Lot 10 Hutong houses some of the best streetfood stalls and rightly so because Tan Sri Francis Yeoh personally handpicks them. The Managing Director of YTL Corporation, which owns Lot 10 Hutong regards them as “national treasures” as many of the dishes have been cooked from generations and have been delighting and satisfying food lovers for years.
Personally, I like going to Lot 10 Hutong – there are so many stalls with their famous offerings to choose from and all under one air-conditioned roof! Yes, variety and comfort to satisfy all cravings. It’s also the perfect place to take foreign guests to – the convenient, clean and comfortable premise is a big plus. Whenever we are there, we just want to order everything in sight – Kim Lian Kee’s Hokkien Mee, Jalan Imbi Pork Noodles, Penang Char Kway Teow, Ho Weng Kee Wantan Noodles, Soong Kee Beef Noodles, Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee and that mouth-watering roast meats stall which always makes us pause and gawk. These are just some of our favourites in Lot 10 Hutong.
Introducing… Wong Sifu!
And now, there’s another new stall that’s topping our list of favourites there – it’s Wong Wok! Opened just recently, Chef Wong (known fondly as “Wong Sifu”) was personally selected by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh for his excellent renditions of all Tan Sri’s favourite “dai chow” dishes. In a recent lunch for the media hosted by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Wong Sifu cooked up a storm of some of his signature dishes.
Wong Sifu loves his seafood and he does them well so it wasn’t surprising that the first 2 dishes that were served revolved around crabs. His Crabs Meehoon and Chilli Crabs hit all the right spots. In fact, the Chilli Crabs were so good we had to order extra plates of toasted Hainanese bread to mop up all the gravy! The sweet, sour and spicy flavours were perfectly balanced and the gravy made smooth and silky with addition of eggs cooked just right. Of course the good-sized crabs were truly fresh, having just been selected from a basket of live ones.
Chilli Crabs (presently at a promotional price of RM39.90 for 1 XL-size crab)
Wong Sifu developed his culinary talent and skills from his mother’s kitchen from the age of six. By age seven, he was already his mother’s capable assistant whenever she cooked festive feasts for their village! Most of Wong Sifu’s signature dishes stem from traditional influences from his family which explains the endearing comforting flavours.
Pai Kuat Wong (RM26.50)
Braised Yam with 3-Tier Pork (RM23.50)
Steamed Pork with Salted Fish
The Pai Kuat Wong (King Pork Ribs), Sweet & Sour Pork, Braised Yam with 3-Tier Pork and Steamed Pork with Salted Fish all ring with authentic flavours from his childhood era. Not many eateries are able to serve these dishes with authentic tastes and I’m so glad Wong Sifu captures those intrinsic culinary elements. Those dishes tasted exactly like what I used to eat, growing up in Ipoh.
Sweet Sour Pork (RM23.50)
Just to highlight the intricate processes that go into a seemingly simple plate of Sweet Sour Pork: every piece of meat has to be pounded and stretched before being rolled up, seasoned, battered and deep-fried before being tossed in the well-balanced sweet-sour sauce. The accompanying chunks of cucumber, pineapples and capsicums had been pickled so that they blend in perfectly with the sauce.
Foo Yong Egg (RM14.00)
Wong Sifu’s version of the plain-looking Foo Yong Egg was served with crisp raw lettuce leaves and we ate the tasty omelette wrapped inside the leaves. This was exactly how I used to eat this at home many years ago when my mother glamourized the simple omelette!
Yeong Chow Fried Rice (RM9.90)
Rice and noodles dishes are also Wong Sifu’s forte. Check out his Yeong Chow Fried Rice, Sang Har Sang Mee and Stir-fried Beef Hor Fun where flavours are spot-on and more importantly, there’s sufficient “wok-hei” in these dishes.
Sang Har Sang Mee (RM39)
Stir-fried Beef Hor Fun (RM15 small/RM28.50 large)
We have since gone back again to have the crabs and noodles dishes and Wong Sifu has dished out the same tastes without any compromise on quality.
Lot 10 Hutong
Lower Ground Floor
Lot 10 Shopping Centre
Jalan Bukit Bintang
50250 Kuala Lumpur