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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 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
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.

just a squeeze of limau lipis is all you need
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.

Address:
Mee Goreng at Yok Fong Kopitiam
Jalan Chan Siew Teong
Tanjung Bungah, Penang
GPS5.465812, 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
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
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
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.

map to Berkeley Sua Teng kuih teow soupte

Address:
Restoran Berkeley Sua Teng
Lorong Angsa, Bandar Baru Klang,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.057078, 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
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
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 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.

Jalan Gelugor Klang wantan mee map

Address:
Wantan Mee Stall
Jalan Gelugor,
Meru, Klang
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
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
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
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.

map to Hong Lai hokkien mee, Setapak

Address:
Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Hong Lai
83, Jalan Genting Klang
Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.192163, 101.709022
Hours: 6:30pm-2:30am

While Klang is famous for bak kut teh, there are other options for food just in case the pork laden goodness is not exactly your most favorite thing ever (like it should). Today, let’s look at the pretty awesome chee cheong fun and yong tau foo stall that is Long Kei at Taman Eng Ann.

there's always a queue in front of Long Kei
there’s always a queue in front of Long Kei

We actually stumbled upon this shop while looking for parking to get to the Eng Ann morning market. There always seems to be a healthy queue in front of the shop, a surefire indication that the food must be at least decent.

So naturally, we gave it a try.

yong tau foo with chee cheong fun
yong tau foo with chee cheong fun

The selection of yong tau foo here is among the biggest I’ve seen anywhere. There’s green chili, brinjal, bitter gourd, fuchok, pork skin, various types of fishball/meatball, deep fried stuff, tofu, cuttle fish, and even kangkung, spoilt for choices really.

If you want to try one of each, you better come prepared with really big appetite.

two satisfied customers
two satisfied customers

We chose about 8-10 items to go with chee cheong fun. The sauce here isn’t overly complex but they seemed to get it just right, not overly sweet nor too thick. With the homemade chili sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, it made for a more than decent meal for two under RM 20 (including drinks).

I think this could be one of our regular places whenever dimsum/yong tau foo cravings come calling.

map to Long Kei yong tau foo and chee cheong fun, Klang

Address:
Long Kei Yong Tau Foo
Jalan Kawasari 4b,
Taman Eng Ann,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.057452, 101.459852

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