We’re definitely blessed with a great selection of street food in Malaysia, from your typical char kuih teow stalls to burger tepi jalan, to nasi lemak shacks.. but if you look harder, you can also find authentic street food originated from neighboring countries, case in point – Little Rara with its authentic Thai fare.
Little Rara Thai Noodle House, Kia Peng
The restaurant is located at the carpark next to Menara HLA by Jalan Kia Peng, a stone’s throw away from Pavilion KL. The set up is as “authentic” as they get, seemingly putting up together by someone who happened to have a set of table saw, hammer, and nails. There’s no such thing as air conditioning or tinted windows, but you are somewhat shielded from rain should it starts pouring.
The place starts operating by 5:30 pm and does work up a crowd pretty soon. While the set up is old school, they do have a proper digital queuing system, color me impressed.
tomyam talay meggi
Like most proper “street food” stalls, the kitchen is pretty much open. There’s a BBQ grill where they prepare beef/chicken/corn, a stall for noodle (wet & dry), plus a drinks’ kitchen.
We started out with their famous tomyam talay meggi (RM 19 for small), it was basically tomyam maggi on steroid. Packed with prawns, mussels, squid, egg, and ultra strong tomyam flavor. Love it.
bbq beef, pad thai
BBQ Beef (RM 13, Australian beef apparently) goes well with the accompanying sauce, and it wasn’t over cooked either. Portion though was a bit small I thought.
However, the must-order from the grill turns out to be their BBQ Corn (RM 7 for 2). They were ultra sweet and almost half caramelized, I need this for movie night!
mango sticky rice & the excellent bbq corn
We also had seafood pad thai (RM 12) which I thought was quite competent, and a dessert in mango sticky rice (RM 8) which turned out to be just average.
Over all thought I really liked the place and the intense flavor of their tomyam & those corns. Will definitely order those two again when I revisit, and perhaps try some of their other dishes.
Address: Little Rara Thai Noodle House Menara HLA, 3, Jalan Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.151342, 101.713584 Tel: 012-372 2706 Hours: 5:30 pm to 12 am, Closed on Sunday
While Klang Valley is one of the best places for those of us who eats out, one has to admit that it is not usually easy to find something that’s genuinely healthy.
It’s easy to find food that’s delicious (that’s what this site mostly concentrates on), and also cafes that offers cool concepts and beautiful dining environment/experience (those “instagrammable” spots, anyone?), so when I was contacted by MEDIFOODS to check out their unique proposition, I was pretty eager to take a look.
MEDIFOODS Lifestyle Cafe, Damansara Kim
The founder of MEDIFOODS is actually a licensed pharmacist, you wouldn’t have guessed it, but it is not a surprised when you really look at the name of the restaurant, right?
What the founder aim to do is to provide delicious food that is also healthy in nature – by the way of preparation and carefully crafted ingredients. For example: non-GMO, MSG free, vegetables from own farm, etc.
FIT meal – 2 protein 1 vege, or 2 vege 1 protein
In addition to these food, they also offer consultation on food selection and choices if healthy lifestyle is what you seek. Like I mentioned above, founder is a pharmacist, and often there’re also nutritionists in house.
I was there a couple weekends ago to check out their FIT Menu – where you can choose from either 1 protein + 2 vege (RM 16.90), or 2 protein + 1 vege combo (RM 18.90). The set is also served with a base of Medifoods rice (parboiled basmati), multigrain brown rice, or quinoa + millet (extra RM 2.00)
fish, steamed egg, and chicken dishes
So, what are you choices of these protein and vege? And most importantly, are they any good?
There are four different fish dishes (farmed raised organic tilapia) – ginger steamed fish, deep fried with ginger, steamed with soya sauce and fried ginger, steamed with assam sauce. Three chicken dishes – steamed with minced ginger, green curry, and with herbs. A couple egg dishes in Chinese style omelet and steamed egg, as well as a four different tofu and mushroom dominated dishes.
