Chong Hwa Curry Laksa Restaurant @ Batu Caves

For some people, the English breakfast is an ideal Sunday brunch. I love a huge English breakfast every once in a while, but my ideal Sunday brunch is curry laksa. There’s something about curry laksa that draws me in – creamy soup infused with coconut milk and flavoured with chilli and spices… *drools*Someone recommended the curry laksa at Chong Hwa Curry Laksa Restaurant at Batu Caves. rif saved the GPS coordinates and drove us all the way there to satisfy my craving. The restaurant is located near the Sri Gombak Market.
It was crowded when we got there around 1pm; we were lucky to get a table just as we walked in. I looked around the shop and saw people tucking into their piping hot bowls of curry laksa and nasi lemak. Chong Hwa also serve pan mee, noodle soup, porridge and kaya toast.

I stuck to what I came here for — a large bowl of curry laksa (RM4.80) and rif, the nasi lemak with chicken (RM5.70). “Would you like to try our marinated nam yue fried pork?” the owner’s daughter asked. Without blinking his eyes, rif said “Yes”. Our orders came in less than 5 minutes; service was quick and efficient. My curry laksa (kuay teow) came with plenty of juicy cockles, taufu pok and beansprouts. I added a dollop of sambal for an extra kick. The thick, reddish broth was fragrant and spicy but I would have preferred it to be more “lemak”. I think too much curry paste was added, so it overpowered the creaminess of the laksa. rif’s Nasi Lemak was quite good. We both liked this better than the curry laksa. The chicken curry was well infused with spices and the thick curry gravy went very well with the coconut rice. The sambal, although sweetish, was fiery and packed quite a punch. Nam yue (red fermented beancurd) pork is a dish I can never get enough of. When pork belly is used, it is ridiculously delicious. My mother used to make this…until she went totally organic on me. *frowns*

Chong Hwa’s version (RM4) had a subtle nam yue taste. I liked they used the belly – the fat absorbed the nam yue flavour well. My only gripe is the small portion. I could finish two plates easily.

Iced cham (RM1.70)

All in, the food was decent. The curry laksa didn’t leave much of an impression, but if you live nearby or happen to be around the area, it is worth checking out.

Ambiance: 5.5/10 (possibly the cleanest coffeeshop I’ve been to)
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 5.5/10 (Nasi Lemak: 6/10)
Verdict: Decent food and comfortable ambiance. I wouldn’t mind going there again if I’m around the area.

No. 1, Jalan Sg 3/1,
Taman Sri Gombak,
68100 Batu Caves,
Selangor (NON-HALAL)
016-336 9913
GPS Coordinates: N 3 14.462 E 101 42.145

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Comments

  1. warghh looks good, now they only need to add some pork blood! :D

  2. timchewkc says:

    Curry laksa? That's such a KL term. Try ordering that in Penang and the hawker will ask you – you want laksa OR curry mee?

    If you like really 'lemak' laksa you might want to go look for Siamese laksa. Rather hard to find good ones in KL though.

    Eh next time invite lar! I'll bring a partner then it will be like a double date hehe!

  3. Simon Seow says:

    Yupe. We KL people use curry laksa for curry mee, assam laksa for laksa, harmee for prawn mee (hokkien mee).

    I wondered what will happen if a Penang lang came to KL and order hokkien mee :p

  4. CUMI & CIKI says:

    me too! am just like you la.. not enough lemak means no kick! :o (

  5. i like how the word 'curry' on the store's signboard is colored specially red, making it stand out so clearly! :D

  6. thule a.k.a leo says:

    If you like the curry laksa taht way… you should try Chicken Cuisine in Glenmarie. I patronised their outlet almost everyday when I worked in Glenmarie area last time.

    Good luck!!

    Chicken Cuisine
    6, Jalan UI/Seksyen UI Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park,
    40150 Shah Alam

  7. Kenshin Asuka says:

    Hey, that's where I and my family sometimes eat on Sunday. I'm glad that you've found the awesome place to eat curry mee. ^_^

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