KENNY’S FOOD CART: Affordable Comfort Food in Aman Suria

If you have lived in Petaling Jaya long enough, you’d probably know where Alisan Street is, where Kenny Lock’s father used to run a stall selling his popular “Teng Chai Chuk”, way back since 1993. “Teng Chai Chuk” directly translates to “Boat Porridge” is a comforting bowl of piping hot rice congee filled with anchovies, peanuts, century egg, dried cuttlefish and fried crullers & vermicelli for added crunch. This “boat porridge” originates from the simple rice congee cooked by boat dwellers in Hong Kong. Every spoonful spreads its comforting warmth all the way from my mouth to tummy – it’s a bowl of congee everyone needs to cheer up a chilly moodless day.

Signature Teng Chai Chuk (RM9)

25 years down the road, Kenny Lock has taken over from the father (Uncle Lock still helps out) and expanded the business with a couple of partners. The porridge stall has now found a new home in a shop in Aman Suria. To keep its heritage going, a brick & mortar replica of the stall is housed inside the shop, adding a certain quaintness to the ambience.

Besides Teng Chai Chuk, you can also opt for other varieties of condiments for your porridge. Choose your favourites from dried scallops, shredded chicken, sliced fish, minced pork, fish paste and even fried fish head. We tried the Fried Fish Belly Porridge too. The crunchy fish pieces, with sweet marine flavours submerged in smooth rice congee made for another bowl of good comfort food.

Fried Fish Belly Porridge (RM10)

Besides porridge, there’s rice and noodles on the menu. I do recommend their Cantonese Style Loh See Fun and their signature Mushroom Pork Noodles. The bowl of Cantonese loh see fun may look kinda uninspiring in its pale gooey gravy topped with an egg but once I dug into it, I had to change my mind. That bowl of gooey noodles packed quite a punch in terms of taste and flavours. Try it and you’ll see.

Cantonese Style Loh See Fun (RM8.50)

If you are not fond of noodles in thick gravy, try their Fried Loh See Fun, something that Kenny just added to his menu. Fragrant with delicate “wok hei”, this version proves to be popular with diners.


Fried Loh See Fun (RM8)

The same goes for another one of their signatures – Noodles with Mushroom and Minced Pork. Served with a hard-boiled egg and with noodles swimming in a thick dark gravy, it looks a bit like “loh mee”. It’s a bowl of simple goodness and so satisfying.

Signature Mushroom Pork Yee Mee (RM8)

Kenny prepares his fresh fish paste from scratch in-house every day which he then shapes into irregular chunks and they are either deep fried or boiled. Springy and tasty with fresh fishy sweetness, I love them either way: added into noodles/porridge or served as deep-fried snacks. Served straight from the wok, the deep-fried fish paste smells pretty heavenly just as they are brought to our table and they are gone within minutes! The same applies to the Fried Dumplings – one plate is never enough!

Fried Fish Paste (RM4/5 pieces)

Fried Dumplings (RM4/3 pieces)

Kenny keeps his menu dynamic – as he’s bound to come up with some specials every day. It all depends on what’s fresh and good at the market and what he feels like cooking for the day. These specials are written on the blackboard and the popular dishes run out pretty fast. On the day I was there, we had two specials – Fried Pork Neck and Wantan in Soup.

The tender juicy slices of pork neck were just faultless and a hit with everyone. Likewise, the plump wantans were filled with generous portions of minced pork and shrimps. Check out also Kenny’s Fried Chicken – it’s very good: tastily marinated and fried well with crispy skin – so irresistible!

Fried Pork Neck (RM10)

Wantan in Soup (RM5)

Kenny’s Fried Chicken (RM4.50 per piece)

As you can see, the prices of food at Kenny’s Food Cart are really wallet-friendly. From the signature porridge, noodles and even rice dishes to the tasty snacks, every item is prepared meticulously with fresh ingredients. The food here has that “home-cooked” taste, food that one can eat over and over again.

 

KENNY’S FOOD COURT
K-G-11 Jalan PJU 1/43
Aman Suria Damansara
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel: Kenny (016-375-5304)/Ivan (012-329-8227)

Opens:
11.30am till 2.30pm
6.00pm till 10.00pm
Closed on Sunday

KENNY’S FOOD CART: Affordable Comfort Food in Aman Suria

If you have lived in Petaling Jaya long enough, you’d probably know where Alisan Street is, where Kenny Lock’s father used to run a stall selling his popular “Teng Chai Chuk”, way back since 1993. “Teng Chai Chuk” directly translates to “Boat Porridge” is a comforting bowl of piping hot rice congee filled with anchovies, peanuts, century egg, dried cuttlefish and fried crullers & vermicelli for added crunch. This “boat porridge” originates from the simple rice congee cooked by boat dwellers in Hong Kong. Every spoonful spreads its comforting warmth all the way from my mouth to tummy – it’s a bowl of congee everyone needs to cheer up a chilly moodless day.

