Assam Laksa and Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang is a must!
If we’re ever at Ikano Power Centre (IPC) in Kota Damansara, it can only mean one of two things:
- We are out of KNÄCKEBRÖD Flerkorn (Crispbread) and PEPPARKAKA (Ginger thins) and need a top up from Ikea.
- We are buying unneccasary toys, houses, treats or food from Pet Lovers Center for Puppytown.
Almost always, there is one of two things we’ll have as a (rather large) midday snack.
- Swedish Meatballs with fries and Swedish Apple Pie at the Ikea Cafe
- Assam Laksa and Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang at Uncle Lim’s
Now the latter has increasingly become a favourite because although it’s always busy, the occasional 5-10 min wait time certainly trumps the giant queues and masses of screaming children in Ikea.
It’s affordable, it’s fast, it’s consistently tasty and the portions are just right for the four o’clock late lunch attack after work on Sunday. Order from the counter, pay, sit down and wait for your food to be sent to you.
Uncle Lim’s Assam Laksa
Pretty to look at, even better to eat. I pity the poor soul in charge of mise-en-place (prep) for the julienned vegetables!
Fresh pineapple, cucumber, chilli, onions and mint leaves sit proudly atop a thick, sweet-sour gravy exploding with shredded mackerel.
Slurp up the thinner than usual translucent Assam Laksa rice noodles, kick yourself if you’re wearing white, and enjoy. Wash it down with a sinful, icy cold Cendol that’s packed full of green jelly, red beans, sweetcorn and Gula Melaka.
Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang
I introduced this dish to Lil’ Chef and since his first taste, it’s all he orders when we go there.
The rice is fragrant enough, not too ‘lemak’, and the deep red sambal concealing two flat pieces of dried squid. We both ignore the squid and head straight for the Rendang.
A whole thigh or drumstick slow-cooked in a lovely Nyonya version of the curry, infused with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. So aromatic the smell hits you as soon as the plate is set down in front of you. Together with large slices of cucumber, half a boiled egg and crunchy fried peanuts and ikan bilis (anchovies), it’s a no brainer why this is a best seller at Uncle Lim’s.
Wash it down with a refreshing (giant) bowl of ABC!
A lot of people say Uncle’s Lim’s homegrown local coffees are the main reason they go there. Some say it’s the old school charm and kopitiam feel that draws them back over and over again for dishes like Roti Bakar, Koay Teow Soup and the colonial favourite from 1950’s Malaysia, Chicken Chop.
Me, I go back over and over again for those two dishes. “Homegrown Taste” indeed!
It’s raining outside and there’s nothing I’d love more that a piping hot bowl of Assam Laksa. Maybe after work today… I’m sure we need some Crispbread or doggy toys! I guess I don’t need an excuse anymore…
UNCLE LIM’S CAFE, Homegrown Taste
LG 15 (P1)
IKANO Power Centre
No. 2 Jalan PJU 7/2
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 603-7725 4381
Fax: 603-7725 5425
9.30 am – 10.00 pm (Weekdays)
9.30 am – 10.30 pm (Sat & Sun)