Soong Kee Beef Ball Noodles

Jalan Tun H.S. Lee is located in the center of the city and is every pedestrian’s nightmare, not to mention motorists as well. Buses are haphazardly parked and motorcyclists weave in and out of traffic like mad-men and you would do well to hang on to your bags if you are going about on foot. Forget about easy parking, you are actually better off taking public transport or just walking. Oh, yes, every person here needs to endure the crazy traffic but speaking of endurance, there are certain iconic eateries that have stood the test of time and have existed for at least half a century or more, right here in the heart of KL.

When @ladyironchef decided to pay us a visit from the Republic, we felt that a good old fashioned induction into KL’s streetfood was in order. Housed in a corner shop in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Soong Kee beef ball noodles shop has been in business since the mid-50s. For those who do not know, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee begins at the Bangkok Bank and ends at the intersection of Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (formerly known as Jalan Silang). There a several backpacker lodgings just further up from this street so bumping into tourists in this part of town is not an uncommon thing. Beef is the specialty here and the shop has been in business since the mid-1950s, i.e. way before Ciki was born even. My dad tells me that back then, there used to be an upper-level dining area but that is gone now. Ah now, diners sit in a renovated, air-conditioned restaurant. Gone are the wonder years of the old musty Soong Kee, but don’t worry, the food is still just as good.


Soong Kee opens as early as 8am in the morning and runs all through the night. It is also a favourite haunt for office workers and hardcore beef ball noodle lovers from all over the Klang Valley. The owner of the place is Mr Siew and the business was first started by his grandfather, then his father and now him.

Soong Kee – Photos of the Best Beef Ball Noodles in Town


Kitchen mayhem


the present, more comfortable, renovated Soong Kee


@alilfatmonkey and @ladyironchef ,smile for Ciki!


Not only is the food affordable here, it is bloody awesome. Everybody should try the dry noodle version, especially the Ngou chap (beef offal) with beef balls on the side. Why I say this is because the Dry noodles comes with this terrifically greasy and tasty trademark Yuk-Soey(mince meat) on top of it – see the black, glistening mince? That is the pork mince that give this bowl of mee its kick!

A bowl of beef noodles here costs around RM5 for the small portion, but if you want a massive bowl with double portions of everything, it can go up to RM9 or 10 bucks per bowl.


Fresh as hell beef balls. These are even better than the Ngau Kee (another beefball joint in KL) ones, if you ask me.


Knock your socks off, homemade chili (used to be even spicier)


the sexy, succulent, chewy Ngou chap (beef offal)


This guy hardly ever smiles, and yet the chef smiles for me!


The noodles that lay by the window, right by the 5 foot way, where passengers, pedestrians, buses and cars zip by at every second of the day. Hmmm.. no wonder the noodles taste so great! LOL

Soong Kee Beef Ball Noodles
3 Jalan Silang,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel No: 03 – 2078 1484


  1. not only the ngau zhap is good, u got to get the ngau yuk slices as well..tenderised to a pulp, i like..

  2. Aiyo, how can the chef help but smile atchu, you’re soooo kewt! ๐Ÿ˜€

    P.S. I can attest to the bounciness of those beef balls – YUMS!!

  3. Oh man. Haven’t been back there for AGES….
    (Are they the ones with “branch” in Hutong now?)
    (On a separate note: Of kors he smile for you lah, leng luiiiii…. ;P)

  4. Augustdiners says:

    soong kee is one of my favourite supper place after dinner functions, their beef balls and beef noodles are definitely one of the best in town! Slurps! now u just made me crave for it!

  5. so.. he’s the one who got publicity for the wrong reason recently in Singapore.

  6. i’ve never managed to visit this location before, but i remember liking their version at hutong, so i bet this one is even better! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • *sniffle* of course! why pay more money to eat the original stuff here.. pfft ๐Ÿ˜› HAH, we will nevah eat at Hutong (unless hail, flooding and we r stuck in Lot10 and it’s the last meal of our lives:P.. DRAMA) hahahaha

  7. Never try this, but since you said it’s better than Ngau Kee, then I should try I think :)

  8. I love how the chef smiled for you, great photo.

  9. This is so far my fave but I’ve been there very few times, because of traffic/accessibility as you highlighted.

    Failed to do a review because the last time I was there was before I had a blog. Must revisit!

  10. i really have to try this and sadly until today i haven’t actually tried soong kee. hehe

  11. Dammit, I’m hankering for some right now!

  12. Food preparation pictures are always the best. It give you a feeling and story of the food. You’re always great with photos and the writing make it even better.

  13. Hi Cumi & Ciki,
    Kindly be informed that this post has been reprinted on, thanks. ^^
    P/S: We have put your name and link credit back to this article.

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