Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Narra Filipino Restaurant @ Petaling Jaya, Sun Kitchen @ Setiawalk Puchong & Truffles @ Telawi, Bangsar

When it comes to Southeast Asian cuisine, Filipino fare isn't as popular in Malaysia as Thai, Indonesian & Vietnamese cooking, but a fresh batch of restaurants is rising to bring the flavours of Manila to the Klang Valley: The Narra is fast becoming a magnet for Filipino families & friends, with a spacious venue appealingly flooded with natural light & agreeably located in PJ.

The extensive menu spans dozens of recipes, with potential highlights like sisig (RM12; chopped pig's face sauteed with onion & garlic, served on a sizzling plate), bellychon (RM18; herb-seasoned roast rolled pork belly) & a garlic rice platter with a longaniza ground pork sausage & egg (RM8). This selection also includes famed Filipino desserts such as brazo de mercedes (RM8; a very sweet soft meringue cake with a custard centre) & halo halo (RM7; shaved ice in a tall glass with jelly, fruits & ice cream). If you need a crash course in Filipino food, particularly pork specialities, The Narra seems a budget-friendly choice.

The Narra Filipino Restaurant
Ground Floor, Dataran Millennium, Jalan 14/1, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tues-Sun, 1130am-10pm. Tel: 018-246-4844

Sun Kitchen's version of the famous Jollibee Spaghetti, inspired by the Philippines' largest fast food chain, is a highlight here, blanketed with a sweet-savoury, meaty sauce of minced pork & sausage,  bolstered with a fried chicken drumstick - it's a satisfyingly tasty choice for RM15.90 (inclusive of a beverage). But the Filipino-style chop suey could benefit from fresher chicken liver, quail eggs, prawns & mixed vegetables (RM13.90). The menu is nonetheless extensive - grilled stuffed milkfish, laing (pork belly with taro leaves cooked in coconut milk), kare kare (pork ribs with eggplant in peanut sauce) & much more.

Sun Kitchen
G-03-G, Block G, Setiawalk, Puchong. Daily, 10am-10pm. Tel: 03-5879-9555

Truffles is a small, discreet spot in Telawi that's suitable for fans of Filipino food who can't consume pork. The menu comprises the intensely savoury likes of soy sauce-based chicken adobo, as well as eggplant made pungent with shrimp paste, coconut milk & chillies, plus garlic rice platters with beef & egg. A set meal with one of these homey signatures costs around RM15.

Truffles Bangsar

46 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 10am-10pm. Tel: 03-2202-1688

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  1. I would want to try that Filipino place - none here though the crispy pata is very popular at a few Chinese restaurants here - they call them Philippine pork leg.

    There is one in Kuching , tried it a long time ago but did not like it much...and I went to one in Miri.

    1. Suituapui: yeah, the crispy pata is served at the narra too, though we didn't order it cos the portion seemed a bit too huge for us. it's interesting to explore the range of filipino cooking ;)

  2. Filipino food is one that I have not tried at restaurants. I did try cooking some when I took part in a blog cooking event. When I researched the dishes, I noted many similarities with Chinese food, like the use of soya sauce. They also have their version of popiah and fried meehoon. I also noted they love very sweet desserts! I should really go to one of these places to check out authentic Filipino fare.

    1. Phong Hong: if you enjoyed cooking filipino food, it sounds like you might appreciate these filipino eateries better than most! yeah, some of the food can be quite salty or sweet - i prefer the stews, especially the ones with coconut milk or with peanuts. and the food seems usually filling and hearty - perfect for a food coma! and the dishes do have similarities with other asian cuisines, but yeah, just like how thai is thai and vietnamese is vietnamese, i do find that filipino is ultimately uniquely filipino :D

  3. I haven't tried any Filipino food before, but the pork ribs with eggplant in peanut sauce caught my eyes, hehehe.

    1. Ck: yeah, if you ever see 'kare-kare' on the menu, can order it - it's one of my favourite filipino recipes ;)

  4. Narra seems to be the most enticing option here, what more with the sunny space! :D
    however Truffles had me worried. On Telawi (high rent) and such a small space with a limited menu? Hmm....

    1. Rebecca: yeah, i think the narra is probably the most accessible and attractive destination (though i also like laguna mabuhay on jalan gereja for its filipino dishes) ;) ooo, truffles takes up only half a shop-lot - so hopefully that would help ease their costs ... maybe :)