Jalan Besar. The place to get stainless steel screws and bolts, fencing material, real gardening stuff with real workman boots. And then there are the little cafes and boutique hotels that are popping up.
There’s a hotel out there called Kam Leng Hotel. Refurbished from old shophouses, it also houses a tiny eatery called Suprette.
A couple of years back, I stumbled onto Da Jie Famous Wanton Noodles while wandering through the Jalan Besar area. I neglected writing about it (as I have for many eating excursions), and over the years, forgot the name. However, I did remember making a mental note to myself that this place was worth a re-visit.
Recently, I promised someone to try a certain wanton noodle stall and was merely given an address and the name of the stall.
It’s been over 20 years since I’ve had yong tau foo in Ampang, KL.
All I remember from my dusty childhood memories are of the massive traffic jams, our journey of over 2 hours, the oppressive heat, the difficult parking, the waiting for tables, the really crispy wantans crackling in hot soup and the boiled sugar cane water.
Looking back, I wonder if we were just gluttons for punishment. Did it require so much time, effort and energy to get there that everything tasted damn good after that?
I don’t think so. All you have to do is to compare the Singapore version of Ampang yong tau foo – tired and small portions, drenched in oil – and remember that real good yong tau foo tastes quite different. The stuff you get in food courts is absolutely dreadful. No wonder one has to drown it in sauce.
Fortunately, besides Ampang, you can now fight traffic in the other direction and get to Kepong.
Kepong, in the northwest part of Kuala Lumpur, has become an area famous for not just good, but cheap Chinese food.
I’ve had good Ulu Yam noodles in this area, and now, for the second time, I got the chance to eat the yong tau foo at Chan Chan Restaurant. It’s been five years since my first visit and it is good.