MEAT THE PORKERS @ their New Abode: Plaza Damansara, Bkt Damansara

After about 3 years in Solaris Publika area, Meat the Porkers, the Home of Porky Indian Cuisine has recently moved to a bigger better space in Plaza Damansara in Bukit Damansara. About time too, as the piggies need more space and this new premise is definitely a much better playground.

Located on the 1st floor (there’s a lift to go up, no worries!) of a corner shoplot, there’s plenty of sunlight flooding in from the windows all around. Diners get a nice view of the surrounding leafy neighbourhood while enjoying Meat The Porkers’ plethora of Indian dishes.

There are some tweaks to the menu – the restaurant now offers a selection of “Small Plates”… tapas-like Indian favourites. I love this concept as it allows you to order a variety of dishes to enjoy without being overwhelmed by the regular (and bigger) portions. Certain non-Indian elements have been incorporated, for example burger buns, mantou and tacos being used to accompany the very flavoursome and spiced Indian meats and seafood.

The thing is, if you are on a keto or no-carbs diet, you just cannot eat here. With Indian cuisine this good, it’s just not possible to eat it without their breads, biryani or just white rice! From the “small plates”, Pork Kebab Sliders with mini burgers and buns already started the appetite going.

Pork Kebab Sliders (RM25) – mini burgers marinated with onion, garlic, ginger, roasted cumin powder and coriander. Topped with sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, mayonnaise and mint chutney

Similarly, with the Goan Pork Vindaloo bursting with spicy flavours, the tender chunks of meat were pretty perfect when eaten with warm pillowy mantou.

Goan Pork Vindaloo Mantou (RM25) traditional Goan pork curry with chillies, garlic and vinegar stuffed into steamed mantou

I absolutely love the Fish Amritsari Tacos – seabass marinated in ginger, garlic, carom seeds and other spices and gram flour, lightly battered and then fried till crisp. A popular street food item in India, the fried fish is served on a tortilla, topped with tomato salsa and drizzled with a special sauce. Eat this immediately when served, before the tortilla gets soggy – the fried fish is insanely good!

Fish Amritsari Tacos (RM25)

Butter Chicken Wings could well be the only small plate dish served without any carb accompaniment. Some naan sticks would be good to mop up that delicious buttery gravy.

Butter Chicken Wings (RM25) – deep-fried chicken wings tossed in a rich buttery tomato-based gravy

I’m sure you’d agree that bacon wrapping anything is always good, right? Bacon works its magic on almost anything, so imagine this marvellous scenario: spiced tender boneless chicken tikka wrapped with bacon, skewered and then roasted in the tandoor oven till the fats from the bacon seep into the chicken. Imagine how exquisite these babies are.

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tikka (RM25)

Right – let’s now get to the mains:

The signature rice dish that rocked the restaurant to fame and which any porky fan should order is of course the Siew Yoke Biryani (Roast Pork Biryani). The folks at Meat The Porkers have been experimenting and trying to improve how best to preserve the crunchiness of the siew yoke skin for this dish. Drying, poking, deep-frying… now the crispy pieces of siew yoke crackling is served separately from the rice so that they don’t get soggy and chewy.

Siew Yoke Biryani (RM28)

Another signature dish – the Tandoori Pork Ribs have been tweaked. It’s now prepared and served differently from the Solaris Publika days. It used to be presented as a slab of ribs – check my earlier review here. Now it’s served in individual pieces of meaty ribs. This allows for better absorption of marinades, making each piece well-rounded in taste and texture. Yes, they are finger-lickin’ good.

Tandoori Pork Ribs (RM48) – pork ribs marinated in yoghurt, ginger, garlic, freshly ground spices and roasted in the tandoor oven

The new Porkers Naan is the perfect bread to eat with Mutton Mirchi Masala, Chicken 65 Masala and even their Bindhi Masala. Actually any naan would be good for these dishes but the Porkers Naan stands out due to its stuffing of bacon, garlic, chillies and shredded cheese! In fact, you can also just down this scrumptious naan on its own!