Signature Teng Chai Chuk (RM9)

25 years down the road, Kenny Lock has taken over from the father (Uncle Lock still helps out) and expanded the business with a couple of partners. The porridge stall has now found a new home in a shop in Aman Suria. To keep its heritage going, a brick & mortar replica of the stall is housed inside the shop, adding a certain quaintness to the ambience.

Besides Teng Chai Chuk, you can also opt for other varieties of condiments for your porridge. Choose your favourites from dried scallops, shredded chicken, sliced fish, minced pork, fish paste and even fried fish head. We tried the Fried Fish Belly Porridge too. The crunchy fish pieces, with sweet marine flavours submerged in smooth rice congee made for another bowl of good comfort food.

Fried Fish Belly Porridge (RM10)

Besides porridge, there’s rice and noodles on the menu. I do recommend their Cantonese Style Loh See Fun and their signature Mushroom Pork Noodles. The bowl of Cantonese loh see fun may look kinda uninspiring in its pale gooey gravy topped with an egg but once I dug into it, I had to change my mind. That bowl of gooey noodles packed quite a punch in terms of taste and flavours. Try it and you’ll see.

Cantonese Style Loh See Fun (RM8.50)

If you are not fond of noodles in thick gravy, try their Fried Loh See Fun, something that Kenny just added to his menu. Fragrant with delicate “wok hei”, this version proves to be popular with diners.


Fried Loh See Fun (RM8)

The same goes for another one of their signatures – Noodles with Mushroom and Minced Pork. Served with a hard-boiled egg and with noodles swimming in a thick dark gravy, it looks a bit like “loh mee”. It’s a bowl of simple goodness and so satisfying.

Signature Mushroom Pork Yee Mee (RM8)

Kenny prepares his fresh fish paste from scratch in-house every day which he then shapes into irregular chunks and they are either deep fried or boiled. Springy and tasty with fresh fishy sweetness, I love them either way: added into noodles/porridge or served as deep-fried snacks. Served straight from the wok, the deep-fried fish paste smells pretty heavenly just as they are brought to our table and they are gone within minutes! The same applies to the Fried Dumplings – one plate is never enough!

Fried Fish Paste (RM4/5 pieces)

Fried Dumplings (RM4/3 pieces)

Kenny keeps his menu dynamic – as he’s bound to come up with some specials every day. It all depends on what’s fresh and good at the market and what he feels like cooking for the day. These specials are written on the blackboard and the popular dishes run out pretty fast. On the day I was there, we had two specials – Fried Pork Neck and Wantan in Soup.

The tender juicy slices of pork neck were just faultless and a hit with everyone. Likewise, the plump wantans were filled with generous portions of minced pork and shrimps. Check out also Kenny’s Fried Chicken – it’s very good: tastily marinated and fried well with crispy skin – so irresistible!

Fried Pork Neck (RM10)

Wantan in Soup (RM5)

Kenny’s Fried Chicken (RM4.50 per piece)

As you can see, the prices of food at Kenny’s Food Cart are really wallet-friendly. From the signature porridge, noodles and even rice dishes to the tasty snacks, every item is prepared meticulously with fresh ingredients. The food here has that “home-cooked” taste, food that one can eat over and over again.

 

KENNY’S FOOD COURT
K-G-11 Jalan PJU 1/43
Aman Suria Damansara
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel: Kenny (016-375-5304)/Ivan (012-329-8227)

Opens:
11.30am till 2.30pm
6.00pm till 10.00pm
Closed on Sunday

KOUZU @ Bangsar

With Kouzu recently opened in Bangsar, the stretch along Jalan Telawi seems to have perked up considerably. This is actually the 2nd outlet, the first one being in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. As you step into this hip-looking Japanese fusion restaurant and bar, you’ll be greeted with a piece of vibrant painted pop-art on one of the main walls. The colourful wall-art depicts a mish-mash kaleidoscope of Mt Fuji, dragons, carps, sakura and even a Japanese maiden (geisha perhaps?) by local artist Katun. This long mural certainly sets the tone of contemporary vibes and we can’t wait for the gastronomic offerings.

