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Last weekend Kerol decided that chicken and pork should be on the menu for brunch, and hence the lady took us to Hong Seng kopitiam at Seksyen 17 to visit the chicken rice stall with the longest queue.

In Penang, you have nasi kandar beratur, in PJ, we have nasi ayam beratur. The former is halal, this one isn’t.

chicken rice at Hong Seng Seksyen 17, Kerol in queue
chicken rice at Hong Seng Seksyen 17, Kerol in queue

Anyway, the chicken rice stall in Hong Seng is probably the most popular hawker stalls in the whole of Seksyen 17. Business starts at just before 10 am, and by around brunch time, there’s always a long queue right in front. Average queuing time is about 10-20 minutes, and yes, this is a self-served only stall.

roast chicken, roast pork, bbq pork, spicy and sour vege
roast chicken, roast pork, bbq pork, spicy and sour vege, soup

For the three of us, we had a big plate of roast chicken, roast pork, bbq pork, and a side of spicy and sour vegetable.

The chicken was tender and flavorful, the bbq pork (charsiu) was top notch, but the real star of the show was the roast pork (siu yoke). The skin of that siu yoke is a work of art, crispy yet doesn’t break your teeth, with the pork quite subtle in taste (not having overpowering 5 spice flavor) but pairs well with their home-made chilli sauce.

the roast pork is a must order here
the roast pork is a must order here

The hot and sour soup though, was mere average, we thought that there’s way too much leafy vege compared to the actual soup, and the spicy taste wasn’t nearly as intense. My favorite version is still the one at Peng Heong Hakka paikut, Klang.

Overall it was a very satisfying lunch, and at RM 10 or so per pax, it is of pretty good value as well.

map to Hong Seng kopitiam at Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya

Address:
Chicken Rice stall
Hong Seng Restaurant
No. 1, Jalan 17/29,
Seksyen 17,
46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.128289, 101.635371
Hours9.30am to 1pm

The story of my experience on the Seksyen 14 Hai Keng restaurant chee cheong fun started out on a Monday morning when I posted a photo of chee cheong fun at Petaling Street on instagram and facebook.

With the motorcycle as my primary transport to work, I often have the luxury of stopping by for breakfast at different places in the morning prior to office hours. A source of daily envy for many other rat racers, but I digress…

Hai Keng kopitiam, located near Digital Mall at PJ Seksyen 14
Hai Keng kopitiam, located near Digital Mall at PJ Seksyen 14

It was from there that Elie left this comment “You made me want to eat chee cheong fun.  Have you tried the Section 14 one?

A couple replies later I got the location right, and 2 days later I found myself at Hai Keng kopitiam ordering my chee cheong fun at 7:20 am in the morning.

the chee cheong fun with yong tau foo was pretty good actually
the chee cheong fun with yong tau foo was pretty good actually

Since the stall also offers yong tau foo, I added a piece of okra and red chili to go with the small plate of chee cheong fun (total RM 3). Truth be told, it was quite delicious, the chee cheong fun was smooth, and the yong tau foo pretty decent as well. The combination did make a good breakfast and I liked it.

I posted the photo on the same social networks and immediately found out that I had actually ordered from the wrong stall! Who would have thought that there are two different chee cheong fun stalls in the same kopitiam?

this is the "correct" old school chee cheong fun at Hai Keng
this is the “correct” old school chee cheong fun at Hai Keng

So I went there again the very next day to try out the “correct” chee cheong fun stall.

Hidden at the very back of the restaurant sits this unassuming stall that is manned by an old man and his son (I assume) serving old school Ipoh style chee cheong fun. I ordered a plate that comes with the sweet sauce, chili, and a side of pickled green chili too.

The chee cheong fun wasn’t warm, and the portion cost RM 3, same as the one with yong tau foo.

But it was a totally different experience. The chee cheong fun itself just somehow got it right. There are places where you have it just a bit too blant, or too sticky, or too thick, too sweet, too something. This stall just gets it right. It was delicious, and it was worth it.

If you’re a fan of chee cheong fun, this is a stall not to miss.

That being said, I didn’t regret the one with yong tau foo either. I guess two chee cheong fun stalls can indeed coexist in the same premise.

Hai Keng is located opposite Dae Jang Gum, a pretty good Korean restaurant especially if you’re a fan of Kimchi Jiggae.

map to Hai Keng kopitiam, PJ Seksyen 14

Address:
Hai Keng Restaurant
24, Jalan 14/20,
Seksyen 14 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
GPS: 3.110338, 101.635315

 

Breakfast is of course, the most important meal of the day, so I usually make it a point to wake up a little earlier to feed myself before heading to the office.

Riding to work enable me to have quite a lot of flexibility when it comes trying out new places for breakfast, and for a while, Pudu, or more specifically, the area behind Berjaya Times Square was the where I was exploring. Here are four different places with four hawker offerings I find worthy of repeated  visits.

All of these places operate from before 8 am and most have been in business for decades.

Hakka noodle at Jalan Sayur, brisk business in the morning
Hakka noodle at Jalan Sayur

The Hakka noodle at Jalan Sayur is originated from Dabu county, a district of Meizhou, Guangdong Province of China, center of Hakka culture. The noodle comes with a side of wantan soup and serves with minced pork, chasiu, and vegetable.

The minced pork is the key ingredient here that some prefer over the chasiu, but I like the varying texture provide by both types of meat. Business is brisk in the morning, table sharing is common.

