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I never thought I’d post an entry featuring something from this big hawker center near my residence. In fact, I’ve probably went there only a handful of times in the past 3 years since I could never find anything that was good enough to satisfy the stomach.

I got to know this dumpling stall by chance, we were resting at Ming Tien for a giant glass of rejuvenating fruit juice after a game of futsal and the ever hungry Kelvin ordered a plate of fried dumpling as a side dish to his customary large meal after sports.

Update: Unfortunately Ming Tien food court is now closed permanently

Fried Dumpling (鍋貼, 水餃) at Ming Tien, PJ Taman Megah
fried dumpling.. yummmm

The fried dumpling was simple enough, 10 tiny pieces in a plastic plate, with a dipping sauce that tasted like a mixture of red pepper and vinegar (or maybe some soya sauce too). The fried dumpling actually tasted very close to xiao long pao, with fatty pork inside and soup inside the dough skin. It was very, very deliciousm so good that I actually went there again a few days later. It would have been perfect if they actually provide some ginger strips.

Fried Dumpling (鍋貼, 水餃) at Ming Tien, PJ Taman Megah
you’ll love the vinegar + pepper dipping

The steamed dumpling though, while pretty good, was over shadowed by the fried dumpling. At RM 6 and RM 5 for 10 fried and steamed dumplings respectively, this is a great buy. The small bite size almost made it a lot easier to eat compared to the Japanese style gyoza.

Map to Ming Tien, PJ Taman Megah
Ming Tien is just right next to Michael’s Badminton Association in Taman Megah

Ming Tien Hawker Center
Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

My never ending quest for a bowl of good Penang Hokkien Mee (瑕面, also known as Prawn Mee in this part of Malaysia) has brought me to Restaurant Yon Len at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI).

Although the old man at Kampung Chempaka does offer excellent prawn mee, the operating hours are only from around 2-4pm, and I want to have it as breakfast. It was one of those things that bothers me, until the hot chick suggested Yon Len at TTDI last weekend.

Prawn Mee (瑕面) at Restaurant Yon Lee, TTDI
this is what I call a perfect no frill presentation

We arrived at the much talked about kopitiam at brunch hours, parking situation was actually not too bad, something that can’t be said for TTDI most of the time. I went to the prawn mee stall and ordered 3 standard bowls of this Penang’s pride.

If you are familiar with how prawn mee is served in Penang, you will find that this particular stall did everything correctly. Noodle (and mee hun), sliced pork, small sliced prawn, kang kung and bean sprout in a soup based that’s boiled with prawn and pork bones. All these is topped with some fried shallots, and of course, chili paste is given as well for the spicy touch.

Prawn Mee (瑕面) at Restaurant Yon Lee, TTDI
we’re seriously enjoying the prawn mee

I like my prawn mee to be a tad more spicy, and hence asked for more chili paste. The overall taste of the prawn mee here made me feel like I was in Penang. Very excellent broth, with everything else cooked to the proper texture and taste. I actually finished everything short of licking the bowl. It was really satisfying, I think I’m going to go there over and over again.

map to Restaurant Yon Lee, TTDI
Restaurant Yon Lee is right across the Perodua showroom

At RM 3.50 per bowl, the price is in line with other hawker centers that offer the same dish. You should really give it a try.

Restaurant Yong Len
Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1
(opposite Perodua showroom)
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.141630, 101.629243

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and I only managed to get to having brunch past 1pm in the afternoon. We decided to go to the nearby restaurant New Yew Sang at SS5 to satisfy our stomachs.

note: Not in business anymore, owner passed away from heart attack.

Since the steamed rice stall has pretty much sold off everything except a couple different choices, I decided to try something else and spotted this oddity in a Chinese kopitiam, a mee goreng stall. I figured if an Indian guy can stay in business in this environment, the food can’t be bad.

Mee Goreng at Restaurant New Yew Sang, Petaling Jaya SS4
mee goreng, extra spicy and extra sotong

For the uninformed, mee goreng traditionally comes with yellow noodle, bean sprout, fried tofu, cucur udang, potato, vegetable, and of course, the all important marinated cuttle fish or squid.

I ordered a plate of mee goreng, extra hot, and with extra cuttle fish. When it arrived, the dish was smelling great and looking great. I snapped a couple pictures and squeezed the lime on the noodle before burying myself in right away. The taste was just great, all the ingredients provided their different texture and taste, contributing to the overall savory and spicy satisfaction. The extra cuttle fish was well worth the money too, it was firm and tasted just the way I like it.

