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Several weeks ago I was invited to a soft launch of Little Mums, the restaurant that was run by the same people that brought us Mum’s Place at Damansara Perdana, a restaurant that I’ve reviewed almost ten years ago, with shitty camera phone then.  As the name suggests, this offshoot is run by the second generation, offering many of the best selling dishes from the parent restaurant.

Update 29/6/2017: This restaurant is closed, rumor has it that the owners moved out of the country.

Little Mums at Damansara Uptown
Little Mums at Damansara Uptown

Located at the back row of Damansara Uptown, Little Mum spots a modern yet simple interior, and while parking isn’t the most ideal this part of PJ, it is not exactly an exercise of patient either. Little Mum serves both lunch and dinner, and offers several individual plates in addition to the usual “tai chao” style dishes.

prawn sambal petai, fried cencaru, soft shell crab with butter cheese sauce
prawn sambal petai, fried cencaru, soft shell crab with butter cheese sauce

On our visit, we started off with an appetizer with the crab cheese sticks (RM 16.80), a dish that would really go well with some cold beer, which sadly they do not offer.

Our main meal was served with steamed rice, and we had prawn with sambal petai (RM 31.80), fried cencaru with cili padi paste and petai (RM 26), soft shell crab with butter cheese sauce (RM 10.20/100g), daun keledek with lime juice (RM 15), and brinjal with black pepper (RM 15).

daun keledek, terung black pepper
daun keledek, terung black pepper

These dishes were as good as I remembered them. The cencaru and soft shell crab stood out as the two must-order dishes were strong tasting in a good way, especially for those who like their food spicy. While daun keledek is one of their classics, I found myself really enjoying the black pepper brinjal even though as with the other previously mentioned dishes, it was really spicy as well.

crab cheese stick, sago gula melaka, cendol, pulut tekan
crab cheese stick, sago gula melaka, cendol, pulut tekan

For dessert, sago gula melaka (RM 6.30) was really well executed, and pulut tekan (RM 7.30), served with homemade kaya, is another must-try. This version is like hot KFC vs stale fried chicken from the roadside, you gotta try it.

I did find the cendol with red bean (RM 6.30) a little underwhelming though, and perhaps being from Penang has something to do with that judgement.

KY, Horng, Yuki, Haze
KY, Horng, Yuki, Haze

Little Mums serves Halal food and the prices are nett. While it is slightly on the high side when it comes to pricing, they do deliver rather well in terms of quality of food. Would certainly visit again.

map to little mums at damansara uptown

Address:
Little Mums
13, Jalan SS 21/1a, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
GPS3.136665, 101.620997
Tel: 03-7710 0388

For many of us, there seems to be only two versions of Halal Indian cuisine served in this country. The high end, and the 24-hour mamak shops. There’s certainly a gap to fill isn’t it? That’s where restaurants like Ratha’s Famous Raub Curry fits in, a casual dining that serves just what we love most.

Ratha's Famous Raub Curry, at PJ Uptown
Ratha’s Famous Raub Curry, at PJ Uptown

Ratha’s is a family own restaurant, and the original restaurant at Raub is one of the highest ranked eatery at the location on TripAdvisor, and this Damansara Uptown branch is operated by the second generation.

The restaurant is located at the side of Uptown facing LDP, which offers slightly better parking situations compared to the parking hell that is the “inside” of the commercial area. It is air conditioned, clean, and brightly lit, while offering a no-frill experience.

stirfry bendi, sambal squid, curry chicken, fried lamb
stirfry bendi, sambal squid, curry chicken, fried lamb

The menu is a simple laminated sheet, but offering is quite comprehensive. There’s seafood, poultry, meat, vegetable, and other individual dishes if you prefer not to go with steamed rice.

For dinner, we shared stirfry bendi, sambal squid, curry chicken, and fried lamb for the three of us, and they turned out to be quite delightful and properly flavored while not being overly spicy. I’d wished that we ordered their famous fish head curry, but perhaps that would be more fitting to a larger group.

clean and comfortable dining concept for mamak style food, what's there not to like?
clean and comfortable dining concept for mamak food, what’s there not to like?

If you’re up for some good old fashion Malaysian Indian cuisine in a comfortable set up, this would be a good place to start.

map to Ratha Raub Famous Curry at Uptown

Address;
Ratha Raub Famous Curry
32, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.137086, 101.623948
Tel03-7733 9287
Hours: 7am to 10pm

As some of you might be aware, I’m quite a big fan of anything pork. Over Chinese New Year (yeah, the visit happened a couple months back), while driving around trying to find something to noms, we chanced up upon this relatively new restaurant at Damansara Uptown by the name of Yue Mic Ka.

