Rocket United Cafe, SS2: Malaysia’s 1st Political Cafe

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I had lunch with DAP. It was an enjoyable one at that too. There, I said it. Hope I don’t get hauled up to ISA now.

I first read about this place on Eat Drink KL. While being curious, I gotta admit that it is a rather strange/bold choice to patronise this 1-month old cafe one afternoon. I was half expecting to pledge loyalty or show my support for the party before stepping foot into the entrance that’s adorned with a giant rocket. My first thought looking at the place filled with 20 to 30 odd patrons was, “this does qualify as a illegal assembly, right? Would the police come barging through in the middle of my meal here?” There are safer places to makan around this neighbourhood, but what are the odds. We are a democratic country after all.

Styled like a contemporary kopitiam with wooden marble top tables and stools, this cafe has DAP stamped all over it. A nod for good branding. From the aforementioned giant rocket in the entrance, the reading materials on sale, the giant wallpaper of Anwar and Guan Eng, right down to the menu. And I’m not just talking about the ‘History’ section on the menu, but the roots of some popular dishes here traces back to areas which are considered to be the Party’s territories. It was a blessing that they chose not to play any ceramah video and instead projected Channel [V] on the large pulled down screen.

Since I had Chiselstone (if anything, you’re going down with me!) with me, so ordered an appetizer to share and we decided on the Ngoh Hiang Chicken (RM4.90), thinking it was fried chicken coated with 5-spice powder. But surprise, surprise…we were served with a lobak looking thing. It was only then that my dear Johorean friend remembers that this is what they call spring rolls back home! #*@%! Anyway it was not anything to shout about. We did not taste any chicken at all, just dough wrapped in fried fu pei.

Our choices of mains fared much better. I would definitely return here for the Nyonya Rice (albeit the blue colouring, RM8.90) with chicken rendang and the wonderful dried prawn sambal and the aromatic Sarawak Laksa (RM7.90). These items seem to be a popular choice among the other patrons too.

Since we had some extra time to kill, we decided to do the ah pek thing and order some coffee. Deciding on what coffee to have was a whole other story as they have a long list of local and Asean varieties to choose from. Being from Johor, Chiselstone ordered Senggarang while I opted for the tried and tested Aik Cheong (both RM3.90). The coffee came in modern plunger with an authentic kopitiam porcelain cups and condensed milk on the side. There is enough coffee to fill two cups and these were wonderfully paired with our order of Banana Fritters with Ice Cream (RM5.90). The bananas were ripe, sweet and lightly battered and was delightful. And although the menu states that it comes with Ben & Jerry ice creams, but it wasn’t available and from the sound of things, it’s not going to be available any time soon either. You’ve been warned.

Overall, our fleeting experience with the opposition was quite pleasant…well, at least the food were. Can’t say the same about their service though. Every wait staff seems to be clueless as to what’s happening, and I wonder how they’ll survive the tough SS2 lunch crowd. If this was a true representation of how the party works internally… hmmm food for thought, but let’s not get political or this post will never end. But, imagine how bad would it look on them to serve water in a soap-filled glass! Well, it happened to us here. Perhaps they were trying to poison us. I still can’t really tell. Having said that, I would like to return – hopefully soon – but only when they start getting their act together and wash their glasses properly.

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Rocket United Cafe
No. 18, Jln SS2/63,
47300 Petaling Jaya
Note:DAP members gets a 10% discount, and I hear that a proceed from each bill will goes to the party’s fund.  

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16 Responses to Rocket United Cafe, SS2: Malaysia’s 1st Political Cafe
  1. Life for Beginners
    September 14, 2009 | 2:00 am

    Well, given my recent spate of gastritis and Devil's bouts of food poisoning, I'm just glad the food didn't face any opposition from the adventurous tummies… :P

  2. CUMI & CIKI
    September 14, 2009 | 3:33 am

    it this was a true representation of how the party works internally.. hahaha!
    CLUELESSSSS!

