Eating Out For Under RM30 is a regular series on Star2.com. Depending on the type of restaurant we eat at, we feature individual dishes or a whole meal priced within that budget.
There are places to eat where satisfaction comes not just from feeling full afterwards, but also reminds you of a different life in a different town way back when.
When I found out that a well-known restaurant in Ipoh, Yum Yum restaurant, had a branch here in Selangor, I knew I had to go and eat. My thinking was, even if the food wasn't as good, at least I would get to lament about how certain flavours just don't travel well.
The outlet in Kota Damansara is simply called Little Yum Yum – was it referring to the size of the premises or merely managing expectations, I am not certain.
I patiently waited for their dinner service to start, something that I almost never do.
I and my dinner companion (another Ipohan) opted for family-style sharing dishes with rice. I ordered two of their signature dishes – Yum Yum Pandan Chicken (RM16 for 4 pieces) and Yum Yum Egg (RM12). I also asked for their Jiu Hu Char or Sengkuang Salad (RM14) as a starter.
All the dishes came at the same time, which made having a starter pointless. Still, I ate them in order.
Sengkuang Salad is quite interested and it reminded me of something my mum would make. Shredded turnip is cooked with cuttlefish, vegetables, dried shrimp and a sprinkle of chicken floss. The dish comes with lettuce leaves and you are supposed to wrap the salad in them. I did one, decided against the fuss and just ate the salad with the rice.
Yum Yum's chicken was as delicious as the name touts. Pieces of chicken, marinated with spices, were tightly wrapped in pandan leaves and then cooked. I could smell the blend of herbs and turmeric before I tore off the wrapping. The meat was quite tender and the seasoning was well-balanced; especially good when eaten with rice.
The egg was a little bit of a let down. Basically, it was fried bull's eye eggs topped off with minced chicken in a thick sauce. The sauce was too salty and the egg, or the rice, could do little to tone down its saltiness.
The portions were quite generous, aside from the bite-sized chicken, and I wondered if I should have brought more people to share the meal.
I liked that Little Yum Yum served simple rustic fare and it is not dressed up in garnish. Also, the flavours reminded me of home. In this instance, the taste travelled well.
There is still plenty to explore on Little Yum Yum's menu, and I would return to sample more.
Little Yum Yum Restaurant
E-45-G, Jalan Teknologi 3/9
47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-6148 3936
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 2.30pm, 5pm to 9.30pm; closed for Sunday lunch and on Mondays
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