When I was planning the food itinerary for our weekend in KL…
Yes, I plan food itineraries when I travel.
I know it sounds like there’s a creepy control freak hiding inside me but I cannot help it. While I’m all for exploring and being adventurous and the blah, it irks me when I waste stomach space on bad food. This is especially when I know that space could have gone to food that was more deserving. Something that would have totally rocked my world. Bad food drives me nuts.
So I plan a food itinerary. Right down to what and where I’m having breakfast, my morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, supper and where else I should stop for a coffee/tea and a snack. This way, I know I’ll end up with mediocre food at worst. Makes sense, no?
Anyhoo, while planning for the trip, I had a whole bunch of people, including the mom-in-law come up to me and say "remember to eat the KL Hokkien mee". After some googling, I quickly realised that some of the best KL Hokkien mee also came with the charm of an open kitchen, charcoal stove and sweating it out in a dirty coffeeshop. Until I read about Lot 10 Hutong.
Lot 10 Hutong is basically a grouping of some of KL’s best hawker food stalls into one air-conditioned space *woohoo!* These stalls have all survived three generations and some were handpicked by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh – a prominent Malaysian businessman who I’m guessing knows his food.
Lot 10 Hutong is a gem because here you get to savour KL’s best all at one go. Familiar stalls include Hon Kee Porridge, Kim Lian Kee Hokkien mee, Campbell Street popiah, Ho Weng Kee wantan mee, Soong Kee beef noodles and Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh.
The only problem? Too many yummy choices and not enough stomach space. We went for the Petaling Street Kim Lian Kee Hokkien mee and Lao Shu Fen, the roast duck from Duck King, Imbi Road Original Pork noodles and some freshly steamed custard and lian rong pau from Luk Yu.
Unlike the Singapore version, KL’s Hokkien mee uses fat round noodles and each strand is coated with an incredible dark soya sauce. The best part? The crunchy lard bits that explode in your mouth with every bite. It is not for the health-conscious or faint-hearted but the one by Kim Lian Kee was so so good. We also ordered the fried lao shu fen which is basically cooked the same way. But unlike the noodles, the lao shu fen soaked up a lot more of the dark sauce which of course made it way more sinful. Word of advice: just go for either one. Ordering both was a little much.
So yes, we remembered to eat the KL Hokkien mee. But I really need to go back to Hutong because I haven’t tried everything yet!
Lot 10 Hutong, Lower Ground Floor, Lot 10
Jalan Bukit Bintang