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.
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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