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Frankie Char Kuay Teow, Damansara Perdana

Frankie Char Kuay Teow

Ken recommended this char kuay teow place in Damansara Perdana to me when we caught up for curry laksa not too long ago. According to him, Frankie is the nephew of the man behind the famous Ah Leng Char Kuay Teow stall in Penang. I hardly venture into Damansara Perdana except when we went for our marriage preparation course last year. So after a few Whatsapp messages and two phone calls to Ken, I found the stall.

Remember this stall


Frankie is friendly and speaks good English, so if you can barely speak Cantonese/Hokkien, you’ll have no problems ordering from him. rif and I ordered two large plates of char kuay teow with duck egg (RM6) and waited patiently for our noodles. Most of the people at the coffeeshop were there for the char kuay teow or wantan mee, which also looked pretty promising.

Spot the duck egg

Duck Egg Char Kuay Teow

Our large plate of char kuay teow had plenty of wok hei and smelt delicious. It was lighter in colour compared to Robert’s, but this char kuay teow had its own merits. Well separated and fluffy, the noodles boasted a good wok hei and was nicely seasoned. I liked how the duck egg gave the noodles a rich flavour. That’s quite a noticeable difference between normal egg and duck egg in char kuay teow.

Fluffy and well separated

That said, it wasn’t spicy enough for me. The cockles were plump and juicy, while the beansprouts were crunchy. On top of that the medium-sized prawns were relatively fresh and succulent. If you like your char kuay teow less spicy and still full of wok hei, this is your best bet. I rank this as one of the better char kuay teow stalls in Klang Valley. And you don’t have to go to Penang for a touch of Ah Leng Char Kuay Teow. 😉

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Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6.5/10
Verdict: Pretty good char kuay teow. Order the version with duck egg; it’s tastier.

Frankie Char Kuay Teow (non-halal)
Restoran 8888,
Jalan PJU 8/5d
‪Damansara Perdana,‬‬
47820 Petaling Jaya,

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White House, Kota Bharu

White House

White House in Kota Bharu is an institution; it is so popular among locals and tourists that even before the place opens at 8am, there is already a queue at the door. They say third time is a charm. White House doesn’t have a fixed day off and the previous two visits we made left us disappointed.


Service wasn’t the friendliest and no photography was allowed, especially of the menu and kitchen. The picture above was taken before the staff informed me about their little rule. Famished, I polished off a set of roti kahwin (RM2.20), telur ½ masak (RM2.20), one packet of nasi dagang and a cup of kopi ais (RM2.50). Ambitious for many, but an easy feat for me. 😉

Roti Kahwin

The toast had a light and crispy exterior, with a fluffy and moist centre. This came with a side of cold butter and kaya. I found the kaya very tasty – it was light in colour and richly eggy with a good balance of sweetness. According to the owner, authentic kaya should be light in colour; I bought a small tub of kaya to enjoy at home. The combination of warm crusty toast, slightly melted butter and rich kaya was simple yet delicious.

Soft-boiled eggs

Drizzled with a bit of soy sauce

The soft-boiled eggs were cooked just right and were evenly wobbly. Good stuff! One of White House’s specialties is the Nasi Dagang (RM3.50). The unpolished rice had a firm yet fluffy texture and came with a side of chicken rendang. I would have liked the chicken thigh, but I got the chicken breast instead. That said, the rendang gravy was thick, spicy and aromatic.

Nasi Dagang with Chicken Rendang

Nasi Ikan Tongkol

I also tried a few bites of the Nasi Ikan Tongkol (RM3), which my mother in-law had. I liked the fish, but didn’t think the white rice did it justice. Even the fried chicken version suffered the same fate. The Nasi Lemak (RM1.50) looked unassuming, but the sambal packed a wallop. Despite that small spoonful, the sambal was quite spicy even for me. Pretty decent stuff.

Nasi with Ayam Goreng

Nasi Lemak

Iced coffee

The iced coffee was smooth and thick with a good roasted aroma. While it’s no Ipoh white coffee, it still makes a pretty good cuppa. The hot version (RM1.50) was better than the former, especially when eaten with the toast.

Hot coffee

Our bill came up to RM40 for the 4 of us (inclusive of 3 additional packets of nasi dagang to go). I would like to come back again when I hit the east coast, but the unpredictable day-offs is quite a turn-off. Imagine driving there only to find the place close. Potong steam!

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10 (halal)
Verdict: One of the must-try places in Kota Bharu. But don’t expect 5-star service here.

Kedai Kopi White House
Jalan Sultanah Zainab,
Kota Bharu,
Business hours: 8am – 1.30pm, 9pm – 1am

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May 28, 2012

Anggun Spa Review, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

Many people think my blog is the only thing I manage and that I do nothing else but sit at home and relax. I don’t know why they would assume so, but here’s the real story: I have a full time job I write for 2 publications I do freelance product write-ups I update my […]

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