Sunday, December 16, 2018

Kampung Contemporary Dining, Petaling Jaya


It takes a village to raise this restaurant: With family roots from Malacca, the founders of Kampung Contemporary Dining bring a heartfelt touch to hometown treasures like Nyonya Pai Tee (RM8; sprinkled with pork lard for a deep-flavoured crunch) and Pork Satay (RM16; chunky and meaty, though the cuts chosen might be too chewy).


Build your own Hainanese chicken rice platter by ordering the smooth-and-tender sous vide chicken, featuring free-range fowl sourced from Semenyih (RM22), coupled with chicken rice balls that echo Jonker Street's crowd-pleaser (80 sen per ball). Note that the menu might not mention it, but the chicken comes with Ipoh beansprouts, so it turns out there's no need to order a separate bowl (RM7) like we did.

Our favourite at Kampung is the Starfruits Assam Fish, lovingly prepared with barramundi fillets, long beans, okra and eggplant, soaked in a mellow, textured gravy made sweet and tangy with tamarind and starfruit (RM28). It's a beautiful recipe that's satisfying to the final spoonful.

The Braised Pork Pongteh (RM23), prepared with Bidor-raised pork in line with Kampung's focus on local produce, pairs well with one of Kampung's red wines, though it could benefit from more complexity in its sauce, while the Eight-Spice Fried Chicken too tastes a bit one-note in its understated flavour (RM18).

Complimentary Ang Ku Kueh, made by mom, takes the meal to a pleasant conclusion. Service is warm, with a crew that works hard to keep everything on track.

Kampung Contemporary Dining
11, Jalan 17/45, Section 17 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Open Thursday-Tuesday, 1130am-330pm, 6pm-10pm. Tel: 012-737-2085

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Y E Traditional Dumplings, Pandan Jaya

Deprived of glutinous rice dumplings? Y E can definitely help - the familiar favourite of the Golden Chang comes sufficiently stuffed with roast pork and chicken, salted egg, sausage, chestnut, dried oyster and mushrooms (RM12.50). You’ll find many other variations here, from Nyonya Chang to Hakka Chang, Cantonese Chang to Healthy Brown Rice Chang, as well as premium versions with Australian abalone and dried scallops. But you prefer your grains prepared as less of a guilty indulgence, other meals are also available, such as steamed rice with a full chicken leg made aromatic with Chinese herbs (RM18.50).

Y E Traditional Dumplings
24, Jalan Pandan 3/9, Pandan Jaya, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-1030pm; Sun, 10am-7pm. Tel: 03-9284-5325

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Grandmother Chicken Rice, Pandan Jaya

Por Por would probably approve: Grandmother’s flagship chicken rice is clearly prepared by people who’ve been doing this long enough to know what’s necessary; make your meal a double-fowl with both steamed chicken and roast duck for a solid, satisfactory lunch (RM11.50). There’s also chicken curry mee, competent too, with ten cockles to be thankfully counted in our bowl (RM6.80).

Grandmother Chicken Rice Restaurant
22-G, Jalan Pandan 3/2, Pandan Jaya, Cheras, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. Open Wednesday-Monday, 8am-7pm.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Do Eat With Us, Kota Damansara

By Aiman Azri

Jemput makan: Do Eat With Us' nasi lemak is santan-strong, perfectly paired with the spiced-up ayam goreng rempah (RM11), while the lontong is tantalisingly thick and rich, with the bonus of paru goreng on the side (RM14). Round out your meal with classic Malaysian snacks like the lempeng pisang with a sweet sambal (RM7) and a variety of kuih, from seri muka to pulut hitam (RM0.80 each, or RM3 for four), washed down with a Thai-inspired milk tea (RM6) and the Iced Kathira, pandan-flavoured milk laced with basil seeds (RM8).

Do Eat With Us
8, Jalan PJU 5/20D, Kota Damansara, 47801 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open Saturday-Thursday, 830am-530pm.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dar El Henchir, Oueslatia, Tunisia

The rustic life beckons at Dar Henchir, a bed-and-breakfast that's set in a vast plain of olive groves in Tunisia's commune of Oueslatia. With chickens, sheep and ducks to keep guests company, without a soul to be seen for miles amid this soothing calm, meals here end up being home-cooked affairs of local produce, casual and comforting.