Category / Hawkers
I first learned about the Dato’ Keramat ikan bakar from my Malay colleagues when they tapao some all the way to KLCC for lunch. Fast forward a couple years later, I finally managed to convinced one of my colleagues to follow me there for a quick meal.
Mat Teh ikan bakar at Dato’ Keramat
After a bit of searching and asking about at the market, we finally located Mat Teh Ikan Bakar, with the stall situated within the Dato’ Keramat wet market, facing the parking area.
We immediately knew that we were at the right place, the place was packed, and on the grill was at least 30 pieces of grilled fish in the process of cooking, all neatly wrapped in banana leaves for that extra flavor.
huge slab of ikan pari, soup, and ulam
For this trip, I ordered a piece of ikan pari (stringray), which also comes with a generous amount of ulam (Malay style salad) with sambal, soup, and a plate of steamed rice.
The fish was thick and huge, it was probably meant for two person, which also explained why it cost something like RM 14-16 (but definitely worth it). The cooking method utilizing banana leaf ensures that it was plenty juicy and flavorful, and with those accompanying sambal, I was more than satisfied.
the place is very busy, and with good reasons
Mat Teh stall also offers some pretty good juices, I had a glass of mango juice which complimented the meal very well.
This is definitely a place I want to go again, but this time I’ll make sure to share the fish with someone else, Shabana can’t be just an observer drinking teh ais again.
shabana – my partner in crime
If you’re in town looking for some good ikan bakar, this is one place to check out. Getting there is as easy as taking the LRT and getting off at Dato’ Keramat station.
Mat Teh Ikan Bakar
Dato’ Keramat Wet Market
Opposite Dato’ Keramat LRT
Jalan Dato’ Keramat
GPS: 3.166079, 101.730992
Tel: 016-336 2123
Before the gourmet burger craze that seems to be sweeping through Klang Valley, there was Ramly burger.
While many Ramly burger stalls offer the same set of menu with standard beef and chicken patties pairing egg, cheese, and the usual lettuce/cabbage, onion, chili sauce, and mayonnaise, there are some that steps up the game.
One of such places is Burger Bobby Simpang 3.
Burger Bobby Simpang 3
Burger Bobby was started by the man behind the stall some 10 years ago. Located at Lembah Keramat (a few minutes away from Zoo Negara), it is a burger stall with a few tables under a canopy set up in front of the proprietor’s house.
Prosperity Tiesto Single Special Cheese
The menu is pretty extensive for a burger stall, other than the usual beef, chicken, fish burgers and hotdogs, there’s also some messier options such as their “Prosperity” range of Tiesto (lamb) and Lambo (beef) burgers.
Prices for normal burger starts at RM 3.50 for single patty to triple special cheese prosperity Tiesto burger at RM 19.00.
For dinner just before my futsal session at Ampang Sports Planet, I ordered a single special cheese Tiesto burger (RM 9.00).
it’s a messy affair and I loved it
The burger was about twice the size of standard Ramly burger, and at least thrice as messier, a cacophony of lettuce, onion, plenty of chili sauce with a decent sized lamb patty wrapped in fried egg and cheese wedged between sesame bun. It was actually rather delicious.
Good thing that they have a hand washing area by the side. Looks like I’m going to be following my futsal buddies there more often next time.
Burger Bobby Simpang 3
No 5 Jalan AU 5C/1
54200 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.202145, 101.754651
Tel: 013-640 2237
Hours: 4pm to 4am daily
I love a good bowl of bak kut teh, and while it is generally true that you often get the best bak kut teh at Klang, going all the way to the “ah beng country” isn’t always practical.
For those who aren’t familiar with bak kut teh, there are actually two versions. There’s the thicker broth infused with pork bones typical of Klang’s style, and then there’s the Teow Chew version that is lighter but more herbal.
bak kut teh, best served with yau char kuai
Heong Kee at Seapark is a bak kut the stall that offers one of the better Teow Chew style bak kut teh.
