I just can’t help believing…

…that this time, these guys here are gonna stay. There used to be others before them but there were hardly any customers and more often than not, most of the stalls were not even open…and  it did not take very long for them to close shop, one after another.

The present one, however, is enjoying brisk business with the queue for the chap fan (mixed rice) lunch…

Ah Kiet Restaurant chap fan queue

…stretching out to the pavement outside.

My missus had that…

Ah Kiet Restaurant chap fan

…the other day, RM5.00 for three picks plus rice and complimentary soup and you just need to add a ringgit more, RM6.00, if you would like 4.

I heard from a friend that in the evening, it is a chu char (cook & fry) place where you can order dishes to eat with rice. He did tell me that the chef was from some popular restaurant elsewhere, venturing out on his own here but I cannot remember where now.

I did not have the chap fan that day not because I was not keen on lining up for my food, a la Oliver Twist, but because I went back there for the sole purpose of trying some of the other things that the dim sum stall at the shop has to offer. I loved their prawn siew mai that last time I was here but was not all that impressed by their lor mai kai.

This time around, I ordered their bak chang (meat dumplings) with salted egg (RM5.50)…

Ah Kiet Restaurant bak chang with salted egg

…and it was very good – lots of meat inside and one whole salted egg yolk that was very nice and fresh…

Lots of meat & one whole salted egg yolk

I’ve had others elsewhere, not much cheaper, and though they tasted all right, the meat and salted egg in them were hardly visible to the naked eye.

Their steamed pao (RM2.40), char siew filling, was good too but the photograph I took of it came out blur and I also had this yam puff (RM1.80)…

Ah Kiet Restaurant yam puff

…which was very nice as well, crusty on the outside, soft on the inside.

I liked the pork and fish siew mai (RM4.50 for a basket of 5)…

Ah Kiet Restaurant pork & fish siew mai

…as well, just that they were kind of small and 90 sen each seemed a little on the high side.

I would say it was rather expensive in total, going for this dim sum thing – all that I had came up to over RM14.00 and I did not think I had all that much, really. I most certainly would choose to go for the chap fan for lunch instead the next time we drop by here again.

AH KIET RESTAURANT (2.317307, 111.850023) is located right behind Comfort Furniture among the shops beside the Selemo traffic lights along Lorong Ling Kai Cheng 2, off Jalan Deshon if you are coming from town or you can go in via Lorong Ling Kai Cheng 4 if you are coming down from Teku or Ulu Sg Merah. The very popular kampua mee (and fried kompia stuffed with minced meat) place, Sing Ming Kee Cafe is in that same block of shops at the other end on the left.