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While having one of my favorite wantan mee at Lucky Garden a couple weeks back, a slightly older Sikh gentleman politely asked to share the table, which of course I agreed. As usual, my breakfast was then accompanied by a single serving side dish of stranger conversation.

Pudu wet market, KL
Pudu wet market, KL

It was during this exchange that the I was told about his favorite curry chee cheong fun place at Pudu wet market, and how all his decade old ex-classmates drools over the pictures on WhatsApp group chat whenever he posts them. So naturally, I decide to pay a visit to see what this is all about on the very next day.

It was actually my first time to the Pudu wet market, and to be honest I wasn’t really prepared by how big, busy, noisy, wet, and smelly this place is. This may turn off quite a few people, but I thought it brought a sense of nostalgia and live to the city. I kinda liked it, but if you drive there, do try to park some distance away instead of barging through the super congested streets surrounding the market.

curry chee cheong fun stall, Pudu Market
curry chee cheong fun stall, Pudu Market

The curry chee cheong fun stall is right next to the Northern part of the wet market building and manned by a lady. You can ask for pure curry chee cheong fun (RM 2 for small portion, as in pic), or if you so fancy, add some yong tau foo pieces.

And yes, the curry chee cheong fun was on a league of its own, the curry has a bit of that kurma aroma to it which is rather distinctive, while also being a lot thicker than most. On top of that, there’s these little crunchy bits they put on top of those perfectly soft & smooth chee cheong fun. It was all well balanced and very, very satisfying.

curry chee cheong fun goes great with yau char kuai
curry chee cheong fun goes great with yau char kuai

My experience that morning was made more memorable by yet another stranger who came and shared table, this time another single serving conversation which ended up with the kind stranger offering me half a yau char kuai to go with my leftover curry sauce. Match made in heaven.

map to Pudu Market

Address:
Curry Chee Cheong Fun
Pudu Market
Jalan Pasar Baharu
Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.134275, 101.715213

Kuih Teow Soup is one of those Penang hawker food that receive very little attention in Klang Valley, and I believe this is mostly due to the fact that pork noodle and the KL style fishball noodle (very subtle differences) serves most of the same demographic that gravitates towards this type of dishes.

do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara
do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara

Here’s the subtle differences in these three types of noodle soup, even though their broth are all clear and choice of noodle is usually kuih teow (flat rice noodle):

  • pork noodle – major ingredients of pork slices, innards, and even pork balls, sometimes you get to add poached egg, no bean sprouts
  • KL style fish ball noodle – fish ball, fish cake, bean sprout, mustard green
  • Penang kuih teow soup – fish ball, fish cake, chicken/pork/duck meat slices, bean sprouts, sometimes with coagulated duck/chicken blood, spring onion

So in essence, kuih teow soup has a more complex taste when compared to plain old fish ball noodle, while being not as savory and heavy as pork noodle.

For a proper bowl of Penang kuih teow soup in Klang Valley, my favorite at the moment is the hawker stall at Do Re Mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara. It is one of the very few places in town that serves kuih teow soup with duck meat. Duck meat is an ingredient that you don’t often find in hawker dishes in KL, I suppose mostly due to cost, and perhaps lesser appreciation from the public.

kuih teow th'ng, with duck meat
kuih teow th’ng, with duck meat

If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup in it’s proper form, this is surely a place to check out. Let me know if you have other favorites of yours to share.

map to restaurant doremi 123, Ara Damansara

Address:
Restaurant DoReMi 123
Jalan PJU 1a/20b
Ara Damansara 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.119897, 101.579194

For those who loved the old first generation Jalan Batai char kuih teow (Damansara Height’s Seng Lee kopitiam) back in the days, you’re in luck! You can now find the original uncle manning the stall at Sen Kee White Coffee kopitiam at Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam.

Sen Kee White Coffee at Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam
Sen Kee White Coffee at Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam

I was first informed about this place by another ckt seeking friend who originated from Penang. Naturally, I decided to check it out the very next day.

According to the operator, he’s been operating at this location for about two months now, while his daughter is still running the show at the previous place.

Uncle at Jalan Batai char kuih teow is now operating at Sen Kee White Coffee kopitiam at Taman Sri Muda Shah Alam, has been here for around 2 months. The daughter is still at Jalan Batai. Thanks @jonmakesitso for pointing this place out! #kyeats #breakfast #charkuihteow #batai #shahalam

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char kuih teow with duck egg
char kuih teow with duck egg

Like any proper char kuih teow places, they serve only char kuih teow and nothing else, but you do get a choice between normal chicken egg, or my usual choice when available – duck egg.

