"Mmm... let me get some of that rice"
I must confess sometimes there's nothing I want better for lunch than some rice, a bit of curry on top and fried spicy fish. Maybe a little bit of sayur masak lemak on the side and tofu. Like economy rice, nasi campur shops are real gems especially if you find a good one. My mates at Plaza Damas have been going to Daun ever since they set up office there. Daun sells simple Malay cooking with a dash of kampung.
The fish curry here is especially good- a little lighter since it's Malay style with plenty of fresh bendi to munch on. They also have a great array of fish, either grilled with spices or fried crispy, with soy sauce, chillies and shallots on top. They also have good ikan keli (catfish) with cabai one of my absolute favourites.
The taste of the food is just like eating in your own dining room. Nothing too elaborate with a homecooked feel. Sometimes that's all you really need for lunch.
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"Caramelised patty with generous kimchi on top"
So back to the topic at hand. I’m not a huge pork fan. I’ll eat it, and even like it, but it’s not something I specifically crave aside from the usual crispy bacon on lazy weekend mornings. This is why I was a bit skeptical when my friends wanted to try out a place famed for its pork burgers.
At first glance of the menu I saw that every item was pretty much pork, topped with pork, with a drizzle of pork served with pork on the side. It was almost difficult to make a choice as there were burgers topped with bacon and chilli con carne, burgers topped with petai, sambal, and chilli con carne, and even pork burgers topped with seafood. This is not a place to visit if you’re on a diet because everything screams pure indulgence. I was at a loss for what to order because it all sounded so interesting and I was saved when the chef came over to announce the off the menu specials. I didn’t hear anything past “the P9 a pork burger marinated with bulgogi sauce and topped with kimchi”. Korean food is a favourite so I placed my order and got a few sides for the table to share and eagerly waited.
The orgasmic mashed potatoes and the sautéed shitake mushrooms made their way to the table. Orgasmic indeed! The mashed potatoes are creamy and lumpy at the same time with parmesan cheese, topped with crispy bacon, caramelised onions and doused in a cream sauce. The moans across the table pretty much summed up how I felt about this dish…delightful! The shitake mushrooms are sautéed in olive oil, garlic, bacon and parsley. These too make a wonderful appetiser.
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"Crispy outside, oozing with goey cheese inside"
From the outside, the restaurant is nothing much to look at, it looks like a small café, even slightly run down. Inside it is simply decorated, with cosy lighting. It’s very empty tonight; only 2 other tables are occupied, so we pretty much have the restaurant to ourselves. The owner himself is ushering us in and we’re all excited and chatty, we’re here to celebrate a friend’s birthday so we’re ravenous and looking forward to some good food.
Everything on the menu sounds quite fancy, for starters there’s fresh garden salad “Mimosa”, Escargot a la Suisse, and somebody at our table is insisting we go for the Cheese ‘Malakow’ and the Raclette, so we order those two to share. The Cheese Malakow is described on the menu as “deep fried swiss cheese” and the Raclette is “hot slices of swiss cheese” so I can’t really tell what we’re going to get.
When it arrives, you can definitely tell the difference. The ‘Malakow’ are deep fried cheese puffs, crispy on the outside and oozing with deliciously gooey cheese on the inside. There are 4 pieces and the puffs are quite large, so this is a pretty good starter to share, but a little pricey, around RM20 a plate.
The Raclette is a plate of melted cheese, literally, served with a side of pickles and boiled potatoes. The taste of the cheese is a bit too strong for my liking, and leaves a bitter aftertaste in the mouth. I’ve heard that the steak here is really good, so I go for the sirloin steak with mushroom sauce. They have some interesting sauces here, like the Mussel Herb sauce, which another friend orders. We’re also having the grilled chicken with pasta and mushrooms, and the dory fish with green pepper butter sauce.