Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tupai Tupai – Malaysia’s Best Kept Secret

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Posted : August 2013 
By Alice Yong

Come here for its charming rustic setting, extensive variety of hearty kampung-style lauk and nightly steamboat buffets (Alice Yong)
Sited in a spacious clearing of an old, secluded bungalow behind the landmark Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka building, this Malay restaurant is possibly one of KL’s best kept secrets. Built like a tall, imposing wooden pavilion, the restaurant’s high ceiling is adorned with several crystal chandeliers and swathes of satiny material that lend a touch of sophistication to its rustic surroundings.

The deep-fried kampung chicken here sells like hot cakes; the pieces disappear faster than the cooks can fry them. Marinated with turmeric and local spices, the quartered lean, free-range poultry are crisp yet moist to the bite. Word has it that the owner has his own kampung chicken farm so the supply is as fresh as it gets. Other popular crowd-pleasers to sample here include asam pedas fish, spiced ikan bakar (grilled fish), stir-fried beef in dark soy sauce, mutton curry, squid sambal and pergedil (fried potato patties). All these hearty kampung-style lauk-pauk (complementing dishes) are laid out in stainless steel food warmers, similar to a self-service nasi campur buffet.

According to the service staff, the restaurant prepares about 50 types of lauk daily for lunch from 11am to 3pm. After that, diners can still satisfy their hunger pangs by ordering from the outlet’s a la carte menu. For dinner, the main highlight at Tupai Tupai is its steamboat buffet. Available nightly from 6pm to 10.45pm, diners can select one or two types of soup base for their steamboat from three options available: chicken, regular tom yam or tom yam with coconut juice.

The mildly spicy and tangy tom yam with coconut juice is recommended as the broth’s subtle, lingering sweet aftertaste becomes more discernible after assorted ingredients are dunked into it. Most diners have a hard time deciding what to pick – hardly surprising when the extensive array includes 48 varieties of fish balls, seafood, meat and stuffed beancurd, four types of mushroom, six different vegetables and five kinds of noodles. Lending an extra “kick” to the meal is four tantalising dips: sambal, blended red chilli with garlic and ginger, sweet bean paste or black soy sauce mixed with chopped bird’s eye chilli.

Priced at RM29 per adult and RM15 per child (4 to 11 years old), the steamboat buffet also includes supplementary dishes such as fried rice and noodles, soup and porridge as well as bubur manis (sweet broth), ice cream and freshly sliced fruits for dessert. To prevent unnecessary food wastage, a charge of RM10 will be imposed for every 100g of unfinished food.

Restoran Tupai Tupai| Address: 551A & B, Jalan Bukit Petaling, Off Jalan Istana, Kuala Lumpur| Tel: 603-2143 2525| Opening Hours: Daily  11am – 11pm | GPS: 3.130763, 101.699646  | Halal

Other Outlets:
Address: Lot 1513-A, Kampung Sg Tangkas, BT 18, Jalan Bangi, Kajang, Selangor | Tel: 603-8922 2525| GPS: 2.92921, 101.776374 | Halal

Address: 2, Jalan Lompat Tinggi, 13/33 Seksyen 13, Shah Alam, Selangor | Tel: 603-5126 2525| GPS: 3.089154, 101.546893 | Halal


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