Sarawak Laksa seems like the flavor of the year, so before the end of 2017 I decided to give yet another highly recommended Sarawak Laksa place a try – SALTed at Mutiara Damansara.
SALTed, Mutiara Damansara
As it turns out SALTed does stand for something – Sarawak Authentic Local Taste Extra Delicious!
The restaurant is located quite deep within Mutiara Damansara, and while it is perhaps only 5 minutes away from IKEA and Curve, you can’t really get there by walking from the big furniture shop.
The Sarawak laksa comes in three different versions, basic (RM 6) comes with chicken stripes but no prawns, original (RM 9) comes with normal prawns, and special (RM 15) gets you some cuttlefish as well as three pretty large size sea caught “meng har” (明虾) prawns.
Special version of Sarawak Laksa with extra prawns & cuttlefish
I went for the “special” and happy to report that the dish definitely did not disappoint. The broth was thick and flavorful, and the seafood perfectly compliments the meehun and all other ingredients. I also enjoyed the pretty hot sambal as well. Will definitely put this in place in my list of recommendations (which I need to create, I think)
simple menu at SALTed
Other than laksa Sarawak, the restaurant also offers kolo mee, belacan meehun, and mee Jawa Sarawak. .My mission was only for the laksa, so no I did not try any of these dishes.
So I finally went to the Mum’s Place at Damansara Perdana for a feast. The dinner ended up a celebration of gluttony, as we made the mistake of allowing Kelvin to order, the result was 6 dishes for the 5 of us.
nice food, nice deco, illustrated menu
Mum’s place is a nicely decorated, slightly upper class restaurant in the new hip residential area that is Damansara Perdana. The place is furnished with lotsa wooden artifacts, similar to Bumbu Bali at Puchong, if not more extravagant. The place was rather busy and we had to wait for our table. However, service was brisk once we were seated.
cincaru, soft shell crab, fried fish, steamed egg
If you are new to this place, it’s plenty easy to order as the menu comes with lotsa pictures. We (or rather, Kelvin) ordered five fried cincaru fish (leather jack), soft shell crab, deep fried jenahak (red snapper) with pineapple, steamed egg, fried vege, and fishball soup. All these to go with nicely cooked jasmine rice. We also asked for the very good sambal balacan, it reminds me of how my mom prepares it, nothing but balancan and red chili crushed with the old school penumbuk and serves with a squeeze of fresh lime.
the vege, fishball soup, sambal belacan, the feast
The cincaru fish is a must-order item, more so if you are a person who loves to have petai. Coupling with the sambal belacan, this dish is an absolute delight to have. The other speciality of Mum’s place is the soft shell crab, deep fried to a crispy texture with some strong taste of traditional spices. Very different from the way Japanese restaurants serve it.
The steamed egg, fried fish topped with pineapple, vege, and fishball soup were all very good dishes as well. The different tastes and texture of the six dishes proved to be a winning combination as far as gastronimcal satisfaction goes. It was a lot of food, but we didn’t have any trouble finishing everything.
mango pudding, satisfied mat salleh, water chestnut dessert, Kelvin and Suanie
After the main meal, right before the 20 minute interval whereby my stomach will politely inform me of its desire to explode, Kelvin somehow convinced me to try the water chestnut dessert. So we had that, and another friend had the equally good mango pudding.
Dinner for five was around RM 250, including a couple glasses of beer and that huge plate of soft shell crab. Mum’s place certainly isn’t the cheapest, but the excellent food and very nice environment more than make up for the price. I’ll definately go there again. By the way, it is Halal too.