Monday, 28 August 2017

Chew Lam Chee Cheong Fun and Cantonese Desserts in Kluang 招南.香港猪肠粉 ⭐⭐⭐⭐✱

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I am so glad that Sarah brought us to Chew Lam Hong Kong Che Chong Fan stall at Kluang's popular Mengkibol River Hawker Centre.

Actually, this was my second time at Chew Lam Hong Kong Che Chong Fan.

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I first met the boss 张 and lady boss 高 almost exactly 2 months ago. I was at the stall at 11am in the morning - 张 and 高 were preparing the rice flour and sauces for the chee cheong fun. They were also busy cooking the traditional Cantonese desserts 糖水.

But the stall was only ready for business at 6pm. The hawkers were already busy at the stall at 11am to open for business at 6pm.

As I couldn't stay in Kluang till late, I made a mental note to come back to Chew Lam Chee Cheong Fun. Which I finally did last night, thanks to Sarah, a Kluangite.

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This section of the old Mengkibol River Hawker Centre was a hive of activity at night - it's a popular hangout of Kluang folks. The 30+ year old chee cheong fun and Cantonese desserts stall has many fans. We had to wait briefly for a table.

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Ms 高 was frenetically busy making her signature chee cheong fun. Ms  makes her own rice flour at the stall with 100% rice grains. The sheets of chee cheong fun are made a la minute by steaming. Ms 高 folds tender shreds of char siew and crunchy shrimps into the soft, tissue thin, translucent rice sheets.

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Ms 高 splashes their house made sambal chili and signature sweet sauce on to the freshly made chee cheong fun before serving. She also gives it a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

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Ms 高 makes enough rice gruel only for 100 servings of chee cheong fun a day and I got the last serving of the day - talk about second time lucky 😄 (Otherwise, I will need a third trip to her stall before I get a chance to taste her famous chee cheong fun 😂 )

I love Chew Lam Chee Cheong Fun. 

The rice sheet is thin and light like a translucent white silk scarf. It is also soft as it is 100% rice (no tapioca or corn flour). The tasty char siew and prawn filling is gently savoury sweet. They also added more textures to the chee cheong fun.

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One of the things I like most about Chew Lam Chee Cheong Fun is the sweet sauce created by Mr 张 who is originally from Penang. Mr 张 blends in fermented prawn paste into the sauce, so it has a nice savoury sweetness. This is actually, the Penang style of chee cheong fun sweet sauce.

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Besides the chee cheong fun, we also had Chew Lam's traditional Cantonese desserts. I love all the three desserts here. All are house made at the stall with real natural ingredients.

The pumpkin soup 金瓜糖水 (price RM2.70) is thick and smooth. It is not overly sweet - just natural pumpkin sweetness.

The sesame seed 黑芝麻糊 (RM3.50) is also thick and smooth. It is just mildly sweet and has the nice sesame taste.

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Rice balls in ginger tea 姜水汤圆 (price RM3). The tender glutinous rice balls were filled with lots of crushed toasted peanuts. I especially love the ginger tea of this dish as it is gently sweet with pronounced fresh ginger spiciness and aroma.

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I am glad to have the opportunity to snap this picture of the happy 张 family running Chew Lam Chee Cheong Fun. Left to right - Mr 张, Ms 高, Ms 高's elder son, Ms 高's sister, Ms 高's younger son.

They were busy cleaning up the stall after everything was sold out at 10:00pm and graciously agreed to take a few moments off for this picture 😄

4-Stars (out of 5). I highly recommend Chew Lam chee cheong fun and traditional Cantonese sweet dessert stall at Mengkibol River Hawker Centre. Everything is made at the stall, the old way with real natural ingredients. Excellent chee cheong fun with Penang style sweet sauce. Superb old school Cantonese desserts too, especially the rice balls in spicy ginger tea.

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Restaurant nameChew Lam Che Chong Fan 招南.香港猪肠粉
Address: Jalan Panggung, Kampung Masjid Lama, Kluang (Mengkibol River Hawker Centre)   
Map: http://g.co/maps/a7nc7  
GPS: 2.029777,103.320971
Hours: 6:00pm to 10:00pm (Weds off)

Non Halal  

Date visited: 27 Aug 2017

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