Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 Menu: Ticklish Ribs & 'Wiches @ PJ Sea Park

Ticklish has fast established itself as Sea Park's defining destination for pork ribs & sandwiches, infused with an Asian flair, within less than a year; wriggling forward into 2016, this colourfully charismatic restaurant has widened its selection with a new set of crowd-pleasing creations, all still centred on the hog.

First, a nod to the season's festivities: If you visit before Chap Goh Mei, Ticklish's Babi Lou Sang (RM60 nett) is distinctive enough to merit strong consideration, heaped with slices of 'bak kwa' dried meat for a fleshy heft & 'chee yau char' crispy lard for an extra crunch, balanced by a bounty of other satisfyingly fresh, perky ingredients that supply fruity, minty dimensions.

Ticklish started out in mid-2015 with a range of pork cooked in different styles & stuffed in sandwiches - the eatery has since expanded its carb base; patrons can now choose to also partner their pork with fragrant steamed pork lard rice or springy spaghetti. Both grains & noodles prove pretty well-prepared, particularly if you like a no-holds-barred punchiness of flavour, providing a reliable foundation for the Lazy Bones (rib meat stripped off the bone), You Braise Me Up (simmered, saucy, streaky loins), Pull Your Leg (slow-cooked & shredded), Chewbakkwa (bak kwa with a bite), Once You Go Black (sweet-salty & lean), Hoi Lam Ting (Hainanese-inspired pork chop), Ssshock Sendiri (spicy-battered) & Got Balls (tender, textured meatballs); most servings cost RM13-RM18 nett. Rice & pasta also feature as lunch specials, with Babi Fried Rice or Spaghetti clocking in at RM8 nett from 12pm to 4pm. But of course, if you prefer sandwiches, those remain entirely available.

Ticklish recently also launched a series of fun snacks that span the wittily named Babischetta (RM6 nett for two thick toasts topped with sloppy minced pork & cheese), Siu Siu Ting (with Hainanese pork chop & sauce) & Sikit Ssshock (with breaded pork chop & a spicy sauce), as well as the Flower Power, featuring steamed flower buns stuffed with braised pork (RM6 nett per piece). If you're here on Tuesdays, that's when Ticklish releases the Cracken - roast pork that can be ordered on its own, best when paired with a pleasurably piquant sauce (RM14 for 100 grams) or with a sandwich, rice or pasta. Through it all, the fundamental order here is still the BBQ ribs, seemingly stickier & more succulent than ever, with an addictive flavour that stems from 30 secret herbs & spices (RM43 for a full serving, RM22 for half, available in options of lightly spicy & not at all).

Even desserts aren't spared from playful flourishes - you'll find ice cream bathed in savoury-peppery pork gravy (an acquired taste, but it's an experiment worth checking out), as well as flavours like tiramisu or chocolate on their own or in 'adult' versions with a splash of kahlua. You can also order mildly alcoholic renditions, with vodka or kahlua, of other wide-ranging beverages, or have them in their original, family-friendly forms - smoothies like LOL (RM12; lemongrass on lime), Screwface Sidekick (tangy mango & soursop), YOLO (Milo & cincau) & Worms In Mud (Horlicks & cendol), plus other fruity lubricants (strawberry, passion fruit, pineapple & more) in fizzy or icy interpretations. Many thanks to Ticklish Ribs & 'Wiches for having us back.

Ticklish Ribs & 'Wiches
5 Jalan 21/11A, Seapark, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Now open daily, 12pm-10pm. Tel: 03-7865-9126

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Food Parlor @ Kelana Jaya, Village House @ Casa Tropicana & Line Clear Nasi Kandar @ Kampung Baru

From Malacca: The Food Parlor has its roots in Malaysia's historic state - the parents of the outlet's co-founder Cheryl reputedly run an eatery in Malacca's Portuguese Settlement, so it's natural that this casual venue specialises in cherished Eurasian family recipes that Malaccans know well. You'll find fairly priced, fuss-free rice sets (RM12.50-RM14.50) that emphasise chicken pongteh (respectable), ambilek long beans curry & captain's curry. For a fun Kristang-Italian twist, try the Devil's Spaghetti (RM14.50), a rich, saucy pasta with Devil's Curry gravy, tossed with chunks of chicken, onions & parmesan.

The Food Parlor
Ground Floor, Kelana Sentral Apartments, Jalan Bahagia, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Daily, 9am-6pm. Tel: 016-353-4340

From Kelantan: Village House is a kopitiam helmed by a family from Malaysia's north-east, with a focus on authentic rice recipes that range from nasi ayam percik (RM13.90, with a whole flame-grilled chicken leg in coconut sauce) to nasi bungkus Kak Wok (RM8.90, featuring firm, steaming-hot rice packed in paper with small, chopped pieces of fried chicken, pungent sambal chilli sauce & light, sweetish gulai gravy - altogether addictive), as well as great-grain mainstays such as nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, nasi paprik, nasi ulam & nasi lemak. Special thanks to reader Andrew Toh for pointing out this place to us.

Village House Kopitiam
B-0-1, Block B, Casa Tropicana, No.5, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Daily, 10am-10pm. Tel: 03-78865565

From Penang: Line Clear has long been one of the northern island's most popular haunts for nasi kandar, its heritage reaching back to before World War II. Its legacy now extends to KL with a new branch in Kampung Baru - an instant hit, with scores of patrons patiently queuing for half an hour during peak periods. We reached the end of the efficiently manned line & had a plate of steamed white rice heaped with fish roe (irreproachable), squid roe (soft but mercifully not mushy), fried chicken (the breast meat was relatively bland) & a large prawn (fresh, firm & fleshy), flooded with a jumble of spicy-savoury gravies for RM29. The curries could be more robust, but this feels familiar enough to merit honourable comparisons to nasi kandar in a Penang alley.

Line Clear Nasi Kandar Restaurant KL
113 Jalan Raja Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur. Beside Kampung Baru's Plaza Rah (Public Bank). Business hours in flux, but nasi kandar should be available 11am-midnight daily

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3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
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