Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Cup & Quick Bites @ Publika

Asian street fare lines the corridors of Publika's lower levels, spanning Korean comfort cuisine at The Cup to Vietnam's soulful sandwiches at Quick Bites.

First up, The Cup; service seems sluggish & slipshod but the food mercifully makes up for it.

"Jjampong," spicy noodles in broth that's hotter than expected, both in temperature & fieriness, & surprisingly hearty for a takeaway box that costs RM13.90.

Feel the full force of acquired-taste Korean flavors in this "tteokbokki," a steamy braised mix of rice cakes & fish cakes that feels ideal for a wintertime indulgence.

Scarcely six paces from The Cup, Quick Bites is a generically named little outlet that supplies nicely prepared Vietnamese specialties.

Grilled lemongrass chicken 'bahn mi,' crunchy & fragrant, might be the best bet at Quick Bites, reputedly run by a Vietnamese American who once operated a similar business for his migrant community in San Francisco.

The Cup & Quick Bites,
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Both outside Publika's EAT Food Village.

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30 comments:

  1. I wonder how long these two can sustain. There are so many other options in Publika. And both right outside the EAT food village....

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    1. Sycookies: mmm, ya, you're right about the competition, but hopefully they'll be OK. good to have outlets like these that serve something a little different, for variety's sake, heh :D

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  2. I m yet to grab a bite of that 'bahn mi' =(

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    1. Ulric: it's quite a filling sandwich. after finishing it, cannot makan anything else at publika already =)

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  3. I like the decor and their logo. I absolutely love the vintage signs!

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    1. Linda: yeah, those little touches add a lot of character! :D

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  4. Great for people on the go - busy city people. I have all the time in the world... Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, I'm looking forward to someday having all the time in the world too (but with a lot of money to help keep me occupied!) :p

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  5. I've walked past these places many a time, but because I'm adverse to garnishes and green leafy herbs, I never stop :P

    I know, it's weird.

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    1. Lifasacynic: heh, i think those green garnishes actually help to enliven the flavor of food. but yeah, no worries :D

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  6. Should have one of these around KLCC!

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    1. Wong: true, these would be convenient snacks for us to grab while running errands at klcc =)

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    2. Having one in KLCC area will certainly lighten up my life:D

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    3. Missyblurkit: here's crossing our fingers that more interesting culinary choices will open in KLCC this year! :D

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  7. If let me choose, I will go for the tteokbokki, hehehe.

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    1. CK: i think i prefer bibimbap for korean food, since i like rice and i like egg, heheh :D

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  8. That bahn mi is our best bet for bahn mi in KL at the moment huh?

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    1. TNG: ooh, B'Wiched (the sandwich kiosk inside Ben's Independent Grocer) also does a very good bahn mi too! :D

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    2. oh yes, i totally forgot abt that one!

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    3. TNG: ya, i'm not sure which one most customers might prefer ... b'wiched's bahn mi or quick bites! both seem good =)

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  9. What a great way to start the day! Yummy!

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    1. Cquek: energy-providing snacks :D

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  10. Where is the review for restaurant in gombak area? You should try "from taiping with love..." at jalan SG 9 / 25 (taman sri gombak). Cheers!

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    1. Faruq: i don't actually go to gombak much, but will keep your suggestion in mind, thanks :D

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  11. Have read a lot about bahn mi, but never actually tried one before. Should give this one a try ;)

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    1. Baby sumo: ooh, if you enjoy crusty baguette sandwiches, with both meat and veggie fillings, then that's basically bahn mi. Quite nice, in its own simple way =)

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  12. Tried both, not really like The Cup, maybe I ordered the wrong item?

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, i guess we have to try the other items at The Cup to find out. maybe i'll try one of their rice boxes =)

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  13. Looks like its the trend now for lil bites in cups. Not complaining since it awesome portion when we need to eat in high speed on the go.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, and the cups are quite sturdy and well-packaged here too, so the contents won't spill out or leak. great for carrying around =)

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