Monday, October 5, 2015

Ten Years @ Sri Petaling

Ten Years brings together a bounty of Malaysian street food in one colourful outlet, serving cherished recipes collected from respected stall owners & restaurateurs from across the country. Expect interpretations of everything from Penang's T&T Prawn Mee to Sabah's Nasi Kuning Kak Tum to KL's Shun Fa Chicken Rice.

Ten Years offers a take on Tiger Char Kuey Teow, which remains fresh in our minds after our recent visit to George Town. This tries to capture Tiger's spirit & essence - it's two-thirds there. The resemblance to the original is obvious, with prawns presented prominently. It tastes respectable, though to nitpick, it lacks cockles, & the prawns in Penang seemed more naturally sweet & juicy. The price, RM15.90++, marks a hike over Penang's, but that shouldn't be a surprise - plus, Ten Years does offer several complimentary side dishes (Malaysian versions of Korean banchan, in a sense) to accompany every main meal. Note that the restaurant avoids pork & lard, in its bid to be a more inclusive & widely accepted commercial enterprise.

 From Terengganu, Nasi Dagang Kak Pah (RM18.90++) features rice with gulai ikan tongkol - Ten Years' operators clearly thought of how to best showcase this in a contemporary restaurant setting; the result seems more at home in an upmarket mall food court than an old-school warung. The santan-steamed rice is fragrant & flavoursome but a bit hard & dry - easily rectified nonetheless with the fish gravy. And the tuna (if it was tuna) was meaty, though it reminded us of a canned sardine in both its taste & texture. It's worth noting that for better or worse, the food is served really fast; our orders all arrived within five minutes.

Our favourite order, the one we relished unequivocally, was from our hometown - Nancy's Kitchen Nyonya Laksa (RM19.90++), a hearty Malaccan bowl of noodles, crisp cucumber strips, large prawns, fish cakes & tofu pok in robust coconut milk broth, aromatic with laksa leaves & spices. Good enough to make us consider returning for nasi lemak, pasembur & more.

Ten Years
1, Jalan Radin Bagus 6, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. 
Open Tues-Sun, 1230pm-230pm, 630pm-10pm. Tel: 603-9054-9688

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18 comments:

  1. Wow that sure looks like a bright, huge space in Sri Petaling! Got an invite to go during their launch, but couldn't make it, but will drop by when I'm in the area next!

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    1. Baby Sumo: it's quite an eye-catching space in Sri Petaling's very crowded commercial area! i won't be making it for the launch either ... a bit sad, since i live in Sri Petaling, heh :D

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  2. The outside neon sign would give me a headache, but I bet it draws a lot of attention. The lights inside are very bright, too bright for me, but I love the exposed brick and it looks like they have a wide array of menu choices.

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    1. Linda: the menu does hit a lot of beloved notes for malaysian customers :D

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  3. No cockles? Oh no, I want my Char Kuey Teow with seehum, hehe.

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    1. CK: ya, CKT without cockles loses points for me, heheh :)

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  4. Nyonya laksa would be my first order :-)

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    1. The Yum List: the version here was pretty satisfactory :)

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  5. The signs outside make the place look like a cinema. RM19.90++ with that big freshwater prawn is cheap! I'd love this place, I know...never mind no see ham in the kway teow - it's Malaysian! ;)

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    1. Suituapui: haha, ya, they definitely pulled out the stops in trying to make the exterior very flashy :) i think the price for nyonya laksa would be pretty reasonable if they hadn't have charged the 10 percent + 5 percent extra in the bill, heh. hmmmm i need my see hum! :D

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  6. 2 deterrent points - the traffic and the location which are important factors for me especially when I'm bringing the whole family along. The kids can be a real nuisance at the back of the car some times.

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    1. Leo: yeah, even though i live in Sri Petaling, i don't really enjoy visiting this area ... traffic does often slow to a crawl cos the area is so congested :)

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  7. I think the CKT was probably 2/3s there because of the omission of pork lard...hehe...but nice to see some huge prawns! And yes, I thought ikan tongkol (or mackerel tuna) tastes pretty similar too to sardines (when they're not fresh) coz it's quite difficult to get fresh ones in city markets....that's why it's always cooked gulai style or in curry form.

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, i think they tried to do what they could with the CKT given their (self-imposed) limitations - and it was a decent job in the end :) thanks for the clarification on the ikan tongkol - this was a bigger and meatier chunk than the ikan tongkol i've had at other places, and it did taste a bit confusing ... especially since the curry was also tangier than expected, heh :)

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    2. It seems the Trengganu version is more "assam' in taste (judging from the more oranged coloured hue in the gulai you had) whereas the Kelantan version is yellowish with a more "curry like" taste.

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    3. Contact.ewew: i also hear there's a difference in the type of rices used for the kelantanese and terengganu versions ... and maybe a difference in how the rices are prepared too :D

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  8. Er... No Pork or alcohol? :(

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    1. Fire Angel: no pork and no alcohol :)

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