it was the last day in malaysia before we fly off back to dubai. i had lunch with my in-laws. we wanted to try something malaysian, but ended up in ‘indonesia’ – for nasi padang!
we headed on to the ‘anggrek kuring’, a sundanese-indonesian restaurant in puchong. i will tell you right now that i highly recommend this place if you wanna try our neighbour’s dishes. all of us left tummy-full and very satisfied! great food, nice ambiance and courteous, always-smiling staff.
furthermore this restaurant was officially opened by the indonesian ambassador to malaysia – how cool is that? confirm duta ni takkan selamba-selamba je nak rasmikan restoran yg sajikan makanan tak sedap kan? kan?
where is it?
to me there’s way TOO MANY shoplots in puchong now, but it’s fairly easy to find ‘anggrek kuring’. it’s situated in bandar puteri puchong. just look for the ‘giant’ at bandar puteri. there’s a few rows of shoplots there. then look for CIMB at one corner (you will definitely see it from the main road) turn towards the CIMB, but go to the end of that shoplot. if you see ‘maybank’ on your right, the restaurant is right opposite ‘maybank’.
look up, because the restaurant is actually on the first floor, so you have to go up the stairs. don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s not on the main floor – when you reach 1st floor and open the door, a distinct sound of angklung will greet you!
i love it!
in fact, throughout our lunch, an angklung medley of classical indonesian songs are played over the speaker. it sets the mood just right for a great indonesian meal that’s coming.
there’s even a water fountain at one corner, where you can hear the soothing sound of flowing water. pair that up with that lovely angklung sound, playing gently in the background – you’ve got one beautiful ambiance there!
the bamboo chairs looked so exotic – but hard on my bum la! they don’t want customers to linger izzit? haha.
the lightings are cozy and soothing like the angklung sound, accompanied by trellises of green grass along the ceiling. simple. comfy. cozy.
the tables are covered with the typical indonesian orange-yellow-brown batik, adding to the sunda scene.
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how was the food?
you’re spoilt with choices – so many types of chicken and beef dishes, seafood and soups. these plus so many others too. and they all looked so delicious in the pictures on the menu.
i like it when there are huge pictures of the food in the menu, along with numbers that coordinate with the name of the dishes. it makes it so much easier for me to pick and choose, and imagine the taste of the dishes by looking at the pictures!
the nasi putih was served in a lovely woven container. it’s layered with banana leaves so you can smell the fragrance of hot, steamed white rice!
even the plate was eye-catching! it’s also made from the same woven rattan, with paper and banana leave on top. nak makan pun rasa seronok!
for vegetable dish, we ordered kangkung belacan, and tauhu tauco. the kangkong belacan is fresh, and fried just right as to preserve its crunchiness.
though i’m not a fan of tauhu, i do love the taste of kuah tauco – so this dish was alright for me too.
kangkong belacan and tauhu tauco
as for the main dishes, we opted for ayam bakar and kalasan, and sapi ladi hitam (black pepper). i LOVE these two dishes. the ayam bakar was so juicy, marinated to perfection!
i usually don’t prefer any black and pepper dish, but this sapi lada hitam was so delicious! i think they don’t use too much of black pepper, so the taste was just right. also, i guess they used pounded black pepper to give it a more delicious black pepper taste, rather than pedas tak tentu pasal!
ayam bakar and sapi lada hitam
another must-try at ‘anggrek kuring’ is the sotong goreng tepung, or ‘cumi’. fresh squid, chopped, dipped in batter and deep-fry until crispy. seerved with a string of mayonnaise on top. chomp chomp!
i also ordered sup buntut – which is actually an indonesian beef oxtail soup, okay! but what an ‘attractive’ name, yes? haha. served hot, with the perfect saltiness. excellent.
cumi goreng and soup buntut
we also ordered the ‘standing fish’ – yes! the fish was deep-fried and shaped in such a way that it’s standing erect on the plate! some sundanese restaurant calls this dish the ‘dancing fish’ – maybe because they couldn’t get the fish to stand up! hihi.
the fish – like all the other dishes – were served fresh and looked so enticing to the taste buds! the flesh was soft, and the outer parts crispy. an excellent sundanese dish.
the standing fish and honey lime drink
this set of dishes comes with complimentary drinks – we got iced lemon tea, and iced honey lime. a sweet-sour thirst quencher!
another complimentary bit – the dessert. after the waitress cleared our table, out came bowls of ‘cendol es’ – which is cendol le.
but then again, it’s actually different that what malaysians are used to – there’s very little gula melaka – so little, that when you stir and stir, it will not turn light brown! hihi. and it’s more lemak. other than that, it’s the same.
mr. khairul’s dad & mum holding kazim, with sis-in-law tina
the sundanese are the 2nd largest ethnic group in indonesia, and they’re well-known to be sweet-tempered, and soft-spoken – much like the waiters and waitresses here. they’re courteous, and always with a smile. they helped us picked the best dishes, and explained what certain words mean.
i did enjoy my experience eating at this sundanese restaurant.
and if you as me about their food – it’s excellent. do try any sundanese dishes near you! i think ‘anggrek kuring’ has another branch in kota damansara. go!
oh, this is kazim. we didn’t bring his stroller or bassinet – so we just pulled up a chair with cushion, propped it between my chair and my mom-in-law’s chair and dumped him there. hihi.
tengok muka tak puas hati tu! soon, ok dear boy! you’re turning 6 months soon!