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To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really know that we have a Velodrome in KL and thought that national cyclists must practice somewhere outside the country. Even more surprising to me was that our velodrome is actually more famous for the various food stalls by the side of the structure than the sports facility itself.

Nasi Ayam Kampung A. Hassan at Velodrome KL
Nasi Ayam Kampung A. Hassan at Velodrome KL

Of the many stalls at Dataran Velodrom, Nasi Ayam A. Hassan situated by right corner at the end is by far the busiest, and happened to be the one we went to a couple weeks ago for some of their famous fried chicken and other dishes for lunch.

While there are some seating areas under the roof, most people choose to dine under a sort of make shift canopy at the back of the stall. It’s usually pretty packed over lunch time.

You may have recalled that I wrote about A. Hassan at Awan Besar rest stop earlier, this branch at Velodrom is where they started out.

ikan bakar, ulam, ayam kampung, and those awesome tempoyak
ikan bakar, ulam, ayam kampung, and those awesome tempoyak

We ordered some ikan bakar (grilled fish), ikan patin (silver catfish), plenty of ulam (raw vegetable), ayam kampung goreng (free range kampong chicken), and even gulai daging (beef).

While they provide various types of sambal and condiments, my favorite is the tempoyak (fermented durian sambal). It is a bit of an acquired taste, but once you learn to enjoy them, you’ll be hooked. The pungent yet irresistible aroma is something only a tempoyak connoisseur could enjoy.

daging & jus ciku
daging & jus ciku

The most unique thing here though is actually their signature jus ciku (sapodilla fruit), it tastes like, well, ciku juice. I haven’t even heard of this drinks, let alone having tried it anywhere else. If you even remotely like ciku, you’ll really enjoy this drinks. It’s sweet and has a slightly coarse texture to it. Like many tropical fruits, it is actually originated from Central America.

If you’re up for some wholesome Malay fair, do check out the hawker stalls at Velodrom. We spent about closer to RM 30 per pax for this, but it was oh so worth it!

map to Velodrom KL

Address:
Nasi Ayam Kampung A. Hassan
Dataran Velodrome,
Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.111330, 101.728783
Hours: 11 am to 4 pm

The period between middle of December and beginning of January is often the slowest time in corporate world, which sometimes translate positively in terms of the level of adventure one can have over lunch time.

That may of may not be the reason we ended up at Restoran Sup & Popiah Zaiton Hussin at Setapak a few weeks ago.

Sup dan Popiah Zaiton Hussin at Setapak
Restoran Sup dan Popiah Zaiton Hussin at Setapak

Restoran Sup & Popiah Zaiton Hussin is located to the right of Jalan Pahang right after Duke highway on a tiny road by the name of Jalan Puah Jaya. If you blink, you’ll miss the road, in fact, it looks more like a alleyway than an actual road.

The actual restaurant itself is not any different from the typical Malay or Mamak restaurants, it’s hot and noisy inside with ceiling fans that aren’t overly effective, and a few “alfresco” tables on the outside that everyone wants to sit.

You may have to wait for a table to be freed, but it’s worth it.

sup kambing (lamb), popiah, sup lidah (beef tongue)
sup kambing (lamb), popiah, sup lidah (beef tongue)

If you’re here, you are most likely going to have soup and popiah, but they also serve mee goreng, nasi goreng, and so on.

As for the soup, sup kambing (lamb soup, RM 6) is the most popular, but you can also go for ayam, daging, perut, burung puyuh, ekor, torpedo, lidah lembu, lidah kambing, kaki, etc. Prices ranges from RM 4.50 to RM 7.50 per bowl.

my favorite is the ox tongue soup, so very tender and flavorful
my favorite is the ox tongue soup, so very tender and flavorful

I tried the sup lidah (ox tongue) and absolutely loved it. Packed with over a dozen pieces of sweet, succulent ox tongue in those heavily spiced broth, it was fantastic! The guys loved their sup kambing as well.

To go with those delicious soup, you can have a plate of rice (with some curry and other vege if you want to), or, as most people do here, a set of steamed Indian bread. Either way, you won’t go wrong.

thanks to these guys I now know where to find awesome soup
thanks to these guys I now know where to find awesome soup

Then of course, there’s the other half of the shop’s name – popiah. Well, the popiah here is the slightly wetter type with sengkuang and tofu as the main ingredients with some kunyit as the main flavoring. The sweetish and slightly spicy sauce is then poured on top.

I find the popiah to be rather average and probably could use thinner skin, but still pretty satisfactory nonetheless.

In any case, if you like some awesome soup, this is a must try place in my book.

map to restoran sup & popiah Zaiton Hussin, Setapak

Address:
Restoran Sup & Popiah Zaiton Hussin
N0 9, Jalan Puah Jaya 1
Taman Setapak,
Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.188205, 101.702268
Tel016-284 1578

Good Laksa Sawarak is a bit of a rare commodity here in Klang Valley, for the longest time, my go-to place remains the stall at Happy Garden in Bangsar, I’ve tried a few other places but usually ended up less than impressed.

Until we decided to give 7th Mile Restaurant at Kelana Jaya try.

7th Mile Kitchen, at Kelana Sentral Service Apartment
7th Mile Kitchen, at Kelana Sentral Service Apartment

Situated at the ground floor of the less than glamorous Kelana Sentral Service Apartment (across from Paradigm Mall by LDP), 7th Mile Restaurant is more of a single stall kopitiam than a restaurant. There’s no air conditioning nor cute decoration, but they have good authentic Sarawakian dishes prepared by Sarawakian at more than reasonable prices.

definitely one of the better Laksa Sarawak around
definitely one of the better Laksa Sarawak around

The laksa sarawak turned out to be rather awesome, the broth was thick and flavorful without having to be overly spicy. There’s prawn, strips of fried egg and all the usual ingredients you find in a bowl of laksa sarawak, it was glorious. We really liked it.

authentic kolo mee and look at that iced coffee
authentic kolo mee and look at that iced coffee

The kolo mee here is pretty good as well, with thin and springy noodle topped with charsiu, minced pork, spring onion, and a hint of those delicious charsiu sauce. It’s a more subtle dish compared to the laksa, I liked it too.

