Hawker food at SS15 Subang

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Unless you’re from out of town, most of you would be familiar with SS15 – a student hub and food paradise right in the heart of Subang Jaya. 

If your tummy is rumbling and you’re around the area, here are some of the best hawker food around SS15 that are worth the battle for parking spaces in the area:

1. Well Cook Gourmet Restaurant – Fried Asam Laksa that’s as good as the OG

Fried Asam Laksa
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Most of us wouldn’t be able to recognize this plate of noodles as we are more familiar with our asam laksa when it comes in soup form. Well, this fried asam laksa (RM9) from Well Cook Gourmet has all the flavours you’d expect to find in a good bowl of laksa, so you won’t be missing a thing. 

You even get that subtle hint of the charred aroma from the wok that makes it all the more addictive. 

Their menu is loaded with other asian fare, including Claypot Prawn Mee (RM8) and Fried Kway Teow (RM9)

Address: 74, Jalan SS 14/2, Ss 14, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12PM-8PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 012-675 4388

2. Wong Soon Kee – fragrant and crispy fried chicken 

Fried Chicken
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When we think of  fried chicken, a humble chap fan stall like Wong Soon Kee would usually go unmentioned as many of us would think of fast food joints. But those who have been to this shop can vouch for this underrated local-style fried chicken.

While the stall has a variety of dishes, it’s their fried chicken that stands out. The chicken is marinated with a blend of spices before it’s fried with curry leaves to give it a fragrant aroma. You can get a whole leg for only RM6, and you can add-on some side dishes like veggies and curry for a super hearty meal.

Address: 1, Jalan SS 14/1, Ss 14, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Mon 6:30AM-3:30PM, 5:30PM-9:30PM | Tue 6:30AM-3:30PM | Wed-Sun, 6:30AM-3:30PM, 5:30PM-9:30PM

3. Kar Heong – consistently good chicken rice

Chicken rice
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Hainanese Chicken Rice is a staple food of every hawker centre, but with so many stalls selling the same dish, it can be hard to find one that’s a cut above the rest. Enter Kar Heong, Subang’s busiest chicken rice shop. 

They have all your classic menu items like steamed chicken (from RM6) and bean sprouts, but you also have the option of swapping out rice with a bowl of hor fun with prawn wanton (RM7.50) – and it’s a good alternative for the ones you can find in Ipoh. 

With every plate of chicken that arrives at your table, you can expect cuts of succulent and tender meat paired with tasty gravy. 

Chicken rice meal
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Address: 60, Jalan SS 14/2, Ss 14, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 9AM-9PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone:012-605 6696

4. Empire Nasi Lemak – nasi lemak kukus stall with all sorts of sambals and lauks

Nasi Lemak Kukus
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While most of us are readily satisfied with a simple plate of nasi lemak, we also appreciate a variety of lauk  to go with rice and sambal every so often.

Empire Nasi Lemak specialises in nasi lemak kukus (from RM9 for 2 dishes), where the rice is steamed for 4 hours so that it’s warm and fluffy. You can find an array of traditional Malay side dishes, like the highly raved-about sambal paru and daging rendang. Their sambal hits the right spot between sweet and spicy, which makes for a pleasant meal without fiery, sweat-inducing spice.

side dishes
All their side dishes are saucy and flavourful
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Address: Gerai No. 10 (1st Floor) Pasar Moden SS15, Jalan SS 15/8a, 47610 Subang Jaya
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6PM-12AM (Closed on Sundays)

5. Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh – comforting hot broth over a bowl of fragrant oil rice

Bak kut teh
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There are only a few things as comforting as a Bak Kut Teh meal, so even if the weather is blazing hot, you can still find Malaysians gathered around a table for some herbal, porky goodness. 

Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh (about RM12.50/pax) is nestled along a row of shophouses selling bak kut teh. While competition remains fierce, Yu Kee has got an upper hand for their super kaw soup that packs an herbal punch – just like how BKT should. 

