend!;D

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    1. This might be the place for you to find what you're looking for. :-)

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  16. it has been a long time i did not eat outside dim sum~
    damn those cha siu bao make me hungry now~ T.T

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