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Sarawak Laksa seems like the flavor of the year, so before the end of 2017 I decided to give yet another highly recommended Sarawak Laksa place a try – SALTed at Mutiara Damansara.

SALTed, Mutiara Damansara
SALTed, Mutiara Damansara

As it turns out SALTed does stand for something – Sarawak Authentic Local Taste Extra Delicious!

The restaurant is located quite deep within Mutiara Damansara, and while it is perhaps only 5 minutes away from IKEA and Curve, you can’t really get there by walking from the big furniture shop.

SALTed stands for Sarawak Authentic Local Taste extra delicious, and yes I went for the RM 15 special laksa Sarawak with big prawns and cuttlefish. Worth it! At Mutiara Damansara. #kyeats #porkfree #salted #sarawaklaksa #mutiaradamansara @saltedswk

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The Sarawak laksa comes in three different versions, basic (RM 6) comes with chicken stripes but no prawns, original (RM 9) comes with normal prawns, and special (RM 15) gets you some cuttlefish as well as three pretty large size sea caught “meng har” (明虾) prawns.

Special version of Sarawak Laksa with extra prawns & cuttlefish
Special version of Sarawak Laksa with extra prawns & cuttlefish

I went for the “special” and happy to report that the dish definitely did not disappoint. The broth was thick and flavorful, and the seafood perfectly compliments the meehun and all other ingredients. I also enjoyed the pretty hot sambal as well. Will definitely put this in place in my list of recommendations (which I need to create, I think)

simple menu at SALTed
simple menu at SALTed

Other than laksa Sarawak, the restaurant also offers kolo mee, belacan meehun, and mee Jawa Sarawak. .My mission was only for the laksa, so no I did not try any of these dishes.

map to SALTed, Mutiara Damansara

Address:
SALTed
30-1 Jalan PJU 7/16a,
Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.159828, 101.602412
Tel: 03-7733 4566
Hours: 10 am to 3:30 pm

I first came across this new-to-me Penang Hokkien Prawn Mee stall from Lionel’s instagram feed. By the look of the picture as well as the trust I have Lionel as someone who knows his food as well as the link he provides (article on The Malay Mail written by Khang Yi of masak-masak), I knew then I had to visit this place the very next day, which I did.

Penang prawn mee Red Leaf restaurant, Jalan Loke Yew
Penang prawn mee Red Leaf restaurant, Jalan Loke Yew

Restaurant Red Leaf is located at Restoran Red Leaf (also known as Restoran Shoong City?) at the intersection of Jalan Loke Yew and Lorong Loke Yew. While being by the main road, it also manage to stay somewhat hidden from view, so do not miss your turning.

My new favorite prawn mee in KL. At Red Leaf restaurant between Jalan Loke Yew and Lorong Loke Yew. Saw this on @lky64’s insta, based on an article on the Malay Mail by @boo_licious. Great stuff with proper prawn and top notch broth. #kyeats #breakfast #nonhalal #prawnmee #hokkienmee #lokeyew #kopitiam

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The Hokkien Prawn mee stall is manned by the owner who’s been operating at the same spot for some 30 years and originally hailed from Penang. An easy test is to order a bowl in Penang Hokkien, which I almost always do when ordering Penang hawker food in Klang Valley.

prawn mee with extra prawns
prawn mee with extra prawns

The usual small bowl goes for RM 6, but you can also have it with extra prawns for RM 9 each. Naturally that was what I went for.

The prawn mee came with the usual ingredients of sea-caught prawns, kangkung, bean sprouts, pork slices, fried shallots, and your choice of yellow noodle, meehun, or both.

The broth carries a strong prawn note with a sweet seafood taste to it, with every ingredient jelled quite nicely to make a bowl of proper prawn mee that is my current favorite among the hawker offerings in Klang Valley.

I was certainly a happy customer
I was certainly a happy customer

Will certainly make this one of my regular pre-work breakfast stops.

map to restaurant red leaf

Addresss:
Restoran Red Leaf
No 61 & 63, Ground Floor
Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 KL
GPS3.129614, 101.711412
Hours: 7am – 12pm

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