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My father’s driving licence in early ’70’s when Taman Eng Ann was known as Eng Ann Estate where our family house was in No. 10, Jalan Merbok.
Perhaps Taman Eng Ann was one of the oldest if not the oldest Taman in Klang.
These are some of my classmates since 1971 when we were in standard 1 from School 1 in Taman Eng Ann School and this year we celebrated our 46 years of friendship.
The school we were in was built in the early 1960s, started operating in 1963 and was previously called Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Jenis Inggeris Jalan Batu Tiga, Klang.
In 1967, the school was divided into School 1 and School 2 as to accomodate the increase in pupils.
Today the school is called S K (1) Jalan Batu Tiga, Taman Eng Ann, Klang.
All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.
This Hainanese coffee shop is bestowed with slightly more than half a century’s worth of legacy in Taman Eng Ann of Klang. It was known as Heng Lee Coffee Shop back in 1963. This is the only coffee shop which I still have memory of when I was still residing there until mid of 1973 when we moved out. At that time I was only 8 years old.
Breakfast here is an ensemble of thickly brewed coffee, tea or Hainanese Tea which in its essence should be renamed to ‘cham’ and not forgetting the half-boiled eggs with runny yolks to envelop the toasted breads sandwiching a cold slab of butter and ‘kaya’.
When people you greatly admire appear to be thinking deep thoughts, they probably are thinking about lunch.
Pan Mee, literally means flat noodles. With the help of a noodle flattener, the dough can be extruded to flat noodle strands – thick or thin. The strands of noodles are then cooked in a boiling broth and served together with all the other essential ingredients.
In this stall this young lad offer something which is not common – the charcoal and pumpkin pan mee. I prefer the charcoal done in the dry version and the pumpkin with broth. Yummy!
My favorite thing is to have a good dinner with friends and talk about life.
The Chicken Rice is served with sliced cucumber, homemade chili sauce and pounded ginger and dark soy sauce. There are different variants of rice as well, including the aromatic ‘oily rice’ and the rice balls. Chicken rice must be accompanied with a bowl of soup and we ordered additional chicken gizzards and livers. As for the chicken itself we opted for the free range chicken.
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After dinner we wait for a while and after supper we walk for a mile.
You can’t claim to have been to Malaysia if you have not visited a Mamak stall. The Mamak Phenomenon is the hottest, and probably the longest lasting “cultural” scene in the country. To see and understand the true meaning of “melting pot”, you’ve got to pop by at the Mamak stalls when in the neighborhood.
The term ‘Mamak’ is widely used to describe Indian Muslims. Its known to be a confluence of Indian and Malay culture and is derived from the Tamil word for maternal uncle, or ‘maa-ma’.
Typically the locals including Chinese and Malays sometimes call the Mamaks, “Ah neh”, which means brother as a mark of respect. The Malays, address them as “Bang” which is the short form of “Abang”, meaning brother.
The Mamak culture is extremely popular among young adults and teenagers who find it a safe place to hang out with friends during the night and also because it is quite affordable. The modern Mamak stalls have a cafe aspect, which are furnished with decent seating arrangement and televisions which lets them catch the latest programs or live matches as they dine.
Most Mamak stalls start their business at about 5 PM and remain open till midnight, and the ones that are similar to cafes usually operate 24 hours a day.
This Mamak stall beside 99 Supermart in Taman Eng Ann is one of the oldest here.
This Mamak stall serve some delectable delicacies like Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng, Mamak Rojak, Thosai, Indo-Mee, Ayam Goreng, Teh Tarik and more.
Medan Selera Taman Eng Ann
A convenient place to indulge in a wide range of good quality and tasty street food at a low cost. A fantastic food court where you can get anything from a snack, a desert to a full meal predominantly Chinese Malaysian dishes.
This place is usually super packed with hungry people during peak hours.
2 of the most popular stalls – the Popiah and Yong Tau Foo stalls.
Popiah, Asam Laksa, Curry Laksa and Kedondong Juice.
Lin Chee Kang and Chendol
Basically there are more items here that are good like the mixed fried noodles, Char Kueh Teow, Chicken Rice, fried banana fritters and such, Beef noodles and much more.
Chee Cheong Fun/Yong Tau Foo
Chee cheong fun, or rice rolls, are one of the most accepted and loved Chinese dishes in our nation. Chee cheong fun are essentially steamed rice rolls that are served with a savoury or sweet sauce. The Cantonese version (or Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun) is usually filled with either prawns or mince. Our local version, instead, is hollow but served with sesame seeds and a prawn pasted based spicy-sweet sauce.
“Yong tau foo is of Hakka origin where fish paste is used as stuffing in tofu, bitter gourd, brinjal and fresh chilli.
The selection of Yong Tau Foo here is among the biggest I’ve seen anywhere. There’s green chili, brinjal, bitter gourd, fuchok, pork skin, various types of fishball/meatball, deep fried stuff, tofu, cuttle fish, and even kangkung, spoilt for choices really.
This is a family run business and so you can rest assured that the quality of food is consistent and taste great all the time.
Taman Eng Ann is a food heaven for food lovers and when you are there just find the first place available to park your car as parking can be a difficult chore. On the plus sign every eatery are only a stone throw away from each other.