IN THIS week’s edition, we take a look at a kari laksa stall in Jalan Aminuddin Baki at Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

But, before I get down to the juicy details, allow me to take some mail-call.

Firstly, Jacky Wong from Subang Jaya asks: “Samo, do you know that there are some steamboat restaurants in USJ 20 that desperately needs your business? Please come over ah!”

Thank you for the lead Jacky.

The said makan places are indeed well-known by USJ residents and were given mention in the Chinese dailies.

If I have the time, I might swing by and try them out.

Next, K. Sivaraman recommends a few of his favourite makan places in Klang.

Sam, when you coming over to Little India in Klang?

I want to take you to some banana leaf makan shops there la!

E10FB42C84134F79803D766F75B34F15Not to be missed: OK coffee shop in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Thank you Mr Sivaraman, for your invite. When time permits, I will make an effort to try the places you’ve recommended.

Lastly, T.K. Tan from Seremban wanted to know if there are any good makan places in Nilai.

Eh Samo, go to Nilai lah my friend, there are some good food there. Come la! I belanja, but you pay.

Okay, moving on, an old friend of mine T.C. Kee made mention of a stall in OK coffeeshop opposite Maybank in Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

He said this was much better than the stall in Yong Len coffee shop in Persiaran Zaaba.

Kee, my friend, was spot-on when he recommended the kari laksa stall of his choice.

Eh Samo, you’ve been eating at the wrong places la!

OK coffee shop is much better…

So, that said, I made a beeline to Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

This coffee shop is also very close to the residence of another friend of mine, Iskandar Azaman.

Every year since 2008, I make an annual pilgrimage to his Hari Raya open house without fail, so, locating this makan place was no problem.

The trick is to get there as early as 12pm and beat the hungry lunch crowd.

On the left corner of the shop, there’s an elderly couple who serves Penang char koay teow and kari laksa.

Now, on whether these people are genuinely from the Pearl of the Orient or not, only an identity card search would confirm it.

Without hesitation, I ordered a bowl of kari laksa at RM4.50 a pop.

A glass of ice-cold Chinese tea squared up my bill at RM5.

How did this stall fare?

I would put it at 7 out of 10 on the Samo-scale.

Why? It is tasty, the gravy’s got oomph! and best of all, the taufu pok and cockles are generously served.

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