PUDU CHAN FATT WANTON MEE @ Damansara Utama

When Megan Wong left her job as a Financial Controller and said goodbye to the corporate world, she decided to revive her family’s heritage wanton noodles business. If you are older than me and has been a true-blue KLite, you’d probably know about Chan Fatt Wanton Mee in the Pudu wet market. Megan’s parents – the late Woon Poon and his wife, Lee Yit Yee started the business as a small stall in 1955 (imagine, that’s during the British era!). They sold only wanton noodles with char siu and sui gao – simple food which became a hit and Chan Fatt Wanton Mee became one of the biggest and most well-known eatery in Pudu Market.

Megan’s parents retired and closed the stall in 1996. The family recipe remained within the Wong family and knowing how her mother had always wished for the legacy to flourish, Megan decided to revive the family business. So, Pudu Chan Fatt Wanton Noodles was opened recently in the thriving Damansara Uptown area. It’s a simple and comfortable eatery furnished with wooden furniture for a seating capacity of about 50.

 

The menu features simple dishes which were made well-known by Chan Fatt, so don’t expect anything fancy. We tried their signature items – mainly the springy egg noodles paired with various ingredients, served in soup, dry-style (“kon lo”) and there’s even a curry laksa.

Sui Kow Noodles (RM8.50)

The signature “sui kow” (meat dumplings) were fairly large and plump with minced pork & prawns filling but the skin could be a bit thinner. For this reason, I preferred the wantons. The char siew was decent: caramelized roasted tender pork with nice layer of fat, evenly charred at the sides and not overly sweet.

Char Siew & Wanton Noodles (RM7.50)

The Lion Head Meatballs, so called because of the size of the minced pork balls, are another boon for pork lovers. Made in-house and not commercially produced, the deep-fried balls yielded sufficient porky sweetness to render them satisfying. However, I would have preferred them paired with some “kon lo” noodles instead of the soupy version. In fact, generally I’ll pass the soup versions as the noodles got soft pretty quickly and I’ve always preferred my noodles (and also pasta) to be al dente.


Lion Head Meatballs Noodles (RM8.50)


Curry Laksa with Chicken (RM7.50)

The Curry Laksa, while not mind-blowing, was decent with a tasty lemak curry broth and generous portions of chicken chunks, fried beancurd sheets (fuchook) and tofu puffs.

Char Siew with Dark Soy Sauce Rice (RM7.50)

Chicken with Light Soy Sauce Rice (RM8.00)

Noodles aside, Pudu Chan Fatt serves a few rice dishes – topped with slices of Chinese sausages, char siew or poached chicken. To enhance the tastes, lashings of either Dark Soy Sauce or Light Soy Sauce are drizzled on the rice. Dishes like these featured much in my childhood memories, during the times when my mother was working and didn’t have much time to cook for me before I went to school. I didn’t have the luxury of char siew or chicken during those times (unless it’s Chinese New Year) but Chinese sausages were affordable sometimes. Most of the other times, I’d get a raw egg broken into piping hot rice, seasoned with some soy sauce and pepper and quickly mixed well – my instant Egg Rice! I wished we had some liver sausage back then too.

Homemade Chinese Pork & Liver Sausage with Egg (RM10.90)

If you are at Pudu Chan Fatt in the morning and looking for some old-school traditional breakfast, have the Hainan Set which comprises two slices of Kaya Margerine Toast, two Half-boiled Eggs and hot coffee.

Hainan Set (RM6.90) – Kaya Margerine Toast, 2 Half-boiled Eggs & Hot Kopi/Kopi-O


Sweet Margerine Toasted Sandwich (RM2.80)

All in all, Pudu Chan Fatt serves basic traditional food at affordable prices. Food choices may not be very extensive but Megan and her team have pretty much stuck to her family’s recipes to serve up old favourites, reviving the feel and tastes of yonder years. Like I said, nothing fancy, just some good old traditional favourites.

 

 

PUDU CHAN FATT WANTON MEE
52 Jalan SS21/58
Damansara Utama
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 012-3838903

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THE TANG ROOM – tantalising Cantonese cuisine at The Starling

The Starling Mall is fast becoming one of the more popular residential malls in Damansara Utama, thanks to its line-up of interesting tenants and eateries. To me, the draw is of course the Tang Room, the latest baby from the Oriental Group of Restaurants. With their sister restaurants – Ming Room and Han Room (and the Nobles and Orientals properties) firmly established in the F&B scene here, it’s not surprising that the Tang Room has now joined the stable.

