Recently there are more shops around Selangor offering authentic Sarawak Kolo Mee. If you haven't heard of Sarawak Kolo Mee, it's the direct translation from the word "干捞面“, which mean "dry mix".
It is different from the famous Wantan Noodles. One, it is not drenched with dark soy sauce. Sarawak Kolo Mee is slightly springier than Wantan Noodles and typically come with generous topping of minced meat. The original Sarawak Kolo Mee is mixed with a sinful amount of pork lard and char siew (BBQ pork).
There are two types of Sarawak Kolo Mee, one version is the "white", and another is "red". If you prefer a slightly sweeter version, go with the "red" version. The "red" version is mixed in with extra char siew oil (sound extra sinful).
So here's our list of Top 10 Must-Try List of Sarawak Kolo Mee in KL/PJ. (not in particular order)
1. Nam Chuan Coffee Shop, Bangsar
This "red" kolo mee has a sweet-savoury taste giving the noodles a certain dimension not possible with the conventional combination of soy sauce, dark soy sauce or a dash of sesame/shallot oil.
Location: 2-4, Lorong Ara Kiri 2, Lucky Garden, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily 6 am - 10 pm
2. 7th Mile Kitchen, Cheras
This place has served many Sarawakian hawker foods such as Kolo Mee, Sarawak Laksa, and even Tomato Kueh Tiaw for nearly seven years. It is usually packed during the weekend, so there is a bit of patience needed, and it's usually sold out.
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Location: 7th Mile Kitchen 七哩香, 20-1-3, Block C, Jalan 2/101C, Batu 5, Jln Cheras, Cheras Business Centre.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 7.30 am - 2 pm (Every Saturday OFF)
3. Sarawak Kolo Mee at Restoran Gembira, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya
This bowl of Kolo Mee is a bit "wet" compared with the rest of the Kolo Mee around KL/PJ, but the core flavour is there. The minced meat is both fragrant and flavourful.
Location: Restoran Gembira 餐餐乐茶餐室, 39, Jalan SS 24/8, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya
Opening Hours: Daily, 7 am-1 pm (Closed on alternate Mondays)
4. Restaurant Lin Li Xiang, 林里香
This place serves many Sarawakian street foods from Kolo Mee to Laksa and what's worth mentioning is that they served Kolo Mee with "Zheng"! It's essentially a bowl of Kolo Mee with a bowl of porky goodness! The soup is pork broth with various meatballs, seaweed and fishballs. The broth itself will definitely show how much love is poured into it. Apart from that, they have other options like Hakka Pork Leg with Kolo Mee. Talk about the varieties in this shop.
Location: Restaurant Lin Li Xiang, 林里香, SS 22, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun: 7.30 am - 4 pm
5. Restaurant Mama Ting, 陈妈, SS2
If you like crispy fried shallot and spring onion, you will love this place. Kolo Mee is top with plentiful fried shallots and spring onions, which adds to the fragrantness and the freshness of the noodle.
Location: Restaurant Mama Ting, 陈妈, 2-20, Jalan SS 2/10, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Opening Hours: Daily, 9 am-2.20 pm and 6 pm - 8.50 pm (Closed on Thursday)
6. Bintang Food Court, Taman Kinrara, Puchong
Tucked away behind Taman Kinrara's Bintang Supermarket and opposite Giant Hypermarket, it is quite hard to spot! Maybe that's why it's called a hidden gem. The Sarawak Kolo Mee stall is operated by an elderly from Sarawak, and his noodles come all the way from Sarawak. It's a good plate of Kolo Mee; too bad it's served on a plate else it will be the authentic experience.
Location: Bintang Food Court,星星小食中心, L1-8, Block D, Jalan TK 1/11E, Taman Kinrara, Puchong, Bandar Kinrara.
Opening Hours: Daily, 7 am till late
7. Restoran M.T.K Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Another hidden gem deep inside Cheras township. This place serves thick and juicy char siew with a decent bowl of Kolo Mee! Check out the char siew below! Enough said. By the way, they also serve one the best coffee ice in Cheras!
Location:Restoran M.T.K., 红桃-KTaman Cheras Awana, 43200 Cheras, Selangor.
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours (unknown for the Kolo Mee stall)
8. Restoran Tropikiri, Bukit Mayang Emas
The stall is named Da Niu Kolo Mee, after its owner Da Niu. Da Niu stalls started operating in early 2018, and both he and his wife is from Sarawak. In Da Niu's bowl of Kolo Mee, you will find one of the better char siew, fried wanton, minced pork and some bok choy. Oh, it comes with quite a flavourful bowl of soup.
Location: Da Niu Sarawak Kuching Kolomee, Restoran Tropikiri
2, Jalan BM 1/2, Taman Bukit Mayang Emas, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Due to Covid-19, it is unclear whether they are still there, but they are doing delivery services)
Opening Hours: Tues till Sun, 24 hours (unknown for the Kolo Mee stall)
Telephone No: 011-1622 7588
9. Aunty Christina, Seapark, Petaling Jaya
Starting from a humble stall, Aunty Christina's Laksa Sarawak has moved to its own shop in Seapark, PJ. Her version of Kolo Mee has fried pork lard! Do we need to continue? Even in Sarawak, you hardly find those traditional ones with fried pork lard. It adds another dimension to the already tasty bowl of noodles.
Location: Aunty Christina, No 23, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: Daily, 8 am till 2.30 pm
10. Auntie Lan Sarawak's Deli, Restaurant I.Tea House, PJ
Auntie Lan's kolo is springy and so flavourful! They homemade their char siew and minced pork. They also offer other Sarawakian dishes like Kueh Chap, Lui Cha, the famous Sarawak Laksa.