Since we’re in the midst of getting the new house ready for moving in, and that the new place is rather close to Klang, it is not surprising that you may have been seeing a lot of food updates on my instagram/FB pages that features the area.
So far, the general “summary” is that the closer you get from KL to Klang, the quality of new-age & foreign food sorta goes down, but on the flip side, traditional hawker fairs and old school Chinese food is much, much better.
Kedai Kopi Tec Le at Taman Berkeley, Klang
One of such example is the wantan mee at Kedai Kopi Tec Le, an unassuming kopitiam at Taman Berkeley, one of the popular food destinations this side of Klang that is pretty much akin to SS2 area in PJ.
The wantan mee stall here is operated by the same guy who runs the yummy made-on-the-spot tongyuen ginger soup at night at the same location. This stall operates in the morning till around lunch time.
The ingredients aren’t too different from your traditional wantan mee but with two minor differences – lard, and pickled chili padi instead of green chili.
the wantan is pretty delicious too
Lard really is the magic ingredients in many hawker foods around here, and it really does bring it up a notch. That being said, the noodle, charsiu, and wantan here are of very high quality as well. Overall it just worked well, definitely one of the better wantan mee I tried, and for less than RM 5, I’ll have it again anytime.
So many more things around this area and the whole of Klang to explore, I can’t wait.
Address: Kedai Kopi Tec Le
Taman Berkeley, Klang GPS:3.060006, 101.464115 Opening hours: breakfasts, closed on Monday and Thursday
I love old school hawker stalls, and Heng Kee wantan mee is probably one of the longest serving old school wan tan mee stall you can find anywhere, having been operation for at least 40 years or so. The current operator is the second generation owner, and he isn’t young.
this wantan mee has been in operation for decades
Like many wan tan mee places, there are a few options to choose from.
You have the normal wan tan mee (RM 4.30 / RM 4.80), wantan mee with curry chicken rendang, wantan mee with mushroom and shredded chicken, with chicken feet and mushroom, a spicy version (RM 4.80 / RM 5.30), and sui kao (RM 1).
did you notice the lard? lard makes it 2x better!
I tried their normal version of wan tan mee with charsiu and wantan (RM 4.30), and to be honest, I can’t really pinpoint what any particular one item that makes it so good. Everything just came together, the lard, the sauces, the way the noodle tastes.
If you’re a wantan mee fan, this is one to check out. Klang doesn’t just have yummy bak kut teh after all. 🙂
Address: Wantan Mee Stall Jalan Pasar & Jalan Raja Hassan Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.047303, 101.447261 Tel: 016-385 6363 Hours: lunch till tea time
Just less than 5 kilometres away from KLCC is a time capsule that is Ayer Panas, a suburb that seems to be trapped in time, oblivious to the rapid development of Kuala Lumpur. It is also a place where I stop by in the morning to enjoy traditional hawker fair from time to time.
Here are three of the most popular hawker stalls within the Ayer Panas wet market worth checking out.
very delicious home-made wantan at this stall
The wantan mee stall here serves unpretentious wantan mee in either soup or dry version, all for only RM 4 per bowl. Seating area is rather premium, but thankfully most customers here order them to-go.
only RM 4 for this delicious plate of wantan mee
The home-made wantan here is one of my favorites, with soft, thin skin wrapping that flavourful minced pork. The dark sauce used here too does not overpower the noodle which is springy and delicious.
the pork noodle stall is one of the busiest around here
The pork noodle stall is one of the busiest hawker stalls in the whole wet market, offering pork noodle, yee mee, fish ball noodle, loh mee, and mee suah with quite a choice of porky ingredients. You can mix and match the type of soup & ingredients to your liking.
dry version with Vit’s noodle and a side of soup
For dry version, I like Vit’s noodle that is served with a side of soup packed with fish ball, meatball, minced pork ball, liver, intestine, and even some fuchuk. The combination is a bit like dry instant indomie on steroid, for the lack of a better comparison.
soup version of pork noodle is plenty delicious as well
Traditional soup-based pork noodle starts at RM 4.60 here are packed with the above mentioned ingredients as well. For the carb of choice, you can choose from kuih teow, yellow noodle, meehun, yee mee, Vit’s, or mee suah.
the yong tau foo stall has been in operation for some 30-40 years
The third hawker offering worth checking out is the yong tau foo stall that has been operating for at least some 40 years. The man behind the stall is in his 70s, and still has a pair of quick hands offering his craft.
RM 0.70 per piece, simple yet tasty
There aren’t a huge variety of yong tau foo here, just a couple type sof tofu, a few variations of fish balls, fuchuk, and chee cheong fun. The home-made fish ball here though was one of the bests I’ve tried, springy and flavorful, so be sure to grab a few extras if you’re here. Each piece costs RM 0.70.
