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Been hearing about this Bangkok lane Mee Goreng that’s at USJ (that would be UEP Subang Jaya as the official name) for a while now, so I decided to check it out last week.

Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng at Restoran Ehsan Maju
Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng at Restoran Ehsan Maju

For those who aren’t familiar with the background, there’s rather well known mee goreng located at Bangkok Lane in Georgetown. One that I’ve had quite a few times in Penang, and while it wasn’t my favorite, they do offer a very competent plate of this Indian dish compared to others on the island.

Of course, here in Klang Valley Penang style mee goreng is hard to come by, my previous favorite at PJ SS5 ceased to exists after the owner passed on, so to be honest, I haven’t had proper mee goreng outside Penang for years.

mee goreng with sotong
mee goreng with sotong

The stall at Restoran Ehsan Maju in USJ 2 is essentially a ‘branch’ from the same stall in Bangkok Lane, Penang. The menu is pretty simple, there’s mee goreng with or without sotong (squid), mee rebus (wet version) in the same two variety, and rojak – essentially their mee rebus without noodle.

mee rebus and rojak available too
mee rebus and rojak available too

So, how does it taste?

I would say it’s pretty spot on, except for the huge KL style portion, it is pretty consistent with what they offer in Penang. There’s decent flavor and all the ingredients are there. The fried shallots could be improved, and those sotong are a bit too bland (I’ll order without that next time). Other than that, definitely a more than acceptable “Penang style” mee goreng.

Will go again.

bangkok lane mee goreng usj2 map

Address:
Restoran Ehsan Maju
21, Jalan USJ 2/2c, Usj 2,
47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.057507, 101.591064

What’s better than spicy hot pot that goes in hot and comes out hotter? Well, unlimited refill at one fixed price, of course!

This is essentially what Fei Fan Hot Pot at Subang Courtyard offers, while I would have been a lot more excited about the prospect of buffet steamboat/hotpot 20 years ago, I was still pretty excited about it when Carol suggested that we check it out.

Fei Fan Hot Pot at SS15 Courtyard
Fei Fan Hot Pot at SS15 Courtyard

We did, and as it turned out, we weren’t the only two who thought paying RM 45.90++ per pax to fill our stomach to the brim was a great idea.

There was about an hour’s wait before our turn, which led to me getting a hair cut, and Carol did her eyebrow.. or something.

Anyway, finally we got in at around 9 p.m. with the host ushering us to a shared table located at a semi-outdoor dining area, which worked out just fine to diffuse the steamboat smell while not being overly too warm since it’s pretty late at night. No complains from me other than it being a bit far from the buffet spread.

condiments, vegetables, balls, mushrooms, and more
condiments, vegetables, balls, mushrooms, and more

Fei Fan offers quite a decent selection of condiments with just over a dozen types of various spicy/salty/fresh “stuff” you can mix up. They include cili padi, raw garlic, green onion, cilantro, fermented tofu, soya sauce, chili paste, and more. With that many choices, you are probably bound to get overly excited and mess it up.

As for soup base, there are four to choose from, with a maximum of two choices – pork bone soup, pepper pig’s stomach soup, tomato soup, and spicy mala soup.

We went with pork bone & spicy mala, though I’ve heard good things about the other two types as well.

unlimited refill on everything you see here
unlimited refill on everything you see here

The way it works is like this – pick the ready-made items from buffet spread – including various types of vegetable, mushroom, balls, tofu, and so forth.

There’s also a self-ordering sheet that includes pork/chicken/beef balls, shrimp dumpling, chives dumpling, tofu pok with pork, fish noodle, and beef/chicken/pork slices, intestine, liver, and such. You can use the sheet multiple times but food wastage will be charged 20% of total bill, which I thought is fair.

these thin sliced meat's pretty good, as attested by Carol
these thin sliced meat’s pretty good, as attested by Carol

What’s the verdict you may ask?

Well, Fei Fan Hot Pot certainly offers great value especially if you’re a big eater. The mala soup offers a good enough kick, while those pork bone soup was quite proper as well.

The meat slices might be a tad thin, but that also means they get cooked fast, and with unlimited order it’s not an issue anyway. I also like that there’s enough options for greens.

Overall it was a rather positive experience and I would certainly happy to go there again, but this time around I’d be sure to call ahead and make bookings.

map to Subang Courtyard, SS15

Address:
Fei Fan Hot Pot
Lot G-10 Ground Floor,
SS15 Courtyard,
Jalan SS15/4G,, SS15,
47500 Subang Jaya
GPS: 3.077683, 101.586468
Tel: 03-7496 6438
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm daily

fei fan hotpot subang jaya menu

Penangites always love a proper plate of char kuih teow and would usually regards CKT prepared by non Penang Hokkien as a bit of suspect. So naturally, most of us probably won’t sample char kuih teow manned by a Malay operator, since it’s .. well, usually not at all similar to the “original” version in which we’re familiar with.

It's a game of fire and showmanship
It’s a game of fire and showmanship

However, being a food writer, it is also very important to be open and be willing to try all sorts of food and dishes, including those that may looked to be going against my “cultural heritage”, a decision which brought me to many wonderful surprises and great experience, including this kuih teow basah stall at SS15 that I tried a short while ago.