Mee Goreng at Restaurant New Yew Sang, Petaling Jaya SS4
I didn’t leave anything behind

The plate of mee goreng was RM 4.00 due to the extra sotong option, otherwise it goes for RM 3.00. The same stall also offers mee rebus, rojak, as well as maggie soup and maggie goreng.

Map to Restaurant New Yew Sang, Petaling Jaya SS4
New Yew Sang is on Jalan Bahagia, a stone’s throw away from KJ Giant

Jalan SS 6/8
Kelana Jaya

GPS: 3.106717, 101.598178

Ramli burger, Malaysia’s very own version of this “western” food is unique in it’s choices of ingredient and method of preparation. This distinctly Malaysian food has been well received by the locals and tourists alike ever since it was first introduced in 1979.

Mizi Burger SS2 Firestation
Mizi Burger has been operating for about 10 years.

I had the experience of working at a McD kitchen in my younger years (which resulted me not eating French fries for a good 10 years), and I can tell you that the way they cook a burger is completely different from the Ramly style.

Although the burger might be prepared slightly varied from one stall to the other, the basics remain the same, and the unique techniques not usually found in western worlds are:

  • slicing the burger patty into two (while keeping them intact ala clam shell style) and add seasonings in the middle
  • pan frying the buns with butter on the same cooking surface
  • wrapping the egg around the meat patty, with more seasoning, for the special option

The other ingredients include raw or fried onion, cucumber, lettuce, plenty of chili sauce, and even more mayonnaise. All the good stuff that your personal doctor advice against. You can also add cheese, or double up the meat patties, basically limitless customization.

Mizi Burger SS2 Firestation
this is how we like our burgers prepared

Mizi Burger is one of such burger places. Located just next to the SS2 Fire Station, this particular stall has been in business for some 10 years. After badminton the other night, I bought myself a beef special (beef patty + egg) burger for a measly RM 2.50, a steal!

The burger was very juicy and flavorful, with no less than 3-4 different types of seasonings on the beef and egg. Topped with mayonnaise, butter, and the sweetish chili sauce, this burger was as tasty as it was messy.

Mizi Burger, map to SS2 Fire Station
This burger stall is situated right next to the SS2 Fire Station

Mizi Burger opens from 8-12pm daily and closes on Sundays.

SS2/2 Petaling Jaya
GPS: 3.125765, 101.623015
Phone: 013-347 0570

A pal of mine, shiang introduced me to this wan tan mee place in SS2 after reading my take on the Sungai Besi wan tan mee place. The dude claimed that he had ate at this place 3 days in a row upon discovering it. Since I usually trust the taste of this not-so-skinny guy, I just had to give this place a try.

Wan Tan Mee at OK restaurant, Petaling Jaya SS2
no frill wan tan mee, the good stuff

I tried to order their sui kow but they always ran out of those on both occasions I was there, hence we ordered a normal char siu with wan tan noodle, and a char siu with mushroom noodle. Like many wan tan mee places, they also offer the popular chicken feet with mushroom as toppings for the noodle.

The noodle didn’t take long to arrive, and it didn’t look like they are worried about presentation. In fact, there was only the essentials of the dish, the wan tan, the char siu, the noodle, sauce, and pickled green chili. It didn’t even come with vegetable like most other places.

Wan Tan Mee at OK restaurant, Petaling Jaya SS2
noodle so delicious the hot chick didn’t even have time to camwhore

However, putting the food in the mouth confirms why the dude liked this place so much. The noodle has a proper texture and firmness to it, while absorbing the sauce well. The wan tan too, were of good size and packed with enough fatty minced meat. It is always a disappointment when some stalls make their wan tan too small in order to increase profit.

The best ingredient of dish though, was their char siu, barbecued to perfection, maintaining the juiciness of the meat while achieving a very firm and consistent texture. It was definitely one of the better char siu I had.

OK restaurant wan tan mee
Restaurant OK is located near KAYU and Chow Yang

The noodle starts from RM 3.50 per plate.

This wan tan mee stall is opened from around 11 in the morning to 6-7pm. Of course, the same restaurant also offers the Fatty Duck stew duck rice I reviewed earlier this week.

Jalan SS2/10, Petaling Jaya
(at the other end of the same row of shop houses comprising KAYU)

GPS: 3.115084, 101.616390