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As someone who’s born and bred in Penang, we obviously love our hawker dishes, and hence it is always a mission for many of us Penangites to find the local taste right here in KL whenever we can.
New Apollos kopitiam at USJ 4
Now when most think about hawker foods in Penang, curry mee, prawn mee, laksa, and char kuih teow is often high on the list, and if you mention kuih teow th’ng (or kuih teow soup), many don’t even realize how difficult it is to find a place that offers the dish here in KL. Hence when I accidentally ended up at Restaurant New Apollos in USJ 4 and saw this stall, I knew it was something I had to order.
proper Penang style kuih teow th’ng
The operator (not the one in the picture, she was just the helper) speaks Penang Hokkien, which passed the first litmus test whenever I order Penang food.
When the bowl of kuih teow soup arrived, I was already pretty happy. The dish looked the part, with three fishballs, shredded steamed chicken, a few slices of fish cakes, vegetable, fried garlic, and a few bits of lard.
I was well satisfied with the kuih teow soup
As for the taste, this RM 5 bowl of goodness hits all the right spots. It might lack strips of duck blood, but the fish balls and fish cakes had the right texture and tasted rather good. Portion was not overly big like other KL hawker dishes, and the shredded chicken cooked just right as well.
In fact, I liked it so much I rode all the way from Damansara Perdana to USJ 4 just for this yesterday. This kuih teow soup is now on the top of my list so far as Klang Valley is concerned.
Restaurant New Apollos
2, Jln USJ4/6B
GPS: 3.051770, 101.576209
Hours: Lunch and Breakfast, Closed on Tuesdays
Whenever everyone mentioned Penang, char kuih teow is surely one of the topics of conversation, and inevitably the issue of where about to have the best char kuih teow will come up.
The answer varies depending on who you asks. Many will mention the two Lorong Selamat hawkers, some will mention Ah Leng CKT, while others will point to Siam Road char kuih teow, our topic of the day.
the stall is located at the corner of Siam Road
The char kuih teow stall is located at Siam Road by the intersection of Anson Road, just right opposite Hock Ban Hin kopitiam where you can consume your precious plate of char kuih teow.
The old uncle has been in this trade for decades, and business seems to be ever more popular. Wait time can be quite brutal if you are there on a Saturday afternoon (we waited for almost an hour), so don’t go there when you’re starving.
glorious char kuih teow that packs a punch
The char kuih teow (RM 5.50) here is rather old school, it’s plenty oily but with good “wok hei”. The prawns are of decent size but not of the giant “gourmet” variety found at Lorong Selamat, and there’s lap cheong (Chinese sausage), cockles, chives, bean sprouts, kuih teow, and more importantly, chunks of fried lard as well.
chunks of fried pork lard can be found in this dish
I also find the char kuih teow here a bit more spicy than other places, but well within most Penangite’s tolerance level (seeing that we love our curry mee, prawn mee etc).
If you’re a char kuih teow lover, this is one of the places that you’ll have to try at least once.
Siam Road char kuih teow
GPS: 5.415456, 100.320352
Hours: 3pm-11pm, closed on Mondays
HGW: Siam Road CKT
I visit MyDentist for my invisalign treatment almost every two weeks at Jalan Ipoh, and since they’re pretty flexible on scheduling, I always try to set it up on Fridays at around lunch time to allow me a chance to explore the surrounding eateries.
Not long ago, thanks to my friend Winnie, who works nearby, we discovered a rather awesoem claypot chicken rice place at Kim Poh kopitiam in Segambut.
Kim Poh claypot chicken rice at Segambut
Kedai Makanan Kim Poh is located a little bit away from the main stretch of shops at Segambut, within the housing estate just across the Yu Ai seafood noodle place.
The shop is manned by an old couple (I’m assuming) and the lady has been serving up claypot chicken rice for some 30 years.
clay pot chicken rice always go well with double boiled soup
While most claypot chicken rice has everything cooked in the pot with the exception of salted fish (added at the end), at Kim Poh, they add rice wine, dark sauce, fresh ginger, and the salted fish just right before serving. Giving it a fresher and slightly spicier (from ginger) taste that we really enjoy.
mix it up with fresh ginger and salted fish, delicious
Like many other places, Kim Poh also serves pretty delicious steamed soup. There’s usually quite a few varieties to choose from, including salted vegetable with tofu soup, lotus root soup, ginseng with chicken soup, watercress soup and so forth.
These soup go very well with the rice, and I usually choose them over drinks instead.
Winnie & KY at Kim Poh, Segambut
With soup, expect to pay about RM 12-14 per person, pretty reasonable for what you get. Waiting time is usually around 10-20 minutes or as they cook everything from scratch.
Kedah Makanan Kim Poh
Persiaran Segambut Utara
Taman Segambut, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.182856, 101.677664
Despite staying at SS3, I seldom venture into the commercial area arguably nearest to where I stay for dinner. Restaurant Double Joy was actually introduced by Shiang, one of my futsal buddies, who was in turn introduced to this “tai chao” place by one of his friends, a regular customer.
Restaurant Double Joy, PJ SS3
The restaurant is located at an unassuming shop lot on Jalan SS 3/37. Parking is usually a pretty simple affair, but the restaurant does get crowded if you don’t get there early enough.
The dining area is air conditioned (except for a couple tables on the walk way), and the place is kept pretty clean and comfortable for a restaurant of this standard.
3 cup chicken, fish head with fermented soya bean, simple vege dish
For the five of us, we ordered four dishes to go with steamed rice for dinner.
The three cup chicken was quite flavorful but slightly to the sweeter side, which goes well with steamed rice and a bit of chili padi. For those who likes a stronger tasting chicken cooked in clay pot, “fa tiu kai” would be a better choice, and my favorite would be the version at Kien Kee Seri Kembangan (which also serves very good spicy soup).
The fish head with fermented soya bean is one of the dishes that’s quite special. The sauce hits the palate just the right way. If you’re a fan of fish head, this is a version that you must try.
clay pot pork with yam, best consume while piping hot
Another unique dish here was the clay pot pork with yam. The pork was very tender, and the yam cooked to the point they pretty much blend together with the sauce. It was a dish that is very rich and satisfying, but also one that you have to eat while piping hot, lest it become too overwhelmingly sticky. I really enjoyed this.
As always, we also ordered a plate of green vegetable to satisfy the illusion of ingesting some fiber with vitamin C. This dish was not very eventful, but aren’t they always?
5 of us had these four dishes, recommended by Shiang
The meal came to be around RM 15 or so per person, I’d put Restaurant Double Joy right up there with the likes of Lucky Loke so far as tai chau goes, and would love to re-visit to try their other dishes again.
Restaurant Double Joy
27 Jalan SS 3/37,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.09739, 101.61333
Tel: 012-673 1889
HGW: Restaurant Double Joy
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
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, 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 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.
Chicken Rice stall
Hong Seng Restaurant
No. 1, Jalan 17/29,
46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.128289, 101.635371
Hours: 9.30am to 1pm