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One of the most ubiquitous lunch dishes in Malaysia must be the chicken rice. A plate of aromatic rice cooked with the essence of chicken oil, a serving of chicken that’s cut into bite sizes, slices of cucumber for that crunchy freshness, and of course, the all important chili paste.

fried chicken rice "shop" under the big tree
fried chicken rice “shop” under the big tree, with Winnie

Most chicken rice in KL falls under two categories – steamed chicken and roast chicken, but if you look closer, there are several other sub-categories that aren’t as popular, but tastes equally awesome as well (soya sauce chicken and fried chicken, for example.)

Today I’m going to introduce you to this version of fried chicken rice at Segambut that is probably different from any other chicken rice places I’ve tried in KL so far.

The stall/shop is located under a big tree among the light industrial area, so naturally the name is 大樹頭, or “tai shu dao” in Cantonese. Parking isn’t too big a problem, though locating the shop can be somewhat challenging if you’re not aided by a GPS device.

I always ask for whole leg and thigh, love the chili paste too
I always ask for whole leg and thigh, love the chili paste too

I always go for the whole leg portion here (RM 8), basically a drumstick + thigh cut that is almost a double portion of meat from what you usually get at other chicken rice stalls. The deep fried but not battered chicken has a crunchy skin with an unmistakeable belacan aroma. The meat too is soft and juicy despite being fried.

Additionally, the chili paste here is one of the best I’ve tried as well. Purists of chicken rice will agree that the chili paste is often the most important ingredient in a plate of good chicken rice.

So if you’re up for something slightly different in a traditional dish, this place is definitely worth checking out. The other similar place I could think of would be Jiang He kopitiam at Imbi.

map to segambut chicken rice

Address:
Segambut Chicken Rice
Intersection of Persiaran Segambut Tengah &
Lorong Segambut Pusat 1
Segambut, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.185151, 101.677973
Hours: 11 am to 3 pm

It’s time to takl about yong tau foo again, and this time around it is the famous stall that is smacked right in the middle of the city at the lorong of Petaling Street (commonly called Chinatown now, though there isn’t that many Chinese manning the stalls.)

Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo, always a with a crowd
Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo, always a with a crowd

The stall is called Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo, and to be honest I’m not entirely sure how the name came about, since the location is actually closest to Petaling Street and Lorong Bandar 20. I’m guessing it was most likely historical.

Anyway, Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo is always the busiest stall in that small stretch of street hawkers, but since serving yong tau foo is a relatively fast process, you don’t usually have to wait more than a few minutes.

I like my yong tau foo with a mix of red and green
I like my yong tau foo with a mix of red and green

A piece of yong tau foo is priced at RM 1.20, be it lady’s finger, fried dumpling, foo-chok, red chili, brinjal, or others. They have a pretty decent selection of both boiled and deep fried yong tou foo choices.

I usually like to have mine a healthy mix of different items, but my must-haves involves tofu, red chili, and lady’s fingers. The version here definitely did not disappoint, I particularly love their soft and flavourful fish paste stuffing.

If you’re in town and especially around Petaling Street area, this is definitely a place worth checking out.

map to Madras Lane yong tau foo, Petaling Street

Address:
Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo
Lorong Bandar 20
Off Jalan Petaling
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.143600, 101.697142
Hours: breakfast and lunch, from about 10 am (Off Mondays)

After I posted the review on the Kuih Teow Soup stall at New Apollos kopitiam at USJ 4, one reader, Ley, commented that I should give the curry chicken pao a try, and on the very next visit, I did just that.

the pao stall at New Apollos, USJ 4
the pao stall at New Apollos, USJ 4

According to Ley, the curry chicken pao is the famous version from Klang with handmade bun.

The stall in fact, offers more than just curry chicken pao, there are also mantau, lor mai kai, lin yong, custard corn, kaya, peanut, vegetable, charsiu, red bean, sang yok, mui choi, black pepper, yam & pork, and big pao. Quite a selection.

the curry chicken pao is actually huge, good for a full meal
the curry chicken pao is actually huge, good for a full meal

The curry chicken pao was huge, not any smaller than a typical big pao that I’m used to. Interestingly, to prevent the curry chicken from making the bun soggy, an aluminium bowl thingy is embedded within to contain the ingredients. So the way to eat this is not exactly you would with typical pao, instead, a pair of chopsticks is provided and it had the feel of having mantao with some awesome curry chicken, I find myself enjoying it!

