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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Food: Damansara Hokkien Mee @ Damansara Uptown

It's not often that we review Chinese restaurants and it's even rarer that we look at open-air 'tai-chow' places. It's not because we turn up our noses at the hawker-awesome, but it's just that I'm a little shy to whip out my camera whenever we're there. But this particular place is one that cannot be missed!

So far in Damansara Uptown we have only reviewed Darabif Burgers, one of our first posts in Drops (it's recently come to our attention that the branch in Uptown is no longer there :( ). But that's definitely not all there is to eat there; another one of our regular joints is the ever tasty Restoran Damansara Hokkien Mee.

(I don't have a picture of the facade of the shops, but look for the HSBC in Uptown, and its down the same row of shops, towards the end with a bright yellow signboard!)

Every time we go, I'll usually ask for a plate of this... the restaurant's namesake, the Hokkien Mee (fuk keen meen)!

Now, I know that there's a lot of die-hard hokkien mee experts out there, and I don't profess to be one of them but I do love this particular version. I don't like my hokkien mee too dry and this version is perfectly, slurpingly right for my tastebuds. :D There's also oodles of vegetables here, which only gives it that natural sweetness. (I'm not really one for pork lard, but I never hear Adam complaining about the lack of it, so I guess that's points for it too?) Eat with the awesome belacan!

Because we brought some friends to the restaurant that night, it also meant we could order other dishes which we usually never did, like the Cantonese Fry (kong fu chow). This also wasn't too bad and better than most versions that I've tried. The flat rice noodles were smooth and silky in the egg-based noodle broth.

We also had the Egg Fu Yong (fu yong dan), a chinese-styled omelette comprising of onions within. This was full of onions and would have been one of the best, tastiest egg fu yong-s that I have ever tasted had it not been so oily.

And this, is the other must-have dish for Adam and I every time we're here. In fact, they might also want to consider changing their restaurant's name to Damansara Fried Rice, because it really is that good. The fried rice, fried with pork bits, long beans and topped with fried egg pieces, is fluffy and fragrant and full of wok flavour. Tastes good enough on its own, but I insist on having it with the belacan. :p Adam and I usually polish every morsel of this. Sinful, but so, so good!

Because I cannot go without veggies, I must always have the Choi Tam (brussel sprouts leaves). Long known as the "awesome veggies" amongst my friends and I, I finally brought Adam to try it and even he agreed. We always have one serving each time we go now. (On hindsight, it must be really really unhealthy because something as healthy as veggies surely can't taste so good?!)

The choi tam leaves, still fresh and extremely crunchy, are served under a liberal serving of oyster sauce and a massive sprinkling of crispy fried shallots and are the perfect complement to all the noodle and rice dishes above.

And there you have it, one of our favourite go-to hawker spots for all things sinful and oily. The whole meal, for 5 of us ravenous souls for dinner cost a little under RM 20 including two cold herbal tea drinks each. I'd say pretty good for how stuffed and satisfied we were after that. ;)

Restoran Damansara Hokkien Mee
Jalan 21/37, Damansara Uptown
Damansara Utama,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operating Hours: 5pm-2am

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