Friday, June 24, 2016

New Pork Belly Dinner Menu @ Ampersand by Culinary Rebels, Damansara Uptown

Fellow fans of pork belly, rejoice: Ampersand is taking our favourite cut of the hog & carving out three distinctive new recipes that make mouthwatering use of 350-gramme portions of German-bred pork. Our favourite might be Rebellion by Ray (RM36+) - achingly tender sous-vide belly, both fatty & fleshy, with potentially sufficient meat for two to share, tastily complemented by three sauces of traffic-light hues (a spicy red capsicum sauce, yellow pineapple mango chutney, & green chimichurri), each richly textured & memorably flavoursome, balanced further with salad leaves, flash-fried cherry tomatoes & crunchy capers.

Also lusciously lust-worthy: The American by The Butcher (RM36+), with honey bourbon brined belly that's beautifully partnered with a crispy-creamy giant potato croquette, grain mustard & apple salad - each enjoyably executed component could stand easily on its own; put together, the ensemble succeeds in creating sweet, satisfying, sumptuous synergy.

The final member of the trio: X-Rated by The Magician (RM36+), tailored for Asian palates, comprising belly glazed in an unmistakable char siew sauce, coupled confidently with tofu puree & peanut butter mustard. We're crossing our fingers that these fun three dishes will receive a warm reception, encouraging the team here to come up with more belly concoctions.

There's also one delicious new dessert to spotlight: Greeny Green (RM18+), a triumphantly snapshot-worthy trilogy of matcha treats - a molten green tea tart (notably, a molten tart instead of the typical cake); vanilla ice cream dusted with green tea powder; & moist, hot slices of green tea fudge cake laced with red beans & cranberries; plated with honey tofu cream sauce.

The pork belly dishes are currently available for dinner only, bolstering Ampersand's existing repertoire of Spanish pork ribs & chicken wings, both of which also welcome debuting entries - crispy ribs marinated with fermented bean curd & served with good old-fashioned mashed potatoes (RM35), alongside Thai/Vietnamese-inflected wings with hints of lemongrass & pennywort (RM16 for four pieces, RM21 for six pieces), made for merry munching. Thanks to Ampersand for having us back.

Ampersand by Culinary Rebels
19M, First Floor, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri, 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm, 5pm-11pm. Tel: 03-7732-9711

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12 comments:

  1. Hah! I was just there last evening. Had the X-Rated and The American and this time the texture of the belly was perfecto! I enjoyed both bellies (shared of course) and also tried the Greeny Green. Though not a fan of green tea desserts, I was nevertheless delighted by the molten tart and the kueh-like cake.

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    1. Phong Hong: yay! Yeah, the owner mentioned you had made some constructive comments previously, and hopefully it helped ampersand understand what you're hoping for from the belly! They also mentioned that sometimes the texture might vary due to the part of the belly they use ... And yup, I was also satisfied with how the green tea desserts turned out! :D

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  2. I'd pick...the ribs, I think...and the wings. Looks like there's more...or I'd go to the German. Char siew, I'd just head to the stalls for the siew yoke, the whole works.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo the belly here is interesting cos you get different flavours and textures compared to Chinese siu yok ... And the use of German pork could also be a reason to sample these ;)

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  3. All the descriptions made me salivating :) my weakness.. Pork!! Went there once for lunch but menu is limited (unlike dinner time) so we left without ordering anything. I'll plan a dinner there... Safe to go without reservation???

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    1. Leo: yeah, for now the belly and ribs are only available for dinner due to the preparation time. the owner says it's OK to come without reservation - i think it'd be OK if you're here for an early dinner and not too late, in case they run out of belly at the end of the night ;)

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  4. Oh no, the pork belly will be too fatty for me....the ribs and chicken wings will be fine :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, the belly is my favourite pork part, and i can't resist a thick, creamy layer of fat ;) but ya, the ribs and chicken wings are good too ;)

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  5. Looks like they got another winner! Or a trio of winner dishes!
    I would drop in fr the matcha on a late evening!

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, i've been waiting for a restaurant to do multiple versions of pork belly in this fashion, heh ;) i wasn't really looking forward to the matcha dessert, but it turned out better than expected :D

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  6. Some pork bellies are too fat for my liking....I know I know, pork belly is means to be FAT but some are just too fat >_<

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    1. Choi Yen: heh, i like my pork belly to be about 50-50 fat and meat ;)

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