Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pudu Chan Fatt Wanton Mee @ Damansara Uptown

Pudu's Chan Fatt Wanton Mee is back this month after a 21-year hiatus: The name harks back to a stall in Pudu Market helmed by the late Wong Poon, an immigrant from Canton, from 1955 to 1996. Wong & his wife fed tens of thousands of patrons over four decades with their noodles, painstakingly kneaded & rolled with a bamboo pole. Wong's daughter, Megan, still recalls how she & her siblings began helping their parents prepare dumplings for the noodles from the age of seven; now 56 & freshly retired from a career in finance, Megan is reviving her father's legacy on her mother's wishes, bringing her family's heritage-fuelled recipes to a new generation of customers, many of whom were not alive while her father was in business.

Firm, fresh & springy egg noodles can be served soupy or dry with various combinations, including char siew & sui kow (RM8.50), char siew & prawn wontons (RM8.50) or lion's head meatballs (RM8.50). Flavours prove pleasurably clean & clear, mild & mellow, in a nod to good old-fashioned nostalgia, back when folks had simpler tastes, evoking 1987 a bit more than 2017. Tradition is big here; the pork & liver sausages for the dark soy sauce rice bowl with fried egg are homemade by an independent village-based supplier, conveying a deep, aromatic sweetness (RM10.90). Prices are fair & portions are filling.

Pudu Chan Fatt Wanton Mee
52G, Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Open Mon-Fri, 10am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm. Tel: 012-383-8903

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Good Ground Bakery @ Subang Jaya

Poised to gain ground among fans of baked fare, this new haven for pastries, cakes & cookies is a labour of love by Sarah, who honed her craft for over 18 months as a home baker before creating her own space to showcase her passion. Good Ground Bakery is not a cafe, but customers are welcome to linger around the table while enjoying straight-from-the-oven raspberry friands (RM3.50), espresso cheesecake (RM10), brioche triplets (RM6), plum frangipane pies (RM7) chocolate-banana lattices (RM5) & cinnamon buns (RM6), each bearing the unmistakable hallmark of being baked with love, talent & hard work, with a fulfilling focus on fresh textures & finest-of-the-season produce.

Good Ground Bakery
143, Jalan SS17/1A, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Tues-Sat, 930am till sold out. Tel: 011-1280-0874

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Aunty Christina's Sarawak Laksa @ Sea Park, Petaling Jaya

After nearly two decades in Bangsar, Aunty Christina is taking her well-respected Sarawak laksa to PJ, shifting from her kopitiam stall in Lucky Garden to her own full-fledged eatery in Sea Park. Aunty Christina's laksa has its roots in her childhood, when she & her siblings learned to prepare this recipe in Kuching under their mother's tutelage. The result: Laksa that's satisfyingly rich & robust, offered in three serving sizes starting from RM9 - the special, featuring fleshier prawns, costs RM12. It's the ideal introduction to Aunty Christina, but the menu also touts another Sarawak speciality of kacangma chicken, mildly bitter with the acquired taste of motherwort (RM15 for a substantial portion with plenty of tender meat), plus recipes that evoke home-made flavours, like herbal chicken soup (RM10). Service is warm, with the team here eager to see happy customers.

Aunty Christina Laksa PJ
26, Jalan 21/19, Sea Park, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 8am-3pm. Tel: 016-315-3213

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kenny's Food Cart @ Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya

PJ's popular porridge now has the home it long deserved: Kenny's Food Cart represents nearly twenty-five years of labour that spans two generations, founded by a father, fearlessly inherited by his son. The elder Lock began serving 'teng chai chuk' at a stall in Taman Bahagia, inspired by his culinary stint in Hong Kong, before email accounts even existed in Malaysia; his son Kenny (now in his thirties) took up the trade immediately after high school, never looking back. Both men can currently be found at their new family-run eatery in Aman Suria, where the flagship offering remains steaming-hot 'boat porridge,' a fuss-free bowl of homely comfort, sprinkled with crispy vermicelli, fish paste, anchovies, peanuts, century egg & spring onions (RM8). The other cornerstone of the menu is mushroom chicken yee mee, slick, savoury & entirely slurp-worthy (RM7.50). Both the porridge & noodles can also be bolstered by other toppings like fried fish head (weekdays only), minced pork & more.

Kenny's Food Cart
K-G-11 Jalan PJU 1/43 Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Open Tues-Sun, 1130am-230pm; 6pm-10pm. Tel: 03-7497-2199

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Shangri-La Bak Kut Teh @ Plaza Batai, Damansara Heights

A kopitiam utopia of char kuey teow, prawn mee & pork noodles by day, Plaza Batai's Restoran Shangri-La now seeks to be a paradise by night for bak kut teh, served in claypots with broth (RM14) or dry (RM16), bolstered by add-ons like pork kidney, liver or stomach (RM2-RM10). While Klang purists may quibble, the BKT passes muster for KL. Shangri-La's BKT is offered starting 5pm; the evening's menu is wide - everything from yellow rice wine chicken to lala soup for a potentially soulful dinner.

Shangri-La Bak Kut Teh
7, Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. 
Generally daily, 5pm-11pm, but may be closed on some Sundays. Tel: 012-205-8502

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