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Never had pulut cendol before and I thought this was good. Fragrant, and just right sweetness.

Lala noodles have grown to become a crowd favourite at this retro coffee shop located at the fringe of KL’s Chinatown.

Every bowl is cooked upon order and this can lead to long waiting times during peak periods. A generous serving of fresh clams is boiled in the stock that contributes to the sweet flavour profile of the soup. Superior chicken stock, clams, rice wine, chilli, spring onion and ginger are some of the many ingredients that makes up the broth. The clans and soup are poured over bee hoon and it’s filled almost up to the brim.

The soup was packed with umami. It’s slightly spicy as there’s chilli added (no chilli available upon request). Adding rice wine to the soup stock definitely brought out the best of this dish. The clams were sweet and succulent which made it a delight to eat it. It’s superbly good and I finished the soup down to the last drop.

They’ve got other noodle dishes on the menu but I’ve yet to try them. Will be back for sure. Do check out the other stalls such as the famous beef noodles or char koay teow.

I love KL Hokkien mee and it’s a must for me to get my fix when I visit KL as I haven’t found a good one here in Singapore. It’s not photogenic but it’s too yummy not to post about it.

I’ve grown to like Restoran Ahwa’s version and it’s one of my go-to supper places. It’s perpetually crowded and it may take quite awhile to get your food served. One can choose to have it with the standard thick round noodles, bee hoon or mixed. The noodles are fried over charcoal and this brings out a superb wok hei (burnt) flavour. Also, it’s the dry style so there’s little to no gravy to slurp on. The dark sauce that coats the noodles is so delicious though.

There’s a decent serving of sliced pork, lard, prawns and cabbage. I wished they could add in more lard but probably they’re trying to make the dish less sinful. But Hokkien mee is meant to be eaten with loads of lard. Don’t forget to have it with the sambal chilli which is spicy and pungent. The prices starts from RM 9 per person which is on the higher side for local standards. They do have other classic noodle dishes such as lo shu fun and wat tan hor on the menu but I’ve never tried them.

The coffee shop serves other dishes such as the ikan bakar (grilled fish), satay, lor bak, popiah and rojak. The grilled fish here is amazing but a small portion would set you aside RM 27.

Cholesterol and calorie laden but it’s always alright to treat once in awhile right?

Don’t be deceived by the usual soupy deal, this fried Assam Laksa is to die for. Fresh prawn, refreshing slices of cucumber and just the right amount of Assam flavour! #musttrythis

Roasted pork (siew yoke/ sio bak/ 烧肉) ranks as one of my favourite dishes and I’ll go all out to try a good version of it. Finally made my way down to Pudu to try this legendary place.

Wong Mei Kee is touted as one of the best roasted pork places in KL. It’s colloquially known as Datuk roasted pork as its owner has been conferred a Datukship. Datuk Wong is the man behind the show where he does almost everything himself from marinating to roasting to chopping the meat. Diners wait patiently for the food to be served at 12.30pm.

I was thoroughly impressed by the roasted pork (RM 17/ person). It was roasted in charcoal. The crackling was spectacularly crispy and there was a good fat to meat ratio. It was amazing how the meat remained so tender, flavourful and moist. Servings were rather generous as the roasted pork was cut into thick chunks. I chowed down the whole plate with much delight.

Swing by for breakfast with the fam at this cool kopitiam decked in pastel tones and neon lights in Taman Connaught. You'll find all your staples here, including standouts like the Nasi Lemak With Fried Chicken (from RM6), Dry Lou Shu Fun (from RM6) and Dry Pan Mee (from RM6). Desserts are anything but traditional, with delicate ice cream cakes made to resemble kuih as seen in the Ondeh-Ondeh ice cream cake (from RM10). Ps. They have opened another spot in Setapak!
Photo by Burppler Sebastian Wong

Modernised home cooked food, prolly inspired by mama/grandma’s cooking. Decent pricing and Waiter took time to walk through the menu. Awesome service!

Swing by this family-run restaurant deep in Kota Damansara for a lovely Nyonya meal. Burppler Thokoh Makan sings high praises of the grub, especially the Ikan Gulai Tumis (from RM26) — fresh fish slices in a fragrant tamarind-based sauce. Also good to share are the Yum Yum Pandan Chicken (RM4.80 per piece), Yum Yum Brinjal (RM12) and the Yum Yum Egg (RM13). They also have two off-menu desserts, Cendol (from RM5) and Tau Foo Fa (from RM5) that are the perfect sweet endings to a flavourful meal.
Photo by Burppler Thokoh Makan

For decades, families have been frequenting this kopitiam in KL for Hainanese grub that grandma would approve of. There's almost always a queue, so come early to grab a seat. Put your orders in right away – Signature Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM10.50), Belacan Fried Rice (RM7.50), Hailam Mee (RM8) and Kaya Butter Toast and Half Boiled Egg (from RM3). Wash that down with a strong cup of Kopi (RM2). Ps. You can also take home a jar of Kaya (RM4.80) or a whole box of Kaya Swiss Rolls (RM12).
Photo by Burppler Cedric Lim