Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Katie's Stove @ Hock Choon, Ampang

This friendly, family-run restaurant brings a bit of Johor to KL, relying on recipes that catering veteran Khaty Ahmad inherited from her mother - the star attraction is the Johor Laksa (RM15.90), made with ikan parang (wolf herring) in adherence to authenticity, aromatic with mild spices, creamy with a coconut milk gravy, balanced with shredded cucumbers, sliced onions & bean sprouts. The portion's small, but the laksa has a nice home-made feel to it. The nasi lemak with fried chicken (RM14.90) makes for a heavier meal - the rice is flavoured Johor-style, featuring fenugreek, lemongrass & ginger for added nuances.

The best time to visit Katie's Stove is on tranquil weekends, when several Saturday-Sunday specials surface. The lontong (RM12.90) - rice cakes in a coconut vegetable stew - with sambal tumis sotong is delicious; it tastes like a fully formed, lovingly prepared recipe perfected through the generations. Kacang phool (RM9.90), another Johor Baru brekkie favourite, boasts a blend of ful medames fava beans with the softness of baby food, paired with egg & toast - total comfort cooking. Complete your meal with crispy-flaky roti bom & mixed vegetable dalca (RM6.90), washed down with Johor's medium-roast Kopi Muar (RM7.90 per pot) & Kopi Pak Belalang (RM3.50; made sweetish with cocoa powder, black cumin, acai berry & maqui berry).

Katie's Stove
Terrace At Hock Choon, Lorong Nibong, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. 
Open Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 830am-6pm. Tel: 03-4265-6520

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15 comments:

  1. Lots of affordable food in a nice setting not too far from my place. Is that a buffet I see or some private event?

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, they do have a lunch buffet every weekend for about RM30-plus ... though there isn't johor laksa, etc on the buffet, which mainly comprises rice and various lauk-pauk :)

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  2. Love the place - very pretty! Wowwww!!!! Tablecloth! Real classy. I would love to try the lontong. The chicken must be extra fragrant with all those curry leaves. I had nasi lemak too two days ago - rather disappointing. Blogpost on that coming up but the roti canai we had was good.

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    1. Suituapui: i've fallen head over the heels with the lontong here ... the fried chicken with curry leaves is not too bad too, we finished every piece :)

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  3. Oh is this where Romanza used to be? The Laksa Johor sure looks good!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh ya, it used to be romanza, and then an indian restaurant took over for awhile, and now katie's! :) yep, we enjoyed the johor laksa :)

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  4. Wow the chandelier sure is eye-catching.
    Love how colorful the food is.

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    1. Lux: yep, the food definitely looks and tastes appetising :)

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  5. Actually I have not tasted Johor Laksa before, even though my hometown is JB, hehehe. :P

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    1. CK: aiyo ... maybe should try the one here, since it's not far from your office. i think you'll like johor laksa :)

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  6. It looks like a friendly place, although I'm never really fond of those big metal buffet containers. I'd much rather table service.

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    1. The Yum List: ooo, i guess sometimes buffets have their benefits, and sometimes table service works best. for the dishes we ordered, they were all table service :)

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  7. Looks like a place for some homey comfort food :)

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    1. Choi Yen: yep, very pleasant flavours, pretty respectable family recipes :)

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  8. oh gosh, ate here today and was not good at all. Ginger beef had no ginger taste, just oil with no flavor taste very very bland. Even the few pieces of ginger I saw I bit into to see is it really ginger because I cannot taste and was so weak. Like ginger from ginger tea boiled from hours until all flavor is gone. Whatsup?! Gimme some flavor. The Johor Laksa was like spaghetti noodles with a puree sauce of fish and tomato sauce and no spices also with no shredded cucumber or bean sprouts to speak of :( I wish I could like the food as I was hungry but was very underwhelmed. Perhaps because we came at 3:30 to eat we were given some random scraps?

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