Address: Pasar Ayer Panas Jalan Ayer Keroh Taman Ayer Panas, 43000 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.189279,101.718704 Hours: breakfast and brunch
Every once in a while, it is good to take a little half day road trip to get away from the city and explore what some of the smaller towns has to offer. A few weekends ago, when the city is again covered with haze and heat, we decided to head to Bentong for a mini food trail and to bask ourselves in the surrounding with slower pace of life.
Bentong is located on the West side of Pahang, and only about 33 kilometers from the exit to Genting on the Karak highway. From KL, the journey will take about an hour.
The entire district has a population of about 100 thousand, but on weekends, there are also visitors on big bikes and city dwellers looking to buy the famous Bentong ginger. In between those group, there’s yours truly looking to fill up his stomach.
Hooi Kee wantan mee at Yuen Kee kopitiam
Our first stop was Yuen Kee kopitiam, we chose this as it was the busiest breakfast outlet among the few we walked by around the wet market.
Without knowing what to eat, we again used the golden rule of “picking the busiest stall” and ordered a couple bowls of wantan mee (RM 4.50) from Hooi Kee. As it turned out, this is actually the most famous hawker stall in Bentong.
sauce not overly sweet, and the wantan was delicious
The texture of noodle was pretty springy but not chewy, and I particularly liked their wantan that is packed with pork. The dark sauce carries a slight bitter taste which I find myself enjoying, but the charsiu (bbq pork) was rather average compared to some of the places in KL.
Be prepared to share table and wait for at least 10-15 minutes before food arrives.
After the wantan mee, we decided to try something that is a bit more special – wild boar curry.
Wild boar isn’t something that is easily attainable in Klang Valley. The meat is usually slightly tougher and more gamey, so the most poplar method of preparation is usually curry. The stronger flavour of spices and longer cooking masks the stronger pork taste while tenderises the meat.
wild boar curry with chee cheong fun and yong tau foo
We ordered a piece of chee cheong fun and two pieces yong tau foo to go with the wild boar curry (RM 4). There’s generous amount of sesame and sweet sauce covering the yong tau foo, and best of all, there’s even sambal belacan on the side.
I enjoyed this dish a lot, and discovered that wild boar curry really does go very well with chee cheong fun.
Address: Choy Kee Restaurant, Jalan Pasar & Jalan Chang Seng, 28700, Bentong, Pahang GPS:3.522082, 101.906792 Hours: breakfast and brunch
kedai kopi kow po, more ice cream than coffee
After two main dishes, it was natural to get some desserts in the system. For this purpose, Bentong has an old school home-made ice cream parlour by the name of Kedai Kopi Kow Po.
We shared an ice kacang with asingle scoup of home-made pandan ice cream, the shaved ice had all the traditional ingredients going for it – the black jelly, cendol, red bean, corn, and even pineapple. The ice cream was creamy and rather delicious too. I can see why this place has been in business for decades.
ice kacang with home made ice cream, delicious
Address: Kow Po Ice Cream, No. 2, Bentong Heights, 28700 Bentong, Pahang GPS: 3.522107, 101.910755 Tel: 09-222 1258 Hours: 10 am to 7 pm daily
A few weeks ago my breakfast adventure brought me back to the little hidden enclave by DUKE highway that is Kampung Ayer Panas’s wet market. Ever since I discovered the pork noodle place at Wenl Senh kopitiam, I’ve been wanting to check out the wet market, so I did.
the wantan mee stall at Ayer Panas wet market
I arrived there at around 7 in the morning, with activities at the market just about to pick up. The food court is located at the back part of the market, after scanning for a little bit, I decided to give the wantan mee stall a try.
When in doubt, choose the busiest stall/shop.
wantan soup, char siu, and a side of pickled green chili
Seating area is a bit of a premium around here, it seems like they never thought anyone would actually dine in when the architect drew up this place. You can sit right in front of the stall, or a few smallish tables scattered around the area. I was instructed to sit next to another stall that’s on holiday.
My plate of wantan mee came within minutes, and it was proper. The noodle properly moist, the charsiu, while not the best I’ve had, was quite savory and held its own. What I really like though, is the home made wantan that was served separately in a small bowl of soup. It was very flavorful and succulent, I think I can easily devour another 20 wantan if presented.
this traditional breakfast only costs RM 4 around here
The best thing about this place? It only costs RM 4 for that plate of classic breakfast. Order the same thing in Petaling Jaya or KL and you’ll be likely to part with RM 5 or RM 5.50.
I shall check out more places around here.
Address: Pasar Ayer Panas Jalan Ayer Keroh Taman Ayer Panas, 43000 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.189279,101.718704