It’s a Noodle Day – Food Trip (10 Things to Eat in KL/Selangor) Part 3 of 3
When I woke up for day 2/final day of our trip, the first thing I checked was if my tummy was ok. With all the stuff we ate the previous day (read part 1 here, read part 2 here), I was very thankful that everything was normal, which means that we could go on with our Malaysia smorgasbord.
I was very excited for day 2 because we were going for my favorite general category of food – noodles!
7. Kedai Makanan O&S Restaurant
39, Jalan 20/14, Taman Paramount (Jalan 20/16a), Petaling Jaya, Selangor 46300, Malaysia
Choy made it a point for us to come early to O&S as it was very popular with the locals and therefore parking and seats would be difficult to find. He was right. He parked quite far and it took us a while to find seats.
The “restaurant” was actually a hawker area with lots of local food stalls and eating areas. It felt like a marketplace where people were chattering non-stop and the smell of cooked and uncooked food mixed in the air.
Choy took us here specifically for the Chee Cheong Fun stall which only serves two things – Chee Cheong Fun and the Curry Chicken Chee Cheong Fun.
For those unfamiliar, Chee Cheong Fun is a rice noodle roll filled with shrimp, pork, veggie etc. It’s usually part of the dimsum menu. “Chee cheong” means pig intestine while “fun” means noodle and it is called this way because the noodle actually looks like pig intestines. In Singapore and Malaysia, it’s a breakfast staple and doesn’t usually have fillings. It only comes with either a black sweet sauce, hoisin sauce and/or chilli and sesame oil and seeds.
The Penang version which is what is being sold here in O&S uses shrimp paste as sauce. What I loved about this was how delicately smooth the rice noodle was. That to me was what makes this CCF famous! Personally I am not a fan of the shrimp paste sauce. I would rather have the black sweet sauce or hoisin sauce, but this wasn’t bad.
What I really loved was the Chicken Curry Chee Cheong Fun! Not only were the noodles awesome as I mentioned above, the curry and the chicken were very yummy too! I think this is my 5th most favorite meal in our #MakanSomeMore trip! Best of all, the two dishes were very cheap – only 2.80 Malaysian Ringgit each!
Here is the famous uncle carefully massaging the rice noodle:
We were only going to order the CCF here because we had brunch and lunch plans, but being the laksa lover that I am, this caught my eye:
As you already know by now, lots of Singaporean and Malaysian food have different versions and laksa is not an exception. The usual ones you’d find is the curry laksa which has a coconut milk base. The stall shown above was also serving asam laksa – a version which you don’t normally find in Singapore and thus I was drawn to try it.
Asam is tamarind in Malay, therefore the broth is sour and it reminds me slightly of Philippine’s very own sinigang. Asam laksa has fish bits (mackerel) plus veggies which complement the sour broth like cucumber, onions, ginger, mint leaves etc. I think I also tasted some pineapples in it. They serve it with a shrimp paste sauce which you mix with the smooth noodles. The combination of the sour broth, salty fish, tangy spices and sauce made this dish my 4th #MakanSomeMore favorite! I really love laksa – whatever version of it.
Though we only tried two of the stalls, I can say O&S is a worthwhile visit for anyone in KL or PJ as it gives one lots of options to try the local delicacies. Most of the stalls had queues so it’s a good indication that the food there are worth trying. I heard the prawn mee stall is famous too. Only downside of the place was the ambiance. Since it was a marketplace setting, the smell could be quite offensive to some, and there was a point when the garbage truck collected trash and made me want to puke with the pungent smell that filled the air. Avoid that and you’ll be fine.
8. Restoran Char Siew Zhai Wantan Mee
No 5, Jalan 20/13, Paramount Garden, 46300 Petaling Jaya,Selangor, Malaysia.
Opens 8AM to 10PM daily except for one Wednesday every month
This wasn’t really part of the plan but it was near where Choy parked for O&S and he said it was also popular so we went on ahead. Wan Tan Mee is one of my favorite Singapore food so I didn’t have any reason to object.
We only opted for one plate as this was unplanned and we had more to eat, but after tasting the firm noodles and the crunchy roast pork and the yummy chasyu (asado), I wanted to order another plate all for myself! They had to remind me that we had “some more” places to eat at to prevent me from overeating. The green chili and the red sauce were the perfect match as usual.
Aside from the food, you get a show from the noodle preparer.
9. Paramount Garden Restaurant
55, Jalan 21/12, Paramount Garden, 46300 Petaling Jaya,Selangor, Malaysia
Opens 6:30AM to 4PM Mondays to Sundays. Closed on alternative Mondays
After just having 4 types of noodles, we headed to Paramount Garden for yes, more noodles! This was a place recommended by Celine in which Choy has never been to. Being the most critical when it comes to food, she was very nervous if we’d like one of her favorite places.
This again looks like your neighborhood noodle place.
They have a huge selection but we only ordered two dishes as suggested by Celine.
The Loh Pan Mee which is the most popular dish here – flat noodles in gravy with pork, shrimps, mushroom and veggies. It was nothing great for me. It was actually my least favorite noodle dish of the day.
Lucky for Celine, the Dry Pan Mee was a winner! The noodles were of the same kind as wan tan mee and it had minced meat, crunchy anchovies, black mushrooms and veggies as toppings. The subtle black gravy was very tasty. After the Village Park Nasi Lemak, this is my number 2 favorite dish in our entire Malaysia food trip!
As with normal Lor Mee, the Loh Pan Mee is best eaten with black vinegar and their special chilli. The Dry Pan Mee doesn’t need the black vinegar.
I was really happy with the dry ban mee and would definitely come back for this
10. Ooii Noodle House
78, SS15/4B, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Opens 7AM to 4PM everyday
We travelled far to Subang for this next noodle dish. It is Celine’s favorite, and since her track record was very good from the wonderful dry pan mee, I was very excited.
Ooi is very famous for its pork noodles. The only problem was that the average waiting time was 45 MINUTES!!! This made my expectations higher. When we got there, I was skeptic when I saw where they prepared the noodles:
Being asked to wait for 45 minutes for a bowl of noodles when we were all already tired made us grouchy. No one was speaking anymore. This noodle better be good.
Someone was a gloom cloud…
Finally after 45 minutes but what felt like forever, the famous pork noodles arrived.
It had a generous serving of pork slices, liver, intestines, minced meat, veggies and one egg. The noodles used was kway teow which was Li Ning’s favorite.
The verdict? It was worth waiting for!!! The broth was very rich which I think is a result of putting together different pork parts and boiling them into a soup. All the meat were tender and none of them had a funny taste or smell which means they’re fresh. The kway teow was very fine and soft. I loved the whole thing! I was very tired and grouchy from all the travelling and waiting but this energized me to eat again. I wanted another bowl but yeah, I couldn’t wait 45 minutes more.
For those of you with some time to spare, this is a must try! Definitely the best pork noodles I’ve had which makes it 3rd place in our food trip!
We had the parking lot Cendol nearby Ooi for dessert.
We had a 9PM flight back to Singapore to catch that night so we just passed by the Pasar Ramadan (food bazaar to help those people breaking fast) and tried some tidbits that served as our dinner. Nothing caught my tastebuds good enough so I won’t write about them.
I would say our #MakanSomeMore was a very successful trip, and Choy and Celine really accomplished their mission of showing Li Ning and I what Malaysia has to offer (to our tummies).
I can’t wait for part 2. I also can’t wait for the Singapore food trip Li Ning is planning to battle Malaysia! I don’t care who has better food as long as the neutral Filipino stomach is well fed.
If you come to Malaysia, specifically KL/Selangor, do visit the places I recommended. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.