They’re also generous when it comes to toppings, so expect lots of enoki mushrooms and you tiaos. You can also opt for their fragrant oil rice to further amp up your BKT experience instead of regular white rice.

sour and spicy vege soup
Their sour and spicy vegetable soup is a must-try as well
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Another standout dish is their sour and spicy vegetable soup, a relatively rare dish that’s usually homecooked. The sourness from the asam slices and the slight heat you get from dried chillies is a flavour that many can appreciate. 

Address: 54, Jalan SS 14/2, SS 14, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8:30AM-11PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 017-226 3226

6. Restoran Kum Chuan –  porky goodness in a bowl of curry mee

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Curry mee may be a hawker staple, but this one at Kum Chuan deserves a special mention. They churn out bowls of creamy, rich broth that are topped with generous amounts of all your favourite toppings char siew, cockles, tau fu pok, long beans and bean sprouts – on the daily. 

They’ve nailed the flavours by finding the right balance so that you get a super creamy and thick bowl of curry noodles (RM5.80). Si ham fans will also appreciate the fat, juicy pieces thrown in that gives the broth a hit of umami. Their curry isn’t terribly spicy, so even those without an iron stomach can easily enjoy this dish.

Address: Jalan SS 13/1A, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7AM-2PM (Closed on Sundays)

7. Penang Jawa Mee @ Parkway Restaurant – Penangite-approved Jawa Mee

Jawa Mee
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This Chinese-influenced rendition of Mee Rebus is well-loved in Penang, though the dish is a little more under-appreciated outside the island. For Penang langs who miss a taste of home, the Jawa mee stall at Parkway Restaurant is a godsend. 

You can expect to get a proper plate of Jawa mee (RM5.50) where you get a chock-full of ingredients, much like the OG version in Penang. The thick potato-based gravy gets its sweet note from a blend of tomatoes, nicely complementing the egg noodles. It just needs a squeeze of lime to balance out the strong flavours with an acidic contrast. 

Each order comes with a side of crackers for an added crunch, more potatoes for an enhance creaminess, a few pieces of tofu and half an egg.

Address: Parkway Foodcourt, SS 19, 40150 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7AM-2PM (Closed on Mondays)

8. Uncle Seng Noodle – a winning combo of noodles and chilli sauce

Uncle Seng noodles
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Uncle Seng’s noodles (from RM7) are entirely handmade and tossed in lard oil for a fragrant, porky flavour. Pair it with with their special chilli sauce and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Be sure to douse your noodles with their chilli sauce for the best flavour combo ever – it’s how this dish is meant to be eaten, as recommended by the restaurant owner himself. 

There are a bunch of meat combinations you can choose from like char siu, deep fried pork, and chicken feet, so you get to try out new flavours with each visit.

Address: 68, Jalan SS 15/4b, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8AM-4PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 012-254 6482

9. Gold Chilli – the staple food of ss15, butter chicken

butter chicken
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Gold Chilli was one of the pioneers that marked SS15 as a foodie-approved haven for their simple yet hearty butter chicken (RM14/set). Almost every foodie has marked this dish off their checklist before returning many times over. The sauce is thick and creamy, evenly coating the fried pieces of chicken so that each bite is a satisfying one. 

While you’re sure to spot this favourite on nearly every table, don’t let that stop you from ordering their grilled dishes. Before they were known as a mecca for buttermilk dishes, it was their Portuguese Seafood Grill that was the star of the menu. 

Address: 5, Jalan SS 15/8b, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12PM-11:30PM (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone:016-909 9873

10. Jing Zhu Restaurant – hearty bowls of Pan mee

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While you can find Pan Mee at nearly every neighbourhood hawker, Jing Zhu has built a reputation for their homely flavours and is a favourite among Subang-ites when they’re craving a hot, comforting bowl of noodles. 

