bookmark_borderCharcoal Fried Hokkien Mee By Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Hong Lai, Jalan Genting Klang

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.


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.


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

bookmark_borderFried Hokkien Mee By Restoran Aik Yuen, Jalan Sarikei

Mention Hokkien Mee (also known as Hokkien Char) and you’d probably be dragged into a debate on which stall or frying method offers the best result. Some will pledge their allegiance on their favourite stall while some with wider acceptance would have two or more stalls to choose from. And in a very rare case, you’d find someone loathe it to the max for unknown reasons.

Restoran Aik Yuen

Mention Restoran Aik Yuen and the experts will agree that it serves good Hokkien Mee. I’ve actually heard of its legendary place from peeps I know and it was recommended to me long ago. But I didn’t exactly know the place nor did I take the trouble of finding out where’s the place. All I know was it’s somewhere around Tawakal Hospital in KL. That’s it.

To locate this shop is easy. Just make your way to Tawakal Hospital and it’s located somewhere behind it. Or just look for Jalan Sarikei and you’ll be able to locate the shop easily. Still doubtful? Then just follow the GPS coordinates given below for easier solution.

Kitchen Restoran Aik Yuen

I’m not sure what’s the opening hours but I reckon it opens from dinner till late night as I was there pretty late for supper on Sunday night. The restaurant was still packed with customers happily indulging their sinful yet delicious meal. The kitchen is located outside (opposite of the shop) for customers viewing pleasure. There are a few cooks handling the dish while others were preparing the raw materials.

Chilli Paste (Sambal Belacan)

My friend and I chose to sit outside since there were no empty tables inside. Besides, we could do a lil fresh air since it was raining earlier in the day. But be warned as you might have ‘uninvited guests’ passing by your table while you’re eating. Ordering is a breeze as long as you know what you want. We opted for 3 dishes with each dish a small portion for 1.

Fried Pek Kueh

Fried Pek Kueh was the first to arrive. A common Hokkien dish, it’s essentialy a stir-fry sliced white rice cake in dark soy sauce. This was done nicely with good amount of sauce coating the chewy bouncy dough.

Fried Pek Kueh

Thank goodness there was no ‘kun choy’ (a type of Chinese celery) in it as I’d usually pick ’em out one by one.

Cantonese Fried Kuey Teow

Up next were Cantonese Fried Kuey Teow (Wat Tan Hor) and Fried Hokkien Mee. To get an idea how Wat Tan Hor is prepared, the broad kuey teow is first fried with oil in high heat to give it brownish colour with slight smoky aftertaste. Then, the thick eggy sauce is crafted separately with ingredients such as broth, corn starch, an egg or two, sliced meat and seafood before pouring on top of the noodles.

Cantonese Fried Kuey Teow

The one by Aik Yuen wasn’t superb neither it was bad as I’ve had better ones before. The eggy thick broth was alright but I’d love it to be slightly darker (with the help of thick dark soy sauce). The broad kuey teow was fried nicely although it wasn’t crisp on the outer layer.

Fried Hokkien Mee

The superstar of the day was of course the Fried Hokkien Mee. I opted for a mixture of thick yellow noodles with kuey teow instead of just thick yellow noodles as I’d know they would have to prepare mine separately.

Fried Hokkien Mee

The noodles were braised nicely – al dente, smooth, slippery textures. The dish was adequately wet with limited dark sauce accumulated at the base of the plate. There’re decent amount of seafoods such as prawns and squids, vegetables and sliced meat to go along with the noodles. Oh yes… The oh-so-important crispy pork lards were well hidden within to give extra flavour. The smoky aroma was there but not the point of overpowering the dish.

Fried Hokkien Mee

Now… they might not be the best out there but they are definitely one of the better ones in KL. The bill came to about RM20 (including 3 cups of iced chrysanthemum tea). It’s affordable and good but I guess clean freaks will skip this due to below average cleanliness. But heck, not all good scrumptious sinful food come from clean kitchen, right? Next up… to try out another stall nearby which is said to use charcoals!

Address :
Restoran Aik Yuen,
Jalan Sarikei,
Off Jalan Pahang Barat,
53000 Kuala Lumpur.

Map :

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GPS Coordinates : 3.177935, 101.699452

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