Simple, Cheap & Good: Sukico Hainan Cafe

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?


(located inside Suki Baking Goods. Located on the same row as Public Bank)
#26, Jalan SS21/39,
Damansara Uptown,
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603 7728 8381

15 Responses to Simple, Cheap & Good: Sukico Hainan Cafe
  1. Keropok Man
    July 14, 2009 | 1:31 am

    hehe.. i like the kasi banjir!

    i sometimes drink curry! LOL

  2. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    July 14, 2009 | 1:31 am

    that is actually a very good question.. i dont think i blogged abt any of the food i eat around the office..

  3. CUMI & CIKI
    July 14, 2009 | 2:39 am

    ROFL .. entertaining post.. lemme just say…

    I am Leng! Jeng! but I am not Peng! hehe :P

    wah, potatoes swimming in sauce and all for the bargain price of RM15.. when u taking us:P

  4. boo_licious
    July 14, 2009 | 2:51 am

    Yums! They used to be at the corner near Std Chartered and I remember eyeing the place whenever I visited the bank.

    Not been here ever since they shifted into the bake shop, sounds like I must with that delish tasting curry.

  5. fatboybakes
    July 14, 2009 | 3:28 am

    BAKING SHOP??? and HAINANESE FOOD? OMIGOSH, that sounds like a heavenly combination for me!!! does the baking shop part open at nights??? i'm soooo excited!!!!!

  6. thule a.k.a leo
    July 14, 2009 | 3:50 am

    I actually went to buy some baking supplies with Jenn just a few months ago and noticed some patrons having lunch there… didn't try it out but now I know it's Hainanese food :)
    ur office is in Uptown right??? Which Tower??

  7. Nic (KHKL)
    July 14, 2009 | 5:25 am

    ya lor, sometimes happiness is just next door without us realising it. gosh, y i so full of cheese one today? haha!

    @ciki i'm peng but i'm not leng or jeng. :P

  8. Bangsar-bAbE
    July 14, 2009 | 1:20 pm

    I had their Hainan chicken rice once…and didn't like it.

    If you want good fish head curry, try Fusion next door. I find it quite good, and often go there for lunch at work. I'm guessing we work VERY nearby! ;)

    FBB: The baking shop hor…not much choices and more expensive compared to Bake with Yen. I can't find the things I want sometimes, which is why I prefer BWY.

  9. thenomadGourmand
    July 14, 2009 | 2:26 pm

    ok, i got to head here soon. SAMBAL!!

  10. qwazymonkey
    July 14, 2009 | 2:47 pm

    En.Keropok: Banjir's the way to go!

    Joe: maybe u should start doing so

    Ciki: Ur high maintenance aitelyu. And sadly, there's more chicken pieces than potatoes here lah. Let's lunch with Ah Pa here soon.

    Boo: Yea they were. And now they're mysteriously hiding in the bake store. Love how the curry doesn't leave a burning sensation even after the claypot's licked clean.

    Ah Pa: Don't expect too much from the supply store lah. Looks like they sell very little things only. Better off at Bake with Yen. But food's good tho.

    Thule: Working in Tower2. Why u work around there too?

    Nic: So u've found happiness next door is it? Must be a pretty girl next door then! :P Ur definitely not cheap lah

    BangsarBabe: I always trust chicken rice from proper chicken rice stores. Hence I've never tried it at Sukico before. But do try the curry. Have always wanted to try Fusion, but am turned off by the huge dinner crowd. Perhaps one day can lunch with u there.

    TNG: Hope you'll enjoy it! Take recommendations from Madam Lee.

  11. chiselstone
    July 14, 2009 | 3:54 pm

    OMG! I really couldn't stop putting that in my mouth, could I? Haha. It's excellent I tellya! And I dinch know about Inchi Kabin before. It's now officially my favourite fried chicken!

    Funny how we ate things that were more nyonya than Hainanese though. Tak apalah, asal sedap!

    By the way, speaking of chicken rice, I just discovered today that Meng Kee's pak zham kai has improved by leaps and bounds and is now really good! Still second to their to-die-0f-cholesterol-for char siew, of course ;-)

  12. thule a.k.a leo
    July 15, 2009 | 2:59 am

    No la… but Uptown is one of my regular hangout place for lunch or dinner… in the past :P
    I'm now living in Pahang during the weekdays… and BU during the weekends!

  13. thule a.k.a leo
    July 15, 2009 | 4:01 am

    by the way, my mood is spoilt… if you read this, do read my latest posting… sigh!! Do help me to promote this place too

  14. Bangsar-bAbE
    July 15, 2009 | 6:18 am

    Yes, we should do lunch one of these days. Lunch time can also be crowded…but I like to go there after the middle of the month. Best not to go during paycheque time! =)

  15. KampungboyCitygal
    July 17, 2009 | 12:01 pm

    serious!?? i stayed around uptown area but never noticed this place!i gota drop by one day!r