Proudly marketing itself as a restaurant and bar, the menu features a good range of Hot & Cold Japas – contemporary Japanese appetizers using both Japanese and western ingredients. But before the japas comes, we happily line our stomachs with some refreshing salads. Attention-grabbing with beautiful crisp vegetables, fresh raw fish and al dente udon, we totally enjoy the Salmon Trout Salad and Sanuki Udon Pasta.

Salmon Trout Salad (RM25)

Sanuki Udon Pasta (RM19)

We can’t help ordering a sushi roll, – the Umami Roll with fried soft-shell crabs is prettily presented – light & easy on the palate.

Umami Roll (RM20)

Next comes the japas – small plates, small bites but oh-so-big in flavours.

The Kouzu Sliders look like cute mini-burgers; the only difference being that they are scones sandwiching juicy homemade wagyu patty, spinach, caramelized shallot and gyusugi.

Kouzu Sliders (RM25 for 2 pieces)

The Gyoza Kaisen, stuffed with chopped shrimps and scallops are just average to me.

Gyoza Kaisen (3 pieces) – RM22.00 

On the other hand, I simply love the Blue Fin Tuna and Foie Gras, reasonably priced at RM29. The tuna has been seared to perfection, and it pairs beautifully with the foie gras, unagi sauce and apple chutney.

Blue Fin Tuna & Foie Gras

For something light and fun, try their Agedashi Tofu, sprinkled with bonito flakes and paired with a smooth slithery onsen egg.

Bonito Agedashi Tofu (RM10) 

The hot tapas list features some substantial meaty items. The Stone Grilled Beef and Spicy Miso Lamb Rack are our favourites. Marinated well, the meat is tender and juicy, delicious to the last bite.

Stone Grilled Beef (RM29)

Spicy Miso Lamb Rack (RM36 for 2 pieces)

Besides tapas and roll sushis, Kouzu’s selection of yakitori is also quite popular. Ranging from RM5-RM15 per skewer, they have been meticulously grilled over charcoal.

Skewered delights to go with the sake, wine or beer!

We also recommend Kouzu’s interesting version of pizza. Instead of the usual flour dough, the pizzas here are made with a crispy rice base and topped with exotic ingredients like wasabi, yuzo, miso and escargot! The Escargot Pizza is a one that I can eat over and over again.

Japanese Escargot Pizza (RM19.00)

If you are someone who must have rice, then don’t miss their signature Kouzu Don. It’s a bowl of beautifully presented Japanese rice topped with tender sliced sirloin (lightly seared), scallions, garlic, drizzled with aromatic truffle teriyaki sauce and a lush onsen egg! Perfection in a bowl.

Kouzu Don (RM29)

I love how the food is prettily presented in Kouzu, enhancing the visual feasting even before it’s eaten. Flavours are well balanced with traditional and fusionistic touches, most of them light and refreshing – just perfect when chilling out with drinks.

 

KOUZU
19 Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2201-1592 /011-6050-0995

Opening Hours:
12noon to 2.30pm
5.00pm to 1.00am

KOUZU @ Bangsar

With Kouzu recently opened in Bangsar, the stretch along Jalan Telawi seems to have perked up considerably. This is actually the 2nd outlet, the first one being in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. As you step into this hip-looking Japanese fusion restaurant and bar, you’ll be greeted with a piece of vibrant painted pop-art on one of the main walls. The colourful wall-art depicts a mish-mash kaleidoscope of Mt Fuji, dragons, carps, sakura and even a Japanese maiden (geisha perhaps?) by local artist Katun. This long mural certainly sets the tone of contemporary vibes and we can’t wait for the gastronomic offerings.

Proudly marketing itself as a restaurant and bar, the menu features a good range of Hot & Cold Japas – contemporary Japanese appetizers using both Japanese and western ingredients. But before the japas comes, we happily line our stomachs with some refreshing salads. Attention-grabbing with beautiful crisp vegetables, fresh raw fish and al dente udon, we totally enjoy the Salmon Trout Salad and Sanuki Udon Pasta.

Salmon Trout Salad (RM25)

Sanuki Udon Pasta (RM19)

We can’t help ordering a sushi roll, – the Umami Roll with fried soft-shell crabs is prettily presented – light & easy on the palate.

Umami Roll (RM20)

Next comes the japas – small plates, small bites but oh-so-big in flavours.

The Kouzu Sliders look like cute mini-burgers; the only difference being that they are scones sandwiching juicy homemade wagyu patty, spinach, caramelized shallot and gyusugi.

