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Penang hokkien mee, or prawn mee as it is usually called here in Klang Valley, is one of the more iconic dishes from the island known for its good hawker food. While prawn mee is quite available this part of the country, its sister dish – loh mee, is quite a bit trickier to find.

Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam and it's Loh Mee stall
Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam and it’s Loh Mee stall

Hence, whenever I find a hawker stall offering Penang loh mee, I’d usually give it a try. This same opportunity presented itself when I was at Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam looking to have kuih teow soup a few weeks ago, forgetting that it moved to nearby Hock Seng kopitiam.

As per my usual style, I ordered using Penang Hokkien, and the operator seemed to understand, passing my pseudo authenticity check.

Penang loh mee with appropriate condiments
Penang loh mee with appropriate condiments

Luckily though, the loh mee turned out pretty good. It came with appropriate condiments of minced garlic with vinegar and sambal, as well as proper ingredients with sliced pork, prawns, hard boiled eggs, kangkung, bean sprouts, and those really thick starchy soup.

I like mine with mee + meehun mix
I like mine with mee + meehun mix

Overall taste was on point, though I’d probably give Johnny’s version a slight upper hand due to the availability of more ingredient choices, but this one was definitely sufficient to satisfy cravings.

map to restaurant doremi 123, Ara Damansara

Address:
Restaurant DoReMi 123
Jalan PJU 1a/20b
Ara Damansara 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.119897, 101.579194

Kuih Teow Soup is one of my favorite Penang style hawker dishes, and unfortunately also something that is a bit tougher to find in Klang Valley due to the overlap that pork noodle & classic Teow Chew fishball noodle provides. So whenever I find a good one, I want to document them.

Hock Seng Kopitiam, Ara Damansara
Hock Seng Kopitiam, Ara Damansara

I previously wrote about the version at Do Re Mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara, well, this is an updated post as the stall is now moved to a new location just a few shops away at the corner, with this kuih teow soup guy running the whole show.

Note though that this is a kopitiam with more than just the kuih teow soup stall.

I spoke to the owner briefly about the history of his stall.

The guy decided to run this stall after retiring, picking up the family recipe originated from his grandfather & father’s stalls back in Penang, with the original stall started business way back in 1907, over a century  ago.

According to him, the soup takes 6 hours to prepare, starting from late at night until the wee hours to achieve that subtle yet sweet & savory taste that’s unmistakably a “proper” kuih teow soup signature.

chicken, duck, pork slices + fishball
chicken, duck, pork slices + fishball

As for ingredients, there’s chicken, duck, pork slices, as well as fish cake & home made fish ball. Add in kuih teow, bean sprouts, spring onion, garlic oil, some vege and a side of cili padi, you have a complete bowl of goodness perfect for a great start to the morning.

Penang style kuih teow soup with homemade fishball
Penang style kuih teow soup

If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup or comfort food in general, this one’s worth checking out.

hock seng ara damansara map

Address:
Hock Seng Kopitiam
C-G-1, block c, Jalan PJU 1a/20b,
Dataran Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.120365, 101.578803
Tel: 012-332 2717
Hours: 6 am to 4 pm daily

Kuih Teow Soup is one of those Penang hawker food that receive very little attention in Klang Valley, and I believe this is mostly due to the fact that pork noodle and the KL style fishball noodle (very subtle differences) serves most of the same demographic that gravitates towards this type of dishes.

Update 2019: This stall now moves to a few shops down at Hock Seng kopitiam.

do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara
do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara

Here’s the subtle differences in these three types of noodle soup, even though their broth are all clear and choice of noodle is usually kuih teow (flat rice noodle):

  • pork noodle – major ingredients of pork slices, innards, and even pork balls, sometimes you get to add poached egg, no bean sprouts
  • KL style fish ball noodle – fish ball, fish cake, bean sprout, mustard green
  • Penang kuih teow soup – fish ball, fish cake, chicken/pork/duck meat slices, bean sprouts, sometimes with coagulated duck/chicken blood, spring onion

So in essence, kuih teow soup has a more complex taste when compared to plain old fish ball noodle, while being not as savory and heavy as pork noodle.

For a proper bowl of Penang kuih teow soup in Klang Valley, my favorite at the moment is the hawker stall at Do Re Mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara. It is one of the very few places in town that serves kuih teow soup with duck meat. Duck meat is an ingredient that you don’t often find in hawker dishes in KL, I suppose mostly due to cost, and perhaps lesser appreciation from the public.

kuih teow th'ng, with duck meat
kuih teow th’ng, with duck meat

If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup in it’s proper form, this is surely a place to check out. Let me know if you have other favorites of yours to share.

map to restaurant doremi 123, Ara Damansara

Address:
Restaurant DoReMi 123
Jalan PJU 1a/20b
Ara Damansara 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.119897, 101.579194

While Penang and Ipoh hawker food has been quite a staple in Klang Valley, what Sarawak has to offer has just recently enter a lot of street food lover’s radar. And when it comes to Sarawakian simple eats, none is more popular than a good old fashion bowl of Sarawak Laksa.

