Category / Hawkers
As someone who’s born and bred in Penang, we obviously love our hawker dishes, and hence it is always a mission for many of us Penangites to find the local taste right here in KL whenever we can.
New Apollos kopitiam at USJ 4
Now when most think about hawker foods in Penang, curry mee, prawn mee, laksa, and char kuih teow is often high on the list, and if you mention kuih teow th’ng (or kuih teow soup), many don’t even realize how difficult it is to find a place that offers the dish here in KL. Hence when I accidentally ended up at Restaurant New Apollos in USJ 4 and saw this stall, I knew it was something I had to order.
proper Penang style kuih teow th’ng
The operator (not the one in the picture, she was just the helper) speaks Penang Hokkien, which passed the first litmus test whenever I order Penang food.
When the bowl of kuih teow soup arrived, I was already pretty happy. The dish looked the part, with three fishballs, shredded steamed chicken, a few slices of fish cakes, vegetable, fried garlic, and a few bits of lard.
I was well satisfied with the kuih teow soup
As for the taste, this RM 5 bowl of goodness hits all the right spots. It might lack strips of duck blood, but the fish balls and fish cakes had the right texture and tasted rather good. Portion was not overly big like other KL hawker dishes, and the shredded chicken cooked just right as well.
In fact, I liked it so much I rode all the way from Damansara Perdana to USJ 4 just for this yesterday. This kuih teow soup is now on the top of my list so far as Klang Valley is concerned.
Restaurant New Apollos
2, Jln USJ4/6B
GPS: 3.051770, 101.576209
Hours: Lunch and Breakfast, Closed on Tuesdays
Penang is often know as the heaven of hawker foods, from char kuih teow to asam laksa, and kuih teow soup to nasi kandar. However, you don’t often hear people talk about ikan bakar, also sometimes known as ikan panggang as the locals like to call it, and that I think, is a grave mistake.
Here are top three different grilled fish places I think you should check out if you’re in Penang.
Ikan Bakar Adnan bin Hassan, Kampung Teluk Tempoyak
If you fancy a little drive to the southern end of the island, ikan bakar Adnan bin Hassan at Kampung Teluk Tempoyak is definitely a place worth checking out. There isn’t many choices of fish to choose from as they’re sourced from the local fishermen, but there are siakap, kerapu, jenahak, ikan merah, and bawah talang to go with prawns and crabs.
I also particularly like the way their fillet the fish with sambal on the inside for easy access to those tender and absolutely satisfying meat. Starting from RM 35 to about RM 50 per KG, these grilled fish isn’t heavy on the wallet either.
Just one thing, you gotta be quick to grab your share before your mates.
better get your share before your friends finish them all
Ikan Bakar Adnan bin Hassan
Medan Selera Kampung Teluk Tempoyak
11960 Bayan Lepas, Penang
GPS: 5.277330, 100.287968
Tel: 019-413 2572
Hours: 6pm – 11pm (Closed on Mondays)
Ikan Panggang stall at Song River, Gurney Drive
One of my favorite “kopitiam” ikan panggang (more appropriate since it’s not strictly grilled) stalls is the one at Song River, Gurney Drive. The fish is covered in a special sauce that has a strong presence of fermented beans, belacan, chili, and shallots. Together with the sambal, this makes for an excellent treat.
There’s always quite a selection of different fishes and squid, but my favorite is stingray since the meat soaks up the paste easily and there’s no fish bones to deal with.
The same restaurant also offers great chicken wings too.
full flavor with plenty of chilli and garlic
Song River Cafe
65 Persiaran Gurney,
GPS: 5.432392, 100.31738
Tel: 012-488 8275
Hours: dinner and supper
East Coast BBQ at Jalan Pinang food court, Penang
For those who love something slightly different than just fish, squid, or crabs, East Coast BBQ at Jalan Pinang food court is a place you must visit.
On top of the usual fish and squid, there are different types of shellfish and even vegetable for grilling. My favorite here would be their grilled scallops. Topped with garlic and spring onion, then grilled to perfection, this is an absolute must try for anyone who loves scallops. At RM 5 a pop, it’s quite reasonably priced as well.
Grilled brinjal is done with similar toppings and tasted fantastic, while the slightly spicy long bean might perhaps give you an illusion of having consumed enough vitamin C for the trip.
BBQ scallops, egg plant, and long beans
East Coast BBQ
Sungai Pinang Food Court
Jalan Sungai Pinang
Georgetown 11500 Penang
GPS: 5.400029, 100.325711
Tel: 04-281 0943
Hours: dinner and supper
Whenever food and Klang are mentioned in the same sentence, the topic of bak kut teh is often inevitable, however, Klang offers more than just bak kut teh. Lets look at four different places you should check out if you’re at Klang, just in case you’ve just had your bak kut teh the day before.
Fatty Mee Hoon Kuih at Taman Berkeley
Fatty Mee Hoon Kuih at Taman Berkeley is the most famous pan mee restaurant in all of Klang, the version here is slightly different from those served at other part of Klang Valley, instead of chilli paste you get chilli padi and soya sauce, and lettuce is used as vegetable of choice.
Expect long wait time as each bowl is cooked individually. Starting at RM 3.50 per bowl, this place offers great value too.
Fatty Mee Hoon Kuih | Address: 19 Lebuh Bangau, Taman Berkeley, Klang | Tel: 017-336 6183 | Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily. | GPS: 3.060055, 101.463443
Peng Heong Hakka Paikut, love their sour & spicy vegetable
If pork ribs fancy you, Peng Heong Hakka Paikut will surely deliver. The corner shop not far from the central bus station at Klang offers one of the most delicious and succulent fried pork ribs you can find anywhere.
delicious pork ribs, asam fish, pork stomach soup, sour and spicy vegetable
Their menu is quite extensive as well, I especially love their sour and spicy vegetable soup that hits all the right spots. Asam fish and pork stomach soup are two other dishes worth checking out as well. However, their bak kut teh is subpar, so don’t waste your time or stomach space for that.
