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Last week I went back up to Penang for a bit and managed to meet up with Evon for a late afternoon “tea time” noms. The lady suggested prawn mee at Lebuh Presgrave, I am always happy to get some prawn mee in the system, so why not?

888 Hokkien Mee at Lebuh Presgrave (or 3rd road)
888 Hokkien Mee at Lebuh Presgrave (or 3rd road)

Lebuh Presgrave is also known as “3rd road” in Hokkien or Mandarin, as it is the 3rd road from Jalan Magazine, which was considered as the “first road”. This in fact goes down all the way to 7th road, but that sort of details aren’t exactly important.

The Prawn Mee (known as Hokkien mee in Penang), is locally referred to as the 888 Hokkien Mee. Essentially a house converted coffee shop with the anchor tenant being this big hokkien mee & loh mee stall.

Operation starts at 4:30 pm, and there’s usually quite a healthy line in front of the stall. It goes like this – line up, order, get your food, pay, eat.

prawn mee, loh mee, or mixed loh + prawn soup?
prawn mee, loh mee, or mixed loh + prawn soup?

Like many food stalls in Penang, in addition to standard bowl of prawn mee or loh mee, there’s also a list of different optional ingredients you can add. We had ours with intestine and roast pork, in addition to the usual sliced pork, prawns, noodle, egg, bean sprout, fried shallots, and even lard.

I was going to have pork ribs as well, but at that time it wasn’t ready yet (see video), bummer. There’s also apparently pork skin from time to time.

hello Evon!
hello Evon, and hello lard!

The verdict? Well, it isn’t famous and popular for nothing. The soup was on point (I had mixed broth), and everything was “just right”. Those bits of lard certainly also contribute to the overall taste. It was that wholesome feeling that I remember from childhood, would definitely go back again.

888 hokkien mee map

A couple weeks ago I found myself at the South of KL for some work related assignment near lunch time. Naturally, after our appointment, we went to the most famous nari briyani restaurant for some well deserved lunch.

Our destination was none other than Kafe Beriani Gam Putrajaya.

Nasi Beriani Gam Putrajaya
Nasi Beriani Gam Putrajaya

Getting there can be a bit tricky as the restaurant is located right beside SKVE, you can only get onto SKVE from the restaurant but not the other way around. However, Waze/Google Map is your friend, so do use the link below for your convenience.

It is a bit of a road side set up with upgraded roof and rather proper table and chairs, there’s also some ceiling fans, though one should still prepare to sweat it out a bit on a hot afternoon.

lamb or chicken, which would be your choice?
lamb or chicken, which would be your choice?

Ordering is simple, get your nasi beriyani, then pick the type of meat you want to go with. There’s normal ayam (chicken), ayam kampung (village chicken), daging (beef), kambing (lamb), and our favorite – kambing kuzi – all of us ended up ordering the same, with an additional ayam kampung as center plate.

kambing kuzi, hands down
kambing kuzi, hands down

The briyani rice itself were perfectly cooked, fragrant and delicious enough you can have this even just with some sauce. As for the kambing kuzi, we love the tenderness and the rather heavy tasting marinate that makes it a little sweetish, compliments the rice perfectly. The accompanying sambal was on point too.

Expect to pay some RM 20 or more per pax, but if you love briyani rice, this is definitely worth checking out.

nasi beriani gam putrajaya map

Address:
Nasi Beriani Gam Putrajaya
Lot Sub 4, Jalan Kajang – Puchong,
43000 Kajang, Selangor
GPS: 2.976269, 101.725893
Tel: 017-288 4876

I’m always in the look out for new bak kut teh places to try out, so when I saw this new stall opening up near Peng Heong Paikut at Klang, I thought I should check it out, hence, Yi Pin Seafood Bak Kut Teh.

Yi Pin Seafood Bak Kut Teh, Klang
Yi Pin Seafood Bak Kut Teh, Klang

Yi Pin took over the space that was previously occupied by another bkt place by the name of 石头肉骨茶 (rock bkt?). A corner shop a stone’s throw away from Masjid Bandar Diraja Klang.

