Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fat Tea Macanese Food @ Damansara Perdana

One of our favourite new restaurants of 2016, Fat Tea lives up to Macau's tradition of 'cha gordo,' serving hearty feasts that families & friends can cheerfully share & savour together. It's an encouragingly distinctive eatery spearheaded by two immensely capable women, Su (a Macau-born chef who takes a perfectionist's approach to the kitchen) & June (who's been involved in running restaurants in KL since the turn of the millennium - she also masterminded Fat Tea's subtly artful decor), plus a sterling service team that exudes both warmth & professionalism.

Fat Tea's vibrant mélange reflects the rich heritage behind Macanese cuisine, blending Cantonese roots with a Portuguese legacy, with diverse influences that can be traced to the ports of Africa & Southeast Asia. Cooking can prove painstaking - the piri-piri chicken is marinated for at least 12 hours & grilled to a defining char, poured with a textured house-made piri sauce (RM24 for a quarter-chicken lunch plate with fries & salad). We enjoyed everything we tried, with honest, full-bodied flavours remaining consistent from the po kok gai (RM25; chicken baked in coconut milk & turmeric, irresistibly tender & creamy) to the minchi hash (RM19; a comfort-food combo of minced beef, onions & cubed fried potatoes with rice, fried egg & greens) to the rabo de boi (RM42; sumptuously fleshy oxtail stew, braised in red wine sauce) & the laccasa vermicelli soup (RM19; akin to a curry laksa, but dominated by seafood like squid, fish & prawns). Pork dishes are scheduled to be rolled out next month.

 The restaurant's all-day-breakfast selection is also well worth investigating, with its nods to Melbourne & Malaysia. Fat Tea's own-made kaya toast with dark soy & a beautifully basted, triumphantly crispy duck egg (RM14) is a sheer delight, as are the bountifully topped avocado toasts (RM28; three ways with a shaved egg salad & radicchio; fruity fresno chillies; & smoked salmon wtih dill), each perfectly proportioned for high satisfaction. Desserts are also strong - our best bet is probably the luscious serradura 'sawdust pudding,' while fans of coconut will like the chocolate truffles. If there's a recurring theme here, it's quality food that gives people a good feeling, that makes them happy. Expect to hear more about Fat Tea in the months ahead.

Fat Tea Macanese Food
LG05, Emerald Plaza North, Jalan PJU 8/3A, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya. Selangor. 
Currently open Wed-Mon, 9am-3pm, with dinner service expected eventually. Tel: 03-7733-1868

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14 comments:

  1. Oxymoron - tea, they say, can help one slim down...but I'm a lost cause so pass me all they have to offer especially the desserts. Tempting!

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    1. Suituapui: haha, i'd choose dessert over tea too ... especially if it's the sawdust pudding here! It's like a cousin of tiramisu, and just as tasty! ;)

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  2. Lots to try here - although I was hoping to see too some Macau egg tarts. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: I didn't ask them about egg tarts, but I suspect they want to make sure they're able to produce a really good version of it before serving it! ;)

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  3. Another nice place worth visiting! I want to try that butter kaya toast with duck egg. :)

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    1. CK: ya, i love that dish - finished the whole plate without hesitation! :D

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  4. Very unique type of food that not commonly found here, definitely worth trying~

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    1. Choi Yen: yep, i think you'd enjoy a meal here with your family :)

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  5. Their version of toast is also similar to our Hainanese toast...and I'd be extra happy when it comes with a crispy fried duck egg. I know I wouldn't want to order a dessert called 'sawdust pudding' coz I wouldn't want to eat sawdust...lol...if I didn't know better that it's actually crushed Marie biscuits...haha! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, the toast is not actually part of the macanese menu - it's more of an international brunch menu. but yes, i loved it anyway! :D heheh, here is the very comprehensive wiki entry for the pudding: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serradura :D

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  6. I am familiar with only two items - the minchi and serradura. The food looks delicious. Could be worth a visit to eat something different.

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    1. Phong Hong: yup - this is one of the more memorable outlets that i've visited in recent weeks - i may very well return soon, once they introduce the pork items ;)

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  7. The serradura is so pretty! <3 :D

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    1. Rebecca: we almost didn't order it, but i'm really glad we did! :)

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