Porkers Naan (RM20) – naan stuffed with bacon, garlic, onions, chillies and shredded cheese

Chicken 65 Masala (RM25) – fried boneless chicken tossed in a yoghurt-based masala with green chillies, ginger and fragrant curry leaves

Mutton Mirchi Masala (RM35) – Dry-style boneless spicy mutton cooked in garlic, ginger and onions

Butter Chicken (RM25)

Bhindi Masala (RM20)

So, make a date to Meat The Porkers if you are into Indian food with a delectable porky twist! They are not tagged “Home of Porky Indian Cuisine” for nothing.

 

MEAT THE PORKERS
9M Jalan Medan Setia 1
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 019-987-1945

Open: 12.00pm

*Non-halal

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MEAT THE PORKERS @ their New Abode: Plaza Damansara, Bkt Damansara

After about 3 years in Solaris Publika area, Meat the Porkers, the Home of Porky Indian Cuisine has recently moved to a bigger better space in Plaza Damansara in Bukit Damansara. About time too, as the piggies need more space and this new premise is definitely a much better playground.

Located on the 1st floor (there’s a lift to go up, no worries!) of a corner shoplot, there’s plenty of sunlight flooding in from the windows all around. Diners get a nice view of the surrounding leafy neighbourhood while enjoying Meat The Porkers’ plethora of Indian dishes.

There are some tweaks to the menu – the restaurant now offers a selection of “Small Plates”… tapas-like Indian favourites. I love this concept as it allows you to order a variety of dishes to enjoy without being overwhelmed by the regular (and bigger) portions. Certain non-Indian elements have been incorporated, for example burger buns, mantou and tacos being used to accompany the very flavoursome and spiced Indian meats and seafood.

The thing is, if you are on a keto or no-carbs diet, you just cannot eat here. With Indian cuisine this good, it’s just not possible to eat it without their breads, biryani or just white rice! From the “small plates”, Pork Kebab Sliders with mini burgers and buns already started the appetite going.

Pork Kebab Sliders (RM25) – mini burgers marinated with onion, garlic, ginger, roasted cumin powder and coriander. Topped with sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, mayonnaise and mint chutney

Similarly, with the Goan Pork Vindaloo bursting with spicy flavours, the tender chunks of meat were pretty perfect when eaten with warm pillowy mantou.

Goan Pork Vindaloo Mantou (RM25) traditional Goan pork curry with chillies, garlic and vinegar stuffed into steamed mantou

I absolutely love the Fish Amritsari Tacos – seabass marinated in ginger, garlic, carom seeds and other spices and gram flour, lightly battered and then fried till crisp. A popular street food item in India, the fried fish is served on a tortilla, topped with tomato salsa and drizzled with a special sauce. Eat this immediately when served, before the tortilla gets soggy – the fried fish is insanely good!

Fish Amritsari Tacos (RM25)

Butter Chicken Wings could well be the only small plate dish served without any carb accompaniment. Some naan sticks would be good to mop up that delicious buttery gravy.

Butter Chicken Wings (RM25) – deep-fried chicken wings tossed in a rich buttery tomato-based gravy

I’m sure you’d agree that bacon wrapping anything is always good, right? Bacon works its magic on almost anything, so imagine this marvellous scenario: spiced tender boneless chicken tikka wrapped with bacon, skewered and then roasted in the tandoor oven till the fats from the bacon seep into the chicken. Imagine how exquisite these babies are.

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tikka (RM25)

Right – let’s now get to the mains:

The signature rice dish that rocked the restaurant to fame and which any porky fan should order is of course the Siew Yoke Biryani (Roast Pork Biryani). The folks at Meat The Porkers have been experimenting and trying to improve how best to preserve the crunchiness of the siew yoke skin for this dish. Drying, poking, deep-frying… now the crispy pieces of siew yoke crackling is served separately from the rice so that they don’t get soggy and chewy.

Siew Yoke Biryani (RM28)

Another signature dish – the Tandoori Pork Ribs have been tweaked. It’s now prepared and served differently from the Solaris Publika days. It used to be presented as a slab of ribs – check my earlier review here. Now it’s served in individual pieces of meaty ribs. This allows for better absorption of marinades, making each piece well-rounded in taste and texture. Yes, they are finger-lickin’ good.

