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I love a good bowl of bak kut teh, and while it is generally true that you often get the best bak kut teh at Klang, going all the way to the “ah beng country” isn’t always practical.
For those who aren’t familiar with bak kut teh, there are actually two versions. There’s the thicker broth infused with pork bones typical of Klang’s style, and then there’s the Teow Chew version that is lighter but more herbal.
bak kut teh, best served with yau char kuai
Heong Kee at Seapark is a bak kut the stall that offers one of the better Teow Chew style bak kut teh.
The unassuming stall is situated just a stone’s throw away from the KFC at Seapark (which is also the first KFC I visited in Klang Valley more than 20 years ago, but that’s not the topic for today.) There are about half a dozen foldable tables by the stall, with a canopy just in case the weather turns back.
ideal for quick dinner, so long as weather permits
I like the fact that the meat here is always very well cooked, and while the soup is not the most intense, my taste buds are happy with them. You can also add enoki mushroom, yau char kuai, and innards.
A meal here will cost about RM 10-12 per person, they also serve pork tripe soup, vegetable and a few other dishes here.
Heong Kee Bak Kut Teh (香记肉骨茶)
On my last trip back to Penang, I caught up with my sister for late lunch, and since she is a lot more well versed with Penang food than me (not having stayed on the island the past 20 years), I naturally asked her to suggest a place.
We ended up at Hai Beng kopitiam for some good old fashion Hainan Lor Mee (卤面)
Hai Beng kopitiam at Pulau Tikus, Penang
Situated at the junction of Jones Road and Burma Road, Hai Beng kopitiam is a typical Chinese run coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch with a variety of hawker stalls, including the lor mee and a Malay nasi kandar stall which is rather popular (another post on another day).
Parking isn’t too hard to come by, and with plenty of trees around the premise, the restaurant is rather comfortable too.
plenty of extra ingredients for your choosing
The Lor Mee has been around since the independence of the country, and offers many add ons if you crave for extra porky goodness. This includes lor bak (卤肉), pig’s ear, 3-layer pork, pork knuckle, intestine, and so forth.
wholesome loh mee, we added some pork skin
For lunch, we ordered lor mee with pork skin. It comes with the usual ingredients of noodle and meehun, bean sprouts, pork slices, hard boiled eggs, and those thick, flavorful gravy. Splash some home made chili sauce and fresh garlic paste and you have a bowl of awesome hawker delights worthy of instagram, and your stomach.
Unlike most hawker stalls that offers lor mee in conjunction with Hokkien mee (also known as prawn mee), this stall specialized only on lor mee, all for RM 4 (small), and RM 5.50 (big). Of course, you pay a bit more for additional ingredients.
Now, I need to find a good version in KL.
Hainan Lor Mee
Kedai Kopi Hai Beng
Jones Road & Burma Road, Penang
Whenever we wanted a bowl of good fish head noodle, Woo Pin at Taman Desa usually comes to mind. The place undoubtedly serves very good and reasonably priced fish head noodle, it is far from where we stay (PJ), has lousy parking situation, and is often packed to the brim on weekends.
Last weekends, I finally tried the Kaki Bola Dua fish head noodle at Taman Paramount which is much closer to home.
Kaki Bola Dua XO Fish Head Meehun, PJ Taman Paramount
The restaurant is situated just a stone’s throw away from the famed restaurant O&S. Parking isn’t hard to come by, and there’s air conditioning. All positive signs so far.
There are three types of soup to choose from – XO, shiong tong, and tomyam flavor. Of those choices of soup, you can then pick deep fried fish head, fresh fish head, fish paste, fish filet, and so forth.
three different flavors of soup to choose from
The fish of choice here is the traditional “soong” fish. I picked deep fried fish head and specifically asked for the meaty part (which apparently you can if you’re not a huge fan of excess fish bone) with the classic XO soup with milk (RM 8.30), appropriately listed as the first pick on the menu.
I asked for more “meaty” part of the fish head, delicious
The fish head noodle came in less than 15 minutes or so despite a heavy crowd, and it well worth it. The fish crispy and fresh, the soup rather flavorful, and most importantly, the home made chili sauce accompanying the noodle has quite a bite as well.
For those looking for a bowl of good fish head noodle in around PJ, this would be a good option. I have a feeling I’ll be back to try out their other flavors.
Kaki Bola fish head noodle
No. 23, Jalan 20/14,
46100 Petaling Jaya,
GPS: 3.107316, 101.625090
Hours: daily 7.30am – 4pm, 6pm – 9pm
Popiah, or commonly known as fresh spring rolls in most other parts of the world, has always been one of my favorite breakfast dishes. It’s easy to eat, contains an assortment of vegetables, usually pretty economical, and doesn’t take a long time to chew down.
