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One of the best things to have on a breezy night is a good bowl of herbal soup, and for that, the number one trusted place to be has got to be Keong Kee Herbal Soup in Pudu. In fact, I had an ex-housemate that would bug her boy friend to drive her all the way from PJ to the heart of KL whenever she had the craving for these home-made soup.

Keong Kee Herbal Soup, Pudu
Keong Kee Herbal Soup, Pudu

The restaurant, or stall I should say, is located on a semi open air area under a zinc roof that has rudimentary weather protection, there are no walls or air conditioning, but it is well lit and has ceiling fans serving the customers to counter the tropical heat.

Pudu Keong Kee herbal soup, today we had terrapin soup, chicken wings ginseng soup, and braised lamb. Old school old taste all in RM 35. #kyeats #herbalsoup #terrapinu #pudu #nonhalal

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The menu at Keong Kee is not a large one, and resides only in the memory of the waiters. For the two of us over dinner, we ordered a portion of stewed lamb, a plate of “oily vegetable”, ginseng chicken soup, and a bowl of terrapin soup. Yes, terrapin, or freshwater turtle.

2 soup, vege, stewed lamb
2 soup, vege, stewed lamb

Service was rather prompt, and quality of these soup were really as good as their reputation, the herbal taste were strong, with the meat in both soup dishes as well as the stew cooked to a very soft, tender texture. We really enjoyed it. (the vegetable wasn’t overly “refined” though..).

Dinner came to RM 35 for two pax, pretty cheap for what you get. So if you’re up for some good old fashion double boiled soup in the city, this is surely a place to check out.

ginseng chicken soup & terrapin soup
ginseng chicken soup & terrapin soup

Keong Kee herbal soup, map

Address:
Keong Kee Herbal Soup
Changkat Thambi Dollah,
Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.140476, 101.712528
Tel: 03-2142 0304

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
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.

Restoran I.V. also known as Roti Canai Pandamaran. They really do serve the best roti canai in town, certainly one of the bests I’ve tried so far. Meehun/mee goreng is decent, nasi lemak is fragrant and good too. Worth the drive. #kyeats #breakfast #roti #roticanai #pandamaran #klang #halal

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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?
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
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!

map to IV Restaurant, Klang

Address:
I.V. Restaurant
117, Jalan Pandamaran Jaya 62,
Kawasan 10,
42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor
GPS3.005069, 101.425004
Tel03-3167 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.

Eng Ann Coffee Shop, Klang
Eng Ann Coffee Shop, Klang

My other Klang comfort food – red wine mee suah. Unlike the fuchow version it’s actually not red in color and usually tested with a hint of spiciness. I’ve asked the stall to add vege to mine. At Eng Ann Coffee Shop . #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #redwinemeesuah #tamanengann #klang

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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
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 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.

map to Eng Ann Coffee Shop

Address:
Eng Ann Coffee Shop
2, Lorong Kasawari 4,
Taman Eng Ann,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.056437, 101.459347

Being from a somewhat typical family in Penang, I’m no stranger to Nyonya style cooking, this is mostly due to the fact that Baba-Nyonya cuisine shares many similar recipes to Penang Hokkien dishes.

So when we were at Baba Nyonya Restaurant in Avenue K, I had certain expectations on what they should be able to cook up.

Baba Nyonya, Avenue K
Baba Nyonya, Avenue K, with my dining partners

The restaurant is located at the same level with the LRT station, with an interior decor that is pretty tastefully done, catering to mostly 2-4 people per table, though larger crowd can be arranged, to a certain extend.

Baba Nyonya restaurant at Avenue K, asam pedas, terung, chicken pongteh, and ayam masak merah rice set. What’s your choice for lunch/dinner? #kyeats #avenuek #halal #klcc @avenuekmy @baba.nyonya

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The menu offers quite a variety of dishes, with selections from individual noodle or “daily plates”, as well as ala-carte entries to be eaten with steamed rice with a group of your favorite buddies, which was what we mainly did when I find myself with a few colleagues at Baba Nyonya a couple weeks ago.

proper meal for three, with poultry, fish, and vegetable
proper meal for three, with poultry, fish, and vegetable

We sampled one single dish in the form of Ayam Masak Merah, and three shared lauk of terung belado (RM 16.90), chicken pongteh (RM 26.90), and asam fish pedas claypot (RM 35.90) over dinner.

The ayam masak merah is a dish you can enjoy over lunch and comes with loads of those sauce that has a good balance of sweet and spicy taste to it, there’s also a spring role to get you started.

terung belado, chicken pongteh, ayam masak merah, asam fish pedas claypot
terung belado, chicken pongteh, ayam masak merah, asam fish pedas claypot

Asam fish pedas claypot was our favorite among the three shared dishes. The fish retains some crunchiness while not overly fried, with the asam pedas broth brings forth a good kick, perfect when mixed with steamed rice.

The terung too was proper, soft, tender, and packed with flavor. However, we did agree that the chicken pongteh was pretty average, or perhaps just overshadowed by other offerings from Baba Nyonya during this session.

The experience at Baba Nyonya Avenue was certainly a positive one, I think I’ll be heading over for lunch one of these days to check out more of their individual dishes.

map to Avenue K

Address:
Baba Nyonya
Lot UC-1, Upper Concourse,
Avenue K,

156, Jalan Ampang, 
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS:  3.159257, 101.713610
Tel: 03 2181 5544
Web: www.babanyonya.co

Continuing with our food exploit at Avenue K, the mall that’s connected by KLCC via underground LRT station, we sampled the food offered by Tokyo Pastry, a Japanese themed restaurant that offers mostly Western menu inspired by Japanese style cooking, or is it?

Tokyo Pastry, Avenue K
Tokyo Pastry, Avenue K

Situated at the mezzanine floor, the restaurant got its cue from  European style bakeries in Japan, with the menu that has very little resemblance to traditional Japanese cuisine that we are familiar with.

You certainly won’t find sushi, sashimi, ramen, or takoyaki, but if you’re looking for burger, spaghetti, latte, and cheese cakes, this is a place to check out.

a full meal for two at Tokyo Pastry
a full meal for two at Tokyo Pastry

The restaurant is often quite busy over lunch time on working days, but if you want to enjoy a quiet meal here, the best time is during dinner or over the weekends, when the mall isn’t swarmed by office crowd.

salmon salad, spicy mushroom spaghetti, Tokyo burger, pan seared chicken
salmon salad, spicy mushroom spaghetti, Tokyo burger, pan seared chicken

We started with their salmon salad (RM 22), pretty generous amount of gravlax wrapping chopped mango & greens make for a rather healthy start of a meal, or a meal in itself if you want something light. This is probably the go-to healthy choice for the dieting hipsters, but I do quite like it.

Spicy mushroom spaghetti (RM 19) is a pretty straight forward pasta dish with a few types of mushroom in a spaghetti that comes with a bit of a kick, mainly for the pepper used.

Tokyo Pastry at Avenue K, Japanese inspired western food in the city. With cakes and coffee too. . #kyeats #halal #cakes #avenuek #salmon @tokyopastry

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Tokyo burger (RM 20) comes with that green tea infused bun that looks a bit radio active but tasted rather good with its generous slab of chicken cooked with teriyaki sauce. There’s a small side of salad and fries too.

If you want more protein in your meal, the pan seared chicken (RM 23) may just do the trick.  A big slab of chicken seared with chef’s homemade sauce, plus some vegetable and potato. Simple and pretty satisfying.

matcha mitsu, Japanese cheese cake, tiramisu crepe
matcha mitsu, Japanese cheese cake, tiramisu crepe

Granted, I didn’t have the chance to to try the pastries above, however, as the name suggests, Tokyo pastry pride themselves in their cakes and crepe, the matcha mitsu (RM 16), Japanese cheese cake (RM 13.95), and tiramisu crepe (RM 14.95) all looked the part and I trust that they are up to the challenge in taste department.

raspberry lychee soda, latte, espresso & milk
raspberry lychee soda, latte, espresso & milk

Tokyo pastry also serve up more than competent coffee. The latte and espresso with a side of milk that I tried were as good as any. For a bit more refreshing taste, the raspberry lychee soda should suffice as well.

map to Avenue K

Address:
Tokyo Pastry
M-20 & SAC-M-1,
Mezzanine Level, Avenue K,
156, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS:  3.159257, 101.713610
Tel: 03-2181 7660
Web: www.tokyopastry.com