Monday, October 20, 2014

The Porki Society @ Sea Park, Petaling Jaya

Hoping to hog the limelight for PJ's food-hunters, The Porki Society is poised to officially open on Wednesday this week, spearheaded by four friends - Alex, Tee, Desmond & LC - who describe their new restaurant as an 'extraordinary Thai kitchen.'

Thanks to the Porki team for this invitation to preview their nicely named, cutely crafted outlet; the focus is on boat noodles, with a view toward maintaining authenticity - Alex's girlfriend is Thai, & her family has long been involved in the F&B business.

Most patrons know what to expect of boat noodles by now: Small bowls that cost RM1.90 each - choose rice noodles or the thinner vermicelli - served here in light, sweet-savoury broth tinged with pork blood. 

 We like the accompaniments in each serving - crisply enjoyable pork lard, tender balls & liver help enhance the experience. Drizzle some fish sauce & chilli over these to make 'em more flavoursome.

Dry noodles are also available. Our preference: Opt for rice noodles for the soupy version & vermicelli for the dry one. Five bowls should suffice for a satisfactory lunch, though it's certain that some customers can easily eat more than 10 servings.

 The hook though is that The Porki Society serves more than boat noodles, offering other porky street snacks too, all at reasonable prices below RM5. If you enjoy the meat or balls in the boat noodles, you can order entire carb-free bowls of them.

'Moo ping' BBQ pork seems worthwhile, with a fairly juicy balance of flesh & fat on each smoky-grilled skewer. RM4.90 for two.

 Sun-dried, crispy-fried 'moo tod' pork would work well for beer pairings; it's easy to munch mindlessly on this, as long as you have a respectable tolerance for sodium. RM3.90 per plate.

Stewed pork (RM4.90), marinated overnight for a deeper flavour; soul food that would partner perfectly with steamed rice.

 Crunchy pork rinds (RM1.90) round out the menu; photos of stacked-up bowls seem obligatory to complete a visit here.

 Grab some 'takoh' before you go; the Thai chilled coconut cream jelly dessert is well-made here - refreshing & not too sweet. RM2.50 for two.

 The Klang Valley is now scarily saturated with boat noodle venues, but there is still space for a place like The Porki Society; its location seems wisely selected, the selection is suitable for a pork-packed meal, while the prices & portions feel sensible.

The Porki Society @ PJ Seapark
10 Jalan 21/19, Section 21, Sea Park, Petaling Jaya. Open daily, 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm

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29 comments:

  1. I wonder how many bowls I can polish off? 5 of soupy rice noodles and 5 of dry vermicelli maybe...can't wait to crunch on the sun-crispy-fried 'moo tod' pork =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, i think you could conquer a perfect 10, but ya, save some space for the side dishes :D

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    2. Hahaha...thanx for d vote of confidence...I think the 'moo tod' pork with go well with the boat noodles =)

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    3. Ulric: heh, maybe, yeah, it could add some interested extra texture to the noodles :)

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  2. Hehe, I went there on Sat night, the owner told us you went in the morning ;) I like their pork satay and takoh!

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    1. Audrey: ooo, haha, we missed each other by a few hours :) ya, the food here was enjoyable :)

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  3. Where lah you find these places one hehehe so fast!

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    1. NekoHime: fast is good, heheh :D

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  4. I like the concept and decor, but not the light fixtures. LOL! I would most likely enjoy the stewed pork with steamed rice. :)

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    1. Linda: ya, that stewed pork could go quite well with some dry noodles too! :D

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  5. oh, the concept is somewhat similar to that famous boat noodles right? but with more competitive prices

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    1. Ken: the key word here is probably 'porki' heheh :D

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  6. Hope the time I visit not so crowded like others... XD

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    1. 小乱: heheh, i think it should be OK, not too crowded :)

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  7. gosh u found the pork sticks salty too? the owners (i think, they didn't intro themselves) said it was saltier than normal on Sun but I wonder if it was different on the day u visited.

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, the meat was OK for me, but my companion found it fairly salty ... but i guess it's relatively salty in comparison to the boat noodles :)

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  8. I enjoyed your food sharing~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: glad you enjoyed reading about the porki society :)

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  9. Ah pork lard!!! Sinful but yummy, hahaha.

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    1. CK: haha, ya, i like pork lard in popiah and hokkien mee best :)

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  10. Pork and Thai! Two of my greatest loves. Count me in!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yay! you're counted in! :D

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  11. Thanks for sharing this place....been following your blog for a while now (though I must say that the food you usually blog about are on the expensive side). Finally, a boat noodle shop that offers other stuff on their menu. Those crunchy pork rinds look....crunchy!

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    1. Contact.ewew: thanks :) yeah, most of us might not feel that a meal of boat noodles is complete by itself, so it's nice to have as many add-ons as possible :)

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    2. Thanks for sharing. I just tried the boat noodle place in Jaya One and felt that without pork, it wasn’t complete. Glad Porki Society is opening up :)

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    3. Tania: hope you enjoy The Porki Society :)

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  12. "Alex's girlfriend is Thai, & her family has long been involved in the F&B business" - Sorry to say on a day with full restaurant they crumble ! They came down falling faster than 911 did.

    Tempered flared off between staff members affected their service.Cashier and drink maker didn't know how to smile but not only that with the number of tables they can't even serve simple soft drinks on time. Not to forget the cashier really does need an attitude make over !!!

    Off all the staff only 2 people give a f**k what's going on and made sure everything was going well. One of them was Alex and the other who is a guy wasn't wearing the uniform not too sure who was he.

    Great idea with full of porkiness but honestly it felt lack of planning , management and "experience" in F&B business ! Extraordinary Thai Kitchen ? Doubt it

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  13. Paid a visit before their official opening (preview by invitation), I love the pork skewer, very addictive indeed however other items just average to me :)

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  14. Your info is not correct - we went twice at 11.30 am and were turned away; they only open at 12 noon. The food is great! Service is very inconsistent. Once, we had to wait 35 minutes for our food - when there was hardly anybody else there! The staff had not keyed in our order properly.

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