If you ever need to bring your Muslim friends for some Halal Hokkien mee, the best place to go to is Stall No.8, found in PJ old town.
The cook, who is Chinese Muslim used to work at one of the older, iconic hokkien mee stalls in KL. What makes Stall no.8 Hokkien Mee so good is that, despite the fact that it is 100% halal and has not a trace of pork in it, it still has plenty of “wok hei” (smoky wok aroma).
The Hokkien noodles at Stall No.8 are thick, dark and sticky from braising, with lovely little pieces of crunchy chicken lard, thinly sliced cabbage, fried garlic flavour, prawns and generous portion seafood bits too.
For those who like it spicy, there’s the option of adding the sambal belacan and sliced chili or minced raw garlic for a pungent kick. There’s also the option to ask for extra lard in a separate plate - intense artery clogging stuff, but some swear by the flavour.
So how did the cook transition from cooking non-halal, to halal hokkien mee?
One upon a time, the cook, Ah Yap, who is third generation of a family of great cooks, used to cook at Ah Mang Mee, KL. The stall started in Jalan Silang then moved to PJ Old Town under the big tree and then shifted to its present location still in PJ Old Town opposite a Lutheran church. This is definitely the place to come to for great Hokkien Mee.
The chinese Chef, was not always a Muslim. He converted to Islam, when he married his Malay wife, and then he taught himself how to make 'halal' hokkien mee so that he could keep up with his trade. He experimented and came up with chicken lard bits to replace the all essential pork lard bits, in the regular Hokkien Mee.
Some might be skeptical and think that minus the pork lard, a Hokkien Mee would just fall flat of being tasty. But I have tried the noodles here many times, and this is untrue. The halal hokkien mee at Stall no.8 is fantastic! The chicken crunchy bits make a good alternative, and it does have the bonus of being a place where I can take my Muslim friends for some great, authentic Hokkien Mee, or even Cantonese fried noodles - the Loh Mee. The prices here are reasonable as well, RM8 for a huge plate . It's halal, it's tasty, and authentic, and certainly worth the visit!
So folks, now you know where to bring your mates for some excellent Halal Hokkien Noodles, as an alternative. Stall No. 8, hawker center next to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jalan Othman, PJ Old Town. Open in the Evenings only. Halal Hokkien Mee – a great alternative.
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