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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

Pork noodle must be one of the most popular non-halal soup based hawker dish in Klang Valley. It’s in almost every single multi-hawker kopitiam. After all, what’s not to like about a bowl of flavorful soup with all the porky goodness and your favorite choice of noodle?

Ten Noodle, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, PJ
Ten Noodle, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, PJ

When it comes to this dish, many people will gravitates towards the like of Kean Fatt SS3, Ah Or, Win Heng Seng, OUG’s version. While they’re all very good, there’re often some “flaws” – either in wait time, parking, or lack of certain ingredients.

Well, here’s where TEN Noodle steps in.

The modus operandi seems simple here – be efficient, priced competitively, and give people plenty of what they want.

When you get to TEN Noodle, you’ll be handed a sheet of ordering paper – ticks several boxes – choice of noodle, wet/dry, ingredients, snacks, and beverages. Food is then served rather swiftly, which is always a good thing.

dry mee suah with mixed pork
dry mee suah with mixed pork

Mine was dry mee suah with mixed pork and additional pork kidney and bitter gourd. The result was this huge bowl of ingredients loaded with everything I wanted!

To be fair, taste wise it was .. decent, perhaps 80-90% up there if compared to some of the others mentioned above, but they more than make up for it via value and experience.

my favorite innards - kidney!
my favorite innards – kidney!

So yes, if I’m at Kota Damansara looking for pork noodle, this is definitely in my list.

map to ten noodle kota damansara

Address:
Ten Noodle Restaurant
No.25-1, Jalan PJU 5/10,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Selangor
GPS: 3.151422, 101.593351
Tel: 016-205 1741
Hours: 11am – 9pm daily

ten noodle menu (1) ten noodle menu (2)

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

Happy Mansion is perhaps the first area in PJ to be “hipsterized”, with Food Foundry, My Elephant, and other eateries having established at these three old blocks of low cost flats nested within Seksyen 17.

Pizza Mansion, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya
Pizza Mansion, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya

One of the latest addition is Pizza Mansion, brought to you in fact by the same people that were involved in other eateries around the area. The pizza house promises an ambiance that’s a mixture of old and new, with dark green and yellow color scheme that reminds me of green hornet era. I love it.

The menu had ten different pizzas to choose from at the time (first week of opening) with four side dishes, coffee, soda, and some craft beers.

The pizzas are priced from RM 20 to RM 35 each, all with the same size that serves two average adult with moderate hunger just fine, or one really hungry big fella, I assume.

zucchini eggplant chickpea pizza, truffle mac & cheese
zucchini eggplant chickpea pizza, truffle mac & cheese

We ended up with Zucchini, Eggplant, and Chick Pea pizza (RM 28) to go with Truffle Mac & Cheese (RM 20) for a totally meatless afternoon meal.

truffle mac & cheese
truffle mac & cheese

We got the mac & cheese first, and it came bubbly hot. It was creamy, torched just nice, and had a generous dosage of truffle paste that made this classic dish that much better. We really enjoyed this.

freshly baked, absolutely sumptuous
freshly baked, absolutely sumptuous

The pizza too was rather good, the crust isn’t overly thin (think Dominos), or overly thick (think Pizza Hut), but soft, fresh, and of course, freshly prepped and baked. The toppings did not disappoint either, thinly sliced zucchini and egg plant, with some sun dried tomato and copious amount of cheese and tomato paste, yums.

This is now my favorite pizza place, for now at least. 😀

direction to Lai Thai at Happy Mansion, Seksyen 17

Address:
Pizza Mansion
Block B,
Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13,
Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.123148, 101.634671
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

pizza mansion menu

It was back in 2014 or 15 that I first heard about this Fushou Lou Nyonya Curry Mee in USJ, and as a major curry mee fan (of any variety), I paid obviously paid a visit and wrote about it.

Hai Keng kopitiam Fushou Lou Nyonya Curry Mee
Hai Keng kopitiam Fushou Lou Nyonya Curry Mee

However, USJ wasn’t known for the best traffic situation and thus I was more than happy to find out that there’s now a branch at Hai Keng kopitiam in Petaling Jaya, situated just a stone’s throw away from Digital Mall.

Nyonya Curry Mee with extras
Nyonya Curry Mee with extras

Just like the USJ counterpart, the stall here offers a variety of different add-ons to the standard bowl of Nyonya Curry Mee, among the choices are curry chicken, lala, roast pork, squid, and even stingray.

A standard version starts at RM 6, but you can definitely make it a bit more lux by adding multiple ingredients.

roast pork? stingray? why not both?
roast pork? stingray? why not both?

I had mine with both roast pork and stingray (RM 9). The base was quite flavorful in itself, with the sambal adding a decent dose of hotness with a strong hint of sour note from lime which I really enjoy. Roast pork was competent, but what I really love was the stingray, though eating that with a pair of chopsticks require some skill set I did not originally have.

Give it a try if you’re tech-shopping at Digital Mall.

For night time, the Hunan Cuisine at Chu Cha Dan Fan nearby is a worthy choice.

 

map to Hai Keng kopitiam, PJ Seksyen 14

Address:
Hai Keng Restaurant
24, Jalan 14/20, 
Seksyen 14 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
GPS3.110338, 101.635315