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Dinner in Klang consists mainly of three big categories – bak kut teh, seafood, and taichau places. Today, let’s look at one of the older, more traditional taichau  (or in Hong Kong – “tai pai tong”) that offers some rather unique dishes – Hin Kee Restaurant.

Hin Kee Restaurant, Klang
Hin Kee Restaurant, Klang

Hin Kee is located across Jalan Meru from Klang Parade, on a parking lot/medan selera sort of set up within the residential area. The restaurant itself is a zinc roof with no wall type of set up, and it’s reasonably clean, with ceiling fan to boot.

Like most of these old school places, there’s no printed menu. There is however, a few rows of dishes printed above the stall, all in Chinese characters. You can always ask the server for suggestions, which we did.

sumptuous meal at Hin Kee, Klang
sumptuous meal at Hin Kee, Klang

We ended up ordering 6 different dishes – deep fried pork offal with ginger, duck noodle, grilled squid, lala (Thai style?), vege, and fried Hokkien mee.

The dishes did not take too long to arrive, which is always a good thing.

duck noodle, grilled squid, lala, Hokkien mee
duck noodle, grilled squid, lala, Hokkien mee

So how are those dishes?

Pork offal – simply excellent, prepared right on point with those ginger balances porky taste. This with some beer would be heaven! Grilled squid was similarly enjoyable, with texture that’s just right, fresh, and bits of caramelized skin really bringing it to the next level. Love it.

The noodle dishes were pretty good, though I enjoyed their duck noodle quite a bit more than Hokkien mee, which I found pretty average.

pork offal with ginger
pork offal with ginger

We thought the lala dish was a bit.. odd tasting. It was sort of like Thai steamed fish sort of sauce, sourish and slightly spicy, but with lala. I guess some may like it that way, but not exactly my cup of tea.

Overall though it was a very positive experience, will order a different type of lala preparation and perhaps skip the Hokkien mee next time. Pork offal & squid would be the two dishes I’d definitely order.

map to Hin Kee, Klang

Address:
Restoran Hin Kee
26, Jalan Dua, Taman Meru,
41050 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.063454, 101.451322
Hours: Open for dinner

While many restaurants boosts a certain unique selling point that draws customers with fancy dishes, deco, or exciting new tastes, there also exists those that are none of those – a place that is seemingly running in exactly the same way the day it was established, and through various decades, staying on as a sort of time capsule.

Thye Huat at Berkeley, opens from Mon-Sat
Thye Huat at Berkeley, opens from Mon-Sat

A restaurant that brings you back in time with a sense of nostalgia and peace, if you would. In the era of quirky instagrammable cafes and fad based food, this is an increasingly a rare sight.

One of my favorites of such place is Thye Huat at Taman Berkeley.

yam cake anyone?
yam cake anyone?

Located at Lorong Lang, just a few minutes from the old Sungai Rasau toll area, this kopitiam certainly fits the bill. Floor with mosaic laid decades ago, a single stall offering different simple dishes on different days of the week, and even some nyonya kuih to boot.

In addition to the dishes such as curry mee, mee siam, laksa, prawn mee, curry puff and so forth, the half boiled eggs and coffee here is also one not to be missed. Expertly crafted by the old operator, the coffee carries an aroma and body that’s as good as some of the modern cafes.

simple breakfast makes for a great start of the day
simple breakfast makes for a great start of the day

I also never missed ordering those perfectly prepared half boiled eggs whenever I find myself here. They’re also cracked and served in the little old china cups for you.

A breakfast here reminds us of simpler days, one with less distractions and modern constant bombardment of “look at me” culture. Will we ever find those peace again?

map to Thye Huat, Taman Berkeley

Address:
Thye Huat
Lorong Lang, Taman Berkeley,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.056372, 101.464057
Hours: Mon-Sat for breakfast

When it comes to food in Klang, one would usually point to bak kut teh, but if you dig in a little bit deeper, there are other gems hidden in this older part of the valley which you may not find in other places – one of such treasure is mee hoon kuih, or Klang’s own interpretation of pan mee.

Kah Ping hawker stall at Jalan Gelegor food court
Kah Ping hawker stall at Jalan Gelegor food court

The most well known of such dish this part of town has got to be Fatty Mee Hoon Kuih located at Taman Berkeley, a shop that’s almost always packed, hot, and requires a long wait time.

However, if you ask some of the locals, the best Mee Hoon Kuih is arguably the version served at Jalan Gelegor’s food court by a stall with the name of Kah Ping.

You may have recognized this particular food court for it’s famous Jalan Batai char kuih teow which I’ve penned on this space some time ago, yeap, you can have them both at the same place!

