Just the other day, a colleague of mine curiously asked why I rarely blogged about the food around our office. Frankly, I don’t feel like blogging about my mundane lunches. But, I decided to take her cue and put up a review – on dinner instead.
I’m sure many of you have heard of the Cantonese mantra, “Peng! Leng! Jeng!” before. Loosely translated as “Cheap! Pretty! Good!“. And this seems like a perfect way to sum up the experience at this cafe that’s hidden inside a baking supplies store. It’s hard to fault this cafe really, from the friendly service by the one and only Madam Lee right down to the fuzz-free, ol skool, and yummy continental dishes its kitchen churns out. As its tagline proudly proclaims, “The Good Old Days Are Here“. Even MP Lim Kit Siang famously blogged about it in a rare food post!
One can expect Hainanese Chicken Rice, Hainam Noodles and a variety of claypot dishes from the Eastern Taste menu; while the Western Taste menu offers Hainanese Chicken Chop, Steaks, Soup and the whole work. Heck, they’re even opened for breakfast with their famous Hainanese coffee and kaya (coconut & egg jam) toast. Gosh, I’ve never used the word Hainanese so many times in a paragraph before!
With chiselstone in tow, we placed our orders. However, our order of the Claypot Fish Curry (which looks tempting on the menu) was not meant to be as the kitchen ran out of fish and unless we wanted curry dory, we had to change our orders. And changed we did…to the Claypot Curry Chicken. Which turned out to be an excellent choice. The sight of meaty pieces of chicken drumstick and roasted potatoes swimming in a pot of aromatic sauce was enough to whet anyone’s appetite. So good that other curious patrons came hovering over our table to see see what we were having! This was not your run-the-mill instant curries. You can tell it was cooked from sratch. The remants of corsely grinded spices were consistently visible in the addictive thick fragrant sauce. And that’s not exactly good news for those avoiding rice in their diet!
Another favourite of ours was the Inchi Kabin. It’s rather hard to find a good plate of these nowadays. While this Peranakan fried spiced chicken dish made a good snack, it was still missing something. And that something was quickly rectified by the accompanying dipping sauce, a blend of sambal belachan and regular chili sauce. Damn syiok!
Our order of Hainam Noodles left much to desire for. But then again, nothing the syiok sambal cannot fix.
All in all, it only cost us RM15 a pax to dine here that evening. I’m thankful for that. It is the little affordable pleasures like this cafe that makes lunch time therapeutic on a crazy working day. So, who wanna come have a simple lunch with me around my office?
SUKICO HAINAN CAFE
(located inside Suki Baking Goods. Located on the same row as Public Bank)
#26, Jalan SS21/39,
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603 7728 8381