THERE is hope in Banting.
If you love char koay teow fried with a blend of thick and black soya sauce, this little town in south-western Selangor is the place to be.
Now, I have written earlier about Jipun char koay teow, a family-owned business in Jalan Beringin, off Banting’s main road, that serves some decent fare.
This story generated plenty of interest and a reader had written in to inform me of another stall within the vicinity.
So, I set out to locate this place and to record the event, the generous folks from Olympus Malaysia had loaned me one of their flagship micro four-third cameras — the EP-3.
My Canon powershot G12 compact camera had gone bananas and while I grieve its demise and await the arrival of the new G1x, the Olympus EP-3 came in handy.
With the mirrorless camera body, I was also issued a 14-42mm zoom lens to complete my task.
So, with the photographic equipment which was on loan, I set out on a 200km ride from my home in USJ26 to Bagan Lalang and back.
My motivation was a hot plate of char koay teow and way into the night after cycling for more than 10 hours and clocking-in 145km in distance, I found a stall called “Banting Char Koay Teow” (GPS N 02 49 058, E 103 30 182).
Here, I wasted no time in ordering a plate of black sauce char koay teow.
The stall has two cooks — an elderly man and a teenage girl.
Since I don’t speak Mandarin or Hokkien, I placed the order by speaking in Malay.
The girl understood what I wanted: Koay Teow-Mee with lots of taugeh (beansprouts).
Service was prompt and in a flash, my order came with a glass of iced barley drink.
The bill came up to RM5.50 which was pretty impressive.
And compared to Jipun char koay teow, I must say that this stall has the edge.
The noodles tastes better with generous portions.
I used the Olympus EP-3 to record the food and place and it did a decent job with an impressive picture quality to match its features.
Now, after finishing up, I asked the owner of the stall on his operation hours.
He said that the stall opens daily from 2pm – 11pm, which means he caters mainly for the tea, dinner and supper crowd.
Banting char koay teow is located in a roadside hawker centre along Jalan Beringin in Banting.
For directions on how to get there, do a search on ‘Google Maps’.