Monday, June 25, 2018

Appa @ Telawi, Bangsar

Appa marks a labour of love for Penang-born proprietor-chef Carolyn, paying tribute to her grandmother who once ran a food stall on the island. These are the homegrown recipes handed down in their family - bak kut teh with various cuts of pork, slowly simmered with aromatic Chinese herbs, served with onion rice and yu cha koi (RM18), blue-tinged nasi lemak with babi bakar, boiled egg and sambal (RM18; the babi bakar had run out when we visited, so we substituted it with wild boar masala) and dim sum fare like steamed pork dumplings spiked with salted egg (RM6), warmly served with heart and hospitality.

Trivia: Appa is a reference to the Malay phrase 'apa-apa' (whatever), the playful response that Carolyn (a former tax consultant-turned-restaurateur) would make whenever her grandmother asked her what she'd like to eat for their next meal.

Appa Bar & Bistro
8B, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. 
Currently open Tues-Sun, 4pm till late (will launch lunch service soon). Tel: 016-557-9062 

12 comments:

  1. When I first saw the name "Appa", my first instinct was that it'd be Indian cuisine as appa also means 'father' (if I'm not mistaken) only to find BKT and siew mai. Ok-lah, the wild boar masala has that 'Indian' touch...kekeke! ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: you’re not alone! I made the same assumption too initially! :)

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  2. Love the Hall of Fame. Ummm...your photo there or not? LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: it’s all about the Beatles and other legends! :)

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  3. I thought it was an Indian restaurant judging from the name and I wrong I am! Quite a nice mix of cuisine. And they serve wine too!

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    1. Phong Hong: yeah, it looks like their name may actually confuse some passers-by :)

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  4. Taste good! Mix of cuisine and they have good wine. Must come to have a try and you sure love it!

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  5. I'm curious on the Babi Bakar that you didn't manage to try, hehe~

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    1. Choi Yen: I’m very curious too! :)

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  6. Such an interesting place to try BKT, Nasi Lemak and Dim Sum too. All are my favourite comfort food.

    Just like Kris and yourself, I also thought Appa is an Indian name.

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    1. Twilight Man: yeah, it's not often we see a restaurant that offers bkt, nasi lemak and dim sum all under one roof, ya :D

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