“Da Bu Mien” (大埔面) | Jalan Sayur, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur | Hours: breakfast to late lunch

wantan mee at restaurant good friend
wantan mee at restaurant good friend

For those who loves a plate of old school wantan mee, the stall at Restaurant Good Friend is a definitely a place worth visiting. The ingredients is similar to the Hakka noodle above, but they do taste rather different.

The noodle is springy, wantan delicious, and it is every bit a great execution of wantan mee if you’re a fan of one. There’s even a bit of fried pork lard as well, one of my favorite ingredients in any food.

The guy manning the stall looks to be at least in his late 60s of 70s, and I’m guessing he’s been doing this for a long time.

Wantan Mee @ Restaurant Good Friend | Jalan Brunei (behind Caltex), Pudu, Kuala Lumpur) |Hours: breakfast to lunch

Seremban style pork noodle at Lorong Brunei
Seremban style pork noodle at Lorong Brunei 2

At the corner of Lorong Brunei 2 and Jalan 1/77C, you’ll find a pretty old school shack under a tree that offers something pretty unique – Seremban style pork ball noodle.

Like most other pork ball noodle, there’s a choice for dry or soupy version. There’s the home made pork balls, ‘fuchok’, and your choice of noodle. What you also get here is the rather interesting chili flakes on top of the noodle that gave it a very different kick. Those who loves spicy food will enjoy this a lot.

Seremban Pork Noodle | Lorong Brunei 2 & Jalan 1/77C, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur | 016-396 8976 | Hours: breakfast to lunch

pork noodle at restaurant Yuyi
pork noodle at restaurant Yuyi

For those who prefers a bowl of pork noodle with everything thrown in, the pork noodle stall at Yuyi kopitiam is the one to go.

Pork slices, minced pork, coagulated blood, liver, intestine, and even pork kidney are all available. I also love the fact that they serve meesuah in addition with your usual choices of yellow noodle, meehun, and kuih teow. The only down side at this place is the wait time. If you can’t afford to wait for at least 15-20+ minutes, this place isn’t for you, and they probably have too many customers to handle anyway. It is very delicious though!

Pork Noodle at Restaurant Yuyi | Jalan Brunei & Lorong Brunei 2, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur | Hours: breakfast to lunch

The area behind Berjaya Times Square is a bit of a time capsule in one of the busiest part of KL. Activities usually starts at around 7:30 in the morning, with various old school restaurants (aka coffee shops) serving breakfast to the early risers.

pork noodle at Restaurant Yuyi, Pudu
pork noodle at Restaurant Yuyi, Pudu

One of the busiest restaurants at the area is Kedai Kopi Yuyi located at Jalan Brunei, a coffee shop I have the privilege of visiting quite a number of occasions.

Whenever in a kopitiam I’m not familiar, my instinct always tell me to order from the busiest stall, which in this case, it’s the pork noodle.

glorious bowl of pork noodle with everything in it
glorious bowl of pork noodle with everything in it

Wait time is actually quite substantial and can be up to 20+ minutes even in the early mornings, but the resulting pork noodle is quite excellent – there’s pork blood, liver, kidney, minced pork ball, intestine, and pork slices; basically everything you could ask for in a bowl of pork noodle. To top it off, the broth is very sweet & savory as well. I love it.

pork blood and kidney, two of my favorite ingredients
pork blood and kidney, two of my favorite ingredients

The pork noodle goes for RM 6 per bowl and you can choose from meehun, meesuah, mee, or vits noodle. Happy eating!

map to Restaurant Yuyi at Pudu

Address:
Kedai Kopi Yuyi
Jalan Brunei, Pudu
Kuala Lumpur 55100
GPS: 3.137573, 101.712120

Ahh, the joy of discovering a new place to eat by completely by chance, something that I haven’t had for a while.

See, I ride a bike to work and whenever possible, I like to explore new places for breakfast en-route to the office. While trying to get a smarter route to work via Duke to Jalan Tun Razak by the way of Jalan Semarak, I got off one turning too early and ended up at this time capsule of a village just a few KMs away from the most developed part of KL.

this place is like a time capsule, stuck in the 80s
this place is like a time capsule, stuck in the 80s

The place looked like it’s been stuck in the 90s – poorly paved road, half broken zinc roof, plenty of bikes by the road with helmets left on the seats. That’s when I thought I should stop to pull out my phone with my trusted Google Map app to figure out where I was, and since I was going to do that, I might as well grab breakfast.

That’s how I ended up at Wenl Senh kopitiam at Taman Ayer Panas and ordered by bowl of pork noodle with mee suah (you can have meehun, noodle, or kuih teow)

kidney, minced pork ball, intestine, and liver with meesuah
kidney, minced pork ball, intestine, and liver with meesuah

The pork noodle turned out to be rather good! It’s got 4 major ingredients – intestine, minced pork ball, liver, and my most beloved ingredient – kidney! I also particularly like the way they seasoned the minced pork with sesame oil that gives it a distinct taste.

The best part? This bowl was only RM 4. You’d be hard pressed to find pork noodle in other parts of Klang Valley that still goes for below RM 5.50 or RM 6, but here at this kopitiam next to Taman Ayer Panas wet market, someone hit the pause button 20 years ago.

I think I should check out the wet market in the morning next.

setapak market map

Address:
Wenl Senh Kopitiam
Jalan Ayer Keroh
Taman Ayer Panas, 53200 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.18909, 101.71917

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