Thursday, May 17, 2007

Chinese Traditional Herbal Soup, Cheow Yang

Feeling a bit under the weather, Lyn and I drove around Petaling Jaya looking for some soupy stuff to make me feel better. Only when we drove into Cheow Yang area did I recall a friend of mine telling me that she had tried this great soup at the Lim Mee Yoke Coffeeshop, formerly the old Cheow Yang Coffeeshop (157 Jalan SS2/6, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor). I have not been eating here for awhile and didn't know about this stall till she told me. She asked me to look out for two huge claypots and I'll find the stall which is right in front of the shop. I didn't really know how huge the claypots were till I saw them!
With quite a variety of Chinese Traditional Herbal Soups available (RM12-18), we could only order one type as a pot is good enough for 2-3 people! We opted for the Spare Ribs, Octopus, Lotus Root and Peanut Soup (RM12).
We then saw the girl climbed onto a raised metal platform which supported the two huge claypots and reached in to take a pot of soup out with a some sort of a long contraption. As you can see from the photo, the two claypots were huge!
A much tinier claypot arrived at our table with a generous amount of soup and ingredients inside. Piping hot, both Lyn and I enjoyed drinking up the tasty soup and finished all the lotus root and all the other stuff (sharing a bowl of rice which was included with the order).
The meat was tender, the peanuts and lotus root were nice, "cooked just right, great to bite", The empty pot was a testament to how nice it was (or maybe we were both just hungry? ha ha ha....). We'll be back to try the other varieties soon....

"Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish."
- Louis P. DeGouy, The Soup Book



31 comments:

Mama BoK said...

This is cool stuff..!! gotta try them.. at least once.. when i come home.. ;)

FireHorse said...

Hope you feel better soon, take care, if not come over my kopitiam I give you "poh yu" (strength medicine)

Precious Pea said...

I didn't know about this soupy place...must go and try since it's been ages since i last had soup. So deprived! :(

Lee Ping said...

From the photo, looks like the girl was taking the smaller clay pot out from the bigger clay pot. Is that right?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Those claypots are huge! I'm amazed they can sell so much soup in a day. I lurve soup, so will have to check out this place soon! Any idea what their opening hours are?

wmw said...

mama bok : Yup! You coming back with a list of food to try ;O)

firehorse : Thanks, will hop over soon.

precious pea : You my dear are hardly deprived! Ha ha ha....Even your porridge also different from others. LOL

Lee Ping : Yes, she used a long contraption and lifted the smaller claypot out. Not sure how it looks like on the inside.

LLemongrass: Not sure of opening hours. When I left at about 3 plus pm, the stall was still opened. It's opened for dinner time too...I would think pass 10pm too.

Xiu Long Bao said...

dat big claypot looks interesting. Luv peanuts n lotus root soup!

tankiasu said...

Wah..siap dengan a quote by a French sekali. Canggih nya! :P

boo_licious said...

I had these before in Puchong which I blogged about last year I think. Saw it at Cheow Yang when I ate the Thunder Tea Rice at Restaurant OK but never got around to trying it. Looks good and will probably give Friendship Herbal House a run for their money.

Kok said...

wmw,
This looks so traditional! The soup must be yummy!

wmw said...

xiu long bao : Me too! It's my fave, not that keen on the bitter ones.

tankiasu: If you notice, I usually end my post with quotes, kinda like my trademark.

boo_licious : Whereabout in Puchong? Yah, might have a spill over to this stall from Friendship..

kok : It's good stuff....well, second to my mother's homecooked soup!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

the pot so big..no wonder u didnt miss it..thank god i hav the luxury of "mom"..so i get home cooked soup at least twice a week..hehe..havent resorted to outside for soup

wonda said...

Hmm.... feel like peeping inside the big claypot. The pot of your soup in the last photo is even bigger than that big claypot!

fried-tomato said...

wmw, do they have any 'solid" food beside the soup? plan to have lunch over there. "must have rice ma"

kat said...

I've seen the pots when I passed by the shop. Was wondering what they were. Do they have pig stomach soup? My favourite! Are the sellers China-chinese? I remember seeing on TV once about the soup shop in Guangchou (or is it Guangdong??) that has a similar concept, except they had almost 10 times the number of huge pots! Looked almost like alien pods liddat!! :lol

wmw said...

Joe : Lucky you....I get the occasional soups from mom too but not as frequent as you!

wonda : hahaha ... the pot served taken up close, definitely lots gigantic ;o) You know me and my food shots!

fried tomato : Hi there! The coffeeshop has lots of other stalls, so you can have more than your fair share of solid food. Yes, definitely got rice for you. LOL

kat : Try it out. I think they do have what you ask for.

team BSG said...

No doubt your usual awesome shots still unsettle us but that mysterious one of da lady digging high really caught us strange,
coz that reminds us of 2 1/2 thousand year caldrons !
in China ( near Xian where V came from)

Rafleesia said...

I wonder how they heat those huge pots??! Great find...thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try it out...

MeiyeN said...

interesting... such a huge pot!!!!! thanks for recommending, see if by any chance to drop by this place asap.... ;)

sc said...

i usually have soup at Friendship herbal soup (same road as Kayu Nasi Kandar Chow Yang) and i've never even noticed these large urns at Lim Mee Yoke! (well, looks more like urns..hehe) how very interesting

Paprika said...

I love herbal soup. In this hot weather, I start sweating like I'm in the sauna! Feel so much better after that! No need detox, drink hot herbal soup and sweat it out!

wmw said...

team bsg : Then drop by the place and put an end to your curiosity ;O)

rafleesia : Ha ha ha....with a giant stove! I think the pots are directly hook up and probably its' base is some metal plate or something, or maybe it has several layers inside. I wonder too.

meiyen: Yah, interesting indeed. Luckily the soup was good too, so it's more than just a novelty.

sc : LOL! Now that you have mentioned it, yeah, they do look like urns. Give it a try (remember to go with your friends) and see which is better.

paprika : Yeah, I felt a lot better after drinking the soup.

Kok said...

wmw,
Home-cooked soup? Alamak, I miss my mum's soup. Now, I only drink some "mix everything" soup once in a while.

Lee Ping said...

Is the photo on your frontpage new? It is beautiful.

wmw said...

kok : Yah, that's what my sis does when she boils soup (since she is away from home), everything also put into the soup, called the "hampalang" soup! LOL

lee ping : Thanks for the compliment. If you see the sentence above that photo...it's actuall a photo from one of my previous post. Click on the photo and you will be connected to my old post featuring that photo.

mrs. pitt said...

what do you think they have at the bottom of the pot .. besides the expected ingredients? lol ..hey, as long as it takes good, huh?

wmw said...

Mrs Pitt : Let's not go there! Hahaha....

tekko said...

hope you already recovered, take care.

Jackson said...

i saw the same version @ Puchong too. But never have a chance to try yet. will try it out next time

ilene said...

WMW this KOK ah, tell me got lotus root soup for me, went there, only got pastries! Should have come here first instead! You make me want to try it out immediately! I tell you ah, your blog on all the food outlets really challenging me to try them out!

wmw said...

tekko : Recovering but still not fully well. Thanks...

jackson : Puchong where?

Ilene : Hey! How's your mom? Go, go have some soup...good for the soul!