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Last week mom was here for a bit, so naturally it was my duty as a son to bring her form some breakfast worthy of trying. And since we’ve had bak kut teh, and red wine mee suah the day prior, I thought it was appropriate that we try one of the other less “normal” breakfast choices – chicken rice.

chicken rice with mom
chicken rice with mom

Yeap, chicken rice is as popular as the first meal of the day in Klang as it is for lunch or dinner.

We headed to Jalan Gelugor for one of my favorite chicken rice fix in the area – Top 1 Chicken Rice. The stall is located at the same food court with the Jalan Batai Char Kuih Teow – with zinc roof, plastic furniture, and generally acceptable hygiene  standard.

Top 1 chicken rice offers only steamed chicken, of normal and “walk on the ground” chicken, which I assumed to be kampung, or organic variety.

perfectly cooked steamed chicken with Bentong ginger
perfectly cooked steamed chicken with Bentong ginger

What sets this place apart though is their use of Bentong ginger as condiment in addition to their home made chili sauce. As you maybe aware of, Bentong is often touted as the place that produces the best ginger in the country, with its slightly more spicy and stronger taste profile. I love it, so did mom.

The chicken too is steamed perfectly, on that fine line between being under cooked and overly hard/tough when you boiled chicken seemingly only half a minute too long.

dark soya sauce on rice is the Klang way
dark soya sauce on rice is the Klang way

Overall, this is as proper as chicken rice goes, I’ve heard that you can request for rice balls as well, maybe I’d have to try that next time.

jalan-gelugor-klang-map

Address:
Food Court
Jalan Gelugor
Meru, Klang
GPS3.050413, 101.451221

While char kuih teow, laksa, and cendol gets all the attention in Penang, one of the must-eats for me is actually the humble old apong. Specifically, the stalls offering these tiny apong that have been operating at Jalan Burma right outside Union Primary School for decades.

Apong Guan, Penang
Apong Guan, Penang

There are only two of such stalls on the island as far as I know, both offering very mini sized apong made with plenty of eggs, flour, ripe banana, corn, and some other secret ingredients (I think the guy will sell you the recipe for a handsome fee).

I’ve wrote about Apong Chooi back in 2011, so now let’s look at Apong Guan, arguably the more “famous” of the two.

Each Apong now goes for RM 0.60, up from RM 0.35 8 years back, and seven for RM 1.00 maybe two and a half decades back when I first got my motorbike license.

Apong Guan will usually have a small crowd surrounding the stall on weekends, an exercise in patient in these hot climate to be sure. The reward though is definitely worth it. The apong is sweet from the ripe banana & corn, savory from its egg, and perfect in every way. I suggest you order enough to lasts the afternoon, and eat them while hot!

RM 0.60 each for this goodness, must-eat if you're in penang
RM 0.60 each for this goodness, must-eat if you’re in Penang

Apong Guan has been in operation for some 50 years, with no heir apparent in sight, so if you’re longing for something uniquely Penang, this is a stall not to be missed.

map of burma road, penang

Address:
Outside Union Primary School,
Burma Road, Penang
GPS: 5.423212, 100.321988

A couple weeks ago, Suan made me wake up at 6 in the morning on weekends, just because she needed a trail walking buddy to go to Chilling Falls (we went many years ago). She’s a friend for over two decades, I had no choice but to comply.

fried pan mee in all its glory
fried pan mee in all its glory

So we made our ways from PJ to Hulu Selangor way too early on a Sunday morning, and stopped by Rasa (yes, it’s a real town) for a pretty unique type of breakfast – Fried Pan Mee at Happy Like Coffee House.

Rasa is a pretty small town, and being situated less than 30 mins from Chilling Falls makes it a perfect destination for pre-hike stopover. The town area is plenty small and you won’t miss the time capsule of a kopitiam.

So, how’s the fried pan mee?

It is almost exactly like how you would imagine. Literally pan mee, but fried, with plenty of the same type of vege you’d find in normal soup version of pan mee. The portion here is way too big but makes for good carbo-loading pre-exercise routine. I was impartial to the taste, but Suan loves it.

