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Truth be told, beef isn’t exactly a staple in Chinese cuisine in the Northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Growing up in Penang I could probably count with one hand the number of beef serving hawker stalls there operating on the island at the time.

Luckily, when they do serve beef, it is often not disappointing. Case in point – the old beef noodle stall at Taxi Station in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

old taxi stand beef noodle, Sungai Petani, Kedah
old taxi stand beef noodle, Sungai Petani, Kedah

Beef noodle (or rice in this case) at sungai petani behinds the bus station. Every part of beef is found here except the balls, tender and subtle, love the tendon and tripes, yums. #kyeats #beef #sungaipetani #beefnoodle

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From what I can gather, this beef specialty stall is manned by Mr Tan, who is now over 80 years old. The stall was originally started by his father in 1950, with the current location now manned by him & the brother since 1974. Chances are most of the customers were not even alive yet when the first cow is scarified for this stall.

mixed beef soup with rice, or you can have it with noodle
mixed beef soup with rice, or you can have it with noodle

There main offering is beef slice, tripe, brisket, tendon, and beef ball (most often called mixed beef soup) to go with with noodle or if you’re hungry – rice. We opted for the latter when my brother brought me there for lunch some weeks back.

The old master definitely got everything all figured out, the soup is flavorful but not over powering, with the beef cooked just so and not overly done, the tendon was soft, and the garnish supporting the dish perfectly. I also enjoy their unique sambal condiment. Overall this was just a very pleasant dish to have, doubly so on a rainy day.

old school lunch, just what the doctor ordered
old school lunch, just what the doctor ordered

I recommend anyone who find themselves at Sungai Petani to give this a try, unless you don’t eat beef.

taxi station beef noodle at Sungai Petani map

Address:
Beef Noodle at Taxi Station
Bangunan PKNK,
12 A, Jalan Petri,
Taman Pekan Baru,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
GPS5.639290, 100.487675
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm

One of the earliest food post that I wrote on this site was about a certain laksa Sarawak in Bangsar way back in 2006, introduced to me then by my friend Lorna who hailed from East Malaysia.

Well, Lorna is still from East Malaysia, but t he very same stall – Aunty Christina’s laksa Sarawak, has now moved to its very own shop lot in Seapark, Petaling Jaya. I had the chance to stop by and grab a bowl for lunch a some weeks ago.

Aunty Christina's Laksa Sarawak, PJ Seapark
Aunty Christina’s Laksa Sarawak, PJ Seapark

The restaurant is now located along the same row of shops with KFC in PJ Sea Park, which means parking during busy periods can be a bit of a challenge to those who are impatience. However, the restaurant itself is cleaner and much more comfortable than the kopitiam it came from.

 

Aunty Christina’s at Seapark now, place is packed with a queue. Still as good, now with slightly bigger menu too #kyeats #nonhalal #sarawaklaksa #seapark #pj #hawker

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The menu too has been bumped up a bit. There’s now laksa with 2 king size prawns that goes for RM 20, there’s Hakka abacus seeds, kacangma (some sort of wine chicken), kolo mee, and even black pepper pork/chicken soup.

For the die-hards though, you can always opt for the old regular Laksa Sarawak at RM 9, with a choice of meehun, mee, or both.

original laksa sarawak, just like how they are supposed to be
original laksa sarawak, just like how they are supposed to be

I’m happy to report that while there’s been an upgrade to the price and ambiance, Aunty Christina’s laksa still remains true to it’s origin and tastes exactly the same as it did when I first tried it over ten years ago. There’s still the prawn, strips of chicken, shredded egg, bean sprout, and some greens as garnish. Still lovely as ever.

For the faithful, this is where you should go.

For everyone else, there’s also quite a few other laksa Sarawak places especially in PJ area to check out these days. The more the merrier.

map to aunty christina laksa

Address:
Aunty Christina
26, Jalan 21/19, Sea Park,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.109249, 101.622051
Tel016-315 3213

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.

Restaurant NZX Food Court, at Ara Damansara
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.

Finally the Sarawak laksa at NZX food court, why wasn’t this place here when I was staying at Crimson? This version is legit, if it’s good enough for @annna86 it’s certainly good for me #kyeats #breakfast #sarawaklaksa #petalingjaya #nzx #nonhalal

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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
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
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.

nzx food court map

My brother works at Sungai Petani, and the passion towards food runs in the family, so whenever I’m up north at his place, he always make sure there’s something interesting to try.

On my last visit it, it was something I’ve never had before – Prawn mee with salted pork.

May Lin kopitiam's hokkien mee stall
May Lin kopitiam’s hokkien mee stall

Salted pork is one ingredient that I’ve never really seen anywhere else. It is a delicacy among locals here that’s made from fatty bits of pork with some chunks of meat not entirely unlike pork cracklings – crunchy, full of flavor, and in this case,a bit salty too.

Hokkien mee with salt pork (similar to pork crackling) teochew style delicacy, at May Lin kopitiam for supper, Sungai Petani. #kyeats #pork #sungaipetani #hokkienmee #prawnmee #nonhalal

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One place to have this is at May Lin kopitiam, one of the popular spots for late dinner and supper among the locals.

prawn mee with salt pork, the Sg. Petani way
prawn mee with salt pork, the Sg. Petani way

The prawn mee stall offers both hokkien mee and loh mee, with a number of “extras” – including prawns, intestine, pork ribs, and of course – salt pork.

For anyone who loves pork crackles or lard, the salt pork is definitely the way to go. It really adds a great dimension to the entire dish, especially after the good bits soaks up some prawn mee soup, heaven!

grilled chicken wings as centreplate
grilled chicken wings as centreplate

May Lin also have stalls offering BBQ chicken wings, satey, loh bak, and so forth. We’ve tried wings & satey and these definitely make for good side dishes.

map to May Lin kopitiam, Sungai Petani

Address:
May Lin Kopitiam
552, Jalan Kuala Ketil,
Kampung Sungai Tongka,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
GPS5.638794, 100.493260
Hours: 7pm to midnight

As a Penangite, I’m always on the lookout for a good plate of Jawa Mee, one of those Penang hawker dishes that receive little attention outside the island. For those who may not be familiar, jawa mee is basically the Chinese version interpretation of Mee Rebus.

Parkway kopitiam Jawa Mee, Subang Jaya SS 19
Park Way kopitiam Jawa Mee, Subang Jaya SS 19

When I posted an instagram video of the jawa mee at Segambut (one of my favorites), my friend Julea (also from up North) suggests that I should check out this stall at Restoran Park Way in Subang SS 19.

I did just that.

Trying out the penang style jawa mee at Park Way kopitiam, Subang Jaya SS19. I like it, legit. Will return. #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #hawker #nonhalal #jawamee

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The kopitiam operates in the morning to about brunch time, and just like the stall at Segambut, this one also offers another Penang delicacy – Prawn Mee. Of course, I went ahead and asked for jawa mee.

Jawa Mee is basically a Chinese version of Mee Rebus
Jawa Mee is basically a Chinese version of Mee Rebus

The version here come complete with every ingredient that makes up a proper plate of jawa mee – crackers, the indian kuih thingy, tofu, eggs, lime, vege, potato, and even a few slices of red chili for that extra color. I thought the chili paste was the only slight weak point in this plate of otherwise very on point jawa mee. Will visit again for sure.

parkway kopitiam map, Subang Jaya

Address:
Restoran Park Way
1, Jalan SS 19/6c, Ss 19,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.064752, 101.579960