Seafood, Sashimi & Western @ The Fat Fish

 

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The Fat Fish
Address: 15-0-5 Shoplex Mont’ Kiara,, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Business Hours: Everyday 11.30am – 10pm, closed on Mondays
Who would’ve thought a mish-mash deli that serves lightish Western fare like sandwiches, pastas and pizzas together with a full-blown seafood counter stocked with fresh sashimi, tuna, scallops, sea urchins and crayfish would work so well?
Tucked inside a shoplex next to 1Mont Kiara shopping complex, you’d be forgiven for missing it as it isn’t that easily spotted from the main road thanks to shady trees and Coffee Bean being right in front.
But once you go there, you’d find a very nice, chilled, deli that cooks food for you too.
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First-timers may be confused wondering whether it’s a deli, a shop selling seafood, a Japanese resto or a Western food diner. It’s all of the above, under one roof.
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The selection of seafood, which includes freshly chucked oysters, was simply impressive and oozing with freshness.
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We tried their generously cut thick slices of salmon sashimi. Very value-for-money. The salmon belly was especially oily and to die for. If you’re a fan of salmon sashimi, you won’t regret hitting up on these babies.
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Not to be outdone by the fresh seafood, we found the pasta selection pretty decent and comes packed with creative flavours. For instance, I tried the salted duck egg pasta with smoked duck breast slices. Truly savoury goodness.
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Others in our group had the truffle pasta and even a mentaiko pasta where the pasta was seasoned and cooked with … mentaiko!
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The combo of Japanese sashimi and pasta shouldn’t have worked but it did.
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There was even a sushi donut made out of an assortment of sushi. It was a novelty more than anything.
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Overall, a very satisfying experience, and a place worth visiting over and over again. Would recommend it to sashimi lovers, fresh seafood lovers or people in groups who want a good time with good food and relaxing environment in one of the more posh areas of suburban KL.

RATING

Pricing: 7/10 – For the freshness and good portioning, I’d say it’s value-for-money. It may be more expensive than just eating at a Japanese restaurant, but the slices they cut here are much thicker and satisfies much more than a normal restaurant.

Quality: 9/10 – Ultra fresh and you pick your own stuff.

Environment: 8.5/10 – Relaxing deli feel with nice eating area.

Service: 7.5/10 – Generally good with friendly wait staff, though may get busy at crowded times and service may be a tad slower.

Location: 8/10 – In the heart of Hartamas / Kiara area. It’s next to Plaza 1MK, opposite Plaza Mont Kiara and a stone’s throw from Desa Sri Hartamas.

Comeback Factor: Will be my regular haunt to satisfy seafood and sashimi cravings.

Smoked Meats @ Bangi

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Itik Salai Mastar
Address: Kampung Sungai Ramal Dalam, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Business Hours: Everyday 11am – 10pm except closed on Fridays
A relatively hidden gem of a place with great nasi campur Melayu with smoked goodness ranging from its infamous duck (itik salai), beef, chicken and fish doused with is infamous Masak Lemak Cili Api.
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The place is actually a lot inside a Malay food court in Bangi where there are other stalls such as those selling drinks, kuihs, sundries and even popcorn.
From KL or PJ, it’s a decent 40 minute by car into Bangi and then drive until you find Medan Selera Adikku. Once there, park and walk towards the corner lot that has a lot of people queuing up (see pic above) or where there are lots of smoke coming from its smoking section (see pic below).
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Next to its smoking station you would see several large woks and pans bubbling with its delicious Masak Lemak Cili Api, a yellow-looking curry that does not look that spicy but packs quite a whallop in the heat department, together with savoury spiciness.
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You can choose to order the meats doused or cooked inside is Masak Lemak Cili Api or, if you’re a carnivore like me who wants to appreciate the full smokiness of the meat, you order the meat plain and ask for the curry as an accompaniment. Like this.
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The rice set comes with 2 slices of cucumber and a piece of deep-fried ikan masin. You can then choose however much meat you want. I whacked 1 duck leg, 1 portion of thinly carved smoked beef and grilled ikan keli (catfish). Some in our group also tried the variations of the meat cooked in the curry. And there was also salted duck egg to add on to your feast.
The duck was extremely good with smoky flavour complimenting its gamey duck oil smell with just the hint of seasoning.
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It was an extremely indulgent meal where you eat in no-fuss, no-frills, canteen-like atmosphere; perfect for a lazy afternoon spent with friends and family sprinkled with great laughter, eating with your hands and filling yourselves to your heart’s desire.
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A very nice place and one I would definitely come back again (considering the prices are still very value-for-money).
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RATING

Pricing: 9/10 – Very cheap and affordable if you live in PJ/KL and are used to getting chopped to pieces when you eat out.

