This friendly, family-run restaurant brings a bit of Johor to KL, relying on recipes that catering veteran Khaty Ahmad inherited from her mother - the star attraction is the Johor Laksa (RM15.90), made with ikan parang (wolf herring) in adherence to authenticity, aromatic with mild spices, creamy with a coconut milk gravy, balanced with shredded cucumbers, sliced onions & bean sprouts. The portion's small, but the laksa has a nice home-made feel to it. The nasi lemak with fried chicken (RM14.90) makes for a heavier meal - the rice is flavoured Johor-style, featuring fenugreek, lemongrass & ginger for added nuances.
The best time to visit Katie's Stove is on tranquil weekends, when several Saturday-Sunday specials surface. The lontong (RM12.90) - rice cakes in a coconut vegetable stew - with sambal tumis sotong is delicious; it tastes like a fully formed, lovingly prepared recipe perfected through the generations. Kacang phool (RM9.90), another Johor Baru brekkie favourite, boasts a blend of ful medames fava beans with the softness of baby food, paired with egg & toast - total comfort cooking. Complete your meal with crispy-flaky roti bom & mixed vegetable dalca (RM6.90), washed down with Johor's medium-roast Kopi Muar (RM7.90 per pot) & Kopi Pak Belalang (RM3.50; made sweetish with cocoa powder, black cumin, acai berry & maqui berry).
Terrace At Hock Choon, Lorong Nibong, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Open Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 830am-6pm. Tel: 03-4265-6520
The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long.
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, at least RM0.10 will be channelled to a charity of the month.
Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link:
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter may be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.
Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for Jan-Mar 2016. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://issuu.com/eatdrinkkl/docs/ebook
Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!
If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).