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When it comes to pork noodle, there is a family that dominates PJ/Sunway/Subang area. I was told that the operators of the famous stalls at Kean Fatt SS3, Subang Jaya SS15, and Ah Or at Sunway Mentari are all related.

SS3’s version is basically my go-to pork noodle (due to location) when I have the patient to wait, but I thought, why not try them all out and see if they are really similar. Hence we got ourselves at Ah Or Pork Noodle last weekends.

Ah Or pork noodle, Sunway Mentari
Ah Or pork noodle, Sunway Mentari

Ah Or is located at Sunway Mentari, the place where it’s easy to spot and harder than hell to get to due to confusing traffic pattern. It also doesn’t help that the location stated on Google map is wrong (as 10/5/15). But with some luck, we got there anyhow.

The restaurant is as basic as you get, with one pork noodle stall, plenty of plastic tables & chairs, and nothing else.

how can you resist this?
how can you resist this?

The stall itself indeed does look like the one at SS3, with the rather unique label of “Penang Pork Noodle” in Chinese. Well, I’m from Penang and there’s really no such thing as Penang Pork Noodle…

The menu here is slightly wider than Kean Fatt, you get to choose between wet/dry, and a choice of yellow noodle, meehun, kuih teow, loshu fun, and even meesuah.

Haze and I both enjoyed it with the soft boiled egg
Haze and I both enjoyed it with the soft boiled egg

We went for our usual – soup version with kuih teow and an extra egg.

Well, it tasted about 90% similar to the one at SS3 which I’m familiar with, with the exception of intestine being much softer, but liver slightly more cooked. The soup is still has that sweet savory taste, and the half boiled egg perfectly done.

The wait time was some 20 minutes, actually not too bad for a Saturday. Would not mind to go again for sure.

map to Ah Or pork noodle at Sunway Mentari

Address:
Ah Or Pork Noodle
No. 3, Jalan PJS 8/17
Dataran Mentari, Sunway
Selangor
GPS: 3.078034, 101.612104
Tel012-428 8680/012-613 0479

Last week while doing some work on the new house, we found ourselves at Taman Berkeley looking for something to eat for lunch and spotted this unassuming hawker stall at Restoran Taman Berkeley that offers beef noodle.

Tongkak beef noodle stall at Restoran Taman Berkeley
Tongkak beef noodle stall at Restoran Taman Berkeley

The banner outside stated “tongkak beef noodle”, which didn’t mean anything to me initially until I recalled that a friend told me her hometown serves the best beef noodle, and she’s from Tangkak. So naturally I’m assuming Tangkak = Tongkak in hawker style spelling (that or it infringes on some other places’ copyright).

We ordered two bowls.

glorious beef noodle
glorious beef noodle

Both the soup and the dry version are very similar. You get to choose from kuih teow, meehun, or yellow noodle. The soup is laden with various cuts of beef, tendon, brisket, white radish, and bits of salted vegetable.

available in both dry and soup version
available in both dry and soup version

We ended up really liking it, I’ve never been to Tangkak and can’t verify if this is “authentic” nor can I make a fair comparison, but I find myself really enjoying the meat, particularly due to how soft and tender they are (just like most Klang BKT with pork). The bits of salted vegetable and radish too adds to the dish, and if you like a bit of kick, there’s the home-made chili sauce on the side.

I will next try the other beef noodle place at Taman Berkeley.

map to taman berkeley, Klang

Address:
Restoran Taman Berkeley
Leboh Bangau & Jalan Lang,
Taman Berkeley, Klang

GPS: 3.058252, 101.463231

When it comes to curry mee, I usually prefer the Penang variety with prawns, cockles, cuttlefish, and coagulated pork blood. However, that does not mean that I don’t enjoy the occasional Central Malaysia type of curry mee with a different set of ingredients, I just usually don’t purposely look for them.

curry mee stall at Madras Lane, Petaling Street
curry mee stall at Madras Lane, Petaling Street

Actually, the only reason I discovered this curry mee stall at Madras Lane was from a failed attempt to try the famous yong tau foo located at the same place since I went there way too early (before their usual 10 am opening hour.)
curry mee with pork skin, cockles, and more

Anyway, this curry mee came with cockles that were just perfect, they were big, juicy, and almost raw. Then there’s those yummy deep fried pork skin, a few slices of eggplants, long beans, and tofupok in those thick curry gravy, which comes together making perfect compliments to the noodles with addition of those fragrant sambal.

