Best Non-Expensive Porky Dishes @ Wong Hoi San, Taman Midah, Cheras


It was about 4 years ago when my friend brought me to this place. Opens only for dinner, I just moved to KL not very long that time and I was totally blew away by the food served here – they are wickedly good! After my first visit, I have been going back occasionally (at least once every two months) except 2010 due to busy schedule with travelling, gym training, moving house etc.


I finally made my way back there again few weeks ago! Was kinda overjoyed to see that they’re still around at the same spot and business was still good. The heavy downpour that evening did not deter our determination to get our hands on their famous wild boar curry and other porky dishes – all home-cooked goodness. The rotate their dishes everyday, so if you want to know what they have for the night, just look at the blue board or the menu with pictorial guide and price. As I mentioned earlier, they serve a vast variety of porky dishes like the pig stomach and pepper soup, wild boar curry, chilli pork tendon, braised intestines, chicken feet, assam fish, vegetables, taufu and so on. They are served in a small wok with fire below to keep the dish warm.


There were 5 of us that night so we ordered 5 dishes altogether. Pork with preserved vegetable (collage, top left) wasn’t as salty as I assumed it to be but it would be better if there are more pork than veggie (ahem); Beancurd puffs with mushroom and dried oyster taste like mother’s cooking (no bluffing here!) and the Pork leg vinegar was surprisingly not too sour and has a sweet tinge to it. The meat were fork-tender (gosh!).



This resembles the Hakka char yoke (Hakka fried pork) with the pork first marinated in red preserved beancurd (fu yee) and then cooked with black fungus (muk yi). Again, really fork-tender meat and the gravy is good to go with rice. But then, the star of the night was the wild boar curry. Thick, aromatic and spicy, the gravy is another great alternative with rice. The wild boar has no pungent smell, only tender, succulent meat. And when I say tender, they are reaaaaalllyyy tenderr!

Don’t believe me? Even Jackson and Tankiasu said so!

Wong Hoi San Pork Organ Pepper Soup
Gerai 2 & 3, Jalan Midah Besar,
Taman Midah, Cheras,
56000 Kuala Lumpur.

*Close on selected Saturday night. All dishes price ranging from RM6 – RM9.

Exceptional Good Dai Chow at Sim Hap Kee, Cheras

It was one fine weekend evening when I told WMW that I’m bringing her to Cheras for some porky treat…. until we found the shop was closed as soon as we arrived… Bummmmmmer. After a short discussion and guided by WMW’s friend, we ended up at Sim Hap Kee at Taman Connaught, Cheras.


The place was packed but we managed to secure a table under the stairs. Pictures of their dishes with names (in Chinese) were all pasted on the wall, sorta speed up the ordering task. We also saw they put up the blog post by Precious Pea (published on The Star).


One of their must-try would be the unusual Salt Baked Clams. The aroma of the clams whet my appetite instantly as it arrived on our table. No unpleasant fishy taste detected, the clams were juicy and not salty. Great stuff!


Another must order, Fried Squid with Mashed Salted Egg Yolk. No rubbery squid here, you get well-cooked squids; lightly battered, deep fried and coated with a thick layer of mashed salted egg yolks. Lipsmackingly delicious, not overly salty and not too greasy. Must, must, must order!


After two outstanding dishes, the third one didn’t vow me much. The Dong Po Pork, served with buns was a bit strong on the five spice taste, but WMW and CK liked it though. (Thanks to WMW for taking this picture for me).

Will definitely come back again for their clams and other dishes. It is recommended to go early as parking is horrendous in the area.

Restoran Sin Hap Kee
26 Jalan Waras 1,
Taman Connaught,
56000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 11.30 am – 3.00 pm & 5.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Closes every Thursday
Tel: 012-319 3381

See more gorgeous pictures at Black Tie, White Lie.

Baan Nok

It couldn’t be more better to a foodie who has a “sidekick” who also enjoys trying new eating places and occasionally start the conversation with “I just found out there’s a place serving nice fish dish, let’s go and try!”


So, when Kevin (a Thai food lover) said that he’s interested to try out Baan Nok, I couldn’t reject. As I’m not familiar with Pandan Indah area, I searched for the place on Google Map but it turned out to be quite easy to locate actually. The same street houses another two more Thai restaurants. The staff were all Siamese but can speak some simple English and Malay (impressive).

I ordered the Som Tum (papaya salad) on mistake as I always thought that Som Tum is mango salad. It’s quite appetising with a slight tangy flavour and mixed texture from the long beans, tomato and peanuts but we found it a tad fishy. Maybe they added too much fish sauce in it.

The stir-fry chicken with cashew nuts did not disappoint – full of “wok hei” surprisingly and well-marinated. The only comment we have is they didn’t remove the chicken skin before cooking.

We opted for the simplest vegetable dish, the belacan kangkung (water convulvus) which was also good. Full of wok hei and the pungent belacan flavour was just right.

Of course we just can’t miss to order the Tom Yum soup. Spicy, sourish and burst with flavour as we expect it to be, very similar to those we can find in Thailand itself. The slight difference here is the additional of coconut milk that made the soup thicker than the usual tom yum gong (prawn tom yum) or tom yum gai (chicken tom yum), hence it’s called tom yum nam khon.

After the fiery encounter with the tom yum, we seek refuge by cooling down with a bottle of Thai coke each, as if we’re actually dining in a particular restaurant in Bangkok!

One thing though, that we found a little uncomfortable about the place is the appearance of small roach juveniles on the table and chairs. There are not much but enough to make us changed our table to avoid them. Perhaps it would be better at daytime.

Baan Nok
43A, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/6B,
Pandan Indah, Cheras,
55100 KL.

Tel: 03-4296 7525 / 012-327 5718 / 012-227 3586
Business hour: 9am – 3pm, 6pm – 12am

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