Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Smoking Hog @ SS2 PJ Petaling Jaya

Somewhere in the suburbs, one of the Klang Valley's most ambitiously inventive restaurants of 2014 launched this week - it's a dirty, deliriously delicious secret, its sole entrance tucked away on an SS2 side alley that leads up to the top floor of a shop-lot, without a signboard to call its own.

 
Smoking Hog is smokin'-hot; this passion project by TY, Audrey, Alex, Ryan, David & their collaborators (some of them were also the founders of SS2's Crab Factory) is swathed in sultry shadows. Inside, the blinds are completely pulled down over the windows, creating a space where the daylight hours blur seamlessly into night-time.

 
It's an intimate place that's meant to evoke Melbourne's hidden gems, seating scarcely over 30 guests in a sure-to-be-bustling dining hall with an open kitchen. A lounge upstairs with an alfresco terrace is slated to open later this month, so a few dozen more people can hang out there. The restaurant is still a work in progress, with a chandelier & other fittings to be set up soon.

Smoking Hog's menu is extremely extensive (head here hungry!), but its name & its repertoire are both best summarised in this one recipe - 'bacones' (RM27), an all-day-breakfast dish of house-smoked crispy pork bacon cones stuffed with scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes & own-baked beans, served with Smoking Hog's excellent kitchen-made tomato sauce.

 
A can't-fail magnet for crowds, this seems certain to clog up your arteries & your social media feeds in the months to come. One of the most reassuring aspects of Smoking Hog: It emerges as a fully-formed, completely confident restaurant that knows exactly what it wants to do - no half-baked ideas here.

Lifting the lid on the smoked cheeseburger (RM34), another only-at-Smoking-Hog staple, adding scorched new dimensions of nuance to the entire ensemble, from the sesame bun & beef patty down to the cheese, lettuce & tomatoes.

Carb overkill? Mac-&-cheese sandwich, mixed with pulled pork & bacon (RM25). Everything here is built for sharing, with tons of temptations for bread-lovers, such as toasts topped with either chopped-up chicken liver or fried quail eggs & buttered leeks.

Protein power: Stew of Aussie wagyu oxtail, crowned with layers of pig ears for a terrifically tender, gloriously gelatinous platter. RM58; the serving's sufficient for two or three customers. Smoking Hog's team says the menu is expected to evolve every few months (with a measure of molecular gastronomy likely to bubble up next year), but this stew is here to stay.

Dutch Babies are born at last in Malaysia - these puffed pancakes are pleasurably textured at Smoking Hog, served with savoury accompaniments like a plump pork sausage with avocado & tomato salsa (RM24) or sweet treats such as honey-coated cornflakes & ice cream.

 
Raising the bacon bar for French toasts, piling plenty atop this nut-coated bread, with caramelised bananas between the bulky-thick slices, tinged with a tantalisingly naughty hint of whisky. RM27.

Chivas whisky also figures in the making of these mashed sweet potatoes, whipped up to a smooth & sumptuous butteriness, aromatically adorned with garlic chips. And yes, it has bits of bacon in it too. RM18. 

Don't leave without trying the 'Mancakes' - an adult's alcoholic version of pancakes - with Guinness Stout batter pancakes in a beer mug topped with ice cream, maple syrup & - no surprise - more candied bacon, the pride & joy of this restaurant. RM25. 

 
We begin with smoked bacon, so it's fair to finish with it - bacon-&-egg ice cream, freshly churned at Smoking Hog all day long. RM24. Also: Rum-&-raisin ice cream (RM16), ice cream with crunchy corn fritters (RM18), plus multi-flavour popsicles (RM8).

 
There's much, much, much more on the menu - Aussie pie floaters; oysters with kitchen-made sriracha sauce; meatballs with grated potato waffle hash browns, BLT sandwiches with soft-shell crab; lamb shank with brown rice & barley soup; vegetable lasagne with three cheeses & 11 types of veggies; spicy panko-crumbed bacon coleslaw; spaghetti bolognese with a trilogy of pork, beef & lamb in its sauce (& duckenail - duck, chicken & quail roast for Christmas). Smoking Hog's parent enterprise, Culinary Dreams, is a name to remember & to reckon with.