Peng Heong Hakka Paikut Restaurant | Address: No 2, Lorong Gudang Nanas, Off Jalan Pasar, 41400 Klang | Tel: 019-260 0855 | GPS: 3.048, 101.4448 | Operating Hours: brunch till late lunch
you don’t have to go to Melaka for delicious pohpiah
Melaka is famous for many hawker delights, with one of my favorite being the pohpiah at Jonker Street, mainly due to it’s pork lard infused ingredients. So you can imagine I was more than happy to find out that you can find very similar pohpiah right at Eng Ann Hawker Centre, Klang, which neighbours Taman Berkeley.
the pohpiah is infused with pork lard and lap cheong too
There are two pohpiah stalls here, and both are comparable in taste. The ingredients include pork lard and lap cheong, which really gives this otherwise simple snack an extra kick. If you like the Melaka version, this one won’t disappoint.
Tan Kee Pohpiah or Eng Ann Pohpiah | Address: Eng Ann Hakwer Centre, Jalan Pekan Baru & Jalan Kawasari 8, Klang | GPS: 3.058001,101.460022 | Hours: lunch till tea time, daily
made-to-order black sesame glutinous ball with ginger soup
For after dinner dessert, head to Taman Berkeley again for some freshly made black sesame glutinous ball in ginger soup. This classic Chinese dessert Kedai Kopi Tech Le is pretty much made to order here with a choice of black sesame or as the ingredient. This stuff will clear up your sinus immediately. I love it.
Tong Kee at Kedai Kopi Tec Le | Address: Kedai Kopi Tec Le, Lebuh Bangau, Taman Berkeley, Klang | Opening hours: supper, closed on Monday and Thursday | GPS:3.060006, 101.464115
One of the things I love about Bangkok, and Thailand in general, is definitely the street foods. Much like Penang, there are many food stalls offering a variety of different dishes at just about any street corners, and standard of those dishes are usually rather good.
Lai Thai Mini Market, Happy Mansion at Seksyen 17
Back in Malaysia, Thai food are usually found in restaurant settings. You get your tomyam, maybe pad thai, and many other dishes that goes well with rice, but there aren’t usually a good selection of individual dishes.
Good news is, there’s Lai Thai Mini Market at Seksyen 17 offering just that.
Thai pork leg rice, rice noodle in hot & sour soup
Lai Thai is actually a mini market that sells a selection of Thai grocery products, including snacks, condiments, sauces, and even some fresh produce. However, the front of the shop/restaurant also spot a well equipped stall that offers some 20 different dishes to be consumed on the spot of taken away.
The operators are Thai, and so are all the workers. Stepping into Lai Thai and you’ll touch your left pocket wondering if you’ve forgotten your passport. It’s marvellous.
som tam done right, and tomyam soup
The food here are prepared the traditional way with traditional ingredients, and it’s also the only place I’ve found serving pork leg rice!
So far I’ve tried the pork leg rice, tomyam, pork with rice noodle in hot and sour soup, red ruby (dessert), and their Thai ice tea. We weren’t disappointed at all.
Thai ice tea for drinks, red ruby for dessert
Other dishes to check out would be pad Thai, dry noodle, lime salad with pork, green curry, fried petai, fried rice, papaya salad, and more!
Lai Thai also offers a selection of desserts all packed up and ready to be brought home or consumed on the spot. My housemate loved the mango sticky rice and gave it a seal of approval.
KY & Haze at Lai Thai, we love it
If you’re hungry for some cheap, non-halal Thai street food, check this place out.
For other porky Thai eats, check out Thai Camp at Taman Paramount, Surisit Thai kopitiam at TTDI, I’m Spicy or My Elephant at PJ Seksyen 17.
Lai Thai Mini Market
AG-3, Block A,
Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13,
Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.124202, 101.634463
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Having spent most of my time in KL and Penang, it is easy to have a false sense of perception on how much street food costs. A “standard” plate of hawker dish is supposed to be around RM 4.50 or RM 5.00, no?
Then we went to Sitiawan.
hawker center at Sitiawan wet market
This was a day trip I took earlier this year with Suanie via Kuala Selangor (where we stumbled upon the famous Cendol Bakar).
Not knowing where to eat at Sitiawan, we stopped by the wet marker in the afternoon and was happy to see the food stall in operation. A closer look revealed that most dishes are priced at RM 2.80 per serving!
loh mee & “kan lau” mee
I ordered the loh mee while Suan had a plate of their “kan lau” mee. They also serve asam laksa, wantan mee, and clear soup noodle at the same price.
My loh mee was actually rather delicious. It came with a lot of bamboo shoots which I love, and the starchy soup base was flavorful. Suan’s kan lau mee came with a few slices of charsiu, while they’re not exactly very good quality charsiu, it still made a decent plate of brunch.
Suan and KY enjoying tea time
If you’re around Lumut or Sitiawan looking for a place for late lunch/tea time snack, this is one of the places to check out and stay within budget.
Sitiawan Wet Market
GPS: 4.216096, 101.697822
Tua Pek Kong temple at Sitiawan
Oh, we also went to perhaps one of the only tourist attractions at Sitiawan – the Tua Pek Kong temple at Jalan Psasir Panjang.
The temple is located by the coast and spots some pretty impressive statues facing the Melaccan straits. There’s also a path where you can walk into the swamp area, a koi pond with loads of fish, and a beautiful garden there.
Like most temple in Malaysia, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to visit.
Tua Pek Kong Temple
Jalan Pasir Panjang,
GPS: 4.163129, 100.688397