Tandoori Pork Ribs (RM48) – pork ribs marinated in yoghurt, ginger, garlic, freshly ground spices and roasted in the tandoor oven

The new Porkers Naan is the perfect bread to eat with Mutton Mirchi Masala, Chicken 65 Masala and even their Bindhi Masala. Actually any naan would be good for these dishes but the Porkers Naan stands out due to its stuffing of bacon, garlic, chillies and shredded cheese! In fact, you can also just down this scrumptious naan on its own!

Porkers Naan (RM20) – naan stuffed with bacon, garlic, onions, chillies and shredded cheese

Chicken 65 Masala (RM25) – fried boneless chicken tossed in a yoghurt-based masala with green chillies, ginger and fragrant curry leaves

Mutton Mirchi Masala (RM35) – Dry-style boneless spicy mutton cooked in garlic, ginger and onions

Butter Chicken (RM25)

Bhindi Masala (RM20)

So, make a date to Meat The Porkers if you are into Indian food with a delectable porky twist! They are not tagged “Home of Porky Indian Cuisine” for nothing.

 

MEAT THE PORKERS
9M Jalan Medan Setia 1
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 019-987-1945

Open: 12.00pm

*Non-halal

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GOA by Hubba, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur

Goa by Hubba has just recently relocated to its present location at Tujo after being in Lorong Ceylon for a short while. Now Goa by Hubba is snugly tucked on the Mezzanine Floor of the elegant gastrobar Tujo, right on the bustling Jalan Pinang.

Goa by Hubba’s menu is crafted by none other than celebrity chef Sapna Anand. If you think that name sounds familiar, well, she’s the author of popular cookbook “Modern Indian Kitchen” and host of Asian Food Channel’s “Fast Indian Cooking with Sapna”. I first met Chef Sapna in 2015 in a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu in Bandar Sunway. This soft-spoken Goa-born chef is the perfect collaborator as she’s also fondly known as the Queen of Spices. An alumni of Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Sapna’s love and passion for all things spicy is quite legendary. This passion is reflected in the lineup of dishes she curated in Goa by Hubba, as can be seen below…

Like any good Indian meal, papadum is served to start the ball rolling. Over at Goa by Hubba, the papadum takes on an elegantly smooth appearance – perfectly round crackers studded with nuts and beans, served with a tongue-tingling tangy salsa!

Papadum with Peanuts & Mung Dhal and Salsa (RM10)

Chowpatty Fire Roasted Corn is a popular street food item in India, usually sold along beaches. The version served in Goa by Hubba has a herbed cheese dip accompanying the golden corn – eat these hot and savour the tantalising salty cheesy flavours!

Chowpatty Fire Roasted Grilled Corn (RM16) – fire roasted corn served with chilli lime salt and herbed cheese dip

Soft pillowy steamed mantous are not exactly Indian but I like how these are used to showcase the tender spicy mutton floss, sandwiched inside the buns. Fried shallots and coriander leaves complete the taste tapestry of these addictive mantous. The vegetarian version is nice too, being more gentle on the palate.

Mutton Floss Mantou (RM26) Chinese steamed buns stuffed with slow cooked spiced mutton, fried shallots and coriander

Vegetarian Mantou (RM20) Chinese steamed buns served with spiced cauliflower, pepper, caramelised onions and coriander

The Goan Stuffed Squids are really good. These fresh springy squids are stuffed with an exquisite filling of minced prawns and house-made spice paste – perfect with white rice or just on their own. Other signature dishes like Butter Chicken and Beef Vindhaloo are must-order dishes here. Do order some Cranberry Rice to go with these – you won’t regret it.

Have the Stir-fried Bindhi as well. It’s a rather unique take – the okra are lightly battered, fried till crispy and cooked with chickpeas, dried chillies and spices. Great to eat as a vegetarian dish on its own too!

Served with a mild smoked fennel tomato sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan, the Grilled Cauliflower is quite a treat. Another appetising vegetarian item, it certainly appeals to vegans and even non-vegans.

Goan Stuffed Squids (RM28)

Butter Chicken (RM25) – grilled chicken thigh in mild curry sauce

Beef Vindhaloo (RM26) beef cooked in traditional Vindalho spices

The Kashmiri Lamb Chop is simply awesome, for lack of a better adjective. Marinated with a variety of spices, the lamb is perfectly grilled – tender and juicy and so flavoursome!