I’m not a huge fan of KL curry mee, but this one is good. Try it.

map to Madras Lane yong tau foo, Petaling Street

Address:
Madras Curry Mee
Lorong Bandar 20
Off Jalan Petaling
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.143600, 101.697142
Hours: breakfast and lunch, from about 8 am (Off Mondays)

One of the lesser known dishes in Penang is “hokkein char“, or literally, Hokkien Fried noodle. It is a dish found on most hawker centers and probably most of the bigger kopitiam, but unlike the more glamorous Pennag dishes like char kuih teow, curry mee or prawn mee that is famous everywhere, I’ve yet to find a proper hokkien char stalls in Klang Valley.

Hokkien Char & Char Hor Fun, Anson Road wet market
Hokkien Char & Char Hor Fun, Anson Road wet market

This blog post is about a Hokkien Char stall located at Anson Road wet market in Penang. It is not a particularly well known stall, in fact, it is absolutely average. In fact, I ended up trying this only because I was waiting for the immensely popular kuih teow soup at the same place (a must-try for kuih teow soup fans)

It is presented as how Hokkien Char should be, and tasted how it should taste, just the way I like it.

Penang hokkein char, where can I get one in KL?
Penang hokkein char, where can I get one in KL?

The anatomy of Hokkien Char is simple. There’s yellow noodle and mee hun, prawns, vegetable (choi sam usually), and pork slices fried with some sort of brown sauce, then topped with char siu and fried shallot. Most importantly, it is served with Penang style sambal balacan that’s positively spicy and foul smelling. Sometimes you get an odd fish ball or fish cakes thrown in as well.

The combination just works, and to me, a far superior rendition of fried noodle than KL’s “Hokkien Mee” with it’s overloaded dark soya sauce.

If you’re in Penang, give it a try!

muar chee, this one right outside Ayer Itam wet market
muar chee, this one right outside Ayer Itam wet market

Oh, also, don’t forget to try some Muar Chee as well. They’re absolutely fantastic and usually don’t cost more than RM 2 or so. If you like Kampachi’s signature peanut mochi, you will absolutely enjoy this.

direction to Anson Road market

Address:
Hokkien Char Stall
Anson Road Market
Jalan Anson & Lebuh Melaka
Penang
GPS: 5.415880, 100.320892
Hours: daily breakfasts except Mondays

For all these years staying within a kilometer or two within Seapark, I never knew the existence of this row of hawker stalls in the morning right beside the wet market until about half a year ago when introduced by my ex-colleague, Kelvin.

Seapark Morning Market curry mee
Seapark Morning Market curry mee

The reason that made me want to visit this hawker row was the picture of curry wantan mee shared by Kelvin that looks rather delicious. So a particular fair weathered morning not too long ago, I did just that.

dry "curry mee" with a side of tofu pok
dry “curry mee” with a side of tofu pok

The stall operates from around 4 am and usually sold out before 9. If you want to have super early breakfast, this is definitely the place to go.

The dry version is what most people go for, you have a choice of kuih teow, yellow noodle, or meehun as stomach filler, with the other ingredients being minced meat, sliced fish cake, fried fuchuk, and a side of curry broth with tofu pok & fish ball. Of course, there’s the all important fragrant chili paste as well.

this is available from around 4 am in the morning
this is available from around 4 am in the morning

So how does it taste?

Well, I’ve never had this exact same combination before, but I think it works pretty well. There’s sweetness from dark soya sauce, the spiciness and fragrance from sambal paste, and savoriness from meat and fish ball/fish cake.

For RM 5, this makes a pretty good breakfast. Now if they also offer coffee, that’ll be great.

map to seapark morning market hawker row

Address:
Curry wantan mee
Jalan 21/22, Sea Park,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.110397, 101.621757
Tel: 011-2628 4688 
Hours: from 4am to 8-9am