Happy Like Coffee House, Rasa, Hulu Selangor
Happy Like Coffee House, Rasa, Hulu Selangor

If you’re heading to Chilling Falls or any of the hiking trials nearby Hulu Selangor, this would be a worthy stopover.

bonus pic of me freezing my ass off at Chilling Falls
bonus pic of me freezing my ass off at Chilling Falls

map to Happy Like Coffee House

Address:
Restoran Happy Like Coffee House
Taman Rasa Jaya,
44200 Rasa, Selangor
GPS: 3.496102, 101.632591

Another Kota Kinabalu’s favorite is apparently their beef noodle, and for whatever reasons, it took me quite a while before my first try, I suppose it has to do with beef noodle being quite readily accessible in Klang Valley, unlike some of the other more unique dishes (Tuaran mee, for example)

Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap, Hilltop, Kota Kinabalu
Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap, Hilltop, Kota Kinabalu

And when it comes to beef noodle in Kota Kinabalu, the name I’ve always hear about is Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap. So I made a stop to give it a try just before heading to airport on one of my many KK trips, and it was worth it.

Kah Hiong is located at Hilltop (and quite a few other locations), a stone’s throw away from the popular Fatt Kee seafood noodle, and just around 10+ minutes away from the city center.

Ngau Chap Mee Kan Lao
Ngau Chap Mee Kan Lao

There’s quite a selection of different combinations to be had here, mixed beef soup with rice, with noodle, beef stew, beef balls, sliced meat, or you can pick your ingredients of beef heart, liver, beef balls, tripe, tendon, tongue, and so on.

I ordered the Ngau Chap Mee Kan Lao – mixed beef soup with dry noodle (mee + meehun) as recommended by the server.

tendon, beef ball, innards, what's not to love?
tendon, beef ball, innards, what’s not to love?

I did find that the soup base was perhaps just a tad saltier than I’d have liked, but the ingredients were cooked to perfection. Innards were soft, meat was tender, and those tendon were fantastic. I’d definitely order mine with extra tendon next time around.

While there are some very good beef noodle here in KL, this KK version stands on its own and offer a pretty unique taste. I like it.

map to Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap, Kota Kinabalu

Address:
Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap
2-0-10, Lorong Taman Nosoob Jaya Phase 2,
Kolam Centre, 93450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.949061, 116.092101
Tel: 016-826 9699

kah hiong ngiu chap menu

This taiping oyster omelette has a bit of a personal back story. About ten years ago, the then gf of mine and I went on a trip up north, and on the way back to KL we stopped by Taiping for a bit of touristy sightseeing, night safari at the Taiping Zoo (definitely worth it even at 2019), and of course, dinner.

Taman Tasik Food Centre, Taiping
Taman Tasik Food Centre, Taiping

With Taman Tasik Food Centre located a very short distance away from the entrance of Taiping Zoo, it made for a perfect refuel stop for the night.

So that was the last time I had a taste of this version of oyster omelette, until a couple weeks ago when I re-visit, 10 years after the first time.

Needless to stay, I was pretty excited to be able to rekindle with this long lost taste.

prawn omelette or oyster omelette, take your pick
prawn omelette or oyster omelette, take your pick

Oyster omelette in Taiping (or maybe just this particular stall?) is quite different from the version served in Penang or KL. The version on the Pearl of the Orient is usually a little more oily and more runny, while this particular Taiping version has a firmer consistency, almost in 30% prawn fritter, 70% usual oyster omelette.

bitter gourd soup to go with our fried dish
bitter gourd soup to go with our fried dish

If you enjoy a less runny texture, this version should satisfy. While it does not top my favorite oyster omelette in Penang, the different experience it brings definitely makes it a worthy candidate should you look for dinner/supper spot at Taiping.

love its crispy texture, even better if bigger oysters!
love its crispy texture, even better if bigger oysters!

Oh, we also supplement the oh chien with a bowl of bitter gourd soup, supposed to make the whole thing just a tad healthier, no?

map to taman tasik food centre, Taiping

Address:
Taman Tasik Food Centre
22, Jalan Maharajalela,
Taman Tasik Taiping,
34000 Taiping, Perak
GPS: 4.850994, 100.745754