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While Penang and Ipoh hawker dishes have been a mainstay in Klang Valley for decades, Sarawakian cuisine seems to be just starting to make its mark here, a welcoming sign to those who loves hawker fare for sure. One of the latest to join the scene is Da Niu Sarawake Kuching Kolomee at PJ.

Restoran Tropikiri, Bukit Mayang Emas
Restoran Tropikiri, Bukit Mayang Emas

Ah Niu sets up stall at the cheekily named Restoran Tropikiri at Bukit Mayang Emas, a stone’s throw away from the rather “atas” neighbourhood of Tropicana, while also easily accessible from Bandar Utama and PJ via Kampung Chempaka.

Plenty of parking space by the same row of shops, though you may have to walk a few steps.

Da Niu stall is operated by Da Niu himself and the wife Heidi since early Q2 2018, both hailed from the land of the hornbills.

Da Niu Sarawak Kolomee
Da Niu Sarawak Kolomee

The Sarawak kolomee is of Da Niu’s own recipe, and comes with the normal or “red” version with those yummy chasiu sauce (strongly recommend going with the latter).

In a bowl of kolomee you’ll also find chasiu, fried wantan, minced pork, and an accompanying small bowl of soup. The chasiu was one of the better ones for sure, soft, juicy, and full of flavor, do tell them if you like it fatty or lean and they are more than happy to accommodate.

very good chasiu & love those springy noodle
very good chasiu & love those springy noodle

I also particularly enjoy the accompanying soup, which has a lot more going on than your typical wantan mee bland tasting soup that doesn’t do anything other than offering a way to wet your noodle.

With the springy, curly noodle and everything that goes on here, this is becoming one of my favorite kolomee now.

Other than kolomee, they also offer Sarawak Laksa. In fact, I had actually tried the laksa first before going again for the kolomee on second trip.

Sarawak laksa is quite legit too
Sarawak laksa is quite legit too

The Sarawak laksa comes with the usual ingredients of bean sprout, sea prawns, eggs, cilantro, and shredded chicken. I thought it tasted pretty decent though with a bit of room for improvement.

According to Heidi, Kuching style laksa is usually a little less creamy, but that does not seem to resonate with the taste buds of those in Klang Valley, so it is something they’re still working on.

For now though, I’d certainly go back for that kolomee!

map to Restoran Tropikiri kopitiam

Address:
Da Niu Sarawak Kuching Kolomee
Restoran Tropikiri
2, Jalan BM 1/2,
Taman Bukit Mayang Emas,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.125287, 101.595897
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Kuih Teow Soup is one of those Penang hawker food that receive very little attention in Klang Valley, and I believe this is mostly due to the fact that pork noodle and the KL style fishball noodle (very subtle differences) serves most of the same demographic that gravitates towards this type of dishes.

do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara
do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara

Here’s the subtle differences in these three types of noodle soup, even though their broth are all clear and choice of noodle is usually kuih teow (flat rice noodle):

  • pork noodle – major ingredients of pork slices, innards, and even pork balls, sometimes you get to add poached egg, no bean sprouts
  • KL style fish ball noodle – fish ball, fish cake, bean sprout, mustard green
  • Penang kuih teow soup – fish ball, fish cake, chicken/pork/duck meat slices, bean sprouts, sometimes with coagulated duck/chicken blood, spring onion

So in essence, kuih teow soup has a more complex taste when compared to plain old fish ball noodle, while being not as savory and heavy as pork noodle.

For a proper bowl of Penang kuih teow soup in Klang Valley, my favorite at the moment is the hawker stall at Do Re Mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara. It is one of the very few places in town that serves kuih teow soup with duck meat. Duck meat is an ingredient that you don’t often find in hawker dishes in KL, I suppose mostly due to cost, and perhaps lesser appreciation from the public.

kuih teow th'ng, with duck meat
kuih teow th’ng, with duck meat

If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup in it’s proper form, this is surely a place to check out. Let me know if you have other favorites of yours to share.

map to restaurant doremi 123, Ara Damansara

Address:
Restaurant DoReMi 123
Jalan PJU 1a/20b
Ara Damansara 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.119897, 101.579194

Sungai Way, situated across from Heineken factory divided by Federal Highway, is a pretty old part of Petaling Jaya. The main road at Sungai Way has a few rows of shop houses near the morning wet market and police station, with a few kopitiam open for business, which make for a perfect spot for weekday breakfasts.

Nasi Lemak at Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya
Nasi Lemak at Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya

Arguably, the busiest stalls at the center of Sungai Way has got to be the nasi lemak stall at Wing Lee kopitiam, situated just before the wet market if you’re coming from Federal Highway. The little stall operated by a few Chinese ladies always sell out their goods by around 8ish in the morning.

So I decided to take a stab at what they have to offer.

Chinese nasi lemak at Sungai Way, the kopitiam next to wet market. They usually sold out before 9am. #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #nasilemak #sungaiway

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Other than the standard hard boiled egg, deep fried anchovies, peanuts, fresh cucumber, and sambal on coconut milk rice, there are also a couple add-ons you can ask for to spice up the dish, namely cuttlefish, potato, and curry chicken.

love my nasi lemak with potato curry & cuttlefish
love my nasi lemak with potato curry & cuttlefish

While I find that this version of nasi lemak isn’t the most fragrant when it comes to the amount of santan in the rice, the coconut & curry chicken were on point, and I also particularly like their the texture of their cuttlefish.

