Pudu is an old part of Kuala Lumpur that retains a lot of its character despite the development going on around it. It is also where a lot of traditional, good hawker fare can be found and this apparently Famous Hakka Mee stall is one such gem.
Known as “Tai Bu Mee”, these Hakka style dry noodles are filling, delicious and still relatively affordable despite the quickly rising prices.
I first stumbled on it almost by mistake one day when passing by and seeing lots of people eating at this stall, without knowing of its fame.
The noodles are dry noodles, served with a topping of minced pork, slices of char siew and some blanched vegetables and some wontons in soup. There is a huge tub of pickled green chillies on the table for you to help yourself because really, these noodles are best savoured with the green chillies as condiments.
The noodles are a wee bit oily and you can almost taste the pork lard with which it is tossed, which does add flavour. The first time I came, the noodles were nice and springy but when I was there most recently, it was a little overcooked. Still, it was pretty tasty.
Pictured is a medium sized portion at RM5.50 at current prices. Portion sizes are generous and if you aren’t a big eater, the small portion at RM5 is already very filling.
The stall is located at the corner fronting the busy Jalan Pudu and parking is impossible unless you park illegally by the roadside as many people do. Seating is limited. It is open from morning till night so there’s ample opportunity to try this.
In the daytime, there are a few other stalls that you can order food from, but it is at night that the street comes alive with many hawkers and street food and in that case, this noodle does get relegated somewhat. I say it’s worth trying and is definitely one of the better Hakka style noodles I’ve had.
Chun Kee Tai Bu Mee
446, Jalan Sayur,
Pudu, Kuala Lumpur
Parking is very limited. Use Waze to find your way there.
Chun Kee Hakka Noodles "Tai Bu Mee"
This traditional noodle stall has been around for many years. It tastes good and portions are generous. I do find that the noodles are sometimes a bit overcooked, depending on how busy the proprietor is. If you can find a place to park, and don’t mind sitting by the hot roadside to savour this, it’s worth eating.