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Kuih Teow Soup is one of my favorite hawker dishes whenever I’m in Penang.

That clear soup with home-made fish ball and duck meat is something that you can hardly find in Klang Valley (outside of Penang One), a land where pork noodle rules instead of kuih teow soup, or kuih teow th’ng as we liked to call it in Penang.

old school kuih teow soup, starts at only RM 3
old school kuih teow soup, starts at only RM 3

In the morning, there’s Ah Hai at Kim Lee kopitiam or Restaurant 113; for afternoon, try Pitt Street kuih teow soup at Lebuh Carnavon, but if you’re looking for a good bowl of kuih teow soup at night, Chulia Street is one of the places to check out.

the fish balls were very good, and duck skin, yums!
the fish balls were very good, and pork skin, yums!

This is one of those old school stalls that fortunately, still has the pricing structure of yesteryear. A bowl of kuih teow soup starts from RM 3, and comes with the essential home made fish ball, duck meat, and most importantly, duck skin as well.

The soup is subtle but carry the unmistakeable aroma from boiling duck carcass, the fish ball had a perfect texture and taste, the kuih teow soft but does not break apart, it was an exercise of balance with everything complementing each other.

By the way, you can ask for extra ingredients too. In this case, my choice was some sinful pork skin, oh I miss it.

map to Chulia Street, Penang

Address:
Kuih Teow Soup
(outside Kedai Ubat Yoong Chee Tong)
Chulia Street, 10200 Penang
GPS: 5.416295, 100.338670
Hours: dinner and supper

It’s been a while since I last went to the SS2 Pasar Malam (every Monday night), so I thought it’ll be good to check it out again and grab dinner while we’re at it.

The SS2 Pasar Malam is one of the biggest night markets in the country, and almost the same size as the Connaught version (every Wednesday). Parking is usually a tricky affair, but if you’re willing to walk for a few minutes, there are ample parking at the residential area surrounding the SS2 square, where the pasar malam is held.

Taiping char kuih teow at SS2 pasar malam
Taiping char kuih teow at SS2 pasar malam

After walking about a bit, I spotted this Taiping char kuih teow stall situated just opposite McDonald’s restaurant. Seeing that business is pretty brisk, I decided to give it a try.

Of course, I had to order with Hokkien as a standard litmus test to any hawker who claims to be offering Northern food, this one passed.

the char kuih teow stall, opposite McDonald's at SS2
the char kuih teow stall, opposite McDonald’s at SS2

The plate of char kuih teow (I had kuih teow + mee) that came was quite a good looking one. With an extra egg prepared over-easy that had some sweet soya sauce sprinkled on top, a little bit like the fried egg we had Restaurant Muar at Tengkat Tong Shin, which was a good thing.

it was delicious, did not disappoint at all
it was delicious, did not disappoint at all

There were no prawns in this version of CKT, but luckily plenty of fresh cockles to go around. Execution was great and there was definitely plenty of “wok hei” in this dish. I would not hesitant to order this again. If you’re a char kuih teow lover, check out this version.

At RM 6 a plate with that extra egg, it is a little bit on the expensive side, but I thought it was worth it nonetheless.

tofu bakar as snack, very appropriate
tofu bakar as snack, very appropriate

After the char kuih teow, we met Edvin, our dive master, by coincidence, and he introduced us this tofu bakar for dessert.

At RM 4.50 a box, you get crispy tofu bakar with prawn crackers, a layer of sweet prawn sauce, chili paste, chicken floss, and some fresh cucumber. It claimed to be from Penang but I’ve never seen anything like this back home. Very tasty nonetheless.

salt baked chicken, I had it for breakfast the next day
salt baked chicken, I had it for breakfast the next day

Lastly, we also ordered some salt baked chicken to go. The drumstick + thigh version cost RM 7 a piece and made for awesome breakfast the next day, though I imagine it’d be even better if I had some porridge to go with as that’d tone down the saltiness just a bit.

I need to go to the Pasar Malam again!

map to SS2 Pasar Malam

Address:
SS2 Pasar Malam
Jalan SS2/61
Petaling Jaya
47300 Selangor
GPS3.117366, 101.621668

Last week we found ourselves at Cheras looking for a place to fill the stomach in the morning. Searched the web a bit and decided to head to Taman Midah for something which I can’t even remember. Didn’t manage to find the place, and ended up at this road side shack by the name of 陈记缅档 (Chan Kei Noodle Stall).

