Thursday, October 20, 2011

Racks @ Changkat

Stating the obvious: Changkat Bukit Bintang has a nice new set of Racks.

Baby back pork ribs _ slow-braised & glazed with sweet marmalade on the spit for sticky succulence. Among the best in town, absolutely.

Racks is pork paradise from start to end. At some other outlets, pulled pork sandwiches come out as perfunctory creations with bland, stringy meat. Here, it's a hearty heap of slow-cooked Boston butt (pork shoulder), satisfyingly stuffed into a bun with house-made apple-chili jam.

Even the ubiquitous pork burger isn't taken for granted. The tender patty contains a surprise, prepared with bits of oven-baked tomatoes inside for a understated zing. With a look that seems stripped down to the basics, it might be even tastier with toppings of cheese & egg, but those are not truly necessary.

Streaky bacon sarnie, a British favorite. Come to think of it, Racks might be for pork at Changkat what The Magnificent Fish & Chips is for fish on this street. As a bonus, the service team is more than praiseworthy _ warm, welcoming & wonderfully helpful.

Even oysters can't escape the hog here; Pacific mollusks cushioned with Parma ham. Racks' starters are encouragingly inventive: customers can also try buttered asparagus draped with prosciutto, spiced Oxford sausages wrapped in speck & grilled peaches tucked in Parma ham.

Pork crackling with Racks' signature "Torture" spicy sauce. Slightly too hard to bite into; worthwhile for sharing in a large group, but two of us had a tough time finishing this.

Char-grilled gammon with fried eggs, pinto beans & potatoes. Looks like luncheon meat at first, but this cut from a hog's hind legs boasts all the meatiness of a bona fide steak.

How do you like them apples: Racks' apple cocktails are intoxicating. Our favorites would be the Apple Ginger Harvest (brandy, ginger beer, apple juice, fresh lime) & Big Apple Lemonade (bacardi apple rum, amaretto, homemade sours, sprite).

Frozen Apple Daiquiri (bacardi apple rum, monin apple liquor, apples juice) & Apple Booker (bacardi apple rum, dark rum, sprite, apple juice).

Complimentary Macallan 12-Year-Old Single Malt whiskey to send us on our way. Wheeee!

Racks Bar & Baby Backs,
18-1, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 03-2110-1550
Last orders for food at midnight weekdays, later weekends.
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32 comments:

  1. Looks like u found a gem of porkyness here...all looks amazing...but I still need a runny egg to go with d pork burger :)

    How abt d prices?...*hoping*...

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  2. Many of the dishes here look really good - you can tell they cooked the bacon right just by looking :)

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  3. ulric: oh, no worries, a sunny-side-up egg is available on request for the burger. prices are surprisingly OK for changkat. the burger, pulled pork sandwich & bacon sarnie all cost about RM28+ each :D
    baby sumo: yeah, they really know their stuff here, based on how they explained the food, ingredients & preparation to us! i think the owner might be british (i couldn't quite confirm from his accent) =)

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  4. Now that's a rack i wanna get my hands on. Woohooo!!!

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  5. qwazymonkey: i'll assume you mean the rack of pork ribs, and not a rack of something else! heheh =)

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  6. Oh course. Wouldn't mind myself some buns too when I'm visiting that meat market.

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  7. qwazymonkey: everything and everybody at changkat is looking yummier than ever (as long as you avoid the ultra-dodgy bars that have sprung up like unwanted weeds on this street!) :D

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  8. Nice seeing u just now Sean!
    We had a porkilicious time too :P

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  9. rebecca: yup, a very pleasant surprise for me too! i think i saw KY at your table, and myhorng of course, but i don't think i've ever met the others. and you guys seemed to have so much food, heheh! :D

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  10. Pretty reasonable d prices...this goes in as a must-try :D

    But parking is always a problem in Changkat BB :(

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  11. Ulric: there are a few open-air parking lots, fairly spacious. RM5 on weekday evenings (and if it's raining, sometimes nobody collects payments) =)

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  12. Yet another pork-themed review! You should have a special "pork theme" section in your blog. :)

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  13. Thanks Sean...gonna try their ribs n chargrilled gammon...Apple Ginger Harvest looks like a good bet for alkie-intolerant me :D

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  14. oh wow. yet another reason to visit CBB! yay! (i hate them bars/clubs)

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  15. I was there last night too i thought I saw you!

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  16. Wa....all about PORK!! Am loving it.... Gotto try it someday la...

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  17. Oysters with parma ham? Mmmmmm...I better get my ass there soon! :)

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  18. michelle: heheh, or maybe start a separate blog dedicated to the hog. i'd call it the hungry hog, but that's already a restaurant's name :D
    ulric: oh yeah, the ginger beer gives it a nice flavor that's different from most fruity or milky cocktails =)

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  19. lemongrass: yup, i miss the days when every outlet at changkat was a solid, reputable restaurant. now there are two sleazy bars for every restaurant :D
    ky: ya, i think you were sitting at the head of your table. but your group was so big. too shy to interrupt and say hi to you all :D

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  20. melissa: hope you enjoy it! there's a lovely rustic-sounding dish i wanted to order, but we had no stomach space anymore: pork belly fried with potatoes, onions & sage :D
    bangsar-babe: yeah, i guess usually we only see oysters baked with bacon & cheese or something like that. i wonder if oysters topped with crunchy pork lard might be nice too =)

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  21. Oh my! Pork galore!! Look at the pork burger!! I'm drooling... how's the pricing for this restaurant? And is parking a chore? :(

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  22. iamthewitch: prices are not too bad (the burger is about RM30). i think RM60 per person is enough for a very filling meal here (without drinks) :D and you can park at an open-air lot higher up on the street (RM5 on weekday evenings) =)

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  23. "Racks is pork paradise from start to end" Right this moment I wish I can blink myself there now. I am quite mesmerized by the pork pulled sandwich. Have yet to come across any one that is not dry.

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  24. missyblurkit: yeah, you're right, most of the time, it's like eating dry, tasteless chicken breast meat. somehow they managed to make this one tender and well-marinated =)

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  25. Hopefully can visit tmrow...*cross fingers* :P

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  26. everything looks yummy especially the oysters. I hope this place survives. hehe

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  27. eiling: i'm crossing my fingers it'll be around for a few years at least :D

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  28. Ciki: heheh, go get some! :D

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  29. Mmmm. Heart attacks on plates :D Do they do brunch?

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  30. Eaglet: oh yeah, they'll start serving weekend brunches in a few weeks' time. Apparently there'll be a free-flow of apple cocktails :D

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