Kao Lee Dim Sum Restaurant @ Ipoh GardenJanuary 12, 2010 | 8,267 views
Kao Lee Dim Sum Restaurant in Ipoh Garden has stood the test of time, serving delectable morsels of dim sum for breakfast-brunch for a good many years now. Other than dim sum, Kao Lee was also serving steamboat and various noodles/rice & dishes for lunch and dinner. Noticed the past tense? That’s because currently they’re not opening for dinner, but will resume operations come dinner hours in the near future.
#1 – In comparison to Hong Kee in Pandan Indah (and everywhere else in Klang Valley), Kao Lee’s pan-fried glutinous rice scores better in terms of taste, and not as greasy.
#3 – The steamed goodies @ Kao Lee – Dainty morsels steamed freshly, and served to you at your table. None of those get up from your seats and walk over to the counter for dim sum nonsense (like THIS other famous one)
#4 – The Sweet & Sour Pork Rolls – Ming Court’s version still triumphs here, but Kao Lee’s was not too shabby either.
#5 – So-so, either choose the shrimp fillings, or the Char Siew (barbecued pork) version. CANNOT mix one. Aiks?! So hard to mix two varieties together meh?
#6 – Better yam puffs than Foh San, reasonably good egg tarts, and tasty prawn rolls wrapped in beancurd sheets.
#7 – Not too many options when it comes to the fried items, we had another plate of prawn dim sum, the crispy dumplings.
#8 – No Black Sesame Sweet Soup but Kao Lee has caramel egg custard. Not bad, a bit sweet …. but it’s DESSERT, okay?
#9 – And fluffy Char Siew Pau, to complete the breakfast experience. Yoke Fook Moon does them better though (almost the BEST in my books, comparing the other dim sum outlets)
#10 – The OTHER signature items of Kao Lee’s. They take pride on their wanton mee, proclaiming the noodles to be imported from Hong Kong (!!), but locally made wantons. And yeah …. there’s even SATAY on the menu.
And there you have it. Who says Motormouth only does LONG-WINDED, GRANDMOTHER-STORY REVIEWS?!!!! (come here and tell it to mah face y’all !!!)
Verdict : A notch below Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum, but surprisingly, better than the new Foh San. Yes, Foh San’s quality has gone down drastically. Still prefer their old premise, for the authenticity and the consistent quality of their dim sum. Kao Lee’s dim sum selections are priced at around RM3.00 per portion mostly, akin to Foh San, but slightly pricier than Ming Court.
So where’s next? Yoke Fook Moon? Sun Kim Aik? Or any other neighbourhood wonders that I am not aware of?
KAO LEE RESTAURANT – DIM SUM, STEAMBOAT
48-50, Lengkok Canning,
Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh,
Telephone : 605-546 5384.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP TO KAO LEE RESTAURANT
Directions : This restaurant is situated on the same row with Home Cook Recipe Restaurant which I have blogged about before, serving delicious Chinese food. Within the vicinity, there’s the famous hawker stretch of Tung Koo Thing (Medan Aneka Selera) and Woolley Food City. If you know where Hospital Fatimah is, then you can easily locate Kao Lee for this restaurant is situated across the road from that hospital, behind the Shell petrol station.