So, right next to Old China Cafe is this cafe. The first time i passed this cafe was to head next door. My first impression was “Dang!! This cafe is overcrowded – food must be good.” Which explains why I am back here, near Petaling Street, visiting this same row of shops, except this time – I actually am intending to grab a bite at Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock. As i previously mentioned in Old China Cafe when I was doing a comparison of sorts between these two cafes, this cafe also oozes old school feel, the only difference is that this was more of a Malaysian old school feel as oppose to the colonial era feel that Old China exudes.
It had a more relaxed vibe compared Old China Cafe – which perhaps would explain why this cafe appeals to the younger crowd mostly. The arrangement of the tables and chair was done in a way that allows maximum people with minimum stuffiness/overwhelming crowdedness. All kinds of patrons frequents this cafe – a bunch of teens who just finished badminton practice, 2 couples enjoying their leisure time together, a car driver waiting for his employer to call for pick up and a couple of office folks having their business discussions. This was one cafe I would not mind heading to alone, there was no weird stares given and no unwelcomed feel detected. Some cafes has this vibe going on – the ” SORRY, WE PREFER TO NOT ENTERTAIN SINGLE SEATERS, BUT BECAUSE WE CANT TELL YOU DIRECTLY TO YOU FACE, WE WILL ENTERTAIN YOU ” kind of vibe. Yea, I experienced this vibes at times – makes me want to just punch their faces ……. anyways, do excuse the aggression lol. I had no such problem here. I liked it. Customer service was friendly, food arrived pretty fast and the environment was clean and wonderful.
Nasi Lemak Ayam, 12.10 ringgit
This was the bomb. Naturally, being Malaysian – Nasi Lemak is a must. Of course, it depends on how the nasi lemak is presented, wether it is the kind you see in stalls along the road, the kind that is wrapped in banana/pandan leaves and had 1/3 of the amount that is usually served, or like above, on a plate with lots of everything. Of course, with it containing more calories than I can/should consume, I most probably will only eat half of it – but hey, this is way more appealing to the eye and my taste buds. This nasi lemak tasted soooo good. The chicken was served in a manner that the locals would refer to as ‘ayam berempah’, which basically means chicken fried with plenty of spice, which allows the crunchy chicken to have a spicy chilly feel to it. There was a generous amount of meaty chicken provided, 2 chunky pieces to be exact and the usual things that accompanies a nasi lemak – half boiled egg, santan rice, cucumbers, peanuts, anchovies and some chilly paste (sambal). It tasted sooooo good, having the ayam berempah made a positive difference. Sooo yummy!
Bee Hoon Goreng, 9.90 ringgit
This was another delicious dish. The noodles was freshly off the stove, still damn and hot. It was flavorful and packed with chicken bits, bean sprouts, capsicum, chilly, carrots and some shrimp. It was cooked in a malay + chinese style, there was no overloading of salt, ajinamoto or ketchup and soy sauce. It was all blended equally, the noodles were soaked in hot water and taken out at the right time, it was soft and moist. I’ve got no complaints, none whatsoever.
Would I head here again?
Yes, i most definitely would. I was satisfied with all the dishes I ordered and the place has a good vice to it. Food arrived very quickly and the service was good.
Address: No 13, Jalan Balai Polis, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Everyday, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Signing out now, Ciao.