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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

One of the best things to have on a breezy night is a good bowl of herbal soup, and for that, the number one trusted place to be has got to be Keong Kee Herbal Soup in Pudu. In fact, I had an ex-housemate that would bug her boy friend to drive her all the way from PJ to the heart of KL whenever she had the craving for these home-made soup.

Keong Kee Herbal Soup, Pudu
Keong Kee Herbal Soup, Pudu

The restaurant, or stall I should say, is located on a semi open air area under a zinc roof that has rudimentary weather protection, there are no walls or air conditioning, but it is well lit and has ceiling fans serving the customers to counter the tropical heat.

Pudu Keong Kee herbal soup, today we had terrapin soup, chicken wings ginseng soup, and braised lamb. Old school old taste all in RM 35. #kyeats #herbalsoup #terrapinu #pudu #nonhalal

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The menu at Keong Kee is not a large one, and resides only in the memory of the waiters. For the two of us over dinner, we ordered a portion of stewed lamb, a plate of “oily vegetable”, ginseng chicken soup, and a bowl of terrapin soup. Yes, terrapin, or freshwater turtle.

2 soup, vege, stewed lamb
2 soup, vege, stewed lamb

Service was rather prompt, and quality of these soup were really as good as their reputation, the herbal taste were strong, with the meat in both soup dishes as well as the stew cooked to a very soft, tender texture. We really enjoyed it. (the vegetable wasn’t overly “refined” though..).

Dinner came to RM 35 for two pax, pretty cheap for what you get. So if you’re up for some good old fashion double boiled soup in the city, this is surely a place to check out.

ginseng chicken soup & terrapin soup
ginseng chicken soup & terrapin soup

Keong Kee herbal soup, map

Address:
Keong Kee Herbal Soup
Changkat Thambi Dollah,
Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.140476, 101.712528
Tel: 03-2142 0304

A user commented that ever since I moved to Shah Alam, there’s been an influx of Shah Alam & Klang food entries with very few on PJ/KL, so here’s one that I thought is quite timely – the HK style Yung Kee Beef Noodle at Restoran Kwai Hup, Pudu.

UPDATE 02-07-2018: Yung Kee has moved to its own shop just a stone’s throw away at 21, Jalan Kancil

Yung Kee Beef Noodle at Restoran Kwai Hup
Yung Kee Beef Noodle at Restoran Kwai Hup

This is certainly not a new establishment, but one of the really popular hawker eateries that I found out only recently via one of my colleagues.

Yung Kee beef noodle at Pudu is moving to a block behind the current location starting August. Getting my fix today, dry version + beef tendon. #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #hawker #beef #beefnoodle #tendon

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A bit of research revealed that the proprietor spent quite a large chunk of his life in HK and brought the recipe back to Malaysia. The result is a version of beef noodle that is just slightly different from what we are used too. The broth is a little closer to the tangkak version, while the meat and innards are “fall off the bone” soft.

the default mixed beef (牛扎) with soup
the default mixed beef (牛扎) with soup

Quite a few versions of beef noodle is available here.

Standard “ngau lam” style starts at RM 8 and comes with meat, brisket, and beef balls. Portion of beef is rather generous, and the melt in your mouth texture is really hard to beat. This place is becoming one of my favorites right after the first try, and I’ve returned for a few other visits since.

you can order just tendon, soft and tender tendon
you can order just tendon, soft and tender tendon

 

If you’re like me who loves really tender beef tendon, you’re in luck. RM 12 gets you a bowl of beef noodle with nothing but tendon cut in scallop size. Heaven on earth is what this is about, I had this on my first visit and will dream about the beef tendon every now and then.

there's also "American Fat Beef", Angus I suppose
there’s also “American Fat Beef”, striploin I suppose

If you want to get a bit more fancy, they have a RM 25 portion of “American Fat Beef 美国肥肉”, or striploin for your enjoyment. We tried this last weekend and thought while it was good, the striploin doesn’t separate itself as a much more superior product than their regular beef/innards, which was already very very good.

Additionally, I’ve read that they have Angus beef every now and then (especially on weekends) if you want to indulge yourself further more. Feel free to ask for recommendations.

For me though, I’ll be back for their regular “ngau lam” with extra tendons pretty often from now on, I suspect.

map to Kwai Hup kopitiam, Yung Kee Beef Noodle

Address:
Yung Kee Beef Noodle
Restoran Kwai Hup
24, Jalan Kancil, Off Jalan Landak
55100 Pudu, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.136191, 101.712989
Tel: 012-215 8009
Hours: 8 am to 2-3 pm

Yung Kee beef noodle at pudu for breakfast today. They do serve till lunch time and always packed on weekends. Best time to come is still weekday breakfasts if you ask me #kyeats #breakfast #beefnoodle #pudu

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Many of you undoubtedly know that Jalan Sayur in Pudu is one of the best places to go for supper. The street is closed for vehicular traffic at night and transformed itself to a Malaysian style alfresco dining area with little regards to proper hygiene or safety code, just the way we like it.

However, there are also a some delicious stuff to be had if you’re a breakfast person.

wantan mee at Jalan Sayur
wantan mee stall at Jalan Sayur

Head into the street in the morning and go all the way until the end (pass Chun Kee Hakka Noodle) and you’ll find a shack on your ride, just across the church.

In the morning, they serve a selection of familiar breakfast dishes – wantan mee, curry mee, chicken horfun and so forth. The best part though, is that you can sorta make a combination of different things, if you like.

a bit of curry gives this version of wantan mee a good kick
a bit of curry gives this version of wantan mee a good kick

And today I just want to point out that if you order a plate of wantan mee, add some minced meat, and then pour a bit of those thick & creamy curry sauce on top, you’ll end up with something that makes your stomach happy for the rest of the morning.

So if you’re around town for breakfast, check this place out.

map to Jalan Sayur hawker center

Address:
Jalan Sayur,
Off Jalan Pudu,
55100 Pudu,
Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.135208, 101.713051
Hoursbreakfast

When it comes to curry mee, I usually prefer the Penang variety with prawns, cockles, cuttlefish, and coagulated pork blood. However, that does not mean that I don’t enjoy the occasional Central Malaysia type of curry mee with a different set of ingredients, I just usually don’t purposely look for them.

curry mee stall at Madras Lane, Petaling Street
curry mee stall at Madras Lane, Petaling Street

Actually, the only reason I discovered this curry mee stall at Madras Lane was from a failed attempt to try the famous yong tau foo located at the same place since I went there way too early (before their usual 10 am opening hour.)
curry mee with pork skin, cockles, and more

Anyway, this curry mee came with cockles that were just perfect, they were big, juicy, and almost raw. Then there’s those yummy deep fried pork skin, a few slices of eggplants, long beans, and tofupok in those thick curry gravy, which comes together making perfect compliments to the noodles with addition of those fragrant sambal.

I’m not a huge fan of KL curry mee, but this one is good. Try it.

map to Madras Lane yong tau foo, Petaling Street

Address:
Madras Curry Mee
Lorong Bandar 20
Off Jalan Petaling
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.143600, 101.697142
Hours: breakfast and lunch, from about 8 am (Off Mondays)