Kedai Makanan Huat Siong Seafood

Kedai Makanan Huat Siong Seafood (发祥海鲜饭店) is a small restaurant in Kuala Kedah. The eatery is approximately 10 kilometers from Alor Setar.
We ordered Thai-Style Fish (暹罗鱼肉, RM36.00), which contains two slices of snapper. The dish is served with Thai-style curry, lemongrass and tomatoes. The curry is mildly sour and is quite appetizing.
Kung Pao Chicken (宫保鸡丁, RM10.00) is succulent to the last morsel. The bite-size chicken nuggets are stir-fried with dried chilies and shallots.
Dongpo Pork (东坡肉, RM12.00) is infused with rice wine, making the dish fragrant indeed. The pork belly has a nice mixture of fat and lean meat.
In summary, the dishes in Kedai Makanan Huat Siong Seafood are above par. The pricing here is also pretty reasonable. This explains why most customers are locals.

Address: 355, Jalan Bersatu 1, Taman Bersatu, 06600 Kuala Kedah, Kedah
Contact: 012-475-7784
Business hours: 6:30pm-10:00pm, closed on Mondays
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Chia Bee Bah Kut Teh

Chia Bee Bah Kut Teh (知味肉骨茶) is a popular restaurant in the downtown area of Alor Setar. Besides serving bak kut teh, the eatery also offers a variety of seafood dishes.
Fried Fish (炒鱼) is the restaurant's signature dish. The choice of fish is shark. The dish is cooked with a savory gravy made of fermented bean paste (豆酱). I cannot recommend this dish highly enough.
Next, Stir-Fried Squids (炒鱿鱼) are cooked with shallots, scallions and dried chili peppers. The thick sauce has a nice sweetness that complements the springy texture of squids.
Water Spinach With Chili (马来风光) is based on a local dish in Malay cuisine. The dish has a fiery flavor thanks to presence of spicy shrimp paste.
Address: 42-A, Jalan Putra, 05150 Alor Setar, Kedah
Contact: 04-733-7005
Business hours: 8:00am-4:00pm
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Coffee Bean

Thanks to its strategic location, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlet at Auto-City is frequented by highway travelers. While the café has air conditioning, al fresco dining is possible too.
In lieu of coffee, I opted for Pure Double Chocolate Ice Blended (RM14.80) with whipped cream on top. I enjoy the rich chocolate taste.
The Blueberry Muffin (RM6.50) has a nice crumbly texture. It is not too sweet either.
Address: 1681-G3, Jalan Perusahaan, Auto-City, 13600 Juru, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-502-2756
Business hours: 7:30am-11:00pm
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Lai Foong Beef Noodle

Kedai Kopi Lai Foong (丽丰茶餐室) is a popular eatery near Pudu Sentral bus station terminus. This old coffee shop has been around since time immemorial. Well, I may be exaggerating, but at least it has been operating for several decades.
One of the most popular stalls in this coffee shop is Lai Foong Beef Noodle (丽丰牛肉面). This stall started in 1956, making it even older than this great nation. I am not sure whether the stall started at this very spot, though. Please forgive my ignorance since I was not born yet.
There are several versions of Beef Noodle (牛肉面) depending on how gaga you want to go over it. For RM10.00, you get the full package which includes lean beef (牛肉), belly (腩), stomach (肚), intestines (肠), tendon (腱) and beef balls (牛肉丸).
The beef soup is saturated with rich flavors, although I feel that it is on the saltier side of my liking. The recommended type of noodles is flat rice noodles (粿条), but other choices are available too.

Beef belly is certainly the star of this dish. The meat is a lovely mixture of lean and fatty tissues, giving it excellent mouthfeel.
On the other hand, I do not enjoy the lean beef so much because it is too tough and coarse in texture. It should be better if it were cut into thinner slices.
Meanwhile, the beef stomach is quite enjoyable. The rubbery texture is a real treat in the mouth.
Another gratifying ingredient is beef tendon, which has a tough yet pleasant texture.
The two beef balls are springy and highly addictive. The only way to comprehend this is by tasting them by yourself.
As for drinks, they are the regular ones available at any old-fashioned coffee shops. Our drinks today are iced coffee, hot milk tea and hot Chinese tea.
Kedai Kopi Lai Foong is quite packed during lunch hours, and the waiting time for food can be surprisingly long. However, take comfort with the fact that every customer is in the same boat. The crowd cannot be wrong about a popular stall, right?
Address: 138, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lok, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2072-8123
Business hours: 6:30am-4:30pm
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Mou Tak Ding

Petaling Street (茨厂街) is Kuala Lumpur's very own Chinatown. Besides selling various trinkets to tourists, this place is also popular for several curb-side eateries like Kim Lian Kee (金莲记) and Hon Kee Famous Porridge (汉记靓粥).
In terms of drinks, the most popular stall is Mou Tak Ding (冇得顶). This stall is located right at the crossroads between Petaling Street (Jalan Petaling) and Jalan Hang Lekir. In fact, the stall has been operating at this exact spot for as long as my memory goes. Quite recently, Mou Tak Ding opened a kiosk at Mid Valley Megamall too.
The signature drink of this stall is Air Mata Kucing (罗汉果龙眼冰糖炖冬瓜, RM2.30), which is made from luo han guo (罗汉果), longan (龙眼), winter melon (冬瓜) and rock sugar. This herbal remedy is believed to be able to combat heatiness, relieve coughing and soothe the throat. Whether true or not, this cold drink is perfect for a hot day.
Address: Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 012-377-5200
Business hours: 10:30am-10:00pm
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