Sometimes the best eateries are the one you stumbled upon when the original place you want to go isn’t opened for business, and this was precisely how weÂ ended up at Hong Lai at Setapak after a failed attempt to get goÂ Restoran Sup & Popiah Zaiton HussinÂ for some good old fashion sup lidah (ox tongue soup).
Hong Lai hokkien mee at Setapak
To be honest, when we were at Hong Lai, we had no idea what to order and basically just glanced at the other tables. We ended up with hokkien mee Â (ç¦å»ºé¢) and yin yeong (é¸³é¸¯), which turned out to be a decent choice, but missed outÂ their speciality (which I read at a later time) – moonlight noodle (æœˆå…‰æ²³)
yin yeong and fried hokkien mee
Over here good old fashioned charcoal fire is used, which some swore produced the best “wok hei”. I guess there’s some sense of truth to it as charcoal often manage to heat up the wok to much higher temperature.
The hokkien mee tasted decent if not a little less elastic than I’m used to, you can see that they get chopped up to smaller strands in the (rather poor quality) picture above. The yin yeong though, was excellent! The crispy fried portion with those flavorful brothy wet portion mixed well to give an explosion of texture and flavor that can only be described as a perfect match, we were surprised in a good way.
Haze & KY for some supper goodness
Now we just need an excuse to be there for their moonlight noodle.
Hong Lai opens for dinner and supper, and you’ll be able to dine here until a couple hours past midnight, which is convenient for those after-clubbing hunger pangs.
Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Hong Lai
83, Jalan Genting Klang
Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
GPS:Â 3.192163, 101.709022