Quality: 8.5/10 – Very great pieces of meat cooked in Malay kampung style.

Environment: 7/10 – Laidback, chilled and very no-frills. The only slight drawback is that the tables can get swamped with flies.

Service: 7.5/10 – Though it is self-served, the people helping to man the lines and serve the food are extremely helpful and would even help bring side plates and utensils to your table if they see you struggling with more food than you can manage.

Location: 6/10 – It’s in Bangi, a town outside of Greater KL which is around a 40-minute drive from the city if there is no traffic jam.

Comeback Factor: Will definitely consider when craving for smoked duck or entertaining out-of-towners who want a slightly off-the-beaten trail foody goodness. But the distance would deter too regular visits.

Japanese Dining & Grill

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Koyaku Japanese Dining & Grill – Tropicana Avenue
Address: P-G-16, Tropicana, Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Contact: +60 3-7890 0555
Business Hours: Everyday 6am – 10.30pm

 

We love our sushi bars and fresh raw fish, but the good ones are usually far from home and pricey.

So it came as a pleasant surprise to discover this little gem of a place called Koyaku that serves a selection of fresh, affordable sushi, sashimi, rolls and the full works, inside a quaint little outdoor sushi bar relatively near to where we live.

 

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Still quite new but the place is cosy, the fish are fresh and if you sit indoors, you get to dine with quirky Japanese mood music playing in the background and with the sushi chef and helpers slicing up fresh pieces of fish for your orders right in front of you. 

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Quality of the sashimi is pretty decent, though the slices aren’t as thick as a mid-to-high end commercial sushi bar like Ichiro for example. But just enough to satiate a sudden sushi crave.

They also have several creative and varied sushi rolls utilising lots of stuff such as spicy mayo, cheese, avacado, prawns, tobiko and different types of fish.

The menu is pretty good for a small-ish establishment like this. Prefer it to the Sushi Zanmai’s or Sakae Sushi’s (let’s not even mention Sushi King).

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Come check Koyaku out. Opposite Casa Tropicana and just outside the newly opened Village Grocer.

RATING

Pricing: 7.5/10 – Affordable for a sushi outlet and reasonably priced.

Quality: 7.5/10 – Good stuff for a small outlet like this.

Environment: 8/10 – Very nice especially if you dine outdoors or inside the little sushi shack.

Service: 7.5/10 – Good and attentive.

Location: 6.5/10 – Residential area of Casa Tropicana area. It’s located in the new commercial development called Tropicana Avenue.

Comeback Factor: Yes, when the mood strikes for sushi.

Brunch @ Milligram – Coffee & Eatery

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Milligram – Coffee & Eatery
Address: No. 8, Jalan SS26/4, Taman Mayang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, 47301 Selangor, Malaysia
Business Hours: Everyday 11am – 11pm
Discovered another gem of a brunch place deep inside an old part of new PJ (Taman Mayang, to be exact). It is along the same row as shophouses from where the famous Williams is located.
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Well, actually, it’s more than just a brunch place as we discovered it is open 11 to 11. But it had a very nice, breezy, brunch-y feel. So for the purposes of this post, will just confine it to the great brunch grub which we tried.
Also, the sign on their display glass panel is very misleading. It says ‘Your Friendly Neighbourhood Coffee Place’. They are WRONG. It should be amended to ‘Your Friendly Neighbourhood Coffee AND GOOD FOOD Place’. Coz we loved the food.
It was 11am and we were the only customers there. Had the whole place to ourselves.
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The interior and decor really does give you a very pleasant, warm ambience. Staff are friendly, helpful and you get the feeling that they know their stuff pretty well.
They have a rather decent selection of cakes, cookies, macaroons and dessert stuff. They even have quite a great juice and tea selection despite calling themselves a coffee place. A very understated place.
In less than half an hour, by about 11.30am or so, the place started filling up. And, from the body language and look of the patrons, you could tell that they were regulars. We felt like the newcomers. A great indication of a place having great food is seeing many regulars.
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Well, the food did not disappoint.
I ordered the aptly named Kilogram Brekkie which was well worth putting on the extra kilo for: it had fluffy omelette, crusty bread, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms, vegetables, fruit, streaky bacon and a giant juicy pork sausage. The portioning was just right. Not too little to make a mockery of the “big breakfast” tag and not too much to make you full till dinner.
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My wife had Pork Bacon & Poached Egg Carbonara, which was awesome too. Runny, creamy and sinfully delicious. The pasta was al dente and perfectly delicious to slurp down with the great sauce. They were rather generous with the bacon too.
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Very cosy, no-frills environment with seriously good selection of breakfast and lunch choices. We loved it. Will definitely be back to try out more of their stuff.

