Friday, October 3, 2014

I Prefer Original @ USJ One City Mall

For customers who prefer the original taste of Malaysian cuisine, complemented by a few contemporary flourishes, this recently launched outlet at Subang Jaya's One City Mall might well live up to its catchy name.


I Prefer Original's selection is sweeping, with all the essentials accounted for. We're fans of the nasi lemak here; the rice is moist & flavoursome, partnered with well-prepared accompaniments that include a chunky piece of juicy fried chicken, some kitchen-made acar, sambal, kacang, ikan bilis & papadum. A hearty, tasty treat for RM15.90.


Chefs Jason, Cornelia & Ramie have constructed a menu that extends as far as Sarawak; this interpretation of kolo mee contains no pork, but it's still a garlicky pleasure - flash-boiled, springy-eggy noodles in either a basic fish-cake version (RM9.90) or a deluxe rendition that's loaded with prawns, sliced abalone & dried scallops for a still fairly priced RM19.90.

Sarawak laksa is available too (RM14.90), in an attractive presentation that tastes pretty much as satisfactory as this gets in the Klang Valley. I Prefer Original's main owner is reputedly from Sarawak, so he's keen to ensure this outlet does justice to the cooking of his home state.

Penang is well represented by the can't-fail char kuey teow; the basic version (RM13.90) is served with cockles & prawns, but yet again, customers can choose a more luxurious platter for RM22.90 with an add-on of scallops for a seafood extravaganza.

Putting porridge to the test: A frills-free, slow-cooked seafood version clocks in at RM13.90, but patrons can splurge on a bowl with abalone & dried scallops for RM29.90, taking a traditional breakfast to fresh heights.

A humble fried rice can be transformed into a gourmet creation too, crowned with king prawns for a crustacean lover's fantasy, herb-fried & presented in a folded 'fishing-boat' paper wrap. 

The rest of the repertoire is familiar, confidently presented in ways that meet the mark for what patrons might hope from a potential mall-based franchise, from chicken satay served with one of the thickest peanut gravies ever (an addictive sauce) ...

... to roti paratha that can be coupled with creamy-spicy chicken curry or - our choice - savoury mutton rendang (RM9.90).

Comfort food? That's an apt description for these other classics: Claypot seafood bee hoon soup (RM14.90), light on salt & oil but heavy on wholesome ingredients like clams & prawns in a four-hour-boiled chicken broth ...

... plus loh shi fun (RM14.90), a dish that makes us fondly recall suppers during our 1990s-era years on the Pearl of the Orient.

I Prefer Original's beverages are less conservative; the adventurous can try the 'Peri-Peri Hot' (RM8.90), lime-pineapple juice laced with lemon grass & calamansi leaves, garnished with cili padi & rimmed with black pepper powder for a nice, spicy kick. 

Cool down after that with creamy-frosty shakes & ice-blended treats, crowd-pleasing for customers of all ages.

Many thanks to I Prefer Original for hosting this feast, a reminder of why local food has remained beloved for generations.


I Prefer Original
C-GF-07, Ground Floor, Skypark @ One City, Jalan USJ 25/1, Subang Jaya
Tel: 03-7451-6257

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23 comments:

  1. Gimme the eggy claypot loh shi fun! :3 Quite a variety of dishes here...will give them a shot when I m in the area =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, i think the loh shi fun might meet your approval, especially for a no-pork version (the same holds for the char kuey teow) :)

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  2. Now, this is MY kind of place.

    The Sarawak laksa looks authentic enough - wonder how it tastes like. Wondering also if the nasi in the nasi lemak is lemak enough - none here that meets my standard. Bet that char kway teow is a safe bet - sure looks droolwrothy...and those prawns on the fried rice - can never go wrong with those. I'd probably pass on the satay though - looks like they need to panggang it more. That's chicken, right, so pale? Ah yes, you said that! I prefer beef or lamb.

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    1. Suituapui: glad you like the look of this place :)
      yeah, the sarawak laksa has a nice blend of flavours, tasty but not too heavy, and with a mild tangy finish :)
      i'm always on the hunt for good nasi lemak too, and the one here was more aromatic than expected. the ckt was also respectable, and i think the chicken satay was enjoyable though maybe you're right, it could have been smokier, heh :)

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  3. Looks pretty quiet. Love the place - neat and clean and unpretentious! Personally, I feel there is no need to go overboard with the concept and decor - so long as the place is pleasant enough and the food is superb. That's what is most important.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it was pretty peaceful for dinner. and yup, there were some humorous, catchy and colourful messages on the wall to keep us amused, but all in all, the ambiance was exactly what we needed to enjoy the meal :)

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  4. I loveeeeee Sarawak laksa and the version here looks really good. And so does the Penang char koay teow. :)

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    1. Baby sumo: it succeeds quite well for all the basic elements of sarawak laksa, I think :) and yup, that ckt had what we needed too... Wok hei and cockles ;D

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  5. Love the catchy name and seems like it's got the Malaysian favourites covered, well, almost!

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    1. Pureglutton: the name is pretty cool, especially for a potential chain of restaurants :) and yup, many of my favourite local dishes are here, heh :)

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  6. Everything does look good and brings back a lot of memories of the meals of yester-years!

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    1. Rebecca: whenever i have char kuey teow, i think of malacca and penang :D

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  7. 0.o bird's eye chilies on a drink! Did you chew them? :P I would visit this place for the sarawak laksa :D

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    1. Ken: nopes, didn't actually eat the chillies, though it was cool having them as a garnishing, heh :D and ya, i think the sarawak laksa is one of the attractions here, since only a handful of mall restaurants serve it :)

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  8. The fried chicken looks moist and succulent!

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    1. Linda: the fried chicken was surprisingly scrumptious! :D

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  9. Catchy name and gee there are quite a few dishes here that I'd like to try.

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    1. The Yum List: true, it was hard to narrow down our choices of what to order, since everything was appealing! :)

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  10. wah, that nasi lemak looks nice to eat loh~~~

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    1. Happy walker: it was quite a satisfying nasi lemak :)

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  11. Those Malaysians dishes have got me missing that darling country...do they sell fried radish cake? My favourite!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: glad we've got you hankering for malaysian culinary delights ... ooo, no fried radish cakes here, but that would be a lovely addition to the menu! :D

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