The CKT was just as I remembered, plenty of wok hei, with pretty decent size prawns for Klang Valley standard, and all the necessary ingredients such as bean sprouts, cockles, and chives. However, in replacement of lap cheong, you get fish cakes, which is something that’s not 100% ideal but acceptable in my book.

So for those of you who used to love a proper plate of char kuih teow from the uncle who used to operate at Jalan Batai, this is a place to go. There’s also a second generation Batai CKT now at Klang for anyone who’s curious.

do you recognise this char kuih teow uncle?
do you recognise this char kuih teow uncle?

map to Sen Kee white coffee kopitiam, Taman Sri Muda

Address:
Sen Kee White Coffee
33, Jalan Mewah 25/63,
Taman Sri Muda,
40400 Shah Alam, Selangor
GPS3.030874, 101.535499

Admittedly, fried rice hasn’t been one of the sexiest hawker dishes in Malaysia. If you ask anyone of their favorite Malaysian hawker dishes, chances are that most people are going to say char kuih teow, laksa, prawn mee, mee goreng, and so on.

That being said, I think a plate of good old fashion fried rice is the perfect dish when you really want to have that stomach filled up good.

Restoran Hup Soon fried rice, Petaling Jaya SS3
Restoran Hup Soon fried rice, Petaling Jaya SS3

Old school fried rice at restoran Hup Soon at PJ SS3. Overheard the owner speaking in Hokkien so I asked of their origin, apparently they migrated down here form Kedah. RM 5.50 per plate, another RM 1.00 if you want that glorious egg. #kyeats #lunch #friedrice #nonhalal #petalingjaya #ss3

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fried rice with the glorious fried egg
fried rice with the glorious fried egg

When it comes to good old fashion fried rice for lunch, one of the best places you can go to Restoran Hup Soon at Petaling Jaya SS3.

The operator from the stall that specialize fried rice is originally from Kedah and has been operating in the same stall for over a decade, serving up the same recipe from all those years.

egg with runny yolk is my favorite
egg with runny yolk is my favorite

A plate of fried rice comes with finely chopped long beans & char siu, egg, crunchy bean sprouts, and prawns. I’d also strongly suggest that you ask for an additional fried egg that’s perfectly fried with the egg yolk that remains runny.

The fried rice is also served with some chili padi for those who loves a bit of kick, tho I think it’ll really be perfect if there’s some proper Penang sambal here.

If you’re a fried rice lover, this is definitely a place to check out.

map to hup soon kopitiam, SS3

Address:
Restoran Hup Soon
7, Jalan SS 3/29,
Taman University,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.095309, 101.611128
Hours: breakfast & lunch

Sarawak Laksa seems like the flavor of the year, so before the end of 2017 I decided to give yet another highly recommended Sarawak Laksa place a try – SALTed at Mutiara Damansara.

SALTed, Mutiara Damansara
SALTed, Mutiara Damansara

As it turns out SALTed does stand for something – Sarawak Authentic Local Taste Extra Delicious!

The restaurant is located quite deep within Mutiara Damansara, and while it is perhaps only 5 minutes away from IKEA and Curve, you can’t really get there by walking from the big furniture shop.

SALTed stands for Sarawak Authentic Local Taste extra delicious, and yes I went for the RM 15 special laksa Sarawak with big prawns and cuttlefish. Worth it! At Mutiara Damansara. #kyeats #porkfree #salted #sarawaklaksa #mutiaradamansara @saltedswk

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The Sarawak laksa comes in three different versions, basic (RM 6) comes with chicken stripes but no prawns, original (RM 9) comes with normal prawns, and special (RM 15) gets you some cuttlefish as well as three pretty large size sea caught “meng har” (明虾) prawns.

Special version of Sarawak Laksa with extra prawns & cuttlefish
Special version of Sarawak Laksa with extra prawns & cuttlefish

I went for the “special” and happy to report that the dish definitely did not disappoint. The broth was thick and flavorful, and the seafood perfectly compliments the meehun and all other ingredients. I also enjoyed the pretty hot sambal as well. Will definitely put this in place in my list of recommendations (which I need to create, I think)

simple menu at SALTed
simple menu at SALTed

Other than laksa Sarawak, the restaurant also offers kolo mee, belacan meehun, and mee Jawa Sarawak. .My mission was only for the laksa, so no I did not try any of these dishes.

map to SALTed, Mutiara Damansara

Address:
SALTed
30-1 Jalan PJU 7/16a,
Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.159828, 101.602412
Tel: 03-7733 4566
Hours: 10 am to 3:30 pm