Katie's Stove @ Hock Choon, Ampang
March 16, 2016
This friendly, family-run restaurant brings a bit of Johor to KL, relying on recipes that catering veteran Khaty Ahmad inherited from her mother - the star attraction is the Johor Laksa (RM15.90), made with ikan parang (wolf herring) in adherence to authenticity, aromatic with mild spices, creamy with a coconut milk gravy, balanced with shredded cucumbers, sliced onions & bean sprouts. The portion's small, but the laksa has a nice home-made feel to it. The nasi lemak with fried chicken (RM14.90) makes for a heavier meal - the rice is flavoured Johor-style, featuring fenugreek, lemongrass & ginger for added nuances.
The best time to visit Katie's Stove is on tranquil weekends, when several Saturday-Sunday specials surface. The lontong (RM12.90) - rice cakes in a coconut vegetable stew - with sambal tumis sotong is delicious; it tastes like a fully formed, lovingly prepared recipe perfected through the generations. Kacang phool (RM9.90), another Johor Baru brekkie favourite, boasts a blend of ful medames fava beans with the softness of baby food, paired with egg & toast - total comfort cooking. Complete your meal with crispy-flaky roti bom & mixed vegetable dalca (RM6.90), washed down with Johor's medium-roast Kopi Muar (RM7.90 per pot) & Kopi Pak Belalang (RM3.50; made sweetish with cocoa powder, black cumin, acai berry & maqui berry).
Terrace At Hock Choon, Lorong Nibong, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Open Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 830am-6pm. Tel: 03-4265-6520
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