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Many of you know that one of my favorite restaurants in the whole Klang Valley is this fish noodle place called B & Best at Kelana Jaya, a place I go without fail at least once a month. To me, a proper bowl of soupy kuih teow or mee suah with fresh seafood is the ultimate comfort food one can ask for.

Knowing my preference, Alan, a diving friend of mine texted and suggest that I should also give this other seafood noodle place a try – Pong Kee at Jalan Ipoh, so I did.

Pong Kee Seafood Noodle at Restoran 88, Jalan Ipoh
Pong Kee Seafood Noodle at Restoran 88, Jalan Ipoh

Pong Kee is a stall located at Restoran 88, a kopitiam at Jalan Batu Ambar, just off the main stretch of Jalan Ipoh. It is the biggest stall in the kopitiam, you can’t miss it. Parking can be slightly challenging at this area but shouldn’t be a problem if you’re willing to walk a few steps.

Like most seafood noodle places, they actually offers both noodle (kuih teow, yellow noodle, mee suah, mihun), and porridge to go with a selection of seafood, including different species of fish, lala, oysters, abalone, and so forth.

tiger garupa and fresh oysters with kueh teow
tiger garupa and fresh oysters with kueh teow

My choice of the day right after a rigorous futsal session was tiger garupa & oyster (RM 24) in kuih teow. The soup base was subtle, and the portion was actually pretty decent with probably a palm full of decent size oysters and expertly cut fish fillet. While there’s no awesome sambal like they have at B & Best, this version is more than competent in itself.

comfort food with fresh fish in soup and noodle
comfort food with fresh fish in soup and noodle

For those who are from this side of Klang Valley, this is definitely a worthy fish noodle place to check out, and Pong Kee also definitely has some die-hard fans. Check out the exchange below after I posted the short video on my FB page.

B&Best vs Pong Kee

map to Pong Kee seafood noodle, Jalan Ipoh

Address:
Pong Kee Seafood Noodle
Restoran 88
4-1, Jalan Batu Ambar, Taman Kok Lian,
51200 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.202415, 101.674460
Tel 016-379 0181

For the past one year plus, I visit MyDentist pretty much every other week for my invisalign treatment, and every now and then, I do ask the good people in the clinic for lunch suggestions at and around Jalan Ipoh area.

A couple weeks ago, I was introduced to this nameless chicken rice stall that I think worth mentioning here.

Chicken Rice stall without a name Off Jalan Ipoh just behind HSBC
Chicken Rice stall without a name Off Jalan Ipoh just behind HSBC

The stall is located pretty much right behind HSBC, just opposite Aeon Big entrance and right beside the river. There’s no name and it is more like a make shift shelter than a proper shop, though there’s fans, lights, and plenty of tables.

I order fried chicken though they have char siu and roast pork too
I order fried chicken though they have char siu and roast pork too

I had the roast chicken with a side of pork balls here, but like most chicken rice stalls, they also have roast pork, charsiu, and steamed chicken.

The chicken really juicy and succulent, and those pork balls (wished I ordered more) really hit the spots. The rice too was rather fragrant and best of all, the chili was one of the best I’ve tried. Spicy, aromatic, and really brings out the flavor of the chicken and pork ball. I will go back here just for the chili alone.

the pork ball is yummy as well
the pork ball is yummy as well

With drinks, this was less than RM 10, and I was properly satisfied. I have a feeling I will be back here again pretty soon.

map to Dee Kee Winner's Chicken Rice Off Jalan Ipoh

Address:
Chicken Rice Stall
Jalan Selvadurai
Off Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.178409, 101.683215

I first got to know about red wine mee suah from having a bowl at Suan’s sister’s place, with her mom being the cook. I was intrigued by this simple yet unique dish. From then on, I was hooked… and didn’t know where I could find them outside of Foochow strongholds like Sibu & Sitiawan.

Chin Heng Restaurant, Off Jalan Ipoh
Chin Heng Restaurant, Off Jalan Ipoh

Then one day after one of my dental visit for invisalign check up at Mydentist.my at Jalan Ipoh, I somehow ended up at Chin Heng kopitiam while looking for a quick lunch.

Looking at the big menu plastered on the wall, I found it! Red wine mee suah! I gotta have it, so I did.

