D’ Teratak Bonda

I have an adventurous palate but sometimes all I crave for is something simple. D' Teratak Bonda in Kota Damansara is famed for their classic Malay dishes. From masak lemak to ayam percik if what you want is a 'kampung' styled lunch, this is an ideal place to go to as long as nightmarish parking is what you're willing to face.

by Farah Photography FriedChillies Thu, June 21, 2012
Malay

The Strand in Kota Damansara has now emerged as a buzzing lunchtime location due to the variety of eateries opening up in this area. Although parking spots are hard to come by, there are a few gems here that is worth the trouble. One of them is D'Teratak Bonda, a restaurant serving delicious Malay 'kampung' dishes.



Started by 2 mothers, the aptly named D'Teratak Bonda ( it means Mums' Little Hut - have no idea why there's a 'D' in front of it though ) is a busy lunch spot in Kota Damansara. I spoke to Ina who manages the restaurant and she told me that the restaurant is a collaboration between her mum who hails from Pahang and her aunt who comes from Terengganu so the menu is a mixed affair because they serve dishes from both states.



The standout star of the menu is of course, their ayam masak lemak. This is Ina's mum's recipe. Rich, creamy with a nice heaty kick, this dish should come with a warning. As soon as you try it, you can't help but pile up more rice on your plate. So good you kinda forget about the mountain of rice you're consuming. The chicken is stir-fried with fresh turmeric, chillies and shallots before coconut milk is added and then cooked further until the gravy thickens.This allows the gravy to cling to the chicken flavouring it in every mouthful.



The difference between the Pahang-styled masak lemak and the Negeri Sembilan-styled ones come down to the chillies. Here, they serve the Pahang version so they mix fresh red chillies with bird's eye chillies to help tame the heat level. So, if you like the tongue-burning masak lemak of Negeri Sembilan, you might find this one a bit milder than what you're used to. They also serve masak lemak patin here, another popular dish from Pahang. I had to do a rain-check with this dish because there is a limit to what my tummy can handle during lunch and too much of a good thing can result in a lethargic reviewer.
It seems that coconut milk is used in most of the dishes served at D'Teratak Bonda, even in their Terengganu dishes. Case in point is the crowd-favourite, which is the ayam percik.



Chicken is marinated in aromatics and spices, then barbecued with a coconut milk glaze. The sugar in the coconut milk caramelises resulting in a sweet charred coating on the chicken. Chillies, lemongrass, galangal and turmeric mingle with the coconut milk perfectly and they serve it with plenty of gravy that you can mix with your rice.



We were hungry so we also ordered masak lemak labu ( pumpkin cooked in coconut gravy ), gulai pucuk ubi ( tapioca leaves in a simple broth ), ikan keli masak sambal ( catfish in sambal ) and sambal kentang ( fried potatoes in sambal ).



Masak lemak labu and ikan keli masak sambal are my usual lunch fare. Whenever I see these two lauks, I can't resist myself from ordering them. The pumpkins are cooked just right leaving it with enough firmness so you can break it with a spoon instead of falling apart as soon as you scoop it out. Sweet and rich, this absolutely yummy.



The catfish is just how I like it. Soft flesh peppered with chilli sambal. The fish and tail crisp up after frying and I pick away until nothing is left on my plate. D'Teratak Bonda provides every-day dishes that you can find in most Malay households across Malaysia. Familiar and comforting dishes, like what your Mum makes at home.

It's the familiarity of these dishes that keeps me coming back to D'Teratak Bonda. No-frills recipes. Uncomplicated. And sometimes that's just what your tummy wants. Simple 'kampung' food at its best.

More Photos To Drool On






You must be logged in to post comments






     
Advertisement

Foodster's Verdict

D’ Teratak Bonda

                   
Taste
                




Address:
D' Teratak Bonda, Jalan PJU 5/21,The Strand, 47810 Kota Damansara,
Tel: 012 9290512 (Ina)

Open:
8.30 am - 10.00 pm

Pros:
Delicious Malay 'nasi campur' lauks

Cons:
People tend to double park here so even if you find parking, be prepared to be blocked in by other cars during the busy lunch hour.

Price Range:
RM 15

Parking:
Only on a Tree

Certification:
Muslim Owned

Map:


View Where To Eat in a larger map



How-To Cut A Pineapple

How-To Cut A Pineapple

02:33

Cutting a pineapple is so simple. Alex shows you how to do it.


How-To Get Rid Of Oil Stains

How-To Get Rid Of Oil Stains

00:47

Learn the easy way to get rid of oil stains...


How-To Get Rid of Pesky Roaches

How-To Get Rid of Pesky Roaches

00:23

Get rid of pesky roaches naturally.


How-To Make Teh Tarik

How-To Make Teh Tarik

00:35

Learn how to make your teh tarik frothy.


How-To Combat Heatiness

How-To Combat Heatiness

00:44

Learn how to combat post-durian heatiness from Alia.








Latest Comments

Hello Fried Chillies! Thank you for reviewing our burgers. We really appreciate it! For those who are looking for more information — http://facebook.com/mrjuniorburger
By r0lodex on 2014 Jan 30
From the entry 'Mr. Junior Burger'.
I Eat Nasi Lemak details have been updated with more ticket location information and event agenda grin Have a great Nasi Lemak day guys!
By The Foodster on 2013 Nov 03
From the entry 'Bawa Bertenang dan Makan Nasi Lemak'.
Whoa... weekends. I am sure that the queue is very long. Sabar je lah
By The Foodster on 2013 Oct 28
From the entry 'Nasi Lemak Tanglin'.
I always go to Tanglin whenever me and my gang craves for Nasi Lemak on weekends morning, never look back!
By deen.shamshuri on 2013 Oct 28
From the entry 'Nasi Lemak Tanglin'.
Close to event day, check this space as we will be posting parking information, maps and howto. Many people are not aware that TMCC is just beside the Telekom Malaysia's Menara Rebung tower. It's accessible via the Kerinchi LRT Station (Kelana Jaya Line)
By The Foodster on 2013 Oct 27
From the entry 'Bawa Bertenang dan Makan Nasi Lemak'.
We will be posting maps, schedule of events and parking information very soon.
By The Foodster on 2013 Oct 26
From the entry 'Bawa Bertenang dan Makan Nasi Lemak'.
The lontong place is where I've been getting my fix since I could eat solid food. In fact, I wrote about it here: http://www.friedchillies.com/articles/detail/a-love-letter-to-section-14-petaling-jaya :D
By The Charlie on 2013 Jul 28
From the entry 'Top 5 Picks @ PaRam Seksyen 14, Petaling Jaya'.
Thanks for your recommendation. what's good at the German deli?
By Adly on 2013 Apr 24
From the entry 'myBurgerLab'.
i think friedchillies need to post about German Deli Imbiss at Petronas Ampang Jaya, behind of Ampang Puteri Hospital.
By Muhammad Haziq Mohd Hajaraih on 2013 Apr 23
From the entry 'myBurgerLab'.
Looks not bad. Too bad they are in Kepong. Could open a few more branches.
By kons on 2013 Mar 24
From the entry 'Happy City Steamboat'.