Last November I made my second trip to the gambling capital of the world – Macao. My previous trip was all the way back in 2014 so I guess it’s about time to revisit one of the most walk-able cities in the world.
While Macau is famous for their casinos and many churches, what interests in, as usual, is the local food. Today we’re going to talk about one of the more popular night hawker spots on the peninsular – Keong Kei Lamb Stew.
Keong Kei Lamb Stew, Macau
Keong Kei (強記秘製羊腩煲) is located just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Ruins of St. Paul, the tourist attraction that almost everyone will certainly visit while at Macau. Operating from 6:30pm to midnight, the stall has tables set up by the “Y” intersection of the road, just like how a proper “tai pai tong” should be.
On a chilly night in autumn, the place does get quite packed and you often may need to wait for a bit for an empty table. Once seated, you can then make your order of lamb stew (usually comes with tripe, ribs, and so forth) that comes in a clay pot sitting atop a portable clay stove fueled by charcoal, which also serves as your hand warmer.
would you love to have some lamb tripe?
Additionally, you can also order fresh romaine lettuce and tofu skin. The operator pretty much assumed everyone will know what they have and not have, if you’re new, do ask, they may not be the friendliest business owners in typical Macau fashion, but they don’t bite.
clay pot on charcoal fire on every table
I personally do enjoy the lamb stew soup and the vegetable, and thought that the meat was a little too tough for my liking, despite having it stewed on top of charcoal fire for quite a while. Perhaps this is how the locals like it. The condiment of chili paste with fermented tofu, however, was quite lovely.
usually a good idea to add some greens to the mix too
If you find yourself in Macau, this is definitely one of the more authentic spots to have your supper. A small pot is priced at 130 MOP and bigger ones’ at 230 MOP (exchange rate was at around 1 MYR = 2 MOP), while seems expensive in Malaysian standard, this isn’t any more expensive than other similar hawker fair in Macau.
Happy hunting and happy 2019!
Address: Edificio Ngai In Kuok, Tv. das Janelas Verdes, Macau GPS: 22.196024, 113.539918 Hours: 6:30 pm to midnight
Bak Kut Teh at Klang is not merely a popular dish, it is pretty much a way of life. There are hundreds of bak kut teh sellers in the municipal, each offering their unique interpretation of the Malaysian-invented dish, and best of all, with varying operating hours so you can actually have a good bowl of bak kut teh goodness anytime around the clock.
yeap, bak kut teh from 5pm to 5am
After picking up my sister my sister from the airport late at night over CNY holidays, it was just natural that we cross an item off her “back to home” bucket list – good old fashion Klang BKT.
For that, we went to Kedai Kopi Taman Eng Ann for some porky goodness. While the shop offers breakfast and other dishes in the morning/afternoon session, BKT reign supreme from 5 pm to 5 am daily.
glorious clay pot style bak kut teh at Taman Eng Ann
The bak kut teh here comes in a clay pot, and in addition to your choice of pork (kah wan, big bone, small bone, 3-layer belly, ribs, etc), there’s also a few leafs of vegetable, tofu pok, and some mushroom.
The pork lives up to the reputation of Klang bkt – soft, tender, and flavorful. The soup is quite strong on herbal taste as well, and they’re not stingy with refills, which is nice.
However, there are no deep fried shallots here, tho generous amount of chopped garlic and chili padi accompany the clay pot dish, which is fine by me.
nothing beats having good old fashion BKT with family
Surprisingly, the yu tiao (yau char kuai) here is crunchy and quite delicious, a departure from the usual soggy business of other places.
Prices here is fair and on par with other BKT sellers in the area, I think I prefer this over Kin Kong (which is somehow more “famous”) located a stone’s throw away and operate at similar hours.
Address: Kedai Kopi Taman Eng Ann Kalan Kasawari 5, Taman Eng Ann, Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.056416, 101.460329 Hours: 5 pm to 5 am daily
Klang is of course, the Holy grail of Bak Kut Teh, it is the place that invented the dish, and also the place that has the most concentration of restaurants offering this wonderful marriage of meat and herbs with a serving of rice.
To demonstrate that you can get bkt basically at all times in this town, let’s look at Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann today.
Restoran Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann, Klang
Kin Kong goes against the Klang tradition of having bak kut teh as breakfast, instead, their operating hours are from 9pm to 5am, far removed from ordinary dining hours, which is convenient for those who works at odd hours, or those who just had to have bkt fix after a good clubbing session.
late night claypot bak kut teh
Claypot version is the popular choice here, and like most places, you get to pick the choice or meat – lean, pork belly, big bone, small bone, ribs etc..
