Nasi Kandar is one of those dishes that is perhaps taking a back seat when it comes to our national identity, everyone associates nasi lemak with Malaysia, bak kut teh with Klang, but most may not know that nasi kandar originates from Penang, with vendors on foot balancing a post “kandar” on their shoulder carrying rice & various other (usually) dishes such as mutton curry, fried chicken and so forth.
Kok Siong nasi kandar, Puchong
It is also one of the many must-have dishes when one visits Penang, the state where I grew up. For those who are in KL though, there are always Kayu & Pelita that littered pretty much the entire Klang Valley. These places offer decent enough nasi kandar, but the usual complains would be price, and sometimes the lack of confidence in hygiene standards.
For those looking for something different than those chains, there’s Kok Siong Nasi Kandar in Puchong.
Situated in Puchong right next to Tesco Extra hypermarket, this is perhaps one of the only nasi kandar places that is run by Chinese instead of traditional mamak vendors. Apart from that, the dishes offered are actually very similar, and pork free. If you’re looking for chasiu nasi kandar, well, you’d still have to assemble it yourself, probably at home.
squid with extra petai, fried chicken nasi kandar
We tried their squid with petai, and a piece of 1/4 fried chicken in two plates, with plenty of curry over rice. The dish is also served with papadem (as usual), and plenty of crispy bits on top, which I really like.
The squid is your typical mamak style that’s slightly on the harder/more cooked side, and does taste proper. Chicken was well cooked with crispy skin and juicy meat, but what I really love was those petai with ikan bilis, absolutely pungent and super delightful.
mixing up the different curry is the way to go
Fans of nasi kandar should find this place quite satisfying. As the “kitchen” is pretty much an open concept, cleanliness isn’t a dodgy affair. Price wise I thought they were neither cheap nor expensive, while a “standard” plate of nasi kandar with fried chicken should be RM 8, the bigger piece of chicken we ordered actually carried a higher price, so if you’re on a budget, do ask ahead.
Address: Restoran Kok Siong Nasi Kandar 45, Jalan Bandar 16, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor GPS: 3.036115, 101.616258 Hours: lunch
I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of going to Puchong, and it is due to the reason perhaps most of us view Puchong as – the giant parking lot outside that old IOI shopping mall. Well, after so many moons, I ended up there again on a morning of a public holiday, for a short hiking trip to Wawasan Hill (see pic below).
Foo Hing Dimsum, Puchong
Well, what do you do after a good 2 hour or so hiking workout? Breakfast of course!
So by 8:20 am in the morning, we came to the most famous dimsum place in the area – Foo Hing Dim Sum House, at Bandar Puteri Puchong. Even at that ungodly hours, this place was already packed to the brim, with us having to take a number to queue up for a table.
Thankfully, the dimsum house runs a pretty tight ship and we did not have to wait for more than 10+ minutes before being ushered to our table, which was located upstairs, fully air conditioned and quite comfortable.
is there a bigger variety of food for breakfast than dimsum?
The menu consists of some 40 items you can order, but like most busy dimsum places, they also have servers carrying ready-to-eat items to your table from time to time for your picking, which we took full advantage of.
The dishes were competent though not very remarkable, but most importantly they were fresh and never stale (just look at the crowd!). I also love the fact that they use Kampung Koh garlic chili sauce, my chili sauce of choice!
the egg tart is definitely a must order
A few things to note though, the fried stuff here are something I probably would avoid in the future, they’re just not really crispy or enticing. The “wu kok” was pretty good though, and I really like the char siu pau as well.
The claim of fame here is their Portuguese egg tart, something I would positively recommend for sure, possibly better than the version I had in Macau, and not overly sweet either.
bonus pic – at the peak of Wawasan Hill, Puchong
If you already found yourself in Puchong on a morning, this is definitely one place worthy of a stopover. If not for the dimsum, then for those awesome egg tarts.
Address: Foo Hing Dim Sum House 1st Flr, No. 31, 33, 35-G, Jalan Puteri 2/6, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor GPS: 3.022282, 101.617487 Tel: 03-8060 0546
To shut me up, she brought us to Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga at Puchong the other day, as first recommended by her boss (who is an avid gastronomic adventurer)
Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga at Puchong (3rd branch)
While the name might suggest that this place serves fish head curry (which it does), the speciality dish here is actually the steamed fish with superior soup and a variety of accompanying seafood.
While not exactly a high end restaurant with cute interior design, Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga does offer air conditioned dining area with pretty decent hygiene and responsive staffs.
the epic steamed tilapia, emperor vege, muay choi pork
Our main dish was a rather huge steamed tilapia fish with superior soup (RM 72), accompanied by quite a lot of prawns, squid, and lala. The seafood is garnished by generous amount of finely chopped garlic and spring onion as well.
As a result of all those seafood, the rather concentrated superior soup tasted fantastic, it was super sweet and absolutely savoury. The fish tasted good, and the squid super fresh as well. By the way, you can also top up the soup ala bak kut teh style, but we felt that the first serving tasted better than the top-ups.
free jelly dessert at the end too, Kerol approves
Other than the main dish, we also ordered a Vitamin C quota fulfiller dish that is the Emperor vegetable (RM 12), and a non-seafood dish in Mui Choy pork (RM 16). The vegetable was lovely, and the pork held its own as well.
With drinks and rice, the five of us spent RM 19 per person for this meal. Not the cheapest lunch options for sure, but one that I think offered decent value for what you get. I would have no problem to revisit.
