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In my previous-previous job many years ago, I used to travel quite a bit to Ho Chi Minh City for work, and aside from the hospitality of the people there, the one thing I always looked forward to was some good old fashion Vietnamese street food.

Their dishes take advantage of ingredients not entirely unlike Chinese or Thai cuisine, but with the result that is completely different. Unlike Thai or Malay food which often rely on chili, Vietnamese creations often feature plenty of fresh vegetable, and instead of soya sauce in Chinese food, fish sauce seems to be their go-to choice as seasoning.

Quan An Viet, near Klang Parade
Quan An Viet, near Klang Parade

While Vietnamese food has some presence here in Malaysia, they are mostly chain restaurants offering pho, a few rice dishes, and nothing else, so imagine the surprise when we saw this little kopitiam manned with Vietnamese with thick accents offering proper Vietnamese street food right at Klang.

In fact, the little area between Klang Parade and Taman Eng Ann seems to have a small Vietnamese community living around the area, complete with shops carrying Vietnamese groceries.

bún bò, bún riêu, gỏi xoài
bún bò, bún riêu, gỏi xoài

Quan An Viet offers some 20 different simple dishes, from beef noodle to duck noodle, spring roles to rice dishes, and they’re all priced at less than RM 10.

We first had the bun bo, or rice vermicelli and beef, a dish that’s similar to pho but with slightly different soup base and vegetable reflecting it’s origin in Hue instead of Saigon. It was pretty delicious, though I’d love to see tripes, brisket, or tendon in it instead of just beef slices.

Bun rieu is something new to me, a sort of tomato broth with crab/shrimp paste filled with pork leg, coagulated blood, and vermicelli noodle. Quite an interesting taste but it is something that takes a bit of getting used to.

Goi xoai is their version of green mango salad with some sort of rice sheets. To be honest I didn’t like it, the Thai version is still much superior. Perhaps those in Vietnam is better executed than here.

bánh mì, cơm sườn
bánh mì, cơm sườn

Bánh mì is a Vietnamese term for bread, a dish that is introduced by French during its colonial period. While the filling tastes pretty good, the quality of bread here isn’t really up to par.

The other dish I tried was the Vietnamese Broken Rice with Grilled Pork Chop, and sadly it was kinda disappointing. The pork chop was too dry and generally lack any umph.

KY & Haze at one of our favorite Vietnamese kopitiam
KY & Haze at one of our favorite Vietnamese kopitiam

I would say the spring roles & noodle dishes here are definitely up to par, and for the price you pay, this place definitely offer great value for money. Will definitely head back again for other dishes.

map to Quan An Viet restaurant, Klang

Address:
Quan An Viet (Restoran Kui Rong)
Jalan Pekan Baru 35
Kawasan 17, 41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.064075, 101.455354
Hours: noon till dinner

Bak Kut Teh at Klang is not merely a popular dish, it is pretty much a way of life. There are hundreds of bak kut teh sellers in the municipal, each offering their unique interpretation of the Malaysian-invented dish, and best of all, with varying operating hours so you can actually have a good bowl of bak kut teh goodness anytime around the clock.

yeap, bak kut teh from 5pm to 5am
yeap, bak kut teh from 5pm to 5am

After picking up my sister my sister from the airport late at night over CNY holidays, it was just natural that we cross an item off her “back to home” bucket list – good old fashion Klang BKT.

For that, we went to Kedai Kopi Taman Eng Ann for some porky goodness. While the shop offers breakfast and other dishes in the morning/afternoon session, BKT reign supreme from 5 pm to 5 am daily.

glorious clay pot style bak kut teh at Taman Eng Ann
glorious clay pot style bak kut teh at Taman Eng Ann

The bak kut teh here comes in a clay pot, and in addition to your choice of pork (kah wan, big bone, small bone, 3-layer belly, ribs, etc), there’s also a few leafs of vegetable, tofu pok, and some mushroom.

The pork lives up to the reputation of Klang bkt – soft, tender, and flavorful. The soup is quite strong on herbal taste as well, and they’re not stingy with refills, which is nice.

However, there are no deep fried shallots here, tho generous amount of chopped garlic and chili padi accompany the clay pot dish, which is fine by me.

nothing beats having good old fashion BKT with family
nothing beats having good old fashion BKT with family

Surprisingly, the yu tiao (yau char kuai) here is crunchy and quite delicious, a departure from the usual soggy business of other places.

