I guess I must be one of the last person to have ventured into the second most exciting food court in the country – Food Village at Publika, Dutamas – the newest non-halal food court apart from my favorite of all time, Lot 10’s Hutong.
A couple weekends ago I found myself at Publika and hungry, and after mentally crossing out most hipster restaurants in the building, we decided to check out the food court. A place that I’ve heard good things from quite a few friends and colleagues alike.
BM Yam Rice at Food Village, Publika – pretty good crowd there
But what caught my attention was this stall that goes by the name of BM Yam Rice. I actually have two ex-gfs from BM (both are married now, thanks for asking), but never did hear about this BM Yam Rice place (maybe that was the problem)…
two sets – yam rice with mixed pork soup and pork knuckle
Horng and I ordered two set lunches – mixed pork soup, and the pork knuckle set. Both are priced at RM 9.90 and comes with yam rice, a side of braised egg with tofu, and the main dish.
The mixed pork soup turned out to be a beauty, plenty of pork belly slices, pork tripe, intestine, couple of pork balls, and even my favorite – coagulated pork blood. The soup had a slight sourish taste which goes well with yam rice, and I love the fact that they loaded the soup with Chinese parsley too.
pork slices, innards, and even pork blood, yums!
The pork knuckle with soya sauce (a version of tau eu bak) was not too shabby either. Though you don’t get the variety as you would with mixed pork soup, the pork knuckle was tender and tasted rather good especially when you pair it with the chili paste that accompanies the dish. It’s not quite as awesome as proper sambal but I’m not complaining.
I think I’ll have to try their other dishes at BM Yam Rice stall the next time I find myself at Publika.
Address: BM Yam Rice
UG1, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.170961, 101.665721
There are quite a number of places in Klang Valley that are famous for their char siew (bbq pork), and a couple weeks ago my colleagues introduced me to another place that serves one of the best char siew in town – Restaurant Soo Kee at Jalan Ampang.
I think some day I should compile a list of the best char siew places, but until then… lets talk about this place instead.
restaurant Soo Kee is where you find awesome char siu
Restaurant Soo Kee is situated at Jalan Ampang, just right next to the flyover heading to Ampang Point. While you can’t park directly outside the shop, it’s not exactly tough to find a spot at nearby roads.
It’s an old school restaurant with even older owners, but the place is air conditioned, and pretty clean too, that’s always a plus.
intestine, salted roast duck, and the char siu (bbq pork)
For the 7 of us, we ordered the char siew, salted roast duck, intestine, deep fried spring roll, and their signature tofu dish. I think we had initially ordered a vegetable dish to go with, but canceled it somehow.
So the char siew – it was easily one of the best I’ve had. The skin was slightly charred, the meat soft, succulent, and the layer of fat almost transparent. This is what we came for, and none of us were disappointed.
Then there’s the salted roast duck, this too was a dish not to be missed. It tasted essentially like .. well, salted version of a good roast duck. I do like the extra dimension that the saltiness bring, the skin was crispy, and we devoured everything.
The intestine though, was a bit of a disappointment to me, it was a little bit too tough (perhaps overcooked?). Not bad per se, but could be nicer if it was a bit softer.
deep fried spring roll and signature tofu
Deep fried spring roll actually looked and tasted nothing like spring roll, but a lot closer to fish cake instead. However, it was a really good fish cake and something that I’d order again without a doubt.
The signature tofu is basically Japanese tofu in egg drop soup with a bit of seafood ingredients. Offers some contrasting taste to the mostly oily/fatty dishes we had, a good balance, but nothing to shout about.
KY, Debran, Sarah, Yin Foong, Angelina, Michelle & another ninja
We had an awesome Friday lunch for sure, and Soo Kee is definitely a place worth revisiting. The lunch came to something like RM 15-17 per person. Reasonable for what we had.
That Friday afternoon was spent fighting the zzz bug though. Just one of the disadvantages of having a lunch too good on working days
Address: Restaurant Soo Kee No. 373-1, 4th Mile, Jalan Ampang Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.158449, 101.747088 Tel: 03-4257 0767 Closed on Mondays
Of the many pork spare parts that are available, my favorite would be pork kidney.
You can often find pork liver, intestine, and stomach, but unfortunately, mainly due to the difficulties in preparation, there aren’t too many places that offers kidney these days.
restaurant Win Heng Seng, jalan Imbi
Luckily, tucked at this less glamourous corner of Jalan Imbi is the restaurant Win Heng Seng with a very busy pork noodle stall that serves just what I look for. Awesome bowl of pork noodle with all the good stuff, includingliver, intestine, pork slices, minced pork ball, and of course, the very slurp worthy pork kidney.
glorious pork noodle, with extra pork kidney
The above bowl of pork noodle cost RM 8, only because I asked for extra pork liver.
