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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

Imbi market is fast becoming one of my favorite breakfast places on weekday mornings. It’s not too far from work, has a parking spot for my bike (paid car parking right next to the market), and excellent breakfast choices.

A few days ago, I tried the widely acclaimed Bunn Choon mini egg tarts for the first time.

Bunn Choon egg tart, since 1893
Bunn Choon egg tart, since 1893

The banner that hangs over at Bunn Choon egg tart stall says that it’s been in operation since 1893, which means that this place existed before my great grandparents were born. I suspect that modern equipment such as the electric ovens were probably not being used back then to bake these goodies, but it seemed that the younger generation owners managed to keep the recipe intact, keeping the sterling reputation of this little stall over the years.

tried the almond tart, charsiu tart, and egg tart
tried the almond tart, charsiu pie, and egg tart

For breakfast, I tried their almond tart, chasiu pie, and their famous egg tart (all for RM 4.40).

With business always brisk, you always get the pasty fresh and often still very warm. The egg tart creamy, soft, and flavorful, goes very well with a glass of hot coffee (doesn’t pair so well with Hainanese tea I think). The almond tart was not overly sweet and carries a subtle almond taste. Chasiu tart crispy on the outside and moist inside, with delicious bits of pork threatening to ooze out if you don’t chew it down quick enough.

If you are looking for some good old fashion Chinese pastry to go or for a quick breakfast, this would be a place to check out.

map to Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)

Address:
Bunn Choon Egg Tart
Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)
Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.14340, 101.71664
Tel: 03-9075 5625/ 012-254 7625
Hours: breakfast and brunch

While roast duck and chicken are fairly common, roast goose is a dish that is pretty hard to come by. However, within stones throw to each other, you can find three different places offering this dish at around Jalan Pasar in KL.

Not long ago, I checked out one of the stalls at the area by the name of Chen Chen Hong Kong Roast Goose.

Chen Chen roast goose stall off Jalan Pasar
Chen Chen roast goose stall off Jalan Pasar

Chen Chen Roast Goose isn’t exactly a restaurant, the stall is located by the side of shops at the intersection of Jalan Seladang and Lorong Yap Hin. There’s tin roof and semi-permanent table and chair set up, but no luxury amenities such as wifi, fan, toilet, or wash basin.

The chef himself though, dressed up as if he’s working in a high class 5-star hotel, which is as professional as hawker operator goes.

roast goose for a single portion
roast goose for a single portion

Chen Chen actually offers more than just roast goose, there’s also roast chicken, roast duck, roast turky, roast piglet, roast pork, char siu, vinegar pork leg, and sour + spicy soup. Quite an offering for a road side stall, really.

bottom 1/4 roast goose, with "sour and spicy" vegetable soup
bottom 1/4 roast goose, with “sour and spicy” vegetable soup

A single serving of roast goose with rice goes for RM 9 and the portion is more than sufficient. The meat tender and the taste is not entirely different from roast duck, but there is a slightly more gamey taste, and overall there’s also more meat and slightly fatter. I like it.

Half a goose would cost RM 65, as compared to RM 50 for whole roast duck, so you can imagine that roast goose is quite a fair bit more expensive (and larger) than duck.

KY & Sheng, over two different visits
KY & Sheng, over two different visits

I find the sour and spicy soup here is rather average, but that’s perhaps I’m spoiled from the excellent version served up at Peng Heong Hakka Paikut at Klang.

While most other places serve steamed rice to go with roast duck/goose, Chen Chen offers a version of their yellow rice that carries a unique faint flavor that I can only describe as a cross between briyani and chicken rice, but much subtler. I  believe it is made with turmeric and butter.

If you’re up for some roast goose, this would be a decent place to try.

map to Chen Chen roast goose at Jalan Pasar

Address:
Chen Chen Roast Goose
Jalan Seladang,
Off Lorong Yap Hin, Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.13612, 101.71560
Tel: 012-233 3083
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm daily

The area behind Berjaya Times Square is a bit of a time capsule in one of the busiest part of KL. Activities usually starts at around 7:30 in the morning, with various old school restaurants (aka coffee shops) serving breakfast to the early risers.

pork noodle at Restaurant Yuyi, Pudu
pork noodle at Restaurant Yuyi, Pudu

One of the busiest restaurants at the area is Kedai Kopi Yuyi located at Jalan Brunei, a coffee shop I have the privilege of visiting quite a number of occasions.

Whenever in a kopitiam I’m not familiar, my instinct always tell me to order from the busiest stall, which in this case, it’s the pork noodle.

glorious bowl of pork noodle with everything in it
glorious bowl of pork noodle with everything in it

Wait time is actually quite substantial and can be up to 20+ minutes even in the early mornings, but the resulting pork noodle is quite excellent – there’s pork blood, liver, kidney, minced pork ball, intestine, and pork slices; basically everything you could ask for in a bowl of pork noodle. To top it off, the broth is very sweet & savory as well. I love it.

pork blood and kidney, two of my favorite ingredients
pork blood and kidney, two of my favorite ingredients

The pork noodle goes for RM 6 per bowl and you can choose from meehun, meesuah, mee, or vits noodle. Happy eating!

map to Restaurant Yuyi at Pudu

Address:
Kedai Kopi Yuyi
Jalan Brunei, Pudu
Kuala Lumpur 55100
GPS: 3.137573, 101.712120

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