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Noodles in PJ/ KL, Malaysia

Monday, 12 July 2010

We've previously posted about where to eat the best BBQ meats in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here, you will find various noodle dishes sold in Malaysia and the must-visit places whenever we go back. Here in London, we enjoy Michelin star fine dining, but in Malaysia, it's all about cheap and tasty hawker food (WB: love the roadside stalls. The dirtier the stall, the tastier the food)

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Hokkien Noodles @ Ahwa Restaurant

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with extra deep fried pork fats as requested (by my mum)

The noodle store better known as "Jalan 222" famous for their Hokkien noodles. Hokkien noodle is the PigPig's favourite hawker food and this is the first place we go to from the airport upon arriving home. KL style Hokkien noodle is essentially charcoal fried thick yellow noodles in black sauce served with sambal. In Penang, Hokkien noodle is prawn noodle (see below). Noodles still as good as I remember nearly 2 decades ago with liver strips, pork and prawns adding taste while the deep fried pork rinds are always enjoyable.

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Hokkien noodle is not complete without sambal

Also, dad's favourite noodles - "loh mee" which translates into “Stewed / Braised Noodles”. It's thick egg noodles in super thick eggy gravy. Great with a splash of black vinegar.

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Ahwa Restaurant
66, Jln 14/48,
Section 14, Petaling Jaya.
(directly behind the Shell station along Jalan 222)

Hokkien Noodles @ Reunion, Bangsar Village II

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Hawker food made posh. This is actually in a proper nice restaurant. Loved by many people. Very tasty but the noodles we had was slightly overcooked and a tad soft and mushy. Lacked that slight chewy texture typical of the noodles. We asked for extra fried pork fat and they gave us a bowl and charged us an extra RM3 for it.

2F – 17/18, 2nd Floor Bangsar Village 2
2 Jalan Telawi Satu,
Bangsar Baru
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2287 3770

Char Koay Teow @ Seng Lee

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Fried flat rice noodles with beansprouts, chives, egg, prawns and cockles. The one I had without chilli was tasty with loads of cockles as in the Penang style but the PigPig's one with chilli wasn't seasoned enough. Used to be the PigPig's favourite but not after tasting her "under-seasoned" plate during her recent visit.

Also, try the Penang fruit rojak right outside the coffee shop. A mix of chopped pineapple, jambu, green mango, sengkuang, cucumber, tofu, papaya, sliced Chinese crullers (yau char kuai) and prawn crackers mixed in a spicy sweet prawn sauce served with chopped peanuts. Apparently, their special rojak sauce consists of hoisin sauce.

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Restoran Seng Lee
8-6, Jalan Batai,
Bukit Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur,

Char Koay Teow @ Restoran Jamal Mohamed

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Near wisma FAM, stall name "Penang" operated by the famous “Fat Aunty”. Also fried in the Penang style (duh), this was very tasty despite the apparent lack of seasoning and had lots of wok hei. Looked and felt slightly soggy but didn't detract from tastiness. By far the best CKT we had this trip. A new favourite of the PigPig's.

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CKT with extra egg

Restoran Jamal Mohamed
24, Jalan SS5A/9
Kelana Jaya

Sang Har Meen @ Greenview Restaurant

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People have been coming here for years now to eat the sang har meen 生虾面 (fresh water prawn noodles), big huge prawns resting on a bed of deep fried noodles with lots of prawn based eggy gravy around. Tastewise seems a bit weak compared to last year so was a bit disappointed and the prawns were slightly overcooked. According to my granduncle, you have to look for a certain chef there for the best sang har meen.

Greenview Restaurant
6 & 8, Jalan 19/3
46300 Petaling Jaya

Oriental Pavilion in Jaya 33

While we ate lots of other dishes for dim sum, most of them were pretty average except for three things.

1. Char siew (caramelised BBQ pork) - surprisingly good and had a nicely charred sweet surface.
2. Ma lai ko (Malay steamed songe cake) - one of my favourite examples around due to the addition of custard layers.

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3. Prawn koay teow soup - as if a thousand prawns had died to make this broth, simply gorgeous but probably terrible for my cholesterol.

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Oriental Pavilion @ Jaya 33
Lot P104, 1st Floor, Jaya 33,
No. 3, Jalan Semangat, Section 13,
46100 Petaling Jaya

Ipoh Sar Hor Fun @ Sea Park

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Essentially flat rice noodles served in a prawn and chicken broth. A specialty of Ipoh, the capital city of Perak state in Malaysia. On it's own already sufficiently tasty.

Chicken is even better, extremely soft, smooth and juicy can slide down throat.

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Soo Kee Restaurant
33 Jalan 21/17, PJ.
Opposite the SEA Park market

Lim Mee Yoke @ Chow Yang, SS2

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Lots of other hawkers in this spot but the most popular one is for the prawn noodles; deep rich spicy broth, made even spicier (and tastier) with the addition of the sambal. Good example of good hawker food.

While you are there, do try the deep fried bread stall in front of Lim Mee Yoke. Light and crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside.

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Favourites: ham chim beng with red bean paste filling and the plain salty version with fermented beancurd powder. Sells out fast!

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157 Jalan SS2/6,
47300 Petaling Jaya

Assam laksa @ SS2 pasar malam (night market)

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Sold in a little van parked in front of Kei Tak Sek cafe 记得食 every Monday. Heard it's taken over by someone else and it's not as good as before. But to us, it's still quite tasty - fishy with good amount of heat and sourness. The PigPig thought it needed more pineapples. The van can also be found on Wednesday SS4, and Thursday Chow Yang SS2 night markets. The best is of course in Penang @ Pasar Air Itam (Air Itam market).

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Remember to get a number before ordering.

Wantan noodles @ Hung Kee, Jln Loke Yew

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Situated along the extrememly busy road of Jalan Loke Yew, this shop has been around since the 1960s but recently taken over by my dad's friend. We actually came here for the beef noodles but found that they serve amazingly good wantan noodles as well. The noodles are springy, very tasty, one of the best wantan noodles we had in KL.

Hung Kee
28-5 and 28-6, Jalan Loke Yew
Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

Hokkien-Style Tapioca Noodles @ Klang

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Springy and chewy tapioca noodles 薯粉根. Don't be deceived by its looks. Fried with leeks and presumably lots of oil/ lard. It's amazingly tasty with ample "wok hei".

Chiem Choo Seafood Restaurant
Lot 236, Jalan Sg Putus, Batu Belah
42100 Klang, Selangor
03-3342 0058

And to end on a high...

Champ's @ Centerpoint

If previous prawn mee was a good example of a typical hawker food, this is the deluxe version; the "damn shiok" (translates into "bloody good", that's what it says on the menu) prawn noodles is simply the most amazing I've ever had. The broth was incredibly sweet with the taste of prawns and slight pork as well as various other bits and pieces such as deep fried pork rinds. The two huge prawns and tender pork ribs fleshed out what is a huge bowl of noodles. At RM21 this is a princely price to pay, but it does have the quality to match the price. Perhaps the singular most amazing bowl of noodles I had in Malaysia.

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We also had chee yok fun (pork noodles), which was also pretty damn good, incorporating all the tasty bits of the pork into a really aromatic bowl. Haven't had this dish in years. The PigPig however said it needed more liver and other innards but I can see why chef might not want it too strong as more people these days avoid eating innards.

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Champ's Bistro
Lot F10, 1st Floor, Centrepoint,
Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya

Other posts on food in Malaysia:

I'm sending this to Test With Skewer and 3 Hungry Tummies, the hosts for Muhibbah Monday.


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