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I make it a habit to try to start most working days with a good breakfast, and this is achieved by riding to work, which allows me to have quite a bit of freedom in choosing breakfast spots before heading to the office in the morning. See, when you’re stuck in the traffic, I’m having my noms, life’s good.
another breakfast stop for me
I was chatting with one of my colleagues just the other day and he mentioned that one of his favorite kopitiam around PJ where his old folks reside was Golden Kim Wah at Damansara Kim. The very next day, I made the slight de-tour and stop by to grab one of his favorite dishes from the place – Robert’s Char Kuih Teow.
I made the order like how I usually do for CKT – in classic beautiful Penang Hokkien, and to my delight, Mr. Robert answered in the very same dialect, which is always good news for a place that offers Penang dishes.
Robert Char Kuih Teow, legit
The RM 6 plate of char kuih teow from Robert was indeed up to expectation. Good amount of “wok hei” with those tiny charred bits, properly moist and yet not too wet, it also comes with prawns, lap cheong, bean sprouts, chives, and even a few bits of lard.
I’m putting this down as one of the few char kuih teow places worth eating in Klang Valley.
Golden Kim Wah Restaurant,
Jalan SS 20/10, Damansara Kim,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
While Penang is synonymous with char kuih teow, laksa, and curry mee, one of the least talked about awesome hawker food from the island has got to be mee goreng. Sure, you can find mee goreng just about anywhere in Malaysia at 24 hour mamak stores, but once you had it in Penang, you’d think that you life has been a lie.
mee goreng stall at Tanjung Bungah, Penang
When it comes to mee goreng, one of my favorites is the little unassuming stall parked at the Yok Fong kopitiam in Tanjung Bungah where the old Hin Bus station used to be, or about half way from Tanjung Tokong to Batu Feringghi.
just a squeeze of limau lipis is all you need
The mee goreng here is manned by Indian stall owner who is actually not the “original” owner, but thank goodness the trick of the trade isn’t lost to this next generation operator.
A plate cost RM 5 and comes with the usual fritter, squid, potato, egg, bean sprout, and a bit of greens. If you want it hot, ask for more “cabai”. Squeeze the limau lipis just right before you dig in for that extra umph. The noodle is very wet in comparison to the usual versions, so much so you can eat it with a spoon.
we ended up ordering another plate
If you’re in Penang and crave for something slightly out of the usual hawker fare, this is one to try out. Also, this would be suitable to bring your Muslim friends along.
Mee Goreng at Yok Fong Kopitiam
Jalan Chan Siew Teong
Tanjung Bungah, Penang
GPS: 5.465812, 100.279872
One of my favorite hawker style comfort foods is kuih teow soup. Back in Penang, this is a rather ubiquitous dish that you can in just about any kopitiam or food court. However, in Klang Valley, pork noodle seems to take center stage to fill this niche instead. Which can be a good/bad thing depending on your preference.
Restoran Berkeley Sua Teng
The situation in Klang is a little bit different, and I suppose due to the prevalent of bak kut teh which already heavily involves the usage of pork as an ingredient in a dish that involves soup, pork noodle is quite rare, and probably as a side effect, there are some kuih teow soup places instead, such as Restoran Berkeley Sua Teng at Taman Berkeley which I happily discovered just recently.
kuih teow soup, hawker style comfort food
The almost kopitiam style restaurant offers the usual kuih teow soup, curry version, dry version, with rice, and a few other side dishes.
We tried their plain old fashion kuih teow soup which came with bouncy home-made fish balls, fish cake, tofu skin, and a slice of vege. The ingredients may be slightly different from the version I love in Penang, it does still tastes very light and balanced, comforting and perfect for when you’re looking for something light.
fish cake, fuchuk, and suikao, complete with kampong koh chili sauce
For side dishes, we tried their fish cake, sui kao, and tofu skin. These were all deep fried and served with one of the best chili sauce you can get – naturally from Kampong Koh! A satisfying lunch for sure, and I won’t hesitate to go back there again.
Restoran Berkeley Sua Teng
Lorong Angsa, Bandar Baru Klang,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.057078, 101.465631
Hours: 9 am to late lunch
I’m a bit of a fan of wantan mee, after all, it is one of the first “good” hawker dishes I tried when first moved to Klang Valley from Penang. Quality of wantan mee here in Central Peninsular Malaysia is like char kuih teow in Penang, you don’t often get disappointed.
That being said, there are those that stands out from the crowd, and if you find yourself in Klang, this particular nameless wantan mee stall is the one that definitely deserves some attention.
nameless wantan mee stall at Jalan Gelugor, Klang town
The wantan mee stall is located along Jalan Gelugor in the heart of Klang town, just a stone’s throw away from the relatively famous sei ngan chai bak kut teh “restaurant”. The whole place consists of poorly erected zinc roof and furnished with plastic chairs and tables with a dining temperature that’s at least 5 Celsius hotter than being directly under the sun.
Yet, it is always packed.
glorious wantan mee, I ordered extra wantan
But if you have an appetite for good wantan mee, order a plate, and with some patience, you’ll get to see it in front of you in about 30-45 minutes, just as when you’ve lost a whole KG of sweat by sitting there.
I had mine with extra wantan that is served in a soup, and well, it was worth it!
the wantan is what make this place special
The noodle is fine yet springy, soaking up those perfectly balanced sauce that carries a hint of lard. The wantan is something else, they’re rather small but packs a punch in flavor, most likely due to the marinade/seasoning in the meat and that they’re made fresh almost just before serving.
The charsiu isn’t the strong point here, but forgivable considering how good everything else tasted.
I think I’ll be willing to revisit despite the crowd and the heat.
Wantan Mee Stall
GPS: 3.050704, 101.450404
Sometimes the best eateries are the one you stumbled upon when the original place you want to go isn’t opened for business, and this was precisely how we ended up at Hong Lai at Setapak after a failed attempt to get go Restoran Sup & Popiah Zaiton Hussin for some good old fashion sup lidah (ox tongue soup).
Hong Lai hokkien mee at Setapak
To be honest, when we were at Hong Lai, we had no idea what to order and basically just glanced at the other tables. We ended up with hokkien mee (福建面) and yin yeong (鸳鸯), which turned out to be a decent choice, but missed out their speciality (which I read at a later time) – moonlight noodle (月光河)
yin yeong and fried hokkien mee
Over here good old fashioned charcoal fire is used, which some swore produced the best “wok hei”. I guess there’s some sense of truth to it as charcoal often manage to heat up the wok to much higher temperature.
The hokkien mee tasted decent if not a little less elastic than I’m used to, you can see that they get chopped up to smaller strands in the (rather poor quality) picture above. The yin yeong though, was excellent! The crispy fried portion with those flavorful brothy wet portion mixed well to give an explosion of texture and flavor that can only be described as a perfect match, we were surprised in a good way.
Haze & KY for some supper goodness
Now we just need an excuse to be there for their moonlight noodle.
Hong Lai opens for dinner and supper, and you’ll be able to dine here until a couple hours past midnight, which is convenient for those after-clubbing hunger pangs.
Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Hong Lai
83, Jalan Genting Klang
Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.192163, 101.709022