The stall operates out of a van usually parked just outside the SS15 wet market on Jalan SS15/8a. There’ll be a few ad hoc tables set up right next it, comfort isn’t of any particular emphasis.

The cooking though, was a bit of a show, with flames threatening to blow up the entire operations, though any experienced hawker adventurer would find this a welcoming sight. And indeed it was!

simple looking kuih teow basah, but oh so delicious
simple looking kuih teow basah, but oh so delicious

The resulting plate of kuih teow was nothing like the type I’m familiar with, it came with kuih teow (of course), egg, bean sprout, cockles, and a couple prawns with shells still on. It was also really wet, and spicy in a way that’s different from what I’m used to,  yet it was very delicious in its own way, with the sauce packing a strong sweet seafood flavor and the dish having its own “wok hei” if you will.

If you’re a fan of kuih teow, give this a try as well, you may be surprised.

kuih teow basah ss15

Address:
Kuih Teow Basah Food Truck
Jalan SS15/8a (outside wet market)
Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.074237, 101.587796
Hours: night

When it comes to Chinese tai chao restaurants, you often find very conventional names that usually involves someone’s surname or places of origin. XFrens Cafe & Restaurant though, likes to be a bit different, so I was looking at a map and this name came up, I’d have thought that they probably serve good pastry and maybe some warm pies…

Restaurant Xfrens, Subang Jaya SS18
Restaurant Xfrens, Subang Jaya SS18

Well, I have no idea what went through the owners’ thought process when they came up with the name, but we’re here for the food, and in this regard they definitely put in more thoughts than the naming exercise.

XFrens is located at Subang Jaya SS18, with few busy shops around the same short row of shop houses in the evening, parking your car is usually a relatively painless process. However, do plan to get there early as the place usually gets rather busy and fetch quite a long queue on weekend busy dinner hours. I’d say anytime before 6:30 or 6:45 pm and you should have a table immediately.

The menu at Xfrens is pretty comprehensive, with different sections offering dishes involving poultry, seafood, vegetable, tofu, and such.

For the group of 6 of us over dinner, we ordered five dishes to share.

"siong thong" lala, pumpkin tofu, paku with chili padi
“siong thong” lala, pumpkin tofu, paku with chili padi

Siong Thong Lala was a pretty decent dish that provides some spicy soup to open up the appetite, the shellfish was of decent size and freshness.  Pumpkin tofu was one of their signature dishes, and one that provides a nice contrast in texture and taste, crispy on the outside with stronger tasting sauce, while soft and mild within.

I was also very glad that we ordered paku with chili padi, one of my favorite type of vegetable that should be more popular here (as they are in Borneo). This is one vege that I’ll order again.

garlic pork, teow chew style steamed red snapper
garlic pork, teow chew style steamed red snapper

Garlic pork is another must-order at Xfrens, and it is what we’re here for. The dish was basically a dish of deep fried pork with many, many cloves of garlic. It was as simple as it was tasty, the combination was an assault to the senses in the best ways.

The last dish we shared was steamed red snapper teow chew style. This dish was executed rather well, with ingredients you’d expect from a typical toew chew steamed fish – tomato, tofu, salted vegetable, garlic, ginger, cilantro, and chili. I enjoyed this quite a lot too.

The dinner came to be around RM 40 per pax including drinks, a fair price considering the fact that we ordered quality fish as well as lala. Would definitely come here again.

map to XFrens Subang Jaya ss18

Address:
Restoran XFrens
51, Jalan SS 18/1b, Ss 18,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.072748, 101.584083
Tel: 03-5611 0488
Hours
: Lunch & Dinners

As a Penangite, I’m always on the lookout for a good plate of Jawa Mee, one of those Penang hawker dishes that receive little attention outside the island. For those who may not be familiar, jawa mee is basically the Chinese version interpretation of Mee Rebus.

Parkway kopitiam Jawa Mee, Subang Jaya SS 19
Park Way kopitiam Jawa Mee, Subang Jaya SS 19

When I posted an instagram video of the jawa mee at Segambut (one of my favorites), my friend Julea (also from up North) suggests that I should check out this stall at Restoran Park Way in Subang SS 19.

I did just that.

Trying out the penang style jawa mee at Park Way kopitiam, Subang Jaya SS19. I like it, legit. Will return. #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #hawker #nonhalal #jawamee

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The kopitiam operates in the morning to about brunch time, and just like the stall at Segambut, this one also offers another Penang delicacy – Prawn Mee. Of course, I went ahead and asked for jawa mee.

Jawa Mee is basically a Chinese version of Mee Rebus
Jawa Mee is basically a Chinese version of Mee Rebus

The version here come complete with every ingredient that makes up a proper plate of jawa mee – crackers, the indian kuih thingy, tofu, eggs, lime, vege, potato, and even a few slices of red chili for that extra color. I thought the chili paste was the only slight weak point in this plate of otherwise very on point jawa mee. Will visit again for sure.

parkway kopitiam map, Subang Jaya

Address:
Restoran Park Way
1, Jalan SS 19/6c, Ss 19,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.064752, 101.579960