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Thursday, 12 October 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Lining up for piping hot broth

WHENEVER I drive past Restoran Tian Tian in USJ 20, Subang Jaya, a queue at one of the stalls spilling out onto the sidewalk is noticeable.

Some people can be seen holding stainless steel soup containers while waiting patiently for their turn.

Curiosity got the better of me, and one day I decided to see for myself what the fuss was all about.

It took me two attempts before I could finally get my hands on the pepper and lotus soup which the stall is famous for.

From the very first sip, I knew that the soup was worth the wait.

The appetising pepper soup has slices of pig stomach (also known as pig maw), lean pork, peanuts and chicken feet.

The stall had been operating in USJ17 for years before shifting to USJ20 a few months ago, and has garnered a lot of loyal customers over the years.

The pig maw is properly cleaned and cut neatly so it is easy to chew and tender to the bite, without any aftertaste. I really enjoyed that part.

Do not be deceived by the broth.

The peppery taste might not hit you at first, but the moment it travels down your throat, it feels as though the heat will burn your insides!

This pepper soup is not for the faint-hearted.

That being said, it is the perfect comfort food on a cold, rainy day or if you are nursing a cold, for that matter.

My colleague was kind enough to finish our bowl of pepper soup while I shamelessly slurped down the lotus soup, which has a milder and more soothing taste.

The lotus soup has similar ingredients as the pepper soup, but with goji berries, dates and lotus root added in to give it that extra sweetness.

All those ingredients infused together after long hours of being boiled over slow fire made for a flavourful, sumptuous meal, reminiscent of home-cooked food.

Each bowl is priced at RM8 and you can just add RM1 if you want a bowl of rice.

For that price, I felt the portions were generous with ample pieces of pig maw and pork meat to share between the two of us. We were quite full after the meal.

There are additional charges if you want to take away the soup, or if you want to add more ingredients.

I also found out that the stall was operating in USJ17 for years before shifting to USJ20 a few months ago.

It sure has garnered many loyal customers over the years as a friend of mine who lives in USJ5 travels to USJ20 regularly with her family for the soup.

Unfortunately, we could not extract more details about the soup as the owner, his wife and a helper had their hands full serving customers, and did not have time to answer questions.

Be prepared to queue for at least 20 minutes before getting your bowl of soup at any given time as there is almost always about eight to 10 people in line.

Customers make a beeline for the stall and start queuing when the owner is only just setting up for lunch!

The stall opens for lunch from noon to 2.30pm, daily, except on Mondays.