Occupying several lots in a prime corner of the mall, the Tang Room has the same understated classy decor – warm earthy tones nicely offset by an eye-catching geometric-patterned carpet. I love the discreet oriental touches in the form of mystic knots being part of the theme.

Browsing through the menu, I could see some familiar dishes bearing the signature touches of Executive Chef Justin Hor and at the same time, there are also dishes created uniquely just for the Tang Room.

As we were very hungry, we munched on Crispy Okinawan Sweet Potatoes with White Truffle (RM18) while waiting for our first course.

 

Boy, were we glad the first item served had 3 delicious components! The Platter of Chilled Jelly Chicken, Abalone, Black Squid Ink Balls & Baked Crab Meat (RM88 for 3 pax) was like god-send. Savouring the chilled jelly chicken took me down memory lane… this dish was so old school! I remember eating and enjoying this during wedding dinners back in my childhood days!

Chilled Jelly Chicken

That lovely abalone!

Black Squid Ink Balls

Baked Crab Meat Pastry

 

We couldn’t resist the dim sum as the menu listed such a good variety. From steamed to pan-fried to double-boiled, we couldn’t fault any of the dim sum dishes we had. What stood out for us were the super-bouncy Prawn & Spinach Dumplings and the Har Kau served in nutritious Cordyceps Flowers Soup!

Prawn & Spinach Dumplings topped with Black Truffles (RM11.80)

Pan-fried Radish Cake (RM9.80) with French Beans and Teochew Spicy Sauce


Rainbow Siew Mai (RM9.80)

Pork & Preserved Veg Buns (RM9.00) pan-fried

Har Kau in Cordyceps Flowers Soup (RM14)

 

For the sweet stuff, we can’t recommend enough their duriany desserts – this is of course only for durian fans! The Durian Egg Tarts and Durian Pudding use D24 durians – thick and creamy with a gorgeous bitter hint in the durian goodness – these alone would make us go back to the Tang Room again and again!

Piglet Custard Buns (RM10)


Durian Egg Tarts (RM9.00)


Durian Pudding (RM12)


Deep-fried Sesame Balls with Azuki Red Beans (RM9)

 

To meet the expectations of the lunch crowd in the area, the Tang Room offers some really good value-for-money set lunches. At just RM38++ per person, the set lunches are offered in rotating weekly menus.  While we were there, they were serving Week 4 Menu and we decided to give it a try.

First, there’s the Double-boiled Imperial Soup served in individual teapots which is really quite brilliant. The teapots kept the soup really hot and we got to enjoy every bit of the hot soup with great relish. The clear-looking soup, poured onto tiny cups, didn’t quite look like anything much but once we sipped our first spoonful, we were totally hooked.


Double-boiled Imperial Teapot Soup

Then came the generous portion of Pork Chop well-marinated with shrimp paste and perfectly fried to a golden crisp on the outside. The succulent meat remained juicy and tender beneath.  I was so happy that this set had my favourite noodles – Fried Egg Noodles Village-style which I never fail to order whenever I dine in an Oriental restaurant.  It’s a dish of simple comforting noodles, fried with just mushrooms and “fuchook” (beancurd sheets) and perfumed with pork lard.  Personally, I’d think the double-boiled soup, pork chop and noodles would have been a very fulfilling lunch.  However, there’s still one more dish in the set, which was the Braised Yam Balls with Century & Salted Eggs in a thick eggy broth.


Pork Chop with Shrimp Paste

Braised Yam Balls with Century & Salted Eggs


Fried Egg Noodles Village-style

There’s lots more to check out at the Tang Room.  For lunch, there are 4 rotating weekly Set Lunch menus to try, dim sum (oh, the durian tarts and durian pudding are calling my name!) and of course, delectable stuff from the a la carte menu.  For more info and updates, click on their Facebook Page or their website.

 

TANG ROOM
Lots S232-236, 2nd Floor
The Starling Mall
6 Jalan SS21/37
Damansara Uptown
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7733-9866

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SKIPPYS – the Real Pork Pizza Co @ Damansara Utama

There aren’t that many eateries that serve porky pizzas and pastas and Skippys rules in this arena. They first started in Phileo Damansara and have recently opened another outlet in Damansara Uptown which is good news for pork lovers around there.

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Look out for “The Real Pork Pizza Company!”

Located in the same row as The Ship, Skippys is a casual restaurant with simple furnishings – a place where you can just chill out with a some cold beer and your favourite porky dishes.

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Simple set-up… let’s just get on with the porky affair!

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The specials for the day are all etched out on the board!

