1. Pan MeeWhere to eat ah? Kin Kin, Super Kitchen, Tian Yake If there is only one food that we can choose to represent Chow Kit, it is definitely Pan Mee, because Chow Kit alone has three famous Pan Mee eateries! The first one is Restoran Kin Kin, whose owner had invented the now popular Chili Pan Mee some twenty years ago. Their famous Chili Pan Mee comes with a bowl of dry noodles topped with minced pork, half-boiled egg, ikan bilis, fried shallot and spicy chili flakes accompanied by a bowl of vegetable soup. Restoran Super Kitchen is another Pan Mee restaurant located right opposite Kin Kin. They are also famous for Chili Pan Mee. Before you eat, remember to stir the noodles with aromatic chili flakes, ikan bilis, minced meat and half-boiled egg to enjoy the dish to the fullest. Apart from Pan Mee, you can also satisfy your tummy with delicious Dumpling Soup, Deep-Fried Pork Meat, and Five-Spice Pork Meat. Ok, we’ve had enough of Chili Pan Mee. Let’s try another version of Pan Mee at the equally famous Pan Mee stall called Tian Yake. This humble stall located at a corner of Lorong Haji Taib 5 offers only one type of Pan Mee, which is Soup Pan Mee with Mushroom and Meat. Tian Yake distinguishes itself from other competitors with its homemade noodles that are freshly handmade and cut daily on the spot to ensure the texture of the noodles is smooth and fluffy when cooked.
2. Traditional Chinese BiscuitsWhere to eat ah? Kedai Sin Hua Bee Not far from Chow Kit Monorail station you can find a 60-year-old traditional shop that is famous for homemade Chinese biscuits. Many patrons keep revisiting this old shop for their handmade Bean Paste Biscuit and Wedding Biscuit. During the festive season of Chinese New Year, they will offer traditional Hakka style Rice Crackers that are crispy and fragrant. Apart from homemade pastries, a wide variety of old-fashioned cookies can also be found here. They will surely bring back your childhood memories!
3. Fish Head NoodlesWhere to eat ah? Tao Xiang In Chow Kit, mention Fish Head Noodles to anyone, and they will point you to the famous Tao Xiang. When you are walking along Jalan Tiong Nam, look carefully, as the restaurant looks more like an ordinary house than a restaurant. During lunch hours, the place is always packed with office crowd who can’t wait to satisfy their cravings for their famous Claypot Fish Head Noodles served with lots of ingredients, including deep-fried fish, fish ball, fried beancurd skin, fried shallot, tomato and yam.
4. Braised PorkWhere to eat ah? Ah Heng Food Corner Opened daily at 6pm, Ah Heng is a famous restaurant at Jalan Tiong Nam specializing in all kinds of braised pork dishes, such as Braised Pork Intestine, Braised Pork Trotter, Braised Pork Ribs with Bitter Gourd and Braised Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables. All pork dishes are prepared in Johor style with thick and aromatic soup. You can choose do dine outdoor to experience the hustle and bustle of the small alley at night or dine indoor in a comfy setting.
5. Steamed Fish HeadWhere to eat ah? Ong Lai Tucked away at Jalan Raja Laut, Ong Lai is a dai chao restaurant that is only open at night. It has been around for more than four decades and is now run by the third generation. In fact, the place is so well known that it is frequently visited by celebrities from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Ong Lai’s signature dish is their Famous Steamed Fish Head. The fresh fish head is covered with cabbages, chili, and pork slices and steamed with a big stove until the meat is soft and tender with a hint of sweetness.
6. Roasted MeatWhere to eat ah? Shun Shun Hidden in a back alley not far from the 7-11 convenience store, Shun Shun is a popular roasted meat stall that has been around for more than 3 decades. The stall offers a good selection of roasted meats, including roasted duck, roasted pork, char siew and roasted chicken. Their signature duck is roasted with charcoal fire until the skin is crispy and the meat tender and juicy. Also popular is their Salted Vegetable with Tofu Soup. They have to prepare two big cauldrons daily to satisfy the demand!
7. BaksoWhere to eat ah? Restoran TAR With the increasing population of Indonesian in Chow Kit, more and more Indonesian restaurants and hawker stalls can be found in this area. Restoran TAR is a restaurant that offer popular Indonesian dishes, such as Ayam Penyet, Bakso, and Es Teler. If you are curious about what an Indonesian noodle dish tastes like, try their Bakso, which is a bowl of delicious soup noodles served with a large beef ball and three small beef balls. Also highly recommended is their best-selling Es Teler dessert with nangka, coconut flesh, and avocado. If you are looking for delicious and affordable dishes in the city, give Chow Kit a try and you’ll be rewarded with a full stomach!
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