p.s. – an added bonus for animal lovers is that this place seems to love cats. There are a few friendly cats hanging around outside, acting like they are very used to this place. I saw a bowl of kibbles and water outside the shop, signifying that this place takes care of them! Good on them! Any place that is kind to animals is a place worth supporting.

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p.p.s – we found out later through their instagram that this cat’s name is Gram, who is a regular around here!
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RATING

Pricing: 8.5/10 – Extremely value for money. Their stuff seems approx 20-30% cheaper than other equivalents at other outlets. Perhaps being in such an old residential area means cheaper rent which they transfer to us by way of cheaper pricing. Great!

Quality: 8.5/10 – Great stuff, full of flavour and portion is great.

Environment: 8.5/10 – Cosy, relaxed, breezy, simple. Just nice for a nice meal.

Service: 8.5/10 – Good wait staff and relatively fast (perhaps because we were the only ones when we ordered).

Location: 8/10 – Taman Mayang area, a sleepy old little residential area dwarfed by its more famous neighbours Taman Megah and Damansara Jaya. Old-timers would have no problem finding this place. Just say “Williams area”.

Comeback Factor: Of course.

Homely Family Diner @ Table & Apron

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Table & Apron (formerly known as The Kitchen Table)
Address: 23, Jalan SS 20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone:+60 3-7733 4000
Business Hours: Everyday except Monday, 11.30am – 5pm, 6pm – 10pm
Do not let the quiet neighbourhood and simple exterior fool you. This place is a cosy, family-oriented diner with delicious grub and really good wait staff waiting for you to uncover.
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The Damansara Kim area has gained quite a reputation for being the locale for sleeper hits. There are quite a few good grub places here, from Chinese to Thai to porky Western joints. This is one of them.
For those not sure where it’s located, it’s the same row as the more famous Euro Deli.
Firstly, the place itself is very welcoming, warm and vibrant. It is an open kitchen concept at the back of the shop lot which makes the patrons feel more engaged and in tune with the energy all around.
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Next, the decor is very minimalist but still stylish enough not to look drab. It has the feel of a hipster cafe crossed with a Western family diner.
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The food is Western-style fused with Malaysian ingredients / flavours. Menu does not offer too many options, it is only 2 pages, so they obviously subscribe to “quality over quantity”.
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We tried Charred Eggplant, which was infused with served on sourdough bread. Tasted very fresh and good. It’s basically their take on the classic bruschetta.
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We then had Paku and Green Mango, which was their take on a salad with local twist. The dried shrimp, pickled mango and peanuts all worked fantastically. It was lovely.
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Next to arrive was Calamari & Citrus. Simple dish, but fresh and springy. Succulent roasted / lightly grilled slices of calamari squeezed with lime, doused in butter and hints of celery.
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What came next was the Ulam Herbed Crab Rice. This was a very well-made dish. Nasi ulam is one of my traditional local favourites. So, to taste it in a modern resto with crab meat flavouring it was gorgeous.
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Next to arrive was the Mushroom Orecchiette. Despite not knowing how to pronounce it properly, we knew the moment it landed on our table that it would taste fantastic. It has a very homey, rustic kind of feel. Essentially, it’s a mini bowl (or cup) shaped pasta in miso butter sauce with liberal amounts of mushrooms. Oh, and they crack one semi-raw kampung egg on top of it. So simple, so yummy.
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For our meats, we could not leave this place without trying its Sticky Pork Ribs. Sanbanto pork marinaded in some kicap manis glaze and then cooked until soft and yummy. This was gorgeous. The marinade was equal to the quality of the meat. An educational nugget for those interested: Sanbanto pork is not pork from Japan (despite its name) but an area in Johor (Jemaluang, to be exact) where they get ISO22000 certification for their pork. Real local quality stuff.
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The next dish was, to me, my personal favourite of the night: simple fried chicken. No pretences, no fancy sauces, no nothing but simple deep-fried chicken that has skin so crunchy you feel like you’re biting into a bunch of crumpled paper and yet super-moist and juicy meat on the inside. There’s nothing more I could say to justify this simple great dish but to say “you gotta try it”. Perfect dish if you’re washing it down with ice cold beer (they have craft brew bottles there too).
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For dessert, we tried their Earl Grey Creme Brulee, Apple Pie and then Lime & Lemon Curd (served on short bread). I’m not much of a dessert person, so can’t really tell if they are good. As far as I felt, they were alright. I’ve had better desserts elsewhere, so maybe desserts aren’t their main strengths.

