Sisters’ joint venture bearing fruit

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  • Saturday, 26 Jul 2008

IF you can’t get enough of the tasty popiah at the SisterS Popiah stall, you’ll be glad to know that you can now dine at their first ever restaurant – SisterS Kitchen.

The SisterS Kitchen was opened recently in April in Menara Hap Seng and offers a variety of local food aside from its famous popiah.

The husband-and-wife-team of Christopher Foo and Theresa Lim decided that this was the next step to make it in the food and beverage industry after operating from stalls for the past five years.

Being in the food industry was the natural thing for the duo as Lim's parents were the force behind the venture.

Popular choice: The best way to consume the Crispy Popiah is to pop the whole piece in your mouth so that you can savour all the ingredients.

It was their delicious popiah recipe that started the family business. The family effort has seen the five Lim sisters venturing into the food industry, too.

Each sister oversees a certain area such as buying, human resource and accounts.

“You can’t manage a food and beverage business alone as you can’t take care of everything,” said Lim, who is in charge of the food and the eldest among five sisters.

“Whenever one of us has a new idea or new recipe, we discuss it with the family.

“Being a family, we share the same ideas and visions, hence it’s easier,” she said.

Before we could delve into the secrets of their popiah, Foo, who hails from Penang, told us to try the food first before the interview.

“Let the food speak for itself,” he said confidently.

As they are famous for their popiah, one could not go wrong by choosing the Crispy Popiah or Egg Roll Popiah. Or get the best of both with the Popiah Mix.

All in the family: Lim is in charge of the food while her husband Foo takes care of the restaurant’s administration.

You can have it plain in its original form or opt for prawn, chicken and cheese, or crabstick.

“The best way to consume it is to take a piece in one mouthful so that you can savour all the ingredients so that you can taste the crunchy biscuits, egg floss and vegetables in one go,” recommended Foo.

Next on the recommended menu list is the Seafood Siam Lemak Laksa.

And Lim was quick to add that the process in preparing the dish, which costs RM14.80 a bowl, was a tedious one.

“It is cooked for two hours and then transferred to a small pot. We only add in the seafood when the customer orders it to ensure the freshness and the coconut milk is added last to preserve the taste,” Lim explained.

“It’s still slightly diluted from the ones you find in Penang as we have to suit the taste of locals, ” Foo chipped in.

If the seafood laksa is not enough to satisfy your craving for seafood, there’s the Seafood Porridge with prawn, fish and squid.

Seafood delight: The Seafood Porridge is laden with prawn, fish and squid.

Although the Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken (whole leg) seems a tad pricey at RM12.80, the chicken’s unique flavour makes it worthwhile.

“It is marinated with a ‘secret’ sauce for three hours, using a 20-year-old recipe from my mother,” said Lim.

For drinks, the Iced 3 Musketeers is highly recommended. One can taste the blend of tea, coffee and cocoa and although milk is added, it does not overpower the taste of the three “musketeers”.

For a more chocolaty drink, go for the Iced 4 Heavenly Kings as the strong cocoa taste is truly heavenly. Both of the drinks can be enjoyed hot, too.

Although the restaurant was almost packed during lunchtime, Foo said it was a quiet day.

He revealed that future plans to open more restaurants were in store, and possibly explore the South-East Asia region.

“Nevertheless, we have to check to ensure that quality is maintained at all the outlets,” he said.

Delivery service is available within 500m radius from Menara Hap Seng from 8am-11.30am and 2pm-5.30pm. The minimum order is RM25.

SisterS Kitchen. Lot 1.13, First floor, Menara Hap Seng. Business hours: Monday-Friday (7:30am-5pm), Saturday (8am-4pm), closed on Sundays. Tel: 03-2142 6988

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