Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hutong Lot 10 @ Lot 10, Bukit Bintang

Mention the word "Hutong" and i imagine the restaurant in Hong Kong that i badly wanted to go to until i saw the prices. With a killer view of the Hong Kong harbour, i have heard stories that people take the lift all the way up to ask for a "walk in" knowing that the place requires reservation, just to see the breathtaking view.

Anyways, that shall remain a dream.

Back in KL though, we have our own version of HuTong. Situated at the Lower Ground of Lot 10, it is a one of a kind food court that serves non halal food. With a non existing view, you can't really compare to the one in Hong Kong (totally different owners/group/management), except maybe the prices.

This place has been the talk of town and the crowd certainly confirmed that fact. Packed to the brim, i immediately realised that this place is not very friendly for the tall people.

If my hair was to grow any longer, it would touch the ceiling. Only a certain area of the foodcourt though.

One thing that got me worked up is trying to find the stalls. While people may comment that the food court is designed to be "different" with stalls running all over like a maze and different seating areas too, i find it plain confusing. With the many signboards jutting out, it was also very hazardous for people who are tall i.e. me. Immediate reaction would also be that some stalls would get more walking traffic than others i.e situated in the middle vs. the corners.

That aside, i am also happy by the single fact that i can eat Klang Bak Kut Teh, Petaling Street Hokkien Mee, Cecil Street Porridge, Jalan Gasing Chicken Rice and many more under one roof.

Individual portion of Hokkien Mee would cost you RM9 and a 20 minute queue. Tasted very good and i really couldn't believe it that such a plate of noodles could be finally served in a shopping mall!

Mini popiah from Campbell Street? This stall created a long queue; as you wait in line you are also treated to the live preparation process before its finished off in an instant the second you receive your portion.

Fancy Dim Sum? Luk Yu Teahouse from Starhill has a lady pushing a cart with steamed goodies. Apparently there are more delights in their stall which i didn't even realise till i left.

Its becoming a trend to use good old creations and turn it into gold by opening up outlets and probably franchising in the near future. I have long heard stories about Hon Kee porridge but i suppose i got to thank the old man for sending his kids for proper education so that they realise how much money they can earn by opening a stall in Lot 10. Kudos to the new logo too!

The porridge was of course awesome, thick and consistent, with the fish slices dipped in.

Judging from my experience with Klang Bak Kut Teh, this Mo Sang Kor version is top notch. The soup is very "kao", the meat tender and the rice oily enough. Probably should have tried to ask if i could "add soup" because there was definitely not enough to drench my bowl of rice. At RM 16, an individual portion, one bowl of rice and a cup of chinese tea, one can say its expensive or cheap. In Klang, one would probably pay close to RM 10 for the meal but the cost of driving from the city to Klang would incur the minimum toll and petrol charges. The verdict is out there.

A famous Ho Weng Kee wanton mee. The old man is definitely experienced as i chanced upon him slicing his char siew with speed and precision. In the picture above, it is a char siew chicken that have been chopped up in rather large chunks.

Soong Kee Beef Noodles are here too. Used to be a favourite for our family but parking was always a nightmare.

If there was one bad thing here, it would have to be this stupid cendol. Their "gula melaka" tasted like caramel which made this inedible. First to close shop i reckon, this berry or rather stall.

The I Love Yoo Tau Foo Far is not too bad either which made a good end to the mini adventure of Hutong Lot 10.

Situated at Lower Ground, Lot 10, Bukit Bintang

Verdict: Some shops are worth 4 stars while others hover from 3-3.5 stars. Convenience is the key here and prices are probably 30-40% premium from their original outlets. A good idea and to many more years to the place because i will be coming back.

31 comments:

qwazymonkey said...

Wow! ur sure the Lord of Cravings! That's alot to eat in one go.

But good hor?

Sean said...

hey, i think u're the only one who's managed to check out all the must-try stalls at hutong!
i missed the bak kut teh, hokkien mee, popiah, beef noodles and char siew mee because they were all out of stock by the time i arrived.
i'm anxious to try them cos i've never tasted the originals before! the thought of a 20-minute queue is a deterrent though...

foodbin said...

Last week, i tried the Hokkien mee- it was tasteless.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

foodbin: i must thank my lucky stars..still not consistent hor like that..

sean: yeah had to at one go, if not it wont feel good haha..but i didnt actually taste the wanton mee n the beef noodles.

qwazyjon: haha tats a lot, but not were all mine..

thule a.k.a leo said...

ohmygosh!! u had that all by yourself?? jaga your waist oh.. don't waste your exercise regime :)

I don't mind paying the premium for eating here.. after all, it's air-conditioned and in shopping malls.. have you ever encountered any food with hawker price in malls before??

