After being away for quite a while, I craved for some Malaysian street food. Hearing that Asia Cafe is newly opened at Kota Damansara was great news for me! Saucer and I went there with a group of friends to try out some of their specialties. The cafe is located just next to Tune Hotels Kota Damansara, at Persiaran Mahogani. Parking is currently free so I suggest you visit it now to take advantage of this!
Asia Cafe Kota Damansara
When I reached, I was glad to know that Asia Cafe was not the typical street food place you find here in KL, where the streets are packed with people, tables are cramped and environment is warm. No, this Asia Cafe is nothing like that. The area was spacious with nicely spaced tables, the environment was clean and best of all, there were plenty of ceiling fans and coolers to keep the place at a comfortable temperature. It’s definitely my type of place to hang out for late night dinners. Oh, did I also mention that Asia Cafe is open 24 hours a day? Now you know where to go for that midnight cravings eh?
Loong’s Grill Fish and Fried Seafood
We tried several stalls that night, the first one being Loong’s Grill Fish. It’s simply difficult to miss this stall with it’s huge and bright red banner from their Ho Chiak fame. The spread of seafood was laid out for customers to choose and they looked fresh and clean!
The fresh seafood
One of us placed some orders while I waited at the table, drinking a giant-sized Melon Cooler. It was a concoction of water melon and lychee and it was oh-so-refreshing!
Melon Cooler – Large (RM8)
Our food soon arrived, beginning with the Fried Balitong, which is always a delight to eat! It was done ‘kam heong’ style and very aromatic, not to mention addictive! I couldn’t stop myself from sucking out these little things! Most people think that Balitong meat is bland, but I say the fun is all in the sucking! *LOL*
The Chilli Crabs arrived next, which was a signature dish from Loong’s stall. The crabs were huge and meaty, and the sauce was hot and spicy. Very appetizing!
The Lala in Superior Soup was one of my favourite that night! The dish looked quite plain and innocent really, but a sip of the soup sent shivers down my spine. It was unexpectedly and amazingly good! Very rich with the goodness of lala and a hint of Chinese rice wine.
What’s in the foil?
Lala in Superior soup
Of course, how could we forget the Grilled Fish from Loong’s Grilled Fish? To me, the importance of Grilled Fish or Ikan Bakar lies in the chilli sauce (sambal) itself. The thing is, anyone can grill a fish but not anyone can make great sambal. It has to be thick, spicy and flavourful but not overpowering the taste of fish. And I daresay Loong managed to grasp the balance well and presented the fish really well.
The last dish from Loong’s was the Kam Heong Squid, which tasted quite similar to the Fried Balitong sauce actually. It was spicy and savoury, very appetizing.
Kam Heong Squid
Bright red Ho Chiak banner
Next up was the ‘Siu Chau’ Food Corner, where all kinds of noodles can be requested and cooked by the owner here.
‘Siu Chau’ Food Corner
I thought the Fried Yin Yong noodles (flat noodles and vermicelli) arrived drenching in wet goodness, with large-sized prawns to boot.
Fried Yin Yong (Flat noodles and vermicelli)
‘Dai Luk Meen’ or Fried Thick Noodles
While everyone was busy enjoying noodles, I found the Fried Rice to be quite good too. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that I was busy eating the Chilli Crabs, and hence coupling it with rice seemed to make more sense.
Another we tried was the one selling Wan Tan Mee, located at the far end at the back of Asia Cafe.
Wan Tan Mee Stall
The stall served roasted pork, roasted chicken and BBQ pork as accompaniment to the wan tan noodles.
Roasted Pork Belly and Chicken
BBQ pork with thick wan tan noodles
Last but not least, a stall worth recommending is the Steam Rice and Soup stall, not really for the rice, but for the soups!
Steam Rice and Soup Stall
I really fell in love with their soups! We ordered 3 to try that night and all of them were fabulous! Very home-cooked, flavourful and tasted like they were boiled for hours. The Old Cucumber Soup was supposed to bring cooling effect to one’s body, so it was perfect after I ate so much grilled seafood!
Old Cucumber Soup
Lotus Root Soup
I half-expected the Chicken Ginseng Soup to be bitter and difficult to drink but this was not! It was very pleasant and fragrant from the chicken that was boiled for hours, making the soup taste sweet and delicious.
Chicken Ginseng Soup
Steamed Pork and Salted Fish Rice (Ham Yu Far Lam fan)
Kung Po Chicken Rice
Overall, I loved the seafood from Loong’s Grilled Fish and the amazing soups from the Steamed Rice and Soup corner. Oh, don’t forget their giant glasses of juice! Saucer and I loved them so much we ordered a second glass!
witch and Saucer sharing a Dragon Heart (RM8/large)
Asia Cafe is definitely a place to hang out for some local street food without the discomfort. I applaud the fact that it is built next to the Tune Hotel, making our Malaysian street food literally foot steps away from the tourists who stay in the hotel!
Getting there (source)
Asia Cafe (Next to Tune Hotel Kota Damansara)
Kota Damansara PJU5,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Business Hours: Opens 24 Hours
GPS Coordinates: 3.154208, 101.590339