I mean, look at it, does it not call your name? The texture of pork kidney, contrast with the slightly rougher liver, and the more exquisite intestine.. and then there’s those pork slices, all in sweet savory soup. With a little bit of vegetable to give you that nice coloration too.
the ingredients include pork slices, intestine, liver, kidney
The pork noodle comes with kueh teow, lou she fun, mee hun, or mee. There’s also dried version available as well. If you feel suicidal, feel free to ask for extra lard.
Expect a relatively long waiting time over lunch. And yah, the kopitiam is hot and not at all comfortable, but the pork noodle with be worth it. 😀
map to restaurant Win Heng Seng
Address: Restaurant Win Heng Seng Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.145479, 101.715087
Restaurant Teochew Lao Er was discovered pretty much accidentally by us. One one fateful noon over the weekends, Haze and I had initially wanted to go to Wong Kee for some roast pork (best you can find in KL really), but when we reached there, the roast pork had already ran out.
I then recommended that we try Sui Kau mee around the corner, so we drove around in search for a parking space. We ended up right in front of this new-looking restaurant by the name of Teochew Lao Er.
restaurant teochew lau er, at jalan brunei, behind berjaya timesquare
Since fate had landed us right in front of the restaurant, I thought we might as well give it a try. There’s air conditioning, and it was packed, I supposed that can’t be bad for a hot afternoon. We went straight in and took a seat on the first floor.
We made our orders and waited for less than 5-10 minutes when they came. That is the best thing about teochew porridge places (even though this one is sorta new age and a little different), most of the foods are already cooked, and you don’t need to wait for ages before food is served.
For the two of us, we ordered a total of five dishes. On hindsight, that was a little too much, but I just can’t help myself then.
The Teochew red stew duck (RM 10) was pretty generous in portion. It was succulent, soft, and flavorful, went really well with the sweet potato porridge (RM 1.20) for sure.
check out the fried grouper skin, absolutely marvelous!
Then there’s the signature fried grouper skin (RM 8). If you love fish skin, this is an absolute must-try over here. I don’t actually see it served at anywhere else, an absolute delight! it is served with some soy beans, chili padi, and tomato sauce. I could have only this and porridge and life would be complete.
The teochew stew pork belly (RM 5) and stew intestine (RM 4) came in the same soya based sauce and both were as good as any I’ve tried.
glorious dishes to go with sweet potato porridge
The lone vegetable dish we ordered was the petai (RM 8) that was prepared with sambal and anchovies. To be honest, this was an average dish and perhaps not one that goes well with porridge. But four excellent dishes out of five that we ordered? I’ll call that a success!
I want to go back there again, pronto!
Address: Restaurant Teochew Lao Er 6, Jalan Brunei off Jalan Pudu 55100 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.138866, 101.713132 Tel: 03-2141 5822
Last week Haze and I were strolling along at Bukit Bintang, the one place where most locals don’t exactly go if you don’t have anything to buy, cos frankly speaking, it’s just asking for trouble when it comes to parking.
On top of that, you get all sorts of different smell of international origins, and sometimes when the crowd is really dense, you get a free taste test on foreign sweat, if you’re lucky.
We went there cos Haze wanted to buy a set of speakers, and I wanted to buy a set of good cooking pots, but that’s a story for another day (the pots were really great btw!)
this stall is located at “behind” low yat plaza, closer to jalan imbi
It didn’t turn out to be an excellent shopping trip, we ended up running in the rain carrying boxes that were too heavy, but the good thing was, we had fried intestine.
According to Haze, this shop has been here forever. Her version of forever and my version of forever is about 8.5 years apart, but basically the place has been around for a while.
how can anyone resists the intestine? come on!
I was already all wide eyed and happy when we finally found it, the “stall” isn’t exactly a stall but an outside counter of the restaurant called Hong Kong Food Culture that is located at the corner of Low Yat that is closest to Sg. Wang Plaza and Jalan Imbi.
The food available here is not far from street foods in Hong Kong, there’s seafood tofu, deep fried squid, fried eggplant, curry fish ball, curry squid, mushroom, and of course deep fried intestine.
Haze & KY at just outside low yat plaza
The intestine were priced at RM 2.50 per stick, and what you see in the photo consists of 2 sticks worth of fried intestine. The garlic laden chili sauce is available at no extra charge, and it was heaven! Crispy, juicy, and just yummy!
The curry squid was alright, and deep fried squid with batter was better, but seriously speaking, I would just order more intestine next time instead, there were no comparison to all the other nonsense.
So if you find yourself at Low Yat or anywhere at Bukit Bintang in general, don’t miss out!
Address: Hong Kong Food Culture LG-18, Lower Ground Floor, Low Yat Plaza, Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.14397, 101.71046 Tel: 03-2141 6998