Friday, December 9, 2016
Jia Li Mian Shi Guan 家里面食馆 Pandan Jaya - Asam Laksa, Curry Laksa
1 July 2016 - Lately joining the mommies within the neighbourhood, and we manage to do a small lunch gathering at this new coffeeshop - Jia Li Mian Shi Guan. We were recommended by another mommy, stating that it gives you the Penang taste of Asam Laksa and Curry Mee.
Well, you need to crave for Asam Laksa or curry mee if you come all the way to come here. Expect the area full with foreign workers, and very limited parking space.
Since there is such a big wall board mentioned that we should try otak-otak, their local coffee, and friend lobak. We picked some just to try how good they were.
They serve you local coffee and milk tea, they say their signature was Hor Ka Sai. As per the menu, the price for the drink ranging from RM 1.80 - RM 3. I had tried their iced coffee, but unfortunately, nothing much to shout about.
Okay, first round of Asam Laksa RM 6.50-7.50. Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup in the Peranakan cuisine, which is a combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine. True enough, with the sour and spicy asam fish broth - How to do the asam fish borth? The secret recipe of Chili, galangal (lengkuas), lemongrass, fresh turmeric, shallots, garlic, and torch ginger flower (bunga kantan). Normally they will use local mackerel flakes to cook along the asam laksa. They are generous in serving you the right portion, adding in the see-through rice noodles, with the Polygonum leaf (daun laksa) as the garnishing. Sweetened prawn paste will given aside or on the spoon, for you to mix along your asam laksa. What I like is they even give you a crispy biscuit that looks like a chinese fan shape...crunch crunch!
Next, curry laksa RM 6.50-7.50. Oh ya, Malaysian curry laksa is always made with rice noodles, prawns, chicken, tofu puffs and fish balls. Vietnamese mint leaves as garnishing, given aside with sambal belacan and lime wedges, to fulfill all your pungent taste again - spicy and sour, in the gravy curry soup with coconut milk. Although it is aromatic, it is not the best curry noodles that I have, I would give a rating of 3/5 for this.
Ah ha, so they say their recommended snack is otak-otak, a grilled fish cake made of ground fish meat mixed with tapioca starch and spices. Alas, unfortunately, their otak-otak wasn't that fresh and delicious as they claim it to be. thumbs down for this.
My food review: I would say Jia Li Mian's Asam Laksa will be able to give you such a pungent smell and delicious taste of one Asam Laksa ought to be. And yes, go for their curry laksa as well. Probably good to go if you hunting for asam laksa or curry laksa in KL, but not compatible with the real Penang taste yet.
Jia Li Mian Shi Guan 家里面食館 @ Pandan Jaya
Address: 19, Jalan Pandan 2/2, Pandan Jaya, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-560 3879
Open daily, Mon - Sun, 7:30am - 4:30pm