With over 50 million downloads across all platforms, Angry Birds may perhaps be one of the greatest runaway hits of 2010. If you’ve been buried inside a fat hole like some of ‘em pigs in the game all through last year and have no idea what I’m blabbering about, then here’s what you need to know. Angry Birds is a puzzle video game, in which players use a slingshot to launch a flock of birds attempting to retrieve eggs that have been stolen by a group of evil pigs. To cut the story short, here’s a little background of this never ending feud.
The popularity of Angry Birds have also spawned references on television shows throughout the world. Israeli comedy show Eretz Nehederet (in English: a Wonderful Country), one of the nation’s most popular TV programs, featured the Angry Birds in a hilarious mock-up peace treaty sketch. The skit satirized the recent failed Israeli-Palestinian peace attempts. The video quickly went viral across the world.
And, to take it all a step further, here’s my version on what happens after that event. These “Fowl” Birds continued to fight for the freedom of their precious eggs from the trotters of their green porcine arch-enemies. As of last Christmas, they have won the battle… at least until Rovio releases the next limited edition seasonal specials. And to celebrate their victory the now Happy Birds headed straight for the pork-iest of restaurants around, Ad Hog!
Complimentary Pork salad – a refreshingly crunchy kerabu-like salad with a tangy dressing binding strips of greens and orange with chunky pork belly slices. I can’t help wondering if it would have tasted better if the pork belly were fried and crunchy. Food for thought.
Enchiladas with pork – now, this was good. Like really, really good. We had two of these warm rolls stuffed with pork chili.
Babi Guling – this was not how I remembered the famous Balinese roasted pork dish to be. Yet, I find Ad Hog’s lemongrass-spiced tender pork strips version to be addictive. By the end of the meal, we doubled up on the portions. Perhaps, it was the magical sambal at work too or the fact that it was just RM16.90 – an incredibly great value for its portion. Whichever the case was, I wouldn’t mind returning just for this. Available only during lunch hours.
Chicken Pogs – Deskinned chicken thigh meat with sausages hiding under a layer of bacon exterior contrasted with a sweet berry (and balsamico?) sauce. The pigs must have really gotten under the Angry Birds skin really bad for them to be dressed in bacon! This was a clear favourite around the table.
BBQ Ribs – Smothered with cummin and slightly charred, albeit flavourful especially with the accompanying salsa, the rack could have been meatier and juicier.
Ad Hog is definitely a hole in the wall sorta place where you wouldn’t be able to find it unless somebody points them out to you. There is no doubt that this is truly a porklicious restaurant. Sam, the owner is an experience pork master, so you’ll be in good hands dining there. He is also very hospitable and funny. However, do keep in mind that all these come with a hefty price tag too. My only regret was not ordering the to-die-for Roast Pork a day before. So, remember to call before hand if you intend to sink you teeth into the creamiest and crunchy pork belly or I’ve been told. I’ll return again for the Babi Guling and a taste of that Roast Pork soon. OK, I’ll have the Chicken Pogs as well. Gotta save some money to splurge on them cute Angry Birds plush toys *sniggers*.
25, Jalan PJU 3/45
Kota Damansara, Selangor.
Tel: +6019-312 1922 (Sam)
Business Hours: Closed on Mondays