Don’t know what to eat for lunch or dinner? Don’t know where to go for lunch or dinner? Wanna save money and refrain from splurging on food, but at the same time, the food has to be good taste?
When it comes to save money on food, usually there are only a few choices. Rice and noodles are the most basic. Chuck away pasta, exorbitant meat dishes, seafood and sashimi and hawkers are the way to go.
I’m not sure if this is the famous Koon Kee wan tan mee from the same place in Petaling Street or Damansara Uptown (all three shops bear the same name but different shop facades and location) but there’s a perpetual crowds queuing up at the stall. The noodles were cooked to the perfect texture but a bit dry. The char siew were pretty ordinary, nothing to rave about but the wan tan were juicy, can almost tell that the grounded pork they use are very fresh. Priced at RM 4.50 (if I’m not mistaken) for medium serving, they however, doesn’t serve pickled green chillies. They substitute it with cili padi instead.
I can’t recall the address for Koon Kee Restaurant but Atria Shopping Centre is just behind it. There’s a small Malay food court located next to the shop, if not mistaken.
Nasi lemak can be found almost every corner of Malaysia; foodcourts, Malay stalls, mamak, cafes like Little Penang Cafe, higher end eateries such as Madam Kwan and so on. Many different version of nasi lemak appeared, tweaked to suit every tastebuds. But how often did you see nasi lemak served the typical Chinese style (meaning: non-halal) with the side dishes of your choice?
It looked rather like an usual chap fan (economy rice) hawker stall with about ten side dishes to choose from to go with the fragrant and fluffy rice cooked in coconut milk. Upper shelf are the trays of Chinese sausages (lap cheong), luncheon meat, fried eggs, some kacang buncis and others. Pots of chicken curry, wild boar curry, prawn and petai sambal, ikan bilis sambal and other fiery hot items are lining up below the shelf, all screaming “scoop me, scoop me!” But I didn’t succumb to the seductions – I opted for the original, with a bit of the chicken curry gravy. Every spoonfuls of the rice has the home-cooked feel to it, like how Mom used to cook it. Price? Depending on the side dishes you choose, the price varies (especially when your inner self is yelling “I want a bit of everything!”).
Nasi lemak @ Jalan San Peng
Off Jalan San Peng, KL