It is a dish that is pretty common in Penang, but unfortunately, good ones are hard to come by in Klang Valley, so I was pretty happy when I finally sampled from this one from Imbi market.
the poppiah stall at Imbi market
Sister’s Crispy Popiah is situated some 10 meters away from the famous Ah Weng Koh Haianese Tea. It has been operating at the same spot for years, and business in the morning is rather good. There’s almost always a small queue right in front of the stall, behind the operator that always move in a super brisk pace.
two pieces of pohpiah at RM 4.40
A single serving goes for RM 2.20, one is never enough as the only dish, but suffice as a side dish if you have something else to go along with, like a plate of wantan mee or some breakfast toasts for example.
Other than the popiah skin, chili paste (optional), and sweet sauce, there are at least five other ingredients packed into this spring roll, including sengkuang (yambean), cucumber, carrot, and some absolutely fantastic crispy bits (I have no idea what they are).
goes well with toast and Hainanese tea too
The normal serving is a little on the drier side, but if you prefer to just ask, you can have it with a bit of those sengkuang soup to wet them as well (which is closer to Penang style). The popiah skin holds up well while not being too thick, the mixture of crispy ingredients and really soft, well cooked sengkuang makes for a well balanced contrasting texture that I really like.
A pair of popiah for breakfast? I can do it this any day.
Sisters Crispy Popiah
Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)
Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.14340, 101.71664
Hours: breakfast and brunch
Breakfast is of course, the most important meal of the day, so I usually make it a point to wake up a little earlier to feed myself before heading to the office.
Riding to work enable me to have quite a lot of flexibility when it comes trying out new places for breakfast, and for a while, Pudu, or more specifically, the area behind Berjaya Times Square was the where I was exploring. Here are four different places with four hawker offerings I find worthy of repeated visits.
All of these places operate from before 8 am and most have been in business for decades.
Hakka noodle at Jalan Sayur
The Hakka noodle at Jalan Sayur is originated from Dabu county, a district of Meizhou, Guangdong Province of China, center of Hakka culture. The noodle comes with a side of wantan soup and serves with minced pork, chasiu, and vegetable.
The minced pork is the key ingredient here that some prefer over the chasiu, but I like the varying texture provide by both types of meat. Business is brisk in the morning, table sharing is common.
“Da Bu Mien” (大埔面) | Jalan Sayur, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur | Hours: breakfast to late lunch
wantan mee at restaurant good friend
For those who loves a plate of old school wantan mee, the stall at Restaurant Good Friend is a definitely a place worth visiting. The ingredients is similar to the Hakka noodle above, but they do taste rather different.
The noodle is springy, wantan delicious, and it is every bit a great execution of wantan mee if you’re a fan of one. There’s even a bit of fried pork lard as well, one of my favorite ingredients in any food.
The guy manning the stall looks to be at least in his late 60s of 70s, and I’m guessing he’s been doing this for a long time.
Wantan Mee @ Restaurant Good Friend | Jalan Brunei (behind Caltex), Pudu, Kuala Lumpur) |Hours: breakfast to lunch
Seremban style pork noodle at Lorong Brunei 2
At the corner of Lorong Brunei 2 and Jalan 1/77C, you’ll find a pretty old school shack under a tree that offers something pretty unique – Seremban style pork ball noodle.
Like most other pork ball noodle, there’s a choice for dry or soupy version. There’s the home made pork balls, ‘fuchok’, and your choice of noodle. What you also get here is the rather interesting chili flakes on top of the noodle that gave it a very different kick. Those who loves spicy food will enjoy this a lot.
Seremban Pork Noodle | Lorong Brunei 2 & Jalan 1/77C, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur | 016-396 8976 | Hours: breakfast to lunch
pork noodle at restaurant Yuyi
For those who prefers a bowl of pork noodle with everything thrown in, the pork noodle stall at Yuyi kopitiam is the one to go.
Pork slices, minced pork, coagulated blood, liver, intestine, and even pork kidney are all available. I also love the fact that they serve meesuah in addition with your usual choices of yellow noodle, meehun, and kuih teow. The only down side at this place is the wait time. If you can’t afford to wait for at least 15-20+ minutes, this place isn’t for you, and they probably have too many customers to handle anyway. It is very delicious though!
Pork Noodle at Restaurant Yuyi | Jalan Brunei & Lorong Brunei 2, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur | Hours: breakfast to lunch