"Should I just delete those photos? Or should I post on it?"
It was a long forgotten trip, a trip which I couldn't even remember when it took place. If not mistaken, this food excursion was way back in October 2007 with my fellow food blogger buddies, namely Boolicious, WMW and Jason. The four of us ventured into Petaling Street one fine morning in search for, what else? FOOD! There are simply too many stalls and goodies offered here so no way we could conquer all. But we did fairly well and now that I looked back at those photos I took, am rather impressed that we managed to cover so much of Petaling Street in half a morning!!
So, are you ready??? Here goes:
#1 Hon Kee Porridge (Jalan Hang Lekir; 5 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
If you fancy having porridge for breakfast, Hon Kee is the place to go. This stall has been around for over 60 years old and one could get a good bowl of porridge for breakfast as early as 5 a.m.
There are a variety of condiments that you can choose from to go with your porridge such as raw fish, chicken, century egg, pork meatballs and pork innards, all from RM4 onwards per bowl. With the recent price increase in almost anything and everything, I shall not itemized the price here as I do strongly believe, they would have increased their price by now.
Jason's Shredded Chicken Porridge
WMW's Century Egg Porridge
I had the highly recommended Raw Fish Porridge. A plate of finely sliced grass carp (Wan Yue in Cantonese) was served separately with lots of shredded ginger, spring onions and a dash of sesame oil. You can either eat the fish raw aka sashimi-style or to pour the whole plate into the piping hot porridge to cook it slightly. I opt for the latter as certainly do not want to run around Petaling Street searching for toilet. The porridge was boiled to perfection! Smooth, mushy and flavourful! It was simply wonderful and comforting to have such a nice bowl of porridge for breakfast!
We got a bit greedy even knowing that more food awaiting for us but we still could not help ourselves from ordering fried crullers to go with our porridge! Yummy! What a perfect match!
You may wish to add some crunchy and delicious deep-fried pork intestines to your porridge too! Yumz!
#2 Chee Cheong Fun (corner shop opposite Hong Leong Bank; 7 a.m - 4.30 p.m.)
While we had porridge, Boolicious opted for Chee Cheong Fun from a stall which is located at at the corner of Jalan Hang Lekir and Petaling Street. You can check out Boo's post on this place here. Not bad at all as I simply love the softness of the thin noodle with tiny bits and pieces of dried shrimps. Personally, I think it would be tastier with just a dash of soya sauce, chilli sauce and some greem picked chilies.
#3 Air Mata Kucing (Junction of Petaling St and Jalan Hang Lekir; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.)
When I was a little girl, a visit to Petaling Street would not be complete without having a drink at this famous Air Mata Kucing stall or Dried Longan and Lo Han Kuo drink sweetened with rock sugar. Located just right in front of Hong Leong Bank (yes, opposite Hon Kee Porridge) it would be impossible for one to miss. A popular drink for one to cool down after shopping under such hot weather. Pheww!
Refreshing and soothing to the throat. Aaahh..perfect way to wash down our meal.
#4 Sze Ngan Chye (Jalan Petaling; 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Sze Ngan is the name of this more than 40-year-old roast duck stall. Sze Ngan Chye literally means 4-eyed man but weird, the guy who owns the stall doesn't wearany glasses. Contact lens maybe?
Famous for its roasted duck, we gave this a miss due to limited stomach space allocation problem.
Instead, Boolicious and I went for the Duck Feet Parcel of Ngap Kiok Pau. In simpler description, basically it is duck feet and duck liver wrapped with duck instestine dipped with sweetish savoury sauce. I just love chewing on the chewy intestines and munching on the duck feet. Three words to descrie the duck feet parcel: Tasty, Tasty and Tasty!
#5 Madras Lane
We then walked off fro Petaling Street and enter into the wet market heading to......
....another food heaven, Madras Lane. There are many stalls here offering any variety to choose from and we had a hard time deciding what to eat. This is definitely NOT a place where you can simply sit and order from any stall you want. Some stalls are very territorial and refused to send the food over if you happen to sit at their competitor's table. Remember to choose your stall before choosing your table.
Jason was craving for Assam Laksa. Probably he wanted something sourish to ease digestion. His bowl of Assam Laksa sure looks good (*gulp* I just swallowed my saliva just looking at the photo) with generous amount of chunky pieces of fish. I remembered that it didn't taste as good as it looked and I tried to reconfirm with Jason a short while ago and his replies was "I cannot remember already".
Also from the same stall, the girls shared a bowl of fiery mean-looking curry laksa that looked very promising with fresh bloody red cockles, spongy fried pork skin, crunchy long beans and tauhu puffs soaking the rich coconut curry broth. I do have cravings for curry laksa from time to time and this definitely would makes me purr with satisfaction.
#6 Iced Cendol (Madras Lane; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
From our table, we were eyeing at this drink stall that serves iced cendol and business seems pretty good too. We did not order any while eating as I mentioned earlier, this place is very territorial so we finished up our food and sat at their table instead.
The Iced Cendol here is very much different from the Indian version. The concoction of coconut milk and cendol were poured over shaved iced and topped with rose syrup and gula melaka. I would say, it looked more like ABC (air batu campur) or ice kacang. I definitely prefer the Indian version which is thicker and richer in taste.
Do note that most stalls at Madras Lane are closed on Mondays.
#7 Happy Meal Cafe (Jalan Tun HS Lee)
No matter how glutton a person is, there is limitation to one's stomach. We decided to take a walk to digest a little and Boolicious suggested we make a stop at Happy Meal Cafe.
At the glass panel, I saw lots of goodies displayed; durian tarts, pineapple tarts, coconut tarts, egg tarts, durian swiss roll and the list goes on and on...
But we were here solely for the durian cream puff! Sold in a pack of 4 pieces, those puffs were mini in size but BIG in taste! A must try for durian fan.
#8 Soya Bean and Tau Fu Fa (Along Petaling Street)
I have been drinking a lot of liquid that morning and yet I did not have the urge to ease myself. This showed how dehydrated I was. It was quite warm by noon tie and after a bit of walking and shopping, we stopped at the soya bean stall for a drink. I don't think any of us tried the Tau Fu Fa (did we?) but the soya bean drink was refreshing!
#9 Sang Har Meen (5 Lorong Yap Ah Loy; 11.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.)
We decided to call it for the day by ending it with lunch at a backlane coffee shop off Jalan Silang (behind Hon Ming textile shop). We ordered the Sang Har Noodle or Fresh River Prawn Noodle which is one of their specialty. Not a very pleasant environment to dine, well, I shall not elaborate further on this.
The prawns were big and succulent but sadly that was the worst Sang Har Noodle I ever tasted. The noodle had a very strong alkaline bitter taste to it. Gravy was too little, thick and tasted bland. If not mistaken, it was quite pricey too.
There goes all the yummies we had within roughly 4 hours spent in Petaling Street. Not bad huh? Well, still a number of places to try so I guess must plan for another trip there soon. Anyone want to join?
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