Kedai Kopi Taman Eng Ann

Kedai Kopi Taman Eng Ann (兴利茶饼室) is a popular eatery in the immediate vicinity. The shop sells bak kut teh (肉骨茶) and stir-fried dishes (大炒) at night. During the day, it is a typical Chinese coffee shop with several hawker stalls.
Most locals enjoy Bread With Butter (牛油面包, RM2.00), an observation that we were quick to emulate. There is a choice of either sliced bread or bun. We opted for the latter. Served with butter and kaya (coconut jam), this comfort food is surely enjoyable.
As for drinks, the hot cup of Kopi (咖啡, RM1.80) is on the sweet side. I think most Malaysians are used to this level of sweetness, which is troubling since the amount of sugar is unhealthy. For something with fewer calories, a glass of iced Chinese Tea (唐茶, RM0.50) is in good order.
Address: 1, Jalan Kasawari 5, Taman Eng Ann, 41150 Klang, Selangor
Contact: 012-679-3799
Business hours: 6:30am-4:30pm, closed on Tuesdays

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Good Good Assam Laksa

Taman Berkeley at Klang has a number of interesting eateries, including the ever-popular Mo Sang Kor Bak Kut Teh (巴生毛山稿肉骨茶) which I visited previously. As recommended by my host, our breakfast today is at Restoran Good Good Assam Laksa (姑姑亚参叻沙) along the same row of shops as the bak kut teh shop.

If your memory goes back five years ago, do you remember the wan tan mee (云吞面) stall at Kafetaria Dan Hotel Eng Loh (莺罗茶室冷气旅社) at Church Street (Lebuh Gereja) of George Town? It was very popular back then, but the business winded down abruptly due to lack of manpower. Guess what? The former stall owner, Ms. Tan, is the proud owner of this current Klang restaurant - and this time with help from her lovely niece!
Instead of offering Wan Tan Mee again, which is already ubiquitous around every corner, Ms. Tan is introducing several Penang delicacies to the townsfolk of Klang!
Penang is renowned far and wide for its asam laksa, but it is high time bring this dish to Klang. This bowl of Penang's Assam Laksa (亚叁叻沙, RM5.00) is reasonably large in size for one person. Actually, Penang's food portion is ridiculously small in size.
Thick fish stew is poured over thick rice noodle, with generous amount of pineapple slices, chopped onion, shredded cucumber and mint leaves added on top. Savory shrimp paste (虾膏) certainly helps to improve flavor.

Unlike most asam laksa in Penang, Ms. Tan uses bigeye kingfish (大目鱼) instead of mackerel. According to her, the former has more meat and therefore makes the stew richer in flavor.
The rice noodle for asam laksa is made in-house. This is good because no lye-water (碱水) is used to prepare the noodle.
Another interesting delicacy at this restaurant is Fish Paste Noodles (鱼滑面, RM7.90). The highlight of this noodle dish are five fish balls made from fish paste. Other unorthodox ingredients to complement this dish are tomatoes and bitter gourd (苦瓜). Since clear soup is used, I feel that it is best enjoyed with rice noodle (米粉).
In particular, I enjoy the springy nature of fish balls. It is not mixed with flour as filler, so the texture is rough but succulent nevertheless.
Ms. Tan is gracious to reveal her choice of fish: mackerel (马鲛鱼)! Does this surprise you?
Actually, the same fish paste is also used to prepare Yong Tau Fu (酿豆腐), but I have yet to try it.
As for desserts, our choice is Lady Jelly (桂花糕, RM3.90). This jelly-like dessert contains osmanthus flower (桂花) and wolfberry (枸杞) within its translucent structure. Its slight sweetness and delightful mouthfeel make this dessert worthwhile to try.
The choice of drinks here is typical as with most traditional coffee shops. Kopi (RM2.10) and Teh C (RM2.10) are our choices today. For the former, I feel that it is slightly watered down; I prefer my coffee to be thicker.
The dishes that I tried so far are just tip of the iceberg. The next time I visit Taman Berkeley, I want to try other dishes that the restaurant has to offer. According to Ms. Tan, she is working on several new dishes, so I will not be surprised to find new items on the menu.
Address: 21, Leboh Bangau, Taman Berkeley, 41150 Klang, Selangor
Contact: 016-665-6900
Business hours: 8:30am-5:30pm

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Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw

Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw has several outlets around Klang Valley, but this family business started at this roadside stall in Wangsa Maju Seksyen 2.
There are 3 types of meats here: chicken, beef and lamb. In addition, there are several variations which differ in terms of ingredients like bacon and ham. For each type, it is also possible to opt for single, double or even triple patties!
The Cheezy Turkeynizer (RM18.00) consists of two chicken patties, a turkey ham and a slice of cheese. The patties are deep-fried in a coating of crispy batter. In terms of taste, the chicken patties are reasonably succulent, but not the best that I have tasted.
Next is Cheezy Baconizer (RM18.00) which includes two beef patties, strips of beef bacon and cheese. Unfortunately, I feel that the beef is not as well seasoned as it should be.
Last but not last, the Cheezy Turkeynizer (RM22.50) contains two lamb patties, turkey ham and cheese. I find that lamb to be most enjoyable meat overall, thanks to its strong flavor and mild spiciness from seasoning.
Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw uses burger buns strewn with oats. Due to liberal amount of cheesy sauce, the burgers appear sloppy. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

I feel that Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw is an acceptable place to visit, although I don't think it is a great place for regular meals. The burgers may be pricey, but I think the pricing is justified by the large size of each patty. Personally, I recommend the lamb patty above other meats.

Address: Jalan 4A/27A, Seksyen 2, Wangsa Maju, 53300 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 012-627-6547
Business hours: 6:30pm-12:00am

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Next Food Junction

Next Food Junction is a food court on the 5th floor of Klang Parade, within a short distance from the cinema. It is divided into halal and non-halal sections. The twenty-some stalls here cover all kinds of hawker food ranging from fried noodles to chicken chop.
The Prawn Mee (虾面) here was rumored to be nice once upon a time. However as of today, I find it just so-so. I think the flavor of the soup is not appealing enough.
Hot Plate Kung Pao Chicken (铁板宫保鸡) is served sizzling hot from the frying wok. On the side are rice, fried bean sprouts (豆芽), cracker and watermelon. Although there is lots of gravy, the amount of chicken is pitifully insufficient. The gravy is also too salty for comfort.
For drinks, we ordered Iced Coffee O and Iced Milk Tea. Really nothing to shout about.
Address: 5-08, 5th Floor, 2112, Jalan Meru, 41050 Klang, Selangor
Contact: N/A
Business hours: 10:00am-10:00pm

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Village Kopitiam

Village Kopitiam (方家村) is a typical coffee shop just outside Klang Parade. This is our choice for breakfast because most eateries nearby are closed.
Nasi Lemak + Curry Chicken (RM5.90) is reasonably affordable for breakfast. The main plate is rice with sambal belacan (chili shrimp paste), anchovies, hard-boiled egg and cucumber.
Chicken curry is served in a separate bowl. The curry is reasonably good.
The plate of Mee Mamak (RM5.90) is not bad either. A squeeze of lime helps to make the noodle more appetizing.
Carrot Milk Juice (RM4.00) is our choice of drinks today. I like the "grainy" consistency of this drink as it trickles through my lips.
We also ordered a glass of Cincau (RM2.00). This iced drink is just normal; nothing particularly special about it.
Address: 11, Lintang Pekan Baru, 41050 Klang, Selangor
Contact: 9:00am-6:00pm (Sunday), 8:00am-10:00pm (Monday-Saturday)
Business hours: 012-293-9899

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