Hainan Tea, SS2

If you’re a fan of modern kopitiams, then you might want to try out Hainan Tea. Taking over the spot where Leo’s Cafe used to be, it became one of CK’s favourite spot for weekend breakfast, mainly because he can’t stand the heat while dining at coffee shops and hawker centres. *tsk tsk tsk* Apparently, they have been around for quite some time, starting with their outlet at Low Yat Plaza and only expanded to PJ and Puchong just recently.

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They have quite a number of interesting stuff on the menu (or should I say, innovative) like this Hainan Brown Toast 3 Layer (RM 3.80). Generous spread of butter, kaya (coconut jam) and peanut butter sandwiched in between 3 pieces of brown toasts – you get a myriad of flavours (slightly salty, sweet and egg-y at the same time). Good stuff!

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The usual coffee and iced Milo fix, and also the Honey Cucumber juice. I love cucumber juice for its refreshing aftertaste and this one is quite a potent thirst-quencher.

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The menu says “hainan noodle” but in fact, it is wantan noodle. The Hainan Noodle with Curry Chicken came with big, tender chicken pieces and not overly spicy but the overall dish was a little bit too dry. More curry gravy would be a nice change.

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BBQ Chicken Roll (RM 6.90) – steamed rice roll or cheong fun/chee cheong fun with diced barbequed chicken was kinda bland. The filling were not fragrant enough to our liking, although the sauce given was aplenty. The Rendang Chicken Nasi Lemak on the other hand, has quite a number of condiments, including the acar (tangy preserved vegetable with spicy peanut sauce), a big piece of rendang chicken thigh and papadam. No complaint on this one.

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While I was unable to find out any Hainanese characteristic about the place, Hainan Tea definitely is a better place for something different than the usual kopitiam stuff, although there are some hit and misses. While other kopitiams were charging exorbitant prices, Hainan Tea is still affordable at the time being. A nice place for yam cha and bread (if you like bread!)

Hainan Tea
No. 61-9,
Jalan SS2/75,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

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DU Project: Yap Hup Kee Restaurant (YTF )

*Updates: Yap Hup Kee undergone a major refurbishment and now changed its name to AK3 or A3. It is unsure whether it is still under the same management or not, but we noticed there is a slight increase in price.

Apologize for the long hiatus from blogging world; travelling and classes have taken a toll on my schedule and daily lives, haha. Let’s get down to business, here’s another post for DU Project on one of our favourite lunch place in Uptown.

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Located on the same row as Chef Choi’s salted chicken restaurant and The Ship, Yap Hup Kee has another branch in Pudu, KL as well. They serve mainly yong tau foo (YTF) with noodles, chee cheong fun or rice but they also have steamboat (dinner only if I remembers correctly), a la carte dishes like assam fish, vegetables and so on.

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Pick whatever you want from the selection of YTF, such as the fried wantan with salted egg yolk, beancurd sheets, stuffed hard-boiled eggs, red chillies, lady fingers (okra), brinjal/eggplant, fish balls, pork balls (love their pork balls!), vegetables, beancurd, deep fried intestines and so on, but beware that each piece costs RM1.00 (price raise from previously RM0.90 per piece). Pass them to the foreign worker lady and get your seat. Then only you order your noodles and drinks.

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For the fried items, they will usually re-fry them again before serving, so you’ll enjoy them piping hot and crispy. As for those vegetable-based, they dunk them into a bowl of clear broth and serve separately from the fried stuff.

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The chee cheong fun here is pretty good but small in portion (guys would really need to order two). Pick your sauces, ranged from curry to sweet sauce and also the fermented prawn paste (har kou). The additional crushed dried shrimp provides textural contrast to the rice rolls.

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If you’re going for their noodles instead of rice or chee cheong fun, their dry versions of the noodles are highly recommended, because they would add a dollop of braised minced pork on it! The normal, plain noodles are elevated to new heights with the additional braised minced pork, which adds a flavourful kick to the palate. For drinks, try their quirky combination of barley and pumpkin.

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Yap Hup Kee Restaurant
31, Jalan SS21/56B,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7710 8131
Business Hour: 10am – 9pm

(KL branch)
Restoran Yap Hup Kee
45, Jalan Brunei Barat,
off Jalan Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2148 9220
Business Hour: 9am – 5pm & 5.30pm – 11pm
(Closed on every two weeks’ Tuesday)

DU Project: MKP Lum Mee

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Continuing on my DU Project, today’s highlight is MKP Lum Mee. Branch out from their original outlet at Pudu, MKP Lum Mee has been in business for four decades. This particular outlet in Damansara Uptown is popular with the lunch crowd – it’s impossible to get a table if you’re here in between 12.30pm – 1.00pm. As usual, parking on weekday is a major headache here, so it is advised that you come on a weekend morning instead.

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Alright, so we did try their lum mee (thick yellow noodles in dark, starchy gravy) which was rather average. You can substitute the yellow noodles with meehoon or rice vermicelli or kuey teowas well. Portion is rather small, with one or two butterflied-prawn and some chicken slices thrown in.

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Their dry noodles fares slightly better on the taste department, probably due to the sauce they use. Ingredients-wise, it is the same as the above. Their curry laksa, however, managed to stand out from the crowd scored rather high marks among my colleagues (a.k.a. DU Project gang). While some rant that the curry is rather mild, those who can’t really take spicy food enjoyed this immensely. Served with poached chicken, some taufu puffs, long beans and cockles, their curry laksa perhaps is their best dish here.

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If you need some side dish, they have beancurd rolls (fu chuk), sui kow (soup or fried meat dumpling), pork and fish balls too.

MKP Lum Mee (DU outlet)
67, Jalan SS21/37,
Damansara Uptown,
47400 Petaling Jaya.
(Same row as HSBC Damansara Uptown and behind Maybank)

Business hour: 8.00am – 3.00pm
Tel: 03-7727 4126

More information from Chialat Foods and You Are My No.1.