Just a drive away from Restoran Aik Yuen, this is yet another restaurant (or coffeeshop you may call it) that serves good sinful Hokkien Mee. But it’s not just another stall that dishes out the famed noodles.

Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Hong Lai

No… this stall is different from the one I mentioned earlier. You see… As you walk pass the cooking station, you’ll notice something different. The instense heat. The bright orange flames with cinders flying around the big oily wok and then up in the air before they vanish. That… My friend is the sight of charcoal burning under the wok. The sight that makes everyone goes ‘oooo’ and ‘ahhhh’ and they know the food they ordered will be delish.

Busy Frying

However, such sight is getting rare these days as there aren’t many stalls that still utilise charcoal stove. Maybe it’s due to high costs or maybe it’s a dying trend. It’s only through word of mouth that I got to know this stall.

Drinks

Located along busy road of Jalan Genting Klang, it occupies two shoplots with one of them being air-conditioned and during the night, you may opt to dine at five foot way while enjoying the view of cars zooming by. Parking is a challenge but if you’re lucky, you might find a spot along the road during late night.

Crowd At Hong Lai

As usual, going for the what it’s famous for is a must for every restaurant visit. Hence, charcoal fried Hokkien Mee it was! Be prepared to wait for your sinful noodles to arrive as it takes longer to prepare.

Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee

For ours, we waited more than 30 minutes before we smiled gleefully at the dark wet shinny noodles that sat on the table. A lift of the noodles with chopsticks and the smoky charcoal aroma emitted out whetted our appetite instantly.

Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee

A mouth of the slithering smooth noodles literally sent us to cloud nine. But the disappointing part was there were no pork lards to be seen in the dish. Bohooo…

Lor Mee

The Lor Mee (RM6) was a-okay. It tasted a little bland but with a dash of Chinese black vinegar, it’s good to go.

Condiments

The total bill was RM14.40 with two cups of drinks. The noodles were good but we found that there were very little ingredients (meat, prawns and squids) in it and their sambal chilli wasn’t as good as other places. Nevertheless, you should check it out if you are a fan of Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee.

Address :
Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Hong Lai
Jalan Genting Kelang,
Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.

Map :


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GPS Coordinates : 3.192114,101.709086

Business Hour :
Noon : 11AM – 3PM
Night : 7PM – 230AM




As we were standing along the busy street of Orchard Road, we were thinking on what to eat for our lunch. We wanted something quick since it was our last day and we needed to rush back before heading to the airport. Several suggestions on what to dine were thrown around but none were accepted. Not wanting to waste anymore time, I brought my friend to Cedele at Wheelock. I’ve dined there a couple of times and based on my previous experience, the food was alright and it was affordable.

Drinks

We arrived just before noon time and the crowd was still at minimal and we got to choose our own table. A couple of scroll through the menu, we decided on what to order. The drinks were normal but my friend complained about the Organic Soy Milk (SGD$4) being weird. There’s nothing much to say about my Iced Cappuccino with Irish Cream (SGD$6.50).

Double Mushroom Chicken Soup

The first to arrive was the Double Mushroom Chicken Soup (SGD$10). In honesty, I didn’t expect to be like this… in such presentation. There’s no sight of cream or milk in it. Nevertheless, it was good – hearty and comforting just like those home-boiled chicken soup. The bowl was filled with decent amount of ingredients such as shredded chicken breast, (portobello and oyster) mushrooms and mixed vegetables. The soup came with complimentary bread which was available at bread counter.

Beef Bacon Works Sandwich

For mains, I opted for Beef Bacon Works Sandwich (SGD$14.80) while my friend ordered Beef Aglio Olio Pasta (SGD$16.90).

Beef Bacon Works Sandwich

In the sandwich, there were the usual veges, crispy bacons and beef patty. Although the beef patty was cooked thoroughly, it was still alright but tad bland. I liked inclusion of wholegrain mustard as the sourish spicy paste suited well with the beef patty.

Beef Aglio Olio Pasta

The pasta dish was simple and light. The spaghetti was cooked perfectly with good amount of chopped garlics to be found in and around the dish. There’s bird eye chillis to give a little kick.

Beef Aglio Olio Pasta

The sliced beef steak was just alright – chew tender texture. I guess with such thinly sliced beef steak, it is hard to achieve proper doneness.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

To end of our lunch, we shared an Apple Cinnamon Pancakes. For SGD$12.90, the freshly-made pancakes were decent in size filled with chunks of sliced apples. There were two generous scoops of ice cream (with one of them being Blueberry Cheesecake flavour). The fragrant scent of cinnamon was subtle yet it provided mild bitter-sweetness in every bite of the pancakes. The sweet sliced apples were slight crunch in the middle gving it a different complexion to the soft fluffy pancakes.

All in all, the meal was alright. They weren’t outstanding but they were just nice – simple and unprententious. Food aside, the ambiance was comfortable, ideal for casual dining but there’s a stale fried oil note lingered in the restaurant. It has been there since my first visit and I find it rather unpleasant most of the time. Or maybe it’s just me only…

Address :
501 Orchard Road,
#03-14 Wheelock Place,
Singapore 238880.

Telephone Number : +65 6732 8520