Monday, August 18, 2014

Straits Food Company @ Bangsar

Fans of Nyonya fare have a new cafe to colonise in their search for sambal prawns & kangkung belacan: Straits Food Company opened this month on Bangsar Utama's back lanes, operated by the fine folks who own Lorong Kurau's popular Baba Low's 486.

This pleasant, frills-free kopitiam with a leafy view makes for a sedate, nostalgia-imbued sanctuary on sunny weekday mornings (50 metres down the road from Fierce Curry House) with a few tables snapped up by pensioners from around the neighbourhood.

 'Food For All,' reads Straits Food Company's tagline. 'Makan First, Talk Later,' it commands. We'll happily obey.

 Straits Food Company's menu is nearly identical to Baba Low's, with starters that range from 'pai tee' (RM5.50), the 'top hat' snacks overflowing with egg strips, chopped veggies & fried shallots, served with house-made 'cili cuka' ...

 ... to Malacca-style popiah (RM4.50), soft spring rolls (the wrapping's made fresh everyday) stuffed with turnips, coriander, bean sprouts, cucumber & a dash of gula melaka sweet sauce, garlic & chilli. No crunchy pork lard though, since Straits Food Co is a hog-forbidden zone. Otak-otak (RM7) & tauhu sumbat (RM3) are also available.

 Main meals are equally well-priced. The Mee Goreng Sejuk is served nice & hot, contrary to its name - flavoursome fried noodles with pineapple sambal belacan salad (RM5; add RM2 for an essential fried egg).

Nyonya laksa (RM7, prepared with a choice of mee hoon or kuey teow), comprising shrimp, fish balls, cockles & more in a light coconut milk gravy, blessedly not too spicy or oily. Other options here include mee siam & nasi lemak with ayam goreng kunyit.

 Ayam pongteh (RM7), ikan gerang asam (RM7) & ayam masak o (RM7) round out Straits Food Co's soul-food selection. Everything's well-prepared, made with the benefit of experience. Excellent for a simple lunch.

Only one dessert is offered, but it's the crowd-pleasing choice: Cendol, smooth & milky. RM4.50 (or RM5 to take away).

 Lime juice, cincau & barley beverages clock in at RM2 each, with Horlicks, Nescafe & Milo costing a ringgit more.

 All in all, Straits Food Co is a nice new stop that should attract healthy business for lunch & dinner in the months ahead, so head here before the crowds come. Weekday parking in an open-air lot is available (RM5 per entry) barely a minute's walk away.

Straits Food Co by Baba Low
2 Jalan Abdullah, Off Jalan Bangsar, Bangsar Utama, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily, 10am-10pm

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20 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing the bangsar food~ I'm the first!! XD

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    1. Happy walker: hope you enjoy checking out this outlet if you're in the area :)

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  2. Nyonya laksa with seehump, sambal prawns and cendol! All my favorite food!
    Especially those spicy food, perfect for these cold rainy days here.

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    1. CK: heheh, it's been raining quite a lot in KL this week, so ya, this would be a good meal for now, especially the nyonya laksa :)

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    2. It's been raining quite a lot here too, this morning was 11 degree Celsius and afternoon 14, soooo cold.

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    3. CK: hahah, eat something hot to warm you up! hot soup, not noodles. hope you're staying well and healthy! :D

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  3. Count me in! My kind of cuisine. I am sure I'd love it here. Ummmm...do I spot a chip in the cendol bowl?

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yeah, some of these dishes do remind me of malacca, so i like them too :) ooo, i'm bad at noticing chips :)

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  4. This place is magical!

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    1. Linda: it's a new place that's got a quaint charm :)

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  5. I think the Malacca-style popiah would be my first order, although the laksa looks good too.

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    1. The Yum List: i love the original malacca popiah cos you get crunchy bites of pork lard inside ... and the laksa here is a mild version that's quite soothing, surprisingly :)

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  6. Hi, Sean, it could have been wonderful if I get to meet you there, if only we were there a few hours earlier :) I posted the comment last night, somehow it did not come out :( You finished all the Nyonya Laksa, we only settled for Mee Siam :( Oh! I mustn't talk first before I eat my next visit ;)

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    1. River: true, true, we missed each other by only six hours, i think. it would have been a fun surprise if we had accidentally met here :)
      oops, i didn't see your earlier comment, but i'm glad you managed to post today, huck :)
      haha, i didn't manage to try the mee siam. but hopefully you'll enjoy the laksa next time, since it's so close to your place :)

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  7. No frills and definitely delicious. The mee goreng does remind me of my hometown mee goreng down the street....comforting childhood memories.

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    1. Missy: yeah, good food at good prices. i liked the mee goreng here, it had a pleasant flavour and it wasn't overly greasy or salty :)

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  8. So the menu is essentially the same as Baba Low?

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    1. Rebecca: ya, the food and the prices are pretty much the same! :)

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  9. I must have missed this post cos I was away on hol, saw Meena at this place and thought how similar everything looked to Baba Low's. I love BL, so gotta try this place too. Not any easier to find parking spaces here though, right?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, parking is tricky on weekdays but it might be ok on weekends. there's an open-air parking lot on an adjacent road though, only a few minutes' walk away :)

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