Category / Hawkers
June 17, 2013
Nothing beats a dish of lor mai kai (glutinous chicken rice) when you want quick and wholesome breakfast on a work week. It is something that requires less than a minute to be served, and usually fills up the stomach pretty good. You can also have it tapao and even eat it on the go without much fuss.
lor mai kai and otak otak, an unlikely breakfast combination
Then there’s otak-otak, or to be more specific, the Penang style otak-otak. Perhaps it is because I am from Penang, I prefer this over all form of otak-otak. It is fragrant, soft, and very easy to eat. The combination of fish, egg, coconut milk, and betel leaves works in harmony in this dish to create a taste that is unmistakeably Nyonya in its origin. I love it.
the same stall also sell pau, bak chang, and nyonya kuih
Yong Len kopitiam at TTDI happens to have a stall that offers both these two dishes at the same time in the morning, and both are some of the bests I’ve tried from anywhere. The lor mai kai comparable with the one at Redang Island which we love, and the otak otak is as good as any I had in Penang.
The two items added up to around RM 7 or so, and you can also find one of the best Penang prawn mee at the same kopitiam too.
While breakfast is served pretty fast at Yong Len, I usually end up chatting with the prawn mee’s boss for extended period of time. He’s a fellow bike enthusiast and we talk about bike news and such, always a good start to the morning.
Restaurant Yong Len
Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1
(opposite Perodua showroom)
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.141630, 101.629243
Hours: Morning and Lunch, Closed on Mondays
June 12, 2013
When it comes to fish head noodles, I’m often pretty conflicted. I mean, I love my seafood, but at the same time I am not one who likes to mess around with fish bones in a soupy dish. Sometimes it’s just too much trouble.
The perfect solution? Fish head noodle style but with deep fried fish fillet instead. This is one of the options you can get at Restaurant 6868 at Taman Kobena, Cheras.
Restaurant 6868, a very Chinese kinda name
Restaurant 6868 resides in one of the older shop lots at a relatively quiet part of Cheras. The two shop houses have seen better days, but the premise is rather cozy and hygiene standard is decent.
The menu is written on the wall, you can choose from “normal” Chinese Carp fish head noodle, Ma Yau fish head noodle, “4 Kingdom”, yin yeong, fish paste, and more. Prices are from RM 7 to RM 16 each bowl, a small bowl of Chinese Carp fish head noodle cheapest, and big portion of Ma Yau at the other end of price spectrum.
instead of fish head, we chose “ma yau” fish filets, fried suikao too
I had a small bowl of Ma Yau fish fillet noodle (RM 10) without the evaporated milk. It came with 3 chunks of pretty good size fillets. They were deep fried and fragrant, but what made it so much better was the sambal belacan that came with the fish, it was spicy and very addictive! I think I had about 3 extra servings of those belacan.
the sambal was most excellent
The version with evaporated milk were very good too, if you’re the type of prefers it that way. Big portion with Ma Yau fish costs RM 16 but you get 5 pieces of fillet instead of 3. I think we’ve decided that ordering big with less noodle might be the way to go next time.
We also ordered some deep fried suikao (RM 1.80 each) for sharing and they were of good quality and packed with ingredients as well. You can have these with the accompanying chili sauce, but I prefer to down em with even more sambal.
I shall go come back here and perhaps try their fish maw soup next time.
No. 12, 14, Jalan 5/92B,
Taman Kobena, 56100
Cheras Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.11670, 101.73008
Tel: 016-215 3667, 03-9281 1889
Hours: Mon-Wed-Fri (8 am to 11 pm), Tue-Thu-Sat (8 am to 6 pm), Sun (7 am to 5 pm)
June 1, 2013
There aren’t very many hawkers in Klang Valley that offers the combination of these things in their offering:
The little corner stall at New Yew Sang in Kelana Jaya (also have good Thai food at night) is one of the few that scores in all three areas.
the “siu chau” stall at New Yew Sang, Kelana Jaya
The siu chau (小抄) has been a staple at this kopitiam for ages. Among the dishes offered are fried rice, Cantonese fried (horfun or yin yeong), Thai style fried rice, and loh mee. They open for business for breakfast and lunch, and the kopitiam is usually pretty busy on weekday lunch hours.