The pork is usually soft and juicy, while the soup packs a decent herbal note, though not being the strongest I’ve tasted, they are not stingy with it and you can always ask for refills.
what’s better than this at 2 in the morning?
While the bak kut teh mah not be my favorite in Klang, the yau char kuai here was a welcoming surprise. They’re crispy, crunchy, and goes really well with the abundance of soup. If you’re here, ask for a serving.
If you’re looking for a late night fix, Kin Kong won’t be a bad choice to go for.
Address: Kin Kong Restaurant Lorong Kawasan 4a, Taman Eng Ann, Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.057054, 101.460019 Hours: 9 pm to 5 am
I visit MyDentist for my invisalign treatment almost every two weeks at Jalan Ipoh, and since they’re pretty flexible on scheduling, I always try to set it up on Fridays at around lunch time to allow me a chance to explore the surrounding eateries.
Not long ago, thanks to my friend Winnie, who works nearby, we discovered a rather awesoem claypot chicken rice place at Kim Poh kopitiam in Segambut.
Kim Poh claypot chicken rice at Segambut
Kedai Makanan Kim Poh is located a little bit away from the main stretch of shops at Segambut, within the housing estate just across the Yu Ai seafood noodle place.
The shop is manned by an old couple (I’m assuming) and the lady has been serving up claypot chicken rice for some 30 years.
clay pot chicken rice always go well with double boiled soup
While most claypot chicken rice has everything cooked in the pot with the exception of salted fish (added at the end), at Kim Poh, they add rice wine, dark sauce, fresh ginger, and the salted fish just right before serving. Giving it a fresher and slightly spicier (from ginger) taste that we really enjoy.
mix it up with fresh ginger and salted fish, delicious
Like many other places, Kim Poh also serves pretty delicious steamed soup. There’s usually quite a few varieties to choose from, including salted vegetable with tofu soup, lotus root soup, ginseng with chicken soup, watercress soup and so forth.
These soup go very well with the rice, and I usually choose them over drinks instead.
Winnie & KY at Kim Poh, Segambut
With soup, expect to pay about RM 12-14 per person, pretty reasonable for what you get. Waiting time is usually around 10-20 minutes or as they cook everything from scratch.
Kedah Makanan Kim Poh
Persiaran Segambut Utara
Taman Segambut, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.182856, 101.677664
I first heard about this Geylang Lor 9 frog porridge from the biggest frog nemesis of all – Kim. Ever since then we’ve been talking about going there to give it a try but somehow failed in actually doing it.
The craving eventually got the best of me last night, so Haze and I went there for dinner without waiting for the frog queen. Sorry Kim.
Geylang Lor9 clay pot frog porridge
From the friends who had the luxury working in Singapore, I’ve always told that if there’s one food the republic got it better than here, it is the clay pot frogs, and when it comes to clay pot frogs, Geylang Lor 9 is the most famous of them all. So I guess we’re lucky that the first specialty frog centric restaurant in PJ is this original branch from Singapore.
clay pot kung pao frog
The restaurant is located at the other end of the same row that houses McDonald’s at SS2. Smallish in size, but air conditioned with a visible kitchen behind see through glasses, so you know what you’re being served isn’t prepared in some back alley (some restaurants at SS2 actually do that.)
The menu is pretty simple. There’s frog porridge, kung pao frog, and frog with ginger and onion, all served in clay pot and priced at RM 12 per fresh frog. They’re a few other chicken dishes and vegetables but who really cares right?
frog porridge and kung pao frog
We ordered a portion of frog porridge, a serving of kung pao frog, and a dish of oily vegetable to provide a bit of balance to the dinner.
The frog porridge came piping hot, the frog’s quite big and definitely fresh. Adding a bit of sesame oil, soya sauce, and pepper complete the dish. It was good!
Kung pao frog was hot, fragrant, and definitely had some kicks to it. While we also ordered steamed rice for it, I found myself mixing some kung pao frog and it’s sauce with the porridge very addictive.
Haze and KY
While I haven’t tried it at the original Geylang Lor 9 branch in Singapore and thus can’t provide any direct comparison, I certainly think that this place is worth a visit if you’re a frog lover. Lets go there Kim!