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I’ve spotted Hoo Yee Kee plenty of times while on the way to one of the better late night bak kut teh places at Kaka BKT in Kepong, what captured my attention was the big neon sign of a prawn over the roof of the hawker shag turned psychedelic dining area.

I told myself I’d give this place a try one of these days, and I did just that last week. *proud*

Hoo Yee Kee at Kepong, opens 24 hours
Hoo Yee Kee at Kepong, opens 24 hours

Don’t be fooled by the exterior of this place. From afar, it almost look like some air conditioned high class restaurant, but in actual fact it is just a highly renovated stall with a touch of quirkiness in design. This means that it is somewhat cute, but lacking in total environmental protection during thunderstorms, for example.

The menu is pretty extensive, lam mee, prawn mee, various sorts of drinks, chicken rice (if I remember), and a few other stuff. We ordered pretty “up market” noodle for both of us, while the “normal” meal starts from around RM 4.50, as you would expect from most hawker centres.

lam mee with crab
lam mee with crab

This plate of lam mee with crab (RM 18) was what Haze ordered.

This dish took a little while to serve, not entirely surprising since they had to cook the crab from scratch. The end result is a sweet tasting crab sitting on top of lam mee, with a half a hard boiled egg and all the other usual lam mee ingredients. The crab made the broth especially tasty too! It was very good.

prawn mee with pork, bubble tea
prawn mee with pork, bubble tea

As for me, I went with their prawn mee with meat (RM12, normal RM 4.50). It came with a couple pork balls, pork slice, ribs, and a lot of intestine which I liked. The soup was a tad too sweet for me but otherwise a decent bowl of prawn mee. I still prefer the version at Yon Lee, TTDI to be honest. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t any impressive, not especially after I’ve seen the crab lam mee.

KY and Haze at Hoo Yee Kee
KY and Haze at Hoo Yee Kee

Both lam mee and prawn mee also do come in meat version, seafood version, and crab version. I haven’t tried the seafood version, but it does look to offer good value at RM 12. Will go there again, it’s especially convenient since the place’s open around the clock. 😀

map to Hoo Yee Kee at Kepong

Hoo Yee Kee 好易记
Stall 7A, Jalan 29,
Kepong Baru,
52100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.207726, 101.645079
Tel: 019-318 1533

Ah Loy Curry Mee is the second restaurant I frequent in the exploration of the popular food district that is OUG. This followed by the good experience I had at Hong Cha pork noodle, just a couple doors down the road on the same row of shop houses.

Ah Loy Curry mee, Penang Laksa
a huge bowl of Peanng laksa at Ah Loy

Being a huge fan of asam laksa, Haze didn’t make any surprising order. The Penang style laksa looked pretty good, came with chunks of fish, banana flower, onion, cucumber, mint leaves, and of course – har gow (蝦羔, prawn paste. RM 4.5).

Unlike the true blue Penang style, this serving’s rather huge. As for taste, well, I’d say it’s acceptable though I did not really like the texture of their laksa noodle, a bit too soggy for my liking, but over all an OK bowl of laksa nonetheless.

It’s not as good as the Jalan Pasar mini laksa (moved, anyone know where it is?), and a notch lower than the Kedah laksa at Alisan, SS4 too.

seafood curry mee at Ah Loy, OUG
seafood curry mee with plenty of cockles, squid, prawns, and more

Then there’s my curry mee (some RM 7-8) that came with lotsa cockles, lala, squid, prawns, crab stick, tofu pok, and even some mushroom. The soup base was pretty thick and rather delicious too, I had mine with noodle and mee hun but you can ask for kueh teow or other noodles too.

While lacking huge prawns, mussels, or oysters, there’s plenty of other ingredients to make up for it, and certainly offers great value for the price you pay.

KY and Haze at Ah Loy curry mee
KY & Haze at Ah Loy curry mee

This place opens for lunch and dinner till pretty late (11pm). Parking can be a bit of a problem but that’s generally a fact in places with good hawker foods such as OUG. There’s also quite a lot of other selections of food at Ah Loy, including the curry pork ribs that I want to try next time!

map to Ah Loy Curry Mee at OUG

Restaurant Ah Loy
No 11, 13 Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3
Taman Overseas Union
Off Jalan Kelang Lama , Kuala Lumpur

GPS:  3.073699, 101.672105
Tel: 03-7782 5001 / 013-302 3422

Like many rakyat of Malaysia, one of my favorite foods hail from the land of the rising sun, sushi, sashimi, udon, ramen, soba and the like. The cravings would come up from time to time, and it happened again last week, just before lunch time on a working day.

Munakata Ramen Japanese Restaurant
Munakata Ramen, Chirashi & Udon set

Since I work at KLCC and there isn’t any good Japanese food joints worth spending money on in Suria, I often would go to Ozeki right across the road at Menara TA. They offer good lunch sets at very reasonable prices (around RM 30+), not to mention a decent variety too.

But when I arrived outside Ozeki, I thought on this particular day I’d walk further down and see what else is around the vicinity. A few minutes later I saw a signboard displaying Munakata Ramen outside Life Centre, and I said to myself, why not?

chirashi sushi from munakata
the best Chirashi sushi I had!

The menu for lunch consists of varies ramen, udon, and the like (apparently their specialty), but I had my stomach prepared for some raw fish already, so I picked the Chirashi Sushi and Udon set.

The set was priced at RM49, that’s quite a lot to spend for a lunch set. In fact I asked the server if I could just have the chirashi sushi without the udon since I knew I wasn’t able to finish everything.

