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While Penang and Ipoh hawker food has been quite a staple in Klang Valley, what Sarawak has to offer has just recently enter a lot of street food lover’s radar. And when it comes to Sarawakian simple eats, none is more popular than a good old fashion bowl of Sarawak Laksa.

Restaurant NZX Food Court, at Ara Damansara
Restaurant NZX Food Court, at Ara Damansara

One of the latest places to offer a good bowl is the newly revived NZX at Ara Damansara. NZX, or Niuzexui, was once the latest and hippest commercial area in PJ when it first opened several years ago. There were Starbucks, Big Apple donuts (when it was at its peak), and many more. I mean, it had semi-outdoor air conditioning, the place was great.

Finally the Sarawak laksa at NZX food court, why wasn’t this place here when I was staying at Crimson? This version is legit, if it’s good enough for @annna86 it’s certainly good for me #kyeats #breakfast #sarawaklaksa #petalingjaya #nzx #nonhalal

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The biggest issue around NZX though, was access roads. You had to go through a dodgy and often congested tunnel under NKVE to get there via Taman Emas in PJ.

The access has been sorted out since, and there’s even the Lembah Subang LRT station just a stone’s throw away, so it was prime that NZX is experiencing a bit of a revival of late.

proper Sarawak Laksa, with decent size prawns too
proper Sarawak Laksa, with decent size prawns too

Anyway, back onto the laksa Sarawak.

I was first notified about this place by one of the people who now manages the area, and after Anna Wong (a proper Sarawakian) gave her approval of this stall, I knew I had to give it a try.

And true to what the Sarawakian girl said, the laksa here was proper (at least to me). The soup was on point, and ingredients were rather generous. I also like the fact that they do not skimp on those prawns. It was quite a treat.

Penang char kuih teow here is decent as well
Penang char kuih teow here is decent as well

Oh, there are other stalls at this kopitiam as well. The char kuih teow I had on my first visit when the Sarawak stall sold out was pretty decent as well. I still need to try their kuih chap and other dishes.

nzx food court map

The one food that you absolutely must try when in Sabah is of course, their seafood. Situated by South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu is blessed with some of the best the ocean has to offer.

And when it comes to KK seafood, the locals definitely have their own list of restaurants they prefer – Welcome Seafood at Penampang is one of those places.

Welcome Seafood, at Penampang, Sabah
Welcome Seafood, at Penampang, Sabah

The restaurant is situated some 10 KM away from the city at this place called Fu Guan Industrial Centre. Parking can be a bit of a challenge especially on weekends as the place is almost always packed with locals looking for a good meal.

Another awesome dinner last night thanks to Ben. At Welcome Seafood restaurant, the original Penampang beach. Fresh and yummeh no nonsense preparation. #kyeats #seafood #kotakinabalu #penampang #sabah

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Modus operandi here isn’t too different from many other seafood restaurants – pick your fresh catch or live seafood, weigh them, and get the restaurant to prepare them in the cooking method of your choice.

clams, fresh shrimps, and steamed jewel garupa
clams, fresh shrimps, and steamed jewel garupa

Since it was just Ben and myself, we were pretty modest on our visit. We had live clams with leek and onion, steamed live prawns, and a portion of steamed deep sea jewel garupa with soya sauce.

When the seafood is of good quality, you want the preparation method to be as simple as possible to bring out the natural sweetness.

the coconut jelly is a must order too
the coconut jelly is a must order too

True to Welcome Seafood and Sabah’s reputation, the meal was absolutely top notch. The seafood was fresh, and the value offered was very very hard to beat, all those for RM 124.00.

If you’re there, be sure to leave some stomach space for their coconut jelly too!

welcome seafood penampang map

Address:
Welcome Seafood Restaurant
652, Jalan Penampang Lama,
Fu Guan Industrial Centre,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS5.926457, 116.094067
Tel016-623 2388
Webhttp://www.wsr.com.my/

My brother works at Sungai Petani, and the passion towards food runs in the family, so whenever I’m up north at his place, he always make sure there’s something interesting to try.

On my last visit it, it was something I’ve never had before – Prawn mee with salted pork.

May Lin kopitiam's hokkien mee stall
May Lin kopitiam’s hokkien mee stall

Salted pork is one ingredient that I’ve never really seen anywhere else. It is a delicacy among locals here that’s made from fatty bits of pork with some chunks of meat not entirely unlike pork cracklings – crunchy, full of flavor, and in this case,a bit salty too.

