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Pasar malam, or weekly night markets in Malaysia often offers unique dishes you can’t find at any other settings. This is especially true when it comes to stinky tofu, as so far I have yet to see any stinky tofu stalls outside pasar malam setting.

Black Tofu, SS2 Pasar Malam (every Monday)
Black Tofu, SS2 Pasar Malam (every Monday)

And when it comes to this smelly delicacy, there are several different variations to choose from, all of which involves deep frying a particular stinky version of tofu and served piping hot with some condiments.

Examples of these stinky tofu are Hong Cha SS2, the one at Meru Klang (stinkiest of them all, love it), and the one at Connaught Pasar Malam.

However, of all these, Black Tofu at SS2 is perhaps one of the more unique version out there. In this version, the tofu is pre-cut into smaller chunks before being deep fried instead of after, and then being served with some sort of soup, crispy bits, spring onions, and best of all – sambal!

the tofu is soaked in soup, and you can make it spicy!
the tofu is soaked in soup, and you can make it spicy!

As with most stinky tofu in Malaysia, this too isn’t particularly smelly, perhaps done so to cater more to our local taste. Nonetheless, black tofu carries a more complex taste profile and one that has more of a kick to it with the inclusion of sambal.

Each portion is priced at RM 7, so while they’re not cheap, it is less pricey than the equivalent at Hong Cha, which I find slightly less inferior than this one.

Happy eating!

map to SS2 Pasar Malam

Address:
SS2 Pasar Malam
Jalan SS2/61
Petaling Jaya
47300 Selangor
GPS3.117366, 101.621668
Hours: Every Monday Night

One of my weekday breakfast spots is this little old food court by the intersection of Jalan Loke Yew and Lorong Loke Yew by the name of Restoran Red Leaf, or also called Restoran Shoong City (confusing, I know..), and truth be told, I’ve always gone there for their Penang prawn mee, which was as good as any you can find in Klang Valley.

While paying another visit a week ago, the prawn mee stall was on leave, which led me to look for alternative, and that’s how I ended up trying the Penang char kuih teow here.

char kuih teow stall at Restoran Red Leaf, Lorong Loke Yew
char kuih teow stall at Restoran Red Leaf, Lorong Loke Yew

As usual, whenever ordering a dish claimed to be from Penang, I always “test water” by doing it in Penang Hokkien, and happy to report that the proprietor had no problem verifying that he is indeed from the dish is claimed to be.

I then ordered myself and Rich both a plate of duck egg CKT for breakfast.

The char kuih teow came with almost all the essential ingredients – there’re three pretty good size prawns, cockles, bean sprouts, chives, kuih teow, but instead of lap cheong (Chinese sausage), we have sliced fish cake, which is not uncommon in some versions of Penang CKT, tho I always prefer the former.

Additionally, the dish is also served on a sheet of banana leaf, which is always a good thing.

char kuih teow with duck egg
char kuih teow with duck egg

The CKT indeed tasted like it was one from up North, plenty of “wok hei”, and in fact, perhaps slightly overly so. I thought overall it was pretty good, with the exception that it was just a tad overcooked, especially with the egg being a bit too done to my liking (then again I love the runnier version of CKT like the one at no. 5 in Macalister).

Overall though, I thought this was a more than competent enough version of Penang CKT and for sure I’d be happy to return (and with the instruction of having it less cooked).

prawns and cockles are of good more than decent size
prawns and cockles are of good more than decent size

map to restaurant red leaf

Addresss:
Restoran Red Leaf
No 61 & 63, Ground Floor
Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 KL
GPS3.129614, 101.711412
Hours7am – 12pm

Well, time for another bak kut teh entry, and for this round we’ll look at Restoran Law Tian – one of only 24-hour bak kut teh places you can find in Klang (and perhaps anywhere)

Law Tian Bak Kut Teh, Klang
Law Tian Bak Kut Teh, Klang

Law Tian is located just a couple minutes from the end of Federal Highway into Klang, conveniently, there’s a parking lot right next to the restaurant that doubles as alfresco dining area at night.

Law Tian restaurant actually offers quite a number of food stalls, with the bak kut teh being one of them that operates around the clock.

The first time I visited Law Tian BKT was some 8-9 years ago, and somehow it escaped my mind until several weeks ago while thinking of a late night supper.

clay pot bak kut teh at Law Tian 24 hours
clay pot bak kut teh at Law Tian 24 hours

We ordered “nui kut”, or soft bone (near ribs) in clay pot for two pax (RM 14 per pax without rice, RM 1 for rice). The bak kut teh meat is true to Klang standard, soft, tender, and full of flavor. The soup at Law Tian, while not overly strong, is very competent for clay pot type and carries a good herbal note.

I also thought that the tofu skin served is rather good as well. Overall I found the bak kut teh perhaps a bit better than Kin Kong & Eng Ann’s version if we’re to strictly compare late night versions.

clay pot bak kut teh for two with soft bone ribs
clay pot bak kut teh for two with soft bone ribs

map to Law Tian 24 hour restaurant

Address:
Restoran Law Tian (24 Jam)
Persiaran Sultan Ibrahim,
Kawasan 15, 41300 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.048714, 101.449541
Hours: 24-hours

For the fan of stinky tofu, there are a couple of stalls offering this dish in one of the bigger pasar malam in Klang Valley – at SS2 every Monday evenings. Let’s look at the stall by the name of Hong Cha, or “red tea” stinky tofu.

Hong Cha stinky tofu at SS2 Pasar Malam
Hong Cha stinky tofu at SS2 Pasar Malam

Usually situated closer to SS2 McDonald’s, this stall offers a single type of stinky tofu for RM 10 that comes in a paper container. The triangle cut tofu comes with a side of pickled radish, sauerkraut, and some dipping sauce.

The single portion came with about two full piece of tofu cut into 8, portion wise it really isn’t a lot, and you could also argue that the asking price of RM 10 is rather high for what is offered. As for taste, I thought it lacked the tell-tale pungent smell that should be a mandatory characteristic of any stinky tofu, perhaps trying to cater to local taste a bit too much.

Additionally, the sauerkraut, or “almost kimchi” on the side was a bit weak too.

comes in paper box, but not stinky enough tho!
comes in paper box, but not stinky enough tho!

If you’re a huge fan of tofu or if this is the first time you’re introduced to stinky tofu, Hong Cha maybe a good point to start. For the true stinky tofu fan though, you will probably be disappointed.

map to SS2 Pasar Malam

Address:
SS2 Pasar Malam
Jalan SS2/61
Petaling Jaya
47300 Selangor
GPS3.117366, 101.621668
Hours: Every Monday Night

Good news to Texas Chicken fans, there’s now the new Crunchy Deals that we can all get behind – at RM 5.50 per combo, you get a drink (with unlimited refill no less), and a choice of four different dishes.

Texas Chicken RM 5.50 Crunchy Deals
Texas Chicken RM 5.50 Crunchy Deals

It is simple, the deal is available all day long and consists of the four choices below:

  • 1 Piece Chicken (original or spicy) with drink
  • Classic Chicken Burger with drink
  • Tender Wrap with drink
  • Porridge with Coffee/Tea

RM 5.50 deal not to be missed
RM 5.50 deal not to be missed

If you’re a fan of Texas Chicken, you’ll find these deals rather enticing. I did, so I drove to Texas Chicken at Ultrapolis in Shah Alam to give these deals a try on my own.

classic burger, spicy chicken, tender wrap
Classic Burger, Spicy 1 Piece Chicken, Tender Wrap

In fact, I tried to order all 4 deals but managed to get 3 of them as the porridge was sold out on the day.

The fried chicken at Texas Chicken never disappoints. The Classic Burger too made a fine meal with the sizable chicken patty sandwiched between the soft buns. The Tender Wrap is a good option for those who are looking to have something lighter, perhaps for the late afternoons.

each deal makes for a good afternoon snack session
each deal makes for a good afternoon meal

So if you’re looking for an affordable meal, the Crunchy Deals are now available.

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