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Old Jim Kee - Spice Alley

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  1. Penang char kway teow (Photograph: Anna Kucera)
    Photograph: Anna Kucera
  2. Photograph: Anna Kucera
    Photograph: Anna Kucera

Time Out says

Serving some of the tastiest food at Spice Alley right now

Malaysian eatery Old Jim Kee is serving some of the tastiest food at Spice Alley right now. Try the char kway teow. It’s a massive serve of wok-tossed flat rice noodles tossed with slices of earthy, sweet and sour lap cheong sausage; whole, crunchy prawns; sheets of fish cake; crunchy bean sprouts and egg. It’s seriously smoky from the wok and the pork lard it’s cooked in, and is a lesson in umami. 

If you want to be properly Malaysian then you’ll need to order a teh tarek on the side. It’s that strong, sweet Malaysian tea that is usually serve piping hot, poured from a height so that it’s ‘stretched’ (it aerates the tea – a little like decanting a wine – bringing out more flavour from the tea itself). Here it’s very strong, but is less sweet than the traditional version, and more bitter to boot. Aside a hulking plate of greasy noodles though, it is just the thing to keep you awake by the end of it.

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Written by
Freya Herring


18-20 Kensington St
Opening hours:
Daily 11am-10pm
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