Hokkien mee with salt pork (similar to pork crackling) teochew style delicacy, at May Lin kopitiam for supper, Sungai Petani. #kyeats #pork #sungaipetani #hokkienmee #prawnmee #nonhalal

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One place to have this is at May Lin kopitiam, one of the popular spots for late dinner and supper among the locals.

prawn mee with salt pork, the Sg. Petani way
prawn mee with salt pork, the Sg. Petani way

The prawn mee stall offers both hokkien mee and loh mee, with a number of “extras” – including prawns, intestine, pork ribs, and of course – salt pork.

For anyone who loves pork crackles or lard, the salt pork is definitely the way to go. It really adds a great dimension to the entire dish, especially after the good bits soaks up some prawn mee soup, heaven!

grilled chicken wings as centreplate
grilled chicken wings as centreplate

May Lin also have stalls offering BBQ chicken wings, satey, loh bak, and so forth. We’ve tried wings & satey and these definitely make for good side dishes.

map to May Lin kopitiam, Sungai Petani

Address:
May Lin Kopitiam
552, Jalan Kuala Ketil,
Kampung Sungai Tongka,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
GPS5.638794, 100.493260
Hours: 7pm to midnight

As a Penangite, I’m always on the lookout for a good plate of Jawa Mee, one of those Penang hawker dishes that receive little attention outside the island. For those who may not be familiar, jawa mee is basically the Chinese version interpretation of Mee Rebus.

Parkway kopitiam Jawa Mee, Subang Jaya SS 19
Park Way kopitiam Jawa Mee, Subang Jaya SS 19

When I posted an instagram video of the jawa mee at Segambut (one of my favorites), my friend Julea (also from up North) suggests that I should check out this stall at Restoran Park Way in Subang SS 19.

I did just that.

Trying out the penang style jawa mee at Park Way kopitiam, Subang Jaya SS19. I like it, legit. Will return. #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #hawker #nonhalal #jawamee

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The kopitiam operates in the morning to about brunch time, and just like the stall at Segambut, this one also offers another Penang delicacy – Prawn Mee. Of course, I went ahead and asked for jawa mee.

Jawa Mee is basically a Chinese version of Mee Rebus
Jawa Mee is basically a Chinese version of Mee Rebus

The version here come complete with every ingredient that makes up a proper plate of jawa mee – crackers, the indian kuih thingy, tofu, eggs, lime, vege, potato, and even a few slices of red chili for that extra color. I thought the chili paste was the only slight weak point in this plate of otherwise very on point jawa mee. Will visit again for sure.

parkway kopitiam map, Subang Jaya

Address:
Restoran Park Way
1, Jalan SS 19/6c, Ss 19,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.064752, 101.579960

I’m always on the lookout for new bak kut teh places, and since we now stay a stone’s throw away from Klang, this isn’t an issue at all when there are some 400-500 BKT stalls/restaurants in the area.

Teong Bak Kut Teh, Klang
Teong Bak Kut Teh, Klang

My latest exploit was this old bak kut teh restaurant by the name of Teong Bak Kut Teh situated at Jalan Miri right across the more popular Nan Feng bkt restaurant, which is also one of our regular go-tos.

Trying this old school bak kut teh at Jalan Miri, the small road opposite Nan Feng bkt. Really soft meat with melt in your mouth fatty part. One of those old neighborhood favorites that’s not found on insta map. The road is short tho you can’t miss it. Came here since I recalled @z35s saying good things about it. #kyeats #breakfast #bakkutteh #klang #pork #nonhalal

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Teong is one of those restaurants that is so old when the sign board is first hung on top of the shop, internet didn’t exist, and you still have to physically dial the phone instead of  pressing buttons. If a shop is this old, chances are there’re good reasons they’re still around.

pua pui chiak - my favorite cut
pua pui chiak – my favorite cut

After hearing a friend mentioned about his friend who may have said some good things about Teong BKT, I decided to pay a visit. The restaurant is set up like most other BKT places, with plastic chairs & tables, a “kitchen” by the front, and kettles with boiling water for your tea making convenience.

what's a better way to start the day?
what’s a better way to start the day?

I ordered a portion of pua pui chiak (half fat half lean) for brunch. The bak kut teh came in a small china bowl with the meat almost as tender as the version at Teck Seong, and a soup base that’s not overly thick but still carries a good herbal note, with a hint of sweetness in a good way. As for condiments, you have fried shallots, chili padi, and soya sauce – plenty good enough in my book.

Teong BKT is now in my “will return for more” list of BKT places in Klang.

 map to Teong Bak Kut Teh

Address:
Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Teong
Jalan Miri, 41400, Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.0521, 101.448601
Hours: breakfast and brunch