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Sometimes the best eateries are the one you stumbled upon when the original place you want to go isn’t opened for business, and this was precisely how we ended up at Hong Lai at Setapak after a failed attempt to get go Restoran Sup & Popiah Zaiton Hussin for some good old fashion sup lidah (ox tongue soup).

Hong Lai hokkien mee at Setapak
Hong Lai hokkien mee at Setapak

To be honest, when we were at Hong Lai, we had no idea what to order and basically just glanced at the other tables. We ended up with hokkien mee  (福建面) and yin yeong (鸳鸯), which turned out to be a decent choice, but missed out their speciality (which I read at a later time) – moonlight noodle (月光河)

yin yeong and fried hokkien mee
yin yeong and fried hokkien mee

Over here good old fashioned charcoal fire is used, which some swore produced the best “wok hei”. I guess there’s some sense of truth to it as charcoal often manage to heat up the wok to much higher temperature.

The hokkien mee tasted decent if not a little less elastic than I’m used to, you can see that they get chopped up to smaller strands in the (rather poor quality) picture above. The yin yeong though, was excellent! The crispy fried portion with those flavorful brothy wet portion mixed well to give an explosion of texture and flavor that can only be described as a perfect match, we were surprised in a good way.

Haze & KY for some supper goodness
Haze & KY for some supper goodness

Now we just need an excuse to be there for their moonlight noodle.

Hong Lai opens for dinner and supper, and you’ll be able to dine here until a couple hours past midnight, which is convenient for those after-clubbing hunger pangs.

map to Hong Lai hokkien mee, Setapak

Address:
Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Hong Lai
83, Jalan Genting Klang
Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.192163, 101.709022
Hours: 6:30pm-2:30am

While Klang is famous for bak kut teh, there are other options for food just in case the pork laden goodness is not exactly your most favorite thing ever (like it should). Today, let’s look at the pretty awesome chee cheong fun and yong tau foo stall that is Long Kei at Taman Eng Ann.

there's always a queue in front of Long Kei
there’s always a queue in front of Long Kei

We actually stumbled upon this shop while looking for parking to get to the Eng Ann morning market. There always seems to be a healthy queue in front of the shop, a surefire indication that the food must be at least decent.

So naturally, we gave it a try.

yong tau foo with chee cheong fun
yong tau foo with chee cheong fun

The selection of yong tau foo here is among the biggest I’ve seen anywhere. There’s green chili, brinjal, bitter gourd, fuchok, pork skin, various types of fishball/meatball, deep fried stuff, tofu, cuttle fish, and even kangkung, spoilt for choices really.

If you want to try one of each, you better come prepared with really big appetite.

two satisfied customers
two satisfied customers

We chose about 8-10 items to go with chee cheong fun. The sauce here isn’t overly complex but they seemed to get it just right, not overly sweet nor too thick. With the homemade chili sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, it made for a more than decent meal for two under RM 20 (including drinks).

I think this could be one of our regular places whenever dimsum/yong tau foo cravings come calling.

map to Long Kei yong tau foo and chee cheong fun, Klang

Address:
Long Kei Yong Tau Foo
Jalan Kawasari 4b,
Taman Eng Ann,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.057452, 101.459852

Over the X’mas and New Year holiday, we went to a friend’s place in Serendah for an overnight excursion and a little bit of R&R, and of course, one of the agendas is to try some of the more unique foods in the area.

If Klang is famous for bak kut teh and Penang for char kuih teow & laksa, then tilapia must be Rawang’s speciality.

R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee at Rawang
R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee at Rawang

So the next morning, we went to R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee to try this rather unique dish only available here.

The restaurant is located in a residential area just a few minutes away from Rawang town center. Seating area is semi-alfresco, with a roof, no walls, and plenty of ceiling fans to keep you somewhat comfortable. While there are quite a few dishes to choose from the menu, the star here is the tilapia.

we ordered all five types of tilapia wantan mee
we ordered all six types of tilapia wantan mee

There are six choices to choose from, and you can have them with rice, or in their unique wantan mee style. We chose the latter and tried all six flavors.

Each dish is priced at RM 13.50 comes with a portion of wantan mee and a small tilapia that’s either steamed of deep fried. The flavors are:

  • 金针 golden mushroom – classic with steamed tilapia, enoki, garlic, & ginger
  • 酱蒸 bean sauce – brown bean sauce with deep fried tilapia
  • 干煎 deep fried – self explanatory, with some chili too
  • 油滑 classic oiled – steamed with soya sauce & oil, plenty of fried garlic
  • 咖喱 curry
  • 东炎 tomyam

the chicken wings pretty good too
the chicken wings pretty good too

The wantan mee was rather good, the fish tasted fresh and flavorful regardless of the preparation method, and the different sauces were all spot on, including the tomyam flavor (usually lacking in Chinese shops). Go for the deep fried version if you struggle with fish bones, otherwise the steamed version gives you slightly more flavors.