Other than noodles (they also serve tomato mee which I’ve yet to try), they serve pretty mean cup of traditional coffee as well, including three layer tea and Sarawak teh-c peng.

I’m going to head there again pretty soon.

map to Kelana Sentral Service Apartment, Kelana Jaya

Address:
7th Mile Kitchen
RG 24, Pangsapuri Kelana Sentral,
Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
GPS: 3.106494, 101.598721
Tel: 016-228 3832 (Alex)
Hours: 7:30am to 3pm daily

KY’s 2014 Top Eats

December 31, 2014 16 Comments

In a blink of an eye and suddenly we’re staring at 2015. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to try a lot of new (to me) food places, here are some of the selected few that I really enjoyed, they are listed in a few categories:

KY's 2014 best halal food

Halal Food:

Lets start with a few halal places. Ayam Bakar Wong Solo for their ayam penyet and grilled chicken to go with those awesome sambal. We also stumbled upon Cendol Bakar (the guy’s name, not how they burn the ice..) at Kuala Selangor. Grilled fish fans should check out the old school Mat Teh ikan bakar stall at Dato’ Keramat too. Then there’s messy burger at Bobby’s, and thanks to a Malay colleague, I was also introduced to A Hassan’s Ayam Goreng Kampung as perhaps the best food stall on a highway rest stop.

KY's 2014 best non halal food

Non Halal Restaurants:

In this category, lets start off with steamboat that has huge Alaskan Crab and Geoduck at The Pot, Kuchai Lama. For those who love yakitori, Maruhi Sakaba is a place to check out. Hua Xing became one of our regular places for dinner, and if you love bitter gourd Hokkien Mee, there isn’t a better place to go. Ma Maison’s Tonkatsu at 1 Utama is now my favorite tonkatsu place (not that there’s many), and thanks to a native Klang girl, I am now a fan of Ah Her bak kut teh (even though they’re very stingy with soup)

KY's 2014 best street foods in Klang Valley

Hawker stalls:

I went to dozens of new hawker stalls, but these are the few that I kept going back – the new kuih teow soup place at Mingtien that serves coagulated blood, Peter’s pork noodle at Brickfields (been there for ages), if you love fried chicken rice, there’s on at Segambut with very nice chili sauce, and who can say no to nasi lemak when it comes with pork skin curry? Check them out!

KY's 2014 fine dining

Nicer Restaurants:

A couple food reviews in nicer restaurants came to mind in this category, the lobster affair at The Restaurant, and those parma ham & delicious pizzas at Midi 57 at Bangsar. I’ve also made a habit of going to Ten Japanese for their lunch sets, to the dismay of my wallet balance.

KY's 2014 out of Klang Valley best eats

Out of Klang Valley:

I went out of state a few times in 2014, and there were a few places worth checking out if you happen to be there. Fu Man restaurant at Tanjung Malim for those pork dishes and tofu. Siam Road CKT in Penang if you don’t mind the wait time, and awesome kuih teow soup at the Anson Road wet market in Penang if you love chicken skin and savory soup. If you head to Genting/Bukit Tinggi, Loong Sing is a worthy place to stop over for lunch too. I was also introduced to KK’s version of pork noodle at Jia Xiang Sang Yuk Mian, good stuff!

Lets hope there’s more in 2015! Happy New Year!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m a fan of street foods, and it is not confined to any particular category of street food either. Chinese, Malay, Mamak, I love all of them.

In recent time we have a bit of a food truck movement, but while those are cute and neat, we actually already have food trucks since yonks. The only difference being that food truck 2.0 operates inside the truck, while the original food truck has the operators standing on the road side, eye-to-eye level to diners. I feel that the experience is always a bit more intimate.

Kelana Jaya laksa and ikan bakar stalls
Kelana Jaya laksa and ikan bakar stalls

Anyway, here’s a couple old school food trucks opposite the small Giant hypermarket at Kelana Jaya we discovered a short while ago. I first came to this place back in 2007 with my Malay friend Naida (who has since moved to the States) for nasi lemak kukus. Time flies huh?

love the ikan bakar with sauce plastered all over the stingray
love the ikan bakar with sauce plastered all over the stingray

The first stall is Ikan Bakar Fend, offering a variety of ikan bakar, including pari, talapia, kembong, cincaru, keli, as well as chicken and cockles.

I went with the default choice of ikan pari (stingray) with rice (RM 10) and was delighted by the portion as well as the quality of the dish. The fish was split into halves with the spicy and slightly sweetish sambal plastered all over, it was delicious and went very well with steamed rice. In fact, the accompanying sauces weren’t even really needed. I really want to try their ayam bakar next time.

Laksa de Kelana, Haze approved of the taste
Laksa de Kelana, Haze approved of the taste

Another stall worth trying is Laksa de Kelana that offers laksa, and apparently also Malay char kuih teow basah. Haze tried the laksa and was happy with it. The bowl of laksa and two coconut drinks (in cups) cost us RM 6 and was definitely more than worth it.

Maybe next time I’ll try the kuih teow basah.

Nasi Lemak Kukus at Kelana Jaya

Address:
Laksa de Kelana & Ikan Bakar Fend
Jalan SS 6/3,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.105838, 101.600329
Tel: 012-917 6965

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