Familarity breeds contempts. This saying is true in many situations with an exception to food. Unlike the relationship with people, no matter how familar you are with certain kind of food, you’ll never actually grow to hate it over time, even when you had it over and over again. Not sure if this saying is applicable to all of you out there but at least this is true to me. Love waxes and wane. People come and go from our life and we tend to grow jaded with things that are a routine but I can never hate food, no matter how familiar I am with certain food’s taste and texture. There’s always room for new discoveries.
Speaking of new discoveries, I was recently introduced to this quaint and highly instagrammable cafe somewhere in Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur, serving all sorts of all time Malaysian favourites dishes since the olden times in Malaysia. With all the hipster cafes serving all sort of modern-fusion food propping up like mushrooms after the rain, I’m pleased that there’s a cafe like this, preserving the classics for us to indulge in.
Here’s sharing with you the dishes that I’ve tried during my recent visit to Anson Kopi&Patisserie.
Braised Dark Soy Chicken Rice is a rice dish that’s commonly found in a Chinese household since the olden times and usually served during growing up years of a young child in a Chinese family in Malaysia.This rice dish features whole chicken leg that was perfectly braised in sweet dark soy sauce and served with a side of braised white tofu and braised boiled egg alongside with blanched Bak Choy vegetable. Simple and wholesome, recommended for those who likes homey dishes and would like to revisit the taste of childhood.
Nasi Lemak Sotong. Nasi Lemak is a classic evergreen Malaysian rice dish that stands against the test of time. We can find Nasi Lemak almost around the clock in Malaysia and it’s eaten throughout the day that it’s almost a staple for Malaysians. The Nasi Lemak Sotong served in Anson Kopi and Patiserie stays true to the good old Nasi Lemak with addition of spicy sambal sotong on the side. Generously portioned per serving, this fragrant coconut rice dish is absolutely worth the calories gained.
Anson Signature Fried Rice. I daresay that nobody who lives in Malaysia can honestly say that they have never tasted a plate of fried rice. Apart from Nasi Lemak, fried rice is another dish that most Malaysians grew up with. In the yesteryears, fried rice dish were prepared using cold leftover rice from the day before and is savoured during breakfast in the morning. These days it’s served around the clock and is a favourite for many. Anson Signature Fried Rice is pretty much elaborated and is served with a piece of piping hot fried chicken and absolutely flavourful and delicious. The fried rice was tinged with a bit of spiciness that’s quite an excitement to the palate. Highly recommended if you like variety of side dishes on your plate.
Tomyam Baked Chicken. I’m a huge fan of roasted/baked chicken. I consider roasted/baked chicken meals are much healthier than the fried ones. I’ve eaten plenty of baked chicken, but this got to be my first time sampling a tomyam flavoured baked chicken. Similar to the the traditional Thai Tomyam soup, the Baked Tomyam Chicken is excitingly sourish and spicy. Comes with a side of potato wedges and salad, the dish is highly appetizing. Great for those who are adventurous when it comes to food.
Sarawak Baked Chicken is another highly appetizing chicken dish that’s a must try. Served with a side of potato wedges and fresh salad the chicken were preppes with plenty of spices and was literally bursting with flavour. Fans of savoury dishes will adore this one, I reckon.
Kedah Mee Soto. This dish comes with a choice of yellow noodles, rice vercimille and koay teow. It’s basically a clear herbal chicken soup served with noodles. Growing up in the Northerns states of Malaysia, I have tasted a variety of soto that comes from either Kedah, Perlis or Penang and I have high expectations on this Kedah Mee Soto by Anson Kopi&Patisserie. The soup is really flavourful and the accompanying sambal kicap was to die for. However, Kedah and Perlis Mee Soto that I’m familar with is usually served with fried potato balls (bergedil) as well and I wish they included some chicken or beef bergedil with this dish too. Although the dish lacks the accompanying bergedil, this bowl of Mee Soto still makes quite a satisfying warm meal.
Kelantan Beef Noodle. In all honesty, I’m not a huge fan of beef noodles due to the usual pungeant smell that the beef emits after long hours of cooking. I find that quite a turned off, but the beef noodles here does not have such funny smell. It’s actually love at first slurp and the best part of it all, the meat were really tender, making the entire experience really enjoyable.
Tomyam Mee Raja is really delicious. Comes generously with some seafood bits and I really like this one alot. It’s not for the faint hearted though as it leans pretty much on the spicy side.
Hot Pot Yee Mee. A must order if you’re craving for something quick and comforting to eat.
Curry Laksa is a must try if you love all things curries. I assume this is the Johor version of Curry Laksa as the curry was thick, creamy and really rich in taste and texture. Love it so much that I was tempted to order some toasted bread to mop up the leftover curries in the bowl by the time I finished up the noodles. It’s pretty much addictive and you’d be a fool not to try this if you love spicy food.
Cendol and Ice Kacang is a must order after all the spicy and savoury goodness. It’s not only cooling and refreshing but helps to cleanse the palate with sweetness as well.
Anson Kopi&Patisserie offers all sorts of fresh fruit juices and Malaysian favourite beverages, but what comes highly recommended are these; Hazelnut Soya, Coconut Coffee, Coconut Soya, Soya Coffee, Hazelnut Coffee and Wild Oat Milk.
If you’re to ask me what’s my favourite among all the dishes that I’ve features above, these would be my favourite; the homey Braised Dark Soy Chicken Rice and the delicious Kelantan Beef Noodle. And of course, the Ice Kacang is in my ‘to order again in my next visit’ list as well.
Overall the dining experience here is really pleasant. The cafe offers a taste of home cooking with chic ambiance and if you are looking to enjoy some all time Malaysian favourite dish, this might just be the place you would want to patronize.
For more info on thia quaint cafe, please refer to the information below:
G-07, Petalz Residences, Residency Rimbunan, No. 2, Jalan 1/132A, Off Jalan Klang Lama, Kampung Pasir, 58000
Muslim friendly: Yes
Opening hours: 10am-11.30pm daily