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I first got to know about Datang Sitok Cafe from an article online, and was happy to find out that it is actually located less than 10 minutes from where I stay, further more, it is actually just a stone’s throw away from our usual jogging park.

So, being a fan of Sarawak Laksa, naturally I had to check it out.

Cafe Datang Sitok, Seksyen 7 Shah Alam
Cafe Datang Sitok, Seksyen 7 Shah Alam

Cafe Datang Sitok is located at Seksyen 7 directly next to Unisel, or North of UiTM. A simple shop lot with non existent interior decoration. There’s your usual plastic chair and table, some fans for your comfort, and hawker stalls in which your food is cooked.

Owners who run the place appears to be a couple, with the lady & main cook originated from Sarawak. (yes, I asked)

The menu consists of slightly over a dozen different dishes, with majority of them rice dishes.

We went for two of their three varieties of Laksa Sarawak – normal, and Pattaya version. Had wanted to try the “super special” with big head river prawn but unfortunately the boss told us supply was hard to get during MCO. We also ordered their cucur udang (prawn fritter) as a side dish as well.

Sarawak Laksa & "Pattaya" Sarawak Laksa
Sarawak Laksa & “Pattaya” Sarawak Laksa

The laksa (RM 8) came with all the usual ingredients – shredded chicken, bean sprout, thick meehun, prawns, coriander, shredded omelet, fish cake slices and sambal with calamansi. The fish cake being the additional ingredient that isn’t supposed to be in laksa Sarawak, but in this case, it didn’t spoil anything.

The Pattaya version (RM 10) is essentially the same dish but with a giant thin layer of omelet wrapping the entire dish, taking a page from nasi Pattaya, quite innovative I must say!

Most importantly, these laksa passed my taste test. It was proper, well cooked, and albeit not very thick, the soup does have a decently strong flavor to it. I particularly love the sambal as well, chunky & strong.

cucur udang
cucur udang

Oh, if you’re there, don’t miss out on their cucur udang (RM 5) as well. The plate came with 2 pretty good size prawn fritters that hits the right spots, they’re crunchy and rather delicious, especially with those slightly sweetened sambal accompanying the dish.

I’m going to go back there to try some of their other items next.

cafe datang sitok menu (1) cafe datang sitok menu (2)

datang sitok cafe map

Address:
Datang Sitok Cafe
No 14, Kompleks Anjung 7,
Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
GPS: 3.076586, 101.496307
Tel: +6013 576 0800
Hours: 11:30am–10pm, closed on Mondays

Some of the most famous dishes in Ipoh revolves around chicken, isn’t it? There’s many chicken rice places such as Pak Kong, kai si hor fun which features chicken at Thean Chun, honey chicken wings at Menglembu, and salt baked chicken at Aun Kheng Lim.

Well, to add to this list, today we’re going to talk about one of local’s favorite bean sprout chicken hor fun place at Ipoh – Restaurant Cowan Street.

Cowan Street Chicken & Horfun, Ipoh
Cowan Street Chicken & Horfun, Ipoh

Restoran Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau is the full name of the place, and despite the name, is located at Jalan Raja Ekram in Ipoh New Town, a stone’s throw away from other popular eateries such as Ming Court dimsum.

The restaurant has a reputation of having erratic opening hours, and has 3 rest days per week. They’re serve dinner for quite a limiting hours of 6-9:30pm, do call ahead and check if they’re opened to avoid disappointment.

dinner for two - chicken, bean sprouts, chicken feet, offal
dinner for two – chicken, bean sprouts, chicken feet, offal

We ordered chicken for two, a plate of bean sprouts (always a must!), chicken feet, and added a plate of chicken offal to go with two bowls of hor fun, there’s no rice served at Cowan Street.

Ordering was very quick, and service was even quicker, it took only a couple minutes before everything was served, I was quite impressed.

chicken feet, steamed chicken, chicken liver/intestine/gizzard
chicken feet, steamed chicken, chicken liver/intestine/gizzard

The review of the food is simple.. everything here was absolutely on point!

The chicken was cooked just right, smooth, flavorful, and absolutely delicious. The bean sprouts did not disappoint, and even the chicken feet and chicken offal were all just spot on.

I absolutely love the texture of everything here, those meat, fats, and innards’ soft and tender texture in contrast with those crunchy bean sprouts, perfect. If one would to nitpick, you could perhaps say that the dishes are just very slightly to the salty side, but they do balance out with the hor fun.

when in Ipoh, one must always order bean sprouts
when in Ipoh, one must always order bean sprouts

Dinner came to be RM 45 including two drinks, perhaps a little pricey according to some, but I’m more than happy to pay for the quality and will certainly be back here again when I have another chance.

cowan street ipoh menu

map to cowan street restaurant

Address:
Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant
44, Jalan Raja Ekram,
Kampung Jawa, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
GPS: 4.597606, 101.085821
Tel012-520 3322

Chicken rice is perhaps one of the most popular lunch options for Malaysian, a plate of rice, with a portion of the nation’s favorite meat on top and maybe a few slices of cucumber will satisfy most people as a quick refuel option during the day.

Wan Shoon kopitiam, Damansara Kim
Wan Shoon kopitiam, Damansara Kim

When it comes to chicken rice, we’re usually familiar with those offering roast chicken or steamed chicken, but the less popular third option exists – and that’s our topic for today – Fatt Kee’s soy sauce chicken rice.

