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I make it a habit to try to start most working days with a good breakfast, and this is achieved by riding to work, which allows me to have quite a bit of freedom in choosing breakfast spots before heading to the office in the morning. See, when you’re stuck in the traffic, I’m having my noms, life’s good.

another breakfast stop for me
another breakfast stop for me

I was chatting with one of my colleagues just the other day and he mentioned that one of his favorite kopitiam around PJ where his old folks reside was Golden Kim Wah at Damansara Kim. The very next day, I made the slight de-tour and stop by to grab one of his favorite dishes from the place – Robert’s Char Kuih Teow.

I made the order like how I usually do for CKT – in classic beautiful Penang Hokkien, and to my delight, Mr. Robert answered in the very same dialect, which is always good news for a place that offers Penang dishes.

Robert Char Kuih Teow, legit
Robert Char Kuih Teow, legit

The RM 6 plate of char kuih teow from Robert was indeed up to expectation. Good amount of “wok hei” with those tiny charred bits, properly moist and yet not too wet, it also comes with prawns, lap cheong, bean sprouts, chives, and even a few bits of lard.

I’m putting this down as one of the few char kuih teow places worth eating in Klang Valley.

map to Golden Kim Wah kopitiam, damansara Kim

Golden Kim Wah Restaurant,
Jalan SS 20/10, Damansara Kim,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

When it comes to pork noodle, there is a family that dominates PJ/Sunway/Subang area. I was told that the operators of the famous stalls at Kean Fatt SS3, Subang Jaya SS15, and Ah Or at Sunway Mentari are all related.

SS3’s version is basically my go-to pork noodle (due to location) when I have the patient to wait, but I thought, why not try them all out and see if they are really similar. Hence we got ourselves at Ah Or Pork Noodle last weekends.

Ah Or pork noodle, Sunway Mentari
Ah Or pork noodle, Sunway Mentari

Ah Or is located at Sunway Mentari, the place where it’s easy to spot and harder than hell to get to due to confusing traffic pattern. It also doesn’t help that the location stated on Google map is wrong (as 10/5/15). But with some luck, we got there anyhow.

The restaurant is as basic as you get, with one pork noodle stall, plenty of plastic tables & chairs, and nothing else.

how can you resist this?
how can you resist this?

The stall itself indeed does look like the one at SS3, with the rather unique label of “Penang Pork Noodle” in Chinese. Well, I’m from Penang and there’s really no such thing as Penang Pork Noodle…

The menu here is slightly wider than Kean Fatt, you get to choose between wet/dry, and a choice of yellow noodle, meehun, kuih teow, loshu fun, and even meesuah.

Haze and I both enjoyed it with the soft boiled egg
Haze and I both enjoyed it with the soft boiled egg

We went for our usual – soup version with kuih teow and an extra egg.

Well, it tasted about 90% similar to the one at SS3 which I’m familiar with, with the exception of intestine being much softer, but liver slightly more cooked. The soup is still has that sweet savory taste, and the half boiled egg perfectly done.

The wait time was some 20 minutes, actually not too bad for a Saturday. Would not mind to go again for sure.

map to Ah Or pork noodle at Sunway Mentari

Ah Or Pork Noodle
No. 3, Jalan PJS 8/17
Dataran Mentari, Sunway
GPS: 3.078034, 101.612104
Tel012-428 8680/012-613 0479

After attending the Time Out Food Awards at KLPAC (a couple weeks ago), a few of us decided to have supper (or actually, dinner, since we didn’t really have a meal at the event). Boo of masak-masak suggested Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien mee, which was a great location since we were already at Sentul, and Hokkien mee for late night?

Awesome choice if you ask me, nothing beats some starch, pork, seafood, and lard near midnight.

restuarant Ah Yap Hokkien mee at Sentul
restuarant Ah Yap Hokkien mee at Sentul, Jon & Isadora

While the premise of Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien mee is now a pretty nice corner shop lot with air conditioned as well as al fresco style dining areas, every plate of Hokkien mee is still prepared with good old charcoal fire, exactly the same as when it was just a stall in the nearby kopitiam. (there are even other branches now).

Many believes that Hokkien Mee is best fried using charcoal fire, and that there is a distinctive difference in taste when preapred with gas vs charcoal. For me though, I’m not quire sure, I like it when it tastes good, and frankly doesn’t care too much about the romantic idea of having it old school or modern. If it tastes good, it’s fine by me if it was gas, coal, charcoal, or wood fire.

the old school hokkien mee, made with charcoal fire
the old school hokkien mee, made with charcoal fire

Our Hokkien mee  (RM 12) was quite awesome, there were no surprises – big fat noodle, meehun (we asked for it), prawns, slices of fish cake, pork slices, vegetable, and of course, pork lard.

It really did taste as good as it looks, and made better when Isadora asked for extra lard for us. 😀

butter chicken, marmaid pork ribs, extra pork lard, and tapioka hokkien mee
butter chicken, marmaid pork ribs, extra pork lard, and tapioka hokkien mee

Other than the Hokkien Mee, we also ordered marmite pork ribs, butter chicken, bitter gourd with salted egg yolk, and another plate of special Hokkien mee made with tapioka noodle.

The marmite ribs (RM 23) were frankly speaking, way too skinny. It would probably be a dream come true for those who loves lean meat, but we weren’t really impressed.

