Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Astana Kazakh Restaurant @ Sri Petaling

Kazakh cooking takes centre stage at Astana, named for the capital city of the folks who run this restaurant in Sri Petaling's Endah Promenade complex. If you're looking for something somewhat strange, you might like to head here.

'Kazi' horse meat sausages. Yea or neigh? Traditionally made from smoked horse intestines filled with rib meat. Strongly savoury, with a fairly fatty texture. Can't recall how much this plate cost exactly, but it's not expensive; certainly below RM20. 

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth: Naryn hand-rolled Uzbek noodles, served in warm soup with more horse meat. Soul food.

Borscht (RM7), thick with beetroot, potatoes, cabbage, beef, carrots, bell peppers & sour cream. Not a bad version; there are clear reasons why Astana attracts a fair number of Central Asian students living in Bukit Jalil's surroundings. The food is easy on the wallet & probably pretty authentic, since the place is helmed by Central Asians.

Uigur Lagman (RM7 for a half-portion). Hand-stretched noodles with beef, radish, carrots, kidney beans, eggplant & bell peppers. Comfort cooking, served hot & hearty, potentially perfect for wintry weather.

These rolled 'pancakes' might look innocently palatable, but one never knows what lies within.

At Astana, they're well stuffed with chopped-up cow's tongue & minced beef. Necessary nourishment for the hard worker.

Manty (RM8). Minced beef & onions in dough, with cutely cut cucumbers. Minor warning: Astana is NOT (repeat, NOT) the most cheerful restaurant around & its TV screens seem perpetually set to foreign soap operas.

Solyanka (RM7): Unidentified floating meat (tastes processed) with stewed cabbage, pickles, olives, lemon & sour cream.

Zharkoe beef stew with potatoes & onions (RM9). Meat was a little too tough.

Lepeshki (RM2). The stuff of which Cold War-era art-house films about suffering Eastern European peasants are made.

Vareniki, soft, potato-stuffed dough. Dumpling lovers might like this. A few bites go a long way, fitting the fill-the-belly theme.

Desserts are available; stuff that somehow looks simultaneously conventional & unrecognisable.


Astana's imported drinks are also intriguingly exotic, with bottled lemonade-style beverages & herb-nuanced teas.

Astana Restaurant
A-01-10, Endah Promenade, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
Daily, noon through midnight. Tel: 03-9054-3642


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25 comments:

  1. Certainly is unique! The Uigur Lagman, Manty n Vareniki got my attention =)

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    1. Ulric: the Uigur Lagman was good ... it's like one of those noodle-with-meat-&-gravy comfort-food dishes :) i kinda liked the Vareniki too, since it was kind of like a cross between ravioli and gnocchi or something :D

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  2. I do like sausages but have never seen any quite like this! :) I love the exposed brick and how they have the TV screen positioned at an angle on it.

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    1. Linda: true, we don't see horse meat sausages much here, though they're apparently a traditional favourite in many central asian countries and have been eaten for centuries there :) glad you like the decor here :)

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  3. Horse. Ummmm...no, thanks. In fact, my friend works there...and he's the star attraction when it comes to food - his local colleagues loves him...even though he only cooks with those instant curry pastes and canned satay sauce and what not. Nothing that comes near to those Malaysian delights there and they all loved them so so so much.

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    1. Suituapui: horse meat is part of the culinary heritage in central asia :) ooo, i hope your friend is enjoying his stint abroad in kazakhstan, sounds like he's having a good time :)

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    2. Ummm...not where the food is concerned...nor the ladies unless you are into those my shape and size. Muahahahaha!!!! I read somewhere about them importing "public-relations officers" from other countries though...to cater the those very loaded employees engaged in the oil industry there. Don't ask me if my friend had tried their services or not - I wouldn't know. LOL!!!

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    3. The money's great though - he gets paid in euros...

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    4. Suituapui: yikes, heh, well, i guess your friend isn't planning to spend more than a few years there :)

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    5. Suituapui: oh, and that means when he finishes his stint in kazakhstan, he'll have been well-rewarded financially :)

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  4. I'm liking the exotic ness though I hv a feeling I won'tike the texture not taste since it's all so processed looking Hehhe... will try though!

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    1. Rebecca: hope you enjoy this place! some of the meat is rather processed, but the dumplings and the noodles taste kinda home-made, heheh :)

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  5. just out of curiosity, do you ever get told off by restaurant owners for taking pics of their establishment? like, the interior of the place and food displays (when there are)?
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    1. Sgrmse: nearly never, fortunately. a few are curious and ask why, but i think there are a lot of shutter-bugs out there now, so the proprietors are probably not too stunned :)

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  6. looks good, but the horse meat is definitely not my taste > <

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    1. Fish: heheh, yeah, it's definitely not something that everyone will enjoy, i guess :)

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  7. Err... no thank you. Horse meat is too exotic for me :P

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    1. Ken: it tastes like stewed pork belly ... sort of, heheh :D

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  8. Have you tried Pasta Boy Cafe in Damansara Perdana their food is good. Ask Aunty for recommendation .. ^,^

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    1. ShyongWei: thanks for the recommendation, will definitely keep in mind, ya :)

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  9. Horse intestines sausage! Wow, wonder how it tastes, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, it reminds me a bit of pork, but with a stronger taste (maybe cos it's been processed into sausage meat) :)

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  10. you never fail to amaze me! :) love this post very much, me and my hubby love this sort of food; very similar to Russian and Bulgarian. Haven't had borscht for a long time; after Samovar closed down for good in Solaris my hubs mourned for the loss of borscht and the dumpling thingy. nevermind the ambiance; i think the craziness that my hubs is capable of can change the aura significantly and inject lots of happiness there. ;)

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: thanks for the kind words! yeah, this is comfort food, i quite enjoyed most of it, and it's near my home too. ya, it would be nice to have some proper russian restaurants in KL (i'm like your hubby, i really like borscht too). hope you both manage to visit this place someday and that you have a very pleasant experience here (the place needs a dose of sunshine and cheerfulness!) :)

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  11. love it. remind me my stint in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine...the varinyki, blinchki, sashliki, borsch and others...feel at home (and i am Malaysian)....

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