With several branches around Klang Valley, Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien Mee is certainly more accessible but not without the compromise of quality – I’ve had not so stellar experiences in some of the KL and PJ outlets. So rif and I decided to head to the original setup in Jalan Sentul to see if the noodles are any good.
The place is relatively spacious with an air-conditioning section for those who want to dine in comfort. The al-fresco dining option allows you to take in the sight, sound and smell of the charcoal fire, which is an experience on its own but not an experience I particularly enjoy. :P
Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien Mee offers more than fried noodles and rice; they also serve seafood and “tai chow” dishes, prepared with charcoal fire for that wok aroma. The Hokkien Mee (RM8.90 – small) is tastier compared to the ones at their branches, but I feel it still lacks the “char” flavour. I rather enjoyed the Fried Pak Ko (RM9.90 – small) where the rice cakes are nicely coated with sauce and aromatic from the pork lard oil.
I would have enjoyed Cantonese fried noodles (RM8.90 – small) if it wasn’t for the pre-cooked noodles. The kuay teow is made in advance so when I placed an order, the cook merely assembled the noodles and topped it up with egg gravy. To be fair, the gravy was good but the room temperature noodles took half the enjoyment away.
Do try the Salted Egg with Bitter Gourd (RM15.90 – small) as the vegetable slivers are generously coated with egg for that creamy-rich flavour. We also tried the Mini Wok Seafood Bean Curd (RM21.90 – small) which looks pretty ordinary but the dish has a good dose of wok hei and plenty of seafood.
All in, the food is decent and while the Hokkien mee isn’t the best I’ve had, the service and ambiance makes this a good choice if you’re planning to come here with visiting guests or friends who can’t rough it out at roadside stalls.
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Pretty decent noodles and I like how they still use charcoal fire to do the cooking.
Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien Mee
No.744, Jalan Sentul,
Tel: 012-281 6862