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One of my favorite types of comfort food is mixed pork porridge. A bowl of porridge with all the essential sinful ingredients and yet mild enough for a stomach that may not be in the best condition, it is really the quintessential comfort food.

Imbi market mixed pork porridge
Imbi market mixed pork porridge

Problem is, most of the stalls offering mixed pork porridge operates only in the afternoon or at night. In the afternoon, there’s seksyen 17 and SEApark, and at night, you can head to Jalan Sayur or Taman Cheras, but if you want it for breakfast, Imbi market is your answer.

Located right at the side that also houses the famous Ah Weng Koh Hainanese tea stall, this porridge stall also offers fish ball noodle and even curry noodle, hours are from around 7 in the morning till around noon everyday except on Mondays.

soft bits, crispy bits, delicious bits
soft bits, crispy bits, delicious bits

This version of mixed pork porridge has most of the essential ingredients on the list – crispy deep fried pork intestine, stomach, pork slices, pork tongue too (I believe). The only thing missing would be coagulated blood, but I shall forgive them for this since the overall taste is still rather good. The congee is smooth and more than delicious enough for breakfast.

if this is not a good start to a working day, I don't know what is
if this is not a good start to a working day, I don’t know what is

Oh, when you’re there, be sure to order a glass of Hainanese tea to go with your breakfast.

map to Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)

Address:
Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)
Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.14340, 101.71664
Hours: breakfast and brunch, closed on Mondays

Lets go back to one of my favorite breakfast spots in town at Imbi Market, and this time, we look at Ah Fook Chee Cheong Fun, one of the busiest hawker stalls.

Ah Fook Chee Cheong Fun at Imbi Market, always with a queue
Ah Fook Chee Cheong Fun at Imbi Market, always with a queue

While chee cheong fun is on the banner, the stall is actually very popular with their yong tau foo that is prepared fresh everyday and cook right on the spot. Fresh yong tao foo is definitely the way to go.

As for chee cheong fun, there are two types to choose from, the usual plain type, and the On Soon chee cheong fun that comes embedded with some ingredients. I always choose the latter.

a good selection of yong tau foo made from scratch on the spot
a good selection of yong tau foo made from scratch on the spot

The selection of yong tau foo is pretty good as well, with a few types I haven’t seen anywhere, such as long beans and “four angle beans”. There’s also a few types of tofu, tofupok, and fish balls as well. My favorite piece is however, their fried fu chuk. If you’re a fan of fu chuk, you gotta try this.

chee cheong fun with yong tau foo, awesome breakfast combination
chee cheong fun with yong tau foo, awesome breakfast combination

As a bonus, imbi market also serves the best Hainanese tea from Ah Weng Koh’s stall. So if you’re up to a wholesome breakfast, here’s surely a place to check out. Close on Mondays.

map to Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)

Address:
Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)
Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.14340, 101.71664
Hours: breakfast and brunch, closed on Mondays

It’s time to takl about yong tau foo again, and this time around it is the famous stall that is smacked right in the middle of the city at the lorong of Petaling Street (commonly called Chinatown now, though there isn’t that many Chinese manning the stalls.)

Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo, always a with a crowd
Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo, always a with a crowd

The stall is called Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo, and to be honest I’m not entirely sure how the name came about, since the location is actually closest to Petaling Street and Lorong Bandar 20. I’m guessing it was most likely historical.

Anyway, Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo is always the busiest stall in that small stretch of street hawkers, but since serving yong tau foo is a relatively fast process, you don’t usually have to wait more than a few minutes.

I like my yong tau foo with a mix of red and green
I like my yong tau foo with a mix of red and green

A piece of yong tau foo is priced at RM 1.20, be it lady’s finger, fried dumpling, foo-chok, red chili, brinjal, or others. They have a pretty decent selection of both boiled and deep fried yong tou foo choices.

I usually like to have mine a healthy mix of different items, but my must-haves involves tofu, red chili, and lady’s fingers. The version here definitely did not disappoint, I particularly love their soft and flavourful fish paste stuffing.

If you’re in town and especially around Petaling Street area, this is definitely a place worth checking out.

map to Madras Lane yong tau foo, Petaling Street

Address:
Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo
Lorong Bandar 20
Off Jalan Petaling
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.143600, 101.697142
Hours: breakfast and lunch, from about 10 am (Off Mondays)

Inflation is as unavoidable as death and taxes, and as most things, there are always silver linings to be found. For example, while at Imbi Market this morning weighing my breakfast options, I found a fresh new sign on the nasi lemak stall that I never noticed – a new price list for 1/1/2014.

Ann Nasi Lemak at Imbi Market
Ann Nasi Lemak at Imbi Market

And it was only by looking at the price list that I realized they actually offer non-halal nasi lemak – with pork, and most interestingly, pork skin curry too!

