Saturday, April 13, 2013

Tai Lei Loi Kei @ Hutong Lot 10

A popular Macau indulgence has popped up in KL, thanks to this stall that opened this week in Lot 10's bustling Hutong basement food court.

Pork chop buns are Tai Lei Loi Kei's guilty pleasure, a no-frills treat featuring little more than bread & meat for not much more than RM10.

What's surprising is how satisfying these seem: hearty enough to halt hunger, with a crisp sliced bun & bone-in pork that's distinctively sweet-savory.

Has it really been more than two years since the last time we visited Hutong? Astonishingly, yes. Since then, more stalls have sprung up, such as this one specializing in Penang's duck egg char kuey teow.

Certain to spark a love-hate reaction. Love how this tastes, in all its egg-cockle-&-pork-lard glory, hate what havoc that must wreak on our arteries.

Another relatively recent addition to Hutong is Woo Pin's famed fish head noodles.

A big bowl of milky broth, slippery-smooth bee hoon & fresh, fleshy fish head (albeit bony).

Also strolled past this Yong Tou Foo outlet, where business is not as brisk as expected.

Almost tempted, but our stomachs pointed us elsewhere in the end. Maybe next time.

The one that got away: Campbell Popiah has been around in Hutong since Day One, but it used to close by 5pm everyday, so we never made it in time to try this.

Regular & egg-skin versions are available, both not bad at all, though we'd love some crunchy pork lard to add more texture to this.

Blast from the past: Found this newspaper clipping from more than three years ago hanging at the popiah stall. A very pleasant surprise.

Final destination: Hutong's own kopitiam area, called Nanyang Ten Coffee Shop.

Cakes & kaya are among the attractions here, but we stuck to the caffeine.

Old-fashioned fulfillment, milky-chocolaty in a manner that brings us back to our pre-espresso childhood. A fitting finish to this stroll through one of KL's best food courts.

Tai Lei Loi Kei Pork Chop Buns,
Hutong, Lot 10, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
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29 comments:

  1. oh dear... my mind full of this "Pork chop buns" in the afternoon. do they serve the curry fish balls and Macau milk tea?

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    1. Oh yes, they do! There's the curry fish balls, milk tea and the pork chop noodles all available here, just like the stall in Macau =)

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    2. wakakakaka~ sounds good!

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    3. 女飞侠: hope you enjoy it! =)

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  2. Love the duck CKT here...but found the popiah so-so for my tastebuds...hehe :P

    Guess how many pork buns I can polish off in one sitting?...hehe :P

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    1. Ulric: my favorite popiah of all time is from malacca! a stall on jalan bunga raya, which adds lotsa pork lard into its popiah :D heheh, one pork bun is already very substantial! =)

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  3. I had the duck CKT last Sunday. Awesome!

    The pork chop buns will definitely be the hubby's choice.

    FIL was just telling us every visit to Hutong is a guilty pleasure trip for him and apparently, I am the cause because I order everything. LOL.

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    1. Missyblurkit: it's great that we don't have to drive or fly all the way to penang for awesome duck egg CKT! :D heheh, i hope hubby enjoys the hearty pork buns. and ya, there are so many options at hutong. there's even a korean stall now that serves porky bibimbap, i think :D

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  4. Great post, Sean. The people who work there seem to enjoy what they are doing, and the food looks amazing. I also like the fact that you are sharing the newspaper clipping!

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, there's a busy and cheerful vibe at this food court, with everyone enjoying their food :D heh, i wrote that newspaper article a long time ago, and i had almost forgotten all about it! =)

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  5. I always thought Hutong was supposed to showcase Malaysian food, guess now they're going regional :D ... love the place though!

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    1. Timing: oh yeah, they've diversified! there's macau food, korean food, and even some crispy pork knuckles at one stall! :D

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  6. OOH CKT ( Char Kuey Teow ) warrants a revisit. Haven't been in ages.

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    1. NekoHime: yeah, it's nice to see these newer additions to Hutong! it helps to keep the place fresh and vibrant, ya :D

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  7. Haven't been here in ages! Now, maybe got incentive to go, hehe!

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, you'll find lots of additions and changes at Hutong! the bak kut teh stall has changed hands now. it's a different owner, from still from klang :D

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  8. Oh yum! This was on my to-eat list when we visited Macau, but we didn't have the time (plus, apparently it's quite hard to locate). Glad it's here now.. wasn't expecting to ever get to try it. :D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: ooh, ya, it's an interesting recipe. i like how simple but satisfying it is. just bread and meat, but very tasty! :D

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  9. I recently revisited too, and was quite surprised to find most of the outlets previously are no longer around and have been replaced by other big names. I like the Penang CKT here.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, the original BKT and chicken rice outlets seem to have been replaced by different ones. i'm glad that Bak kut teh is still available though, but i haven't tried the current one. i'm definitely gonna return for some more CKT! :D

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    2. Ya...I agreed...my last visit there..seeing many nice food are no longer there *sigh

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    3. Melissa: i'm still waiting for a good bowl of curry laksa with lots of cockles in hutong, heheh :D

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  10. I've heard about the new Macau stall @Lot 10 Hutong. Wonder how nice isit compared to the one in Macau. No doubt Penang duck egg fried kuey teow is good!
    Is the Hokkien Mee stall still there? Becos my last visit(end of last year)...the stall is closed.

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    1. Melissa: oooh, apparently it's run by the same owner as in macau, so it should be fairly close to the macau standards :D oh, i saw the signboard for the kim lian kee hokkien mee still there, but you're right, the stall didn't seem to be open. i wonder what happened...

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  11. Oh wow, I've not been to Hutong in like, forever. It's pleasing to know that there are active eateries there now.

    Am supposed to head down to Pavilion one of these days; might be able to stop by Lot 10 for some food. =D

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    1. Waverly: ooh, yeah, hutong seems to be more popular than ever now. The weekday lunch crowd is alarming, there are barely any empty tables near the popular stalls. It's best to head there before noon or after 2pm, I think. Enjoy! :D

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  12. i think I must pay a visit for that pork chop bun before the standard drop :P

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    1. Choi Yen: ooh, i'm crossing my fingers that the standards won't drop! :D

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  13. I just went to the new branch in Kepong.
    Great burger, but somehow the normal burger and complimentary drink set of RM13.90 feels abit pricey. IMO, could do better with a side, even if it's a small bit.

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