Address: Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga No 19, Jalan BPU 2, Bandar Puchong Utama, 47100 Puchong, Selangor GPS: 2.993324, 101.620637 Tel: 016-288 2829 / 019–647 7941
Penang One restaurant, oh how I am glad I found you. Even though you are located at this god forsaken place that is ruled by the trafic devil, I will still visit you whenever my cravings for Penang food arises.
The back story: last Saturday I had a sudden cravings for a bowl of good old Penang curry mee. I woke up early enough (they usually run out before 9:30 am) and headed to Restaurant Okay at SS2, they were closed for Wesak.
I recalled that masak-masak blogged about this place at Hartamas, so I drove 13 KM to the destination, well, they’ve been closed like 3 years ago.
Not to be deterred, I then drove another 12.5 KM to the curry mee at Restaurant Good Food in PJ Old Town…. to find out that they’ve moved. By then I was too hungry and settled on a bowl of kuih teow soup, which actually turned out to be very good, but that’s another post on another day.
This was when I shared my unfortunate adventure on twitter and facebook, with quite a few of you suggested that I should try Penang One, so here I was, a day later, with another fellow Penangite in Fresh, and the laksa expert in Haze as my partners in crime.
Penang One, delivered daily from Penang for original taste
According to their website, the food here is professionally cooked by the original masters of the selected famous street foods, and then transported to Puchong on a daily basis. By their account, this would be as good as the original.
So I ordered my long overdue curry mee, Haze had laksa, while Fresh asked for a plate of char kuih teow with duck egg.
curry mee, char kueh teow, and Penang laksa
Service wasn’t the fastest considering the relatively low volume of people when we dined, but it wasn’t terrible either. Some 15 minutes after ordering, our food came.
The curry mee (RM 8.50) is purportedly from Pulau Tiku’s Keong curry mee. Prawns, cuttle fish, coagulated blood (YES!), tofupok, long bean, cockles, and mint leaves. That’s about all the ingredients you’ll ever need in a bowl of good curry mee, and the sambal too was top notch, fragrant and spicy.
Char Kueh Teow (RM 9.90 with duck egg) is of Kampung Jawa Pee Chuan’s recipe. Fresh had it and she didn’t speak a word while eating, it was as good as original, and really comes with those huge prawns and all.
The asam laksa (RM 7.90) that Haze had was from Lorong Selamat’s Ji De Chi, and when asked about how it tastes, she replied “just like those in Penang lor”, and then continued slurping away. It passed her test.
Since we were already there and that their portion rather close to Penang serving size, we decided to go for seconds.
Fresh had the chee cheong fun (RM 3.30) from Lorong Macalister and I took bite too, no disappointment, the only other place in PJ to get this version of chee cheong fun would be at O&S restaurant in PJ.
Haze’s second order was the duck meat kuih teow soup originally from Lebih Cecil. There’s duck meat, shredded pork, fish cake, and even coagulated duck blood. Now if you like pork blood, you’re going to love duck blood, they are quite a lot smoother and has an even more exquisite taste to it. I love it. The fish balls though, were just very average in my opinion.
I had ais kacang (RM 6.50) Swatow Lane New World Park, and it tasted just as I remembered, except for the serving size being larger here. All the ingredients you’d expect is in, give me a bowl of ais kacang anytime over any Snow Flake shaved ice.
KY, Fresh, and Haze, we were well satisfied
Prices are a little on the high side, but not any more than other Penang themed restaurants such as Penang Village or Little Penang Cafe. The difference is, this place isn’t halal and really do serve you the original ingredients in all their dishes.
By the end of the afternoon, we were very well fed and very well satisfied with the food from Penang One. The 6 different dishes we tried did not disappoint, and I can’t wait to go back there again, we still need to try the Hokkien mee (Jalan Burma), Yam Cake, and Bak Chang (Cintra Lane).
After Haze’s appointment to the hospital to get her ankle checked, we found ourselves at Puchong at around 10 am looking for breakfast.
My first suggestion was Yap Chuan bak kut teh, but Haze somehow believes that bak kut teh isn’t appropriate for breakfast… I then thought we could perhaps try the fresh made yong tau foo nearby, but we found out that they weren’t open for another hour.
found this pan mee place by the side of a house in Puchong
As I try to make our way out of the area, we chanced upon this little eatery with a few plastic tables set up by the side of a house that seems to enjoy brisk business.
I had no idea what they were serving initially, but we thought we should gave it a try anyway, and that proved to be an excellent choice.
soup version, with hand torn pan mee noodle
This little place with no name has a pan mee stall. They offer pan mee in soup and dry version, and you can have the noodle in hand peeled, thick, and thin version.
The hand peeled soup pan mee Haze ordered certainly looked simple, but look can be deceiving. The peeled noodle itself were of just the right consistency, minced pork was very flavorful too, and of course, it came with anchovies, fungus, and those signature pan mee leave.
dry version with thin pan mee noodle
The dry pan mee with thin noodle that I ordered came with essentially the same ingredients, but with soup on the side. I love it, and I think the noodle is the star here, as with the peeled version. They just seems to get it right.
And of course, no good pan mee is complete without chili paste, and over here their chili paste is one of the best I’ve had. It definitely has a strong kick to it, but also rather fragrant at the same time, I had a second helping.
these are our OMG this is so good expressions
By the way, they only cost RM 4 a bowl. I think I’ll have this again next time I head there. 😀
Address: Between Jalan Puchong Batu 14 & Jalan Kecawi Kampung Baru Puchong, Selangor GPS: 2.995665,101.622873