Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Penang Specialties @ Cempaka Village, Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya

flavourful Hokkien prawn mee (RM4.50)

Thanks to a friend of mine, I discovered this newly opened place (about 2 months ago). This "economy" restaurant that serves all kinds of Penang specialties is owned by the people who used to run Molly's Place at Damansara Kim. They relocated along the busy Aman Suria road that leads to Sunway Mas with a new concept - less formal and offering cheaper meals.

assam laksa (RM4.50) was tasty but a little watered down

This place is a boon to the office workers here, who crowd the place during lunch time. You have a choice of one dish meals ranging from Hokkien or prawn mee, assam laksa, fried rice on the menu. Alternatively you can select at the counter, what to eat with your nasi lemak - chicken rendang, sotong and etc. A variety of Chinese home cooked dishes are also available, which you can pick and choose to eat with plain rice - economy rice style.

one of the few places in town to get the prawn paste chee cheong fun (RM2.60)

Desserts are in the form of different kinds of tong sui - bubur cha cha, fu chok yee mai (barley), mak chok (wheat), red bean, black glutinous rice and etc. There's also nonya kueh and snacks like cucur udang, lor bak koh, yau char kuai available at the counter.

yam cake (RM1) and nasi lemak with chicken rendang and petai prawns (RM7)

The food here is priced like a hawker stall but served in a much nicer and cleaner environment, making it a favourite "cheap and cheerful" place to dine. Tastewise, I would say for the price, it is very decent. I especially liked the flavourful prawn mee served with an aromatic prawn and pork ribs broth. The assam laksa was a little watered down (especially since I recently ate Rice Cafe's super thick version) but I felt it had the right balance of spicy, tangy and sweet here, hence you'll end up filling your tummy with the broth accompanying the noodles.

bubur cha cha (RM2.50)

Nasi lemak was also pretty good and I especially liked the chicken rendang, cooked with lemongrass. The sambal served on the side didn't have much kick to it though. The yam cake, sadly was a little dry but I did like the cucur udang and the very aromatic lor bak koh. The tong sui was average with the best tasting to be the mak chok (wheat for RM1.80) out of the 3 tong suis I have tried. Not a fan of red bean and black glutinous rice, hence I didn't give that a try. Last but not least, the prawn paste chee cheong fun was pretty decent but not up to the incredible standards in Penang, as the sauce lacked the overwhelming taste of prawn paste. If you're in the neighbourhood, drop by this place for a little Penang touch at a price that won't hurt your pocket. Service is also fast and friendly, hence you won't be short of time during a busy lunch time.

Cempaka Village
D-G-31, Jalan PJU 1/45
Aman Suria
Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7880 8891

(Non Halal. On the main road that connects between Aman Suria and Sunway Mas, same row as Thyme Bakery and opposite Toyota's showroom and the New Man's offices. Open from 8am to 8pm. Closed on alternate Mondays. For more information on the menu and prices, see their facebook page.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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KY said...

ahh, i shall give it a try one of these days. my favorite hokkien mee (prawn mee) is still the one at TTDI and kampung chempaka. :)

boo_licious said...

KY - must go try that old uncle you like around Kg Cempaka. I saw him once around the main road, must try and track him down.

Rebecca Saw said...

maybe .. soon .. we KL-ites need not travel to Pg anymore for our fix of CKT, prawn mee and CCF..

thule a.k.a leo said...

at last!! prawn paste chee cheong fun that made me drool... and it's so near my house :)

worldwindows said...

The generous rendering of mint leaves necessitate a visit. I am captivated.

qwazymonkey said...

Wow! Food prices here are even cheaper than in Penang itself. LOL. Cheap lunch here I come. Pretty close to my office too

minchow said...

Wow the prices are pretty hard to beat!! And there can never be enough versions of prawn mee to try! Lots of places seem at Sunway Mas, time for me to have a wander over!

backStreetGluttons said...

This off centered busy place has turned into a sort of gastronomic zone and we have barely skimmed the surface ! tho one of us had earlier tried to do a dai chow and now one more has set up shop just nearby

UnkaLeong said...

Plenty of good eats in the area ;) Thanks for pointing this one out!

Ciki said...

waa, so near office, we best go check it out!

boo_licious said...

nomadgourmand - nothing beats Penang, it's the old style of cooking and just the whole atmosphere I reckon that we can nvr import in to KL.

Leo - wow, didn't know this is near yr place. I found the prawn paste not pungent enuf though.

worldwindows - hope u will like it.

qwazymonkey - yah lor, quite near yr office. It's nice also since they serve different kind of desserts.

550ml - Sunway Mas has lots of new places hence I guess that is where to go?

bsg - ooooh, sounds good. My friend is always looking for places to eat here also.

Unkaleong - yup, also near yr hse.

c&c - your office is nearby? Don't expect much, it's not like Rice Cafe but probably 1/2 the price of the Bsar place.

Unknown said...

I tried this place just now.

Not impressed with it though.

1. The service was slow and disorderly. I had to wait 5 minutes for the ppl to ask me what I wanted to eat. And the place was only 1/2 full.

2. There are numbers on the tables, but the waiters/waitresses can't seem to figure out what they are for. I mentioned this because they gave my order to another table where the people came later than me and after I waited 15 minutes for it.

3. The food...well...maybe just my personal taste. The prawn mee was just salty. And the cendol....welll....it looked more like ABC with cendol fillings...

All in all, I won't be visiting this place again.

boo_licious said...

Daniel - how weird, I've always gotten my food quite quickly esp during lunchtime and I've eaten here like at least 4 times. I usually sit outside so service is quite quick for me. Didn't manage to try cendol, so can't say much. Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience.

mimosa said...

Well, I'm a cooking lovers and i brought a few pack of the paste ( Hokkien Mee, Curry mee & Laksa ) from an online store which is selling Penang Specialties products called Memento Hovel.

Surprisingly it can help me to prepare a delicious meals as easy as 1-2-3 with a same great taste of Malaysian paradise food.

I was really recommend instead of going to Penang at a damn hot weather to taste the hot soup, i rather sitting at home at the air cond to enjoyed the food..

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