Additionally, we also had some chicken wings (RM 3.50 each) to “supplement” the meal. They were pretty good too, crunchy on the outside, juicy inside, with good belacan taste infused.

If you are looking for something special, this is definitely worth checking out.

map to R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee, Rawang

Address:
Restoran R Cheng Fei Zhou Yu Wantan Mee
No. E-13, Jalan LKS 5,
Kampung Lee Kim Sai,
48000 Rawang
Selangor
GPS: 3.309852, 101.577027
Tel: 012-304 5671, 016-983 4888

Several weeks ago, a bunch of us went for another lunch session that’s worth sharing, especially for those who work or stay near the East side of Klang Valley – Warisan Rasa Kuale (Ribu Ribu) at Medan Selera Taman Keramat. A place that serves up quite a good selection of local Malay dishes, and some awesome ikan bakar to boot.

Warisan Rasa Kuale (ribu ribu) at Medan Selera Taman Keramat
Warisan Rasa Kuale (ribu ribu) at Medan Selera Taman Keramat

Warisan Rasa Kuale is located at the food court right opposite Sapura building on Jalan Enggang at Taman Keramat. The stall itself is deep inside the food court and not visible from the street, you’ll have to walk some 20 meters in.

The food court is your typical medan selera with tables covered in laminated plastic, and plastic chairs that are usually good enough to barely hold the weight of average Malaysian. Hygiene isn’t top notch, but was acceptable.

huge selection of ulam, ikan bakar, and other lauk
huge selection of ulam, ikan bakar, and other lauk

The selling point of this stall is the choices of ikan bakar and the dishes they serve. There’s no less than half a dozen different fish to choose from, including siakap, tilapia, kembung, keli, bawal, caru, patin, and even salmon! Additionally, they also have grilled lamb and grilled prawn.

There’s also over a dozen different ulam to choose from. You want pegaga? petai? cherry tomato? bitter gourd? They’re all here.

you gotta have greens, and spicy stuff!
you gotta have greens, and spicy stuff!

Other than those grilled stuff and green stuff, there’s also a good selection of other dishes. There’s fish curry, sotong, several types of masakan lemak, there’s kangkung belacan too.

Overall the food quality was rather good, and we liked that they serve three different types of sambal with ulam. I particularly enjoy the ikan bawal bakar (RM 20) with it’s fatty flesh, as well as their grilled lamb (RM 7). Those are some of the must-order dishes if you’re there.

fulfilling lunch for sure
fulfilling lunch for sure

If you’re up to some awesome traditional Malay lunch not far from Keramat/Ampang area, this is quite a decent place to check out. Prices are quite reasonable for what you get too.

map to Medan Selera Taman Keramat

Address:
Warisan Rasa Kuale (Ribu Ribu)
Medan Selera Taman Keramat
Jalan Enggang, Dato’ Keramat
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.176489, 101.753114

When I was a boy in Penang, whenever the topic of laksa came up, there’s always two stalls that came up in the conversations among the locals – the one at Balik Pulau, and the Ayer Itam stall. The good news is, for those of us who has moved to Klang Valley, the famous stall from Ayer Itam, Angcle Peoh’s asam laksa, is now available in Bukit Tinggi, Klang.

Angcle Peoh, now at Bukit Tinggi Klang
Angcle Peoh, now at Bukit Tinggi Klang

Restoran Angcle Peoh is a non halal outfit located just a stone’s throw away from one of the larger malls in the country – AEON Bukit Tinggi.

While Klang may sound like a distance too far for some, it is actually just half an hour’s drive from Petaling Jaya on a decent day, and we Malaysians have a habit to go far in search for good food anyway, kan?

asam laksa is good, and char kuih teow more than decent
asam laksa is good, and char kuih teow more than decent

While the Ayer Itam stall offers only asam laksa, the air-conditioned restaurant in Bukit Tinggi carries other Penang hawker dishes on the menu as well.

The asam laksa is as good as the original, with the old man himself often seen at the kitchen, it is as authentic as you can get. It is arguably one of the best asam laksa in Klang Valley you can get right now (I’d also recommend Aik Asam Laksa at Seapark, PJ as a close second)

The version of char kuih teow cooked up at this place is pretty decent as well, though I find myself preferring Uncle Vincent’s version (Bukit Rimau) just a tad more, though both of these are still a notch below Lot 10‘s duck egg CKT in my view.

curry mee, cendol, and hokkien char too
curry mee, cendol, and hokkien char too

I was delighted that they have Hokkien Char (Penang style fried hokkien mee) on the menu, gave it a try and had an okay experience. The taste was there, but there was way too much noodle to properly enjoy the dish.

Cendol was alright here, and don’t order the curry mee, it was awful, and not even a proper Penang version at that. For other dishes, well, you gotta try them and tell me.

map to Angcle Peoh, Bukit Tinggi

Address:
Restoran Angcle Peoh
42, Lorong Batu Nilam 21B,
Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2,
41200 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 2.997816, 101.442465
Tel017-936 2223