Posted: 02 Jun 2011 03:05 PM PDT
The restaurant has an unusual name in a township that boasts the largest shopping mall in Southeast Asia – and all the food you want.
It is said that small diversions sometimes spring surprises. Somewhere along the journey to Banting, a big sign indicates the whereabouts of nearby towns and more kilometres before I reach my destination.
I wasn't ecstatic about dining at food courts in shopping complexes for the time being. As Klang was a sprawling district of unexplored and relatively unknown places, I decided it might be fun to take the road less travelled.
Bukit Tinggi is a township that is trying to join the metropolitan circle but not really succeeding. Since I always stopped short of travelling further down that very familiar road, on a hunch I stepped on the accelerator and sped past the usual sign posts.
Five minutes and several traffic stops later, the sign Bandar Bukit Tinggi (BBT) loomed into view. That could be an interesting place, said someone in the car.
At first glance, BBT looks very much like a clone of Kota Damansara. The roads were fairly new and there were few souls in sight. But I was on the sharp lookout for an attractive eatery.
Never mind that none that showed up along the way had the "pull factor", lunch time had lapsed by at least half an hour.
Finally, there were clear signs that a possible eatery was around the corner, and so it was indeed. It was a corner coffeeshop that called itself Restoran Malaiwong Food Court.
All of us unanimously agreed that it was a rather unusual name for a coffeeshop. There were at least 15 hawker stalls in the restaurant. About seven of them were either closed for the afternoon or they only open after 7pm.
A brisk walk around the premises revealed that I could either have rice or noodles. One stall displayed an audacity that seemed uncharacteristic of a hawker stall.
It advertises: XO Sauce Fried Rice, XO Sauce Fried Rice with Salt Fish, etc. It was the "XO Sauce" that caught my attention.
To be fair, XO Sauce is actually a spicy seafood sauce that is very well known in Chinese restaurants. Its ingredients are not such a big secret as it consists of chilli peppers, onion, garlic, oil, scallops, dried shrimps and fish.
The ingredients are all blended together and cooked. The end product is this potent concoction that pleases most Chinese restaurant chefs.
I quickly told the woman at the stall that I wanted a plate of her special XO sauce fried rice. When it came, it didn't knock me off my feet.
The first taste brought a little expression of surprise to my face. Hey, where's the XO sauce? I have been around XO Sauce for a long time, and I know the Hong Kong culinary formula.
It was quite clear that it wasn't there. If it was mixed with the rice, it hid itself quite well. But for RM4, I didn't want to make a big fuss.
To make doubly sure that my meal would at least be satisfying, I also ordered a bowl of "sui kow", or that bigger version of wantan. Some non-Chinese have nicknamed sui kow as "water dogs".
The bowl of sui kow came with only about four pieces. The foreign worker at the stall probably didn't want to shortchange me, so he added a few pieces of the ordinary wantan as well.
I reckoned he didn't have enough pieces of sui kow to make a decent bowl. The others at my table ate meat noodles which frankly wasn't great. Malaiwong restaurant has the visual appearance of a busy place either in the morning or in the evening.
My guess is after-lunch hours were not exactly its busiest time. The other stalls were selling chicken and duck rice, mee sup kicap, char koay teow, pan mee, yee mee, bitter gourd bihun and mee suah soup.
These are the common hawker dishes that are perpetually popular among the Chinese. It was comforting to know that Bandar Bukit Tinggi has at least one fairly "well stocked" coffeeshop.
I was quite befuddled that this place has described itself as a "food court" when it was clearly just a coffeeshop. Anyway, in case you are lost or hungry or both, and you just happen to be in the neighbourhood, this restaurant's address is Lorong Batu Nilam 21C, Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2.
According to the town planners, there are also Bandar Bukit Tinggi 1 and 3. Bandar Bukit Tinggi is an integrated modern township that spreads over 5.45km or 1,346 acres.
There are 18,400 units of medium-cost apartments, low-cost flats, double-storey and semi-detached houses and bungalows. This RM4 billion self-contained township is near Kota Bayuemas, Bandar Botanic, Glenmarie Cove and Bandar Puteri Klang.
It is also home to the Tesco and Giant hypermarkets and the four-star Premiere Hotel. At last count, there are 80,000 people living in this township.
Bandar Bukit Tinggi's current claim to fame is that it has the largest Jusco Store in Southeast Asia. The massive shopping mall has about one million sq ft and more than 5,000 parking bays.
You really can't go hungry in this place because it has practically everything under the tropical sun. If you are a vegetarian, there are a couple of places you can go to. If you like Western cuisine, there are a few outlets, too.
Kajang satay, nasi kandar, steamboat, seafood, fast food – you name it, they are all here.Full Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.
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