One of my favorite Malaysian hawker comfort foods is kuih teow soup, so when I was looking for breakfast during the last JB trip earlier this year, I decided that Ah Hua Kueh Teow would fit the bill. We stayed at KSL Resort, and Ah Hua was just a short walk away, it made perfect sense.
Ah Hua Kueh Teow, Johor Bahru
Ah Hua kueh teow serves kuih teow soup that comes with a pretty good list of ingredients – fish balls, pork slices, liver, minced pork, romaine lettuce , and even a sprinkle of fried lard and a pinch of seaweed, all in a broth that’s subtle and comforting. A side of red chili and soya sauce comes with this, making for a simple yet satisfying breakfast that warms the stomach in the morning.
honest comfort food – kuih teow soup
For those who likes a bit of extra, there’s those deep fried fish cake as side dish. I was sharing a table with 2 retired aunties and that was what they ordered and happily offered to share those fish cakes with me. I did feel bad and ended up paying for them instead, which made for an overall happy day for all three of us.
fish cake anyone? I shared this with a couple Singaporean aunties
Would not hesitant to go back there again should I find myself in JB looking for a warm breakfast.
Address: Ah Hua Kueh Teow 21, Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor GPS: 1.485697, 103.761054
A few weeks ago we made a trip to Seri Kembangan and met up with some relatives for a Yong Tau Foo lunch for the simple reason of the wife’s aunt saying this was the place to go for yong tau foo, so we did.
Our destination was Sister Kam (google map would say Sister Lam), a corner simple kopitiam set up with basic facilities, but also one that has a pretty busy kitchen with about half a dozen workers preparing yong tau foo on the spot. Parking was an easy enough affair, and we were lucky enough to get a table without having to wait.
some of the yong tau foo choices, made fresh on location
Ordering can be done via a piece of paper ala most dimsum style, you put a number next to the type of yong tau foo you want, and some 10 minutes later they’ll appear on your table. If you’re curious as to how they’ll look like, simply walk to the area near the kitchen and you’ll get to see many of the ready made ytf pieces on display just eagerly waiting to get into your stomach.
various types of ytf, plus curry chicken & hakka fried pork
For the 6 of us, we ordered a mixture of fried and soup version of yong tau foo. Additionally we also had a serving of curry chicken and hakka fried pork.
The yong tau foo were fresh and most importantly, with fish paste that are of pretty good quality. I enjoyed the hakka fried pork, but thought the curry chicken was a little light (though the potato was good).
We paid about RM 15 per person for the experience, which was pretty reasonable considering the fact that we also had some coconuts to go with. If you’re around the area it would be a decent place to fill up your stomach, but I would maybe think twice if I had to make a 45 minutes drive.
We don’t always go to Kota Damansara thanks mostly to the fact that traffic is quite horrendous due to the on-going MRT construction, but when WeiZhi & Lex asked that we join them for a steamboat lunch review at Gourmet Definition Steamboat, we immediately agreed.
Gourmet Definition Steamboat at Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara
The reason is two fold – the two fellas behind KBCG are good friends, and secondly, the photos from what I can find about Gourmet Definition Steamboat looked mighty promising.
we tried both the spicy and signature golden soup
Located at the main strip of Sunway Giza, Gourmet Definition has quite a “fresh” and new look to it that’s unlike any other steamboat places in town. The restaurant manager and part owner explained to us that great expense and thought was put into the planning and renovation stage of the restaurant, to ensure a comfortable dining experience, and most of all, top notch cleanliness standard.
I felt that they definitely achieved these goals with white marble tables, good air conditioning, and above all, prompt service (they even change your plates from time to time).
the deluxe set menu A for 4 pax at Gourmet Definition
We were served the Deluxe Set Menu A for the four of us (RM 238 promo, usual RM 328), and it came with the following items:
signature golden soup or heat reducing preserved egg & parsley soup
King’s water prawn (4 pcs)
handmade three treasure meatballs (fish, pork, octopus, 4 pcs each)
There are only two items we tried here that’s not in the set menu – the HUGE imported fresh oyster, and the extra flavor of soup (the spicy one). Everything else is as listed above.
the fresh oyster was absolutely delicious, and huge!
