Kedai Kopi Tian Hong @ Taman Salak Selatan, KL

Salak south Chicken rice charsiew
Salak South and the Charsiew.. This place is famous for 3 things.. the old coffee shops, the roast duck and the Char Siew (BBQ Pork) .

Unfortunately when we got to Tian Hong, the Charsiew was not ready yet. Looking into the back kitchen ,we saw the old man/uncle .. still preparing to BBQ his marinade, i.e. his red slab of pork. The son told us to come back in one hour, so after polishing off some (not so great) chicken rice Cumi&Ciki being C&C, decided to go looking for something else to eat in the meantime.

Salaksouth charsiew &economy rice

What in jupiter is that? The queue and bustle coming from Restoran Pheonix/WaiKee BBQ Rice was deafening. As we got closer we saw a huge crowd jostling for the chap farn (Economy rice) and the BBQ Pork rice.

Even in the chaos , a system! See the styrofoam boxes with the scribblings.. the young man with the red cap is the main man and without breaking a stride (or slicing a fingernail:P) he knows exactly into which packet to slip the chicken/siewyoke/charsiew etc.. etc..

I think God has a great sense of humour. We missed the Tian Hong Charsiew, but we got the Wai Kee Charsiew instead.
See the photo of the Charsiew (top left corner). To say it was good would be an understatement. I have had the Tian Hong Charsiew before, and it was pretty decent but not fantastic. This Charsiew was fantastic.

Pun Fei Sau – always ask for Half lean half fatty. It’s the only way to eat Charsiew.

Because I could not even get near the stall, I asked the lady standing near me, what the crowd was about.
The conversation was in Cantonese but I’ll translate for the benefit of the masses.

Me: Helo aunty. Why so many people pushing and shouting ?
Lady: Har?
Me: Helo aunty. Why so packed – so many waiting around for what?
Aunty: For the food la.
Me: Oh?
Aunty: Ya la.. so cheap, so many choices .. summore the Low Sai(boss) so young..
so hamsum, chop so fast… of course everybody eat here la.

Me: Oh?
Aunty: Move! My turn!

Finally we got served and the Charsiew was melt in your mouth delicious!
We will be back;)

We went back to Tian Hong but the Charsiew had still not made an appearance so we decided to leave it for now.. afterall, the chance encounter with WaiKee Charsiew was more than enough to keep us happy for today.

Salak South Jln2
Some other interesting sights around the area include, Open market area where butchers carve up roast pork freely in the open, a large number of roadside stalls selling roast duck and an interesting home with a quaint, colour-tiled ramp for ease of wheelchair maneuvering.

We love Salak south we do!

Kedai Kopi Tian Hong (where there was NO charsiew)
Jalan Tuanku 2
Taman Salak Selatan
Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Phoenix/Wai Kee BBQ Rice (where there was Charsiew!)

Jalan Tuanku
Taman Salak Selatan
Kuala Lumpur


  • Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    Better than Tian Hong? Okay, must try! Parking sucks there though, but I normally just chuck my car by the roadside like one of the SS gangstas. The ultimate question is, are the Vengaboys coming?

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    LL! i swear im gonna spank u 😛

  • Big Boys Oven says:

    Sounds like a great place to be and hear lots of happening there too. Curry Noodle there also nice!hehehe I might mention this as I was offer to write a slot in a newspaper!

  • mimid3vils says:

    The boss is handsome also 1 of the reason? HAHA!!! so funny ^.^

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    waa.. u celebrity! next time I go, will check it out;)

    always a good reason!

  • "Joe" who is constantly craving says:

    nxt time tapau abit more and drop by my house..this is like a 3 min drive from my place!

  • fatboybakes says:

    nipple you stay in salak south meh?

    yar i oso usually go tian hong. where’s wai kee in relation to tian hong?

  • Bangsar-bAbE says:

    I must get the GPS coordinates. I’m hopeless with salak south… =P

  • 550ml jar of faith says:

    Hahaha, your conversation with the Aunty is the stuff for the ultimate sitcom lah. In fact, Malaysian sitcom all about food, we need one. Quick, someone come up with a storyboard!

  • Nic (KHKL) says:

    i feel like i'm stranded in a lost world where everyone's speaking a different language from mine. salak south, tian hong, etc etc. nvr heard before la. but the char siew is sure luring me to explore this unchartered path. c&c, lead the way! ;D

  • Tummythoz says:

    Hey, I know that shop & leng-chai. He's incredible. Not only can he remember the many orders, he also does all the calculations on every order placed.

    Btw, saw a petite leng-lui? That's the wife.

  • Uncle Lee says:

    Hi, I enjoyed looking at your well taken pics. Sure brings back old memories.
    Though all what I see is new to me.
    The food looks so sinfully delicious, ha ha.
    And char siew my weakness too….
    You have a nice day, and keep a song in your heart, best regards, Lee.

  • thenomadGourmand says:

    darn..all that interestin talk abt leng chai..suddenly Tummy came in w a remark of leng lui n wife! potong steam betulll…

  • Julian Si says:

    Beautifully written blog, so much food … so little time 🙂

    When do we go makan CnC!?

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  • backStreetGluttons says:

    You are impossible Gluttons but we love you , and will dream of being slim Gluttons 4ever , just like you

  • Selba says:

    First when I read the word Salak, thought I will see snake fruit, hehehe…

    The Charsiew is so mouth-watering!!!

  • Champion says:

    Waw very very tempting! Anyway must go and try the chay siew and to meet ‘lang chai boss’!!!

  • boo_licious says:

    salak south is damn cool place, there’s nice ckt, tong sui, yau char kuai and sotong bakar. I never did find Tian Hong that great though, sounds like a very good find this place.

  • breadpitt says:

    now i do like salak south…..coz of the CHAR Siewwwwwww;-0

  • qwazymonkey says:

    ewww! u mean the chap-fan place plays Vengaboyz? So uncool lo!

    The market near my place makes a mean char siew & wantan mee too. But must come at night!

  • vialentino says:

    wow wow….char siew….looks delicious and got the ‘loong’ meat…yummy ler

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    so near? wow.. should be asking YOU to tapau for us 😛

    2 roads up, perpendicular to TH

    yup yup.. cant leave home w/o garmin these days:P

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    can imagine lil fat monkey’s story board.. should be good huh;)

    hairy! im surprised you have not eaten here lar, brudder.. 😛

    oh yar, we did see the lil lady! i didn’t know she was the wife. The low sai does calculate very fast la.. with the amt on ppl there.. he’s like some whizkid!

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    unc lee:

    lol.. why potong steam..? should encourage the appetite, no? 😛

    u r a busy man.. u say when we go eat la:P

    cool, thx for stopping by

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    how nice of you boys.. thank you la 😛

    oh yar! salak is snake fruit rite.. so near in terms, yet so sometimes so far in meaning..

    lol.. worth going.. food is good and cheap

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    ya la.. so many things to try in that area.. maybe we org for foodies huh? 😉

    yummie.. charsiew followed by your fantastic desserts;)

    what is this with the Vengaboys.. LUDS man 😛 haha

    It’s good!

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