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While Penang and Ipoh hawker food has been quite a staple in Klang Valley, what Sarawak has to offer has just recently enter a lot of street food lover’s radar. And when it comes to Sarawakian simple eats, none is more popular than a good old fashion bowl of Sarawak Laksa.
Update 18/9/2018: Moved to new location at Tin Ha Kopitiam
Restaurant NZX Food Court, at Ara Damansara
One of the latest places to offer a good bowl is the newly revived NZX at Ara Damansara. NZX, or Niuzexui, was once the latest and hippest commercial area in PJ when it first opened several years ago. There were Starbucks, Big Apple donuts (when it was at its peak), and many more. I mean, it had semi-outdoor air conditioning, the place was great.
The biggest issue around NZX though, was access roads. You had to go through a dodgy and often congested tunnel under NKVE to get there via Taman Emas in PJ.
The access has been sorted out since, and there’s even the Lembah Subang LRT station just a stone’s throw away, so it was prime that NZX is experiencing a bit of a revival of late.
proper Sarawak Laksa, with decent size prawns too
Anyway, back onto the laksa Sarawak.
I was first notified about this place by one of the people who now manages the area, and after Anna Wong (a proper Sarawakian) gave her approval of this stall, I knew I had to give it a try.
And true to what the Sarawakian girl said, the laksa here was proper (at least to me). The soup was on point, and ingredients were rather generous. I also like the fact that they do not skimp on those prawns. It was quite a treat.
Penang char kuih teow here is decent as well
Oh, there are other stalls at this kopitiam as well. The char kuih teow I had on my first visit when the Sarawak stall sold out was pretty decent as well. I still need to try their kuih chap and other dishes.
The most important tool anyone has these days has got to be a smart phone. With the ability to summon strangers over the internet to help us achieve what we want, it makes us that much more efficient and makes life that much awesome.
Latest to the fray in KL is UberEATS, which is now available from 21st September during the launch event which I was fortunate to be invited to witness.
Update 2018: UberEATS has ceased operations in Malaysia
UberEATS now in KL
The UberEATS application is available both on Android and IOS. At launch date, the service is covering KL CBD, Bangsar, and Damansara Height from 9am to midnight, seven days a week.
If you live or work in these areas, it is most definitely something to check out. I suspect they’ll increase coverage area pretty soon, like how initial Uber service was launched.
UberEats application is now in Android & IOS
You can already find quite a number of restaurants participating in UberEATS – from cafe food, Western delights, to nasi lemak, and even ice cream. I also particularly like how they can be sorted by type of cuisine, popularity, or most importantly – by delivery time!
halal & non-halal shipping containers, chef Christian Recomio from Sitka
At the launch event, we were also informed that UberEATS pay attention our unique local culture and came up with a different carrying case each for halal and non-halal food, which I thought is a good way to ensure cultural sensitivity is taken care of.
UberEATS, officially launched
Download the app today and check it out. I also got a promo code for you, key in eats-7sy3s and get RM 15 off your order via UberEATS.
Of the 400 some bak kut teh places in Klang, one of the most unique offerings of them all has got to be Ah Tao Seafood Bak Kut Teh at Teluk Pulai, for this is the very place that the whole idea of having seafood in bak kut teh came into fruition… I think.
Updates 20/2/2017: Ah Tao has passed away and hence the place is temporarily closed until they figure out the way forward
Ah Tao bak kut teh is located at Beng Heong restoran, at the corner
If you’re looking for a sign that says “Ah Tao BKT”, you won’t find it. The stall is located within Restoran Beng Heong, on the same row of shop houses also include the original Teluk Pulai BKT situated in a stone’s throw away. Parking is usually not a very challenging task, but they do sell out by 10am or so on weekends, so getting there early is a must if you want to avoid disappointment.
glorious seafood bak kut teh, proper tea is a must
While they also serve “normal” bak kut teh in clay pots, the unique selling point here is their seafood infused BKT. If you simply go with seafood, they’ll include big prawns, lala, sea cucumber, fish fillet, and perhaps squid together with your choice of pork meat (I usually go for “tua kut” aka big bone, or “kahwan”).
Alternatively, you can also opt for crab, or just lala, just prawn, and so forth. I tend to think anything involving shells work best, such as lala, crab, or prawns.
prawns, fish fillet, and lala are among the extra ingredients
To make the herbal soup “compatible” with seafood and partly to avoid unwanted seafood smell, the soup is made spicy with quite a fair chunk of chili padi, so what you have then is a very unique taste of spicy bak kut teh. I love it, it was like BKT on steroid.
KY, Kelly, Haze
I’ve only been to Ah Tao a couple times since, but I figure there’ll be quite a few more future visits.
If you’re from the other side of Klang/Shah Alam or prefer to have this for dinner, Klang Coast at Bukit Tinggi serves a pretty decent version of seafood bak kut teh as well, supposedly manned by the apprentice of Ah Tao.