Foo Chow style red wine mee suah
Foo Chow style red wine mee suah

The red wine mee suah (RM 9) here comes with plenty of ginger with stripes of mushroom and chunks of chicken. The soup isn’t as thick as I wanted, but according to the operator (2nd generation foochow from China) you can always ask to have less soup and they’ll prepare it to be thicker. It is a pretty good version nonetheless.

Restaurant Chin Heng also serves lamb chop, chicken chop, pork chop, and quite a variety of noodle/kuih teow. It is pretty popular with the office crowd nearby, but I think it is a place to check out even if you don’t work nearby.

Chin Heng restaurant, Sentul

Address:
Chin Heng kopitiam
Jalan Selvadurai, Sentul,
51200 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.177289, 101.682162
Hours: Mon-Sat 7 am to 4 pm

One of the most ubiquitous lunch dishes in Malaysia must be the chicken rice. A plate of aromatic rice cooked with the essence of chicken oil, a serving of chicken that’s cut into bite sizes, slices of cucumber for that crunchy freshness, and of course, the all important chili paste.

fried chicken rice "shop" under the big tree
fried chicken rice “shop” under the big tree, with Winnie

Most chicken rice in KL falls under two categories – steamed chicken and roast chicken, but if you look closer, there are several other sub-categories that aren’t as popular, but tastes equally awesome as well (soya sauce chicken and fried chicken, for example.)

Today I’m going to introduce you to this version of fried chicken rice at Segambut that is probably different from any other chicken rice places I’ve tried in KL so far.

The stall/shop is located under a big tree among the light industrial area, so naturally the name is 大樹頭, or “tai shu dao” in Cantonese. Parking isn’t too big a problem, though locating the shop can be somewhat challenging if you’re not aided by a GPS device.

I always ask for whole leg and thigh, love the chili paste too
I always ask for whole leg and thigh, love the chili paste too

I always go for the whole leg portion here (RM 8), basically a drumstick + thigh cut that is almost a double portion of meat from what you usually get at other chicken rice stalls. The deep fried but not battered chicken has a crunchy skin with an unmistakeable belacan aroma. The meat too is soft and juicy despite being fried.

Additionally, the chili paste here is one of the best I’ve tried as well. Purists of chicken rice will agree that the chili paste is often the most important ingredient in a plate of good chicken rice.

So if you’re up for something slightly different in a traditional dish, this place is definitely worth checking out. The other similar place I could think of would be Jiang He kopitiam at Imbi.

map to segambut chicken rice

Address:
Segambut Chicken Rice
Intersection of Persiaran Segambut Tengah &
Lorong Segambut Pusat 1
Segambut, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.185151, 101.677973
Hours: 11 am to 3 pm

One of my favorite kopitiams to go to when I find myself at Segambut area is Hoi Kee, located at the corner just opposite RHB bank.

Coincidentally, for those of you who follow my instagram account (@kyspeaks), you might know that I almost always order the jawa mee here.

Penang style curry mee at Hoi Kee kopitiam
Hoi Kee kopitiam at Segambut

My favorite jawa mee around, at Segambut Hai Keng kopitiam. Slurps. #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #segambut #jawamee

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The jawa mee is offered by the same stall that also sells Penang curry mee (the version without pork blood). Operated by a couple who were originally from Penang, the dishes offered by them is more than legit.

segambut hoi kee jawa mee
a wholesome plate of Penang jawa mee

Unlike other more glamorous Penang hawker dishes, Jawa mee gets little attention from most people. In fact, the difference between jawa mee and mee rebus mamak isn’t particularly big. Both versions come with prawn fritters, potato, tofu, and cuttle fish, but the sauce used for Jawa mee (usually offered by Chinese hawkers) has a stronger tomato taste to it.

Additionally, jawa mee comes with a version of sambal that is usually absent from mee rebus. What I know is that I really enjoy the version offered by this particular stall

If nasi lemak with pork is your thing, you should also visit this same kopitiam.

 

map to Hoi Kee at Segambut

Address:
Kedai Kopi & Makanan Hoi Kee
No. 2, Jalan Segambut Tengah,
Segambut, 51200 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.18564, 101.67633