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I’d say their pizzas are their main attraction – after all, they call themselves “the real pork pizza company!” and they do have a good variety on the menu. We had one of their best-sellers: Marc’s Special Pizza (RM26/RM32) which was laden with ham, mushrooms, eggs, baby spinach and made super aromatic with garlic and onions. The pizza dough was at the right thickness, complemented by gooey sticky mozzarella cheese. Yes, we’d go back again and again for stuff like this!

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Marc’s Special Pizza

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Two starters which you should try are their Goulash (RM12) and Skippys Salad (RM19.50) with sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, anchovies and bacon. The thick goulash was hearty, filled with a good measure of vegetables and meat. Fresh leafy greens with crisp fried bacon in the salad…can never fault this combo!

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Comforting Goulash

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Skippys Salad

Skippys’ Pork Knuckle with fried potatoes and salad (RM70) was presented in a very different style. The meat was chopped up into manageable pieces and the skin fried to a crisp and curl. It looked promising but when we bit into the inviting-looking curled skin, alas – it was hard and chewy. The sauce and meat were good though.

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Pork Knuckle

Skippys’ Glutton Pork Burger (RM24.50) with bacon, egg, mushrooms and lots of fries was a whopper of a burger. The thick meaty patty was well flavoured and this was a wholesome meal by itself. Be prepared to share if you are a small eater or want to have other dishes as well.

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Skippy’s Glutton Pork Burger

We also tried the Pork Ribs in 7 sauces – 10 pieces (RM25), German Sausages with salad and fries (RM23) and Meatloaf with Fried Potatoes & Salad (RM25). The sauce for the pork ribs was a tad salty, the sausages were decent and the meatloaf was average. The meatloaf dish could have been better if the egg had been a bit under-fried in a clean pan.

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Pork Ribs in 7 Sauces

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German Sausages with Salad & Fries 

The Spaghetti Bolognaise (RM16.90) was comforting – pasta and minced meat in a tomatoey sauce always make the world better.

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Spaghetti Bolognaise

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Pork Varuval (RM26) – dry and bland

I’d go back for their pizzas, for sure and maybe the pastas too.

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SKIPPYS
33 Jalan SS21/56B
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7733-0255
Open: Sunday–Thursday (11:30-22:30), Friday–Saturday (11:30-23:00)
For delivery, order via What’sApp to 019-2699347 or 019-2509347 

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M1STAR CAFE, Damansara Utama

M1Star is a no-frills eatery in Damansara Uptown run by a husband-and-wife team.  Its menu features predominantly Western-Japanese food with special focus on their house-made sauces.  Most of the mains are also served in sets with rice and drink packaged in – such a boon for busy people around that area.

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On days when you just want to have a simple tasty meal without too many decisions made, M1Star’s set meal selections would come in handy.  But before we got to the mains, we couldn’t resist trying some of their Japanese-style starters like Agedashi Tofu (RM6.90) and Takoyaki Balls (RM9.90).  The tofu was smooth and soft and it’s a shame that the sauce was a tad too salty.  We loved the takoyaki balls though, especially those fluttering bonito shavings.

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Agedashi Tofu

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Takoyaki Balls

If you can’t decide between fish or chicken, have both.  Their Salmon & Chicken Teriyaki Set (RM17.90) comes with rice and drink and it’s a substantial portion.  We liked how boneless chicken thigh meat is used in their chicken dishes.

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Salmon & Chicken Teriyaki Set

We could see that Chicken Kiev is one of their best-sellers as it’s highly recommended.  The set is RM16.90 and served with coleslaw, potato wedges and rice.  When cut open, aromatic melted cheese and finely chopped coriander oozed out.  It’s a value-for-money set, for sure as the coleslaw and potato wedges were all freshly prepared.

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Chicken Kiev

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The tangy creamy lemon sauce perfected by M1Star went well with their chicken chop and this was another signature dish.  Priced at RM15.90, the set came with the same condiments as their Chicken Kiev.

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Lemon Sauce Chicken Set

Seafood Donburi (RM20.90) was very decent with fresh bouncy medium-sized prawns, crabsticks and squids layered with sweet onions and mushroom slices.  For added crunch, there were also several florets of broccoli to go with the saucy eggy rice.  It’s a very comforting bowl of simple nourishment, especially when you are in a hurry.

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Seafood Donburi

 

M1STAR Cafe
111G Jalan SS21/37
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7497-7168

Opening Hours:
Daily 11.30am-3pm/5.30pm-9.30pm
Closed Sunday

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