Ah Tao Bak Kut Teh
Restoran Beng Heong
Jalan Teluk Pulai,
Taman Teluk Pulai,
GPS: 3.040397, 101.434065
Tel: 03-3374 2630
Hours: Breakfast & Brunch
A user commented that ever since I moved to Shah Alam, there’s been an influx of Shah Alam & Klang food entries with very few on PJ/KL, so here’s one that I thought is quite timely – the HK style Yung Kee Beef Noodle at Restoran Kwai Hup, Pudu.
UPDATE 02-07-2018: Yung Kee has moved to its own shop just a stone’s throw away at 21, Jalan Kancil
Yung Kee Beef Noodle at Restoran Kwai Hup
This is certainly not a new establishment, but one of the really popular hawker eateries that I found out only recently via one of my colleagues.
A bit of research revealed that the proprietor spent quite a large chunk of his life in HK and brought the recipe back to Malaysia. The result is a version of beef noodle that is just slightly different from what we are used too. The broth is a little closer to the tangkak version, while the meat and innards are “fall off the bone” soft.
the default mixed beef (牛扎) with soup
Quite a few versions of beef noodle is available here.
Standard “ngau lam” style starts at RM 8 and comes with meat, brisket, and beef balls. Portion of beef is rather generous, and the melt in your mouth texture is really hard to beat. This place is becoming one of my favorites right after the first try, and I’ve returned for a few other visits since.
you can order just tendon, soft and tender tendon
If you’re like me who loves really tender beef tendon, you’re in luck. RM 12 gets you a bowl of beef noodle with nothing but tendon cut in scallop size. Heaven on earth is what this is about, I had this on my first visit and will dream about the beef tendon every now and then.
there’s also “American Fat Beef”, striploin I suppose
If you want to get a bit more fancy, they have a RM 25 portion of “American Fat Beef 美国肥肉”, or striploin for your enjoyment. We tried this last weekend and thought while it was good, the striploin doesn’t separate itself as a much more superior product than their regular beef/innards, which was already very very good.
Additionally, I’ve read that they have Angus beef every now and then (especially on weekends) if you want to indulge yourself further more. Feel free to ask for recommendations.
For me though, I’ll be back for their regular “ngau lam” with extra tendons pretty often from now on, I suspect.
Yung Kee Beef Noodle
Restoran Kwai Hup
24, Jalan Kancil, Off Jalan Landak
55100 Pudu, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.136191, 101.712989
Tel: 012-215 8009
Hours: 8 am to 2-3 pm
On our Mt. Kinabalu Hiking trip, we took the opportunity to dine at perhaps the most popular Kadazan restaurant in town on the last day of our visit. The reason is simple, D’Place is located at Kepayan Perdana, which is just a few minutes away from KK International Airport, most strategic place for dinner prior to flying back since KK traffic can get quite horrific and requires a bit of management at times.
Update 28/11/2016: Moved to 2.01&2.02 2nd floor, Plaza Shell, from 12/12/2016
D’Place Kinabalu, a short drive from KK Air Port
The restaurant itself is easy to miss if you’re not familiar with the area as it is actually located on upper floor and does not have very visible signage from the most common angles. Alas, we found it, and fortunately parking isn’t too big of a hassle.
Haze and I had the pleasure of having my colleagues Kelly & Zureen joined us for dinner, which made the occasion that much better.
part of Kadazan Set A
D’Place serves no pork, and while you can order each dishes separately, most people ended up with their sets.
We ordered Set A, Set B, and Gulu Gulu Set to be shared among the four of us. Each of the sets are priced at RM 20.90 and comes with a free traditional drink.
These are what the sets have:
- Pinasakan Bangusan
- Sayur Kampung
- Bambangan Om Tuhau
- Talur Masin
- Ikan Masin Masak Lada Putih
- Lada Belacan
- Sambal Ikan Masin
Set B is the same thing but with Basungan Guring in replacement of Pinasakan Bangusan
pinasakan basungan, linopot, sayur kampung etc
The Gulu Gulu Set has the following:
- Linopot Rice
- Bambangan, Tuhau
- Sayur Kampung
- Bosou/Nonsom Sada (fermented fish with rice)
- 1 Sup Pinasakan
- Sambal Belacan
- Ikan Masin Asam Limau
- Jantung Pisang Tumis
this is the gulu gulu set
Feel free to google on what these funny words mean and what the ingredients actually are. They mostly tastes slightly salty and sometimes slightly gamey though not in a bad way. The sambal was most excellent, and we did enjoy the various preparation of smallish fishes that went well with the rice served.
It was an certainly an interesting experience but at the same time it’s not difficult to see why the cuisine does not gain wide spread popularity. Personally I prefer Sinalau Bakas anytime.
Zureen, Kelly, KY, Haze
One thing that I do regret not trying is the sago worms (butod). You can have it here either alive or deep fried at RM 12.90 for 8 pieces. Since this is a delicacy in Kadazan cuisine, I’ll make sure I do that the next time!
D’Place Kapayan Perdana
Lot E36-2 Block E,
Kepayan Perdana Commercial Centre,
88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.919138, 116.062750
D’Place Kapayan Perdana
2.01&2.02 2nd floor, Plaza Shell
29, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman,
Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu,
88000 Kota Kinabalu
GPS: 5.977140, 116.074755
Tel: 016-833 2381