Salak South and the Charsiew.. This place is famous for 3 things.. the old coffee shops, the roast duck and the Char Siew (BBQ Pork) .
Unfortunately when we got to Tian Hong, the Charsiew was not ready yet. Looking into the back kitchen ,we saw the old man/uncle .. still preparing to BBQ his marinade, i.e. his red slab of pork. The son told us to come back in one hour, so after polishing off some (not so great) chicken rice Cumi&Ciki being C&C, decided to go looking for something else to eat in the meantime.
What in jupiter is that? The queue and bustle coming from Restoran Pheonix/WaiKee BBQ Rice was deafening. As we got closer we saw a huge crowd jostling for the chap farn (Economy rice) and the BBQ Pork rice.
Even in the chaos , a system! See the styrofoam boxes with the scribblings.. the young man with the red cap is the main man and without breaking a stride (or slicing a fingernail:P) he knows exactly into which packet to slip the chicken/siewyoke/charsiew etc.. etc..
I think God has a great sense of humour. We missed the Tian Hong Charsiew, but we got the Wai Kee Charsiew instead.
See the photo of the Charsiew (top left corner). To say it was good would be an understatement. I have had the Tian Hong Charsiew before, and it was pretty decent but not fantastic. This Charsiew was fantastic.
Pun Fei Sau - always ask for Half lean half fatty. It's the only way to eat Charsiew.
Because I could not even get near the stall, I asked the lady standing near me, what the crowd was about.
The conversation was in Cantonese but I'll translate for the benefit of the masses.
Me: Helo aunty. Why so packed - so many waiting around for what?
Aunty: For the food la.
Aunty: Ya la.. so cheap, so many choices .. summore the Low Sai(boss) so young..
so hamsum, chop so fast... of course everybody eat here la.
Aunty: Move! My turn!
Finally we got served and the Charsiew was melt in your mouth delicious!
We will be back;)
We went back to Tian Hong but the Charsiew had still not made an appearance so we decided to leave it for now.. afterall, the chance encounter with WaiKee Charsiew was more than enough to keep us happy for today.
Some other interesting sights around the area include, Open market area where butchers carve up roast pork freely in the open, a large number of roadside stalls selling roast duck and an interesting home with a quaint, colour-tiled ramp for ease of wheelchair maneuvering.
We love Salak south we do!
Jalan Tuanku 2
Taman Salak Selatan
Restoran Phoenix/Wai Kee BBQ Rice (where there was Charsiew!)