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For those who fancy a good bowl of Penang kuih teow soup, there’s now another challenger in Ara Damansara at the kopitiam by the name of Restoran Tien Tien Lai.

Tien Tien Lai kopitiam
Tien Tien Lai kopitiam

Interestingly, I was told about this kopitiam by my mom when she was staying with me for a couple of weeks during the times when Covid-19 seems to be more rampant up North (things has reversed since…). It was a recommendation by one of her friends. When older folks recommends places to eat, more often than not, they’re right.

The kuih teow soup stall in this restaurant offers both kuih teow soup as well as asam laksa. The latter looks pretty good with big chunks of fish in the soup, but I did not try as my love for kuih teow soup usually surpasses asam laksa.

look at those coagulated blood in kuih teow soup!
look at those coagulated blood in kuih teow soup!

The KTS here comes with the usual ingredients of sliced pork, chicken, fish ball, fish cake, spring onion, bean sprouts, and even two of my favorites – coagulated blood and fried pork lard! The combination proved to be as good as I expected, with soup that’s not overpowering, making for a comfort meal suitable at any time.

This is only the second kuih teow soup place in Klang Valley that I know of offering coagulated blood, the other being at O&S kopitiam in PJ.

mom didn't look impressed in this pic but she did like the KTS!
mom didn’t look impressed in this pic but she did like the KTS!

There’s a stall offering superb chasiu as well, and I will soon talk about another very good dish here – yam rice. Stay tuned.

And yes, this is a kopitiam worth visiting for sure.

map to Tien Tien Lai, Ara Damansara

Address:
Tien Tien Lai kopitiam
Ara Permata, 33,
Jalan PJU 1a/42,
Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.117288, 101.587120
Hours: breakfasts

I am a fan of kuih teow soup, and often said that it is a Penang hawker dish that is under represented in Klang Valley, taking a backseat to the more popular char kuih teow, prawn mee, and laksa alike. So yah, during this MCO period, I do start to miss having it, hence I made it a point to re-create a version of my own the other day with some leftover pork bone radish soup that I had the other day.

Here’s how you can do yours too with this simple recipe.

home made kuih teow soup

Ingredients:

  • soup stock (I used leftover pork base radish soup, you can use chicken soup too)
  • pork belly meat (chicken/duck are good too)
  • kuih teow
  • spring onion
  • bean sprouts
  • beef ball/ fish ball
  • cili padi and soya sauce as condiment

Instructions:

  • cook the meat in soup stock till soft
  • remove and cut into bite size
  • add kuih teow in soup and cook for a minute or two
  • add bean sprouts
  • serve with spring onion on top
  • a dash of garlic oil and lard would work well  here too (I didn’t have)

This turned out to be quite wholesome and comforting, perfect for warming up the tummy.

Kuih Teow Soup is one of my favorite Penang style hawker dishes, and unfortunately also something that is a bit tougher to find in Klang Valley due to the overlap that pork noodle & classic Teow Chew fishball noodle provides. So whenever I find a good one, I want to document them.

Hock Seng Kopitiam, Ara Damansara
Hock Seng Kopitiam, Ara Damansara

I previously wrote about the version at Do Re Mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara, well, this is an updated post as the stall is now moved to a new location just a few shops away at the corner, with this kuih teow soup guy running the whole show.

Note though that this is a kopitiam with more than just the kuih teow soup stall.

I spoke to the owner briefly about the history of his stall.

The guy decided to run this stall after retiring, picking up the family recipe originated from his grandfather & father’s stalls back in Penang, with the original stall started business way back in 1907, over a century  ago.

According to him, the soup takes 6 hours to prepare, starting from late at night until the wee hours to achieve that subtle yet sweet & savory taste that’s unmistakably a “proper” kuih teow soup signature.

chicken, duck, pork slices + fishball
chicken, duck, pork slices + fishball

As for ingredients, there’s chicken, duck, pork slices, as well as fish cake & home made fish ball. Add in kuih teow, bean sprouts, spring onion, garlic oil, some vege and a side of cili padi, you have a complete bowl of goodness perfect for a great start to the morning.

Penang style kuih teow soup with homemade fishball
Penang style kuih teow soup

If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup or comfort food in general, this one’s worth checking out.

hock seng ara damansara map

Address:
Hock Seng Kopitiam
C-G-1, block c, Jalan PJU 1a/20b,
Dataran Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.120365, 101.578803
Tel: 012-332 2717
Hours: 6 am to 4 pm daily

I’m always a fan of a good bowl of Penang style kuih teow soup, a dish that somehow seems to always play second fiddle to pork noodle in Klang Valley.

While my kolo mee fix at Restoron Tropikiri was on their rest day, I took the opportunity to give this prawn mee and kuih teow soup stall a try.

kuih teow soup & prawn mee stall, Restoran Tropikiri
kuih teow soup & prawn mee stall, Restoran Tropikiri

As it turned out, it was one of my lucky days, the stall offers a version of kuih teow soup that comes with duck meat.

A bit of background for those who aren’t familiar with this dish, Penang style kuih teow soup usually comes with kuih teow in a clear broth with fish ball, duck/chicken/pork meat, sliced fish cakes, chopped spring onion, fried garlic, and sometimes a bit of pork lard and even coagulated blood (like the O&S version)

The version here is as proper as any, the soup was light yet carries a sweetness undoubtedly contributed by duck meat, and the bits of fried lard certainly gave it an extra savory taste. I enjoy the bouncy fish ball that was included as well.

If you want a comfort breakfast that doesn’t attack your sense of taste too early in the morning, this dish is never a bad idea.

Penang style kuih teow soup with duck meat
Penang style kuih teow soup with duck meat

map to Restoran Tropikiri kopitiam

Address:
Restoran Tropikiri
2, Jalan BM 1/2,
Taman Bukit Mayang Emas,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.125287, 101.595897

I’ve stated on this blog before that kuih teow soup is one of the most under appreciated Penang style hawker dish in Klang Valley. Good thing is, this seems to be slowly changing and, you can start to find proper kuih teow soup (instead of pork noodle) places springing up around different restaurants this part of the country.

Update 9/9/2020: Unfortunately the stall is no longer here.

Duck Meat kuih teow soup at Mei Keng kopitiam
Duck Meat kuih teow soup at Mei Keng kopitiam

I was at Mei Keng kopitiam at PJ for my usual breakfast excursion one day initially looking to have the Kuantan Road Penang Curry Mee, the stall was on some sort of a holiday, which then led me to look at alternatives.

This was when I spotted this “Penang Duck Kuay Teow Soup” stall. I had to try it.

According to the operator, the kuih teow soup is originally from the restaurant at Ayer Itam near Penang Hill. Of course, the question was asked by me in classic Penang Hokkien to verify that the guy is in fact, from Penang. 🙂

proper kuih teow soup, penang style
proper kuih teow soup, penang style

At RM 7 per bowl, this kuih teow soup may seem slightly more expensive than usual, but it does pack a punch when it comes to ingredients. There are two smaller fishballs, two meatballs, and plenty of shredded duck meat with kuih teow in that sweet, flavorful broth. While the fishballs were rather average, the meatballs were awesome, and duck meat was as good as anywhere.

Overall, this bowl of kuih teow soup made for a very satisfying breakfast. Would not hesitate to come back again.

love the meat ball and shredded duck meat
love the meat ball and shredded duck meat

map to Mei Keng kopitiam

Address:
Mei Keng kopitiam
42, Jalan 14/48,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.097563, 101.629334