Monday, February 8, 2016

The Canteen @ Da:Men & Malaya Hainan @ Chinatown

The Canteen is essentially the Da:Men mall's modern food court, with a few distinctive flourishes like a fourth-floor view of Subang's suburban surroundings. The stalls run the gamut from Malaysian satay to Italian pasta - two stand-outs that seem slightly less mundane might be the Malaccan-inspired chicken rice balls (RM9 for a set with poached chicken & bean sprouts) & Portuguese spicy grilled fish (RM15.90 for a rice set with stingray, squid, shrimp & clams). Reasonable flavours, fair prices.

Malaya Hainan traces its roots to the grandfather of this kopitiam's founders - Phang Kai Chee migrated from China's Hainan island to Malaya before World War II, first earning his keep as a kitchen helper in George Town before eventually running his own bakery & local food shop in Alor Setar. His grandchildren opened Malaya Hainan as a tribute to his life's work, occupying historically significant territory near Chinatown. The menu hits the expected notes of Hainanese kopitiam mainstays - chicken chop & oxtail soup, plus cherished Straits Settlement staples like inche kabin, kari kapitan & assam prawns. We tried the chicken rice, with extra helpings of poached chicken, roast chicken & roast duck, each of which proved generally acceptable.

Malaya Hainan, Jalan Panggong, Kuala Lumpur.

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12 comments:

  1. I always love varieties.. I'd always go to hawker centers in search for food. So Canteen fits the bill.. Hawker food at shopping mall prices :)
    As for Malaya Hainan, I have to wait until my next trip downtown

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    1. Leo: yeah, it's kinda fun to order from different stalls, especially to see which ones do well and which ones not so well, heh ;) ya, the subang centre is the more convenient/closer location for me too ;)

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  2. I love those Portuguese grilled stuff, extra spicy. So very nice!

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, extra spicy might be too scorching for me! I think my timid taste buds will stick to slightly spicy, heheh :D

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  3. It's really cool that ppl are bringing in different hawkers from different states all over Malaysia to KL - which we can enjoy without driving far! ;)

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    1. Baby sumo: yeah, I'd love to see a full-fledged food hall where we can get great and authentic versions of everything from ayam pongteh to nasi kerabu to sarawak laksa! ;)

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    2. Oh and forgot to say, Gong Xi Fa Cai to you! Have a great Fire Monkey year ;)

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    3. Baby Sumo: thank you for your warm wishes! hope you and your family have a wonderful year too! :)

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  4. Never been to Da:Men, are majority shops occupied?

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    1. Choi Yen: i'd say more than 50 percent now occupied and operational ;)

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  5. Food varieties are fairly good. Place is clean and quite ( maybe I patronise the place durng non peak hours).
    However, my most recent visit to the Canteen is very disappointed with the free wifi. It hardly load the website I wanted to visit.
    Better to disconnect it and declare no wifi is available

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  6. Food varieties are fairly good. Place is clean and quite ( maybe I patronise the place durng non peak hours).
    However, my most recent visit to the Canteen is very disappointed with the free wifi. It hardly load the website I wanted to visit.
    Better to disconnect it and declare no wifi is available

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