Pudu’s Wai Sek Kai along Jalan Sayur has some of the best foods in the city. This Glutton Street is filled with dozens of hawker stalls on both sides offering various cheap eats. Most of the stalls operate till late at night so it’s the perfect spot for dinner and supper.
If you’re a first timer and not sure what to eat, you should head directly to the fried radish cake (char koay kak) stall at the first junction of the street. A pair of brothers run the stall and they take turn to man the wok.
Every time they start frying a new batch of radish cake, it’d take 10 minutes for it to be ready for subsequent frying. During the first fry, the radish cake is cut into large cubes and quickly stir fried with dark soy sauce and lard.
When an order comes in, then a portion is cut into smaller cubes and fried at the side of the wok where the heat is concentrated at. This time, garlic, preserved radish, bean sprout and egg are added as well.
Our plate of char koay kak arrived within minutes of order and it smelled terrific. Although the ingredients look really simple, the aroma that it gives out is simply irresistable.
‘wok hei’ is strong and each piece of radish cake is covered in a nice crispy char. The egg is a must, as it adds a flavorful touch to each bite.
As far as ‘char koay kak’ goes in KL, this is definitely one of the best ones around. It gets a big thumbs up from me.
Fried Radish Cake Stall
Jalan Sayur (Wai Sek Kai)
Off Jalan Pudu, Pudu, 55100 KL
Business hours: 6pm till late