 

Overall, we really enjoyed our dinner at this unpretentious, cosy place with good food. The place is rather small-ish, so it can get quite loud due to proximity of their tables to each other. Depending on whether you like a very vibrant place or not, this could be a good or bad thing. I like it coz I don’t mind a lil spunky environment when I eat. Gives great energy. The staff were excellent. Well-trained, super polite and prompt in service.

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RATING

Pricing: 7/10 – Pretty standard pricing for a restaurant of its level. Our bill came up to around 400, working out to about 66 per pax. Not bad, considering the stuff we had.

Quality: 8.5/10 – Very, very good food and fresh Western food fused with local style. Dessert was average though, otherwise would have given a 9.

Environment: 8.5/10 – Cosy, vibrant, simple, energetic. I like.

Service: 9.5/10 – Couldn’t have asked for more polite, smiley and nice waiters & waitresses (around 4 different servers served us tonight and all were equally awesome).

Location: 7/10 – Damansara Kim area. A leafy, quiet, suburban part of PJ with lots of hidden gems for food.

Comeback Factor: Of course.

Porky Thai Food in a Mall

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Thai Hou Sek (1 Utama)
Address: 1 Utama Shopping Centre, S32 Second Floor, 1,, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-7731 7933
Business Hours: Everyday, 10am – 10pm
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Sometimes, you would shop, shop and shop (or if you’re a husband / boyfriend / son / brother, accompany your women to do so) for an entire day at a mall, and come dinnertime, feel in the mood for something delicious, filling and spicy.
This is the place for such an occasion.
Located in one of the upper floors of the new Old Wing (with the New Wing being now older in terms of look and style), Thai Hou Sek is a resto serving Thai food that is loaded with porky goodness. So, if you’re a porky lover and also someone who loves your soury Thai food, it’s a bonus.
The place is very cosy, with artful decor and enough eclectic mix of art-pieces to give it a modern and stylish feel. The wait staff were pretty decent (though an important caveat: I went during school hols so the temp staff were mostly enthusiastic students probably just filling their time during their school break).
On to the food.
Nothing spectacular, but decent and nice. Portions are good, the amount of pork served are generous, and the freshness of ingredients (very important for Thai cuisine) are there. The only downside to all of this is the pricing. You could expect to pay maybe 10-20% more than a resto of its equivalent standard, but that’s a given considering rental in 1 Utama isn’t exactly cheap.
As there were only 2 of us, we had the following:
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Braised pork belly with flat rice noodles. Delicious, sweet and full of porky oiliness and comes with hard boiled eggs and some preserved vegetables for that tangy taste difference. Overall, pretty good, but recommended for sharing as the sweetness could be a bit overwhelming come the end of the bowl. The braised pork was soft and delicious.
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Siew Yoke (crispy roast pork belly) Tomyum. This was good. The tomyum had enough spiciness and kick, while the roast pork gave it a fantastic porky taste. Caveat though: I am a big fan of siew yoke, and I think it goes with ANY food. So I am still not too certain whether the tomyum taste was elevated a few notches higher than it actually was simply because of the roast pork belly. Overall, very satisfying.
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Minced pork with basil leaves and rice, pad-thai style. This was alright. Nothing out of this world but yet it ticks all the boxes. The rice was a tad too soft though, and the dish would have been elevated had they used proper Thai jasmine rice. Still, a good dish to fill up your stomache and tickle your tastebuds.
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Overall, we were happy with our meal, while being conscious of the fact that the price may not be considered too value-for-money simply because it is in a shopping complex. It is still one of the better food options inside 1U. However, if I am not already inside 1U, I would not drive out all the way there just for this when I want Thai food.