Glorious Lamb Chops!

Kashmiri Lamb Chop (RM95) – lamb rack grilled with spices served with mint chutney

Stir-fried Bindhi (RM20) Stir fry crispy fried okra with chickpeas, shallots, dried chillies with spices

Grilled Cauliflower with Smoked Sauce (RM28)

Cranberry Rice (RM8)

For desserts, we just zoomed in to their house-made Kulfi. We tried the Rose Kulfi, Coconut Kulfi and Candied Peanuts and can’t really decide which one’s the most favoured – they are unique in their own way.

Rose Kulfi

Kulfi with Fresh Coconut Shavings

Kulfi with Candied Peanuts

Kerala Moon – an epic concoction of tequila, blackcurrant liqueur, blueberry puree, lemon juice, basil leaves, nutmeg

Goa by Hubba – a lovely place to chill-out (they have a good selection of creative cocktails) and to indulge in a sensory-filled modern Indian meal.

 

GOA by Hubba
9 Jalan Pinang
(Mezzanine Floor @ Tujo)
Kuala Lumpur
For reservations, call 017-786-7611

GOA by Hubba, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur

Goa by Hubba has just recently relocated to its present location at Tujo after being in Lorong Ceylon for a short while. Now Goa by Hubba is snugly tucked on the Mezzanine Floor of the elegant gastrobar Tujo, right on the bustling Jalan Pinang.

Goa by Hubba’s menu is crafted by none other than celebrity chef Sapna Anand. If you think that name sounds familiar, well, she’s the author of popular cookbook “Modern Indian Kitchen” and host of Asian Food Channel’s “Fast Indian Cooking with Sapna”. I first met Chef Sapna in 2015 in a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu in Bandar Sunway. This soft-spoken Goa-born chef is the perfect collaborator as she’s also fondly known as the Queen of Spices. An alumni of Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Sapna’s love and passion for all things spicy is quite legendary. This passion is reflected in the lineup of dishes she curated in Goa by Hubba, as can be seen below…

Like any good Indian meal, papadum is served to start the ball rolling. Over at Goa by Hubba, the papadum takes on an elegantly smooth appearance – perfectly round crackers studded with nuts and beans, served with a tongue-tingling tangy salsa!

Papadum with Peanuts & Mung Dhal and Salsa (RM10)

Chowpatty Fire Roasted Corn is a popular street food item in India, usually sold along beaches. The version served in Goa by Hubba has a herbed cheese dip accompanying the golden corn – eat these hot and savour the tantalising salty cheesy flavours!

Chowpatty Fire Roasted Grilled Corn (RM16) – fire roasted corn served with chilli lime salt and herbed cheese dip

Soft pillowy steamed mantous are not exactly Indian but I like how these are used to showcase the tender spicy mutton floss, sandwiched inside the buns. Fried shallots and coriander leaves complete the taste tapestry of these addictive mantous. The vegetarian version is nice too, being more gentle on the palate.

Mutton Floss Mantou (RM26) Chinese steamed buns stuffed with slow cooked spiced mutton, fried shallots and coriander

Vegetarian Mantou (RM20) Chinese steamed buns served with spiced cauliflower, pepper, caramelised onions and coriander

The Goan Stuffed Squids are really good. These fresh springy squids are stuffed with an exquisite filling of minced prawns and house-made spice paste – perfect with white rice or just on their own. Other signature dishes like Butter Chicken and Beef Vindhaloo are must-order dishes here. Do order some Cranberry Rice to go with these – you won’t regret it.

Have the Stir-fried Bindhi as well. It’s a rather unique take – the okra are lightly battered, fried till crispy and cooked with chickpeas, dried chillies and spices. Great to eat as a vegetarian dish on its own too!

Served with a mild smoked fennel tomato sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan, the Grilled Cauliflower is quite a treat. Another appetising vegetarian item, it certainly appeals to vegans and even non-vegans.

Goan Stuffed Squids (RM28)

Butter Chicken (RM25) – grilled chicken thigh in mild curry sauce

Beef Vindhaloo (RM26) beef cooked in traditional Vindalho spices

The Kashmiri Lamb Chop is simply awesome, for lack of a better adjective. Marinated with a variety of spices, the lamb is perfectly grilled – tender and juicy and so flavoursome!

