It’s time for another round of food review and this time, the focus is on the famous Pork Ball and Pork Sausage Noodles from San Jian Zhuang. This however, is not the San Jian Chuang which you find in shopping centres. Rather, this is the San Jian Zhuang which is found at many hawker stalls which display the name in Chinese, meaning “three adjoining shops”. For this review, I went to the proprietor’s stall at Lot 3474, Main Street, Jinjang Utara, KL.
Operating from a stall within a coffee shop in Jinjang next to Public Bank, Mr. Yap Yok Foo has been in the business of selling pork ball noodles for about 30 years after learning the trade from his late father. Word has it that his father learnt the skills from one Chan Fatt Kam, who in turn learned the skills from a mainland Chinese who came to Malaya before World War 2. The name San Jian Zhuang was said to have been the referral point to this famous pork ball noodles sold during the days of Chan Fatt Kam at Jalan Silang and hence, the pork balls became synonymous with the pork balls.
The pork balls are well, not exactly the round shaped ball that you would imagine. Rather, it is flat and rectangular shaped and come in a strip which the cook can break easily. Hand-shaped, each piece of pork ball tastes really fresh as they are made daily from Mr. Yap’s cottage factory. In fact, Mr. Yap supplies the pork balls to many hawkers in the Klang Valley including other pork products like pork sausages, pork mince and soup as well. So, many of these hawkers in town actually bought the food stuffs lock, stock and barrel from Mr. Yap. As for the pork sausages, they were smoked over charcoal and it comes with a nice smoky flavour with some secret blend of herbs and spices. It must be the best pork sausage I’ve ever tried so far.
When I asked him about the San Jian Chuang chain of restaurants in shopping centres, he told me that there is a court case ongoing and refused to divulge further details. He did mention however that those restaurants do no belong to him and that he is the registered owner of the San Jian Zhuang trademark. Update : See the Court Judgment here.
Well, trademark or not, the bowls of noodles served to me and my boss that morning was really delicious and filling. We had the small bowl portion but it came with generous amounts of noodles / rice vermicelli. You get about 3 pieces of pork ball, 2 slices of pork sausage and some pork mince to go with the noodles. Business is brisk and he serves breakfast and lunch daily except alternate Mondays.
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