Update 18/9/2018: Moved to new location at Tin Ha Kopitiam

Update 2/4/2019: Moved to the shop opposite called I-Tea House

Restaurant NZX Food Court, at Ara Damansara
Restaurant NZX Food Court, at Ara Damansara

One of the latest places to offer a good bowl is the newly revived NZX at Ara Damansara. NZX, or Niuzexui, was once the latest and hippest commercial area in PJ when it first opened several years ago. There were Starbucks, Big Apple donuts (when it was at its peak), and many more. I mean, it had semi-outdoor air conditioning, the place was great.

The biggest issue around NZX though, was access roads. You had to go through a dodgy and often congested tunnel under NKVE to get there via Taman Emas in PJ.

The access has been sorted out since, and there’s even the Lembah Subang LRT station just a stone’s throw away, so it was prime that NZX is experiencing a bit of a revival of late.

proper Sarawak Laksa, with decent size prawns too
proper Sarawak Laksa, with decent size prawns too

Anyway, back onto the laksa Sarawak.

I was first notified about this place by one of the people who now manages the area, and after Anna Wong (a proper Sarawakian) gave her approval of this stall, I knew I had to give it a try.

And true to what the Sarawakian girl said, the laksa here was proper (at least to me). The soup was on point, and ingredients were rather generous. I also like the fact that they do not skimp on those prawns. It was quite a treat.

Penang char kuih teow here is decent as well
Penang char kuih teow here is decent as well

Oh, there are other stalls at this kopitiam as well. The char kuih teow I had on my first visit when the Sarawak stall sold out was pretty decent as well. I still need to try their kuih chap and other dishes.

nzx food court map

The inner part of Ara Damansara away from the slightly more glamorous Oasis Square area used to be quite a bit of hidden area of PJ that’s not exactly a gem. There were a few less than interesting kopitiam, and an ill fated then-new commercial area by the name of New Ze Xui that eventually died a natural death. It was quite sad, and I know that full well as I used to stay at the nearby Crimson Apartment when I first moved to KL for work.

Well, that all matters little when the owner of Jatujak Bangkok Street Food decided to set up shop and provided a little spark to the area, I suppose you could call it a hidden gem.

Jatujak Bangkok Street Food at Ara Damansara
Jatujak Bangkok Street Food at Ara Damansara

Being located at this part of PJ with little else going has its benefits, especially when it comes to parking. The shop itself too get to occupy quite a decent alfresco area since there isn’t any other competition nearby, which all translate to a good start to any dining experience.

Dinner at Jatujak Bangkok street food at Ara Damansara, tomyam, petai prawn, salt baked fish, and kerang bakar. Good, authentic stuff. And they serve everything in 10 mins! #kyeats #thaifood #aradamansara #tomyam #petai

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Haze and I paid our first visit there a couple weeks ago when we met up with Lance for our first, and his second dinner in the same day at the same place. It’s always a good sign when someone is game to visit the same place more than once on the same week, much less the same day.

salt grilled tilapia, petai prawn, clear soup tomyam
salt grilled tilapia, petai prawn, clear soup tomyam

The menu at Jatujak is quite extensive, they have a good selection of seafood, tomyam, otak otak, and other typical Thai “tai chao” style food, as well as grilled items, and even pork dishes.

For dinner, we ordered four dishes to go with rice, and a few desserts to boot. All our main dishes came within 5-10 minutes despite the crowd, something that few restaurants manage to deliver, I was very impressed to say the least.

The salt grilled tilapia (RM 39) was our main dish, the fish properly prepared just the way you’d find by the streets of Bangkok, and we didn’t need to wait for 20+ minutes like we did at Tigerlily, and I thought it was actually a more than decent dish.

grilled cockles, this was really awesome
grilled cockles, this was really awesome

Clear tomyam soup (RM 22) was proper hot and did not disappoint, while the petai prawn (RM 30) could perhaps use more petai than prawns, but my favorite dish turned out to be the grilled cockles (RM 10), which reminds me of the good times back in the days at Nong & Jimmy, the cockles would go really really well with a cold beer or three.

iced coconut orignal, with red ruby, and with mango
iced coconut original, with red ruby, and with mango

We completed our dinner with a dessert each – coconut shake with ice cream (RM 8), coconut ruby (RM 12), and ice coconut mango (RM 12). Each came in their proper coconut shell as container and were proper rich, sweet, and have their shaved iced so fine they were silky smooth.

I guess it’s no wonder this is one of Lance’s favorite place to dine, and I believe it is also a place I’d revisit pretty soon.

jatujak bangkok street food ara damansara map

Address:
Jatujak @ Siam Bangkok Street Food
B-G-31 Blk B, Jalan PJU 1a/3j,
Taipan Damansara 1 Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.119825, 101.590183
Tel: 03-7859 6359