I ordered a single portion of bkt with seafood, prawns in this case. I’d have liked to have it with lala, but was unavailable when I was there.

That order didn’t turn out bad at all. The prawns were top notch, fresh, flavorful, and together with the spicy herbal soup, makes for a good, sumptuous meal. The fatty 3-layer pork held their own too. I thought it was perhaps a little better than the version at Hon Kee I had prior, but my favorite is the lala bak kut the at Yun Heng.

a claypot full of fresh prawns and bak kut teh
a claypot full of fresh prawns and bak kut teh

At 28 ringgit for enough pork, 5 pieces of decent size prawns, I thought it was of good value as well.

They are open for lunch as well as dinner, and offer other dishes ala “tai chao” style in addition to bak kut teh.

yi pin seafood bak kut teh map

Address:
Yi Pin Bak Kut Teh
21, Lorong Gudang Nanas 2,
Kawasan 18, 41400 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.049213, 101.444402

Can’t believe I didn’t know about this Chong Kok Kopitiam after having stayed closed to Klang for some four years, more spectacularly, it’s located just a stone’s throw away from Seraph Awaken, one of my favorite hand crafted coffee places in all of KL.

Chong Kok Kopitiam, Klang
Chong Kok Kopitiam, Klang

For those who were like me, Chong Kok Kopitiam is one of the rare type of eatery that truly represents the best of Malaysia – the restaurant is always crowded with Chinese, Malay, and Indians alike pretty much daily, a scene that reminds me of Hai Peng kopitiam at Kemaman, Pahang.

The restaurant serves your typical selection of local coffee menu, with toasts, steam bread, and half boiled eggs. They also have a few stalls, including a very popular nasi lemak, satay, Nyonya kuih, and more.

breakfast set with perfect sous vide half boiled eggs
breakfast set with perfect sous vide half boiled eggs

The toast and eggs here were perfect, with the half boiled eggs especially on point having prepared using sous vide method. The coffee too is thick and flavorful.

nasi lemak, nyonya kuih, and more are also available
nasi lemak, nyonya kuih, and more are also available

However, the best thing about this otherwise unassuming coffee shop is its atmosphere. You don’t often see this mixture of Malaysians from all walks of life congregating in the same eatery, often even sharing tables.

We need more places like Chong Kok kopitiam.

map to Chong Kok Kopitiam at Klang

Address:
Chong Kok Kopitiam
5, Jalan Stesen, Kawasan 1,
41000 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.042631, 101.449515
Tel: 03-3371 0996

I need to do a better job at posting on this blog, as this was from a trip to Bangkok last year….

Anyway, if you find yourself at Thong Lo, an upscale area in Bangkok with quirky cafes and plenty of Japanese restaurants, this Khao Jao Thai Restaurant is one modern eatery serving pretty traditional Thai fare worth checking out.

Khao Jao Thai Restaurant, Bangkok
Khao Jao Thai Restaurant, Bangkok

The restaurant is located along Thong Lo 17 Alley, a stone’s throw away from a popular hipster watering hole that is The Commons. It’s air conditioned, tastefully decorated, and offers quite a good selection of traditional dishes to choose from (see menu below).

For the three of us, we had the prawn with petai, bamboo shoots yellow curry, a plate of vege, and stuffed omelet.

The petai came with pretty big and juicy prawns, with a strong, slightly sweetish belacan taste that was also spicy, a perfect combination.

kangkung, stuffed omelet , petai prawn, bamboo shoot yellow curry
kangkung, stuffed omelet , petai prawn, bamboo shoot yellow curry

Yellow curry bamboo shoot carries a slight sourish note which goes well with rice but requires some getting used to. Omelet and vege completes the meal, they did not disappoint either.

Would not hesitate to go back there again.

map to Khao Jao Thai Restaurant, Bangkok

Address:
Khao Jao Thai Restaurant
Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
GPS: 13.735404, 100.581653
Hours: 10 am to 8:30 pm

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