Klang style mee hoon kuih (or pan mee)
Klang style mee hoon kuih (or pan mee)

My mee hoon kuih took a little over 10 minutes to arrive (much faster than Fatty’s). The bowl of goodness comes with hand pinched dough, pork slices, liver, an egg (optional), vege, spring onion, dried anchovies, and curiously, some small shrimps.

pork, veggie, and even prawns
pork, veggie, and even prawns

The dough was as solf and silky as it comes, and I thought the soup base was even sweeter than Fatty’s version, most likely due to the addition of those shrimps (much like the OUG pork noodle). I find myself enjoying this version quite a bit. As per usual Klang style, there’s only chili padi & soya sauce as condiment instead of those home made chili sauce you find at KL’s pan mee, but they do compliment the dish well if you like to add some kick.

A worthy mee hoon kuih to try, I’ll bring mom next since she loves a good bowl of mee hoon kuih!

jalan-gelugor-klang-map

Address:
Food Court
Jalan Gelugor
Meru, Klang
GPS3.050413, 101.451221

For those who stays outside of Klang and Shah Alam, Klang seems like a destination that seems to be quite.. far. However, there are two sides of Klang, before and after the Klang River, for destination before the river, it is actually just 15 minutes from Subang, so if you were to drive to places such as Medan Selera 128, it doesn’t really require planning ahead for 3 weeks and getting visa approved by your home minister.

And the best part is, you can find some unique dishes not easily found in other parts of Greater KL.

128 food court, Klang
128 food court, Klang

For example, one of these unique dishes is Hailam Rice, as offered by one of the stalls located at the rear part of Medan Selera 128.

Yeap, you read it right, Hailam rice, and not Hailam chicken rice.

Hailam rice turns out to be a dish consists of the following different ingredients:

  • braised 3-layer pork
  • hard boiled egg
  • braised tofu skin
  • pork blood + intestine in soup
  • rice
  • sticky curry sauce

Hailam Rice @ Klang
Hailam Rice @ Klang

The braised meat/egg/tofu skin side is quite a familiar taste that you’ll be able to find at any good teow chew porridge shop, and the intestine + pork blood soup not too different from a good pork stomach soup. Both these dishes were executed quite on point at this particular stall, with proper seasoning, and pork cuts that was perfect and well cooked.

The sticky curry sauce though, was something quite unique, it’s almost like a cross between Japanese curry and Loh Mee’s “loh” soup, something that I haven’t really acquired the taste on just yet. If you’re new to this dish like me, I’d suggest asking for this sauce to be served separately and pace it out. Good thing is, their sambal is hot and really adds to the whole experience.

egg, pork, tofu, blood, intestine, curry rice
egg, pork, tofu, blood, intestine, curry rice

For RM 10, this was a rather sumptuous and satisfying meal, and it won’t be the last time I order a serving of Hailam Rice.

map to Medan Selera 128

Address:
Medan Selera 128
Jalan Mantin, Kawasan 18,
41400 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.053676, 101.448358

Several weeks ago when my family was in town, we decided to meet up my cousin & extended family for a bit of a catch up session, and when you stay near Klang, the obvious option is bak kut teh, so that’s how we ended up at Ki Heong bak kut teh.

Ki Heong Bak Kut Teh, Bukit Tinggi Klang
Ki Heong Bak Kut Teh, Bukit Tinggi Klang

Ki Heong (not to be confused by Kee Heong at Taman Eng Ann) is located at Bukit Tinggi, occupying two shop lots with one side fully air conditioned.

This is perhaps one of the best things anyone’s done to bak kut the – having it served in climate controlled environment! I mean, hot soup and hot weather doesn’t work so well together otherwise, right? Perhaps this is why bkt is often preferred as breakfast when it isn’t sweaty hot out.

The bak kut teh here comes in either soup or dry versions with a variety of different cuts to choose from. For those who loves pork fat, “pua pui chiak” (half fat, half lean), “tua kut” (big pone), and “seh kut” (small bones) are some of the cuts you should go for.

Additionally, you can also order innards such as stomach and intestine here. You can have these on a separate bowl in case some may not want them next to their meat, which is a bit of a shame, really!

dry bkt, soup bkt, and innards
dry bkt, soup bkt, and innards

The dry bkt here is certainly competent, rich in flavor and as usual, comes with a bit of dry chili and some okra slices to gives it a bit of character. Soup version is pretty decent here as well, while it isn’t the thickest, there’s still good herbal note, and they are happy to refill the clay pot as much and as often as you like.

As for the meat, I thought they are just slightly firmer than some of the best ones in Klang, though by no means anywhere close to “tough” territory. Overall this is a pretty decent bkt outlet that’s made better by having air conditioned dining area and unlimited soup. Not a bad choice really.

Bak Kut Teh is always best with a big group
Bak Kut Teh is always best with a big group

map to Ki Heong bak kut teh, Bukit Tinggi

Address:
Ki Heong Bak Kut Teh
Bukit Tinggi No. 28,
Jalan Bayu Tinggi 2A,
Batu Unjur, Klang
41200 Selangor
GPS: 3.011611, 101.439157