Friday, May 8, 2015

Crack Pork @ Kota Damansara

"Should we order one kilo of the siu yok?" the two of us asked each other. The temptation to go hog wild is humongous at Crack Pork, a new hideout for roast meat junkies, opened this week by the local producers of pork-laced salt Garam Haram.

This cheerful lair's prime lure is Chinese-style siu yok - satisfyingly layered cuts of belly, some fleshy & others fatty, all irreproachably succulent, with a light crackling & luscious flavour. A 100-gram serving (RM10 nett - or RM90 for 1 kilogram), with a choice of a chunky-soft pear sauce, honey mustard or English mustard, will give you everything you need.

Crack Pork dabbles in a bit of diversification by also turning to Italian-influenced traditions to offer porchetta (RM13 for 100 grams; RM120 for a 1-kilogram roll) - pork tenderloin wrapped with belly, paired with salsa verde or honey mustard. Aromatic with rosemary, showcasing a more muscular chew compared to the siu yok. Order both for a clear comparison.

 Crack Pork's most distinctive delight is its pork sandwiches - our favourite is the siu yok sandwich (RM13), bristling with Oriental flavours, with pickled vegetables, cucumber, cili padi, honey mustard & coriander, encased in a crispy-fresh baguette - pretty much a porcine banh mi. But we also enjoyed the European equivalent, porchetta sandwich (RM13) with rocket leaves, sweet bell pepper & salsa verde dressing, coming close to a hog hoagie. Again, it's fine to try both; they taste different enough.

 The menu isn't extensive, but it's well thought-out, focusing on key specialities that the small kitchen can handle. Expect only a few other highlights, like 'Peking Pork' (RM12), with siu yok - instead of duck - & scallions & cucumber in fluffy mantao buns. For dessert, the salted caramel bacon tart packs a punchy sweet-savouriness & morsels of bacon for a textured bite. Garam Haram's porky salt varieties are available for sale too. And for coffee lovers, check out the nicely balanced cappuccino (RM9).

 Crack Pork occupies half a shop-lot that's easy to blink & miss; still, many curious passers-by paused & pondered whether to come in - our response would be, totally. Note that Crack Pork opens only for lunch, except for Friday evenings (that's today!).


Crack Pork by Garam Haram
59G, Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
Open Sat-Mon, Wed-Thurs, 1130am-330pm; Fri, 1130am-330pm, 430pm-7pm. Will be closed May 11-12 for restocking.

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18 comments:

  1. Very cool, Sean! I love the "porky salt" and other terms. :)

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    1. Linda: i haven't tried the salt, but i bet it's delicious! :)

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  2. OMG...it's pork and more pork...any way you want it! :D I'm so there! One look at the porchetta, it reminds me of the one in Yut Kee (wonder which one is better?). And can the siew yoke beat Wong Kee's? Salted caramel bacon tart....now that I want to try. Don't mind laying my hands on a jar of that porky salt either.

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, yeah, maybe you could head here on a weekday, and see how the porchetta and siu yok here stack up against your favourites. i think you might like the quality of the food here, heheh ... and yeah, bring home some salt for seasoning, garnishing, etc :D

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  3. I would certainly be tempted to order 1kg siew yok too!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, if i were 10 years younger, i might have pigged out and ordered it! :)

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  4. Woo this is the siew yok place you mentioned, looks good, I want! :D

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    1. CK: heheh, maybe the next time you go to IKEA on a weekend, you can drive to Kota Damansara after that to get some siu yok here :D

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  5. LOL!!!! At least the pork place here has a better name - Jack Pork, sounding like jackpot...so hopefully, eating there, one may get a windfall. This one...ummm...crackpot? :D :D :D Never mind, what's in a name? As long as the siew yoke is good and the crackle cracks, crusty and nice!

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    1. Suituapui: haha, i like the name Crack Pork ... it's catchy! and yup, the crackling is exactly how you described it :D

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  6. Looks tasty enough. I still like my hawker siew yoke better! hah

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    1. Ciki: heheh, take me to your favourite! :D

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  7. wow that's quick Sean! Thanks for the awesome review :)

    Our kitchen totally cleared out this weekend! Just to let your readers know, we will close Monday and Tuesday to restock our kitchen . Come by Wednesday onwards for more porky goodness !

    Do like us on fb - Crackpork page for updates.

    Thanks once again for all your support :)

    - crack pork team

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    1. Juan: yay! i'm glad you had a great weekend - it's a great start to an exciting year ahead for all of you! love your food and all the hard work you've put into Crack Pork :)

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  8. That siu yoke is calling me: EAT ME EAT ME!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, hope you manage to try it, maybe on a weekend ... but go earlier, before the lunch crowd comes :)

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    1. Ciki: I think got limited beer :)

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