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The uptown food court is one of those places where you can find things to eat around the clock but not being a mamak stalls area like SS2 nor a centralized food court like ming tien. I was dragged there after a weekday badminton session that ended up past 11pm and was told that I should sample the old school yong tau foo.

Ah Keong Yong Tau Foo at Damansara Uptown
double boiled and double deep fried goodness

Ah Keong Yong Tau Foo is said to have been in operation for quite a number of years. Though I cannot claim by 100% certainty that this place is halal, I did see quite a number of Muslim friends eating there. Furthermore, the yong tau foo doesn’t seems to contain any meat product other than the sausage, most items consist of vegetable, tofu and fish paste.

Most of us know that yong tau foo consists of a variety of usually but not limited to fish paste based products, that includes fish ball; red chili, brinjal, okra, bitter gourd stuffed with fish paste, tofu, crab stick, fu chok, and even sausage. The items are usually boiled or deep fried.

Ah Keong Yong Tau Foo at Damansara Uptown
sinful late night delights

At this particular stall, these already boiled and fried pieces of goodness will be boiled and deep fried again right before being served to ensure the freshness and the steaming temperature. This certainly make the food tasted extra fresh and never stale, the sauce that came with the yong tau foo was also very rich and compliments the ingredients very well. It was not easy to not over order.

Ah Keong Yong Tau Foo at Damansara Uptown
the food court is located at the heart of Damansara Uptown

The yong tau foo is reasonably priced, my plate costs RM5+. Just about the only downside is that you have to wait a bit longer for the food to be reboiled and refried, but that’s the whole point of going there instead of places like Ampang or Jalan Ipoh, right?

Address:
Ah Keong Yong Tau Foo Chee Cheong Fan
Gerai 1097, Damansara Uptown Food Court

GPS: 3.134683, 101.621872

As my house mate the Sotong had to wait for over an hour before the movie Rough Assassin starts (a very forgettable movie, lucky we didn’t have to pay for it), we decided to have dinner around the area. Although there are a host of restaurants at the Curve, Cinneleisure, and Ikano, I always struggle to find something that is affordable and decent there. We finally decided to try the curious Ketam Village Steamboat restaurant at the basement of Ikano Power Centre.

Steamboat Ketam Village at Ikano Power Center
the Sotong was enjoying her meal

The menu is packed with photos of every item, this make selection pretty easy as what you see is what you get. Unlike the more traditional steamboat places, this restaurant supplies every customer with their own pot, similar to Mizi Shabu Shabu in Puchong. Individual steamboat set priced from just less than RM 10 and above, pretty reasonable I think.

Steamboat Ketam Village at Ikano Power Center
the combination set and the interesting chili padi, spring onion, and fried shallot condiment

My house mate ordered a combination set with a side order of cuttle fish, while I had a sliced lamb noodle set with extra crab stick. Both of us went for clear soup, like many steamboat places these days, tomyam soup is available too.

I usually don’t expect too much from restaurants like this, but the soup actually tasted pretty decent, and the ingredients quite fresh. Furthermore, the chili paste was really good, and to top it all, there is this chili padi + spring onion + fried shallots + sesame seeds condiment that proved to be rather addictive. It turned out to be a very decent meal.

Steamboat Ketam Village at Ikano Power Center
I made quick work of whatever that was served

The bill came to RM 37+ for the two of us, combination set was RM 15.80 and the sliced lamb noodle was RM 9.80. There is a 5% tax.

GPS: 3.156478, 101.611927

p/s: I do not suggest that you should go to Cold Storage to buy some extra ingredients into that restaurant. :D

Everyone who knows anything about Satay (or sate) knows that Kajang serves them best, just like Klang has the best bak kut teh. However, Kajang is not exactly located at the heart of Klang Valley, and fuel prices being at this level, it make sense to find closer alternatives. Luckily, some of the famous Kajang satay houses have expanded their operations to friendlier locations, and one of the most prominent and successful satay restaurants, Haji Samuri, can be found at Damansara Uptown, among other places (see the wiki link for more locations).

Sate Kajang Haji Samuri at Damansara Uptown
satay in peanut sauce with sambal

Unlike the traditional satay places that are often associated with shacks and less than hygienic dining condition with plenty of flies and weather unfriendly location, Sate Haji Samuri is a mid standard restaurant with clean and comfortable interior. A place worthy of bringing your in-laws, perhaps.