Chan Kei noodle stall at Taman Midah
Chan Kei noodle stall at Taman Midah

I basically followed the conventional wisdom that if a place is packed, it can’t be bad. So we parked the bike and waited for a minute to get a vacant table.

Business at this noodle stall was brisk, and they seemed to offer quite a variety of noodle dishes. Haze ordered asam laksa (only available on Sundays), and I asked for a bowl of curry mee.

asam laksa and KL style curry mee
asam laksa and KL style curry mee

The KL style curry mee came with plenty of fat, juicy cockles, slabs of fried pork skin, tofu, bean sprouts, and rather fragrant sambal. While I still prefer Penang style curry mee, this one did not disappoint. It was as good as any central style curry mee I tried.

Asam laksa from here got the seal of approval from Haze as well, having all the necessary ingredients working well together.

This place is another old school stalls that kept dishing out good food over the years, I think we gotta go back there to try other dishes next time.

map to Taman Midah noodle stall

Address:
陈记缅档
Jalan Midah Besar,
Taman Midah, Cheras,
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.10188, 101.732857

Chan Kei Noodle Stall

While on the way to Penang for Cheng Meng last week, we stopped by Ipoh for a quick dinner. The choice of noms for the night was the famous Menglembu Honey Chicken.

famous Menglembu honey chicken stall (shop now)
famous Menglembu honey chicken stall (shop now)

While I’ve had the honey chicken wings many times (usually tapao by Horng) The last time I visited this place was at some 10 years ago, and instead of that little small hawker stand, it is now a whole shop by itself, with ample workers to cater for their booming business.

The mainstay is their honey chicken wings (RM 2), but you can also order chicken skin (RM 2), honey bbq pork (RM 3), fried mushroom (RM 2), drumstick (RM 3), chicken breast/ribs (RM 3), and whole quarter chicken leg (RM 6).

the best honey chicken wings there is
the best honey chicken wings there is

We ordered a 2 pairs of honey chicken wings, 2 fried drumsticks, and a plate of deep fried chicken skin to share.

The honey chicken was as good as remembered. Sweet, succulent, and sticky in a good way. The meat gets torn off the bones so easily you can feed this to someone toothless. Chicken skin too would make very good beer food.

As for the deep fried drumsticks though, they were very ordinary, and play second fiddle to my favorite KFC.

If you’re willing to detour a little on a late evening drive between Penang and KL, do stop by this place and get some honey chicken. I assure you the extra 10km drive is worth it.

Address:
Menglembu Wai Sek Kai (Glutton Street)
Tranchell Street, 31450 Menglembu, Perak
GPS: 4.56333, 101.04480
Tel:  012-5161411, 012-5070005 
Operating Hours: 5.30 pm – 11.00 pm

One of the things I love most about Thailand is their hawker foods. It is true that they serve excellent tomyam, pad thai, and ladna at just about any corner, but one of my favorite breakfast dishes in the land of smile has gotta be the noodle soup.

stalls by the street corner
noodle soup stall by the road side

On the last day of the trip while off-gassing from diving at Phuket, we went over to a pretty inconspicuous stall right across the street of the budget hotel we’ve been staying at (Baan Suan Place, cheapest room rate at 700 baht/night, next to Phuket International Hospital).

Though there were quite a few eateries of similar set up at the area, but I knew we got the right place soon as I saw those coagulated blood in the jar displayed at the front of the stall. *slurps*

noodle soup with all sorts of ingredients, take your pick!

noodle soup with all sorts of ingredients, take your pick!

A few finger pointing gestures and some 10 minutes later, here’s the bowl of goodness that arrived on my table. Big flat rice noodle in subtle yet flavorful clear broth topped with cuttle fish, coagulated blood, liver, pork, a bit of mushroom, vegetable, and even a bit of white fungus.

There’s also a plate of bean sprouts and some basil ala Vietnamese noodle style on the side, and of course plenty of potent chili powder as condiment for those who love it spicy.

when in Thailand, eat like a Thai
when in Thailand, eat like a Thai

The noodle soup costs around 30-40 baht and this place also serves coffee and other drinks at around 10 baht. While this stall is situated at Thanon Bangyai road behind Phuket International Hospital, you can basically find similar stalls at just about anywhere in Southern Thailand (perhaps Central/Northern part too).

Now I wish someone would bring this to our local hawker stalls, Thai food here in Malaysia seems to be limited to tomyam, pineapple fried rice, and the occasional pad Thai only… pity.

map to Phuket International Hospital

Address:
Thanon Bangyai
Wichit, Mueang Phuket,
Phuket 83000, Thailand

GPS: 7.895477,98.365939

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