I found that the tastes aren’t overwhelming and generally a little bit more subtle in nature, while retaining natural sweetness of ingredients, very.. comforting.
tofu and egg dishes, basmati rice, multigrain brown rice, or quinoa
There’s also over half a dozen different vegetable dishes to pick from as well. I particularly love my bitter gourd with egg, but there’s also bok choi, choi sam, mixed vege, brinjal, and so forth. If paired it with tofu or egg as your protein choice(s), you can easily have a rather delicious set of vegetarian meal without resorting to those “fake meat” dishes, something I find rather contradicting at times.
which one is your favorite vegetable?
As for the base, I’d suggest trying out quinoa and millet, both of which offers higher fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants. But if you are a true Asian who can’t live without rice, there’s they are also available.
The FIT Menu is available daily, if a healthier hot meal is what you look for, this is a place to check out.
salad bar and noodle soup station
On weekends, MEDIFOODS also offer their signature Healthy Breakfast Buffet in the morning. Essentially a buffet spread specifically curated to contain healthier options in the all you can eat format.
At RM 21.80 per person, here’s what you get:
A salad bar with over 20 different ingredients from green peas, cherry tomato, roast pumpkins, cons, to eggs, spinach, and salad greens.
meehun, pizza, fried rice
A noodle station, as well as fried meehun, pizza, and fried rice.
angku, chai kuih, pumpkin cakes, radish cakes, fried fuchuk spring roll
A variety of traditional kuih, pumpkin cakes, radish cakes, fried spring roll, as well as santan free nasi lemak with their home-made sweet/spicy sambal.
oat embryo milk, bread, onde-onde
Bread, onde-onde- oat embryo milk, and free flow coffee and tea. There’s also porridge and two different types of tongsui to choose from.
The buffet is really the option to go if you have a good appetite, not willing to scarify healthy eating, and want a good value all at the same time.
spoiled for choices
Other than Damansara Kim (address below), MEDIFOODS is also presence at the following locations:
Bangsar South – Ground Floor, Tower 1, Avenue 3, The Horizon
Subang Jaya – 61, Jalan SS 18/6, Ss 18, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
SS2 – 11A, Jalan SS 2/30, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
When it comes to Indonesian food, none is more famous than Ayam Penyet, essentially a flattened deep fried chicken served with tempeh (made from fermented soya bean), tofu, and those oh-so-addictive sambal.
Ayam Penyet Mak Maya, Kampung Baru
My first ayam penyet was at Waroeng Penyet just over a decade ago, and it was love at first taste. I’ve been on a look out for ayam penyet stalls in its most “pure” form ever since, for a lack of a better word.
A hunt that led me to Ayam Penyet Mak Maya at Kampung Baru, my current favorite.
Mak Maya is located at Kampung Baru, directly opposite to one of my favorite Nasi Padang restaurant. The restaurant itself is a bit of a time capsule from the 80s, with plastic chairs and laminated table.
I always order mine with extra sambal
What sets Ayam Penyet Mak Maya apart from other such stalls is their sambal. The sambal is prepared “fresh” on the spot by grinding fresh ingredients to the paste form we’re familiar with.
The result was expectedly excellent, spicy, aromatic, and pure. I love it.
ayam or ikan for you?
Other than ayam penyet (chicken), they also have ikan kembung (Indian Mackerel), and ikan keli (catfish) deep fried in the same style.
These are served with deep fried tauhu, tempeh, and a slice of raw cucumber, cabbage to go with plain rice. The sambal of course ties everything together to make a plate of super satisfying lunch.
if you love it spicy, you’d love it here
If you want a good meal of ayam penyet in the heart of KL city, this is one to check out.. before Kampung Baru is eventually being redeveloped.
Address: Ayam Penyet Mak Maya 58, Jalan Raja Muda Mus Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.164533, 101.708807
Penang style curry mee is one of my favorite hawker food of all time, while there are a few places that offers this dish here in Klang Valley, they often lack the proper ingredients you would expect in the classic recipe.
Green Lane Noodle at Sri Petaling, sharing venue with The Roti Man Bakery
Enter Green Lane Noodle – a fairly new outlet sharing the same shop lot with The Roti Man Bakery at Sri Petaling offering several types of Penang dishes, including curry mee, kuih teow soup, prawn mee, loh bak, and even the elusive Hokkien char.
The restaurant itself is located at the rear half of the shop lot, fairly basic set up, clean, and with air conditioning.
