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
Most everyone here will say that the best bak kut teh is found at Klang. I do agree with the statement to a certain degree, but I also believe that the dish has matured beyond it’s original location and now you can find pretty awesome bak kut teh in many places around town and perhaps even in another state (but not Singapore, please!).
Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh at Puchong
I’ve heard about this elusive bak kut teh place at Puchong for quite a while from Horng, who happens to work in Puchong, and we finally went there a couple weeks ago when FA was in town and suanie was hungry for some meat.
The claim-of-fame for this this particular bkt place lies with the fact that the chef/owner started the restaurant at the tender age of 14, and actually won the best bkt award 2-3 years back. Just to show that the lack of education is not a hinder to archiving early success in life.
soup and dried bkt, steamed fish, tofupok and fuchuk
The restaurant is pretty airy, quite clean and comfortable for a bkt place. We took a table, and grabbed a packet of tea before ordering a pot of soup bak kut teh, dried bak kut teh, and steamed siakap fish (yes, for some reasons they’re famous for steamed fish here) to go with rice and some tofu and fochuk.
The soup bak kut teh was top notch, right up on par with some of the better ones I had, rich, thick, and very herbal, this is Klang version as opposed to the teow chew style BKT soup. The tofupok and fuchuk, however, were just ordinary. For a good bowl of fuchuk, I would still head to subang teowchew bak kut teh.
FA, Horng, Suan, and KY having some awesome bkt!
The dried bak kut teh here reminds me of the one at Lai Choon, Klang but slightly more sophisitcated. There were dried red chili, sliced okra, and dried cuttle fish to add to the taste. The sauce is thick and rather strong, I usually have it with some soup, but the meat is quite a bit more flavorful though. I like it.
Now, I was at first quite skeptical about this whole steamed fish thing, but the steamed siakap (red snapper) turned out to be a surprisingly good dish. Topped with lime, plenty of sliced onion and the slightly salty and sourly sauce, the fish felt like a mixture of Chinese and Thai style of preparation, but the end result was quite splendid.
I think the guys can attest that we had a very satisfying brunch at Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh, and even though it is almost all the way to the Cyberjaya/Puchong toll, I wouldn’t mind making that journey again. We paid less than RM20 per person, which is pretty reasonable considering there was fish too.
Will definitely go there again.
Address: Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh
53, Jalan BPU 2,
Bandar Puchong Utama