Butter chicken (RM 23) was a pretty decent dish though, flavorful with pretty nice texture to go with. The bitter gourd with salted egg yolk (RM 20) though, was my favorite for the night. The combination of the bitterness and the richness of salted egg yolk, in a weird sort of cosmic logic, worked well for our palates. This is a dish that needs to be tasted to be impressed.

As for the tapioka noodle Hokkien Mee (RM 16), well, imagine the texture of bubble tea pearls, except flattened and served in a plate of Hokkien mee ingredients. I wouldn’t say it was bad, bit it was a bit too chewy for my liking. A novelty perhaps, but not something I would order again.

Ah Yap Sentul Hokkien Mee map

The Hokkien mee at Ah Yap is certainly worth eating, the other dishes however, was a bit of a hit and miss, and does not really offer very good value for money either. I’d stick with having the original Hokkien mee and that sinful bitter gourd with salted egg yolk here.

Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien Mee
744, Jalan Sentul,
51000 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.178117, 101.692436
Tel : 012-3036800, 012-2816862
opening hours are from 5 p.m – 1 a.m

Olympus E-PL3

To those who loves a good bowl of Loh Mee, Ulu Yam is undoubtedly what springs in mind. For those who has never heard about Ulu Yam, it is sort of a half way point between KL and Fraser Hill, within Batang Kali.

You can also go to Genting via Ulu Yam if you’re the sort who enjoys a bit of spirited driving on winding roads with good scenery, though the journey takes quite a bit longer (and further) compared to the standard toll way.

Swee Yen restaurant at Ulu Yam Lama
Swee Yen restaurant at Ulu Yam Lama

A couple weekends ago Haze and I had a little getaway at Fraser’s Hill, and since I have yet to try the famous loh mee, we decided to do just that on a pit stop before heading back to KL.

The only problem about finding Loh Mee in Ulu Yam is that.. which one?! It is almost like the case of Klang bak kut teh or Ampang yong tau foo where a relatively small area is littered with several outlets offering essentially the same thing, you have to know which one to choose.

There were different recommendations from Garmin GPS, Google Maps, and blogs. I settled on Kim’s blog entry. If it’s good enough for her mom, it will be good enough for me.

glorious lor mee, look at the lard!
glorious lor mee, look at the lard!

Since there were just two of us, we ordered a bowl of Loh Mee for two and a lala with superior soup as side order.

The Loh Mee were huge (I think people Ulu Yam must eat only 1 meal a day or something), and true to the reputation, it was fantastic!

There’s a pretty strong taste of vinegar in the thick soup but in a good way. There were also bits of fried lard, some prawns, and meat to complete the dish. It’s easily one of the best Central style Loh Mee I’ve tried.

lala in superior soup
lala in superior soup

Then there’s the lala in superior soup. This too didn’t come in a small dish, and would probably be a serving for 4 in KL. The shellfish were quite big and juicy, with the superior soup carrying a kick thanks to the addition of chili padi and a healthy dose of ginger with plenty of coriander.

Good stuff.

check out the huge portion of lor mee
check out the huge portion of lor mee

It was definitely a very satisfying lunch and we didn’t even manage to finish everything, the servings were just too big.

The bill came to RM 33 for everything, including drinks too. Glad that crazy inflation hasn’t hit small town as bad yet. I’m gonna go there again next time and order terrapin! 😀

map to ulu yam lor mee

Swee Yen Restaurant
No 38, Jalan Besar, Ulu Yam Lama,
43300 Batang Kali,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
GPS: 3.4546, 101.64073
Tel: 03-6075 1123, 012-360 4837

The Bukit Bintang area in KL gives an impression of luxury and all that is modern, however, tucked just behind Starhill exists some of the most old school of places you’d find anywhere in this country.

note: This kopitiam is now a restaurant, no more hawker stalls

One of these hidden is the kopitiam with an unorthodox name – Blue White Teow Chew Porridge

say hello to Jenny, she is a Sarawakian
say hello to Jenny, she is a Sarawakian

So when Jenny (Irene’s sister whom we went to Sipadan dive trip last year) came to KL and had her fair share of food court and franchised restaurants, I suggested that we head to this kopitiam for some old fashion pork noodle, one of my favorite hawker dishes.

traditional pork noodle with all the good stuff, RM 5
traditional pork noodle with all the good stuff, RM 5

The pork noodle comes with either dry or soup version at RM 5 a pop. There’s plenty of pork slices, minced pork, liver, and intestine. Some vegetable, scallion, fried shallots, and fried lard in a sweet and pretty tasty broth.

The difference between the two versions is of course, the soup version has the noodle (choices of vermicelli, kueh teow, yellow noodle, or meesuah) in soup, while the dry version has the noodle served separately with some dark soya based sauce and more scallions.

comes in dry version too, and of course extra lard for those with suicidal intents
comes in dry version too, and of course extra lard for those with suicidal intent

map to Blue White Teow Chew Porridge Kopitiam

I love both versions just the same, the kopitiam gets quite packed at typical lunch hours so do try to avoid the 1pm curse. Oh, it’s pretty warm in there too so don’t be wearing your jackets!

Blue White Teow Chew Porridge Kopitiam
Jalan Gading, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.14622, 101.71415