"Wonderful fish paste delights!"
The parking here is not ideal, in fact my car was once hit pretty badly and the person took off. I didn’t even realise anything happened till I made my way back to the car stuffed and satisfied after a yong tow foo binge. It’s a good thing that I was on a high from my meal because I would have reacted a lot differently to my dented in hood.
But let’s get back to the food…there is something so sinfully delicious about deep fried tofu skin parcels and vegetables stuffed with fish paste. The mixture of chilli sauce and sweet bean sauce highlights the subtle flavours of each piece of yong tow foo, and you can easily go overboard with ordering especially if you’re hungry.
On the menu there are the usual suspects, tau fu, stuffed brinjal, bitter gourd, chilli, lady fingers, fish balls, fried sui kau, and foo chok. A must try is the fried foo chok, fish paste wrapped in tofu skin and deep-fried. I could easily eat a whole plate of these in one go...crisp on the outside and once you bite down the skin gives way to bouncy fish meat. Another fried delight is the sui kau, a deep fried dumpling where the fish paste is pureed with other vegetables to give it slight texture and a more complex flavour.
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"The aroma of grilled fish will have you drooling"
I was quite surprised to see that this little hidden away makan spot was quite packed at noon, and I am told that by 2pm you’ll be lucky to get anything at all. How do people even find out about the food in an area like this? I knew I was in for a treat.
The waft of fresh fish sizzling on the grill hit me as I entered and my tummy rumbled, a deep low grumpy rumble. This made me a little impatient waiting in the line eagerly with my plate in hand, but I knew I had to wait because good things come to those who are patient.
There is a good spread to choose from and I can see why many make this a favourite lunch stop…nothing beats a laidback kampung style meal in the midst of a busy workday. We made our way back to the table with plates of rendang, perkedel, ikan pari, paru, daun singkong and of course the famous sambal hijau.
I tucked straight into the rendang as soon as we set it down. As the sliver of beef touches my tongue I experience fireworks in my mouth, the complex mélange of flavours are all balanced well. The only thing I would have changed would have been the texture of the meat, it is a bit tough and chewy and I love my meat to melt in the mouth.
The perkedel here is not a smooth mush of potato that is fried, but instead textured with bits of spices and other herbs speckled within. The grainy potatoey texture makes this a pleasure to eat, especially when topped up with the rendang gravy. This alone could have been my meal and I would have walked away happy.
Sometimes I'm more in a mood for Pakistani or Afgani style korma. They of course do not use coconut milk but rather goat's milk or yogurt. This results in their korma being thicker than ours. I always think of them up in the mountains being semi nomadic, they travel with their goats and lambs, dried spices and long-life roots like potatoes.
"You can eat it bones and all!"
One of my favorite joints to visit after school was near my best friend's house. We'd trudge there, still in our uniforms and gorge ourselves silly on banana leaf rice so we could really sink in to our afternoon naps that we school kids so desperately need. Until now, whenever I eat there, it brings back a flood of memories of many a happy siesta. The food was and still is pretty darn good. The place, is Kavithas.
Recently, I had another one of my infamous curry craves. Our designer happened to be with me, and she suggested that we head to Kavithas because she had never tried it. Who was I to argue with such sound logic? We drove on over to the sleepy suburb of Taman Petaling and ordered enough for 4 people (there were only the 2 of us).
First off, fried ikan bulus. Crispy and flaky, these small fish texturally match curried rice so well. On some days, it gets so crunchy that you can eat it bones and all (once I ordered 5 for that reason!) The fried chicken today was especially good. We were a little surprised, however, that they chopped up the chicken into smaller pieces - tearing into a big piece of chicken is infinitely more fun. We also had something called "mutton adhe", which was basically a mutton masala. It was the spicy kick the meal needed, though a touch boney.
I recently took a long overdue trip back to France to visit with my French side of the family. It had been 10years since I had last been back (a weekend trip while I was visiting London, so it didn Continue reading »