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.
Several weeks ago when I was trying to look for a particular unique dish in Klang (another story another time), we chanced upon this mysterious looking restaurant by the name of Restoran SM on Jalan Goh Hock Huat (fun fact, in Hokkien both Hock and Huat can be the same word). Since the adventurous spirit was with me, I decided to give it a peek.
SM Yong Tao Foo at Klang
As it turns out, Restoran SM is a rather old school yong tau foo outlet famous among the locals in Klang. In fact, the restaurant used to be located along Jalan Kapar before moving to this new location, which is actually the road parallel to the old location, perhaps just a stone’s throw away via bird eye’s view, if you have a really strong arm.
yong tau foo in soup or fried version, chee cheong fun
Ordering process here is similar to many other YTF places, there’s a ordering form that doubles as the menu, you’d simply note down the items you wish to have and pass it to the friendly server.
There are two types of yong tau foo, as usual, deep fried, and soup based. Additionally, you can also order noodle and chee cheong fun.
seaweed yong tau foo, tofu, brinjal yong tau foo
The service is usually pretty quick, and everything would be piping hot when served. Both fried and soup version tasted top notch with their super soft and tender filing that carries a flavor that’s not overly imposing. The seaweed yong tau foo is one of their specialty that you should try here.
And for those who loves Penang style chee cheong fun, order a plate too, you won’t be disappointed.
Address: SM Yong Tau Foo 72-74, Jalan Goh Hock Huat, Kawasan 18, 41400 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.0544391, 101.444897 Hours: 8am to 5pm
This is the 63rd bak kut teh review that I’ve done, so I guess it’s safe to say that bak kut teh was and still is one of my all time favorite dish. This time, let’s look at one of Klang’s more famous outfit – Batu Belah Boon Hua bak kut teh.
Batu Belah Boon Hua bak kut teh
Batu Belah Boon Hua is located off Jalan Meru, just 3-4 minutes away from the NKVE or Federal Highway exit respectively. Like many bak kut teh restaurants in Klang, this place is fitted with zinc roof and does not have 4 walls. The fans generally does an okay job in providing comfort to diners, but expect a bit of sweat when the weather is hot, place is packed, and soup is steaming.
You get to have your bak kut teh in either individual bowls with your favorite cut of meat, or in claypot with a bit of a mix plus tofu skin (fu chuk) and raw cabbage. Purists will go with bowls, but to be honest, do what you like as there’s no wrong way of serving bak kut teh (except if you make it pepper soup instead, looking at you, Singapore & Johor!).
We had kahwan (fatty leg joints), and pua pui chiak (pork belly) in clay pot for two. The meat were tender, flavorful, and fatty bits could be cut just by using your spoon. The soup too had a strong hint of herbal taste to it, well balanced. I do also like the fact that you can request for fried shallots as a side to add to the steamed rice, elevating the experience just a bit.
mixture of kahwan & pork belly, my favorite cuts
Get here earlier especially if it’s on a weekend, you don’t want to be sweating from standing in queue even before you eat.
Address: Restoran Batu Belah Boon Hua bak kut teh 41, Lorong Pauh Kijang, Taman Bahagia, 41150 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.073105, 101.447905 Tel: 012 2954 721 Hours: breakfast and lunch
Klang is always going to be associated with bak kut teh, but after a big hearty meal, it is only natural that one starts to look for desserts, and one great choice by Klang town is the famous Regent’s pandan layer cake.
Regent Pandan Layer Cake Shop
The shop is located just a few minutes walk away from the Klang KTM station as well as the one of my favorite kopitiam – Chong Kok. It’s an old school bakery a set up that will not look out of place from a photos taken in the 90s.. my guess is not much has changed since it first opened in 1977.
While the shop does offer a few types baked goods, the star here is their layer cakes. These come in a few varieties, the classic is pandan, but you can also have corn, yam, pandan + corn, pandan + yam, and during the king of fruit’s season – durian.
these pandan layer cakes go so well with a cup of hot coffee
5 layers of chiffon cakes alternate with equal appearance of kuih-like jelly is what you get here, a 250 gram portion goes for RM 13 for original flavor, and durian was RM 22 (price list below).
It’s a treat of alternating texture of spongy chiffon and silky jelly, with a balanced taste that isn’t overly sweet. The cake is best served slightly cold and with a cup of hot coffee.
durian or pandan? what’s your choice?
These cakes run out early especially during weekends, call ahead to make sure they have it in stock, I don’t think you get to book ahead tho..
Klang will always be associated with bak kut teh for most people, and while that is certainly true since the region has something like 300-500 bak kut teh restaurants, there’s another hidden gem that most may not know about – them fried chicken!
Klang Jaya fried chicken
After I posted about Yummy fried chicken located at Bandar Puteri Klang on social media, I was made aware of this Klang Jaya Fried Chicken by quite a few people who are from Klang and are familiar with this whole fried chicken scene, without hesitation, I knew we were going to have to check it out.
As it turned out, Klang Jaya fried chicken used to be a stall by the roadside, but has since moved to occupy a shop lot by itself several months back. Google map may still have the old address in the database but the one below on Jalan Selampit 21 would be the right one.
While most yoyo ice and fried chicken places like Nijia opens operates mainly on day time, Klang Jaya fried chicken caters for dinner and supper crowds. We got there by 6:30 or so and started picking our poisons right after checking in our location thanks to Covid measures.
fried meehun, fried chicken, nasi lemak, and fishball on skewer
Fried chicken is priced at RM 3.60 per piece, additionally, they also offer fried meehun and nasi lemak (RM 1.60), as well as fried fish ball, red bean soup, and a limited choice of drinks (see menu below).
piping hot fried chicken!
I had thigh and drumsticks here, and these fried chicken were served piping hot, with crispy skin and rather juicy meat. They were super delicious, and though I thought the extra cut on the chicken thigh sorta made the meat slightly less juicy, it wasn’t a deal breaker at all. Meehun goreng here was pretty good especially with the curry sauce, with nasi lemak presented as a decent alternative too.
As for those fried fish ball and other items on skewers.. I’ll give them a miss next time.
Overall, it was a very satisfying meal indeed, and definitely somewhere I’d be looking forward to returning.