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Kam Heong Coffeeshop, PJ State


Red-orange dotted broth

My father in-law comes from Melaka and one of the few things he love that I cannot stomach is wantan mee, red-tinged from the use of chilli sauce. That’s how they eat it in Melaka and I was shocked when I first encountered it. Worse still, I was greedy and ordered a large bowl thinking it would be good. I only ate a spoonful of it and never ordered a wanten mee in Melaka again.


Wantan mee with char siew

When he told me about this really good wantan mee in PJ State, I didn’t dwell much about it, thinking it would be something like the Melaka version. But it turned out to be one of the best KL-style wantan mee I’ve eaten in Klang Valley. The auntie has relocated several times and her recent stall is at Kam Heong coffeeshop in PJ State.


Springy noodles

Standard has been pretty consistent throughout the years and the stall enjoys a steady stream of customers each time I’m there. I find the noodles tastiest when I order a medium portion, versus the large and the small. The large portion loses the overall flavour while the small one just isn’t sufficient for me.


Pork wantan

I’ve also tried the Penang prawn mee and curry laksa from the other stalls within the coffeeshop; the prawn mee is one of the most-ordered items at Kam Heong. I didn’t find this that great as the broth wasn’t sweet nor thick enough, and it didn’t hold its own with the noodles. While this tasted better with some sambal chilli, I still don’t consider this a good bowl of prawn mee.


Hokkien mee


A Penang favourite

The curry laksa was also nothing to shout about as the curry broth was lacking sweetness and aroma. Not something I would order again as I like my curry gravy thick and creamy with a sharp accent from the chilli.


I like kuay teow in my laksa


Curry laksa

While the other two items didn’t impress, I think this is a good coffeeshop to go to when you’re around the area. Do give the wantan noodles a try and let me know what you think!

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Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Go for the wantan mee and remember to specify your preferred char siew cut.


Kam Heong Coffeeshop

Kam Heong Coffeeshop
8 Jalan Tengah,
off Jalan Yong Shook Lin,
PJ State,
46200 Petaling Jaya

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Nam Chun, Lucky Garden Bangsar


Sarawak Laksa

I had my first taste of Sarawak Laksa when I was 16, from Nam Chun in Lucky Garden Bangsar. It was around the time I discovered the wonders of curry laksa and my classmate recommended the Sarawak Laksa from Aunty Christina. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as curry laksa so I never ordered it again despite its popularity.

Over the weekend, I gave it another try. Just to confirm if Sarawak Laksa isn’t my cup of tea. And I was right – it’s not something I’d crave. A bowl (RM6 – small, RM6.50 – large) comes with thick vermicelli, slivers of egg omelette, beansprouts, prawns and coriander leaves for garnish. The soup was fairly spicy with sweet and sour undertones, accentuated further with a squeeze of lime.


Possibly the most ordered item at Nam Chun

Truth be told, the noodles tasted better 10 years ago than it did last weekend. Back then, the broth was thicker and the spices were more pronounced. This time around, it was more insipid and didn’t give much flavour to the vermicelli.


Sarawak Mee Kolo


With red char siew slivers, minced pork and lard

We also ordered the Sarawak Mee Kolo (RM5.50) and Char Kuay Teow (RM6) to try – both were average, much to my disappointment. While the former is also a popular order at Nam Chun, it lacked oomph. I’ve tasted the one from Kuching before, given by my relative who resides there. The noodles were hardly springy, while the char siew slices were dry. Hardly memorable.


Char Kuay Teow


Plump prawns and cockles

The char kuay teow was too oily, which made the overall dish heavy. Also, the seasoning wasn’t as evenly distributed because some of the noodles still clumped together. Not something I’d order again.


Curry laksa

My regular order at Nam Chun is the curry laksa (RM6), to a point the aunty knows just what I want – kuay teow with shredded chicken, tofu puffs, cockles, long beans and extra sambal. While it isn’t the best curry laksa I’ve eaten, it’s good enough to keep me satisfied. I find this tastier than the version from Sun Huat Kee at the other end of the row.


With shredded chicken, crispy fu chuk and tofu puffs

The chap fan is also quite good – rif and I love ordering on lazy weekends, when all we want to do is stay in and do a movie marathon.

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Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6/10 (non halal)
Verdict: While people swear by the Sarawak Laksa, I prefer my regular curry laksa.


Nam Chun Coffeeshop

Nam Chun Coffeeshop
2-4 Lorong Ara Kiri,
Lucky Garden, Bangsar,
59100 Kuala Lumpur

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Sun Huat Kee, Lucky Garden Bangsar

I love simple lunches during weekends – especially if it involves curry noodles or mixed rice. Growing up, my parents would take us to Lucky Garden after church service on Sunday. When I got married, rif and I continued that ritual; but instead of the same coffeeshop, we explored a few other coffeeshops around Klang Valley.


Pork ball noodles at Sun Huat Kee

Sun Huat Kee is the newest of the three coffeeshops along the Lucky Garden row and offers the most comfortable dining environment, to me. The place is more cooling (semi air-conditioned) and the layout is systematic and convenient.


Lunch crowd

Popular choices include pork ball noodles, curry laksa, mee jawa and teo chew fish noodles. I’m not a big fan of the teochew noodles but my mum likes it. It’s usually the pork ball noodles or curry laksa for me. A reader I bumped into – Sofia – recommended the mee jawa (RM7 with sambal sotong), so I gave it a try.


Mee Jawa


A squeeze of lime for an extra zest!

Prior to this, the only mee jawa I’ve eaten is from Hoi Kee in Segambut. This version was decent, but the gravy wasn’t as tasty as Hoi Kee’s. That said, don’t let my comment stop you from trying it. This stall is pretty popular in Sun Huat Kee.


A popular choice


Hor fun, coated with dark sauce and pork lard

The pork ball noodle is a pulling factor for Sun Huat Kee. The original stall sits in the coffeeshop a few doors away but Sun Huat Kee offers the same noodles, minus the humid dining experience. A small portion cost RM6.50, while a large is RM7. Not cheap, but I love the savoury minced pork and liver sausage they serve.


Curry Laksa


Creamy curry broth and silky hor fun

The curry laksa (RM6.50 – small, RM7 – large) is also popular. This version is more lemak than the average laksa and not so heavy on spices. I like my curry laksa robustly flavoured, spicy and creamy. Sun Huat Kee’s version is ideal for those with a milder spice tolerance. I asked for two dollops of sambal cili for more kick.


Klang Pau

rif and I also like ordering the pau – they sell good curry chicken pau and char siew pau. Alas, they were out of curry pau so we ordered the char siew pau (RM2.50) and yam with minced pork pau (RM2). The pau supply comes from the Klang pau shop that we like in Teluk Pulai. Good stuff.


Yam and minced pork


Char siew

Prices are slightly higher here; expect to pay about RM1 or RM1.50 more for your noodles. But given the decent dining environment (you won’t sweat buckets), that’s a small price to pay.

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Go for the pork ball noodles and/or curry laksa.


Sun Huat Kee, Lucky Garden Bangsar

Sun Huat Kee
26, Lorong Ara Kiri 2,
Lucky Garden, Bangsar,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2241 4525

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