Recently, I saw someone sharing this Char Koay Teow basah topped with flower crabs in Facebook. It drew my attention so I went looking for it immediately.
Char Kuey Teow Ketam Berasap ZLR is located in Batu Caves and although it sounds far, the journey took us only about 15 minutes from Kepong via MRR2.
Here’s what we came for – Char Kuey Teow Ketam Berasappp ZLR Legend @ RM12 which comes with a crab and 2 pieces of prawns. Another more elaborate version called ‘Super Special’ is RM19 has 2 crabs, additional cockles and a sunny side up egg.
ZLR serves some of the freshest seafood we have had in CKT basah. The prawns were not mushy and peel easily, while the crab had a sweet and delicate flesh – definitely not the frozen kind. As for the noodle, even though it won’t match those in Penang, it’s decent enough to warrant a trip.
Compared to Mie Cord at Sungai Penchala, I feel ZLR’s rendition is ‘cleaner’ and more palatable since it is completely void of vinegar. If I had to nitpick, the bean sprouts could be cooked a little longer because they tasted a tad raw.
If you want to keep the meal economical, the normal version with only cockles and (or) prawns are also available between RM5 to RM8. If you ask me, I’d say get the prawn version and stay away from the cockles.
The Koay Teow Goreng @ RM5 is alright, nothing special.
Besides fried noodles ZLR also serves burger bakar and some localized Western food. We tried the Burger Bakar Single with Cheese @ RM11 which turned out OK but the patty and sauce are overly peppery for our liking.
Despite not everything being great, at least the CKT that we came for was enjoyable, and that’s what really mattered anyway. Lastly, it’s recommended that you give them a call, or check their latest Facebook posts to ensure they’re open before coming.
Char Kuey Teow Ketam Berasap ZLR
G-06, Jalan SM 6 (next to Mamak Republic)
Taman Sunway Batu Caves, 68100 KL
Tel: 013-319 1003
Business hours: 2.30pm – 12.30am (Closed on Wednesdays)