Best Gui Ling Gao in KL

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Once upon a time, traditional gui ling gao (Chinese herbal jelly) recipe used to be made from a boiled tortoise or turtle shell. As cruel as it sounds, thankfully that isn’t the case anymore. Today, gui ling gao is produced using different herbal concoctions simmered for hours until it becomes a jelly-like texture. Gui ling gao can be served hot or cold, and each serving usually comes with honey or sugar syrup. Why? Because gui ling gao tastes like a bitter Chinese medicine if you don’t add a drizzle of syrup for sweetening purposes. Unless of course, if you can tolerate the bitter aftertaste of the gui ling gao jelly! Now, long story short, here is where you can find refreshing yet nourishing gui ling gao around KL area.

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    Soon Kee Herbal House Pork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    A crowd favourite among many female patrons, Soon Kee Herbal House is popularly known for its bestselling Longan Tofu dessert. But that’s not the only dessert they are good at. Their gui ling gao varieties are just as delectable. The herbal jelly is slippery smooth, and blessed with the right amount of bitterness. Of course, if you can’t stand the bitterness, you can always add a few drops of honey syrup to sweeten the dessert based on your preference. If possible, do try their refreshingly cool menthol version – a perfect herbal jelly combo best enjoyed during the hot sunny day.

    Tips

    You can either choose to dine in or take away your choice of dessert.

    Things to expect

    Simple décor, various traditional Chinese desserts.

    Best with

    Longan Tofu.

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM15.00

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    Soon Kee Herbal House View restaurant

    71G, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/6B, Taman Pandan Indah, 55100, Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    China Town Dessert Pork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Located at the busy row of Pandan Indah shop lot area, this Chinese dessert shop offers more than just your typical gui ling gao variety. Here, you can expect various add-ons such as the sweet and sour mango version to suit different palates. For a more refreshing choice, go for the juicy bites of longan and sea coconut combo, which complements well with the cold sensation of herbal jelly.

    Tips

    Lunch set menu is also available from 11.30am till 3pm.

    Things to expect

    Various hot and cold desserts, main course menu also provided.

    Best with

    Mango Sago Pomelo Tau Fu Fah (Soya Bean Curd).

    Price

    RM6.30 to RM8.80

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    China Town Dessert View restaurant

    11G, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/8, Pandan Indah, 55100, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    0342803211

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    11:30AM—01:00AM
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—02:00AM
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    The Zun Express Non halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Known for its MSG-free soup varieties, this Eu Yan Sang-owned subsidiary restaurant also housed a delectable choice of traditional Chinese desserts such as soya bean curd and bird's nest. Not to forget also is the classic choice of gui ling gao. It has that bitter goodness that characterises a good gui ling gao jelly dessert. Fret not, it comes with a honey syrup for that added taste of sweetness. Alternatively, there’s even a gui ling gao with a side serving of ice cream. 

    Tips

    The place tends to be crowded during the weekends.

    Things to expect

    Plenty of soup choice, elegant setting.

    Best with

    Lotus Leaf Rice.

    Price

    RM4.80 to RM6.80

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    The Zun Express View restaurant

    231, Lower Ground Level, The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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    0322836316

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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Koong Woh Tong @ Viva Home Pork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    This popular Chinese health food chain is no stranger to most patrons since you can easily locate Koong Woh Tong in various shopping malls around the Klang Valley area alone. If there’s one thing you need to try at Koong Woh Tong, it has to be their bestselling gui ling gao jelly dessert. The gui ling gao here is available in both big and small serving sizes.

    Tips

    Depending on your preference, you can choose hot or cold version.

    Things to expect

    Just about everything here is old school style.

    Best with

    Five Flower Tea and Wong Lo Kat Herbal Tea.

    Price

    RM9.00 to RM12.00

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    Koong Woh Tong @ Viva Home View restaurant

    G-88, Ground Floor, Viva Home Shopping Mall, Jalan Loke Yew, 55200, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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    0392851880

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    Esquire Kitchen @ Sungei Wang Plaza Non halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    As one of the oldest Chinese restaurant chains in the Klang Valley region since 1974, Esquire Kitchen is still growing steady after all these years. Popularly known for its authentic Shanghainese and Szechuan cuisines, the menu is also blessed with plenty of familiar Chinese desserts and pastries. Among them of course, is the traditional gui ling gao served in small or large portion. The jelly itself is soft and smooth, which makes it a nice bittersweet ending to complete your full-course meal. For those who prefers a sweeter version, opt for the ice cream add-on variety.

    Tips

    Delivery service is also available via Foodpanda.

    Things to expect

    Typical Chinese restaurant setup, various Chinese cuisine.

    Best with

    Fried Shanghai Mee and Mapo Bean Curd.

    Price

    RM2.20 to RM4.80

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    Esquire Kitchen @ Sungei Wang Plaza View restaurant

    1st Floor, Sungei Wang Plaza, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 55100, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321484506

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    Tan Ngan Lo SignaturePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    The name “Tan Ngan Lo” is often synonymous with Chinese herbal tea. But herbal tea isn’t their only specialty, as Tan Ngan Lo Herbal Jelly a.k.a. gui ling gao is equally recommended as well. Available in either 250ml or 400 ml, the herbal jelly is served cold upon order. Likewise, sugar syrup is provided for those who can’t tolerate the bitter taste of the gui ling gao.

    Tips

    From 14 Jan 2016 till 22 February 2016, get 1 bowl of herbal jelly for free when you purchase 3 herbal jelly.

    Things to expect

    Only few seating available.

    Best with

    Tan Ngan Lo Herbal Tea.

    Price

    RM9.00 to RM12.80

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    Tan Ngan Lo Signature View restaurant

    P1.09.01, Level 1, Pavilion KL, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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    Chong Kok Wah Tuo Guan Pork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Originated from Ipoh, this herbal dessert shop housed a variety of gui ling gao that comes in either original, menthol or pearl flavour. The original gui ling gao has a modest kick of bitterness, but it is the menthol version that packs the most punch. Thanks to the minty flavour, it has a nice cooling aftertaste that soothes your throat upon every bite of the herbal jelly.

    Tips

    The shop is located nearby Ceria Hotel.

    Things to expect

    Old-fashioned setting, various Chinese herbal desserts.

    Best with

    Herbal Tea.

    Price

    RM6.50 to RM20.00

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    Chong Kok Wah Tuo Guan View restaurant

    270, Changkat Thambi Dollah, Jalan Pudu, 55100, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321444166

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    Every day
    10:00AM—01:00AM
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