This kopitiam is one of Klang’s longest running and well loved eateries, since 1940s. If you love nostalgia, being in the midst of nice and friendly folks – then you’d loveeeeee Chong Kok. Unlike many other kopitiams, here, you’d see all races. Malays, Chinese, Indians – everyone. It sure was a nice sight. It is almost always full/crowded, so be prepared to share tables with others. It is a common occurrence here, no one even bats an eye.
Foodwise, depending on what you are looking to eat, this eatery may not satisfy you? The Menu here is rather limited. They serve a selection of Nyonya kuih, cakes, Nasi Lemak bungkus, Toast, Cucur Udang and several other items.
When we first arrived, we had no idea as to what Chong Kok offers. They were sooo busy, plenty of activities. We had no Menu, so we had to make decisions based on what we observed other folks eating. A gentleman was kind enough to point us towards the Malay lady that takes orders – thank you, sir 🙂 We would have continued waiting and waiting and waiting to no end. When you see this lady, you better catch here to place your order because she is one busy bee. She takes orders, serves food, direct customers, always on the move. No matter how busy she was though, she took the time to answer all our questions without an attitude. Apparently, what is popular here is the Nyonya kuih, Roti Bakar and Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang.
Nasi Lemak Bungkus + Toast with Butter & Kaya + Half Boiled Eggs + Kuih Angku
We visited Chong Kok around lunch time by which the Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang ‘sudah habis’. Bummer. This is popularly known as a breakfast spot. If you visit beyond that – be prepared for some items to be sold out. They did have the Nasi Lemak Bungkus though and so, we decided to give that a go. We also opted to try their Toast with butter and kaya + half boil egg and Kuih Angku.
I did not get the hype about the Toast with butter and kaya served here. If you guys check reviews online, you’d notice that Chong Kok is highly rated and the Toast is one of the items commonly raved about. I however, did not like the Toast. The white bread used is thick and so, when it is lightly toasted, it might as well not be toasted at all because I can hardly tell the difference. On top of that, the butter and kaya is served on the side. When the bread arrived at our table, it was already somewhat cold. There was some struggle in applying the butter because it comes in a square chunk and it takes ages to melt due to the bread not being hot. Eventually, we decided to cut the butter into smaller chuncks, place it onto bread and spread kaya on it. I wasn’t impressed. Perhaps our timing wasn’t right? Maybe they were soo busy that they had to rush through my order … who knows?
The Nasi lemak Bungkus was pretty nice. It came with the usual items – rice + anchovies + sambal + half an egg + cucumber + peanuts. However, despite this dish and the Toast, we were still hungry, lol. We ordered the Kuih Angku next. Now this item, I enjoyed loads. Each color represents different filling – red bean + peanut + ??. I liked the fact that the outer layer was thin and the filling inside was generous. I loved it, yum!
Overall, I had an okay time here. For me, based on my experience here, Chong Kok appealed to me more in terms of its ambiance – the nostalgic feel it offers as well as its popularity – the friendly folks. In terms of the food alone, I wouldn’t travel all the way to Klang from PJ, just to eat here. Nope. If I am already in the area for some reason, then yeah – I’d be back and definitely for breakfast, not lunch.
Address: 5, Jalan Stesen, Kawasan 1, Klang.
Opening hours: Everyday. Mon to Sat, 6.30 am – 5 pm. Sundays, 6.30 am – 1 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao