Trans-border Chinese Cooking, PJ

...Looking real, sounding right & tasting fine...

Since the Chinese first came to Malaysia as labor immigrants in the tin mines and town areas a couple of hundred years ago they have successfully assimilated into the local social & economic landscape while proudly maintaining their traditional culture including their distinctive anything-goes eating habits and cooking styles.

Unchoosy and ever pragmatic in keeping their tummies full they have quietly learnt to partake in the earth's sometimes erratic produce & ensure a constant supply of edible flora & fauna. The xpert farmers took to the Highlands (e.g greenies in Cameron Highlands) while livestocks (e.g pigs in then Bkt Pelanduk ) were reared throughout the country.
The tropical climate and rich soil created a land of plenty that was known as Malaysia.

Today much of the country's varied multi-racial so-called indigenious cuisines have been influenced to a large extent by these group of pioneers in their daily meals. For example vegetables ( beansprouts/cabbages ), bean produces ( tofu, + a thousand variants), soy (+ other) sauces, & noodles ( of course !) which are standard in Chinese cooking are commonly found in the usual Indian (Muslim) and Malay dishes !

Unfortunately the Xtra deep love affair of the typical Chinaman with all things porky/& some other peculiarly Chinese food specialities (e. g wild life ) is a continuing source of abhorrence and tension/conflict with the predominantly Malay (Muslim) community who being staunch followers of Islamic teachings cynically consider many of these daily Ah Beng staples and delicacies as really sinful indulgences.

Therein lies Malaysia's greatest barrier to a full & amicable racial integration and peaceful co-existence...a sort of love-hate relationship...again...

....though thank de kind gastronomical Gods we still have da occassional fresh & outstanding re-pioneers & dreamers such as this...

Just beside the Giant Hypermarket Kelana Jaya, PJ. A simple double fan wooden cafe just adjacent to the big carpark. Uniquely manned by male Burmese cooks in the practical hot open kitchen with female Malay (looking) waitresses and a Malay (looking) lady Captain.
But a Chinese restaurant to all intents and purposes.
Pretty straightforward wooden chairs and sort-of-open-air casual dining area reminiscent of a typical kampong Malay restaurant. With controlled instructions and orders in Malay you can't really tell da difference ! All menus carry the 'halal' sign ( meaning officially fit for Muslim consumption) so the transition seems to be complete...

Many dishes are typical Chinese noodles and rice dishes, such as this Hokkian fry, but with chunky chicken meats

Singapore fried beehoon. Looks right tastes ok, with Da gorgeous orange prawns my my !

Wholesome Malay fried rice...those omnipresent greeny cool cucumbers...

Almost like da real thing...this Cantonese fried kuey teow !



Popular lunch and dinner crowd of Giant workers, customers and passers by, mostly Malays. Price ? Something like your typical hawker food court ! Phew...
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...and many more ala carte rices and noodles, Malay & Chinese hawker styles.
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...free chopsticks, definitely pork free and 'halal' ( as claimed )
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...enjoying Chinese food..without da g u i l t... finally...


Comments

Precious Pea said…
Err...I still prefers my Hokkien Mee/Cantonese Fried to be non-halal and laden with lard!
Melting Wok said…
hehe, those Burmese chefs are considered high paid expats or cheap labors arh ? Anyway, that tai lok mee really super-duper-jumbo thick man..yummy !! is that kangkung frolicking on top of the fried rice ? wahh..looks like ying yang ho fun the last one, ok, I wanna go make yee meen wat tan ho next ! :P
Xiu Long Bao said…
all da dishes seem to be loaded by big prawns...slurrppp!
Jackson said…
the singapore fried beehoon hv lap cheong a?
Michelle said…
madam lim's?? ahahah i only heard bout uncle lim's..

anyway.. the prawns really really caught my attention.. look soo soo.. bite-able. haaha.. yummy..

kinda busy these days.. exam n crits all over.. but still supporting ur blog. hehhehe.. take cares..
wmw said…
Pork free or halal? Mmm....an extra place to go to with my Malay friends.
aceone118 said…
I liked the hokkien fry. taste good.
MeiyeN said…
halal cantonese fried kuey teow? omg, i got to try it out!
Rasa Malaysia said…
You have to try the halal Chinese food in China...US also got...same concept, but halal.

BTW, have you tried my perut ikan? Iron Chef Kong and Challenger RM, whose perut ikan reigns supreme???? :P
boo_licious said…
I've tried their branch at Tesco Mutiara Dsara before and the noodles is tasty - lots of wok hei and super fast.
Tummythoz said…
Any other recommendation for good Singapore Fried Meehoon around KL? I've been dissappointed too many times to order it anymore & I miss it sooo much. *sniff-sniff*
tigerfish said…
I don't know why S'pore has it's own style of bee hoon...
The hor fun looks like my supper food many many years ago. Now it's my virtual supper food(clock:2335 NOW!)
teckiee said…
the singapore fried noodles look so wet... nice ah?
team BSG said…
precious pea
hehe u r not alone, for there sure are many many incorrigible gourmets like yourself !

melting wok
for someone so far ( yet so near) u sure maintain your culinary roots & preferences pretty well !
Congratulations! btw those Burmese guys are well, cheap labour...da ladies, not so cheap thrills...

xlb
they try very hard to match da incredible taste of de missing unsacred meat, but how ?? Try and let us know !

jackson
Got ah ? How can ? heha ( must be new breed !)

michelle
thankiu lovely Klang ms v appreciate that.so now exams really over ? then it is
t i m e ...

wmw
actually its a great try if u r near de area,sometimes... pork free and all. great prices tho !

aceone
din know dat day u were at Esquire, got Hokkian fry onot ? hehehe maybe got beauty fr London enough lah !

meiyen
got one, but...must imagine u know...

RM
US type they curi a bit da Xtra lah right onot? Yr perut ikan color wins but for part 2 feel and part 3 taste must c u lah !
then how bout part 4 ( ultimate )?

boo
v r truly amazed at yr gastronomic range ( & depth )! ( which leaves only Pangkor v suspect ).
Nice to know those halal outfits r making some solid impressions all over and can also have da wokhei omg!

tummythoz
unfortunately v agree u can't really find a good Singapore fried beehoon in KL ! dat... is an interesting observation ...
name does matter...

tigerfish
issit, v thoz u can whip up anything anytime ?

teckiee
our goodness ! u can even spot de wetness ! truly a supergrandcook in the making, if not an alltime present and future glutton ! Actually u r right the Spore bh is rated only 4 out of 10 by BSG3 !
AIYO! Drroooollll *drip drip drip*

Nigel
Henry Leong said…
look mouth watering-Henry Leong
henryleongblog.blogspot.com
Keropok Man said…
ooo. this looks like a good place to go makan the next time I am in Klang Valley....