RATING

Pricing: 5/10 – A bit on the premium side, due to the fact that it is inside one of Klang Valley’s higher end shopping malls.

Quality: 7/10 – Good stuff with good taste that does not disappoint. The pork in every dish was the bonus.

Environment: 7.5/10 – Quite nicely done up and tucked inside a busy shopping mall. A respite from shopping and walking it is.

Service: 7.5/10 – Good and attentive.

Location: 7/10 – Highly convenient if you are already in 1U. Even if you are not, 1U is one of the more strategically located and accessible malls in PJ.

Comeback Factor: Only if I was already inside 1U shopping. If I was not in 1U, there are better options out there.

Klang Bah Kut Teh

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Ah Her Bak Kut Teh
Address: Jalan Jati, Pandamaran, 42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone:+60 12-933 6318
Business Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays, 5pm – 9pm
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In Klang Valley, there is only place for bah kut teh, and that is Klang. I have been to many bah kut teh (or BKT in short) places, but to me one place beats all of them flat, and that is Ah Her in Pandamaran.
If you’re coming from PJ (like me) or KL, Pandamaran is very deep into Klang. Near the port area. In Pandamaran, or generally Klang, you can find a BKT shop at almost every corner of every other block. I was told that almost all of them are of a decent quality and really good, compared to the ones you’d get in KL or PJ.
Ah Her, to me, is the king of them. It’s only open for 4 hours a day, from 5pm to 9pm. Usually by 8ish pm, they would have run out of meat or soup and will turn people away from its doors. The location is very old school. It feels more like going to an open air canteen of a warehouse or factory, so if you’re looking for ambience, go away.
If you don’t mind the drive, you don’t mind the environment, you don’t mind the ridiculously short amount of time they sell, you don’t mind the rather terse and busy wait staff and don’t mind a long wait for your food … then you’re in for a hell of a time.
Coz when the stuff comes, it is Heaven in many mini bowls. Unlike the soupier BKTs out of Klang, this one has that proper Klang trademark style of having very thick, almost stew-like consistency soup and in very little quantity. Try asking for more soup and the waitresses will look at you like you’re asking for gold. Well, with that kind of taste, I guess the soup is really gold. Liquid gold.
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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous pieces of succulent and tender pork oozing with delicious fats and oil mingled in powerfully herbal soup seasoned just right. Eat it with white fluffy rice and condiments of garlic and cili padi. No one speaks when they’re busy chomping down on good ole Ah Her BKT.
There’s also a distinct lack of other stuff such as fu chok or eu char koay or mushrooms or other stuff. I’m not sure if they serve it but looking at other tables, everyone seems to be there for one thing and one thing only: the pork. And you can’t blame them. Because it is that DAMN good.
For people who want to know what the fuss is all about for Klang BKT, there is no other place you should go other than this one.

RATING

Pricing: 6.5/10 – Slightly above the standard Klang pricing for BKT. I suspect its popularity may have something to do with this.

Quality: 9/10 – Extremely good. Pork super fresh and superbly compliments the BKT soup.

Environment: 4/10 – Like a run-down canteen of a factory or a warehouse. You feel like you’re eating out of an open air kitchen of a very old community hall. Adds to the charm of the experience.

Service: 6/10 – Depending on the crowd, which is usually thick and demanding. No time for frills or niceties. You go there you get down to business, order, eat and leave.

Location: 5/10 – Deep into Pandamaran in Port Klang. May be a bit far for non Klangites. But worth the drive if you’ve got a hankering for BKT.

Comeback Factor: If I am entertaining out of towners who wants to taste the best BKT in Malaysia.

Porky Thai Grilled & Street Food

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Jatujak Bangkok Street Food
Address: Jalan PJU1A/3K, Taipan Damansara 1, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya
Phone:03-78596359
Business Hours: -N/A-
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It’s Friday evening and our usual “what to eat-you decide-no-you decide” headache ensues. Doesn’t help that all major roads in and around our area was jammed packed and gridlocked.

