Win Heng Seng is definitely *the* go-to "kopitiam" (traditional Chinese coffeeshop) in KL's Golden Triangle district, if there ever is one. Outrageously popular, I actually went there with more than a bit of trepidation, after my previous experiences with super-popular "kopitiams" in Ipoh - that other Malaysian city where the local populace developed snaring a table at a "kopitiam" into an art form (which involved a "take no prisoners", "fittest survive" approach). Luckily, no such problem here in KL, despite the peak Sunday lunch-time, getting a table at Win Heng Seng was relatively easy & stress-free - turnover was fast, and KL-lites didn't display the hard-nosed aggressiveness of their Ipoh cousins, perhaps because KL simply has more other dining options compared to Ipoh.
What we tried today:
- KL-style Curry Noodles: Very addictive version here, not too spicy, containing deep-fried wantons, poached wantons, fishballs, long beans, poached chicken, tofu puffs ("taupok"), crunchy beansprouts and fine egg noodles.
- Sarawak "Kolok Mee": I think "kolok" is a Sarawakian-Hakka-Chinese colloquial term which bastardized Cantonese "kon lou" (meaning 'dry') to describe their lard-laced wanton noodles, topped with delicious minced pork and BBQ pork ("cha-siu") slices, and served with a little bowl of pork broth containing smooth, spongy pork balls.
- KL-style "Chee Cheong Fun": rolls of steamed flat rice sheets, with "yong tau fu" morsels, smothered with the typical sweetish, KL-style brown sauce.
- Pork noodles: the ultimate dish here, IMO - I chose flat rice noodles ("koay teow"), served in a very tasty pork broth, garnished with slices of pork, pig's liver, pig's kidney, pig's intestines, minced pork balls (YUMMY!!!) and decadent nuggets of lardon. Each sip of the soup was pure bliss!
No meal at Win Heng Seng is complete without their legendary mini Chinese egg-tarts ("tarn tat"), with their soft, curd-like filling and buttery-flaky pastry.
One more thing: Win Heng Seng's Iced Milo drink is the BEST I'd ever tasted in Malaysia or Singapore, ANYWHERE! Thick, malty, chocolatey - you need to taste it to believe it!
Win Heng Seng (永興成茶餐室)
183 Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur