Friday, July 13, 2012

Champ's @ Bangsar Shopping Center

Finally! After years of KO-ing its rivals at Bandar Utama's Centrepoint, Champ's has launched a new branch, bringing its heavyweight porky fare to Bangsar Shopping Center.

There are two reasons to celebrate this opening: one, Bangsar is a convenient location, so there's no need now to battle traffic to Centrepoint for a taste of Champ's Tao Yew Bak soy-braised pork belly with egg (RM28++).

Also, so few eateries in Bangsar Shopping Center offer pork, so it's heartening to have a full-fledged Hokkien Mee (RM23++) here at last, bursting with pork liver and the works.

Rest assured, all of Champ's best-loved hits are available here, including the near-legendary Damn Shiok prawn mee (RM22.50++), still flavorful with pork ribs though too spicy for our liking.

Lard have mercy! So many recipes here are topped with crispy-fatty pork croutons, including the Penang Fried Koay Teow (RM23++), brimming with cockles, crab meat and lap cheong.

Char siew and siu yok platter (RM33++). Yep, prices have crept up as expected; we suppose the relatively steep rental in this mall might be partly to blame.

Pretty decent cocktails: Tinto de Verano (red wine, lemonade) and frozen margarita.

Mojito and a RM25++ house-pouring Cabernet (hmmmm).


Champ's Express Heritage,
F136, Level 1 (behind Madam Kwan's),
Bangsar Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2288-1855
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44 comments:

  1. Finallyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Haven't been to the one in Centrepoint for a very very long time. I guess I have no excuse now to visit this one since it is way nearer and have less traffic although it could be a havoc at times during peak hours in Bangsar.

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    1. Chong: same here! i think my last visit to champ's centrepoint was in 2007 or 2008. i had almost forgotten what the 'damn shiok prawn mee' tasted like. heh, yeah, it would save me 5-10 mins of traveling time if this were in bangsar village instead of bangsar shopping center, but yep, i'm happy too that champ's is branching out at last. and the quality of the food feels pretty much the same, i think :D

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  2. a great place to dine.. i must try

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    1. Love2dine: hope you enjoy the prawn mee and hokkien mee! :D

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  3. I love tau yew bak!! I just cooked this the other night... could eat 2 bowls of rice with the gravy ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: i hope your tau yew bak has lotsa juicy pork belly and at least one whole egg for each family member! :D oh yeah, champ's serves rice too with its tau yew bak, but we ended up not eating the rice, heh =)

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  4. Wa Champs has expanded! To think I used to wonder when Champs in Centrepoint would be forced to close down..lol. Just a picture of the tau yew bak is enough to get me running over! :D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: at this rate, champ's will outlive us all! though i'm thinking that if we had to bet on whether the centrepoint original or the bangsar one endures longer, i'd bet on centrepoint :D hope you'll enjoy the tau yew bak and everything else here =)

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  5. Certainly a convenient location. But wait, there was a Mdm Kwan in BSC??

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    1. Rebecca: oh ya, the madam kwan's here opened sometime in the past year, but it's rather hidden too! =)

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  6. Looks like it's worth a try. I bit closer to home this branch at least. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: yep, champ's is an institution, almost! i hope this branch does well. it's hard to predict, sometimes =)

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  7. Not surprising that Richard has expanded his biz to BSC - Champs has always been very steady and its Centrepoint outlet is almost iconic there, haha! But yeah, not surprising also that prices there are above-average... that siew yook-chasiew platter is really at a premium price!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, i can't remember if the prices here are exactly the same as the centrepoint outlet's or whether it's about one or two ringgit more expensive. but yeah, you're right i think i'd skip the char siew-siew yok platter next time! :D

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  8. soy-braised pork belly with egg looks just like my mom's cooking! But the char kuey teow kinda expensive.... =_=

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, i guess the braised pork belly dish is something that many families can make more easily at home and not actually need to order at restaurant =) yeah, it's a pricey char kuey teow, though i guess the crab meat boosts its value by a little bit, heh :D

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  9. crap, thats inflation talking there, i remember their dishes being in the rm15+ region, so rm20+ is steep although it does mean i dont have to travel that much further when i go back to msia and visit and i get to eat all the nice stuff all under 1 roof!

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    1. Joe: yeah, i guess a decade ago, all the items above should have cost below RM20. sigh, imagine in 2022, champ's hokkien prawn mee might cost RM30, and in 2032, it could be RM40! argh!!! :D

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  10. I've long time never had Tao Yew Bak and prawn mee already!
    Good to know that they open in Bangsar now, much easier for us to visit. :D

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    1. CK: tao yew bak you and the horse can cook at home! but ya, you can come here to have the prawn mee! it's a very big bowl, maybe enough for two people to share if not very hungry :D

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  11. tao yew bak is the only reason i go there! it's awesomemeeessseses

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    1. KY: let's hope it stays awesome for many more years! :D

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  12. wah .. again .. another great pork place.
    the braise pork looks like my mum's specialty...

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, it's a porky week, but maybe next week will be a bit less porky :D it'll be nice to try different home-cooked versions of the braised pork =)

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  13. yeah yeah yeah.. gonna pay Richard a visit soon:) Love anything with pork in it at Champs and I hear this place is HUGE! :)

    (ciki)

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    1. Ciki: i didn't manage to bump into richard here, but yeah, this outlet feels bigger than the centrepoint one! and the menu is more than 50 percent pork, heh :D

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    1. Bangsar Babe: jig of joy! :D

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  15. New outlet but new prices too! I don't rmb the prawn mee being so exspensive in CP.

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    1. Smitten by Food: ooh, the prawn mee was about RM18++ five years ago, but it was already RM20++ at centrepoint last year! :D

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  16. Unrelated, I tried making tau yew bak and it was weird...

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    1. Michelle: i hope it's weird-good and not weird-bad :D

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  17. oh boy! loved Champ cos everything is so shiok!

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    1. Babe KL: that's the accurate word to describe it, heheh :D

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  18. erm not for me though...perhaps I'm choosy on pork related dish...

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    1. Cindy: oh, no worries, champ's has many other fans =)

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  19. oooh finally they have opened! I was told that the prices there will be about 20-30% higher. And I think it's really true. However, i don't mind as the ambience looks really nice.

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    1. Eiling: true, i guess ultimately, a 20 percent hike would be in line with the higher rental here at bangsar. and yeah, to be honest, we wouldn't immediately feel the pinch of an extra RM3 or RM4 per bowl, fortunately...

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  20. You didn't try their new dishes!! Loved the food before.. and I love the food here now!

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    1. Ciki: we wanted to order the pork ribs and the wasabi-carbonara pork pasta, but by the time we finished with these classics, we were too stuffed, heheh :D

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  21. LARD HAVE MERCY! gufffaw, you're my new pun idol.

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    1. FBB; heheh, thanks. better a pun idol than a limerick idol, i'd say :D

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  22. Their tau yew bak is certainly a comforting dish...and its amazing that Champs has been around for so long. and like you...I celebrate that I no longer have to jam my way to Centre Point t have my Champ's fix:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: at this rate, champs will still be around by the time i retire! :D heh, i agree ... i haven't been to centrepoint in at least three years, i think! =)

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