If there is one, just one, eating spot which *every* self-respecting KL foodie or food-blogger would profess to have been to, it had to be Sungai Besi Wanton Mee. Yep, this has to be one of the unlikeliest eating destinations I'd ever been to.
Motor workshop and garage crawling with grease monkeys by day, wanton noodle mecca filled with gourmets, gourmands and gluttons by night, the legendary Sungai Besi Wanton Mee stall was located in a barely distinguishable zinc-roofed shack by one of the busiest highways in KL. Imagine cars whizzing by at 100 mph, barely a couple of yards away from your semi-al fresco plastic dining table which was almost light enough to be overturned by a gust of wind from the passing trucks.
Inside, business was brisk, and service was rude and pushy. The food was delivered in quick succession, and you're expected to eat & go, as patrons streamed in endlessly. This went on from 6.30pm each evening (as the workshop/garage closed down, and transformed into its night-time dining spot incarnation) till 3am in the wee hours of the morning!
What we ordered this evening:
- Wanton noodles - KL-style: smooth, eggy & very tasty (not the al dente springy sort you get in HK or Penang), bathed in unbelievably delicious dark soy-sesame-lard sauce. The stuff of dreams.
- Wild boar curry: spicy (the way Malaysians and Singaporeans liked their food), aromatic, and with melt-in-your-mouth tender slivers of wild boar meat. It went beautifully with the wanton noodles.
- Hakka stewed pork with black wood-ear fungus. Another strongly-flavored, ultra-tasty dish which complemented the wanton noodles perfectly.
- Shui kow (水饺), which were poached dumplings consisting of minced pork, prawns, mushrooms, chives & other condiments in wanton wrappers. These were some of the best I'd ever tasted in KL.
- Poached lettuce leaves, topped with oyster sauce and crisp, golden-fried garlic.
Sungai Besi Wanton Mee (新街场路全蛋面)
190H, Jalan 2½ Miles, Off Jalan Sungai Besi
55200 Kuala Lumpur