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Despite having lived in Klang Valley for some 2 decades now.. the lure of proper Penang hawker dishes is always something that I can’t escape from. Over the years I’ve found quite a good selection of decent Penang style hawker dishes this part of the country, but they’re not “even”, some dishes are harder to find than others.

One such trickier dish is Penang style Loh Mee, which is distinctly different from the KL version, and I’m happy to add one to the list, with this candidate from Restoran Weng Soon in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam.

Weng Soon Kopitiam, Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam
Weng Soon Kopitiam, Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam

Before we start, the difference between KL loh mee & Penang loh mee, while can be difficult to spot with a single glance, is actually quite substantial.

The KL loh mee uses a much thicker version of noodle, often without option for meehun. Additionally, the KL version will spot a very different type of chili paste, if provided at all. Bean sprout & fried shallots are also only available in the dish from North.

Back to Weng Soon (or Weng Soon Tek) kopitiam in Taman Sri Muda. I was introduced to this spot by one of my Instagram connections who has been frequenting it for years.

The restaurant is a pretty unassuming kopitiam not unlike any other, perhaps only with the number of slseepy cats & dogs. The stall itself serves both prawn mee and loh mee, owned by a guy from Penang with a helper.

Penang style Prawn Mee & Loh Mee
Penang style Prawn Mee & Loh Mee

What you get here is a very “average” bowl of Penang style loh mee or prawn mee, if you’re in Penang. Translation – since we’re in Klang Valley, that makes it a very good find and one that satisfy my cravings properly. The important ingredients are all there – prawns, mee, meehun, pork slices, 1/4 hard boiled egg, fried shallots, bean sprouts. The loh mee also comes with vinegar + finely chopped raw garlic.

To be fair, the sambal could use a bit of improvement, but I’m nitpicking. I’m going back to have more.

map to weng soon kopitiam

Address:
Weng Soon Restuarant
40, Jalan Bersatu 25/9,
Taman Sri Muda,
40400 Shah Alam, Selangor
GPS: 3.0315469, 101.531027
Tel: 017-328 8636

Klang is forever associated with bak kut teh, but if you dig a little deeper, this district at the West of KL also offers some pretty unique dishes you may not find anywhere else – such is today’s topic – Hong Ba (封肉)

158 Hong Ba, Pandamaran, Klang
158 Hong Ba, Pandamaran, Klang

While the main ingredient in Hong Ba is similar to bak kut teh, hong ba usually consists of the fatty leg part, and is stewed instead of cooked in herbal soup, resulting in a broth that’s thick and sticky, but without the strong herbal note.

According to my friend Jodie, the best Hong Ba places in all of Klang is the Restoran 158 Hong Ba at Pandamaran near Port Klang. It is located at Jalan Chan Ah Choo, the main road in which you can find over half a dozen bak kut teh restaurants, you know you’re at the ground zero of porky goodness when you’re there, there’s no mistaking it.

A meal for four, Hong Ba at center stage
A meal for four, Hong Ba at center stage

Hong Ba is best consumed by 3-4 pax so you can share the entire leg portion that comes with ample amount of fatty & skin bits that are so tender and smooth. At 158, they also serve it with some “alkaline kuih” that goes well with those thick broth.

Like most hong ba places, they also serve stewed chicken feet and hard boiled eggs. However, I think the best thing about Hong Ba is the availability of those pork tendon, those texture are superb and with those broth, a match made in heaven.

hong ba, yau char kuih & alkaline kuih, vege rice, stewed egg & chicken feet
hong ba, yau char kuih & alkaline kuih, vege rice, stewed egg & chicken feet

158 Hong Ba also serves at night, but it’s run by a different person and I believe the morning version is superior. Alternatively, Klang Utama also has a pretty good Hong Ba place by the name of Swee Xiang.

map to 158 Hong Ba, Pandamaran

Address:
158 Hong Ba
158, Jalan Chan Ah Choo, 
Pandamaran, 
42000 Pelabuhan Klang,
Selangor
GPS: 3.009868, 101.418189
Tel: 012-2263043
Hours: 6.30 am – 1 pm

Penang hokkien mee, or prawn mee as it is usually called here in Klang Valley, is one of the more iconic dishes from the island known for its good hawker food. While prawn mee is quite available this part of the country, its sister dish – loh mee, is quite a bit trickier to find.

Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam and it's Loh Mee stall
Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam and it’s Loh Mee stall

Hence, whenever I find a hawker stall offering Penang loh mee, I’d usually give it a try. This same opportunity presented itself when I was at Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam looking to have kuih teow soup a few weeks ago, forgetting that it moved to nearby Hock Seng kopitiam.

