Taman Desa's newest hotspot is an outdoor venue that serves Hakka yong tau foo uniquely smoked over charcoal grills; it also features a mural of its founder's father that's destined to become the focus of a thousand Instagram snapshots.
Old Tricycle has its origins in Pudu's five-decade-old Choon Kee Hakka noodle stall, a business handed down through generations of the Siow clan. Enterprising family members have now embarked on this Taman Desa business as a possible spin-off franchise.
The selection comprises slices of fish-&-pork paste with bacon, brinjal, bitter gourd, okra & more, coated in hickory barbecue sauce. Most cost RM1.30 each, with only one hitting the RM2.50 mark.
All cooked at the customer's table; it's a nice novelty, though Old Tricycle seems to have teething troubles with its staff that makes patience a recommended virtue.
Flavour-wise, everything's tasty enough; we'd happily wolf down as many of these as possible.
Also addictive: Slippery chee cheong fun, served with the likes of fried pork skin, curry & sambal (RM2.90). Other variations with assam sauce & more are available.
Old Tricycle's location is easy to find: It's a neighbour of this neighbourhood's Gerai Makanan Japanese BBQ.
Old Tricycle Charcoal Barbecue Yong Tau Foo
Faber Plaza, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays
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