Whether you go for hand-torn noodles or cut noodles, they’re all incredibly smooth and soft. Their broth has a burst of flavour from the ikan bilis stock, which is further enhanced by the sweet potato leaves and minced pork topping. This hearty dish will only set you back RM7 for a small bowl and RM8 for a big one.

Address: 9, Jalan SS 19/6c, Ss 19, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 7:30AM-3:30PM, Daily
Telephone: 016-981 7725

11. Ooi Noodle House – rich pork noodles 

pork noodle
The fatty layer on top of the broth is a good indicator that you’re going to get a rich dish full of porky goodness
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Ooi Noodle House is known for its long waiting time, but that doesn’t seem to stop truckloads of people from swarming the place on the daily. For many in the city, this is the gold standard of pork noodles.

Each bowl of pork noodles (RM9) comes with a fair portion of pork lard, minced pork, liver, and intestines – all of which add more flavour to the soup. The entire ensemble of noodles, meat, and broth makes the dish an easy winner when it comes to pork noodles. 

Address: 78, Jalan SS 15/4b, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 7:45AM-4PM, Daily
Telephone: 03-5637 3204

12. Uncle Soon Fried Rice – wok hei fried rice with generous char siew bits

char siew fried rice
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Fried rice is a fuss-free meal for days when you just want to quickly cook something up in the kitchen. Located at the back of a hawker centre, Uncle Soon Fried Rice quickly made a name for themselves once word got around that they serve one of the best fried rice in town. 

They follow a simple recipe, but its near-perfect execution has made it a big hit with students and those who work in the area. 

The dish comes with a generous amount of sweet char siu, and each plate is topped with a sunny side up egg, so that you can break the yolk and mix it in with your rice for a creamy texture. Most importantly, you can taste the smokiness from the wok hei, which provides an extra depth of flavour to an otherwise simple dish. 

Address: Restoran Foh Foh Subang Jaya, 95, Jalan SS 15/4b, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30AM-3:00PM, 4:30PM-8:30PM | Sat-Sun 12:00PM-3:00PM, 4:30PM-8:30PM
Telephone: 010-253 7525

13. Xin Chin San – thick, saucy Hokkien mee 

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A good plate of Hokkien Mee is always saucy enough to cling onto the thick, chewy noodles so that you get a burst of flavours with every forkful. If you’ve managed to find a spot like Xin Chin San that has all that and piles on pork slices and fried lard, you’ve basically hit the jackpot. 

This gem in SS14 is good for late night suppers as it’s open till 1:30AM and is the go-to spot for many in the area who are looking to curb their midnight cravings. 

Besides their noodle dishes, they also offer sides like loh bak and fried fish cake to go along your hokkien mee – the fried sides go well with the dark soy sauce too. 

Address: 14, Jalan SS 14/1, Ss 14, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 4:30PM-1:00AM | Fri-Sat 4:30PM-1:30AM | Sun 4:30PM-1:00AM
Telephone: 012-301 6818

14. Yee Kee Yong Tau Fu – fill up on the many varieties of meat-stuffed ingredients

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Yee Kee prepares all their yong tau foo (from RM1.30/piece) on the spot, so you just need to pick your favourite ingredients and the staff will take over from there. Their reasonable prices makes it a popular lunch spot, but that queue will be worth it.

The highlight of this eatery is their fish paste stuffing, which is springy and carries a whole lot flavour without being too fishy. The accompanying sauces also deserve a mention, with the brown sauce nicely complementing the ingredients with its savoury and sweet flavours while the chilli sauce packs a nice punch without being overpowering. 

Address: 9, Jalan SS 14/1, Ss 14, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-3PM, 5:30PM-10PM (Closed on Sundays)

SS15 Subang Jaya hawker food

These joints have been given foodie stamps of approval, which makes them worth braving the lunchtime traffic for. All of them are affordable, Malaysian comfort food for a quick and enjoyable meal before heading back to work or classes. 

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