Setapak, is about as foreign as it gets, to me. Pusat Penjaja Air Panas (Hot Water/Spring Hawker Center) is affectionately known in Chinese as “Yeet Siu Pasak”. It used to be situated just next to Restoran Talipon in Setapak, KL. The name is derived from the hot spring landmark, not too far way from the hawker center. Anyway about 9 months ago, the entire hawker center vacated its old premises and moved to a cleaner more organized location just further along the road.
Well you might ask, what is the significance of Pusat Penjaja Air Panas. It really is, in our books, the best place for Chinese stir fried noodles, to date. The noodles are fabulously fried, yet cheap, and that magical wok filled aroma is hard to top.
The worn out Hennessy boxes attest to the number of Hennessy Fried Lor Mien this place has cooked. They also hang like bold beacons daring you to question the stuff their noodles are made of. Bold indeed. I love this place!
This is the signature Hennessy Lor Mien (Fat yellow noodles in thick broth). There is always a generous amount of tong fun (glass noodle) in there too, which adds texture. The first time I ever ate here, I was doubtful if the Hennessy taste would even be noticeable. Of course we are now believers and can attest to the fact that the Hennessy flavour permeates the entire bowl of Lor Mien. Sometimes I get a little giddy from the heat, and the booze! The smooth texture of the eggy broth, made thicker by chunks of delicious, soft pieces of pork is to die for. They are generous with massive crunchy prawns too and all this for just RM11. It really blows my mind how something this tasty, and of such fantastic quality, can be this cheap. You have to try this.
Another super duper concoction at the Hennessy Lor Mien hawker is the Lala -Yue Pien Chow Maifun (shellfish and fish fillets fried in vermicelli noodles) in a sweet seafood broth, heavy with Chinese wine. Ah.. this had us lapping up every last drop of soup. It was that good. Chinese wine, Ginger and coriander addicts will love this one! RM11 per bowl.. the magic number.
Oh, but noodles are not the only fabulous thing you can find here.
Presenting my latest addiction. Deep fried pig’s intestine in porridge/congee. What can I say. The photo speaks for itself – crunchy, plump little bodies of deep fried intestine in the sweetest pork congee you can think of. This cost only RM5. Oh, eat it and weep! (and then eat it again.. because it’s cheap and you can;))
Apart from our favourite Hennessy cook, the other neighbouring stalls are just as good for food. This place can do no wrong. There seems to be an epidemic of good cooking in this neighbourhood. I swear it’s contagious.
Excellent Marmite Pork.
Hokkien char bihun ( Hokkien styled fried vermicelli in pork lard)
The mountainous ice-kacang
Setapak seems to have a J Bieber following too. Very trendy indeed.
Add: Hennessy Lor Mien Hawker Stall, Pusat Penjaja Sementara, Jalan Air Panas, Setapak, KL. Non Halal. GPS: N03.18913, E101.71785 [map id=”1"]