THE humble chee cheong fun is so much more than just rice noodle rolls and sauces.
One of the best things about this dish is the variety available.
Here are some of StarMetro’s picks for the local comfort food in the Klang Valley.
Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo
2 & 2A, Jalan SS 2/3, Taman Bahagia, Petaling Jaya
(Opens daily 9am-10pm, except Mondays)
The Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo is the place to go for a quick and fuss-free chee cheong fun fix.
Situated near the Taman Bahagia LRT station, the restaurant is easily accessible but finding parking could be troublesome during the day.
There is just one serving size of chee cheong fun here. Thin slices of rice noodles are served with generous sprinkles of sesame seeds.
Priced at RM2.80 per plate, it is affordable and there’s always the option to order more if you are feeling hungry.
Bottles of sweet brown sauce and chilli sauce are available on every table, so you get to choose how much of each sauce to have on your plate.
There is a selection of yong tau foo items to go with your meal too, from bitter gourd and brinjal to tofu, all stuffed with fish paste and fried.
The restaurant is also known for its Steamed Assam Fish.
20, Jalan SS21/58, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
(Opens daily - Mondays to Fridays 7.30am to 9.30pm. Saturdays and Sundays 7.30am to 3.30pm)
There are five ways to enjoy your chee cheong fun at Annie 1, known for its “famous Menglembu Wantan Mee”.
You can have it plain or with pork curry, minced pork with mushrooms, pig skin curry or Yong Foo Pok (fishball wrapped in beancurd skin).
The plain chee cheong fun is priced at RM3.50 while the others go for RM6 per plate.
A fan favourite is the light and fluffy rice noodles with pork curry.
The curry is creamy and light, and lemongrass adds to the fragrance of the dish.
There is an adequate amount of pork slices with the noodles but you can also add a side order or two to complete your meal.
The restaurant is located in one of the busier parts of Damansara Uptown, so finding parking can be a hassle but there is a multi-storey carpark and mall carpark nearby.
Teluk Intan Style Chee Cheong Fun Pasar Taman Selayang Jaya, Jalan SJ 3, Taman Selayang Jaya, Batu Caves
(Opens daily (7.30am-11.30am)
The early bird gets the worm but in this case, it pays to wake up early to have yummy Teluk Intan-style chee cheong fun.
For the uninitiated, this version from the northern region is unlike regular chee cheong fun.
Hidden between the layers of rolled rice noodles are fried shallots, blanched turnip, dried shrimp and lard, adding flavour and texture to the dish.
There is no sauce to accompany the chee cheong fun but the pickled green chillies give it an extra kick.
The rolled noodles are priced at RM2 a piece, but surely just one is not enough.
Do keep an eye out for the vendor in the Selayang Jaya morning market, she usually operates from her motorbike.
The dish often sells out by 11.30am and the vendor also offers regular chee cheong fun with a selection of yong tau foo.
Kedai Makanan Mushroom Curry
Pasar Seri Setia, Jalan SS9A/1, Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya
(Opens daily 7.30am-noon. Closed every second Monday of the month)
What should one do when one can’t decide between mushroom sauce or pork curry for chee cheong fun? Have them both of course.
At Kedai Makanan Mushroom Curry, the mixed gravy is an option not to be missed. Located on the top floor of the Sungai Way wet market, this eatery has been around for more than 45 years.
The thick and chewy noodles soak up the generous helpings of gravy, though some may find the texture slightly on the rough side.
Both sauce and curry are made using pork loin stock as a delicious base, but the mushroom gravy has umami flavour that gives it an edge.
The pickled green chillies and fried shallots on the dish make this a satisfying meal. Prices range from RM5 to RM6.50 per plate.
Penang Road Famous TeoChew Chendul (Multiple locations)
It is surprising how a franchised eatery like Penang Road Famous TeoChew Chendul makes really tasty chee cheong fun.
The restaurant is a fixture in several major shopping complexes.
Ordering your chee cheong fun is not difficult as there is only one version.
The taut yet springy rolled rice noodles are cut into thick, bite-sized bits and come on a bed of prawn paste sauce with generous servings of sambal and sweet sauce. A sprinkling of fried shallots and sesame seeds complete the dish priced at RM6.50.