The unassuming stall is situated just a stone’s throw away from the KFC at Seapark (which is also the first KFC I visited in Klang Valley more than 20 years ago, but that’s not the topic for today.) There are about half a dozen foldable tables by the stall, with a canopy just in case the weather turns back.
ideal for quick dinner, so long as weather permits
I like the fact that the meat here is always very well cooked, and while the soup is not the most intense, my taste buds are happy with them. You can also add enoki mushroom, yau char kuai, and innards.
A meal here will cost about RM 10-12 per person, they also serve pork tripe soup, vegetable and a few other dishes here.
Heong Kee Bak Kut Teh (香记肉骨茶)
Whenever I think of beef noodle, like most people, I usually think of Ngau Kei at Tengkat Tong Shin, and to a lesser extend, Soong Kee at Lot 10. Little did I realise that one of the better beef noodle stalls is located just a couple kilometers away from home, at Seapark’s Restaurant Tong Fong.
restaurant Tong Fong at Seapark, PJ
The restaurant is of a kopitiam set up and located right behind KFC at Taman Paramount, or Seapark (these two names are pretty much interchangeable). At the corner of the stall, right by the entrance, is the beef noodle stall that offers mixed beef noodle, beef ball noodle, wantan noodle, pork ball, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, braised sirloin with radish.
beef noodle with radish soup
The braised sirloin with radish soup is something that I haven’t come across before. With the meat so tender and radish absorbing the flavor of the beef, it was quite a hearty stew-like concoction that I find myself liking very much.
If you order the dry version, the thin wantan noodle is topped with sweet minced pork and vegetables not unlike the version at Soong Kee and Ngau Kei, and equally as delicious. If you haven’t had this version of radish soup before, you should give it a try.
the “usual” mixed beef noodle, dry version
I’ve also tasted t heir normal mixed beef noodle that comes with tripe, beef slices, and beef balls, lacking only beef tendon (I shall ask the proprietor about that next time) and found my taste buds quite agreeable to this dish.
A meal here cost between RM 6 to RM 10, give it a try if you’re a fan of beef noodle!
Tong Fong restaurant
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.110142, 101.621673
Phone: 016-348 8141
Hours: breakfast and lunch
On my last trip back to Penang, I caught up with my sister for late lunch, and since she is a lot more well versed with Penang food than me (not having stayed on the island the past 20 years), I naturally asked her to suggest a place.
We ended up at Hai Beng kopitiam for some good old fashion Hainan Lor Mee (卤面)
Hai Beng kopitiam at Pulau Tikus, Penang
Situated at the junction of Jones Road and Burma Road, Hai Beng kopitiam is a typical Chinese run coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch with a variety of hawker stalls, including the lor mee and a Malay nasi kandar stall which is rather popular (another post on another day).
Parking isn’t too hard to come by, and with plenty of trees around the premise, the restaurant is rather comfortable too.
plenty of extra ingredients for your choosing
The Lor Mee has been around since the independence of the country, and offers many add ons if you crave for extra porky goodness. This includes lor bak (卤肉), pig’s ear, 3-layer pork, pork knuckle, intestine, and so forth.
wholesome loh mee, we added some pork skin
For lunch, we ordered lor mee with pork skin. It comes with the usual ingredients of noodle and meehun, bean sprouts, pork slices, hard boiled eggs, and those thick, flavorful gravy. Splash some home made chili sauce and fresh garlic paste and you have a bowl of awesome hawker delights worthy of instagram, and your stomach.
Unlike most hawker stalls that offers lor mee in conjunction with Hokkien mee (also known as prawn mee), this stall specialized only on lor mee, all for RM 4 (small), and RM 5.50 (big). Of course, you pay a bit more for additional ingredients.
Now, I need to find a good version in KL.
Hainan Lor Mee
Kedai Kopi Hai Beng
Jones Road & Burma Road, Penang