Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Hungry Spoon @ Sri Petaling

The Hungry Spoon is helmed by two chefs whose friendship spans 10 years & three countries - Suet Fei & Rahim first met each other a decade ago, when they enrolled at KDU's school of culinary arts. They eventually continued their training abroad together & honed their craft in Ottawa, Montreal & Phuket before returning to KL this past year. Now, they've opened their own venue in Sri Petaling, with a well-curated selection that strives to lure patrons from both within & beyond this neighbourhood.

The Hungry Spoon's tenets are typified by its rendition of shakshouka (RM15.50), comprising poached eggs - perfectly runny - with sausages in house-made tomato gravy alongside the kitchen's own-baked focaccia. Suet Fei & Rahim are determined to prepare as many ingredients as possible from scratch, from their sauces to their bread, complementing them with market-fresh local produce via potentially surprising strategies, such as by showering a fistful of coriander leaves on these free-range eggs.

Even the Big Breakfast (RM20.90) springs at least one unexpected touch, with the excellent baked beans cooked in a spicy chipotle sauce. Everything else on the plate proves worthwhile as well, from the scrambled eggs to the crusty bread, the natural-casing chicken sausage & turkey ham to the shimeji mushrooms. Brunch is served 12pm-5pm, Wed-Sun; other options include poached eggs with waffles, turkey ham & herbs (RM14.50) or English muffins, smoked salmon & spinach (RM19.90).

Most of The Hungry Spoon's menu nevertheless sticks to the safe side, catering to nearby residents. You'll find the regular range of bolognese/carbonara/aglio-olio pastas, with one slightly offbeat stand-out: a cream-based seafood pasta with subtle nuances of chillies & sambal (RM27). Mushroom soups, chicken salads, beef burgers & tuna sandwiches are also available.

Main courses pull off satisfying results - recommendations include this moist & meaty slab of salmon (RM38), irreproachably pan-seared & restoratively partnered with a combination of crisp French beans, creamy cauliflower puree & cherry tomatoes ...

... & carnivore-baiting, tenderly braised lamb shank, fulfilling in flavour, with juicy rapini mushrooms & potato mash (RM43).

For dessert, The Hungry Spoon makes its own ice cream too - our favourites are the white choc & dark choc flavours, both densely textured & intense-tasting. Other flavours include milk choc & coffee, though those might be too mild to leave a lasting impression. Enjoy the ice cream with waffles (RM12.50 with a double scoop), blondies (RM16) or in an affogato (RM10.50).

Fans of chocolate can have a field day with a Musetti coffee panna cotta layered with chocolate jelly & sprinkled with dark chocolate shavings (RM10), as well as the dark chocolate tart infused with faint hints of cinnamon & chilli (RM10.50). Service at The Hungry Spoon is warm & welcoming; thanks to the team here, including manager Suresh & Chloe, for hosting this meal.

The Hungry Spoon
6 Jalan Radin Bagus 9, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. Open Wed-Sun, 12pm-1130pm. Tel: 03-9054-7693

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18 comments:

  1. The wall paintings are rather catchy.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, some very cool choices there :)

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  2. Wow...the baked eggs and lamb shank looks good...will definitely drop by for a visit soon! =)

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    1. Ulric: hopefully the shank satisfies you! :D

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  3. What a beautiful place, Sean! As I am certain that you are aware of, the Canadian and Quebec flags in your first photo caught my attention immediately, as I am from, and live in, Montreal!!! How cool that the chefs honed their craft here in Montreal and Ottawa! That is the Montreal Olympic Stadium in that poster with the Canadian and Quebec flags...the round building with the tower/point on the far right of the poster, yes, that is our Olympic Stadium! The dishes look mouthwateringly good and the presentations and decor are fantastic! :)

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    1. Linda: you were definitely on my mind when the chefs spoke to me about their stint in Canada! Thanks for pointing out those details, and I'm glad you like the look of this place and its food. The chefs sounded like they really enjoyed their time in Canada :)

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  4. First there was Fat Spoon, now Hungry Spoon....what's next? I'll take that crispy skin salmon anytime! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: The Delicious Spoon? Heheh ;) and ya, I couldn't resist ordering the salmon :)

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  5. That shark! A real one??
    That shakshouka looks pretty good!! :-)

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    1. Melissa: ya, an aquarium shark ... and yeah, i like my eggy brunches :)

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  6. Oooo...lamb shank! Haven't had that for a while now. The scrambled egg does not look like how I would love it, nice and creamy.

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    1. Suituapui: this was my first lamb shank in a very, very long time too! :D

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  7. Love the vibrant colors in the cafe. All dishes seem to be reasonably priced.

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    1. Ken: yeah, this is a colourful cafe indeed! :)

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  8. I like those two paintings! For food I will go with the shakshouka. :D

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    1. CK: ya, they chose some very nice paintings :) heheh, i always order shakshouka when i see it :D

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  9. Is it legal if we keep a shark as a 'pet'? I have been there once but i feel rather sad because the shark is being confined to a small aquarium with limited space to swim and no other living creatures around. Hope that he will have the chance to go back to the sea some days.

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  10. This is on top of a possible 50 percent cut this year. For Cook County, Best Food Truck In LA

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