While home cooking is often healthier, cheaper, and quite fun on its own, I was quite ready to go out for a proper meal after months thanks to this Covid-19 era.
Hang Sing seafood restaurant, Pandamaran
So when Yann May came over to this part of town, we decided that dinner should be cooked by someone else, and in this case, one of the restaurants she used to frequent as a kid – Hang Sing Seafood Restaurant all the way at Pandamaran, Klang. Suits me just well since I do stay rather close to Klang itself, and limited movement control period means that traffic isn’t exactly too troubling.
tapioca noodle, sweet potato leaf, kung pao mantis prawns
After having our temperature checked and names signed into the log book, we were seated down on a rather large table to accommodate for social distancing SOP.
We ordered kung pao mantis prawn, deep fried calamari (squid), sweet potato leaf, and a rather large portion of prawn dish that’s a bit spicy and strong tasting, can’t remember the name if my life depend on it… these dishes were all rather delicious and we chowed them down like hungry teenagers.
deep fried calamari, err.. some sort of prawn dish
With the insistence of May, we also ordered fried tapioca noodle (in fact she even ordered another one to go for next day breakfast. If you love the texture of bubble tea, you’d love this dish, I am not a huge fan of those bubble’s texture, so you’d be right if you guessed that I did not embrace this dish.
Dinner came out to be RM 170 for all these and 4 glasses of kedondong juice. Considering prices of prawns, squid, and mantis prawns, I thought the bill was reasonable.
I’m always in the look out for new bak kut teh places to try out, so when I saw this new stall opening up near Peng Heong Paikut at Klang, I thought I should check it out, hence, Yi Pin Seafood Bak Kut Teh.
Yi Pin Seafood Bak Kut Teh, Klang
Yi Pin took over the space that was previously occupied by another bkt place by the name of 石头肉骨茶 (rock bkt?). A corner shop a stone’s throw away from Masjid Bandar Diraja Klang.
I ordered a single portion of bkt with seafood, prawns in this case. I’d have liked to have it with lala, but was unavailable when I was there.
That order didn’t turn out bad at all. The prawns were top notch, fresh, flavorful, and together with the spicy herbal soup, makes for a good, sumptuous meal. The fatty 3-layer pork held their own too. I thought it was perhaps a little better than the version at Hon Kee I had prior, but my favorite is the lala bak kut the at Yun Heng.
a claypot full of fresh prawns and bak kut teh
At 28 ringgit for enough pork, 5 pieces of decent size prawns, I thought it was of good value as well.
They are open for lunch as well as dinner, and offer other dishes ala “tai chao” style in addition to bak kut teh.
Address: Yi Pin Bak Kut Teh 21, Lorong Gudang Nanas 2, Kawasan 18, 41400 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.049213, 101.444402
Can’t believe I didn’t know about this Chong Kok Kopitiam after having stayed closed to Klang for some four years, more spectacularly, it’s located just a stone’s throw away from Seraph Awaken, one of my favorite hand crafted coffee places in all of KL.
Chong Kok Kopitiam, Klang
For those who were like me, Chong Kok Kopitiam is one of the rare type of eatery that truly represents the best of Malaysia – the restaurant is always crowded with Chinese, Malay, and Indians alike pretty much daily, a scene that reminds me of Hai Peng kopitiam at Kemaman, Pahang.
The restaurant serves your typical selection of local coffee menu, with toasts, steam bread, and half boiled eggs. They also have a few stalls, including a very popular nasi lemak, satay, Nyonya kuih, and more.
breakfast set with perfect sous vide half boiled eggs
The toast and eggs here were perfect, with the half boiled eggs especially on point having prepared using sous vide method. The coffee too is thick and flavorful.
nasi lemak, nyonya kuih, and more are also available
However, the best thing about this otherwise unassuming coffee shop is its atmosphere. You don’t often see this mixture of Malaysians from all walks of life congregating in the same eatery, often even sharing tables.
We need more places like Chong Kok kopitiam.
Address: Chong Kok Kopitiam 5, Jalan Stesen, Kawasan 1, 41000 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.042631, 101.449515 Tel: 03-3371 0996
A couple weeks ago, I had the slight unfortunate fortune of being involved in a minor accident. The Malaysian system is such that you can’t go to just any police station to make reports, but certain specific traffic police station to do the deeds (eh, upgrade already please), which explained how I got to this part of town in Klang – Sungai Kapar.
Restoran Ji Yang, Sungai Kapar
After having sorted out the reports with authority, it was quite a bit past my initial dinner time, so naturally I wandered around to the closest restaurant, in this case – Ji Yang Restaurant, an unassuming “tai chao” place this part of town.
Having no idea what is good, I seek recommendation from the server, and that’s how I ended up having one of the best curry pork rice I’ve ever tried.
curry pork rice, single serving
For RM 7, there were plenty of pork slices perfectly prepared and drenched with spicy curry paste, and made perfect with just the right amount of red chili, onion, and curry leaves. It was as tasty as it was fragrant, perfect.
If I ended up at this part of town again, I’d not hesitate to try their second best dish, perhaps.
Address: Restoran Ji Yang 12, Jalan Sungai Kapar Indah 3c, Sungai Kapar Indah, 42200 Kapar, Selangor GPS: 3.096571, 101.385858
Last week mom was here for a bit, so naturally it was my duty as a son to bring her form some breakfast worthy of trying. And since we’ve had bak kut teh, and red wine mee suah the day prior, I thought it was appropriate that we try one of the other less “normal” breakfast choices – chicken rice.
chicken rice with mom
Yeap, chicken rice is as popular as the first meal of the day in Klang as it is for lunch or dinner.
We headed to Jalan Gelugor for one of my favorite chicken rice fix in the area – Top 1 Chicken Rice. The stall is located at the same food court with the Jalan Batai Char Kuih Teow – with zinc roof, plastic furniture, and generally acceptable hygiene standard.
Top 1 chicken rice offers only steamed chicken, of normal and “walk on the ground” chicken, which I assumed to be kampung, or organic variety.
perfectly cooked steamed chicken with Bentong ginger
What sets this place apart though is their use of Bentong ginger as condiment in addition to their home made chili sauce. As you maybe aware of, Bentong is often touted as the place that produces the best ginger in the country, with its slightly more spicy and stronger taste profile. I love it, so did mom.
The chicken too is steamed perfectly, on that fine line between being under cooked and overly hard/tough when you boiled chicken seemingly only half a minute too long.
dark soya sauce on rice is the Klang way
Overall, this is as proper as chicken rice goes, I’ve heard that you can request for rice balls as well, maybe I’d have to try that next time.