 
Smoking Hog
21 Jalan SS2/64, SS2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Behind/by the side of Crab Factory.
Mon-Thurs, 12pm-11pm; Fri, 12pm-1am; Sat, 9am-1am; Sun, 9am-11pm. Kitchen closes 10pm, Sun-Thurs, & 11pm, Fri-Sat.
Tel: 03-7865-9239

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33 comments:

  1. The food looks good especially the Mac-n-Cheese sandwich!

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    1. Chong: it's quite an overload of calories, that one! :)

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    1. Happy walker: yup, definitely distinctive :)

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  3. I *LOVE* the name of this place! :)

    It's certainly my kind of joint, I'll go for the Dutch baby pancakes alone! I've never had that in KL either! Never seen it on any menus, that's for sure. The Mancakes sounds promising too - I'll finally get the Guinness infused food I missed out on!

    This is the kind of place that I wish I had thought of first to open - the smoked burger, very trendy, seen it done in an episode of MasterChef Australia. The presentation looks very Aussie too, with the French toast piled like polenta chips.

    I must go for the Aussie pie floaters and bacon and egg ice cream! Yum yum!

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    1. Huai Bin: it's the perfect name! and yeah, i could have eaten the entire menu too ... lots of unique stuff. come as hungry as possible, it looks like you'll be ordering a lot!! :)

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  4. Wow the here food looks good!
    Especially those crispy bacon cones, very pretty! :D

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    1. CK: ya, good from start to finish ... i think those bacon cones will be super-popular! :)

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  5. Phewwwwww!!!! For a while I thought you were calling me names! LOL!!! Bacon galore - count me in!!!

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    1. Suituapui: haha, yes, you can go hog-wild here! :)

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  6. We're back to the animals again, are we, Sean? LOL! :) I have never seen a place like this!

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    1. Linda: haha, yes, animal-named restaurants are in again! ;) and yep, this place is pretty unique :)

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  7. Oh, and the name Smoking Hog made me smile. :)

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you love the name! :)

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  8. The bacon wrap looks good, very creative but no, not the mac & cheese sandwich, that's like double-kill.

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    1. Ken: heheh, yeah, this is a place where your waistline would definitely suffer :)

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  9. Oh... wow. Bacon is king I guess. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: bacon rules supreme here, yeah! :)

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  10. Definitely a place to head to and soon!

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    1. Pureglutton: yes, soon! i think you'll really like this place :)

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  11. A smokin' find...love the uniqueness of the 'bacones' and smoked cheese burger...ditto the Dutch Babies, nut-coated French toasts and the 'Mancakes'...and the aforementioned spicy panko-crumbed bacon coleslaw and duckenail! =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, i love how the whole menu is available from the very beginning, it's a full-fledged launch for the restaurant :)

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  12. Wow so much bacon here..... definitely loving the look of the bacones and mancakes!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, the kitchen loves bacon here! and yeah, the bacones and the mancakes are the two top recommendations! :)

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  13. Is that their smoker I see? At first, the entrance looked kinda sleazy...and then....all those food with pork bacon on it...bacones, pancakes, mancakes, French toast, bacon ice cream, candied bacon ;) it's like a dream come true....don't wake me up!!! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yup, you observed the smoker upstairs/outside :) and yeah, there's a bit of a mysterious sense of danger at first outside, but once you've entered, it's a fantasy-land for foodies! :D

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  14. Wow, who would've thought you could have so much fun with pork! Seriously impressed with their creativity, and its always lovely to find somewhere that looks like nothing from the outside and is awesome within.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: fun is right ... this is one of the most playful and memorable meals we've had in recent weeks, for many reasons! :)

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  15. Those puffed pancakes look thin like crepes, don't they?

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    1. Choi Yen: it's pretty similar to some types of crepes, yeah :)

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  16. Superbly amazing. I've never seen anything like that in a while. I'm excited looking at the photos alone... and you are absolutely right about the clogging of arteries and social media feeds .😂

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    1. Sycookies: yay! glad you like the look of the food here, and hope you'll enjoy smoking hog :)

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  17. The look department plays a great job in masking the all important poor taste.
    Hope they improve by leap and bound soon.
    Had it few days back.

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