But enough with the listing of ingredients, the important question is, are they any good?
The answer is a resounding yes. Fresh ingredients with pork bone infused herbal soup base, it is actually not easy to go wrong here.
My favorites were the iberico pork slices, those red roe in the river prawn’s head, the homemade fish balls, and also most definitely those huge oysters. Those chicken wings too were pretty spot on as well.
Haze, Weizhi, Lex, & KY
Prices at Gourmet Definition is on the higher side, but the ingredients, service, and dining experience more than equal what you’ll see on the bill. If you’re up for some top notch steamboat, this place should be on your radar screen.
Address: Gourmet Definition Steamboat Unit A-13A & 15, Sunway Giza, No. 2, Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU 5, Kota Damansara, 47810 Selangor GPS: 3.150799, 101.581231 Tel: 03-6151 8638 Hours: Lunch & Dinner daily
Every once in a while, usually on Fridays, we drive out from the enclave of Bukit Bintang to eat at a land far away. For example, Ah Koong Eating House (亚坤纯正西刀鱼丸) at a grand total of 2 kilometers away from the office.
Ah Koong Eating House, Imbi, plenty to choose from
Ah Koong Eating House has quite an extensive menu of various fishball noodle with different choices of fish, oyster, fish cake, yong tau foo, and more. It is in essence, similar to the likes of B & Best Seafood Noodle and 60s Teow Chew Fishball Noodle, but with even more varieties on offer.
The good thing about Ah Koong though, is that the shop is airconditioned too.
some deep fried goodness as side dishes
Ordering at Ah Koong is simple, you proceed to the front of the “stall” pick your choice of noodle/rice/porridge/kuih teow etc to go with your choice of different fish meat, fishball, oyster, and more. There’s also a choice of different soup to go with – dry, tomyam, curry, and clear soup.
curry mee, dried noodle, soup noodle, and oysters
We ordered some deep fried fish cake and yong tau foo items to share, and I had the fishball kuih teow soup with oysters (RM 14 + YTF price per item), and it was actually quite delightful. A colleague had their curry mee, and another elected to go with dried lou she fun, and each gave pretty decent feedbacks to their dishes.
While the place might have a reputation of being expensive, I found that the price is pretty much in line with other shops that serves similar type of food. Parking at Imbi area can be a drag, but if you’re looking for a bowl of good fishball soup with choices of other goodies to add in, this would be a place to go in KL.
p/s: if you want those with pork lard, head to B & Best instead.
Address: Ah Koong Eating Place Ground Floor No.172, Jln Changkat Tambi Dollah, Off Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.140039,101.712858 Tel: 03-2143 3477
Sotong suggested that we go to this fishball place at Seapark that she found out from her colleague. Since I am always in an adventure mode when it comes to food, and this place is rather close to where I stay, we gave The 60s Teow Chew Fishball a try last weekend.
pretty cozy atmosphere, clean and air-conditioned (somewhat)
This restaurant is not very different from the Fishball Noodle soup place in Damansara Jaya (next to Atria). Both serves fishball noodle soup, fish cake, a few different yong tau foo, and so on. However, one noted difference is that they also offer curry soup instead of just plain soup and dried version for the noodle (see picture below.)
pretty healthy food, tastes good too
We ordered the fishball noodle soup with curry and clear soup, some fish dumplings, and yong tau foo. We had wanted to order the deep fried fish paste in order to compare with the other shop, but unfortunately they ran out of stock. Another item that is worth mentioning is the fish skin wanton, gotta try that next time.
nice on-the-wall menu
The homemade fishball tastes pretty good, has a firm and springy texture that chews pretty well. The clear soup is nothing to shout about but pretty much what you’ll expect. As far as the yong tau foo goes, I’ll still stick with the Ampang store. However, the deep fried fish dumpling was very good, I recommend it.
The entire menu is mounted on the wall, with Chinese and English language, together with the price. A pretty nice touch.