So I immediately ordered a portion of nasi lemak with pork skin curry (RM 5), which comes with fragrant santan rice, salted peanuts and anchovies, half an egg, a few slices of cucumber, sambal, and a rather generous portion of pork skin curry.

nasi lemak with curry pork skin, what more can you I ask for?
nasi lemak with curry pork skin, what more can you I ask for

And boy it was a very satisfying breakfast indeed. The curry was flavorful, the rice fragrant, and pork skin did not disappoint at all with its perfect texture. I cleared the plate pretty fast.

A glass of cold Ah Weng Koh Hainanese Tea made for perfect companion as well.

I cleared the plate within minutes, yums
I cleared the plate within minutes, yums

Other than pork skin curry, Ann’s Nasi Lemak also offers nasi lemak with pork (RM 6), with curry chicken drumstick (RM 7), with anchovies (RM 4), with sambal cockles (RM 5), with sambal squid (RM 6), economy meehun or mee (RM 2.30), and glutinous rice (RM 3.50). Of course, you can always add additional ingredients to make up your personal version of breakfast for champions.

Other non-halal nasi lemak includes the one at Segambut Hoi Kee kopitiam and 6 to 10 Nasi Lemak and Grill.

map to Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)

Address:
Ann Nasi Lemak 
Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang) 
Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.14340, 101.71664
Tel: 016-364 5959
Hoursbreakfast and brunch

Breakfast is of course, the most important meal of the day, so I usually make it a point to wake up a little earlier to feed myself before heading to the office.

Riding to work enable me to have quite a lot of flexibility when it comes trying out new places for breakfast, and for a while, Pudu, or more specifically, the area behind Berjaya Times Square was the where I was exploring. Here are four different places with four hawker offerings I find worthy of repeated  visits.

All of these places operate from before 8 am and most have been in business for decades.

Hakka noodle at Jalan Sayur, brisk business in the morning
Hakka noodle at Jalan Sayur

The Hakka noodle at Jalan Sayur is originated from Dabu county, a district of Meizhou, Guangdong Province of China, center of Hakka culture. The noodle comes with a side of wantan soup and serves with minced pork, chasiu, and vegetable.

The minced pork is the key ingredient here that some prefer over the chasiu, but I like the varying texture provide by both types of meat. Business is brisk in the morning, table sharing is common.

“Da Bu Mien” (大埔面) | Jalan Sayur, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur | Hours: breakfast to late lunch

wantan mee at restaurant good friend
wantan mee at restaurant good friend

For those who loves a plate of old school wantan mee, the stall at Restaurant Good Friend is a definitely a place worth visiting. The ingredients is similar to the Hakka noodle above, but they do taste rather different.

The noodle is springy, wantan delicious, and it is every bit a great execution of wantan mee if you’re a fan of one. There’s even a bit of fried pork lard as well, one of my favorite ingredients in any food.

The guy manning the stall looks to be at least in his late 60s of 70s, and I’m guessing he’s been doing this for a long time.

Wantan Mee @ Restaurant Good Friend | Jalan Brunei (behind Caltex), Pudu, Kuala Lumpur) |Hours: breakfast to lunch

Seremban style pork noodle at Lorong Brunei
Seremban style pork noodle at Lorong Brunei 2

At the corner of Lorong Brunei 2 and Jalan 1/77C, you’ll find a pretty old school shack under a tree that offers something pretty unique – Seremban style pork ball noodle.

Like most other pork ball noodle, there’s a choice for dry or soupy version. There’s the home made pork balls, ‘fuchok’, and your choice of noodle. What you also get here is the rather interesting chili flakes on top of the noodle that gave it a very different kick. Those who loves spicy food will enjoy this a lot.

Seremban Pork Noodle | Lorong Brunei 2 & Jalan 1/77C, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur | 016-396 8976 | Hours: breakfast to lunch

pork noodle at restaurant Yuyi
pork noodle at restaurant Yuyi

For those who prefers a bowl of pork noodle with everything thrown in, the pork noodle stall at Yuyi kopitiam is the one to go.

Pork slices, minced pork, coagulated blood, liver, intestine, and even pork kidney are all available. I also love the fact that they serve meesuah in addition with your usual choices of yellow noodle, meehun, and kuih teow. The only down side at this place is the wait time. If you can’t afford to wait for at least 15-20+ minutes, this place isn’t for you, and they probably have too many customers to handle anyway. It is very delicious though!

Pork Noodle at Restaurant Yuyi | Jalan Brunei & Lorong Brunei 2, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur | Hours: breakfast to lunch