When it comes to Klang, almost everyone will talk about bak kut teh, but if you look beyond the whole “I MUST HAVE PORK” mentality while exploring this part of town, there are actually other options that can be very appealing.
Today, we’re going to look at one of the old establishments that is the antithesis of the image of Klang many of us perceive – Cathay Hailam Kopitiam, for this place is actually pork free.
Cathay Hailam Kopitiam, Port Klang
Cathay Hailam kopitiam is located at the far end of Klang, if you are from PJ/Subang on Federal Highway, it is basically just one straight road until basically the end of the road, the very last junction. Take a left and the kopitiam is just a few shops on your left. You’re walking distance from the Pulau Ketam Jetty and Port Klang KTM.
The place is as old school as it gets, with vibe very similar to that of Chong Kok kopitiam, another one of my favorites. The menu is quite extensive and conveniently displayed on an LCD TV on the wall. If you’re like me and not sure what to order, the server can suggest as well.
For the 4 of us, we’ve decided to go for a chicken chop, some bread, 3 noodle dishes, and a tofu bakar. I also had their black iced coffee (it was too hot) but regrettably did not have their classic Hainanese hot coffee.
steamed/toast bread, Hainanese chicken chop
The steamed & toast bread came first, a bit into these revealed the reasons why these bread were stacked high by the side of the counter. They were superb, with generous amount of kaya & butter. If I have only one choice of breakfast for the rest of my life, this would be in the short list.
The Hainanese chicken chop had a visual only the chef could love… however, it hits all the right spots when it comes to taste. A blind person would score this 10/10, and he/she will be absolutely right, the sauce, the crispiness of the chicken, even those potato, they were all perfect.
yin yeong, Singapore meehun, Hailam mee, tofu bakar
The three noodle dishes – Yin Yeong, Singapore Meehun, and Hainanese mee were all very competent dish on their own. They were properly seasoned and executed properly, I thought the person was quite generous as well, tho perhaps I’d have wanted pork in them instead of chicken.. but those chicken thigh meat did a good job as substitute.
For those who loves a slight kick to the sense, the tofu bakar here is as good as any, not overly spicy but with a strong dose of sweet and sourness, it is a side dish that offers a good change up to the noodle dishes.
Hidden within SS3 there exist a couple rows of shop houses that is away from the busier part of of the housing area, and at the corner of row of shop there is a kopitiam with a pretty funky name of Restaurant Pom Pom (also a name of an island at Sabah). Within this restaurant is a small stall called A&Z Western Food, and that’s our destination for dinner a few weeks ago.
update 26/3/2015: apparently this stall has moved, I don’t have the new location, if you do, please leave a comment
A&Z western food at restaurant Pom Pom
While there are more famous Malaysian Western food even within SS3 itself (those nearby Shell petrol station), this one is pretty special. For starter, it is non halal and actually serves pork. The menu also includes fish, chicken, lamb, sausage, and mushroom soup.
For dinner, we tried their pork chop (RM 10), chicken cordon bleu (RM 12), grilled chicken with black pepper sauce (RM 9), and fish and chips (RM 9).
While the pork chop turns out just a little dry (easily fixed with a bit of sauce), the other dishes we ordered were all pretty good. The grilled chicken was flavorful, chicken cordon bleu very crispy on the outside and goes well with the mushroom sauce, and there were no complains from the fish and chips.
Haze approved the Western food here, the mash potato’s pretty good
The most interesting thing about this place though must be the way mashed potato is prepared here. They’re shaped in little balls and coated with some type of sauce, I guess that makes it slightly healthier and less oily than fries, and at the same time they taste quite good as well.
For no frills Malaysian style Western food, this is a place I don’t mind going back again and again.
Address: A&Z Western Food Restaurant Pom Pom Jalan SS3/64 Petaling Jaya, 47300 Selangor GPS: 3.09667, 101.61317 Hours: lunch and dinner daily
OK, here’s a chicken chop recipe that’s so simple and versatile even the most amateur of kitchen warriors would have no problem preparing it. Best of all, it’s far healthier than the deep fried variety you get at “western food” stalls, and easier on the wallet too.
get your friendly chicken seller to cut the thigh & drumsticks in one piece
A useful tip – go to your local wet market and get the chicken seller to prepare chicken chop cuts for you. They are professionals and can do it within seconds (takes me 10x as long), and you also get the leftover bones that you can use as soup stock.
