Win Heng Seng Restaurant 永兴城茶室 at Jalan Imbi KL houses one of the best pork ball noodles in KL, more know as Imbi Famous Pork Ball Noodle 燕美豬肉粉. For other food like char koay teow, Pork Noodles, Curry Mee, Nasi Lemak and Tai Zi Tart, we read mixed reviews about them from food blog and check-in comments. Decided to try out again ourself, with expectation to face disappointment.
We reached before 9AM. Parking was scarce, and we had have enough saman last year, so chose to park inside the parking space opposite to Win Heng Seng instead. RM3 per hour. They will ask you “Datang makan ah?”, just answered “Yes” and they charged you RM3 straight.
Full house scene at breakfast hours. We walked for few rounds and managed to get a table next to Tai Zi Tart baking oven. Ordered a bowl of Dry Pork Ball Noodles from the busy Imbi Pork Noodle stall before thinking what else to eat, as the waiting time can be long. Zhu Yok Fun was “on leave” during our visit, hence Summerkid settled down with Char Koay Teow, which he claimed “it looks nice”.
Char Koay Teow RM7/small
Char Koay Teow came first, with small portion that fully lives up to our order request “small”, but definitely doesn’t worth the price at RM7. Taste wise, flavours was “almost there” but too bad tauke served his order in a rush. If he were to stir fried the flat noodles for another minute or two to get it much drier, the plate of char koay teow would be much more better. Loved the juicy fresh cockles though, not rubbery at all.
Pork Ball Noodles RM8
Pork Ball Noodles came after 20 minutes. RM8 per bowl is expensive, but counting the fame it has and the hardwork of handmade pork balls, we considered it an acceptable price. Smooth hor fun with a tad of chews, generously topped with minced meat and drizzles of sauce. Garnished with with chopped green onions.
Each bowl of noodles come with 3 pairs of pork balls and Chinese pork sausage. Not too sure who started having pork balls in rectangular shape, and stick them two by two. Doesn’t matter as long as it is delicious. Soup was rather salty with heavy dashes of pepper, but was OK as the noodles itself was lack in saltiness. Just right to balance up in overall.
Hopped over to the Tai Zi Tart stall right outside Win Heng Seng Kopitiam. Many says that their mini, bite size egg tart ( or Tai Zi Tart ) are noteworthy. Freshly baked, flaky crust with layers, nestled with melt in mouth egg filling. One bite and RM0.90 was gone. Not bad as teatime snack. The stall also sells baked buns, kaya puff, pineapple tart and more. Customers also made a beeline for Nasi Lemak besides Tai Zi Tart. Judging from the crowd, we assume it should be good. Probably next round, pass by and da-pau ( yeap because we spotted sambal sotong LOL) .
Comments: Imbi Pork Noodles is worth trying despite the price. Within walking distance from Berjaya Times Square, Fahrenheit88, Pavilion KL and many hotels. Hence pretty strategic for tourists to get a taste on Malaysia local Chinese street food in KL with traditional, old-school ambience in case they are staying nearby.
Restoran Win Heng Seng 永兴城茶室
(Opposite to Honda, corner kopitiam shop at the cross road of Jalan Barat, Jalan Gading and Jalan Imbi)
183, Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,