Wait in line…

Believe it or not, I only ate their paos (steamed buns) once in 2013 for the simple reason that they were selling them at night when they would push the steamer to their gate and sell to customers stopping by. For one thing, I would not be so keen to drive into that dark, narrow and somewhat congested road at night so I never went back for more. Well, at least I’ve tried!

The good news is they no longer do that – in fact, they have a shop of their own now…

Hong Cheng Bread House

…if I am not mistaken, ever since 2016 but still, I never dropped by. I heard that they only open at around 12 noon and everything will be sold out by 3.00 p.m. and there will be so many people every day that one will have to stand and wait in line just to buy. I hardly ever venture out at that time of day if I can help it especially when it can get so scorching hot nowadays.

It so happened that my girl had something on the other day so she did not come home for lunch and would only be done by 3.00 p.m. Just nice, I thought, for me to go past 2.00 p.m. and stop by along the way to grab some of those buns. Luckily, there were not so many people, no need to wait in line but there were people coming and going non-stop.

I asked the lady…

steamed paos

…for their bak pao (meat bun) and their char siew pao and when I got home, I tried them to see if they were still as good as before. As a matter of fact, many will tell you they…

Big

…are the best in town!

The bak pao

Bak pao

…was all right, probably nicer and had a lot more meat than the ones here but that was only RM1.30 each whereas these were going for RM2.20 each. Looking back at my old post, they were only RM1.80 each that one solitary time when I went and bought some to eat.

The filling of the char siew pao, also RM2.20 each…

Char siew pao

…certainly looked nothing like char siew as we know it but it tasted really good. Between the two, I prefer this one a lot more, I must say.

A long long time ago, somebody told me that she felt Ah Pui pao was the best in town and when I asked her where Ah Pui was, she said Lanang Road. I replied that Lanang Road was a very very long road and asked if she could be more specific in giving the location…but she never replied after that. I even went to a coffee shop named Ah Bui but no, there were no paos there.

This time around, when I shared the photograph of the shop on Facebook, somebody commented, “Some said the best…but I personally prefer Lanang Ah Pui one.

You’re not the 1st to tell me that but nobody ever told me exactly WHERE! Lanang Road is a very long road. I went to Ah Bui coffee shop, no pao there,” I replied and his response was: “Ok, just before the Aman Road roundabout… next to tyre shop…best to go around six something evening…the bak chang also nice.

There must be 1001 tyre shops along Lanang Road but I logged into Google Maps and “walked around” and I found a shop – Kung Fung Food Industries, next to a tyre shop near the aforementioned roundabout but it was closed when the Google car was passing by but there was a logo and there was a fat guy in it so I guess that must be it. Now who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks and that old people are not internet-savvy?

I definitely will drop by one of these days and grab some of the paos from there to see how good they really are.

HONG CHENG BREAD HOUSE (2.291838, 111.838213) is located among the block of shops to the right of the junction of Jalan Tong San and Lorong Langsat if you are coming via the latter from the roundabout at Jalan Pedada near Rejang Medical Centre.

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11 thoughts on “Wait in line…”

  1. After reading your bao post, I feel like eating Da (Big) Bao now that has a piece of hard-boiled egg inside it with meat and jicama. I wonder how much it costs now since it has been a very long time since I last ate it.

    I so loved the da pao at a coffee shop at Bukit Bintang, one or two doors away from KFC. So good, the skin, the filling was so delicious, the juices trickling down your fingers…yum…yum…and then they upgraded the place and kicked the coffee shop out of the way. Have not had any so good in KL since. That was way back in 1986! 😦

  2. Wow, you are smart! you know how to use Google map street view to find that bao shop. Can’t wait to read your review to see which bao you like best – this one or that one.

    Still haven’t got down to it, a little out of the way – will do so one of these days.

  3. Both pao looks equally good but my personal preference is char siu pao. One kopitiam at Kenyalang Park has very nice char siu pao with 1/8 slice of egg inside instead of 1/4 slice compared to last time and cost RM2.

    The Hong Kong Puff outlet here sells the dim sum style char siew pao at over RM2.00, small but nice. These that I bought also had 1/8 of an egg only, barely noticeable!

    1. Ah yes!!! I remember the Kenyalang paos – coffee shop in the middle of the block at the back to the right of the cinema. Used to go and buy when I was living in Kuching, mid-70’s. So very nice! Another one would be the Shell station at Rock Road, after the Saberkas traffic lights and the Batu Lintang shops. Nice too.

      1. The name of the Kopitiam is Yong Kwang if I got it correct. Your description seems right. Good memory you have.

        I have a memory like an elephant’s…and I look like one too! LOL!!!

  4. i should remember the name Hong Cheng Bread House – maybe in a few years, they might expand to KL! 🙂

    That will be the day. Anyway, you have very good ones over there – these old school ones would be something like those at Tanjung Sepat.

  5. Nowadays I prefer Char Siew Bao than Bak Bao

    The bak pao here was not bad – hard to find very good ones these days, maybe not around here.

  6. Not sure if your friends were referring to Kung Fung Food Industries, just before Aman roundabout, Lanang Road. I always drop by to buy their paos on the way to work.

    https://www.google.com.my/maps/@2.2789894,111.8376495,3a,90y,82.15h,93.58t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sW9sfvzL2s0JI4ssv5sygPg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DW9sfvzL2s0JI4ssv5sygPg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D103.86353%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en-GB

    Yes, that’s the one I spotted that day. Must be good since you drop by to buy regularly. Will make my way there one of these days.

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