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Crispy Oyster Omelette – A Decade in Business!

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Oh-chien (Hokkien pronunciation) or Ho Cheen Tahn (Cantonese pronunciation) is a favourite dish amongst the Chinese from the world over & in Malaysia, there are lots of varieties of this oyster omelette. Bringing you my favourite oh-chien hawker whom I had been patronising for more than a decade, Mr. Yee opens his stall for business in the cluster of hawkers at Sang Kee Restaurant in Makhota Cheras, Selangor. Returning from his break of 4 months after he moved from Ampang, his unique omelette cannot be rivalled anywhere.

This month, Tourism Selangor brings you to the crown of Cheras to bring you the people’s favourite!

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The batter of potato starch is poured onto the grill to make the base while the eggs that have been whisked with chives & diced Choy Poh (preserved radish) are added onto the batter. Mr. Yee then pushes the batter aside before throwing in a generous amount of diced garlic onto the grill. His wife assists him by scooping a ladle-full of big oysters & handing them to him in a sift. I counted them. Mine had 10 pieces & they were succulent & juicy! He adds a few kinds of sauces & pepper before tossing them about to seal in the flavour. He artfully uses both hands holding wok ladles in each to stir-fry & coat the batter with oil. Finally, he takes the crispy, golden brown batter to cover the oysters & picks them up onto a plate. Served with a dish of chilli sauce for that zing though it’s not spicy, it complements the taste of the eggs, choy poh & oysters.

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Mr. Yee also does Lobak Ko – a kind of Chinese carrot cake & I have been eating his special omelette since he had a stall at Taman Desa for a number of years before moving to other locations in the 12 years that I have known of his amazing oyster omelette. Nowhere else does it this good & if you have not tried this style of omelette, you will never know what you have missed. Watch how he cooks it here:-

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The coffeeshop restaurant is at Jalan Temenggung 1/9 in Bandar Makhota Cheras & you can use these GPS coordinates to get there:- N3 03.051 E101 47.426.

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He’ll add in something special if you tell him you were sent by Pummkin!

Char Kuey Teow with Duck Egg with Tourism Selangor!

One of the greatest pleasures in life lies in the simplicities that include finding food wherever I go & being able to talk to vendors about their lives & food operation. Intrigued by the signage on the stall that says, ”˜’TRY ME! Char Kuey Teow with Duck Egg,’ I ordered a plate to see what difference duck eggs made to the taste of a conventional plate of char kuey teow (fried flat noodles). Tiam Fatt Fried Kuey Teow Stall is hidden away at a cul-de-sac of shops between Jalan Bandar 1 & Jalan Bandar 2 in Taman Melawati & has been in operation for 13 years!

This month, Tourism Selangor’s Food Hunt with Pummkin brings you a unique Penang dish of fried kuey teow with duck egg not found anywhere else within a 10km radius! I beg for you to prove me wrong because duck eggs seem to be a delicacy & rarity here. There’s a coffeeshop nearby where you can sit & savour your hot plate of kuey teow while they serve you your order of drinks. Nothing is better than a glass of iced milk tea for mid-morning brunch!

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Patrick Kam, the vendor behind the tasty dishes, hails from Penang, hence, the Penang-styled Fried Kuey Teow & authentically so with the addition of duck egg instead of the norm. The plate of fluffy kuey teow has big prawns, clams, bean sprouts & fish cake slices to complement the tasty egg. Patrick thrives in finding out how you like yours done so drop by, tell him you read about him in Pummkin’s Pitch & he’ll throw in extra goodies in your plate of kuey teow! I ordered mine with ”˜tor tor hum’ (plenty of see-ham/clams). Watch the video below to see how it was prepared!

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Patrick at work!

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The tasty plate of char kuey teow!

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The coffeeshop.

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Screenshot of map in Google Maps.

To get there, use these GPS coordinates or look for Jalan Bandar 1:- N3? 12.555 E101? 45.085

Patrick’s stall is open from 7am – 2pm.

Butter Coffee & Drunken Noodles in Banting

Banting is a town near Port Klang that bridges coastal areas like Morib & Tanjung Sepat. On our way to Tanjung Sepat, one stopover that you should not miss is the Banting Butter Brew coffee & Rice Wine Mee Sua, situated side by side at a row of government-owned shoplot. The coffee brew has a legacy of 60 years, left behind by the keeper’s father of Hainanese descent. The specialty black coffee is brewed & then a dollop of butter is added to give it a creamy taste. They serve the usual fare of toast with kaya (coconut & egg jam) & butter & half boiled eggs throughout the day.

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Beside this shop is Wo Jia Restaurant & I ordered their special Rice Wine Mee Sua, vermicelli noodles in rice wine soup served with an egg poached inside. It was absolutely divine as the wine in the hot soup brought out the flavour of the vermicelli & egg. My friend ordered a Pumpkin Pan Mee, hand-pinched noodle with pumpkin in soup.

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This row of shoplot is located near the bus stop & parallel to a huge monsoon drain. Perhaps the authorities should look into beautifying the area that hosts delectable street food along this entire row of shops. The outdoor seating beneath the big trees is quite a pleasant experience. We forget that when we live in & around concrete jungles. I got the shopkeeper to relate his thoughts to my friend who could speak Mandarin so if you speak the language too, do watch the video!!!
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Banting Butter Brew is in a shoplot called Sin Guan Huat & right beside it is Wo Jia Restaurant. My entire meal for two only costs less than RM15.00. Unbelievable but true. You have got to try it yourself to see what value you are getting. You can find them on Foursquare or at the coordinates here:- N2.810275, E101.502419. Make this your definite stopover as the trade of his butter brew is dying since his son has indicated no interest in continuing his business. The very few heritage trades of Hainanese left in Selangor”¦”¦

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