FINALLY! I found, IMO, the *BEST* casual spot for KL-style fried Hokkien mee: Aik Yuen in Setapak, the one which every KL-lite referred to as "the one behind Tawakal Hospital".
I called it "casual" as I'd compare Aik Yuen to other kopitiam-bound, oftentimes by-the-roadside spots which I'd tried in my quest to find the best KL-style fried Hokkien noodles:
- Mun Wah in Birch Road http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837980
- Ahwa of Jalan 222, PJ http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837395
- Mei Yen and Ah Wah, both of Paramount Garden http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/839036
- Lien Bee at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/835040
- Kim Lian Kee in Petaling Street, Chinatown http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781971
- Sentul Ah Yap at Publika, Solaris Dutamas http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/835605
The *only* place which served better-tasting KL-style Hokkien noodles, but in a fine-dining, upmarket setting (as opposed to "casual", kopitiam atmosphere) was Reunion at Bangsar Village http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824271
The other upmarket places where I tried KL-style Hokkien noodles were also very good, but could not match either Reunion or Aik Yuen. These include:
- Dynasty at Renaissance Hotel http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/836845
- Han Room at the Gardens, Mid-Valley http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/830044
Back to Aik Yuen - its Hokkien noodles were glossy-black, packed a strong, delicious flavor, with the requisite "wok hei" aroma. Shrimps, pork slivers, squid, "choy sum" vegetables, and large pieces of crisp lardons complemented the fat, slippery noodles. Absolute bliss! Its flavor was very obviously superior and knocked the ones from all other casual spots for dead!!
Besides the Hokkien noodles, the stir-fried pork belly slices and the Yin-Yeong braised noodles were bland and unimpressive. Just stick to the Hokkien noodles here.
Restoran Aik Yuen
aka "the one behind Tawakal Hospital"
Off Jalan Pahang Barat
53000 Kuala Lumpur