This month old cafe is located in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. Section 17 is notably known as a education hub as it is home to a UITM Campus and IACT, a food hub – Jaya One and many cafes nestled within every corner of this district and is mainly a housing community. While most of the areas within this Section has been ‘discovered’ and commercialized, there are a few locations that managed to retain its anonymity and exclusivity. One location is the row of shops along Jalan 17/10, just 3,4 rows of shops to be exact and Tujoh is located within these row of shops. It is easy to miss the existences of these shops if you are not a local (by local I mean an individual from Petaling Jaya/Damansara) or an avid food lover. These row of shops has existed for ages and has not been tainted by the commercialization that other areas within this district faced.
Let me provide an example – Damansara Kim, it used to be a sleepy neighbourhood – majority of people residing there were 40 years of age and above. There was a few row of shops here and there that aimed to provide the basic necessities needed just for this neighborhood. Soon enough though, with a mall just down the road and a hospital on the other end and located just 5,10 minutes away from TTDI, Damansara Kim started garnering attention and fast forward 2 years, there seem to be a cafe popping up at every corner. It is not a sleepy neighborhood anymore, that is for sure. So, lets just say the row of shops that houses Tujoh did not meet the same fate as Damansara Kim – not yet and I hope it never will, lol.
In this neighborhood, you can still see grandpas’ walking around with their pants high up their chest (a trait most often associated with geeks) and a ‘duck quack’ sound following them everywhere as a result of those ‘Japan slippers’, you see aunties and uncles having Yumcha at the old school Chinese restaurant, without a care in the world. You also find the youngsters hanging out and typing away in their laptops at the more younger generation appealing avenues like Tujoh. It is a pleasant mix of old and young, modern yet old school – a combination of attributes that one rarely comes across these days.
The cafe ambiance is very easy going and cosy. The space is stretched out so it is unlikely that you would feel crowded. The have some funky wall decorations as well as real old school television sets placed at the corners of this cafe, which was fascinating. I liked the whole setup very much. Food orders are taken at the counter, so head straight to the counter, take a look at the menu, place your order and pay up.
Creamy Tomyam Fettucine, 16 ringgit
This was really good. If you fancy yourself a localized version of pasta/fettucine, do give this a try. It was thick and creamy and packed with flavors. They certainly did not stinge on the tom yam flavor. As soon as you get your first taste, the taste of tom yam was evident. A satisfyingly yummy dish indeed.
Scrambled Egg on Toast + Chicken Ham, 15 ringgit
I would give this dish a pass the next time I head to Tujoh. Yea, presentation wise – it was intriguing, they literally presented the dish on a pan. other than that though, it just just a whole lot of greens, some scrambled eggs and 2 slices of chicken ham. Something anyone can do, it needs little skills. I would not even call it cafe breakfast worthy, because it was just too simple. I would rather spend 15 ringgit on something more appealing. I do cook and trust me when I say I have a packet of greens and salad leaves, eggs and slices of ham in my fridge – I can literally prepare the dish on my own. In fact, I do prepare this at home, only difference is presentation wise. So yea, this is not a dish I would order again.
Matcha Latte, 12 ringgit
This is your usual matcha latte. If you like a milky drink packed with Matcha powder – this is it.
Would I head here again?
Of course I would. It like where the cafe is situated, I like the cafe ambiance and the food is pretty decently priced – so, why not?
Address: No. 617, Jalan 17/10, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya.
Opening hours: Mondays to Thursday, 11 am – 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am – 12.30 pm, Sundays, 11 am – 10 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao.