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Several weeks ago I found myself at Desa Park City at Yee Hou’s place, with the boy promising that he’d bring me to one of the better wantan mee stalls around the area – Ming Kee Wan Tan Mee at Taman Bukit Maluri.

Ming Kee Wan Tan Mee, Taman Bukit Maluri
Ming Kee Wan Tan Mee, Taman Bukit Maluri

The restaurant is located at the heart of the small township, basically surrounded by the busy morning market. If you go on a weekends, expect to spend some time in getting your car parked, but you’d also be rewarded by the energy and joy of the market, with fresh produce and freshly slaughtered meat for your picking, all at rather reasonable prices too.

The restaurant itself has a single stall set up straight out of the 80s, with the operators probably still wearing the same cloths  and enthusiasm from a few decades ago, when TV had a dial, and you’re interrupted by Berita Malam Ini in the middle of your favorite CNY movies.

chicken feet, or curry chicken? Take your pick
chicken feet, or curry chicken? Take your pick

Anyway, the stall offers wantan mee in a few different options – the classic chasiu & wantan, curry chicken, or chicken feet. The latter two being the recommended options, so that’s what I tried.

Curry broth was thick and flavorful, with a healthy portion of chicken drumstick too, but if you eat chicken feet at all, the version here is definitely one of the better ones I had this part of Klang Valley, they’re soft, tender, and almost melt in your mouth, no teeth required!

the "sui kao", or dumpling, is proper delicious too
the “sui kao”, or dumpling, is proper delicious too

Sui Kaw here is proper delicious as well, and I’d definitely asked for more pork cracklings the next time I’m there, and yeap I’d wan to go there again.

map to Ming Kee wantan mee, Taman Bukit Maluri

Address:
Ming Kee Wan Tan Mee
33, Jalan Burung Tiong,
Taman Bukit Maluri,
52100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.200758, 101.631882
Tel: 03-6251 0032

Ngau Hor, or Cantonese style fried beef noodle, isn’t exactly a dish that is offered in many places. Truth be told, I can’t say that I’ve tried many ngau hor in my life, but if you ask me which one I’ll have right now, this version at New Apollos kopitiam will be my take.

New Apollos at USJ 4
New Apollos at USJ 4

New Apollos is a busy kopitiam this part of Subang, with perhaps over a dozen different stalls operating within. The ngau hor stall offers Kong Fu Chau, Sang Har Mee (river prawn noodle), and also venison, in addition to beef noodle (I should try them).

For RM 11, you get a big plate of Cantonese style hor fun with generous helpings of super tender beef coated with starch, its flavor perfectly balanced as well. If you love this dish, you’d enjoy this version.

ngau hor (beef noodle), perfectly executed
ngau hor (beef noodle), perfectly executed

Kuih Teow Soup is also good here, along with the rather unique offering of paus, check out the New Apollos tag.

map to New Apollos kopitiam, USJ 4

Address:
Restaurant New Apollos
2, Jln USJ4/6B
Subang Jaya
GPS3.051770, 101.576209
HoursLunch and Breakfast, Closed on Tuesdays

A couple weeks ago, I had the slight unfortunate fortune of being involved in a minor accident. The Malaysian system is such that you can’t go to just any police station to make reports, but certain specific traffic police station to do the deeds (eh, upgrade already please), which explained how I got to this part of town in Klang – Sungai Kapar.

Restoran Ji Yang, Sungai Kapar
Restoran Ji Yang, Sungai Kapar

After having sorted out the reports with authority, it was quite a bit past my initial dinner time, so naturally I wandered around to the closest restaurant, in this case – Ji Yang Restaurant, an unassuming “tai chao” place this part of town.

Having no idea what is good, I seek recommendation from the server, and that’s how I ended up having one of the best curry pork rice I’ve ever tried.

curry pork rice, single serving
curry pork rice, single serving

For RM 7, there were plenty of pork slices perfectly prepared and drenched with spicy curry paste, and made perfect with just the right amount of red chili, onion, and curry leaves. It was as tasty as it was fragrant, perfect.

If I ended up at this part of town again, I’d not hesitate to try their second best dish, perhaps.

map to ji yang restaurant, sungai kapar

Address:
Restoran Ji Yang
12, Jalan Sungai Kapar Indah 3c,
Sungai Kapar Indah,
42200 Kapar, Selangor
GPS: 3.096571, 101.385858

Like many of you, I love myself a bowl of ice cold dessert on a hot day, and in this part of the world, what’s better than a bowl of ice cold cendol, one of the most popular cold desserts this part of the world.

I mean, bingsu & kakigori is nice and all, but they’re not cendol.

Kwong Wah Ice Kacang at Happy Mansion
Kwong Wah Ice Kacang at Happy Mansion

Good cendol is easily found in Penang and Melaka, but if you’re in Klang Valley, most options tend to be of the mamak cendol + rojak variety, which is alright to curb addiction, but doesn’t quite leave you in post-orgasmic satisfaction sort of way. Most likely due to the harsher shaved ice and quality of ingredients, like normal brown sugar instead of gula melaka, and normal red beans instead of those bigger variety.

Cendol with Gula Melaka, yums
Cendol with Gula Melaka, yums

For folks in PJ, Kwong Wah Ais Kacang at Happy Mansion serves up a good version of cendol that hits the spot squarely. A bowl will set you back RM 5.50, and there’s often a queue on hot weekend afternoon. But if you love cendol the way I do,  this should satisfy.

I’ve yet to try their ais kacang, but heard good things.

direction to Lai Thai at Happy Mansion, Seksyen 17

Address:
Kwong Wah Ice Kacang
Block C,
Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13,
Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.123148, 101.634671
Tel: 012-550 0975
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Most everyone knows that Kota Kinabalu, being located by the crystal clear and beautiful South China Sea, is famous for  seafood when it comes to .. well, food. One of the ways to enjoy this sea bounty without having to bring a crowd to a seafood restaurant is by heading to one the few fish noodle restaurants in the city.

Today, we look at one of the more famous shops – Restoran Wan Wan.

Wan Wan fish noodle, Kota Kinabalu
Wan Wan fish noodle, Kota Kinabalu

Wan Wan is located at Bundusan, some 15 minutes away from the city center, which coincidentally, is also nearby another one of my favorite seafood restaurants – the original branch of Welcome Seafood.

Parking isn’t an issue in this part of tow, and being only some 12 mins away from airport, it’s not a bad idea for pre-flight meal, which was what I did.

Wan Wan runs a bit of a self-service kinda operations. While you do get to order from the server and have the food served to your table, you do have to get condiments and cutlery DIY style.

home made noodle with chunky fish fillet
home made noodle with chunky fish fillet

For lunch, I chose jewel garupa with extra fish skin to go with their version of dry noodle.

The fish were certainly worthy to be labeled “KK standard”, fresh, succulent, and certainly super fresh tasting. At Wan Wan they do it super thick cuts too, which I thought retains more of the fish’s own juiciness. The “kan lou” noodle was springy and makes for good companion to the seafood for sure. Soup was packed with seafood sweetness, with very minor tomato note, quite different the stronger tasting Fatt Kee, but rather nice in its own way.

For those who likes it spicy, there’s tomyam soup base, and of course there are prawns, and quite a few other choices of fish to choose, there’s even fish paste noodle too.

jewel garupa is always one of my favorites
jewel garupa is always one of my favorites

If you love fish noodle and likes your fish chunky, this is certainly a place to check out.

map to wan wan fish noodle, kota kinabalu

Address:
Wan Wan Fish Noodle
Lorong Bundusan,
Hsk Industrial Centre,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.924120, 116.092525
Tel: 088-716 698
Hours: 6:30 am to 2:30 pm, close on Tuesdays