Glorious Lamb Chops!

Kashmiri Lamb Chop (RM95) – lamb rack grilled with spices served with mint chutney

Stir-fried Bindhi (RM20) Stir fry crispy fried okra with chickpeas, shallots, dried chillies with spices

Grilled Cauliflower with Smoked Sauce (RM28)

Cranberry Rice (RM8)

For desserts, we just zoomed in to their house-made Kulfi. We tried the Rose Kulfi, Coconut Kulfi and Candied Peanuts and can’t really decide which one’s the most favoured – they are unique in their own way.

Rose Kulfi

Mango Kulfi with Fresh Coconut Shavings

Kulfi with Candied Peanuts

Kerala Moon – an epic concoction of tequila, blackcurrant liqueur, blueberry puree, lemon juice, basil leaves, nutmeg

Goa by Hubba – a lovely place to chill-out (they have a good selection of creative cocktails) and to indulge in a sensory-filled modern Indian meal.

 

GOA by Hubba
9 Jalan Pinang
(Mezzanine Floor @ Tujo)
Kuala Lumpur
For reservations, call 017-786-7611

MEAT THE PORKERS: Soft Shell Tacos and more!

Have you met them yet? The Porkers, I mean.  If you haven’t, then it’s high time you do, especially if you are a porky fan.  Go on, Meat the Porkers!  These porkers, led by Herukh, have single-handedly revolutionised the regular Indian food here to make it more unique – in the porky sense.  Yes, expect to indulge in all your favourite Indian dishes in this restaurant, in porky versions!

Recently, to jive up the menu and also to offer some light bites to diners, soft shell tacos with all kinds of delicious spicy fillings were introduced.  So now, if you just want a quick light meal or you are hanging out there in between main meal times, why not sink your teeth into some delectable rolls?  Top of the list is the Tandoori Pork Ribs – basically it’s boneless as meat from the ribs had been pulled or scraped off from the bones.  The meaty fillings are actually the restaurant’s best-sellers like Pork or Chicken 65 Masala, Butter Chicken (or Pork) and the vegetarian Paneer Varuval.


Tandoori Pork Ribs Tacos (RM38)


Pork 65 Masala Tacos  (RM35)


Butter Chicken Tacos  (RM30)

Paneer Varuval Tacos (RM30)

These taco rolls are perfect as a snack or even as a main for the light eaters.  Definitely healthier as well and easy to eat!

I know there are many who go to Meat The Porkers for that full porky meal, starting with their signature Siu Yoke Biryani.   For a more in-depth understanding & appreciation of this delightful signature item, read this.

Tandoori Pork Ribs rank next and fans of these should check out Herukh’s latest version – it’s the luscious pale-looking Tandoori Malai Pork Ribs.  The “paleness” of the ribs is from cheese, cream, spices and blended cashew nuts rubbed into the slab of meat.  Slightly charred at the edges, the aroma from this slab of succulent ribs was just insane!

Siew Yoke Biryani (RM28)

Tandoori Malai Pork Ribs (RM48) with cheese, cream, cashew nuts and spices

 

Whenever I’m at Meat The Porkers, I can never resist having their Bacon & Cheese Naan which is so good I can eat it on its own!


Bacon & Cheese Naan – RM15: flaky fluffy naans with gooey cheese and studded with smokey bacon

Other favourites are Chicken 65, Pork Rogan Josh and the evergreen Palak Paneer.


Chicken 65 Masala (RM25) Fried boneless chicken cooked in yoghurt-based masala with green chillies and fragranced with curry leaves


Pork Rogan Josh (RM28) – boneless pork cooked in gravy of fried onions, yoghurt, ginger, garlic and spices

Palak Paneer (RM22) cubes of cottage cheese cooked in creamy spinach

Thick rich Dhall Curry to go with all your breads

If you have not made their acquaintance, it’s about time to Meat The Porkers!

 

MEAT THE PORKERS
D1-G3-5 Jalan Solaris Dutamas 1
Solaris Dutamas
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6211-4040/019-987-1945

Open: Wed-Mon, 11.00am-2.45pm; 6.00-10.30pm