Penang style curry mee, with pork blood
As a fan of curry mee, that was the dish I had to try, so I went for the small bowl (RM 9.50), which comes with cuttle fish, prawn, tofu pork, cockles, bean sprouts, yellow noodle/meehun, and the all important pork blood.
The santan base soup was on point, as was their sambal that carries a strong aroma with charred bits and shallots. I love it, this would be perfect with some mint leaves (maybe I should bring my own next time)
So if you can’t wake up for Okay kopitiam at SS2, or don’t want to deal with the classic kopitiam situation at OUG’s Sun Sea, this would make a very compelling place for Penang curry mee in Klang Valley.
I plan to go again, this time maybe to try their Hokkien Char.
Address: Green Lane Noodle Ground Floor, 117, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.071147, 101.693364
I’ve been on a bit of a hot pot hunt as of late (or as well call it in Malaysia, steamboat), especially Sichuan style mala hot pot. So when the opportunity to be one of the earliest group to sample Xiao Long Kan Sichuan Hot Pot (小龙坎火锅) came calling, I was quite excited, to say the least.
Xiao Long Kan at Fahrenheit 88
Xiao Long Kan is one of the most popular spicy steamboat chain originated from Chengdu, which is the capital of Sichuan province in China. So when it comes to authenticity, you can’t do any better than that, this is the ground zero of Spicy mala hot pot.
pork bone broth, tomato, or mala soup?
Xiao Long Kan’s first branch in Malaysia is located at Fahrenheit 88, more specifically, at the side that is facing Starhill shopping mall (don’t try to look for it INSIDE Fahrenheit 88 like I did..)
While there’s plenty of seats spanning across 4 levels, it already gets pretty packed, but a little patience from your end and I’m sure you’ll agree that it is definitely worth it.
original condiment, without all the other fuss
There’s four different soup base to choose from – traditional spicy soup (mala, a must have), tomato soup, mushroom, and pork bone broth. You can always go for up to three like we did (all except mushroom). Additionally, the level of spiciness can also be customized. Do refer to the menu below.
Condiment situation is different here at Xiao Long Kan compared to just about every other hot pot outlets. Instead of a dozen or even more choices, here they stick to the traditional way of cilantro, green onion, and garlic. A special oil (xiang yu) is then added to the condiment which has the property of lowering heat. You can also choose to add soya sauce or black vinegar, though the good chef does not recommend doing so.
This blend is to ensure the taste of ingredients and soup is tasted to its fullest instead of being overpowered by fancy condiments. Can’t say I disagree.
Australian wagyu A5, we had to order another portion, so good
And then there’s ingredients. Xiao Long Kan does not lack in “special dishes” not easily found at other restaurants. Some of which even requires some sense of adventure.
We were served with Astralian wagyu A5 (so good we went for seconds), pork ball, pork neck, fish paste, prawns, pork belly, chili beef, rose meat ball, sliced lamb, and these are just the “normal dishes”.
In addition, we also had duck intestine, tripe, pork blood (my love!), pig’s brain, and even aorta!
I like that they also include a guide on the menu on how long you should cook each ingredients – ranging from 30 seconds (sliced green bamboo shoots), to 8 minutes (pig’s brain). Following the guide ensures that you don’t overcook certain items to the point where flavor is lost, or worse, under cook dishes and end up having an washing machine within…
sliced green bamboo shoots were definitely on point
Their rice cake & fried crispy meat are two of the ready-to-eat items we tried, and both are pretty delicious too. The rice cake should be consumed soonest possible to enjoy that crispy on the outside and soft inside texture.
As a rule of thumb, meat is best cooked in the clear or spicy soup, while vege goes better with tomato/clear soup, as advised by the head chef from Chengdu. These sort of pairing ensures that taste doesn’t clash, sorta like how you pair red with meat, and white with seafood kinda idea.
Jess, Mei Mei, KY, Eunice, Mag at Xiao Long Kan
Overall I got to say that this was one of the best hotpot I had recently, the super thick tomato soup, to the aroma from the red spicy soup, and all those fancy, fresh, and mostly imported ingredients. I’m pretty sure we’ll be back again for more mala goodness.