We decided to head over to Oasis Ara Damansara.

En route, somewhere inside Ara Damansara, we saw a very (and I mean VERY) brightly lit corner shop with lots of people eating inside and outside with copious amount of smoke from grill floating about. It looked like some street party was going on. We turned in.

Found ourselves at Jatujak Bangkok Street Food (obviously a play on the famous Chatuchak Market in BKK), a new establishment (owner told us opened 20 days only) serving grilled and Thai street food. Much of the menu was in Thai too. All the workers was Thai. Owner (or the guy who we think was the owner as he was essentially running the place) was a Chinese guy who spoke fluent Thai with a Thai wife (we assume) running the place. Decor was minimal, and it had a no-frills, authentic Thai street corner joint. Best of all, it serves pork and Chang / Singha. I was sold.

It isn’t your Erawan or Ayuthai or any of those fancy Thai restaurants you’d get here where they serve rice in that shiny silver bowl and commercialised Thai soothing music lilts in the background. No, here the cutlery, bowls and utensils were very basic, minimal and reminiscent of street vendors and the wait staff would be shouting and hustling about in Thai trying to get orders out fast.

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As there were only 2 of us, our food capacity was confined to only 4 dishes. We had Papaya Salad, which was sweet, tangy and came with numerous flying kicks in the mouth spicy explosion from Thai cili padi. This was proper spicy and a prelude to things to come.
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Next was Grilled Pork Shoulder, seasoned well and cut in strips. This wasn’t spicy, and the accompanying sauce was fish sauce mixed with Thai chilli. Sweet and succulent.
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Highlight was the Clear Tomyum with Pork Knuckle. This was kickass. Very flavourful, will hit the right spots if you’re craving Thai tomyum and the bonus is of course the gelatineous and tender pork knuckle meat and fat that was swimming in this gorgeous medley of fresh herbs and more cili padi. Careful, once again, extremely spicy. The cili padi were also all mashed up so there is no way to avoid them with every slurp. It has a slow but escalating burn which crescendos into a warm glowing sensation that gets tingly near the end. Superb.
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Lastly, we had Pandan Chicken. Very tasty. Pandan flavour infused right into the deepest of its meat, which was tender and juicy.
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All of that with white rice and washed down with Chang beer while Dilys had pandan lemongrass served in a mini pot.

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Outside, several groups took up the outside tables to have their own Thai BBQ party, ordering rounds and rounds of delicious smelling pork and seafood. They even have crabs and big prawns. Must try the next time I come back.
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Zero atmosphere, as its not one of your atas places and it’s actually the only brightly lit shop along a dark row of shop houses that were all closed at night. Parking is aplenty. Feels more like a place to lepak with big groups of friends.

There was also a couple of friendly stray dogs who seemed really comfortable with the patrons, indicating that they are probably well cared for by the Thai staff.

Would recommend this place to lovers of unpretentious, casual, porky & seafood Thai street food or anyone near Ara Damansara. Am recommending this place for a selfish reason also, coz it’s new, near me and I really want it to be around for a long time to come.

So come, come. Not all Thai food are same same coz this one’s different. No happy ending, just happy tummy.

RATING

Pricing: 9/10 – Very cheap (compared to other Thai food outlets around) and good value for money.

Quality: 8.5/10 – Very authentic and spice level is not for the faint-hearted.

Environment: 7/10 – Nothing fancy, very basic, very decent (still new) and no-frills street food outlet.

Service: 6.5/10 – Due to it being very new, the wait staff looked a bit flustered, disorganised and got certain seating orders wrong. However, they were very apologetic and the famous Thai courtesy was there for all to see.

Location: 8/10 – This is very biased because it’s almost a few stones throw from me. For the rest, it is in Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Just off the main road. You won’t miss it. Great spaces with lots of parking. Area is almost deserted at night except for this place.

Comeback Factor: Hell yes

Kou Shui Porridge, Cheras

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Kou Shui Porridge
Address: 526, Jalan Cheras, Taman Pertama, 56100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone:03-9200 2611
Business Hours: Everyday, 17:00-04:30
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REVIEW

Disclaimer: I am not really a porridge person. I mean, yeah, I can eat it, but it is not something I would actually drive miles, in the middle of the night, in search for.

