Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Best Hokkien Noodles in KL - Restoran Ming Hoe, Jalan Ipoh

Yes I truly believe this to be the best Hokkien Mee in KL. Better than the Petaling Street cross road stall and better than that hideously dirty alley Hokkien Mee near Central Market (of which both are overrated IMHO). Of course if you know any better place please do leave a comment. Would love to try it. Oh and by the way for you Penangnites it's not that type of Hokkien Mee :)

ST and her family have been patronising this particular establishment for many years and I've heard a little history about them. It might not be too accurate but here goes. The stall started off with the Grandfather who retired some years ago and he let his sons take over. Some of the sons started their own restaurants but the best one remained in Jalan Ipoh.

Before we go on let's give the son of the Grandfather a handle; we'll call him the Father. The Father now operates the stall with his family and one of his sons is his co-cook. His younger son is usually responsible for taking orders and aside from the steamed fishes he never cooks. However I remember once when they were absolutely swarmed with customers his younger son was forced to actually cook Hokkien Mee. Surprisingly he wasn't half bad. Easily as good or better than the older brother.

The best Hokkien Mee is cooked by the Father. Since they have 2 cooks you may sometimes end up with Hokkien Mee from the older brother which is still good but not great. He's getting better though and I don't doubt that he will be a formidable cook in the future.

Steaming hot greasy goodness. Sure it's bad for health but aren't all other indulgances? There's nothing special about the ingredients that come along with the noodles but the taste is out of this world. Do order a mixture of meehoon (rice vermicelli) and mee because too much mee tends to make the dish 'jelak'.

This is called 'char pek keh' which is a noodle that's very similiar to pan mee and is fried the same way as the Hokkien Mee. This is highly recommended.

You can find Ming Hoe along Jalan Ipoh in between Jalan Ipoh the Indian temple and HSBC.

A little warning: I know I praised this place quite a bit but I need to warn you that they are not consistently good. They can quite bad when there is a crowd and they rush to deliver the noodles.

A little tip: You can expect a massive crowd at this restaurant on most days (except Monday which is their rest day). If you do not fancy waiting an hour for your food either you go there really early (6.00pm) or really late (11.00pm).

Update (24 January 2006): This post was featured in blogsmalaysia.com.

posted by wyejon at Tuesday, January 17, 2006 (permalink) |

10 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Blogger fatboybakes

salivating oridi. what do you mean between jalan ipoh and hsbc???? its on jln ipoh right? same side as klpac? there's also quite a good curry mee on jln ipoh, and good char siew pau. have u reviewed them?
i presume this hokkien mee comes with the requisite copious amounts of chee yow char?

1:27 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

fatboybakes: oh damn... i gotta stop writing posts while i'm half asleep. It's located in between the indian temple and HSBC along Jalan Ipoh on the opposite side of the road from KLPAC. Will update the article when I get home.

Yup there's good curry mee in Jalan Ipoh though we may not be talking about the same store. Will do that review in due time :)

1:33 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Joan Chew

wow!!! nice blog u have!! lotsa food pictures!!! GOOD JOB!!!

7:41 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

joan: thanks... visit often :)

11:30 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Joan Chew

hahaha!!! yeah i will!! drop by at mine too!!! =)


8:10 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Nine3 Nine 3

There few more good Hokkien mee in KL such as Jalan Imbi, Jalan Mahajelena and Jalan Pudu.IMHO I thinks Jalan Pudu(beside Pudu jail)consider the best of the best.Sometime got to wait almost an hour

11:21 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Paul Tan

i've tried the jalan maharajalela one, pretty good as well.

1:37 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

9394: ohh... thanks for the recommmendation... gotta try one day

1:38 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger minishorts

PJ near jalan 222. Restoran New Greenland (or Ah Hwa Hokkien Mee) bestest bestest eva!

8:48 AM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous Anonymous

Big fan of Hokkien mee. All those that was quoted are merely pretender. The best are located around pahang roundabout.

Jln Ipoh as quoted not bad.
Ah Hwa Hokkien Mee- so ordinary n inconsistent
jalan maharajalela one -taste like shit

5:31 PM  

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