Klang is known for bak kut teh, hong ba, and maybe to a lesser extend, those Klang style red wine mee suah that I love so much. However, being a huge district that is home to over a million people, there are certainly some outliers when it comes to food offering that are favorites among the locals – enter Roti Canai Pandamaran, also known as Restoran I.V.
IV Restaurant, Pandamaran, Klang
As the name suggests, this is a place best known for it’s roti canai. The restaurant is located rather deep within Pandamaran, and certainly quite a distance away from KL itself, but for those who loves roti canai, I think this place may just worth a visit.
We were there only weekend around brunch hours, and the place was packed full house with customers. Along the left wall there are three roti canai making stations with five guys concentrating on nothing but preparing and cooking roti canai. I’ve never seen such an operation dedicated to roti canai, it was actually quite impressive.
roti kosong, roti telur, or roti planta?
We tried their roti telur with and without bawang, roti kosong, and roti planta. I’m happy to report that the roti were really top notch, with just the proper amount of crispiness and flavor, and served with rather good curry as well, though I’ve had better dal & sambal option elsewhere. That being said, it is still one of the best roti canai I’ve tried from anywhere.
mee and meehun goreng, nasi lemak
I.V Restaurant also offers some non-roti options such as meehun goreng and nasi lemak. While these dishes are competent, they aren’t anything to really shout about, I’d order another roti instead!
Address: I.V. Restaurant 117, Jalan Pandamaran Jaya 62, Kawasan 10, 42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.005069, 101.425004 Tel: 03-3167 0943 Hours: 5:30 am to 5 pm
Whenever anyone spoke of Klang & food in the same sentence, it is almost always about bak kut teh, and while it is true that the best BKTs in the land can be found right at Klang, the district also offers one other dish that’s unique to this area which I absolutely love – the Klang style red wine mee suah.
Not to be confused with fuchow red wine mee suah that is actually red in color (such as this one at Sentul), the Klang red wine mee suah uses a different concoction of wine that is actually yellowish in color. Additionally, while fuchow mee suah comes with chicken, Klang style is served with pork slices (or minced pork), poached egg, and finely chopped fried ginger.
Klang style red wine mee suah
The bowl you see on the above picture is a typical serving of Klang red wine mee suah, with the exception of having vegetable. They are usually served without, but often you can get the stall owner to add some if you prefer some greens in your breakfast.
As for taste, it usually carries a pretty strong rice wine taste with a slightly sour note in the soup base, with poach egg and those fried ginger providing balance and complexity to the dish. It is one of the better comfort food if you’re looking for something soupy and rejuvenating in the a.m.
a poached egg with semi runny yolk on the mee suah
A typical bowl of Klang red wine mee suah runs anywhere from RM 6.50 – RM 7.50, you do pay slightly more than other hawker dishes in the area due to (I presume) the cost of alcohol used.
If you find yourself at Klang next time, give this under-represented dish a try, you may just like it! They’re available at majority of the kopitiam in Klang.
Address: Eng Ann Coffee Shop 2, Lorong Kasawari 4, Taman Eng Ann, 41150 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.056437, 101.459347
For those who loved the old first generation Jalan Batai char kuih teow (Damansara Height’s Seng Lee kopitiam) back in the days, you’re in luck! You can now find the original uncle manning the stall at Sen Kee White Coffee kopitiam at Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam.
Sen Kee White Coffee at Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam
I was first informed about this place by another ckt seeking friend who originated from Penang. Naturally, I decided to check it out the very next day.
According to the operator, he’s been operating at this location for about two months now, while his daughter is still running the show at the previous place.
Like any proper char kuih teow places, they serve only char kuih teow and nothing else, but you do get a choice between normal chicken egg, or my usual choice when available – duck egg.
The CKT was just as I remembered, plenty of wok hei, with pretty decent size prawns for Klang Valley standard, and all the necessary ingredients such as bean sprouts, cockles, and chives. However, in replacement of lap cheong, you get fish cakes, which is something that’s not 100% ideal but acceptable in my book.
So for those of you who used to love a proper plate of char kuih teow from the uncle who used to operate at Jalan Batai, this is a place to go. There’s also a second generation Batai CKT now at Klang for anyone who’s curious.
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
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.
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
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?
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.
Address: Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Teong Jalan Miri, 41400, Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.0521, 101.448601 Hours: breakfast and brunch
Stinky tofu (臭豆腐) is one of those delicacy that probably make certain Westerners think we are savages from the 3rd world, but truth is, these stuff are just as sophisticated as blue cheese, beer, and that Scandinavian fish that’s berried in the ground before consumption (OK maybe not that one)
stinky tofu stall at Pasar Malam Meru
In any case, most of these food shares a similar crucial step in their preparation – the magical process of fermentation. Through this method, bacteria releases certain type of byproducts that gives birth to the unique smell and taste which some of us learn to appreciate.
For those who lives at Klang or Shah Alam, perhaps one of the closest place to sample a good dish of stinky tofu would be at the Thursday night pasar malam at Meru, located just across the road from Klang Parade.
the stinkier the better, right?
The stinky tofu truck is almost always with a queue so you do have to be slightly patient to wait before your portion of piping hot deep fried stinky tofu is served. The taste of the tofu is really pungent and mixes well with those sourish pickled cabbage.
freshly fried, super stinky, yummy!
So if you’re a fan of stinky tofu, this is one to check out, besides, this very same pasar malam also has a pretty decent spread of other hawker delights – including salted chicken, popiah, lok lok, and char kuih teow.
Address: Pasar Malam Meru Jalan Kedah (Off Jalan Meru) Meru, Klang GPS: 3.065763, 101.450976 Hours: Thursdays 5 to 9pm