Saturday, October 5, 2013

Portuguezze Kitchen @ Sungei Wang Plaza

This inconspicuous enterprise opened this year in the thick of Sungei Wang Plaza's third-floor Food Emporium, run by a family from Malacca.

Staples of my southern hometown's most cherished traditional cooking are accounted for here, from Nyonya claypot chicken pongteh ...

... to Portuguese grilled fish, stingray enveloped in a sambal of kaffir lime leaves, all at food-court-appropriate prices of little more than RM10 per serving.

Mutton curry seku. Feels like honest, home-cooked fare, suitable for two light eaters.

Pineapple prawn curry, a Eurasian favorite that's a real pleasure with steamed rice.

Other fowl options: the can't-fail devil's chicken curry that's punishingly/pleasurably fiery ...

... the lightly sour ambiler kacang of long beans with chicken ...

... as well as sehbak, a spicy braised chicken salad with lots of lettuce.

Finny fun: Prementeh fish, prepared in tangy black pepper curry ...

... plus chuan-chuan fish, deep-fried & simmered in black bean paste with ginger.

For fiber, the always-welcome kangkung sambal belacan ...

... & some lovely soy-limang brinjal, pan-fried brinjal, achingly soft without being agonizingly mushy, in a soya sauce & lime gravy.

Have always adored sambal belacan. Suitably fiery spices here; chili-wary customers can petition the kitchen to ease up on the heat.


Portuguezze Kitchen,
Food Emporium, Sungei Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

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26 comments:

  1. Haha...thanks for posting today Sean! Now I know wat a mutton curry seku is...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, no worries. ya, only a few places in town where that recipe is available! =)

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  2. I love the warm decor, Sean!

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    1. Linda: it's definitely welcoming! =)

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    1. Wong: hot & spicy! (though not too bad, heheh) =)

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  4. Didn't know there's a such a place in sungei wang although i've been there for quite a few times

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    1. Ken: yeah, it's quite hidden in a hard-to-find food court (well, hard to find cos i don't visit sg wang very much nowadays) :D

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  5. I'll have to ask my maridu if he fancies some Portugese food :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: haha, maybe he'll be curious enough to want to try some. could probably prepare some of these recipes at home too! =)

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  6. OM! I want these right now.

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    1. Cquek: hope you get a good dinner, maybe with some ayam pongteh! =)

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  7. Loved the grilled fish at Mid Valley. Gotta check this one out next time I go to KL. KIV for now...

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    1. Suituapui: ooh yeah, grilled fish can be quite satisfying when it's fresh, fleshy and flavorful :D

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  8. that Brinjal looks mushily divine. Nice to have another option in the warren that it sungei wang!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, i can't resist me some brinjal in these traditional recipes :D and ya, sungei wang drives me nuts, but there's definitely a reason or two (or three!) to head there sometimes =)

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  9. Good prices for decent food eh? :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, the assurance of fair prices is one of the attractions of a food court, i figure =)

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  10. SG Wang ah, hmm maybe can walk over there on Friday, since longer lunch hour in Friday, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, if you have the mood for food that's similar to the recipes at simply mel's, then this place is a convenient stop! :D

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  11. that kind of belacan.... I would ask for more! hehe.... ;-)

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    1. Melissa: haha, yeah, it brings back good memories of my grandmother's sambal belacan =)

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  12. This sounds like a food gem in Sungai Wang Plaza...a place we rarely venture into.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i must admit, i only explore sungei wang once every two years or so. but i guess it's a place to consider from time to time =)

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  14. Husband is marido
    Wife is mulher
    I'm portuguese and i never saw this food here sorry

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