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After attending the Time Out Food Awards at KLPAC (a couple weeks ago), a few of us decided to have supper (or actually, dinner, since we didn’t really have a meal at the event). Boo of masak-masak suggested Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien mee, which was a great location since we were already at Sentul, and Hokkien mee for late night?

Awesome choice if you ask me, nothing beats some starch, pork, seafood, and lard near midnight.

restuarant Ah Yap Hokkien mee at Sentul
restuarant Ah Yap Hokkien mee at Sentul, Jon & Isadora

While the premise of Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien mee is now a pretty nice corner shop lot with air conditioned as well as al fresco style dining areas, every plate of Hokkien mee is still prepared with good old charcoal fire, exactly the same as when it was just a stall in the nearby kopitiam. (there are even other branches now).

Many believes that Hokkien Mee is best fried using charcoal fire, and that there is a distinctive difference in taste when preapred with gas vs charcoal. For me though, I’m not quire sure, I like it when it tastes good, and frankly doesn’t care too much about the romantic idea of having it old school or modern. If it tastes good, it’s fine by me if it was gas, coal, charcoal, or wood fire.

the old school hokkien mee, made with charcoal fire
the old school hokkien mee, made with charcoal fire

Our Hokkien mee  (RM 12) was quite awesome, there were no surprises – big fat noodle, meehun (we asked for it), prawns, slices of fish cake, pork slices, vegetable, and of course, pork lard.

It really did taste as good as it looks, and made better when Isadora asked for extra lard for us. 😀

butter chicken, marmaid pork ribs, extra pork lard, and tapioka hokkien mee
butter chicken, marmaid pork ribs, extra pork lard, and tapioka hokkien mee

Other than the Hokkien Mee, we also ordered marmite pork ribs, butter chicken, bitter gourd with salted egg yolk, and another plate of special Hokkien mee made with tapioka noodle.

The marmite ribs (RM 23) were frankly speaking, way too skinny. It would probably be a dream come true for those who loves lean meat, but we weren’t really impressed.

Butter chicken (RM 23) was a pretty decent dish though, flavorful with pretty nice texture to go with. The bitter gourd with salted egg yolk (RM 20) though, was my favorite for the night. The combination of the bitterness and the richness of salted egg yolk, in a weird sort of cosmic logic, worked well for our palates. This is a dish that needs to be tasted to be impressed.

As for the tapioka noodle Hokkien Mee (RM 16), well, imagine the texture of bubble tea pearls, except flattened and served in a plate of Hokkien mee ingredients. I wouldn’t say it was bad, bit it was a bit too chewy for my liking. A novelty perhaps, but not something I would order again.

Ah Yap Sentul Hokkien Mee map

The Hokkien mee at Ah Yap is certainly worth eating, the other dishes however, was a bit of a hit and miss, and does not really offer very good value for money either. I’d stick with having the original Hokkien mee and that sinful bitter gourd with salted egg yolk here.

Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien Mee
744, Jalan Sentul,
51000 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.178117, 101.692436
Tel : 012-3036800, 012-2816862
opening hours are from 5 p.m – 1 a.m

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Discuss : KY eats – Ah Yap Sentul Hokkien Mee

  1. WTF is marmaid 😛

    • ShaolinTiger: that’s a cross between a mermaid & marmite flavor. HAHAHA.. goddamn wrong spelling.

  2. Its been sometime since I swung by to this place and from the looks of the pictures and your review, I must return real soon.

    have you tried dipping the pork lard into oyster sauce? awesome!

  3. jason chow

    i’ve stayed in sentul for 20 years. if you want a nice supper, best choice are hokkien mee in front of general hospital called loong kee and another one behind tawakal. ah yap hokkien mee used to be great but after renovation their food sucks so bad.

  4. Michelle chin

    Not really huge on lard… till today, i find the idea of buying pork lard from vic market strange… hehe

  5. iamthewitch

    Ooh I love bitter gourd with salted egg too! Surprise surprise since I am not a fan of bitter gourd at all 😛 And I’d love to try the Tapioca hokkien mee… chewy chewy 😛

  6. wah what a supper! I also want…

  7. Must have their HOKKIEN MEE!

  8. Ahhh this is the reason I need to come to KL!!!!

  9. Man, that’s good Hokkien mee. I love the photo, I can whack that entire plate. #noshit

  10. Gone are the days when every trader/hawker would load up every plateful with lard. Now gotta request for them for additional. Maybe more health conscious eaters? Nah …..

    • J2Kfm: too many goes to waste I guess, it’s like how difficult is it now to find good cockles or pork blood.

  11. Oh dear, now I have Hokkien Mee craving! I have extra pork lard at home… Hmmmm…..

  12. Lard, lard, lard and more lard. Killing me softly.

  13. The hokkien mee looks absolutely delicious, makes me want to book a flight to Malaysia soon 🙂

  14. KY, that Hokkien Mee looks too good. I wish I could go to KL soon.

  15. im korean and im living in KL

    do you know where can i buy duck fat oil?? market or suppler??


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