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BU Centrepoint is one of our favorite places to meet up, partly due to the free parking after office hours and weekends, and mostly due to the dictatorial behavior by Suanie, who stays close enough she could get there on foot if she wants to.

On the very first day of the year, we started off with a great get-together brunch at Champs in BU Centrepoint. (and went to Hulu Langat Thai Fish Farm for dinner on the very same day too)

pork: checked, beer: checked, alfresco: checked, hot waitress: checked

Located on the first floor of the older section of Centrepoint, Champs had been around for quite a long time. The menu at this restaurant ranges from the popular local hawker foods such as hokkien mee and pork noodle to slightly more westernized dishes like spring chicken and fried calamari.

It is quite unique, you don’t get too many bistros with LCD TVs, air conditioned, while serving beer and soya sauce pork at the same time. (Incidentally, Bernard’s Bistro located at downstairs is more of the same, owners are related)

the very sinful tau eu bak (soya sauce pork)

Almost without fail,ย every timeย I go to Champs, I order the tau eu bak (soya sauce pork). This is theย quintessentialย traditional Hokkien dish that my mom used to cook on special occasions back in Penang, and I’ve always loved it to the max. Thank goodness I’ve been able to find a good bowl of tau eu bak here at Champs (another place would be Poeny Garden in Kota Damansara).

The two most important thing on a bowl of good tau eu bak are the texture of the pork, and the sambal belacan. Champs got both of these right, the pork very tender and had the right amount of fat vs lean meat ratio; the sambal belacan was just the classic red chili + belacan + lime mixture, I really love the sambal.

the signature Prawn Mee (hokkien mee) at Champs

For most people, Champs is synonymous with their Prawn mee (or Hokkien mee if you’re from Northern Malaysia). Though the price seems quite a bit steeper than those you get from hawker centers, they are quite a big difference in the bowl.

Crispy shallots, kang kung, generous amount of pork, bean sprouts, and that super huge prawn soaked in a soup base that is as good as you can get from anywhere. Of course, the ambiance at Champs beat pretty much any kopitiam too.

fire pork balls, calamari fritters, spring chicken, crispy pork belly

There’s also quite a good selection of finger foods at Champs that goes especially well with beer. Fire pork balls and crispy pork belly are quite essential if you are swine lovers, and though they aren’t exactly easy on the wallet, they certainly tasted very good. However, I thought the spicy calamari fritters were just ordinary, it’s probably not something I would order again.

While the group basically ordered either tau eu bak or the prawn mee, kerol got herself the spring chicken. To our collective amazement, it was the WHOLE chicken! It must have been a long spring season too as the bird didn’t exactly look very small. She did say that the chicken was good, just too big a portion though.

Kim, Horng, Suan, Kerol, KY, Gareth, Jac, Eric, Terence, Rachel

Other than the dishes we ordered, Champs is also quite well known for their Hokkien Mee, Char Kueh Teow, pork noodle, and other local delights prepared with high quality ingredients.

It was a very satisfying lunch session that lasted more than a couple hours at the end. Even though it is not exactly cheap to dine here, Champs will remain one of those places that I visit every once in a while.

Champs Bistro
Lot F10, 1st Floor, Centrepoint,
Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.137988, 101.610124
Tel: 03-7722 5800

Discuss : Awesome Tau Eu Bak & Prawn Mee at Champs Bistro, BU Centrepoint

  1. ericyong77

    i dun think Bernard’s and Champs’ are related ler. Competitors maybe. Hhehe.

  2. ericyong77,
    Actually they are brothers, according to suan. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Brothers and competitors ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. suanie,
    Very interesting dynamics huh? lol

  5. I have to say I always stick to the Ho Shiok Prawn Mee, but their pork ribs are pretty good too and I have to say I’m tempted to try the tau eu bak next time.

  6. kimberlycun

    from now one my staple order will be the tau yu bak!

  7. The soy sauce pork looks awesome! My mom used to cook that too on special occasions, she eats a lot of spicy stuff so she’ll chuck in loads of chillis to add a bit of zing to it. I loved that dish, comfort meal indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. ShaolinTiger,
    Yess, the tau eu bak is awesomesauce!


    Huai Bin,
    Ooo that sounds delicious!

  9. Their wasabi bacon is to die for as well!

  10. Mark Leo,
    Thanks for the tips!

  11. wah, sounds like the tau yew bak is a thing must not miss.. yum~

  12. wow. the waitress damn hot lo. ahha i thought she’s a blogger ๐Ÿ˜›

  13. waitress is soooo hot!

  14. love the pork noodles and the glazed bacon and the prawn mee here! the only thing bigger than the portions here is Richard.. the owner.. mwuahaha ๐Ÿ˜›

  15. taufulou,
    Yess it is!

    hahaha not a blogger la, server ok. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    hahah no doubt

    Ooo owner oso you know wan huh

  16. the soya pork look yeng den TGV friday food..

    Nikel Khor

  17. Richard also does a mean ‘damn shiok lard special’, comprising crispy pork lard, chopped onions, cili padi, black sauce, lime and sugar! =)

  18. Foods looks good. Did you get the waitress’s phone number? You should ask her out for a drink.

  19. Malaysia Classifieds

    I must continue with my diet….

  20. nikel,
    TGI or TGV? lol

    ooOo that sounds very sinful! slurps

    Hahahah how i wish. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Malaysia Classifieds,
    Diet is for the weak!

  21. Nevermind about the food, the girl at the top picture quite hawt hor…

  22. eiling,
    no doubt. lol

  23. haha!!! I was there again last night with Suanie… Had pork noodle and found it was ok only… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wanted to try the Tau Eu Bak but I refused to eat rice last night.. next time maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. thenomadGourmand

    the tau eu bak & the sambal memang look also can see pass di! Very Pg! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. sotong,
    You need to eat tau eu bak, it’s the best!!

    Yesss, the sambal is awesome!

  26. Now I know what Tau Eu Bak is. Yeah love the food there, especially the crispy pork belly. The previous time I was there, I tried their Hainanese pork chop which is quite good too. Hmm…maybe time to organize a session with my friends.

  27. makes me HUNGERRSSS!

  28. JD,
    oooo interesting, yah, make it happen. ๐Ÿ˜€

    time to eat. ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. we loved this place!

  30. babe_kl,
    Likewise. ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. Lyrical Lemongrass

    Love the prawn noodles here, and the tau yu bak is a close second. Other than that, I can’t bring myself to try anything else no matter how hard I try.

  32. Lyrical Lemongrass,
    Well you can always eat more than just 2 dishes ๐Ÿ˜›

  33. the food look delicious

  34. Damn…that waitress is cool hot babe..i wd have visiting champs everyday just b’coz of her

  35. anw,
    They were. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hahahah do it. ๐Ÿ˜›

  36. Ou. Tau eu bak in a bistro. awesome. I like mine with lots of potatoes and garlic. *drools*

  37. Yeah bernards n champs bros wut! I wanna eat d pork rolled with shrimp ๐Ÿ™ his special

  38. pomme,
    No potatoes here though, but definitely got garlic ๐Ÿ˜€

    Eat eat eat eat!

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  40. […] having a proper kitchen, I usually get my fix for tau eu bak at Champs, Centrepoint (and they do cook up a fine dish). However, it is RM 20+ a pop and I thought […]

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