Monday, May 4, 2009
Restoran Ahwa @ Jalan 222, PJ
So this is the famous hokkien mee that everyone is talking about. I'd been hearing rave reviews of a stall famous for its hokkien mee in Jalan 222 for a long time but I didn't know where, until Matt told me that he knew the way. It was already past dinner time, but the crowd seems to keep coming in. The whole place always look packed from the outside.
I noticed the chef diligently whipping out the famous hokkien mee and I couldn't resist taking a picture of him (without his knowledge too). By the way, he cooked using charcoal :)
Hokkien mee - at RM6 per pax, the price is considered to be affordable in PJ area. The "wok hei" is enough, making the mee so darn aromatic. Generous amount of pork lard and the gravy tasted just perfect!!! I noticed that every table has at least a plate of hokkien mee.
Fried lala - my friend couldn't stand spicy food, so he asked for the non-spicy version. The lala is stir fried with chopped garlic and some curry leaves... while retaining its original taste. Not bad!
Satay - they were still not feeling full, so another 15 satays they ordered. It came with ketupat... the meat was tender but I didn't like the peanut gravy which I thought it was quite water-y and peanut-y enough!
Leo's verdict - If you are coming from Federal Highway from the direction of KL, turn right at the junction into Jalan 222, drive straight until you see Shell Petrol Station on your right. Ahwa Restaurant is just behind it. Conclusion? It is actually a hawker style restaurant with other foods such as lobak, lala, taufu bakar, chee cheong fun, etc. Food was good, but it can get quite stuffy inside. Parking can be quite hard to find too... so be patient. I'd circled the area for 5 times before finding one at the other end of the road! Sigh...