Parking situation around the restaurant isn’t the best, but nothing too troublesome for those who don’t mind walking a few steps.
kungfu yin yeong with crispy fried noodle at the bottom
My favorite here is their Cantonese Yin Yeong (廣府鴛鴦 RM 5.50), a combination of horfun and deep fried noodle at the bottom covered in thick broth that is pretty similar to egg drop soup. Prawns, pork slices, and vegetable makes up the rest of the ingredients.
They definitely do a good job on this pretty difficult to execute dish, and for less than 6 ringgit a plate, the portion is definitely more than enough as well.
their fried rice is pretty good too
The standard fried rice is also priced at RM 5.50, and for extra RM 1 you get a beautifully done sunny side top egg. The fried rice comes with pork, prawn, egg, and finely chopped carrots & long beans too. The only way to make this better is if you have some awesome sambal belacan from Penang to go with, but sometimes you can’t ask for too much.
New Yee Sang kopitiam
Jalan SS 6/8
GPS: 3.106717, 101.598178
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May 22, 2013
Every once in a while, we would make a rather long journey from PJ all the way to downtown Pudu for dinner. The destination is almost always the old school outdoor open air food court at Jalan Sayur.
There you find many stalls that are famous for what they serve (char kuih kak being my favorite, mixed pork porridge is awesome too). Today, we look at Sei Ngan Zai fried chicken (四眼仔胜利炸鸡)
Sei Ngan Zai fried chicken stall at Jalan Sayur
The stall is located at the end of Jalan Sayur that is closest to Jalan Pudu, and almost always with a line of customers waiting to get their freshly fried chicken.
A piece of chicken cost RM 2.80, chicken wings at RM 2.30, and a 1/4 chicken (thigh & drumstick) is priced at RM 4.50. They also offer fries at RM 1.80, and for those with a sense of adventure to the wild side – bishop’s nose (aka chicken ass).
we had fries, chicken wings, and thigh
Their fried chicken is well marinated and you almost always have it straight out of the fryer, steamy hot, tender, and definitely very delicious. The fries are passable though not exactly special. I’m not a fan of bishop’s nose (tried it years before and found it a tad too oily) but words are that this place serves one of the bests in town.
If you head down to Jalan Sayur, be sure to grab a few pieces of fried chicken from sei ngan zai, they serve as pretty awesome side dishes to go with whatever else that you decide to be your main show of the night.
Sei Ngan Zai Fried Chicken
Off Jalan Pudu,
GPS: 3.135208, 101.713051
Hours: dinner & supper
May 16, 2013
Every few weeks, we try to spend some time at Cheras with Haze’s siblings. At the same time, we also take the opportunity to grab some good eats around the area. During our previous trip, we had one of the better old school mixed pork porridge at the outdoor hawker area at Taman Cheras.
this porridge guy take no shit from anyone
The porridge stall is right outside 7-11, manned by a lone Chinese operator who takes no shit from anybody, representing a dying breed of food stall owners who takes pride in their dishes and cares very little about meeting extra demands from customers.
If you want extra soya sauce? You’re out of luck. Service with a smile? Hahaha, dream on!
Other than mixed pork porridge (RM 4.50), frog (RM 5.50), shredded chicken (RM 4.50), pork meat (RM 4.50), raw fish (RM 4.50), and century egg with lean meat porridge (RM 4.50) are available here as well.
yau char kuai next stall, perfect combination
Right next to the porridge stall is the very popular “yuyi” yau char kuai place, usually with a small crowd. While I waited for the porridge, Haze lined up for some yau char kuai.
It was a good 15-20 minutes before we both achieved our missions.
KY, awesome porridge, Haze
The porridge itself was delicious, and those crispy deep fried intestine were excellent. Mix it up with those freshly fried yau char kuai is and you reach that sweet spot only two cheap ingredients can bring together, delicious!
Dinner cost less than RM 20 for both of us including drinks, and there are surely more to try here as well. The char kuih teow stall enjoys brisk business, wantan mee is pretty delicious, and I’ve heard good things about the fried oyster omelet here too.