Prices here is fair and on par with other BKT sellers in the area, I think I prefer this over Kin Kong (which is somehow more “famous”) located a stone’s throw away and operate at similar hours.

map to taman eng ann bak kut teh

Address:
Kedai Kopi Taman Eng Ann
Kalan Kasawari 5,
Taman Eng Ann, Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.056416, 101.460329
Hours: 5 pm to 5 am daily

Klang is of course, the Holy grail of Bak Kut Teh, it is the place that invented the dish, and also the place that has the most concentration of restaurants offering this wonderful marriage of meat and herbs with a serving of rice.

To demonstrate that you can get bkt basically at all times in this town, let’s look at Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann today.

Restoran Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann, Klang
Restoran Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann, Klang

Kin Kong goes against the Klang tradition of having bak kut teh as breakfast, instead, their operating hours are from 9pm to 5am, far removed from ordinary dining hours, which is convenient for those who works at odd hours, or those who just had to have bkt fix after a good clubbing session.

late night claypot bak kut teh
late night claypot bak kut teh

Claypot version is the popular choice here, and like most places, you get to pick the choice or meat – lean, pork belly, big bone, small bone, ribs etc..

The pork is usually soft and juicy, while the soup packs a decent herbal note, though not being the strongest I’ve tasted, they are not stingy with it and you can always ask for refills.

what's better than this at 2 in the morning?
what’s better than this at 2 in the morning?

While the bak kut teh mah not be my favorite in Klang, the yau char kuai here was a welcoming surprise. They’re crispy, crunchy, and goes really well with the abundance of soup. If you’re here, ask for a serving.

If you’re looking for a late night fix, Kin Kong won’t be a bad choice to go for.

map to Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann

Address:
Kin Kong Restaurant
Lorong Kawasan 4a,
Taman Eng Ann, Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.057054, 101.460019
Hours: 9 pm to 5 am

While Klang is famous for bak kut teh, there are other options for food just in case the pork laden goodness is not exactly your most favorite thing ever (like it should). Today, let’s look at the pretty awesome chee cheong fun and yong tau foo stall that is Long Kei at Taman Eng Ann.

there's always a queue in front of Long Kei
there’s always a queue in front of Long Kei

We actually stumbled upon this shop while looking for parking to get to the Eng Ann morning market. There always seems to be a healthy queue in front of the shop, a surefire indication that the food must be at least decent.

At Long Kei chee cheong fun Taman Berkeley. Plenty to choose from and always fresh. #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #hawker #nonhalal

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So naturally, we gave it a try.

yong tau foo with chee cheong fun
yong tau foo with chee cheong fun

The selection of yong tau foo here is among the biggest I’ve seen anywhere. There’s green chili, brinjal, bitter gourd, fuchok, pork skin, various types of fishball/meatball, deep fried stuff, tofu, cuttle fish, and even kangkung, spoilt for choices really.

If you want to try one of each, you better come prepared with really big appetite.

two satisfied customers
two satisfied customers

We chose about 8-10 items to go with chee cheong fun. The sauce here isn’t overly complex but they seemed to get it just right, not overly sweet nor too thick. With the homemade chili sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, it made for a more than decent meal for two under RM 20 (including drinks).

I think this could be one of our regular places whenever dimsum/yong tau foo cravings come calling.

map to Long Kei yong tau foo and chee cheong fun, Klang

Address:
Long Kei Yong Tau Foo
Jalan Kawasari 4b,
Taman Eng Ann,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.057452, 101.459852

While driving around Taman Eng Ann in Klang looking for some sort of afternoon snack away from the famous “under the tree” hawker center (that offers awesome pohpia), we chanced upon this curious little stall that’s about as old school as it gets – Nijia Fried Chicken.

Nijia Fried Chicken (with Yoyo Ice too)
Nijia Fried Chicken (with Yoyo Ice too)

This place is as no frill as it gets, offering only a very limited menu of fried chicken, nasi lemak, and yoyo ice.

Chicken goes for RM 2.20 (wings) to RM 3 (thigh), a set of nasi lemak cost RM 2, as with a cup of “Yoyo ice”. It is also self served.

fried chicken and nasi lemak does go well together
fried chicken and nasi lemak does go well together

While there’s no claim of 11 herbs and spices, the chicken was crispy and rather tasty in an uncomplicated way. I ended u p going for second servings. The nasi lemak too was fragrant and rather delicious, Haze had no trouble finishing everything in the plate.

As for yoyo ice, it’s more like sourish flavored shaved ice, which was just perfect when it’s really hot out.

All in, it was a few bucks per person for a good afternoon snack, why can’t we have more places like this?

nijia fried chicken at Taman Eng Ann map

Address:
46, Jalan Serindit 4,
Taman Eng Ann, 41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.057621, 101.458970