The Crazy Chef heralds a homecoming for its founder Teik Suan after a decade abroad, training in Toulouse & honing his craft in Singapore's restaurants. It's an eatery that makes the effort to be worth checking out, projecting honest, wholesome flavours with slivers of sophistication, propagating Asian ingredients by dint of European-inflected preparations.
True to its name, this venue places a premium on imagination - intriguing starters span a soft, smooth omelette stuffed with crab meat, showered with herbs & a light miso broth (RM13), a gently balanced roasted tomato soup blended with white balsamic & bolstered with crab meat (RM11) & fresh-tasting, textured chicken rillettes with corn salsa & garlic toast (RM10).
We'd come back for the comfort-food mains: Creamy minced pork spaghetti with a soft-boiled egg & greens (RM19), pan-seared sea bass with mushrooms in a subtle char siew sauce & mashed potatoes (RM29), pork collar & tongue, braised in red wine for four hours to a satisfying tenderness (RM30), & wasabi-&-miso-laced pork skewers on a bed of buttered rice (RM23).
Desserts bring a very pleasant finish to the meal: Dad's Favourite Cake deserves to transcend its status as a family recipe, a warm, moist treat baked with fresh oranges & blended with orange liqueur (RM12), while the Blanc-Manger is nutty in a nice way, an almond pudding infused with bitter almonds & almond flakes, enhanced with strawberries & toasted pineapples (RM8). Bookmark The Crazy Chef if you're seeking asylum from culinary persecution in Subang.
The Crazy Chef
57-1, Jalan SS15/8A, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Wed-Mon, 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm. Tel: 03-58798770
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