“It’d still be RM 49 anyway”, she said.

I took the deal, I was already seated in the restaurant and gotten myself comfortable anyway.

munakata chirashi and udon lunch set
green tea, salad, and a bowl of very good udon

Salad came, it was pretty ordinary, I prefer the version served at Ozeki to be honest. Then came the udon and chirashi sushi, accompanied by a serving of chawanmushi and some fruits.

The udon was very good, texture of the noodle and the subtle taste of soup topped with some crunchy bits of tempura-ish stuff on top, one of the bests I had. The real crown jewel though, was the chirashi sushi.

Just look at the picture. Prawns, salmon, ikura, octopus, high grade tuna, unagi, tamago, sanma, and a couple other types of raw fish meticulously cut into tiny pieces served on top of sushi rice. This dish definitely had the most ingredients ever, and the combination yield the best chirashi sushi I’ve ever had. It was excellent!

map to Munakata Japanese restaurant at Life Centre

Now was the set a tad too expensive?

Was the serving size a bit too much?

Choices of raw dishes in set lunch rather limited?

Would I have this again?
Definitely! I need to have this chirashi sushi again!

P/S: Munakata also offer ala carte buffet dinner at RM 60 or RM 70+

Life Centre 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

GPS: 3.15378, 101.70870
Tel: 03-2166 7441

The photo below depicts two girls screaming on top of their lungs, the background you see behind those tiny windows is not an illusion, the earth was not parallel with the pint size airborne vehicle we were in.

cheesie & Haze screaming their lungs out
cheesie & Haze screaming their lungs out

The little plane was a Cessna 172, the girls Haze and Cheesie, Reuben was our tour guide by air, and I was riding shot gun.

The following video condensed the 45 mins or so flight trip into an easy to digest clip less than 2 minutes. The screaming girls in action, watch it.

Departing from Sg. Besi airport gave us the opportunity to fly closer to the city than any other airport. Though the check-in procedure to get to Royal Selangor Flying Club was a bit of a drag (it’s a military base after all), it was worth it.

Reuben the pilot
Reuben the pilot

Reuben took us around Mid Valley, banked over the iconic Batu Caves, and over quite a bit of KL landscapes I don’t actually recognize. There was no air conditioning on the aircraft, but it was breezy, and the temperature drops a few degrees due to the altitude.

some 1500 feet below, we have midvalley
some 1500 feet below, we have Sim City MidValley

It was comfortable, we had headphones on, allowing chatters without being overwhelmed by the noise from the single engined Cessna.

And then there’s the stunts, of course. Reuben will perform several acrobatic maneuvers (or just 1-2 if you have overly loud screaming ladies) over the “training area” where you feel the effect of 2G, and 0G too. It was quite a lot more fun than roller coaster rides. Cos you know, there’s no track and it’s a 1500 feet down to solid earth below.

i get to be a fake co-pilot
i get to be a fake co-pilot

Before it all ends, I even got to be a fake co-pilot for a bit, getting a feel on how the steering turns (while not actually turning it at all).

The experience in available at KL by Air for RM 600 per hour with up to 3 passengers. Reuben is a certified pilot and a soon-to-be flight instructor.

Grilled lamb isn’t usually one of the dishes I associate with road side hawker centre, but right here at Kuchai Lama, you find Cao Cao Grilled Lamb, a stall that specialized solely on grilled lamb (well they do have tofu bakar).

Tagline on the stall – In olden days, Cao Cao command soldiers and generals; Today, Cao Cao only knows how to grill lamb

Hawker Centre at Jalan Sawi, off Jalan Kuchai Lama
Jalan Sawi Hawker Centre, off Jalan Kuchai Lama

The hawker centre at Jalan Sawi isn’t tough to find, turn into Jalan Kuchai Lama from Jalan Klang Lama, and you’ll find a row of old school hawker stalls along the road side within 100 meters or so.

We ordered grilled lamb to share, while each also ordered an individual dish for dinner.

Cao Cao grilled lamb
Cao Cao Grilled Lamb – cheap and satisfying

The portion of grilled lamb we ordered did take a while to serve, mostly due to the fact that it was grilled on demand. The meat comes with mint sauce as well as chili sauce on the side, but I actually didn’t need any condiment that night.

The lamb was succulent, and carries a tint of taste that’s unmistakably only available from grilling. It was good, and excellent value at RM 8. This reminds me of the equally good grilled lamb at Hing Ket Grilled House at Kg. Jawa, Klang.

duck egg char kueh teow, pork intestine porridge
duck egg char kueh teow, pork intestine porridge

My “main dish” was a plate of duck egg Char Kueh Teow. While the duck egg did provide a unique old school taste and the prawns were of pretty good size, I wouldn’t give another try. The CKT was still rather average, and a little too wet for my liking. (RM 5 or so).

Haze had much better luck with her pork intestine porridge (猪什粥RM 4-5). The bowl of goodness came complete with coagulated blood, crispy intestine, pork tripe and more. It was as good as the on at Jalan Sayur, Pudu, I wish I had ordered it instead.

Haze and KY
Haze and KY

With a couple bowls of tong sui as drinks, dinner ultimately came to about RM 20 for the two of us. The hawker centre at Jalan Sawi is definitely a place worth revisiting just to have the grilled lamb again.

map to Jalan Sawi Hawker Centre

Cao Cao Grilled Lamb
Jalan Sawi,
Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.091033, 101.67601
Tel: 012-320 6681