Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1919 @ Yap Kwan Seng

From one former tin-mining city to another, an Ipoh institution has come to KL, harboring hopes for a bright future in the shadow of the twin towers.

Similar to 1919's original outlet, which has thrived for years in Ipoh, Chinese, Nyonya & Thai fare dominate the menu at this KL branch. There's no resisting the squid cooked with cencalok (fermented shrimp) & petai (the stinkiest of beans). Bring some breath mints for later.

Sliced dory fish cooked Siam-style, an addictive sugary-sour-slightly spicy fashion.

Chicken coated in salted egg yolk batter. The food here is really savory (& none too healthy), but free of MSG, apparently, since we craved no extra water in the hours following our meal.

Curry kuey teow. The noodles are the thin variety, brought in from Ipoh. Might 1919 be perfect for Perakians in KL who miss the food of their hometown? We'd hope so.

Nyonya fried rice, tinged sweetly by a sauce we can't recognize. Prices here are OK; a filling feast should cost about RM50 per person, without liquor.

Coconut ice cream. Excellent; this seems to be filled with dehydrated coconut flakes, supplying a nice, natural texture to a refreshing dessert.

Wine is available by bottles & glasses. Never taken for granted, always appreciated.




1919 Restaurant,
15A, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161-9919
Open daily for lunch & dinner except Sunday (lunch only)
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40 comments:

  1. Oh salted egg yolk is music to my ears!

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    1. Baby Sumo: a symphony of gastronomic delight! :D

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  2. Hey...I just passed by this in Ipoh while on d way back from Penang over d weekend...now trying to recover from an overdose of duck egg CKT n Teochew chendol =)

    Btw wat d price 4 for d Nyonya fried rice n d curry kuay teow?

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    1. Ulric: oooh, penang hawker food makes me weak in the knees :D gosh, the receipt at this place is handwritten, and i can barely read the chap's handwriting, but it looks like the rice is RM10 & the curry kuey teow is RM14 =)

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    2. Hey...tats pretty reasonable :)

      Some of the dishes are really interesting...will visit soonest...hehe =)

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  3. omg. the curry kuey teowwwww!!!!!

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    1. Michelle: tasty traditional fare! :D

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  4. ohhh i had this before in ipoh!!
    even the decor is similar!

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    1. TheNomadGourmand: yay! you'll be the best person to make a comparison between the ipoh outlet's food & the food at the kl branch! :D

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  5. Squid cooked with cencalok & petai, hmmm yummy! I love petai!

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    1. CK: heheh, i like petai too, but i don't like the after-effects of petai (smelly pee) =)

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  6. Nice! :D
    Chinese/Nyonya food + wine sounds awesome.... *drool/hic*

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    1. J: yaaaa, the vibrant flavors of nyonya food go really nice with a robust red wine! heheh :D

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  7. Cincalok and petai! Hooray, my favourites! And the coconut ice-cream seems promising. This looks like a hit, hurrah!

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    1. Kenny: bring your ipoh buddies here! they might thank you for it (or not, but those are the risks in life, rite. heheh) :P

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  8. It was looking soooo good until I saw...no dinner on Sundays?? Why?? =( Otherwise, I wonder if I can walk here from office..lol

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    1. Drops of Contentment: maybe this street is really quiet on weekend evenings, since all the embassies & offices are closed! :D

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  9. That curry kway teow looks so rich! = yummy! Is it spicy?? I like my curry extra extra spicy! :D

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    1. Vien: it was spicy, but only mildly. i'm a wimp when it comes to chili, and this one only made my taste buds tingle. and best of all, it didn't make me sweat :D

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  10. yeah 1919 is really popular in Ipoh and it's always full. Too bad I didn't have a chance to taste the one in Ipoh. hehe

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    1. Eiling: ooh, this branch in KL seems to be relatively empty for dinner right now (only four or five occupied tables on a weeknight). worth checking out :D

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  11. Coconut ice cream - I like when it tastes as though it is made from real coconut not just a flavouring - I imagine the coconut flakes give it a bit of 'realness'. Yum.

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    1. The Yum List: you just described the ice cream here perfectly! :D

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  12. The decor is quirky! A bit pricey for local food, no?

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: yeah, i like the decor! and true, it's probably nearly 100 percent pricier compared to a dai chow. but i guess the rental on jalan yap kwan seng might be high =)

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  13. wahh.. all the food pics on your blog are so mouth watering x.x

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    1. Isobel: heheh, the food was quite well-presented =)

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  14. Love the drinking area - messy enough to catch my attention =) would like to have a closer look.

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    1. Smitten by Food: oh yeah, they definitely put some creativity into the interior design :D

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  15. hmmm many have complained about this place. but your review tells me i should give this a try afterall. the salted egg chicken sounds like a brilliant idea:D

    btw, were you there during dinner? the complains i read were over lunch time.

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    1. Missyblurkit: i think we enjoyed nearly all the items we ordered. no real complaints actually, though maybe the total for the bill was higher than expected =) ya, we were there for dinner. only a small handful of occupied tables, so the service was efficient :D

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  16. the coconut ice cream looks good there :) perfect dessert after a bowl of famous curry kuey teow

    Latest: Malaysian Version of "International"

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    1. Fish: you're right! ice cream is a good thing to eat after curry, heheh :D

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  17. been to the Ipoh outlet and love their pineapple fried rice

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    1. Babe-kl: ooh, we were tempted to order that, but ended up with the nyonya fried rice in the end :D

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  18. OMG You guys....all I can do is drool over the pics all the way here in Calgary. Absolutely nothing Malaysian in our cowtown, have to go to Vancouver for that.

    Can someone please please give me a good recipe for sotong sambal (like the one above).

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    1. Em: heh, i'm hopeless at recipe tips, but i hope you'll get a good sambal sotong really soon :D

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  19. I was searching for review on this restaurant when I came across this:

    http://estee023.blogspot.com/2012/03/1919-jalan-yap-kwan-seng.html

    Thought you should know.

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    1. Weixuan: thank you for the note. It looks like that person has been ripping off content from a lot of other bloggers too.

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