Auntie Gemok's Char Kuey TeowRestoran Jamal Mohamed
24, Jalan SS5A/9 Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya
(Coordinates: E101° 36' 19.8" N3° 5' 43.3”)
Brendan’s been hankering for 1Char Kueh Teow (CKT) these days, a dish that is usually thought of as not being kosher in Malaysia (what with the voluminous slices of Lap Cheong or Chinese Pork Sausages in the Penang variety, as well as the customary deep fried lard). It was therefore a novelty for us to be able to find CKT that is considered kosher. Indeed, Auntie Gemok’s CKT (which literally means Plump Auntie, in a politically-correct sense of the word) has been stirring up quite a mention online.
1flat rice noodles stir-fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, a small quantity of belachan, whole prawns, de-shelled cockles, bean sprouts, chopped Chinese chives and egg
|right across the FAM building|
|doing great business even at brunchtime|
|the diminutive stall|
|the not so diminutive Auntie?|
|the stall at the corner|
The main premises, Restoran Jamal Mohamed is right across from the Football Association of Malaysia’s building in Kelana Jaya and was doing rip roaring business even during the twilight hours between breakfast and lunch (or brunch, as some would call it), and safe to say at least half the patrons were there for Auntie Gemok’s CKT. Brendan and I had ordered the large plate (minus the bean sprouts, of course) while Cat asked for the medium sized portion (bean sprouts and all).
|Brendan's large (bean sprout-less) plate|
|he could hardly wait|
|Cat's medium portioned plate|
|My large (bean sprout-less) plate|
|let's dig in!|
We’ve had kosher CKT before, and in all previous occasions the CKT usually resides in a pool of gravy. Though not to be compared with the original article, we all agreed that Auntie Gemok’s CKT is as close as it gets to emulate the non-kosher variety in texture and form. And the damage? With a round of Iced Lemon Tea for everyone it came to a pretty modest RM19.40, well within the realms of the everyday food for the everyday person.