There’s no shortage of hype over Lot 10’s swanky new food court “Hutong” ever since they opened the door to the public last year. With so much already being said I was tempted to keep it short and sweet, but that just wouldn’t do it justice.
My Singaporean cousin came to visit last weekend so we brought her here. There’s no better place to savour the best of KL’s hawker food in an air conditioned indoor huh? We took the escalator down to the lower ground floor of Lot 10 and were greeted by a wood carved signage that shows “Shi Hao Hu Tong”. It was written by Chua Lam, the Hong Kong food connoisseur, in Chinese Calligraphy and punctuated with his own signature.
The highlight of Hutong Lot 10 is that some of the stalls were hand-picked by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh and most of them serve non halal food. Other than some familiar names like Hon Kee Porridge, Kim Lian Kee, Campbell Street mini popiah, Jalan Gasing Ipoh Nga Choi Gai, Ho Weng Kee wantan mee, Soong Kee beef noodles and Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh, we spotted some non heritage stalls like Luk Yu Tea House, Ducking, Taiwan Recipe, I Love Yoo! and Kluang Station that cater to the tourists and the like.
The food court was redesigned to create a contemporary modern ambiance but the different splashes of vibrant colours are giving me a headache. Apart from that, the stalls are placed in between different dining areas so it can be really confusing. I shall not complain too much because the food is really good here. Let’s see what Lot 10 Hutong has got to offer.
I stood there, clueless on what to order because one can choose from ribs, knuckles, intestines and various other parts. The vendor recommended “sai guat” 小骨 because I told him “i want no fat but it has to be very tender”. It proves to be a top notch selection; the skin was soft and gelatinous with only some fatty bits while the meat was fork tender. And the soup was so rich and thick with a mild herbal scent. The vendor had no qualms when I asked for extra soup filling too!
Our individual portion of bak kut teh, oily rice and tea costs RM16. We wouldn’t mind paying a little bit more as the cost to travel to Klang would probably be more than that.
As an institution with more than 60 years of history, Soong Kee took pride in their beef balls. We ordered the big bowl of dried noodles accompanied with some beef balls. I love the minced pork (not beef!) in a distinct dark colour. It went really well with the plain strands of noodles. The beef balls were really good too; springy and bouncy just like fish balls. KampungBoy half jokingly said that we can play ping pong out of it. *any Stephen Chow fans here?*
One can only choose from the egg skin popiah, cabbage roll popiah and normal popiah. The minimum order is 2 rolls and it costs about RM 4.6 to Rm 4.8. The popiah was so delicious with the juicy filling.
Eating this makes me nostalgic because I used to frequent this stall situated in the Adik Beradik Chua coffee shop at Tengkat Tung Shin. However, it was nothing to shout about because one can easily find better fish balls around Klang Valley.
from Jalan Hang Lekir, off Petaling Street. Our reviews here.
from SS2, Petaling Jaya. Our reviews here.
Kim Lean Kee Hokkien Mee from a road side stall in Petaling Street. It is a family business that has been passed down through four generations. The queue was too long that we gave up on it. Next time perhaps?
It is advisable to come here earlier because most famous items are sold out in the evening (especially the bak kut teh!).
Lot 10 Hutong
Lower Ground Floor
Jalan Bukit Bintang