So if you want a pao that’s out of the ordinary, this is a place to check out, thanks Ley!

map to New Apollos kopitiam, USJ 4

Address:
Restaurant New Apollos
2, Jln USJ4/6B
Subang Jaya
GPS3.051770, 101.576209
HoursLunch and Breakfast, Closed on Tuesdays

Having spent most of my time in KL and Penang, it is easy to have a false sense of perception on how much street food costs. A “standard” plate of hawker dish is supposed to be around RM 4.50 or RM 5.00, no?

Then we went to Sitiawan.

hawker center at Sitiawan wet market
hawker center at Sitiawan wet market

This was a day trip I took earlier this year with Suanie via Kuala Selangor (where we stumbled upon the famous Cendol Bakar).

Not knowing where to eat at Sitiawan, we stopped by the wet marker in the afternoon and was happy to see the food stall in operation. A closer look revealed that most dishes are priced at RM 2.80 per serving!

loh mee & "kan lau" mee
loh mee & “kan lau” mee

I ordered the loh mee while Suan had a plate of their “kan lau” mee. They also serve asam laksa, wantan mee, and clear soup noodle at the same price.

My loh mee was actually rather delicious. It came with a lot of bamboo shoots which I love, and the starchy soup base was flavorful. Suan’s kan lau mee came with a few slices of charsiu, while they’re not exactly very good quality charsiu, it still made a decent plate of brunch.

Suan and KY enjoying tea time
Suan and KY enjoying tea time

If you’re around Lumut or Sitiawan looking for a place for late lunch/tea time snack, this is one of the places to check out and stay within budget. :D

direction to Sitiawan wet market

Address:
Sitiawan Wet Market
Jalan Lumut,
Sitiawan, Perak
GPS: 4.216096, 101.697822

Tua Pek Kong temple at Sitiawan
Tua Pek Kong temple at Sitiawan

Oh, we also went to perhaps one of the only tourist attractions at Sitiawan – the Tua Pek Kong temple at Jalan Psasir Panjang.

The temple is located by the coast and spots some pretty impressive statues facing the Melaccan straits. There’s also a path where you can walk into the swamp area, a koi pond with loads of fish, and a beautiful garden there.

Like most temple in Malaysia, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to visit.

plenty of statues, a nice koi pond, and jungle walk at Tua Pek Kong temple

Address:
Tua Pek Kong Temple
Jalan Pasir Panjang,
Sitiawan, Perak

GPS: 4.163129, 100.688397

What’s better in a cold breezy night than a bowl of piping hot Chinese tongsui (soupy dessert)?

Well, steamboat perhaps, but I suppose it’s not a great idea to sabotage my own introduction to today’s topic – the tongsui stall at Hong Kee, located at Seksyen 17’s wai sek kai.

Hong Kee tongsui at Seksyen 17
Hong Kee tongsui at Seksyen 17

Hong Kee tongsui has been in operation since eons ago, the stall is situated at Seksyen 17 outdoor wet market area and opens for business from about 6pm or so till late.

The stall offers over a dozen hot tongsui and a selection of cold tongsui as well. Bubur chacha, red bean soup, green bean soup, peanut soup, you name it, they usually have it.

To order, you simply pick up an empty bowl and go about self-service style. I actually like it that way since we get to pick more of certain types of ingredients to our liking.

a selection of piping hot and cold desserts
a selection of piping hot and cold tongsui

Most tongsui are priced at around RM 2 per bowl, with few exceptions. If you’re up for a bowl of delicious no-frill tongsui, here’s definitely a place worth checking out.

direction to PJ Seksyen 17 wai sek kai

Address:
Hong Kee
Jalan 17/27
Seksyen 17,
46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.129267, 101.634601