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Mar 21, 2013 06:04 AM

Kuala Lumpur - KL Cantonese at Uncle Botak Dai Chow (光头叔煮炒), United Garden

"Dai Chow" eateries are Cantonese KL's answer to HK's "Dai Pai Dongs" - streetside al fresco eats which churned out freshly-cooked dishes for local diners. And *local* is a keyword here - I'd never had thought there's such an excellent eatery at this location if my local KL foodie friends hadn't brought me here.

What we had this evening:

- Uncle Botak's fish-head curry: fresh pieces of fish-head bathed in a super-spicy curry sauce, with okra, cabbage, long beans and tofu puffs. The curry was oilier than I'd have liked, the top covered with a deep-red-hued oil slick. But my KL friends lapped it all up and seemed to enjoy it tremendously.

- An ultra-crisp-skinned deep-fried pork-leg which was meltingly soft inside. The crackling was incredible and I really enjoyed this dish. The thick plum sauce which came in a dipping bowl on the side seemed superfluous, and was left largely untouched by us.

- A spicy-soy-flavored stir-fried prawn dish - recommended by our waitress as one of their signature dishes, but I thought the dish was a bit on the bland side.

- Stir-fried "yau mak" (Romaine lettuce) with garlic pips. I actually enjoyed this dish most of all.

Overall, a satisfying meal - typically heavy, Cantonese-KL cooking, spicy to suit Malaysia's ethnic Chinese who'd developed a liking for chillies.

Address details
Uncle Botak Dai Chow (光头叔煮炒)
97A Jalan Sepadu
United Garden, Off Old Klang Road
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6012-692 9728

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  1. Return visit 1.5 years later, and the fish-head curry here is still the best I'd tasted in town. Loved the gelatinous whole fish-eye.

    The crisp-on-the-outside, custardy-soft-inside fried tofu, topped with minced pork and shallots, drizzled with light soysauce, was absolutely scrumptious.

    6 Replies
    1. re: klyeoh

      that tofu looks amazing and the pork leg looks german! haha

      1. re: Lau

        LOL! I suspect their deep-fried pork leg dish was indeed inspired by the popularity of the Schweinshaxe at German brewery-restaurants which are all over KL.

        1. re: klyeoh

          haha yah it really does look like it or maybe siu yuk on steroids

          1. re: klyeoh

            What is yau mak in Mandarin? Yau is presumably 油. Is it really romaine, or just like romaine? The pork leg looks like what I get in Bavaria----but I bet it is seasoned a lot better!

            1. re: swannee

              Not sure what it's called in Mandarin :-(

              In Chinese characters: 油麥菜