May 10, 2012

'Choo-Char'--Kim Hooi Seafood

I am wondering why I have never posted anything about Kim Hooi Seafood. (It must be the fact that it has become a frequent place to eat for us.) This is a 'choo char' (cook and stir) place in a kopi tiam (local style coffee shop).  Kim Hooi Seafood used to be located in Tanjung Bungah (shifted twice within the same area) and shift to its current location a few years back.  Overall, I think it has existed for more than 10 years.  My family patronize this place for our dinners and some times, supper.  I must say the place offers many different kinds of food.  All of them are delicious and reasonably priced.  You can have dishes like broccoli stir-fry with abalone mushrooms, belachan (prawn paste) deep-fried chicken, roast chicken, etc.  The night I took the pictures for this post, hubby and I were there for our dinner.
The stir-fry broccoli with abalone mushroom (RM8) was something I would say, not so ordinary.  It fragrantly done and the abalone mushrooms was pre-seasoned and then stirred in the broccoli.  It was very tasty and the mushrooms cooked and crunchy (not mushy). 
Next was the deep-fried 'belachan chicken' (RM12) all done to perfection.  The 'belachan' (prawn paste) powder used was quite a good quality one judging from the taste.  In addition, this place uses chicken drumsticks instead of breast meat, which both hubby and I detest.  The chicken is deep-fried and the not overdone with the flesh still tender and juicy.  The taste...good and aromatic. 
The homemade tofu is necessary try (RM6).  It is Kim Hooi's signature dish.  The tofu is homemade, smooth and soft but not watery.  For this dish, the tofu was first deep-fried and then cooked with the scallop and other ingredients.  That made it even tastier.  This is a dish we never forgo even when we visit just for a plate of fried hor fun.  In other words, for our supper.  
The deep-fried fish (red snapper) (RM32) we had would be ordinary if not for the gravy dribbled on it.  It was very tasty and with the freshness of the fish added it was a dish simple but delicious. 
They way the cook prepare the 'lala' (I think it is mussels in English) is wonderful.  It was stir-fry with chilli paste not the usual fare but with 'sambal'!  I have no words to describe it except delicious. (RM8)
The steamed chicken was quite nice.  The pieces of chicken meat were tender and juicy but..I have a complaint.  The gravy with Chinese wine in it was a tad too bland.  I wished the cook had used a little less water. (RM28)
Lady standing (facing camera) is the boss' wife. Boss does most of the cooking
Kim Hooi Seafood has many other good foods to offer.  Give the Roast Chicken, fried mee (mee goreng Chinese style), the yee foo meen (egg noodles fried with gravy) a try, these are my family's favourite.  
The satay sold by a young Malay man here is also recommendable.  My family loves the satay sold especially the 'kambing satay' (mutton).  The meat is tender and well marinated.  The peanut sauce that comes with it is filled with peanuts and flavourful.
Kim Hooi Seafood is located inside 2828 Kopi Tiam.  It is a one-way street and if you are driving along Perak Road, it is on the left hand side.  (Next to a block of flats) Kim Hooi Seafood - Location:  (Corner lot) 56-K Perak Plaza, Jalan Perak, 10150 Penang. Closed on Monday. Person to contact: H/P 012-498 8453


Ken said...

used to go here quite frequently too, love their signature dish of tofu, heavenly. said...

Agreed totally. My family loved it too. :o)