Tag / hawker
One of the harder thing to do when it comes to food is to have an open mind, of not having a preconception of reputation and who “should” be able to produce what sort of cuisine best. It is something that I personally struggle with from time to time, for example, I’d order Penang char kuih teow in Klang Valley using Penang style Hokkien, casting a doubt whenever they fail to reply in the same accent.
So you can imagine that I had my doubts when approaching this rather busy joint operated by three foreigners (Burmese perhaps?) just off Jalan Pasar in KL.
Jalan Seladang off Jalan Pasar, next to RHB
After riding past the area a few times on my way to Pudu, I thought I give it a try since it looked rather busy every single time I paid attention to it.
As it turns out, this little yellow stall a stone’s throw away from the famous Chen Chen Roast Goose offers fish head meehun.
Unlike fancier places like B & Best (one of my favorite joints), the options here are simple, “soong fish head” (RM 7) or garupa fish head (RM 13), and the choice of noodle.
For both my visits, I picked meehun to go with the different types of fish. The portion were pretty decent, and the fish did tasted rather fresh, but above all, the execution were simple yet on point, with a good soup base, copious amount of parsley, just the right amount of fried garlic and raw ginger to make a very enjoyable bowl of fish head noodle.
fish head noodle with “soong fish”
If I didn’t sit there and see these guys cook it, I’d have thought this was prepared by some old Chinese uncle with 30 years experience.
Sometimes suspending our preconception can bring about good surprises.
Fish Head Meehun
Jalan Seladang off Jalan Pasar
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.135574, 101.715417
For those who loved the old first generation Jalan Batai char kuih teow (Damansara Height’s Seng Lee kopitiam) back in the days, you’re in luck! You can now find the original uncle manning the stall at Sen Kee White Coffee kopitiam at Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam.
Sen Kee White Coffee at Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam
I was first informed about this place by another ckt seeking friend who originated from Penang. Naturally, I decided to check it out the very next day.
According to the operator, he’s been operating at this location for about two months now, while his daughter is still running the show at the previous place.
char kuih teow with duck egg
Like any proper char kuih teow places, they serve only char kuih teow and nothing else, but you do get a choice between normal chicken egg, or my usual choice when available – duck egg.
The CKT was just as I remembered, plenty of wok hei, with pretty decent size prawns for Klang Valley standard, and all the necessary ingredients such as bean sprouts, cockles, and chives. However, in replacement of lap cheong, you get fish cakes, which is something that’s not 100% ideal but acceptable in my book.
So for those of you who used to love a proper plate of char kuih teow from the uncle who used to operate at Jalan Batai, this is a place to go. There’s also a second generation Batai CKT now at Klang for anyone who’s curious.
do you recognise this char kuih teow uncle?
Sen Kee White Coffee
33, Jalan Mewah 25/63,
Taman Sri Muda,
40400 Shah Alam, Selangor
GPS: 3.030874, 101.535499
Admittedly, fried rice hasn’t been one of the sexiest hawker dishes in Malaysia. If you ask anyone of their favorite Malaysian hawker dishes, chances are that most people are going to say char kuih teow, laksa, prawn mee, mee goreng, and so on.
That being said, I think a plate of good old fashion fried rice is the perfect dish when you really want to have that stomach filled up good.
Restoran Hup Soon fried rice, Petaling Jaya SS3
fried rice with the glorious fried egg
When it comes to good old fashion fried rice for lunch, one of the best places you can go to Restoran Hup Soon at Petaling Jaya SS3.
The operator from the stall that specialize fried rice is originally from Kedah and has been operating in the same stall for over a decade, serving up the same recipe from all those years.
egg with runny yolk is my favorite
A plate of fried rice comes with finely chopped long beans & char siu, egg, crunchy bean sprouts, and prawns. I’d also strongly suggest that you ask for an additional fried egg that’s perfectly fried with the egg yolk that remains runny.
The fried rice is also served with some chili padi for those who loves a bit of kick, tho I think it’ll really be perfect if there’s some proper Penang sambal here.
If you’re a fried rice lover, this is definitely a place to check out.
Restoran Hup Soon
7, Jalan SS 3/29,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.095309, 101.611128
Hours: breakfast & lunch
I first came across this new-to-me Penang Hokkien Prawn Mee stall from Lionel’s instagram feed. By the look of the picture as well as the trust I have Lionel as someone who knows his food as well as the link he provides (article on The Malay Mail written by Khang Yi of masak-masak), I knew then I had to visit this place the very next day, which I did.
Penang prawn mee Red Leaf restaurant, Jalan Loke Yew
Restaurant Red Leaf is located at Restoran Red Leaf (also known as Restoran Shoong City?) at the intersection of Jalan Loke Yew and Lorong Loke Yew. While being by the main road, it also manage to stay somewhat hidden from view, so do not miss your turning.
The Hokkien Prawn mee stall is manned by the owner who’s been operating at the same spot for some 30 years and originally hailed from Penang. An easy test is to order a bowl in Penang Hokkien, which I almost always do when ordering Penang hawker food in Klang Valley.
prawn mee with extra prawns
The usual small bowl goes for RM 6, but you can also have it with extra prawns for RM 9 each. Naturally that was what I went for.
The prawn mee came with the usual ingredients of sea-caught prawns, kangkung, bean sprouts, pork slices, fried shallots, and your choice of yellow noodle, meehun, or both.
The broth carries a strong prawn note with a sweet seafood taste to it, with every ingredient jelled quite nicely to make a bowl of proper prawn mee that is my current favorite among the hawker offerings in Klang Valley.
I was certainly a happy customer
Will certainly make this one of my regular pre-work breakfast stops.
Restoran Red Leaf
No 61 & 63, Ground Floor
Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 KL
GPS: 3.129614, 101.711412
Hours: 7am – 12pm
Truth be told, beef isn’t exactly a staple in Chinese cuisine in the Northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Growing up in Penang I could probably count with one hand the number of beef serving hawker stalls there operating on the island at the time.
Luckily, when they do serve beef, it is often not disappointing. Case in point – the old beef noodle stall at Taxi Station in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
old taxi stand beef noodle, Sungai Petani, Kedah
From what I can gather, this beef specialty stall is manned by Mr Tan, who is now over 80 years old. The stall was originally started by his father in 1950, with the current location now manned by him & the brother since 1974. Chances are most of the customers were not even alive yet when the first cow is scarified for this stall.
mixed beef soup with rice, or you can have it with noodle
There main offering is beef slice, tripe, brisket, tendon, and beef ball (most often called mixed beef soup) to go with with noodle or if you’re hungry – rice. We opted for the latter when my brother brought me there for lunch some weeks back.
The old master definitely got everything all figured out, the soup is flavorful but not over powering, with the beef cooked just so and not overly done, the tendon was soft, and the garnish supporting the dish perfectly. I also enjoy their unique sambal condiment. Overall this was just a very pleasant dish to have, doubly so on a rainy day.
old school lunch, just what the doctor ordered
I recommend anyone who find themselves at Sungai Petani to give this a try, unless you don’t eat beef.
Beef Noodle at Taxi Station
12 A, Jalan Petri,
Taman Pekan Baru,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
GPS: 5.639290, 100.487675
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm