I love weekends. That’s hardly any secret now is it? Show me a person who doesn’t and I’ll show you the biggest liar on the planet. But, what I love more than a regular weekend is a long weekend. And for us working in the state of Selangor, we have plenty of those this September. Apart from having to chase for deadlines in a shorter time span, I have no real complaints about them. After all, these are the only time I have to explore new places, especially new places to eat.
Last weekend my dear friend Lis excitedly told me about a brand new makan place run by her colleague’s in-laws in Kuang. “Where“, do I hear you ask? Well if it’s any consolation, I didn’t know either about this town until a week ago!
Hidden deep inside the kampungs of Kuang (way beyond the horrendous faux Tudor architectures, nurseries, fruit stalls and a place called Notting Hills – I kid you not!) lies a lane of charming provincial homes (not sure if it is exactly correct to call them that, they are after all castles compared to the humble abode where yours truly lives), each with their own HUGE estate to boot. And here is where the home to the said in-laws to my friend’s colleague, Juju, is located.
The home which is named Warisan Kasih, sits right in the middle of the estate. The back of the house is the family’s durian orchard while the front is a beautiful garden bordered by other tropical fruit trees like rambutans and mangoes. One can only be envious when these fruits are in season. Right here on the front lawn is also where Juju’s in-laws has decided to start a food business about 2-weeks back. Since then they have set up a tent, a temporary kitchen with kopitiam-styled hot drinks making facilities and named the place Laman Kasih (Garden of Love). The tent is warmly lit by white round hanging paper lanterns. Very nicely done up if you asked me. What am I saying, they’re professionals! They even have a sandwich board displaying the menu of the day, roadside signage, and a cute logo too.
Albeit being a new eatery on the block, the place was swarming with people by the time we were there. Nice friendly faces greeted us and ushered us to our table. We spied DJ Sham of Mix.FM sitting at one corner of the tent with his friends. We were given the Buka Puasa Menu and were told that the menu (actually it is the only menu for now) here changes on a daily basis. Our options for that evening were either the Chicken Set or Beef Set (RM8.90) or you can be greedy like me and order a Combination Set (RM13.00). Each set comes with your choice of Nasi Tomato, Nasi Minyak or Nasi Dalca; a piece of Ayam Masak Merah or Daging Masak Hitam or both; Dalca Sayur and free flow of Sirap Ais. The food here is your typical simple, no-frills home-cooked meal, that’s wholesomely prepared by the matron of the house with tender loving care – a key ingredient that’s often missing in many modern establishments.
They may not serve a wide selection here, but at least they put their best into what they are offering. And I like that. The chicken was a clear winner between the two dishes. Perfectly cooked and equally as tasty. I have a little love-hate thing going for the beef. While I love the taste with all its used of spices, I didn’t like the cut of meat. It was too lean to be used in a dish that needs to be cooked for hours. Would have prefer my meat with a little more fats. But hey, that’s just me. The Nasi Tomato was a delight with every spoonful. Everyone emptied their plates in no time. Soon we were ordering desserts and the ‘heavily promoted’ Kopi Sedap.
If you think that they are lacking in their choice of dishes, they simply made it up with their choice of coffees served here. One is spoiled with coffee beans sourced from all over the country and every corner of the globe as well. Juju’s Uncle-in-law is in charged of the hot drink ‘bar’ and depending on how strong you like your coffee, he’ll recommend a choice of bean for you. Being the unpolished monkey that I am, I just ordered a cup of ‘Kopi Sedap‘ and hoped for a miracle. Ivan joined in the fun too. The coffee which arrived was a good cup of local kopi-O kow. It was strong, robust, and flavourful. Coffee addict Ivan ordered two more cups by the end of the night. Enough said. Desserts were also homemade by Juju and her sisters. We had the creamy Marble Cheesecake (RM4.00/slice) and the crowd favorite, Bread & Butter Pudding (RM3.00/slice). Both accompanied the kopi really well too. Apart from these, there is also a few selection of teas (exotic flavours too), buburs and even charcoal toasted bread too for those who are still hungry.
Having a meal here gives you a glimpse into the life of the family that runs the place. You see everyone, from the patriarch right down to the caretaker, pulling their own weight and doing their part to ensure that every guest is well taken care off. Despite not being able to berbuka at the same time as us (they believe that their guest should finish their meals first) they were miraculously still chirpy and full of love for each other. Now, that’s what I call
customer service hospitality. One can’t help but feel welcome as well as a sense of joy being a guest in this warm home of theirs, the kind of joy that usually comes at the end of any Disney/Pixar movies.
We continued chilling out in the yard under the moonlit sky for another hour or so, stargazing and refusing to head back to the harsh coldness of city living. Who knew this garden of love existed just 20mins away from Petaling Jaya.
— Posted from my iPod Touch
#3024, Jalan Melati
Kampung Damai bt. 18
For the old school readers: click HERE for a map
For the tech-savvy readers: GPS coordinates N 03 13.808 E 101 32.963
You can keep up to date with their menus and happenings on Facebook too.
To view my pictures of Laman Kasih on flickr, click HERE
Note: I was told that they will continue to open right after Aidilfitri and will run a regular cafe and catering business. Plans are still not finalised at time of press.