As per my usual style, I ordered using Penang Hokkien, and the operator seemed to understand, passing my pseudo authenticity check.

Penang loh mee with appropriate condiments
Penang loh mee with appropriate condiments

Luckily though, the loh mee turned out pretty good. It came with appropriate condiments of minced garlic with vinegar and sambal, as well as proper ingredients with sliced pork, prawns, hard boiled eggs, kangkung, bean sprouts, and those really thick starchy soup.

I like mine with mee + meehun mix
I like mine with mee + meehun mix

Overall taste was on point, though I’d probably give Johnny’s version a slight upper hand due to the availability of more ingredient choices, but this one was definitely sufficient to satisfy cravings.

map to restaurant doremi 123, Ara Damansara

Address:
Restaurant DoReMi 123
Jalan PJU 1a/20b
Ara Damansara 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.119897, 101.579194

Kuih Teow Soup is one of my favorite Penang style hawker dishes, and unfortunately also something that is a bit tougher to find in Klang Valley due to the overlap that pork noodle & classic Teow Chew fishball noodle provides. So whenever I find a good one, I want to document them.

Hock Seng Kopitiam, Ara Damansara
Hock Seng Kopitiam, Ara Damansara

I previously wrote about the version at Do Re Mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara, well, this is an updated post as the stall is now moved to a new location just a few shops away at the corner, with this kuih teow soup guy running the whole show.

Note though that this is a kopitiam with more than just the kuih teow soup stall.

I spoke to the owner briefly about the history of his stall.

The guy decided to run this stall after retiring, picking up the family recipe originated from his grandfather & father’s stalls back in Penang, with the original stall started business way back in 1907, over a century  ago.

According to him, the soup takes 6 hours to prepare, starting from late at night until the wee hours to achieve that subtle yet sweet & savory taste that’s unmistakably a “proper” kuih teow soup signature.

chicken, duck, pork slices + fishball
chicken, duck, pork slices + fishball

As for ingredients, there’s chicken, duck, pork slices, as well as fish cake & home made fish ball. Add in kuih teow, bean sprouts, spring onion, garlic oil, some vege and a side of cili padi, you have a complete bowl of goodness perfect for a great start to the morning.

Penang style kuih teow soup with homemade fishball
Penang style kuih teow soup

If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup or comfort food in general, this one’s worth checking out.

hock seng ara damansara map

Address:
Hock Seng Kopitiam
C-G-1, block c, Jalan PJU 1a/20b,
Dataran Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.120365, 101.578803
Tel: 012-332 2717
Hours: 6 am to 4 pm daily

Dinner in Klang consists mainly of three big categories – bak kut teh, seafood, and taichau places. Today, let’s look at one of the older, more traditional taichau  (or in Hong Kong – “tai pai tong”) that offers some rather unique dishes – Hin Kee Restaurant.

Hin Kee Restaurant, Klang
Hin Kee Restaurant, Klang

Hin Kee is located across Jalan Meru from Klang Parade, on a parking lot/medan selera sort of set up within the residential area. The restaurant itself is a zinc roof with no wall type of set up, and it’s reasonably clean, with ceiling fan to boot.

Like most of these old school places, there’s no printed menu. There is however, a few rows of dishes printed above the stall, all in Chinese characters. You can always ask the server for suggestions, which we did.

sumptuous meal at Hin Kee, Klang
sumptuous meal at Hin Kee, Klang

We ended up ordering 6 different dishes – deep fried pork offal with ginger, duck noodle, grilled squid, lala (Thai style?), vege, and fried Hokkien mee.

The dishes did not take too long to arrive, which is always a good thing.

duck noodle, grilled squid, lala, Hokkien mee
duck noodle, grilled squid, lala, Hokkien mee

So how are those dishes?

Pork offal – simply excellent, prepared right on point with those ginger balances porky taste. This with some beer would be heaven! Grilled squid was similarly enjoyable, with texture that’s just right, fresh, and bits of caramelized skin really bringing it to the next level. Love it.

The noodle dishes were pretty good, though I enjoyed their duck noodle quite a bit more than Hokkien mee, which I found pretty average.

pork offal with ginger
pork offal with ginger

We thought the lala dish was a bit.. odd tasting. It was sort of like Thai steamed fish sort of sauce, sourish and slightly spicy, but with lala. I guess some may like it that way, but not exactly my cup of tea.

Overall though it was a very positive experience, will order a different type of lala preparation and perhaps skip the Hokkien mee next time. Pork offal & squid would be the two dishes I’d definitely order.

map to Hin Kee, Klang

Address:
Restoran Hin Kee
26, Jalan Dua, Taman Meru,
41050 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.063454, 101.451322
Hours: Open for dinner