Nam Kee

Nam Kee (南記)is a chain of three Chinese restaurants in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The original restaurant opened at the Zeedijk in 1981 (currently at no. 111-113), followed by restaurants at the Geldersekade 117 in 1992 and at the Marie Heinekenplein 4 in 2010.[1] The name means "Friend Nam" in Chinese, after the owner Nam Chan.[1]

Nam Kee
Nam Kee at the Zeedijk in Amsterdam
OwnerNam Chan[1]

Nam Kee is a favourite of many people in Amsterdam and a place to be seen, including by celebrities such as Rijk de Gooyer (deceased), Joop Braakhekke (deceased) and stars from Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden and also artists and bank directors.[2]

Nam Kee became nationally known in the Netherlands after writer Kees van Beijnum released his 2000 novel De Oesters van Nam Kee ("Oysters at Nam Kee's") which was subsequently made into a 2002 Dutch drama film.[2]

The Zeedijk restaurant was fined for poor hygiene in 2002.[2]

Nam Kee is seen as an Amsterdam icon by The New York Times.[3]

See also


  1. History of Nam Kee at the Nam Kee website. (WebCite archive)
  2. Lebesque, Victor (June 3, 2002). "Vieze snijplanken en muizenkeutels". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved September 21, 2011. (WebCite archive)
  3. Saltzstein, Dan (April 21, 2009). "Save or Splurge: Amsterdam". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2011. (WebCite archive)
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