Fatt Kee is located within Restoran Wan Shoon in Damansara Kim, a small township nested right next to TTDI, on the border of KL & PJ.

Like many other chicken rice stalls, other than chicken, they do offer roast pork (siu yok) as well as bbq pork (chasiu). While I’ve yet to try their chasiu, their siu yok is uninspiringly average and something that I would definitely skip the next round.

The star here is their soy sauce chicken, a version I can only describe as the cross between steamed and roast chicken that managed to have the best of both worlds. It’s flavorful, tender, and succulent all at the same time. The soy sauce blend here is addictively delicious, and I also felt that they put a bit of effort into the accompanying soup as well.

soy sauce chicken rice with roast pork, Fatt Kee
soy sauce chicken rice with roast pork, Fatt Kee

Prices here is a little higher than “usual”, the portion above for two pax came up to RM 18, but well, sometimes it’s worth paying a little more for good food. On my next visit I’m going to only have the chicken and forgo the pork, a position I don’t usually stand for.

Another soya sauce chicken place I tried was the one at Jalan Ipoh, I’ve also got a recipe for soya sauce chicken, tho the result is a little bit different.

map to wan shoon kopitiam

Address:
Fatt Kee Soy Sauce Chicken Rice
Wan Shoon kopitiam
47, Jalan SS 20/11, Damansara Kim,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.135504, 101.627173
Tel: +603 7499 7188

When it comes to Ipoh food, kai si hor fun & chicken rice usually comes to mind, and if you along down the list, eventually you may.. or most likely, not going to end up with mee goreng.. I mean, it’s Ipoh, right?

However, since we like to be a bit off the mainstream, mee goreng (and mee rebus) in Ipoh is what we’re going to talk about today.

legit mee goreng
legit mee goreng

The particular hawker spot is called Cathay Mee Stall, manned by an Indian couple at the ground floor of “New Beauty Hotel” in Ipoh town. Searching by the name “Cathay Mee Stall” will also get you to the same place.

The set up is simple, and they offer 3 choices to choose from – mee goreng, mee rebus, and rojak (which is similar to mee rebus without the mee, essentially).

For our after-hike refueling exercise, we ordered a plate of mee goreng with a plate of mee rebus.

mee rebus (would have been jawa mee if you're Chinese?)
mee rebus (would have been jawa mee if you’re Chinese?)

The mee rebus came within minutes as it requires a lot simpler assembly, while mee goreng took 30 minutes as the stall does get quite busy even during MCO with a lot of takeaways & delivery orders.

Both versions came with generous amount of ingredients – including egg (boiled in rebus, fried in mee goreng), prawn fritter, potato, tofu, and such. The noodle used here is also a little thinner than usual, giving it more surface area to soak up those yummy sauce.

Cathay Mee Stall, Ipoh
Cathay Mee Stall, Ipoh

The mee goreng is said to be the best in Ipoh, and I must say that it is indeed very well fried & a rather delicious rendition of the dish. However, I do feel that their mee rebus is perhaps even more superior, if you’re a fan of mee rebus or jawa mee, don’t miss this version as their sauce & ingredient paring hits the right spots for me (and perhaps you!).

Ipoh isn’t all about Chinese food, kan?

cathay mee stall, Ipoh

Address:
Cathay Mee Stall
30250, 97, Jalan Yang Kalsom,
Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
GPS: 4.5894547, 101.0838518
Tel: +6010 466 6345

You know, when it comes to Penang food, most of what people recognize will be from the island – char kuih teow, laksa, prawn mee, curry mee, and such. However, the bigger, less glamorous landmass  Penang government “rent” from Kedah does in fact offers a few gems of its own when it comes to hawker food – one of which is the topic for today – yam rice with pork offal soup.

Yam Rice stall at Tien Tien Lai, Ara Damansara
Yam Rice stall at Tien Tien Lai, Ara Damansara

While my favorite version in Penang is from Chip Heng kopitiam at Chai Leng Park, Butterworth, I was recently introduced to a stall offering something pretty much equally as good right here at Klang Valley, at Ara Damansara’s Tien Tien Lai kopitiam.

This particular yam rice stall is in fact introduced to me by my mom’s friend (who is also from Penang). A bowl of soup goes for RM 8 and comes with plenty of ingredients you’d expect in this dish – including pork ball, pork slices, tongue, intestine, coagulated blood, tofu, salted vege, and parsley. You’ll then get to choose to have it with yam rice (RM 2), or white rice (RM 1), and if you ask me, there’s no question the former is the version to go for.

yam rice plus pork offal soup with salted vege and tofu
yam rice plus pork offal soup with salted vege and tofu

The yam rice itself is properly flavored with good aroma from yam, and the soup is packed with porky goodness properly balanced with the saltiness & slight acidity offered by salted vegetable. Grab a piece and dip in the homemade chili sauce with dark soya sauce, then mix it up with a spoon full of yam rice, put it in your mouth, and follow up with a spoon full of soup… yums!

If you want some proper yam rice with pork soup without having to travel up to Penang, this is one to check out.

map to Tien Tien Lai, Ara Damansara

Address:
Tien Tien Lai kopitiam
Ara Permata, 33,
Jalan PJU 1a/42,
Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.117288, 101.587120
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