Kuala Lumpur - "Under the Big Tree" Tai Chow in Happy Gardens
The chefs from this humble tin-roofed eatery nestled under a row of large tropical trees churned out a couple of unforgettable dishes for me this evening - both boasting complex, undecipherable sauces which were thick, unctuous and positively bursting with flavors. For once in my life, I simply couldn't isolate what ingredients went into each of these dishes:
- Claypot shark-meat: served bubbling hot, with pieces of sharkmeat with gelatinous skin, dried chillies, scallions, ginger and onions. There was an orange-y after-taste, and the dried chillis imparted a delayed heat effect. It was delicious!
- Braised pig's trotters: blanketed by a sticky, salt-fished flavored dark sauce.
- A stir-fried "yau mak" (Romaine lettuce) and garlic side-dish.
One tends to find hidden culinary talents in KL here in the side-streets, not just in established restaurants.
'Under the Big Tree' Tai Chow
Jalan 1/128 (Opposite Zai Zai Restaurant)
Happy Garden, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur