Streetscapes: Food and commerce hub at OUG’s Jalan Hujan 

This article first appeared in City & Country, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on November 15, 2021 - November 21, 2021.
The Jalan Hujan commercial area has benefited from the growing population in OUG and its surrounding areas, with shops here transacted at RM1.8 million to RM2.2 million lately (Photo by Patrick Goh/The Edge)

The Jalan Hujan commercial area has benefited from the growing population in OUG and its surrounding areas, with shops here transacted at RM1.8 million to RM2.2 million lately (Photo by Patrick Goh/The Edge)

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It is worth braving the congested late-morning streets in OUG’s Jalan Hujan commercial area for a bowl of seafood pork noodles at Sun Sea Kopitiam.

The pork noodle stall is often the busiest in the kopitiam, dishing out bowl after bowl of its sweet, flavourful offering. The Penang curry mee stall is equally popular and so is Ming Kee’s charcoal fried hokkien mee, which it sells on the premises’ five-foot way at dinner time.

Other local long-time favourites in the area include beef noodles at Restoran Yang Kee, curry mee at Ah Loys, pisang goreng from a street vendor in Jalan Hujan Emas 4, loh mee at Restoran New Sun Ho and south Indian food at Sri Steven’s Corner, better known as Steven’s Corner. Western restaurants and cafés in the area that also enjoy a good crowd include Down To Bones, Ratatouille Restaurant and The Hub Coffee Roasters café.

These eateries are just a handful among the many that the commercial area has to offer, in addition to an array of trades and services ranging from banks, pharmacies and clinics to convenience, hardware and electrical stores.

Located in the established and mature township of OUG, or Taman Overseas Union, the commercial area comprises mainly two-storey shops on Jalan Hujan, Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, Jalan Hujan Rahmat 2, Jalan Hujan Rahmat and Jalan Hujan Emas 4, located off the arterial Jalan Awan Besar at the unmissable BHPetrol station turn-off.

The area is typically bustling with people and traffic, especially during the morning and night market hours. Parking is still be a challenge, even though The Market Place,  which opened in 2016,  now offers additional basement parking.  The five-storey new market place in Medah Hujan Rahmat also houses a wet and dry market, restaurants and a sports centre.

CCO & Associates director Chan Wai Seen notes that the two-storey terraced shopoffices in the commercial area have typical land sizes of 1,600 sq ft with built-up areas ranging from 2,600 to 2,800 sq ft.

He says the shopoffices have been transacted at RM1.8 million to RM2.2 million lately. “Overall, the shops have recorded high occupancy rates. Their prices have been relatively stable and increased gradually from around RM1.7 million to RM2 million over the past five years,” he says.

“Although this commercial area is located farther away from the Jalan Klang Lama trunk road, it has benefited from the growing population in OUG and its surrounding areas,” says Chan.

Residential properties in the area comprise mainly 1- and 2-storey terraced houses (Photo by Patrick Goh/The Edge)

He adds that Jalan Awan Besar attracted the large flow of traffic after the completion of the Kesas Highway, also known as the Shah Alam Expressway. “At present, Jalan Awan Besar is the key arterial road connecting Jalan Klang Lama to Kesas and the Bukit Jalil area.”

As for the residential landscape surrounding the Jalan Hujan commercial streets, Chan has seen transacted prices of RM750,000 to RM900,000 for the 2-storey terraced houses and RM565,000 to RM590,00 for the 1-storey terraced homes.