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Friday, 11 December 2015

Golden Sweet Home Restaurant @Bandar Menjalara Kepong Kuala Lumpur - A haven for Local Hawker Street Food


Once a while, we do make food trips to try out local hawker street food around Malaysia. Recently we came to know about this place in Bandar Menjalara Kepong that has more than 26 hawker selling various popular local hawker street food in one premise. So, the whole food trip at one place.

+BestRestaurant ToEat was invited to taste out some of the local hawker street food which some of the vendors here have more than umpteen years of cooking skills in these special dishes. The restaurant is Golden Sweet Home Restaurant located at 19, Jalan 9/62A, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong Kuala Lumpur and is open from 6.00am to 11.30pm.

To find this coffeeshop is quite easy as it is located just opposite the Tesco hypermarket in Bandar Menjalara, Kepong. You will not be lost, as there are many eateries and coffeeshop on this road.

We were first introduced to try out the local coffee that are served here. The coffee that was served has got that strong aroma and the local coffee kick which we like. You can order either the hot (RM1.60) or cold (RM2.30) local coffee.

For the first dish, we tried the Canton Style Roast Duck. The young cook has more than 10 years of roasting duck using the Canton Style. The duck is marinated with some "Tong Kuai" which gives a strong herbal flavour.

Our order is for a quarter duck portion  (RM16.00) which is just nice for 2 person. The duck skin was perfectly roasted while the duck meat was still juicy and succulent served on a bed of cucumber. Flavour wise; it is close to the Salted Roast Duck which we are quite accustomed to but less salty.

You can either order your duck with Hakka noodle (RM3.00) or plain white rice (RM1.50). In, our case we ordered it with the Hakka noodle. We like the texture of the noodle as the noodle does not have any boric acid taste. It went perfectly with the sauce that was used to match it. 

For our second dish, the cook here has more than 8 years experience when it comes to Fried Kway Teow of which six years are in this coffeeshop since its inception; a testament of the quality of the noodles that it serves.

The version of this Fried Kway Teow (RM5.50) is; the Kuala Lumpur style which has a thicker dark soya sauce and served with cockles and prawns unlike the Penang style which has chinese sausage too. We like the "wok hei" of this fried Kway Teow and you can see that it is not very oily (another plus point). 

The next order was for the Fried Chicken Chop rice set (RM8.00). The cook which hails from Ipoh have created 3 flavours of these Fried Chicken Chop (whole leg) which is the Original, Teppan-Sesame and Salt & Pepper

We had 2 version of it which is the first is the Teppan - Sesame flavour. It comes with a special sauce which has a tinge of slight sourish taste (quite similar to the taste of the worcheshire sauce but is not) and topped with sesame seed.

Followed by the Salt & Pepper flavour, which is a simple marinade of salt and pepper with rosemary herbs. Although it was very plain, it was indeed very much more flavourful than the one we had earlier. It was very tasty just eating as it is. For order of the set, customer can also choose a sauce to go with it. The sauce are mushroom, black pepper, BBQ sauce, garlic butter and thai sauce

Next, we had the Fish ball noodle (RM6.50). The fishball are made by the owner which has more than 20 years of experience of making fishball. For the fishball he uses only the Sai To Fish to make it; while the fish paste is a combination of Sai To and Mackerel.

We like the bouncy texture of the fishball and the fish paste; the soup broth although tasty was a little tad of saltiness for our taste; other than that it is just nice. 

I am a great fan of Fruit Rojak (RM4.50); which is our next dish that we ordered. The rojak here is 100% vegetarian in that there are no shrimp paste or shrimp used to prepare this rojak. In place of the prawn crackers, she uses the crispy fried dough stick.

According to the owner; she uses a special secret home made paste for this rojak. Our first thought was that; how could one make a tasty fruity rojak without shrimp paste. On our first taste, we didn't believe that there is no shrimp paste; as it was really tasty and mimic that special rojak taste . We like the fact that the peanuts are also freshly grounded giving out a very nutty tasty unlike those mass produce peanuts.

Our last dish is also another vegetarian dish which is the "Hakka Lui Cha". For the Hakka, this is a must eat dish. The cook uses purple cabbage with other condiments like onion, Choy Poh, fried dried shrimp, peanuts,long beans and Choy Sum. While the broth is made up from ingredients such as mints, peanuts, sesame, anchovies, basil leaves and tea leaves.

In the evening and night time there are different store that are opened, among some of the food served are the Yong Tau Foo

Ikan Bakar

Fried Oyster

Claypot Chicken Rice and other store.

The next time you yearn for some simple and tasty street food you can try out some of these dishes which are served at Golden Sweet Home Restaurant @Bandar Menjalara Kepong.