Thus, when a foodie friend who has somewhat similar-ish taste as mine recommended we should go whack some good porridge located in Cheras (we live in PJ, which is like another planet away), it had to be really good to make it worth the trouble. Plus, we had just finished a round of badminton, so the stomache was really looking for something good to satiate it.
Did it satisfy? Fortunately, yes. Will I come back for more? Definitely, yes. If only I stayed in Cheras. Anyways, on to the review.
It was really, really good. You could tell the place was a supper or after-drinking hours institution, as they were only gearing up for crowd around 10-ish pm. When we reached (close to 11pm) we had to wait for 15minutes for the porridge to be done cooking. But when it arrived, boy it did not disappoint.
Silky smooth, perfect rice cooked to almost gelatinous perfection served in a piping, charcoal-hot claypot with simple spring onions and ginger as garnish. That alone would have been just perfect, but I had the seafood porridge. Chunks of delectable seafood infused with the superb porridge (which included 2 large and juicy tiger prawns) was simply the bomb.
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The others in our group had the pork intestine porridge and the classic century egg and pork one. All gave double thumbs up as well.
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If our meal was to be a gastronomical masterpiece, the porridge itself was the canvass, the ingredients were the majestic paint colours and it was all put together by the masterful strokes of its side dishes: namely the Kung Po Eel and Sesame Oil Frog Legs.
Simply gorgeous. The Kung Po eel packed a kung fu kick to the tastebuds where the spicy tang complemented the subtle softness of the eel. Sesame Oil frog legs were also magnificient as the sesame oil infused the succulent frog legs with just enough aroma but not too much as to overpower it. Dunked into our creamy white goodness of the porridge, it was literally heaven in a bowl.
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It was so good. So satisfying. By the time we were, done, there were empty claypots, glowing stomaches and a warm afterglow that can only be felt after whacking a mouth-watering supper of good porridge.
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RATING

Pricing: 9/10 – Very reasonable and value for money for the kind of goodness you consume.

Quality: 9/10 – Delicious to the last creamy drop.

Environment: 6/10 – An old school outlet with no frills, no decor, right in the heart of Cheras. Not for bringing first dates or business partners.

Service: 7/10 – reasonable, though not overly friendly.

Location: 5/10 – near the PGRM in Cheras. Location is relative to the reviewer, and for someone living in PJ, it’s a bit of a distance for me.

Comeback Factor: definitely. Would be a regular supper place if not for the distance.

Kai’s Plato Seafood Restaurant

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Kai’s Plato Seafood Restaurant (Kota Damansara outlet)
Address: 1, Jalan PJU 5/12, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Business Hours: Everyday 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 12am except Monday (closed)

 

 

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A nice, cosy place for whacking good seafood.

 

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One of the unique twists this place offers is their signature stacked platter – up to 4 different trays heaped with the Little Mermaid’s shelled friends from under the sea steamed succulently while its juices drip into the final tray containing power-packed seafood broth / stock.

 

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Just like the Hakka poon choy style, you dig into the shared platter beginning from the top, then go down a tray, and another, until you reach the juicy seafoody soup below. They will then add in springy noodles for you to finish up your meal with seafood noodles.

 

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Verdict: very, very fresh. You really can’t mask freshness when it’s steamed. On this count they didn’t disappoint. Variety was good too, we had prawns, mussels, lala, shellfish, abalone, baby octopuses, snails and slipper lobster / yabbies. Plus, their chilli dip was kickass.

 

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Would recommend this place for groups of seafood lovers out for a good seafood gorge-fest. Not for 1st dates or business meetings though, as you eat your grub right off the table with barehands and there are hardly any cutlery.

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RATING

Pricing: 7/10 – average to high relative to the other seafood places. Not high end but not cheap either.

Quality: 8.5/10 -very fresh seafood steamed in a very unique manner that brings out the sweetness of the individual seafood.

Environment: 7/10 – breezy, non-pretentious, family-oriented place that is just nice to sit back, get your hands dirty and dig into seafood while you laugh and chatter.

Service: 7/10 – pretty standard and relatively fast.

Location: 7/10 – inside one of the many commercial outlets in Kota Damansara.

Comeback Factor: maybe once in a while, when entertaining out of town friends who want to try seafood served in unique manner.