Kouzu Sliders (RM25 for 2 pieces)

The Gyoza Kaisen, stuffed with chopped shrimps and scallops are just average to me.

Gyoza Kaisen (3 pieces) – RM22.00 

On the other hand, I simply love the Blue Fin Tuna and Foie Gras, reasonably priced at RM29. The tuna has been seared to perfection, and it pairs beautifully with the foie gras, unagi sauce and apple chutney.

Blue Fin Tuna & Foie Gras

For something light and fun, try their Agedashi Tofu, sprinkled with bonito flakes and paired with a smooth slithery onsen egg.

Bonito Agedashi Tofu (RM10) 

The hot tapas list features some substantial meaty items. The Stone Grilled Beef and Spicy Miso Lamb Rack are our favourites. Marinated well, the meat is tender and juicy, delicious to the last bite.

Stone Grilled Beef (RM29)

Spicy Miso Lamb Rack (RM36 for 2 pieces)

Besides tapas and roll sushis, Kouzu’s selection of yakitori is also quite popular. Ranging from RM5-RM15 per skewer, they have been meticulously grilled over charcoal.

Skewered delights to go with the sake, wine or beer!

We also recommend Kouzu’s interesting version of pizza. Instead of the usual flour dough, the pizzas here are made with a crispy rice base and topped with exotic ingredients like wasabi, yuzo, miso and escargot! The Escargot Pizza is a one that I can eat over and over again.

Japanese Escargot Pizza (RM19.00)

If you are someone who must have rice, then don’t miss their signature Kouzu Don. It’s a bowl of beautifully presented Japanese rice topped with tender sliced sirloin (lightly seared), scallions, garlic, drizzled with aromatic truffle teriyaki sauce and a lush onsen egg! Perfection in a bowl.

Kouzu Don (RM29)

I love how the food is prettily presented in Kouzu, enhancing the visual feasting even before it’s eaten. Flavours are well balanced with traditional and fusionistic touches, most of them light and refreshing – just perfect when chilling out with drinks.

 

KOUZU
19 Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2201-1592 /011-6050-0995

Opening Hours:
12noon to 2.30pm
5.00pm to 1.00am

New Menu at SOULed Out, Sri Hartamas

Souled Out Sri Hartamas needs no introduction; at least, not in the Klang Valley. This popular eatery is almost a legend, after having been in the business since 1996. I remember going to this restaurant when they opened, in Desa Hartamas, before moving to the present location in Sri Hartamas. From its humble beginning, the brand has flourished to the many branches holding court in KL and PJ now.

The popularity of Souled Out lies mainly in its comprehensive range of food served, covering local and western favourites. Their fresh take on traditional Asian dishes at affordable prices is one of the keys of their success. Besides that, their cheerful energetic crew and lively atmosphere makes dining at Souled Out a most enjoyable experience. From my many visits to the place, their menu and quality of food have always been consistent.

After pleasing their legions of fans for more than 20 years with the same menu, Souled Out Sri Hartamas recently launched a new menu! Or should I say, launched some new items to their menu – I’m pretty sure many of the popular and favourite dishes are maintained.

As per the Souled Out standard, the launch event was a fun and energetic affair. Members of their crew did a catwalk-style donning national costumes of the countries that inspired the new dishes. Here are some of the newbies to the menu:

Bakso – Indonesian beef balls with glass noodles, crispy wanton skin in a hearty beef broth garnished with celery and served with a fiery sambal

Bhuna Chawal – spicy Indian-style fried rice wokked with cauliflower, chicken and prawns.

Beef Ragout with pasta in a meaty Italian-style sauce of ground beef

Bangers & Mash – smoked chicken sausage with creamy garlic mash and baby peas

Classic Steamed Mussels – black mussels in white wine flavoured with garlic, shallots & parsley – best eaten with bread!

Lamb Pie – Souled Out’s version of shepherd pie! Braised lamb with carrots, celery, rosemary & red wine reduction topped with fluffy cheesy mashed potatoes.

Snack on these Patatas Bravas!

There are several more items – Sawadee Salad, Lamb Shawarma, Kake Udon and six new desserts!  There are also new additions to the Cocktails, Mojitos and non-alcoholic drinks.

Lamb Shawarma

 

Guinness Chocolate Milkshake

 

It’s time to make your way over to Sri Hartamas and check out the new menu items.

 

SOULed OUT
20 Jalan 30/70A
Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2300-1955