Unknowing to me then, Yue Mic Ka (鱼米家) is actually an established restaurant at Sri Petaling, and this branch at Uptown is their newest branch.

mui choy pork and pork ribs noodle with fish maw
mui choy pork and pork ribs noodle with fish maw

The menu at Yue Mic Ka isn’t exactly extensive, but to me this is a good thing. Anyone who are familiar with the paradox of choice will agree that it is often that much tougher to pick something out when presented with a menu filled with way too many dishes, one such example is Ben’s (it’s a lovely restaurant btw).

We ordered a fish maw noodle with extra soft ribs (RM 8.50 + RM 6), a sorf pork ribs noodle (RM 9.50), and a couple plates of mui choy pork belly rice (RM 9.50).

mango pudding, Mom & Haze, pork ribs!
mango pudding, Mom & Haze, pork ribs!

I gotta say that the service was especially swift, we got our food in less than 5 minutes, and they were delicious too! The soft ribs were succulent and tasty, and while fish maw was the dried version, they were plenty good too.

Haze and my brother were rather happy with the mui choy pork rice, so much so that none of them offered me a bite.

map to Yue Mic Ka at Damansara Uptown

Other than pork and fish maw, Yue Mic Ka offers prawns, fish paste, sotong balls, and of course, fish head noodles too. A pretty decent place to go for these type of comfort food, the place is also clean and air conditioned. The down side is, being at Uptown, parking can be a bit of a problem sometimes.

Address:
Yue Mic Ka
Jalan 21/60,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.133092, 101.621953

This is completely unrelated, but I want you to look at the following picture that I recently obtained.

KLCC sky

We all know that this is a magnificent shot of the Petronas Twin Towers, but check out the sky above, there’s definitely something that looks like a sign.

I used to work at the towers (for a combined total of some 7 years) and never seen something like this in the sky, this could mean something.. ermm..

Cheng Leong of xes.cx, avid wall climber, the original Melbourne shuffler, and lawyer extraordinaire only goes to several places for food. Village Park, Pappa Rich, Yut Kee, restaurant O&S, and maybe Cristang.

So when we met up for breakfast a couple weeks ago, it was over one of these handful of restaurants.

Village Park at Damansara Uptown
Village Park at Damansara Uptown

This wasn’t my first time to Village Park, but to be honest it isn’t exactly one of my favorite places due to the fact that it is always packed on the weekends, and parking is a bit of a nightmare at Uptown.

They do, however, serves very good nasi lemak and really awesome roti bakar (toast bread).

glorious nasi lemak with everything!
nasi lemak – chicken drumstick, cuttle fish, sambal, peanuts and anchovies

The claim of fame for this place is their nasi lemak. A full set of this signature Malaysian original comes with beef, cuttle fish, chicken rendang, sambal prawns, and all the other typical nasi lemak ingredients such as sambal, fresh cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, hard boiled egg, and of course, fragrant rice cooked with coconut milk.

The ful set costs RM 15, but if you don’t include all the main ingredients, they do come a bit cheaper. While a tad on the pricier side, it is really one of the best high end nasi lemak you can get.

nasi lemak, half boiled egg, toast bread
nasi lemak, half boiled eggs, soto ayam, roti bakar

The other absolute must-try dish from Village Park is their roti bakar (RM 2). The difference between their toast bread and those you get from other places is simple – the bread here is sliced twice as thin as typically done. Extra crunchy, and of couse twice the amount of kaya and butter over amount of bread.

Angeline, Cheng Leong, Haze, and KY
Cheng Leong & Angeline, Haze & KY

I’ve tried their Soto Ayam (RM 5.70) and it turned out to be pretty decent. The restaurant also serves prawn mee, ipoh hor fun, curry mee, asam laksa, and other local dishes. Try those at your own risk, I’ve not heard very good things about them though.

Other notable nasi lemak include the one with minced pork at 6-10, the triangle nasi lemak at 223, the seapark nasi lemak with awesome fried chicken, and nasi lemak tangling.

map to Village Park nasi lemak at Damansara Uptown, PJ

Address:
5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.137784,101.623358
Tel: 03-7710 7860

Village Park Restaurant

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