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha no la, how to eat ALL by myself..thats crazy..yes there ARE NO malls with hawker prices..

Paprika said...

Second time I am reading about Hutong. Hunky mentioned the hazardous ceiling heights. Hahaha. Must go check it out. Is the porridge msg-free??

babe_kl said...

RM9 for one portion hokkien mee? sighh pricey but like you said where to find all the goodies under one roof with convenient parking to boost

Bangsar-bAbE said...

My friend tried the popiah here, she said it wasn't that good. And the portion was tiny! 0_o

Hmmm...that's one sad-looking cendol.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

people might like this hutong better :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: nothing special and yes its tiny!!

babekl: last i remember, 1 portion tai chow place also hovering between rm5-6 already. so yeah its slightly pricey lor.

paprika: yes its hazardous!

rita: really? the hk 1 no good??

thenomadGourmand said...

I totally agree on the maze thing!
Its like a labyrinth right???
I thought the popia was too tiny too..for RM2.30. But Unka did proclaim the BKT good.

J2Kfm said...

Detailed review. good. least now I know what to avoid, and what to look out for.
For whatever reason did they build the ceiling so damn low?
or wait.... maybe you've grown ...

J said...

Oh my goodness, that ceiling makes you look like a giant! :)
(Food looks gooooood though, so worth the hazard?)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

J: yeah lor, a giant in every mean..

j2kfm: aiyoh how to grow any taller..im alr 24..

tng: complete mazed..

CUMI & CIKI said...

wei, not scared ar, eat so much?! i like the first shot - so cute. u r lucky u eat like a fiend yet not get fat!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: damn scared, alr got a shock on the scales, now need to scale back IMMEDIATELY!

UnkaLeong said...

Definitely will be having my lunches there from now on whenever I visit SWP. Talked to the Ho Weng Kee aunty, she's happy with the new working 'environment'. I thinks beck's had a similar conversation with the Popiah uncle ;)

eiling lim said...

the food looks great. so how tall were you? I'm 170cm... will i touch the ceiling too? lol...

Paranoid Android said...

Yeah hor? Lovely place, but they must do something about the ventilation. Came out there smelling like Yaw Char Kwai and Siew Yoke! Had to run off to Isetan to get some free squirts of Perfume. But became worse. I smell like a pig using Chanel. :p

Yes. This has to be THE most exciting food court in KL.

zewt said...

only Francis Yeoh can come out with something like this... i heard the hawkers do not need to pay rent! when i heard about a foodcourt selling pork, i knew instantly that it's going to be packed!

superwilson said...

of course, ur hair can grow, ceiling pix was funny!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

superwilson: but have to use alot of gel lor..

zewt: no rent? sure boh, but take a cut of the sales i presume?

pa: haha you are one classy pig, i must admit.

eiling: im 6ft, so you should be more comfy with that ceiling

unkaleong: now air-conditioned mah..

喵喵家族 said...

The Hokkien Mee stall is closed on the day I went and it is Sunday.

I waited half an hour for the popiah and it tasted so so only.

although it's a good ideas to gather all the good old food stalls at one place but the service is really slow......and expensive.

Anyway, it is much more convinent for tourist.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

miao2: i went on a sunday, must b unlucky and yeah i saw a huge queue for popiah, not surprised its half an hr, i suppose with time when the hype dies down abit, it shud b ok

Eric W said...

Joe: Thank you for your review on Honkee Porridge, Hutong@Lot10. FYI, Mr Chua Lam and his TVB crew just filmed an episode of his Market Trotter (蔡瀾逛菜欄) at Hutong today (2nd Dec 09). Some of the photos taken today.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=138594&id=162314091792&saved#/pages/Petaling-Jaya-Malaysia/Honkee-Porridge-Restaurant/162314091792?ref=mf

Cheers
Eric
www.honkeeporridge.com

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Selba said...

Hehehe... the first picture is so cute.. imagining the hair touch the ceiling :D

The food looks yummy!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

selba: i wouldn want to imagine that..!

eric: thanks for the link!

Anonymous said...

Thumbs up on food BUT the place got bad ventilation, lousy service (as in nobody cleans the table after ppl left), long queue, ....n expensive...Tried a few popular food stalls once but do not feel like going back again though...

AugustDiners said...

sigh, till now we cannot find a foodcourt of satisfaction. We havent tried hutong yet, but the tau foo fah might just tempt us there :D