[Non-halal] Find the famous Bentong wanton mee at Yuan Kie Kopitiam.
This kopitiam in Bentong town is known for their wanton mee, yong tau foo and economy/mixed rice.
When we were last here in 2020, the wanton noodles were completely sold out at 11.30am! On a weekday no less.
This time around, we managed to snag ourselves a bowl and also try the chee cheong fun here.
Famous Bentong wanton mee
The wanton mee stall here is actually called Hooi Kee (or Hooi Ji) Wanton and is well-known among the locals (as well as visiting KL-ites).
We arrived on a Saturday morning and managed to order a medium bowl of Dry Wanton Mee (RM6) before it was completely sold out at 12.30pm.
Bentong wanton mee – thick soy sauce mix
First impressions: we noticed that the soy sauce mix is thicker here compared to the ones in KL. We suspect that they add more dark soy sauce in their ratio of sauces – which gives it a thicker consistency.
Hence, the flavours had a more robust savoury taste with a hint of caramelisation.
(Bentong is also known for their local soy sauce brand – but we are not sure if they used that here).
The Bentong wanton mee noodles were al-dente, and were sufficiently tossed to ensure each strand is coated with the sauce before serving.
Overall, the wanton mee is more savoury than sweet – which is our preference.
The char siew slices were pretty standard – lean but not too dry. It is also on the sweeter side. However, this is usually the case as the char siew should be complementary to the rich soy sauce flavour of the noodles.
This is opposed to the fatty, caramelised char siew which is more suited to go with the more “neutral” flavours of Hakka Mee or rice.
The pork wontons were alright with smooth skin and decent filling.
Excellent chee cheong fun
Besides wanton mee, the chee cheong fun stall also caught our eye with its array of yong tau foo pickings.
We definitely recommending ordering this.
(The town is also known for their homemade yong tau foo and stuffed tofus; you can find them served in almost every kopitiam).
We enjoyed our plate of Curry Chee Cheong Fun (RM5.50). We decided to go against the grain and mix the curry sauce with the sweet sauce so it tasted more like sweet curry sauce in the end (Ming is not complaining, but Max prefers his curry to be more creamy).
The beancurd sheet and brinjals were pretty standard. The flat noodles were thin and silky smooth, which we happily slurped and swallowed.
However, the star of the show here is the stuffed tofu puff!
The tofu was generously packed with flavourful meat, and we love the amount of spring onion as well in the filling.
Every bite was juicy – we regretted not ordering more of these puffs here.
Our friend who recently visited this shop also commented how unbelievably thin the noodles were!
While not the best wanton mee we’ve ever tasted – the noodles were pretty decent and above average. We like that the noodles were al-dente, The soy sauce mix was also on the savoury side with a thicker consistency.
The stuffed tofu puff was the best item on our plate of curry chee cheong fun, along with the silky thin noodles.
The coffee served here is also excellent with its strong roasted aroma.
This coffee shop is worth visiting when in town.
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Yuan Kie Kopitiam
Address: 57, Jalan Chui Yin, 28700 Bentong, Pahang
Hours: 6am-9pm daily (Closed on Wednesdays)
(The wanton mee and chee cheong fun are usually sold out at lunchtime)