Petaling Jaya, Malaysia - Chinese "Fast Food" at New Paris Restaurant (新巴黎露天菜馆)
Every KL-lite will know New Paris Restaurant in SS2, and that its legion of sous chefs in the large kitchen churn out - no, not French food - but Cantonese-Malaysian food at a lightning fast speed.
More than two decades old, it started its life operating from a dilapidated tin-roofed shack, but morphed into its current incarnation - a bright, brassy restaurant 4-storeys high, packed each night with hungry diners.
True to its humble roots, tables are the foldable type, covered with thick disposable plastic atop pink tableclothes. To clear a newly-vacated table, a waiter would merely lift and fold-up the whole plastic cover with all the dishes and leftovers inside, and carry the whole "bag" into the kitchen! A fresh plastic would be laid on the table and plastic bowls/plates/chopsticks set within a couple of minutes!
This evening, we ordered:
- German-style crisp-skinned pork knuckle: as good as any one finds inside a bierhaus in Munich. But, Chinese-style, it came with a bowl of sour plum sauce dip.
- Fish-head curry: typical of KL-style fish-head curry, the fish-head had been chopped into little pieces, so you won't get to see a whole fish-head like in Singapore. It came with aubergines, long beans, onions and tomatoes, and were spicy-delicious, the gravy made richer through the addition of coconut milk.
- Braised Japanese egg tofu with minced pork, shitake mushroom, sugar snap peas and thinly-sliced slivers of carrots.
All the dishes were - true to New Paris' "fast food" reputation, were served within 10 minutes of ordering. Good experience for me to get to know a popular local KL spot - the food's nothing to shout about, and probably too simple and rustic for me to bring visiting guests from Singapore or Hong Kong.
Restoran New Paris 新巴黎露天菜馆
62, 64 & 66, Jalan SS2/72
47300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7955 9180