For dinner, instead of the more common chicken, beef, and mutton satays, I also ordered a couple sticks of the rarer rabbit and deer meat variety. There are also tripe, liver, and fish satay, but my stomach is only so big. We also ordered a couple ketupats to go along with the meat.

Sate Kajang Haji Samuri at Damansara Uptown
9 different sateys to choose from

It did take a while before the food came, mostly because the meat is BBQed on demand, especially for the less popular rabbit and deer varieties. However, it was definitely worth the short wait, the satays came steaming hot and tasted very good. I like the fact that they give you unlimited very thick peanut sauce and have the sambal (chili paste) separate so you can cater for your own level of spiciness. The ketupat complimented the satay’s meaty and spicy peanut sauce with a more blunt taste very well, and there’s the standard fresh shallots and cucumber to complete the dish. It was very delicious.

After sampling 5 different types of meat, my favorite is still chicken and beef. The rabbit meat tends to be a little dry due to the lack of fats (see rabbit starvation for more info). Mutton and deer meat were just average, in my opinion.

Sate Kajang Haji Samuri at Damansara Uptown
ketupat is usually the side dish that goes well with satey

The price per stick ranges from RM 0.60 (chicken, beef) to RM 1.60 (rabbit), and RM 0.80 for one ketupat. Pretty reasonably priced, considering the generous portion of meat on each stick.

Another equally good satay place can be found at Ampang, but only offering chicken and beef satays. If you’re into some non-halal pork satay, try Kedai Satay Xiang Ji at Melaka.

map to Sate Kajang Haji Samuri at Damansara Uptown
Sate Haji Samuri is just a couple kilometers from 1-utama

Address:
No. 79, Jalan 21/37,
Damansara Uptown,
Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.132996, 101.622720
Tel: 03-7710 5318

This is the second installation of KY TV show after the satey celup post last week, this stuff just keeps getting better now isn’t it?

I have to thank Bee Nee who suggested that I visit Hokano at Damansara Uptown after reading my take on the economical Japanese restaurant, Omitsu Koshi. It turns out that Hokano too is the hidden secret of the improbable cheap and good Japanese restaurant category.

My hot camera lady and chief editor had chirashi sushi and chicken katsudon set for a grand total of less than RM 40. Take a look the video!

Hokano Japanese Restauarant at Damansara Uptown
of course, we shall not forget the map

This place is really worth a visit. Forget about those Sushi chains, you can get cheaper and way better Japanese food here. Operating hours are from noon to 10pm, closes on Sundays Wednesdays.

Address:
74, Jalan SS21/35
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.132557, 101.622237
Tel: 03-7729 5325

To break away from routine, we went to the Euro Deli at Damansara Kim to have some sausages for dinner. Euro Deli is probably the only affordable Swiss German restaurant chain in this country, and when it comes to Swiss German food, you can bet that it’s mostly made of pork. Just the way I like it.

Sausage at Euro Deli, Damansara Kim
nice ambiance, menu with photos!

Though located at a somewhat hidden place of Damansara Kim, there were quite a lot of customers, a sign that the food must be pretty good. The place is decorated almost like a sports bar, but with a huge open fridge displaying a lot of sausages and other items for sale. Nice ambiance.

Sausage at Euro Deli, Damansara Kim
ahhh.. pork sausages

Since it was our first time there and had no idea what to order, we were delighted to see that there were plenty of photos in the menu. We settled on ordering two types of Bratwurst (pork sausages) and a pork filet meal.

The meals came with the meat, salad, some salty vegetable, and either old school chips or mashed potato. The sausage I had was awesome, firm texture and tastes of quality meat like how all sausages should be. The mashed potato was good too, but the salty vegetable were, well, a little too salty for my liking. The dark gravy with onion complimented the meaty sausage very well though. It was a very good combination.

Sausage at Euro Deli, Damansara Kim
we were all very happy diners

The meal costs around RM 16 to RM 20 each, and soft drinks at a reasonable RM 2.50 each. A completely satisfying meal with that different European taste for slightly over RM 20 per person. Very well worth it.

Sausage at Euro Deli, Damansara Kim
Damansara Kim (SS20) is just between Uptown and TTDI

Address:
41, Jalan SS20/11
Damansara Kim,
47400 PJ, Selangor

GPS: 3.134881, 101.626743
Tel: 03-7726 7495

Other Branches:

  • 29, Jln Yap Kwan Seng, KL (03-2162 6991)
  • 401, Jln Burmah, Pulau Tikus, 10250 Penang (04-226 1687)