So here are the ingredients I use, and there’s a great flexibility here.
two pieces of thigh + drumstick, cut in chicken chop style
2 table spoon oyster sauce
2 table spoon dark soya sauce
a pack of king oyster mushroom
1-2 yellow onion
pepper and some rosemary (optional)
Mushroom and cauliflower can be substituted with other items – carrot, leek, capsicum, and tomato are all great choices.
fry for a bit before putting everything in oven
marinate the chicken with dark soya sauce, oyster sauce, and pepper. Feel free to add some rosemary too. Let this sit for at least 15-20 minutes
heat up the grill pan, and pan fry the chicken with minimal usage of oil for 1-2 minutes on each side
place the mushroom and vegetable around the chicken and shove everything into the oven (start heating it at 175C during the pan fry process)
bake for 20 minutes, remove and sprinkle some salt on the vegetables
serve while hot
a bit of capsicum would have given the chicken chop better color, oh well
And there you go, a meal for two that is easy to prepare, rather healthy, and positively delicious! I make this about once every couple weeks, and each time with different side dishes (vegetables). You can actually do the same with pork as well, though I usually make namyu pork chop instead.
KFC is always one of my favorite places to be. I remember back in the days when I was a boy, my late dad would bring the family to KFC once a month or so as a treat. It was always a very anticipated event.
A little bit of memory quiz for those who listens to Light & Easy FM (aka old!), do you still remember that KFC was once a sit-down restaurant? Ahh.. the memories.
KFC outlet at Suria KLCC
To this day, I must get my KFC fix at least a couple times a month over lunch. Thus it came as no surprise that I”m always interested when KFC introduces new product on the market.
And this time around I think KFC has hit the bulls eye. I believe the new KFC Chicken Chop is going to be a winner.
KFC chicken chop, with sweet corn, potato wedges, and mushroom sauce
9 out of 10 times at KFC, I order the Original Recipe snack plate with drumstick and thigh. So what could be better than that?
The original recipe drumstick & thigh chicken ….. BONELESS! This is just sheer genius, which made me wonder why they haven’t taught thought of this before.
boness OR chicken thigh & drumstick, mushroom sauce, yums!
The KFC chicken chop also comes with sweet corn (again, without the corn stem!) and potato wedges on the sides. To top it off, there’s the mushroom sauce too, with chunks of button mushroom in it.
Best of all, this wholesome meal with a Mountain Dew is only priced at RM 9.90. That’s cheaper than some hawker stalls already if you factor in drinks, and you won’t get the clean environment and air conditioning at kopitiam that’s for sure.
finger lickin’ good!
The KFC chicken shop is served with fork & knife too, but nothing’s stopping you from eating without utensils so that you can have that finger lickin’ good experience!
OK, writing this has been tough on my stomach, I think I’m gonna have this for lunch today!
When adopted by a different culture and people, food often gets adapted as well. Bit by bit, the authenticity gets assimilated to the local taste, and after decades, you get something that bears very little resemblance to its origin. This however, does not mean that the end product is necessarily inferior.
Two such cases on the opposite sides of the world are Chinese food in US, and western food here in Malaysia. You can’t find General Tso’s chicken (my fav!) in a traditional Chinese restaurant here, nor can you order chicken chop with Hailam sauce in Washington DC.
Update 27/10/2013: The owner has sold this stall, it is no longer Freddy Western
Freddy Western Food at Restaurant Millenium 86
Which brings us to today’s topic, Freddy Western Food, comes with awesomesauce, literally.
We discovered this stall by chance one day when Kerol ordered chicken chop from this stall that looked surprisingly… clean. Her verdict was very positive, and if Kerol said it is good, it must be, she’s got one of the fussiest tongues among the gang.
pork chop with hailam sauce, chicken chop with mushroom sauce,
pork chop with mushroom sauce, lamb chop with black pepper sauce
A couple nights ago we headed over to give this place an introduction to Suanie since she just got hit by a chicken chop phase (to go along with her Teow Chew porridge and pan mee phase concurrently)
I had the pork chop with hailam sauce (RM 9), Haze ordered lamb chop with pepper sauce (RM 9.50), Horng had pork chop with mushroom sauce (RM 9), and Suanie, of course, ordered chicken chop with mushroom sauce (RM 8.50).
While the pork could be just a bit juicier (due to the cut, I think), the sauce was really, really good. Good enough to overcome the slight dryness of the meat. Suan was very happy with her chicken chop, as does Haze with her lamb chop that came with a bit of bone marrow too.
There’s another secret under the meat – mash potato with freshly fried bacon chips. The little touch really made the dish yummy max!
Horng, Suan, Haze, and KY
While there are other more famous Western Food stalls such as those in SS3 near Shell petrol station, this is the first one of this kind that I found worthy of a blog post. Give it a try, I think they serve pretty good spaghetti too!
map to Restaurant Millenium 86 at Sea Park
Address: Restaurant Mellenium Eighty Six
Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya GPS: 3.108099, 101.623983