Overall it is not hard to see why they sell out so early in the morning. Prices are reasonable, and the nasi lemak is certainly above average. Will tapao for work again!

map to Heng Lee kopitiam, Sungai Way

Address:
Nasi Lemak at Sungai Way
Kedai Kopi Wing Lee
Jalan SS 9a/1,
Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya
Selangor
GPS: 3.086479, 101.620678
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The inner part of Ara Damansara away from the slightly more glamorous Oasis Square area used to be quite a bit of hidden area of PJ that’s not exactly a gem. There were a few less than interesting kopitiam, and an ill fated then-new commercial area by the name of New Ze Xui that eventually died a natural death. It was quite sad, and I know that full well as I used to stay at the nearby Crimson Apartment when I first moved to KL for work.

Well, that all matters little when the owner of Jatujak Bangkok Street Food decided to set up shop and provided a little spark to the area, I suppose you could call it a hidden gem.

Jatujak Bangkok Street Food at Ara Damansara
Jatujak Bangkok Street Food at Ara Damansara

Being located at this part of PJ with little else going has its benefits, especially when it comes to parking. The shop itself too get to occupy quite a decent alfresco area since there isn’t any other competition nearby, which all translate to a good start to any dining experience.

Dinner at Jatujak Bangkok street food at Ara Damansara, tomyam, petai prawn, salt baked fish, and kerang bakar. Good, authentic stuff. And they serve everything in 10 mins! #kyeats #thaifood #aradamansara #tomyam #petai

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Haze and I paid our first visit there a couple weeks ago when we met up with Lance for our first, and his second dinner in the same day at the same place. It’s always a good sign when someone is game to visit the same place more than once on the same week, much less the same day.

salt grilled tilapia, petai prawn, clear soup tomyam
salt grilled tilapia, petai prawn, clear soup tomyam

The menu at Jatujak is quite extensive, they have a good selection of seafood, tomyam, otak otak, and other typical Thai “tai chao” style food, as well as grilled items, and even pork dishes.

For dinner, we ordered four dishes to go with rice, and a few desserts to boot. All our main dishes came within 5-10 minutes despite the crowd, something that few restaurants manage to deliver, I was very impressed to say the least.

The salt grilled tilapia (RM 39) was our main dish, the fish properly prepared just the way you’d find by the streets of Bangkok, and we didn’t need to wait for 20+ minutes like we did at Tigerlily, and I thought it was actually a more than decent dish.

grilled cockles, this was really awesome
grilled cockles, this was really awesome

Clear tomyam soup (RM 22) was proper hot and did not disappoint, while the petai prawn (RM 30) could perhaps use more petai than prawns, but my favorite dish turned out to be the grilled cockles (RM 10), which reminds me of the good times back in the days at Nong & Jimmy, the cockles would go really really well with a cold beer or three.

iced coconut orignal, with red ruby, and with mango
iced coconut original, with red ruby, and with mango

We completed our dinner with a dessert each – coconut shake with ice cream (RM 8), coconut ruby (RM 12), and ice coconut mango (RM 12). Each came in their proper coconut shell as container and were proper rich, sweet, and have their shaved iced so fine they were silky smooth.

I guess it’s no wonder this is one of Lance’s favorite place to dine, and I believe it is also a place I’d revisit pretty soon.

jatujak bangkok street food ara damansara map

Address:
Jatujak @ Siam Bangkok Street Food
B-G-31 Blk B, Jalan PJU 1a/3j,
Taipan Damansara 1 Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.119825, 101.590183
Tel: 03-7859 6359

Over the CNY period my family and I went over to Aman Suria to meet up with a couple cousins for lunch. At the time was also a period when my dear friend Suanie kept talking about Kesom Kafe and their nasi kerabu basically every few hours, so I decided it was a good venue for us to gather for lunch.

Cafe Kesom, they could use a bigger sign board tho
Cafe Kesom, they could use a bigger sign board tho

Well, to start, it took me a couple go-around to locate Kesom. See, the restaurant is located right below blook warehouse (same owner apparently), whose signboard is about 10x bigger than the tiny little yellow-on-white Kesom board located behind some plants.

It’s like they purposely want to make it difficult.

now that's what I call a sumptuous lunch
now that’s what I call a sumptuous lunch

Once inside though, the treasure hunting effort paid off.

Kesom is tastefully decorated like a modern cafe, but carries some of the most traditional Kelantanese dishes prepared properly and served on wax paper akin to roadside stalls in the East Coast, all for asking price that is more than reasonable.

pulut inti, mee siam, nasi dagang, nasi kerabu
pulut inti, mee siam, nasi dagang, nasi kerabu

The nasi kerabu (RM 8) and nasi dagang (RM 7) were both delicious and packed with all the traditional ingredients you’d expect these dishes to have. The blue rice, chopped greens, meat floss, sambal, and even telur masin were all there. It was superb.

some centerplates to share
some centerplates to share

Additionally, they also offer quite a few dishes for sharing. Ayam goreng berempah (RM 7.90) was crispy and crunchy, gulai ayam kawah and tempe were all rather delicious as well.

For those who likes traditional Malay kuih, I’d also recommend their pulut inti.

good times with family & relatives
good times with family & relatives

After lunch at Kesom, I somehow understood Suanie’s obsession, and while I won’t have the same nasi kerabu 5 times a week, I think anyone who love this traditional Kelantanese dish should pay Kesom a visit.

map to Cafe Kesom

Address:
Cafe Kesom
F-46-G, Jalan PJU 1/45,
Aman Suria,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.120915, 101.596749
Tel: 03-7886 6559