[Non-halal] The original Sam Kan Chong noodles (三间庄) in Jinjang? Let’s go!
Growing up, we’ve always called this dish pork ball noodles. However, its original name is actually Sam Kan Chong (三间庄) in Cantonese – which refers to the three adjacent shops in Jalan Silang, KL – where this dish originated from.
While we do call it pork ball noodles, the meat balls are actually rectangular in shape. Amusingly, three of the pork balls here are served attached – which do look like three shophouses in a row. A tribute to the original location, perhaps?
Sam Kan Chong – the OG
Our search for the best Sam Kan Chong brought us to this shop here in Jinjang.
This shop is run by the third generation of the dish’s creator – located less than 4km away from its original location.
The hint is in the name. The restaurant is literally called Sam Kan Chong.
Even if you haven’t been here, chances are you’ve tasted their pork balls as they supply to over 70 stalls in the Klang Valley.
The pork balls are made using the original recipe, and they also make their own Chinese sausages (minced pork, lard, liver).
But does the original live up to expectations?
Sam Kan Chong – original and good
We ordered dry noodles, soup noodles, pork pepper soup and fried fuchuk.
When you mention Sam Kan chong, the Dry Noodles version always come to mind.
And we are happy to report that the noodles here are good!
The dry noodles was very tasty with a good soy sauce mix. It was not too oily and not too thick with enough lard flavour. Some tend to put too much dark soy sauce but this was quite balanced. The minced meat was well-seasoned too.
The sausage was lovely as well. It had a good firmness – not too hard or brittle. It also certainly had a homemade taste to it, with a bit more caramelised sweetness to counterpoint the saltiness. Max enjoyed it, while Ming prefers the sausage to be a tad saltier.
Lovely soup and bouncy balls
Finally the most important element – the soup and pork balls!
The meat ball is really well-seasoned – not too salty or porky. It also had a nice bouncy and firm texture – providing a satisfactory bite.
Also the soup is spectacular – naturally sweet, savoury and full of porky umami.
The Noodle Soup version is decent, but we definitely prefer the dry noodles.
Peppery pork soup
We also recommend the Pork Pepper Soup. The portion was generous as we got a huge rib, pork slices and stomach.
We really enjoyed the soup. The soup is naturally sweet with enough black pepper to tantalise the taste buds but not too much to surpass the natural sweetness of the broth. However, the heat does build up as you continually drink it (which we like!).
The stomach was nice and we also enjoyed the pork ribs. However, some of the sliced meat was a bit too rubbery – the only downside we find here.
The Fuchuk (fried beancurd sheets) was also a decent side dish as it was crispy.
All in, this is truly a case of OG knows best.
The pork balls are stellar with good bounce, texture and taste. We prefer the dry noodles to the soup noodles.
We also enjoyed the balanced flavours of the pepper pork soup. Also, the place is clean with tables set up at the five foot walkways providing good ventilation and natural light (pandemic-friendly!).
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Restoran Sam Kan Chong
Address: 17, Jalan Jinjang Aman 16, Jinjang Utara, 52000 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 7am-4pm Daily
Phone: 016-814 3262