Penangites always love a proper plate of char kuih teow and would usually regards CKT prepared by non Penang Hokkien as a bit of suspect. So naturally, most of us probably won’t sample char kuih teow manned by a Malay operator, since it’s .. well, usually not at all similar to the “original” version in which we’re familiar with.
It’s a game of fire and showmanship
However, being a food writer, it is also very important to be open and be willing to try all sorts of food and dishes, including those that may looked to be going against my “cultural heritage”, a decision which brought me to many wonderful surprises and great experience, including this kuih teow basah stall at SS15 that I tried a short while ago.
The stall operates out of a van usually parked just outside the SS15 wet market on Jalan SS15/8a. There’ll be a few ad hoc tables set up right next it, comfort isn’t of any particular emphasis.
The cooking though, was a bit of a show, with flames threatening to blow up the entire operations, though any experienced hawker adventurer would find this a welcoming sight. And indeed it was!
simple looking kuih teow basah, but oh so delicious
The resulting plate of kuih teow was nothing like the type I’m familiar with, it came with kuih teow (of course), egg, bean sprout, cockles, and a couple prawns with shells still on. It was also really wet, and spicy in a way that’s different from what I’m used to, yet it was very delicious in its own way, with the sauce packing a strong sweet seafood flavor and the dish having its own “wok hei” if you will.
If you’re a fan of kuih teow, give this a try as well, you may be surprised.
Address: Kuih Teow Basah Food Truck Jalan SS15/8a (outside wet market) Subang Jaya, Selangor GPS:3.074237, 101.587796 Hours: night
For Sarawak Laksa lovers who makes PJ their hunting ground, most of you would have tasted Aunty Lan’s Sarawak Laksa, who used to operate at NZX food court since 2017.
The stall has since moved out, and for many weeks many of us was at a loss on where she’s moved to.
Update 2/4/2019: The stall has since moved back to just opposite NZX food court at I-Tea House
Tin Ha kopitiam, Kampung Subang
Well, today is your lucky day, thanks to Uncle Meng, I was informed that Aunty Lan has moved to the new location just a few minutes away from Subang Airport, at Tin Ha Kopitiam.
Located at the light industrial area of Kampung Pinggiran Subang, this new kopitiam enjoys a very good location when it comes to parking on a weekends. Also, if you’re a fan of good prawn mee, Johnny’s Prawn Mee & Loh Mee is just a couple minutes away.
Aunty Lan’s sarawak laksa, now at Tin Ha kopitiam
Anyway, we’re here for the Sarawak Laksa, and I’m happy to say that they are just as good as I remember – with thick gravy that’s full of flavor, and generous ingredients of three prawns, those eggs, shredded chicken, and bean sprouts. It’s proper to me, and some of my more knowledgeable Sarawakian friends agree.
those prawns are proper
If spicy breakfast isn’t your thing, the kolo mee is a pretty worthy alternative around here. For the uninitiated, kolo mee isn’t just wantan mee without dark sauce or wantan, the noodle itself is very different from your usual wantan mee, with a lighter and springier texture to i, I find myself enjoying it quite a bit.
Sarawak kolo mee is pretty good too
Unfortunately the Koay Chap is sold out when I was there, I’ll make it my mission to have Aunty Lan’s koay chap again soon!
A short while ago when I posted an Insta story update of Aik Prawn mee, a follower suggested Johnny’s Prawn Mee as a place any prawn mee fan should check out. As a proper fan of prawn mee, I did just that the first chance I had.
Johnny’s Prawn Mee at Fullhouse Cafe, Taman Subang Murni
Johnny’s is located at Fullhouse Cafe at Taman Subang Murni. If you haven’t heard of this place, well, it is because it’s located somewhere between Shah Alam, Sungai Buloh, and Subang Airport, or aka – nowhere any sane person would go without a solid reason.
Johnny’s Prawn Mee offers three classic Penang hawker dishes – prawn mee, loh mee, and kueh teow soup. Over the past two visits, I tried two of my favorites – loh mee and prawn mee, in that order.
Loh mee because it is very difficult to find a good version of Penang loh mee in Klang Valley, with the only one I am aware of at Choon Prawn Mee in Seapark.
proper Penang style loh mee, Johny’s
The loh mee at Johnny’s comes with all the proper ingredients you’d expect, and a broth that is thick and flavorful. There’s prawns, hard boiled egg, pork slices, and garlic. You can also asks for extra ingredients if you so wish. I went with some pork intestine and was glad that I did.
RM 10 later and I was very, very satisfied. Best Penang loh mee I’ve had outside the island.
A few days later on an off day, I went again for the prawn mee, and ordered the version with extra prawns.
I must admit that I regretted ordering the extras a bit – there were simply way too much prawns! RM 15 for this bowl and I counted over a dozen pretty good size prawns. I’ve never thought it was possible to have too much prawn in prawn mee until now…
Johnny’s Prawn Mee, with extra prawns
Overall the prawn mee, like the loh mee I had before, did not disappoint. The broth had the unmistakable prawn shell sweetness to it, and there’s everything you’d expect – pork slices, prawns, kangkung, bean sprouts. If I had to nitpick, perhaps the only area of improvement here would be the chili paste, it was okay, but it could be slightly more fragrant perhaps.
Anyway, I’ll be back to Johnny’s for sure. Maybe to try the kuih teow soup next?
When it comes to Chinese tai chao restaurants, you often find very conventional names that usually involves someone’s surname or places of origin. XFrens Cafe & Restaurant though, likes to be a bit different, so I was looking at a map and this name came up, I’d have thought that they probably serve good pastry and maybe some warm pies…
Restaurant Xfrens, Subang Jaya SS18
Well, I have no idea what went through the owners’ thought process when they came up with the name, but we’re here for the food, and in this regard they definitely put in more thoughts than the naming exercise.
XFrens is located at Subang Jaya SS18, with few busy shops around the same short row of shop houses in the evening, parking your car is usually a relatively painless process. However, do plan to get there early as the place usually gets rather busy and fetch quite a long queue on weekend busy dinner hours. I’d say anytime before 6:30 or 6:45 pm and you should have a table immediately.
The menu at Xfrens is pretty comprehensive, with different sections offering dishes involving poultry, seafood, vegetable, tofu, and such.
For the group of 6 of us over dinner, we ordered five dishes to share.
“siong thong” lala, pumpkin tofu, paku with chili padi
Siong Thong Lala was a pretty decent dish that provides some spicy soup to open up the appetite, the shellfish was of decent size and freshness. Pumpkin tofu was one of their signature dishes, and one that provides a nice contrast in texture and taste, crispy on the outside with stronger tasting sauce, while soft and mild within.
I was also very glad that we ordered paku with chili padi, one of my favorite type of vegetable that should be more popular here (as they are in Borneo). This is one vege that I’ll order again.
garlic pork, teow chew style steamed red snapper
Garlic pork is another must-order at Xfrens, and it is what we’re here for. The dish was basically a dish of deep fried pork with many, many cloves of garlic. It was as simple as it was tasty, the combination was an assault to the senses in the best ways.
The last dish we shared was steamed red snapper teow chew style. This dish was executed rather well, with ingredients you’d expect from a typical toew chew steamed fish – tomato, tofu, salted vegetable, garlic, ginger, cilantro, and chili. I enjoyed this quite a lot too.
The dinner came to be around RM 40 per pax including drinks, a fair price considering the fact that we ordered quality fish as well as lala. Would definitely come here again.
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.
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.
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
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.
Address: Restoran Park Way 1, Jalan SS 19/6c, Ss 19, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor GPS: 3.064752, 101.579960