Friday, September 7, 2012

British Malaya @ SS2 & Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock @ Damansara

As we hurtle from last month's National Day to this month's Malaysia Day, let's see what two modern kopitiams _ British Malaya and Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock _ can tell us about our culinary past and present.

Replacing SS2's Prince Cafe, British Malaya is where colonial loyalists and contemporary nationalists can come together and compromise over cuisine.

For the Brit: a beef sandwich, with crisp cucumbers in beautifully thick seed-and-nut bread.

For the Malaysian: salted egg fried rice, a little too lukewarm to totally recommend.

For the Brit: steaming-hot Dilmah Ceylonese tea.

For the Malaysian: icy-cold milk with cincau and gula Melaka.

This no-pork eatery is pretty packed on a weeknight. Service is prompt and prices are fair; we might not return, but we're glad we came.

Since British administrators are long gone, this country's Alis, Muthus and Ah Hocks can carve a collective gastronomic destiny, one illustrated by this cutely named Ara Damansara outlet opened by the folks behind Tom, Dick & Harry's.

Nasi lemak, something that perhaps most of our population adores. The version here is nice, with firm, fragrant rice and flavorsome fried chicken.

Sambal kerang, a heap of big, bouncy cockles.

Roti bakar reminds me of breakfasts with my grandfather.

As do half-boiled eggs, which both he and I adored. Perfectly prepared here.

Teh ais and cham ais. The menu at Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock is pretty limited for now, but let's cross our fingers for char kuey teow and roti canai eventually.

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana

British Malaya,
Jalan SS2/67, Petaling Jaya.
Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock,
Block B, Oasis Ara Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Petaling Jaya.
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29 comments:

  1. I should call you Eat Drink Kl yellow pages.(since you are in British Malaya). Probably no one has visited more restaurants than you. I would never know we have Ali Muthu and Ah Hock...and Never Mind restaurant...What a name!

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    1. River: haha, thanks, huck. i like restaurants that have interesting names. if i ever opened one, i'd call my outlet "over the top" :D

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  2. heheheheh awww what a cute name!! their heads look like slices of bread :P

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    1. Vien: hey, you're right! i honestly didn't notice that until you pointed it out :D

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  3. Char kuey teow with a lot a lot of seeham will be great! Hehehe. :D

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    1. CK: definitely! it will be the first thing that i order! :D

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  4. where is oasis damansara le?

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    1. Whoisnell: heh, i'm terrible at providing directions, but i think it's somewhere near citta mall, heh :D

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    2. thanks.. landmarks are important cos i'm not good with road names too..

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    3. Whoisnell: heh, i'm extremely directionally challenged! :D

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  5. I think you're paying British Malaya for the "ambiance" only - my bro was there for breakfast very early in the morning. Pancakes he got wasn't too great :P

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    1. Synical: ya, i wasn't bowled over by british malaya's food, but i was just grateful that it wasn't terrible either, heh. will avoid the pancakes if i ever return :D

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  6. I'm a stone throw away from Oasis and I've never been there before. You really venture far for your food. Will keep this breakfast place in mind =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: ya, one of the problems with ali muthu & ah hock is that it doesn't open for dinner. so i had to venture here on a weekend. thank goodness for GPS, heh, cos it wasn't easy for us to find! :D

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  7. Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock....
    1 Malaysia brand? hehe....

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    1. Melissa: bersama-sama, sehati sepadu :D

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  8. But Ali, Muthu and Ah Beng would sound so much better!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, i'm really not sure whether ah beng is better than ah hock! :D

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  9. OMG so cute la, the name Ali Muthu & Ah Hock! Must keep a look-out for it!

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    1. Pureglutton: oh ya, maybe if this branch is successful, they'll open more outlets elsewhere in the klang valley! :D

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  10. The eggs and roti bakar look delightfully yummy. A classic brekkie or snack that I never seem to get tired of.

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    1. Missyblurkit: I guess it's a classic that especially the older generation can appreciate. I have to admit, it's not something that I'd crave, but it's still ok to have once in awhile, heh :D

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  11. I read about Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock elsewhere and thought it was a really cute name! The sambal kerang looks good, are u sure u only had 1 portion of that? ;)

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    1. Baby sumo: hahah, it was a bit too spicy for me, I think I'd have preferred it in a non-chili recipe! :D

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  12. i like the name - ali, muthu & ah hock..
    remind me of the chinese name like ah beng, ah lian & ah cheng.. :)

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, but i guess some people would consider 'ah beng' and 'ah lian' to be insulting names :D

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  13. I walked past this when going to Maybank around the area, and wondered aloud ... what a name! and how cool to have a kopitiam liddat within minutes from home! will try the kopitiam fares one of these days. Never knew they're from TDH's management though.

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    1. J2Kfm: oooh, it's a pretty nice neighborhood that you live in then. calm and not too cramped. yeah, i think they're expanding their menu here soon, so it should be worth checking out. especially since TDH has a rock-solid reputation for professionalism =)

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  14. British Malaya is today nothing but a space colonized by ants. Lots of them. In fact, that's an understatement. From the rest room to the couch to the tables, get a glimpse on how it feels like being conquered by mutated looking ants crawling patrolling their territory. Enjoy.

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