[Is It Worth it?] Mak's Chee Authetic Wonton Noodles @ 1 Utama, PJ

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What is the most expensive bowl of noodles have you ever paid for? No wait, let's change that, what is the most expensive bowl of noodles with the portion of a patch of grass have you ever paid for? Well, if RM10 is your answer, then you quite possibly have the chance to go a little higher.

Known as Mak's Chee Authentic Wonton Noodles, this unassuming place with no more than 10 items (not inclusive of repeats) on their menu offers one of the most sophisticated plate of wonton noodles that lasted 3 bloody generations. The brand dates back to the early 20s, where it made prawn wonton instead of the traditional minced pork a whole lot more 'in trend', and was once served to a political and military leader, Chiang Kai Shek. 

Alrighty, enough with the history. Let us see what have they got to offer. 

Mak's Chee!

This was the line, on a Thursday afternoon, at 2pm. I mean, what. The. Hell. Regardless, it took us about a mere 15-20minutes wait, which wasn't too bad but I certainly can't say for it's the same for the weekends. 

Inside, it's fairly small with a somewhat limited amount of seats. This is also similar to Ding Tai Fung and several other premium Chinese restaurant, pay at the counter. 

Believe it or not, this is what I would call the 'lonely corner', which isn't exactly a bad thing. It allows individuals to enjoy a meal here without hogging up a table for 2. 

A brief history of Mak's Chee. I didn't bother reading everything but yeah, it's something.

Braised Beef Brisket Dry Noodles - RM13.90

Although I felt that I should've tried the classic dry noodles, I went for this first. Anyway, everything was a little different from what I expected, which was great. The noodles were incredibly thin but springy and twirly(?) as well. The sauce, which comes from the braised beef brisket was packed with a good amount of flavour and richness, along with the tender cut of beef brisket and lovely chunks of fats. 

In any case, the dish was tasty to say the least, but the portion was horrendous. Though I don't blame them as most premium items come in small quantity. Remember, it's about the quality, not the quantity. 

*PS: It also comes with a bowl of broth, which had a great depth of flavour and lovely spice.

Noodles with Signature Sea Prawn Wonton Soup - RM12.90

Followed by one of their signature sea prawn wonton soup.  The noodles were similar to the beef brisket, so no surprises there. The soup however, was light, flavourful and had a nice depth of seafood flavour. It was incredibly pleasant, though not the most flavourful. 

More importantly, the wontons were absolutely delicious. Fresh and plump prawns wrapped in a thin sheet of wonton wrapper and cooked till tender perfection. In any case, it is probably one of the best wonton I've had here in Malaysia.

Unfortunately, that was all I had for lunch. I did not try out their Seasoned Vegetables, which is Kailan with Oyster sauce for RM10 because I find the price to be a little too high. On the plus side, there were comments on how good it was. 

In any case, if you're wondering on whether you should try this out, yes. Definitely. The noodles and everything else may be a little pricey, but at least the taste does justify it. The portion again, is ridiculous. To try it once in your life - yes it's worth it. For lunch on a monthly basis, well, not exactly. 


Lot LG311D, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama City Centre, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Operating hours: Daily 10am-10pm

Tel: 03 7722 2788

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