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Mixed pork soup the lesser favored cousin when it comes to meat soup dishes compared to the likes of bak kut teh, or even beef noodle soup. They’re all made of meat and innards of either pork or cow, hence I think it’s appropriate to have a bit of mixed pork soup appreciation.

herbal pork soup at Wai Sek Kai
herbal pork soup at Wai Sek Kai

For those who aren’t familiar with this dish, mixed pork soup is as what the name suggests – a mixture of various pork parts, 3-layer pork, and coagulated blood bath in salted vegetable soup. The parts usually includes small/big intestine, liver, and stomach, and when you’re lucky, kidney too (not here at Wai Sek Kai).

When it is done right, like this version at Jalan Sayur, the soup carries a subtle porky sweetness with a salty note from the preserved vegetable, and the meat and innards properly cooked to a texture that’s never difficult to chew. Most importantly, the liver is separately blanched to get it just right and not overcooked.

mixed pork soup with a side of rice
mixed pork soup with a side of rice

The dish can be had as is, or with a bowl of rice if you’re not into the whole low carb/keto thingy. There’s condiment of old school chili sauce to go with the soup if you like it with a slight kick.
map to Jalan Sayur hawker center

Jalan Sayur,
Off Jalan Pudu,
55100 Pudu,
Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.135208, 101.713051
Hours: dinner & supper

What’s better in a cold breezy night than a bowl of piping hot Chinese tongsui (soupy dessert)?

Well, steamboat perhaps, but I suppose it’s not a great idea to sabotage my own introduction to today’s topic – the tongsui stall at Hong Kee, located at Seksyen 17’s wai sek kai.

Hong Kee tongsui at Seksyen 17
Hong Kee tongsui at Seksyen 17

Hong Kee tongsui has been in operation since eons ago, the stall is situated at Seksyen 17 outdoor wet market area and opens for business from about 6pm or so till late.

The stall offers over a dozen hot tongsui and a selection of cold tongsui as well. Bubur chacha, red bean soup, green bean soup, peanut soup, you name it, they usually have it.

To order, you simply pick up an empty bowl and go about self-service style. I actually like it that way since we get to pick more of certain types of ingredients to our liking.

a selection of piping hot and cold desserts
a selection of piping hot and cold tongsui

Most tongsui are priced at around RM 2 per bowl, with few exceptions. If you’re up for a bowl of delicious no-frill tongsui, here’s definitely a place worth checking out.

direction to PJ Seksyen 17 wai sek kai

Hong Kee
Jalan 17/27
Seksyen 17,
46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.129267, 101.634601

The restaurant emperor noodle 皇帝麵 (HDK is the pinyin Hwang Di Mien) is fairly new in the competitive food district that is PJ’s SS2. It sits directly opposite of the famous wai sek kai food court. After checking the menu and determined that they offer good value, we went in despite its relative emptiness.

NOTE: This place has already closed down

Restaurant HDK (emperor noodle) at SS2 - 皇帝麵
nice menu with photos of the dishes

Emperor noodle is basically a type of egg noodle, quite similar to the basic wanton noodle you can get at anywhere, but finer. I’ve had it at Dragon-i One Utama, as well as SS2 pasar malam boxed noodle. I like the texture, and being as fine as angel hair spaghetti, it tends to soak up the sauce very well and give a stronger flavour.

Restaurant HDK (emperor noodle) at SS2 - 皇帝麵
clockwise – dumpling, shrimp, wanton & roasted pork, chicken

The restaurant offers around a dozen types of dishes, priced at RM 3.80 (basic like char siew with wanton, fishball), RM 5.80 (roasted chicken, tiger prawn, dumpling), and RM 9.80 (seafood, king prawn). Pretty reasonable price for a clean restaurant with nice deco and properly air conditioned. I guess as most restaurants do, they make more on the drinks (fresh juices at RM 3.00).

Restaurant HDK (emperor noodle) at SS2 - 皇帝麵
which is pepper and which is soya sauce?

We ordered a few dishes. The basic char siew and wantan was pretty good, though the serving on the char siew was very small. The dumpling was very good, packed with pork, shrimp, and other stuff you typically find in a Chinese dumpling. The tiger prawn emporer noodle offers the best value, at less than RM 6, you get two pretty big size prawn, to go with the noodle and some other garnish.

The roasted chicken, however, was average and even a little too dry for my liking. Overall this place offers good value and pretty decent food, will go there again.

map to SS2 Restaurant HDK (emperor noodle) - 皇帝麵
another excellent map by KY

SS2 branch:
No. 26, ss2/61, 47300 PJ, Selangor
GPS: 3.117730, 101.621164
Tel: 7877 9226

Manjalara branch:
No. 41, Jalan 1/62D, Jalan Medan Putra 1,
Medan Putra Business Center, Off Jln Damansara
Manjarala 52100 KL
tel: 6275 5181

Penang branch:
No. 9, Tingkat Mawar,
Taman Mawar, Jln Raja Uda
12300 Butterworth, Penang

Opens 11am to 10pm daily