  3. Sean
    September 14, 2009 | 3:44 am

    too bad u didn't bump into any dap parliamentarians. apparently they maken there from time to time too. here's a chance to voice your grievances about road potholes, etc to your wakil rakyat!

  4. spunkz
    September 14, 2009 | 4:51 am

    Ngoh Hiang.. that's what we call those meat rolls back in jhr. my aunt sends tonnes to our hse during CNY. I prefer lobak though. ooh, the dunny looks so smart with the cap.

  5. chiselstone
    September 14, 2009 | 4:56 am

    Lol. Two guys at a table does not an illegal assembly make. Thankfully.

    And in their defence, I have to say they did wash their glasses properly. They just bloody forgot to rinse them! >:(

  6. thule a.k.a leo
    September 14, 2009 | 5:10 am

    psst psst… have u registered urself as a voter??? which box did you tick?? the one with weighing scale or one with rocket?

    will go there this hari raya :)

  7. Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy
    September 14, 2009 | 6:30 am

    Woo hoo. Talk about reaching out to civil society. Cool! Well, being a dyed in the wool believer in checks and balances, I actually vote opposition so that the the powers that be know I'm not pleased. Must admit, I'm not certain whether or not it'll work. But must make it a point to go there! ;-)

    PS; voted the green and white sun last time cos the alternative was that red and white flag with the kris on it

  8. J
    September 14, 2009 | 6:30 am

    They served you soapy water? EWWWW…. D:
    (Yeah. Maybe they were trying to poison you because you dídn't vote for them? Haha….)

  9. backStreetGluttons
    September 14, 2009 | 12:20 pm

    We really din know these politicians are now into big eating in public ! maybe uncle kit got the idea from O & S near his office

  10. thenomadGourmand
    September 14, 2009 | 8:36 pm

    The Nasi Dagang does looks promising..better than Rice Cafe? whc would u recom?

  11. Nic (KHKL)
    September 15, 2009 | 12:43 am

    a political party is REALLY like a cafe, isn't it? it all boils down to how the it's managed. and whether the rakyat really like their food or not.

    i've seen photos of the dishes and they look absolutely yummy! i must go and check it out la!

  12. qwazymonkey
    September 15, 2009 | 11:31 am

    LFB: Hope the both of you are feeling better now

    C&C: Clueless I hear you say? :P

    Sean: I rather complain about my cup of soapy water

    Spunkz: Dunny looks good all the time!

    Chiselstone: Yea, but a whole restaurant's crowd would have made an illegal gathering of some sort

    Thule: Hehe…wouldn't u like to know?

    Allan&Nigel: yes fully agree with you. We need somebody to do the dirty shit stirring for us!

    J: You can say that again. Ask chiselstone, he drank some!

    BSG: U know, there may be some truth to what you're saying. But O&S can give them a run for their money any time

    TNG: Truth be told, I've not tried the one in Rice Cafe, but the on here is good if you can get over the "smurf" blue colouring

    Nic: Well as long as they keep their promises of a satisfied meal and not just show pretty food pictures…they'll get my vote. U should check it out. U coming back this weekend ka?

  13. J2Kfm
    September 15, 2009 | 2:27 pm

    LOL. what a different concept. wil be sure to check this out, not so much for the food, service nor soap-filled glass but for the chance to bump into the erm, Rocketeers?

  14. boo_licious
    September 16, 2009 | 11:46 am

    hee hee, the Nonya rice is the same smurf colour as the Chynna's blue mooncake! I'll probably go for the Sarawak Laksa and hunt down the politicians and ask them why some wrongs have not been made right yet!

  15. qwazymonkey
    September 16, 2009 | 5:57 pm

    j2kFM: I hear uncle kit and Tony Pua eats there quite often

    Boo: A blue mooncake? That's rather odd. Sounds like something Gargamel would have made

  16. ahpa
    September 18, 2009 | 10:14 am

    wah, eatdrinkKL got eat at these kind of rakyat places ah? i am sppeeechles..

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