Day 6 Continued
Kafe Vietnam Express, Second Floor, Berjaya Times Square Shopping Centre
I wanted something quick and am interested in how other countries do some of my favourite Asian staples. Had to go for the bahn mi. Texture on the bread was good, though bread could have been a bit fresher. Pate was nice though flavour could have been a bit stronger; the pork was more ham really. Full of coriander and carrot. Not bad as it goes, beer was cold and I liked the small piece of watermelon with chilli salt that came with the bill.
Original Hakka Roast Pork stall (next to Restoran Vennys) Jalan Bukit Bintang
Hakka Roast Pork noodle. The roast pork was very tender and a nice amount of fat. Texture wise the noodles were some of the best I had. Quite fat and toothsome and very much reminded me of udon noodles though much yellower in colour.
Decided on the salt egg pastry. They looked really good and I’d been impressed with the pastry so far on my trip. I liked the filling but wasn’t expecting the pastry to be so sweet, though excellent texture. Glad I tried one but not sure I’ll have another one anytime soon.
Medan Selara Food Court Chinatown, Keong Keong.
Baked pork rib and rice. Bit of a miss. Fairly bland and anaemic pork which was more steamed than baked. Forgettable sauce and veg. The rice was well cooked if I was to search for a positive.
Chinatown tour with Klyeoh.
Klyeoh very kindly took me on a small but very delicious and informative tour of spots in Chinatown.
Kim Lian Kee, 49-51 Petaling Street
KL Black noodles. A pile of glossy black noodles, the colour from the very dark soy sauce used. Good fat noodles with prawns but more importantly studded with pork fat and also had chicken liver. Any noodle dish with nuggets of pig fat and liver gets my vote. The fat and the dark soy sauce made it a very rich dish but K managed to rein me in, which was wise as this was only the start.
Not sure of the name but it was nicely gooey inside with a good crisp outer. My first one but definitely not my last.
Leong Kee Stall, Sidewalk outside 76, Jalan Ton H.S. Lee
Pig Offal soup and chicken rice.
When Klyeoh asked me where I wanted to go, this was a must. I think he was maybe a bit sceptical and that I might not like it, I didn’t, I loved it. You’d expect a soup containing pig bits might be heavy but it was a light fragrant broth (I assume chicken rather than pork) with plenty of pepper. The various bits of pig offal were delicate and not overpowering. The Hainanese chicken rice was good, very tender and plump, more like the versions I had in Singapore rather than Melaka.
Soong Kee Beef Noodles 86, Jalan Tun H.S.Lee
Beef noodles and Beef ball soup. A venerable beef noodle spot in KL. The beef in the noodle dish was rich and sticky; the noodles though were of the thin variety and not my favourite kind of noodles. The soup was delicate and the beef balls had a great texture, I also looked the addition of tendon and tripe. I always have tripe and tendon when I have pho in London and it was reminiscent of pho but a more delicately flavoured broth.
We finished with durian sticky rice in the market. Apologies, can’t remember the name. The durian rice had an almost coffee/caramel taste to it. I’d had a bit of durian in Melaka but this tasted far superior. A fitting end to the mini food tour.