Street food with Asian flair


THOSE who enjoy street food may find something to suit their taste buds when in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur.

Asia Street Food Club (ASFC) is a quaint restaurant serving a variety of street food from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Korea, as well as dishes with a Western twist.

The all-day menu concept, with many dishes featuring pork, is also great because it gives diners the flexibility to choose any type of meal any time of the day.

That being said, two of my recommendations for breakfast are the Bak Gua with Luncheon Meat and Pork Floss topped with egg and cucumber, which had the right amount of chilli mayonnaise sauce and French toast with bacon and honey on the side. The former is a typical Chinese breakfast fix while the latter is a Western option.

Those coming in for a quick bite or looking for starters for a complete meal can opt for the ASFC Platter which offers sweetly glazed grilled pork skewers and pork neck, Hatyai fried chicken, Pigs in Blanket (grilled pork sausage wrapped in bacon) and fish keropok.

The portion is good for sharing for up to four diners and goes well with beer.

If you are looking for a rice dish, there is the Malaysian favourite nasi lemak served with pork curry.

Although I appreciate the sizeable portion of meat, the curry was not as thick as I would have liked and lacked the wow factor in taste.

The sambal was somewhat mediocre but the overall dish won me over with the unconventional pickled vegetable side and fried egg instead of boiled egg.

I preferred the Nasi Ayam Percik for a rice dish. The sauce was rich, creamy and mildly spicy, just the way I like it.

It went well with fried chicken, tempeh and tofu. Served with blanched cabbage and long beans, fried egg and sliced tomatoes, it was a wholesome and nutritious meal.

If you fancy something lighter or perhaps noodles, there is another must-try Malaysian favourite — char kuey teow.

Besides the regular ingredients such as bean sprouts, spring onions and cockles, the ASFC version is cooked with sliced Chinese sausages and topped with grilled pork neck, adding more flavour and texture to the star dish.

For something soupy, there is Siew Yoke Prawn Mee, a delightful combination of yellow noodles and mee hoon served in a bowl of prawn broth and topped with a generous helping of siew yoke (roast pork) and prawns.

Perfect for the cold rainy nights is the Tom Yam Soup with its sweet, sour and spicy flavours to tantalise the palate. The soup can be served with pork, chicken and prawn, and complemented with rice or noodles of your choice.

For Chinese New Year, the restaurant is presenting its yee sang with grilled pork neck that is available from Jan 15 until Chap Goh Meh. The portion is good for sharing between four people.

ASIA STREET FOOD CLUB,

147, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.

(Tel: 03-2022 3322)

Business hours: 11am-midnight, daily.

This is the writer’s observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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