Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sarang Cookery @ Galloway

Focusing on the soulful flavours of Peranakan cooking, Sarang Cookery brings together the talents of Christina (co-founder of the Sarang Galloway B&B lodgings), her hiking buddy Irlene & Malaccan Chitty chef Raj - it's a place for pie tee, ayam sioh, kari kapitan & assam heh, alongside other local favourites like mee bandung, lontong, assam laksa, soto ayam & much more.

 Raj credits many of these recipes to his mother - our favourite might be the Udang Serai, featuring fresh, fleshy prawns complemented by cashews in a thick, tangy coconut milk gravy, fragrant with lemongrass, chillies & other herbs & spices; a serving for three to four customers costs RM19.50. Other rich & robust offerings include salted tenggiri fish cooked in lemak nenas (RM19.50) & boiled lady's fingers crowned with a punchy heh bee paste of dried prawns, shallots & chillies (RM10).

Sarang is now mainly a cafe, but it'll soon offer cooking classes too, so customers can learn to prepare crowd-pleasing fare like Pongteh Chicken, packed with potatoes & flavoured as per tradition with tau chew & gula melaka (RM15) & egg dishes like Telur Belanda with a tamarind kick (RM12) & Telur Cincalok, stuffed with prawns & seasoned with fermented shrimp (RM15).

We're fans of Sarang's Nasi Ulam, a lovely platter of steamed rice confidently crafted with a complex variety of local herbs, vegetables, prawns & dried fish (RM25 for a serving for two, with a 20-minute wait). With everything mixed together, it's invigoratingly textured & irrepressibly tasty, a wholesome way of having your carbs with plenty of nourishing fibre & protein.

A special surprise on Sarang's desserts list: The Gula Melaka Crepe is a one-of-a-kind wonder, constructed with roti jala, filled with bananas & flooded with palm sugar pieces & syrup, sprinkled with chopped chillies & bunga kantan - it's an acquired taste that not everyone will enjoy, with the spiciness of the chillies lingering on the palate, but it's an admirable experiment at conceiving something new with familiar ingredients, with each component masterfully proportioned. At only RM9, it deserves to draw adventurous patrons from VCR Cafe a few doors away; Sarang is also working on other possible novelties like chocolate cakes & cookies laced with sambal belacan. But if you're seeking something safer, Sago Gula Melaka should suffice (RM7.50).

Sarang Cookery
8 Jalan Galloway, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 019-2607884
Mon-Sat, 730am-930pm (breakfast served in the morning, heavier meals from lunch onwards).

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18 comments:

  1. Everything looks so beautiful :) Jalan Galloway.. Should be on the same row as VCR. Will drop by soon to try

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    1. Leo: yeah, the food here seems to be really prepared with care and heart :) hope you enjoy eating here :)

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  2. Nasi Ulam looks beautiful! I think should be fun to attend the cooking class as well. Hehehe.

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    1. CK: the nasi ulam is one of my favourite dishes here :D heheh, i need to improve my cooking skills too (much more than you) :D

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  3. Those flowery plastic covers on tables remind me of a typical Malay warung. And those blue crockery look similar to those you'd find in Yellow Brick Road. The dishes look sumptuous by the way especially the nasi ulam.

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, it's a bit of a mishmash of different elements in the decor and the tableware and the cuisine, but i think it all worked OK in the end :) i wouldn't mind having the nasi ulam again, together with the serai udang :D

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  4. I love the yellow theme and design, it looks very bright and cheerful, and the portions are a good size.

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    1. Linda: yes, the place does feel quite welcoming, and it was nice to linger and have dinner here :)

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  5. The exterior is nice. Inside sure looks like an authentic old school makan place, the flowery tablecloth and all, befitting the peranakan/nyonya theme of the place...and if it is peranakan, count me in! I'm all for it, one of my favourites, anytime. Oh my! Cincaluk omelette, have not cooked that for a while now - no prize for guessing what we'll be having today. Slurpsss!!!!

    And oooo...the blue and white crockery, I have a weakness for those beauties!

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    1. Suituapui: count me in for peranakan too! i'll always order pongteh if i see it on the menu ... and cincaluk brings back memories of my childhood meals in malacca, heh :D yup, the tableware here is lovely, lovely, lovely :D

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  6. Looks like a very cheery place for a meal and the dishes sure seem packed with flavour.

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    1. The Yum List: yep, we enjoyed our evening here - it was a hearty dinner! :)

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  7. i think i will love this place.. =D

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    1. Jean: i hope this place does well - could always use more good peranakan outlets in kl :)

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  8. We saw signs for the cooking classes when we ventured into the neighbourhood recently :)

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    1. Unkaleong: peranakan cooking seems to be quite labour-intensive, ya, so i wonder how the classes will turn out :D

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  9. Salted tenggiri fish cooked in lemak nenas immediately make me salivating!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, and it goes pretty good with rice :D

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