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Kuih Teow Soup is one of those Penang hawker food that receive very little attention in Klang Valley, and I believe this is mostly due to the fact that pork noodle and the KL style fishball noodle (very subtle differences) serves most of the same demographic that gravitates towards this type of dishes.

do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara
do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara

Here’s the subtle differences in these three types of noodle soup, even though their broth are all clear and choice of noodle is usually kuih teow (flat rice noodle):

  • pork noodle – major ingredients of pork slices, innards, and even pork balls, sometimes you get to add poached egg, no bean sprouts
  • KL style fish ball noodle – fish ball, fish cake, bean sprout, mustard green
  • Penang kuih teow soup – fish ball, fish cake, chicken/pork/duck meat slices, bean sprouts, sometimes with coagulated duck/chicken blood, spring onion

So in essence, kuih teow soup has a more complex taste when compared to plain old fish ball noodle, while being not as savory and heavy as pork noodle.

Penang style kuih teow soup at Do Re Mi kopitiam, Ara Damansara, now one of my favorites in Klang Valley. . Proper penang taste and even comes with duck meat. Best. . #kyeats #breakfast #aradamansara #pj #kopitiam #kuihteowsoup

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For a proper bowl of Penang kuih teow soup in Klang Valley, my favorite at the moment is the hawker stall at Do Re Mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara. It is one of the very few places in town that serves kuih teow soup with duck meat. Duck meat is an ingredient that you don’t often find in hawker dishes in KL, I suppose mostly due to cost, and perhaps lesser appreciation from the public.

kuih teow th'ng, with duck meat
kuih teow th’ng, with duck meat

If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup in it’s proper form, this is surely a place to check out. Let me know if you have other favorites of yours to share.

map to restaurant doremi 123, Ara Damansara

Address:
Restaurant DoReMi 123
Jalan PJU 1a/20b
Ara Damansara 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.119897, 101.579194

Whenever anyone spoke of Klang & food in the same sentence, it is almost always about bak kut teh, and while it is true that the best BKTs in the land can be found right at Klang, the district also offers one other dish that’s unique to this area which I absolutely love – the Klang style red wine mee suah.

Eng Ann Coffee Shop, Klang
Eng Ann Coffee Shop, Klang

My other Klang comfort food – red wine mee suah. Unlike the fuchow version it’s actually not red in color and usually tested with a hint of spiciness. I’ve asked the stall to add vege to mine. At Eng Ann Coffee Shop . #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #redwinemeesuah #tamanengann #klang

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Not to be confused with fuchow red wine mee suah that is actually red in color (such as this one at Sentul), the Klang red wine mee suah uses a different concoction of wine that is actually yellowish in color. Additionally, while fuchow mee suah comes with chicken, Klang style is served with pork slices (or minced pork), poached egg, and finely chopped fried ginger.

Klang style red wine mee suah
Klang style red wine mee suah

The bowl you see on the above picture is a typical serving of Klang red wine mee suah, with the exception of having vegetable. They are usually served without, but often you can get the stall owner to add some if you prefer some greens in your breakfast.

As for taste, it usually carries a pretty strong rice wine taste with a slightly sour note in the soup base, with poach egg and those fried ginger providing balance and complexity to the dish. It is one of the better comfort food if you’re looking for something soupy and rejuvenating in the a.m.

a poached egg with semi runny yolk on the mee suah
a poached egg with semi runny yolk on the mee suah

A typical bowl of Klang red wine mee suah runs anywhere from RM 6.50 – RM 7.50, you do pay slightly more than other hawker dishes in the area due to (I presume) the cost of alcohol used.

If you find yourself at Klang next time, give this under-represented dish a try, you may just like it! They’re available at majority of the kopitiam in Klang.

map to Eng Ann Coffee Shop

Address:
Eng Ann Coffee Shop
2, Lorong Kasawari 4,
Taman Eng Ann,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.056437, 101.459347

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
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.

Uncle at Jalan Batai char kuih teow is now operating at Sen Kee White Coffee kopitiam at Taman Sri Muda Shah Alam, has been here for around 2 months. The daughter is still at Jalan Batai. Thanks @jonmakesitso for pointing this place out! #kyeats #breakfast #charkuihteow #batai #shahalam

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char kuih teow with duck egg
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?
do you recognise this char kuih teow uncle?

map to Sen Kee white coffee kopitiam, Taman Sri Muda

Address:
Sen Kee White Coffee
33, Jalan Mewah 25/63,
Taman Sri Muda,
40400 Shah Alam, Selangor
GPS3.030874, 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
Restoran Hup Soon fried rice, Petaling Jaya SS3

Old school fried rice at restoran Hup Soon at PJ SS3. Overheard the owner speaking in Hokkien so I asked of their origin, apparently they migrated down here form Kedah. RM 5.50 per plate, another RM 1.00 if you want that glorious egg. #kyeats #lunch #friedrice #nonhalal #petalingjaya #ss3

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fried rice with the glorious fried egg
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
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.

map to hup soon kopitiam, SS3

Address:
Restoran Hup Soon
7, Jalan SS 3/29,
Taman University,
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
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.

My new favorite prawn mee in KL. At Red Leaf restaurant between Jalan Loke Yew and Lorong Loke Yew. Saw this on @lky64’s insta, based on an article on the Malay Mail by @boo_licious. Great stuff with proper prawn and top notch broth. #kyeats #breakfast #nonhalal #prawnmee #hokkienmee #lokeyew #kopitiam

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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
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
I was certainly a happy customer

Will certainly make this one of my regular pre-work breakfast stops.

map to restaurant red leaf

Addresss:
Restoran Red Leaf
No 61 & 63, Ground Floor
Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 KL
GPS3.129614, 101.711412
Hours: 7am – 12pm