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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Jalan Hang Lekir of KL Chinatown - Part 2

“Jalan Hang Lekir of KL Chinatown - Part 2”, a copyrighted post, was written for Klang, Malaysia Daily Photo blog by Autumn Belle @ http://mymalaysiadailyphoto.blogspot.com/

Today we shall continue our 'food adventure' journey down Jalan Hang Lekir (formerly Cecil Street) of KL Chinatown. Jalan Hang Lekir is also known as "Wai Sek Kai" or Glutton Street to locals.

Part 1 of Jalan Hang Lekir is here.

This stall selling roasted chestnusts is located at the intersection between Jalan Hang Lekir and Petaling Street.

The Air Mata Kuching stall is located at the entrance to Hong Leong Bank. This area is so crowded with stalls, tables, chairs and people that the bank entrance is hardly visible. However, it is an important landmark here and is often used when giving directions to food stall locations. This stall sells longan herbal drink which is supposed to be good for cough, throat and other ailments caused by heatiness. Dried longans and dried Luo Han Guo are used in the preparation of this cool, refreshing drink. Fresh longan flesh is white, juicy and sweet. It kind of taste like lychees, but a bit more crunchy. When longans are in season, you can find it at the fruit stalls in Petaling Streets too. The words "Air Mata Kuching" is a malay (our national language) term. "Mata kuching" means Cat's Eyes! To know more about the longan fruit tree and to check out this cat's eye fruit, visit my post here.

Next is the "Loong Kee" dried meat (chicken and pork, sometimes prawn also), sweet meat, meat floss stall and the stall selling steamed/boiled dumplings, "chang" or "bah-chang" (hokkien). Further up are stalls selling sweets and preserved fruits, a stall selling fried noodles and carrot cakes.

This is the famous Hon Kee Porridge stall that sells the most delicious raw snakehead fish, pork and pork offals porridge. It also has the minced meat with century egg porridge. It has a visible signboard outside the road and it is located just opposite the Hong Leong Bank. This place looks cramped and small but don't worry. The owner will lead you to the entrance of Hong Leong Bank where there are more tables and chairs for you to enjoy your meal. You can even order iced longan drink from the 'mata kuching' stall in the first picture. If you wish to add some fried chinese crullers 'you tiao' or 'yau char kwai', Hon Kee boss will send it to you, nicely cut in bite sized pieces. The crullers taste great when eaten with the porridge.

The stall on the right is selling Chinese pancakes. Some people call it "apam balik" (malay) or "bang chang kuih" (hokkien). This crispy pancake has peanuts and sugar filling, sometimes canned sweet corn too. It is best eaten hot.

Actually, there is a "chee cheong fun" stall nearby. Chee cheong fun is rice sheet rolls served with homemade gravy, chili sauce, sesame seeds and pickled green chilies.

This is the Medan Selera foodcourt. You can even find beer being sold there. At the sidelane just next to this foodcourt is a stall selling the most delicious fried sweet potato balls.

Lets zoom in to the lady frying the golden sweet potato balls. Like all stall holders here in Glutton Street, she is quite a celebrity, having been the focus of newspapers, magazines and TV shows related to travel. Try the fried sweet potato balls. They are hot and delicious. Even the young ladies like it. Just have to forget about your diet for a while.

Kafe Easy Way sells fried food, pastries, curry puffs and biscuits.

This the entrance to Kafe Easy Way. They have many types of chinese traditional biscuits such as peanut cookies, rice flour biscuits and pineapple tarts. The fried crullers "you tiao" that I recommended to go with Hon Kee porridge is sold here too. 'You tiao' tastes just as great when eaten alone or with coffee. The English have tea with scones but we locals have 'you tiao' with kopi-O for breakfast or tea time.

These people are busy frying curry puffs, their most popular item of Kafe Easy Way.

Finally, this is Kedai Koon Kee which sells the famous Koon Kee wantan noodles which has been in operation for more than 50 years. Koon Kee is known for its homemade egg noodles and their springy texture. The noodles here are served with a variety of toppings such as braised chicken feet with mushrooms, shredded chicken, char siew wantan (barbecued pork dumplings) and sui kow (plump dumplings). The 'sui kow' here is filled with minced meat, prawns, cabagg and diced Chinese mushrooms.

 This brings us to the end of today's visit to the "Wai Sek Kai" of KL Chinatown.

As you can see, sitting may not be comfortable but the food is delicious. Whenever I come here, I want to try all of the nice food. I wish to declare that I am not paid anything by anybody for writing about the stalls here. This is just my humble opinion.

However, please take note that the food here is mostly non-halal.

This is my entry for My World Tuesday Season 2 Episode 5. To view what others have in their world, please visit here.


  1. Street foods are one of the best representations of the culture of the city. My mouth is salivating at seeing the stalls.

  2. What a delightful and colorful tour of your world! And my mouth is watering, too! Delicious looking food! Thanks for the look at your world today!

    Enjoy your week!


  3. Haven't been to Chinatown for some time. You remind me of the air mata kucing stall :)

  4. Great street photography!.
    This genre that I have yet to try.

  5. Walkabout & street food shooting is fun.Interesting & nice place too.
    I'm glad that you can access to my blog now.
    Have a nice day.

  6. Whenever I have a stop over at KL, I make it a point to visit Chinatown for some great eats. I remember Loong Kee... YUM!

  7. Great street images! And thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. colorful place to go bargain hunting i think. the buzzle, the sound will really induce a feeling of shopping to the max. visiting here.


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