Earlier in the year, I went to one of Port Klang’s more famous non bak kut teh places and had myself some very satisfying Hainanense food at Cathay Hailam Kopitiam, and it was then I was informed that there is another very similar hidden jam offering similar experience right by Klang town (shorter by 15-20 mins distance wise) by the name of Laoyang Klang Coffee.
Laoyang Klang Coffee, Jalan Kapar near Klang Town Center
Laoyang is located at the end of Jalan Kapar close to Klang town, a stone’s throw away opposite from the famous New Boston restaurant that serves some of the best steamed lala in all of Klang Valley.
We went to Laoyang on a Saturday morning after a run (when dine in was allowed during this pandemic.. gah). Got a parking spot right outside the restaurant itself since this part of town isn’t usually terribly busy, especially on a weekend when surrounding shops are closed for business.
The restaurant has a very simple set up, a bit of hipster vibe, but one on a budget. Then again, we’re here to eat and not really hanging out.
toast bread with kaya & butter
The menu is a two page affair but with enough choices to satisfy most people (see below). Here you’ll find the classics such as Hainan mee, pork chop, chicken chop, and various types of nasi lemak. There’s also a few types of charcoal toasted bread and a choice of beverage not dissimilar from the usual kopitiam offerings.
For the two of us, we started off with toast bread with kaya & butter (RM 3.50). Crispy on the outside, fluffy inside, sweet, aromatic kaya, and butter that could be perhaps a little bit bigger in portion, but it was good, especially with their excellent kopi-c that I ordered.
nasi lemak and coffee
The nasi lemak kosong we had turned out to be a revelation. While you can order it with fried chicken, ayam masak merah, or even sambal ayam, if that’s what fancies you.
The rice was fragrant, but what I really love was their sambal. Finally, a super spicy version that is not overly sweet, in fact, not sweet at all. I will come back here just for their nasi lemak for sure.
classic Hainanese chicken chop
Of course, we also tried their classic Hainanese chicken chop. While I find the version at Cathay perhaps a little bit more special, this one held its own, it had all the necessary ingredient and tasted the way it should, which was a mixture of sweetness with umami taste that lets you know it is just a little bit sinful, but in a good way.
Despite having lived in Klang Valley for some 2 decades now.. the lure of proper Penang hawker dishes is always something that I can’t escape from. Over the years I’ve found quite a good selection of decent Penang style hawker dishes this part of the country, but they’re not “even”, some dishes are harder to find than others.
One such trickier dish is Penang style Loh Mee, which is distinctly different from the KL version, and I’m happy to add one to the list, with this candidate from Restoran Weng Soon in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam.
Weng Soon Kopitiam, Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam
Before we start, the difference between KL loh mee & Penang loh mee, while can be difficult to spot with a single glance, is actually quite substantial.
The KL loh mee uses a much thicker version of noodle, often without option for meehun. Additionally, the KL version will spot a very different type of chili paste, if provided at all. Bean sprout & fried shallots are also only available in the dish from North.
Back to Weng Soon (or Weng Soon Tek) kopitiam in Taman Sri Muda. I was introduced to this spot by one of my Instagram connections who has been frequenting it for years.
The restaurant is a pretty unassuming kopitiam not unlike any other, perhaps only with the number of slseepy cats & dogs. The stall itself serves both prawn mee and loh mee, owned by a guy from Penang with a helper.
Penang style Prawn Mee & Loh Mee
What you get here is a very “average” bowl of Penang style loh mee or prawn mee, if you’re in Penang. Translation – since we’re in Klang Valley, that makes it a very good find and one that satisfy my cravings properly. The important ingredients are all there – prawns, mee, meehun, pork slices, 1/4 hard boiled egg, fried shallots, bean sprouts. The loh mee also comes with vinegar + finely chopped raw garlic.
To be fair, the sambal could use a bit of improvement, but I’m nitpicking. I’m going back to have more.
Klang is forever associated with bak kut teh, but if you dig a little deeper, this district at the West of KL also offers some pretty unique dishes you may not find anywhere else – such is today’s topic – Hong Ba (封肉)
158 Hong Ba, Pandamaran, Klang
While the main ingredient in Hong Ba is similar to bak kut teh, hong ba usually consists of the fatty leg part, and is stewed instead of cooked in herbal soup, resulting in a broth that’s thick and sticky, but without the strong herbal note.
According to my friend Jodie, the best Hong Ba places in all of Klang is the Restoran 158 Hong Ba at Pandamaran near Port Klang. It is located at Jalan Chan Ah Choo, the main road in which you can find over half a dozen bak kut teh restaurants, you know you’re at the ground zero of porky goodness when you’re there, there’s no mistaking it.
A meal for four, Hong Ba at center stage
Hong Ba is best consumed by 3-4 pax so you can share the entire leg portion that comes with ample amount of fatty & skin bits that are so tender and smooth. At 158, they also serve it with some “alkaline kuih” that goes well with those thick broth.
Like most hong ba places, they also serve stewed chicken feet and hard boiled eggs. However, I think the best thing about Hong Ba is the availability of those pork tendon, those texture are superb and with those broth, a match made in heaven.
Penang hokkien mee, or prawn mee as it is usually called here in Klang Valley, is one of the more iconic dishes from the island known for its good hawker food. While prawn mee is quite available this part of the country, its sister dish – loh mee, is quite a bit trickier to find.
Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam and it’s Loh Mee stall
Hence, whenever I find a hawker stall offering Penang loh mee, I’d usually give it a try. This same opportunity presented itself when I was at Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam looking to have kuih teow soup a few weeks ago, forgetting that it moved to nearby Hock Seng kopitiam.
As per my usual style, I ordered using Penang Hokkien, and the operator seemed to understand, passing my pseudo authenticity check.
Penang loh mee with appropriate condiments
Luckily though, the loh mee turned out pretty good. It came with appropriate condiments of minced garlic with vinegar and sambal, as well as proper ingredients with sliced pork, prawns, hard boiled eggs, kangkung, bean sprouts, and those really thick starchy soup.
I like mine with mee + meehun mix
Overall taste was on point, though I’d probably give Johnny’s version a slight upper hand due to the availability of more ingredient choices, but this one was definitely sufficient to satisfy cravings.
Address: Restaurant DoReMi 123 Jalan PJU 1a/20b Ara Damansara Petaling Jaya, Selangor GPS: 3.119897, 101.579194
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
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
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
If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup or comfort food in general, this one’s worth checking out.
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