Updated: Jan 17
I hope I wasn't too greedy, but the selection of dishes here has just blown me away!
Kampung Sungai Penchala is one of our often-overlooked areas in the relatively busy quarter of Kuala Lumpur. If it wasn't for the sake of Restoran Sambal Hijau, we might keep on being clueless. Thanks to our food hunt endeavour these days, it did help us to discover all these lesser-known places. Anyway, it's a fine day. We decided it's a day for mind-blowing Malay cuisine. After an intensive search on Google, Restoran Sambal Hijau somehow caught our attention with the wide array of lauk-pauk (dishes) available.
= / We're sure you will like Aunty Manju's Banana Leaf Rice @ TTDI too! / =
We arrived there at noon and lunch crowd began to form. Parking was easy as there was a parking area at the back of this restaurant. There was a queue waiting to enter the premise. Fortunate enough, we didn't have to wait for long before our turn. Right at the entrance, we could foresee this would be a happy lunch (or late brunch for us).
The food spree began from the entrance. The aroma from the simmering pot of Sup Tulang (Beef Bone Soup) filled the space with much herby warmth. Unfortunately, we don't take beef due to religious belief, but it can be a hearty bowl of soup, with condiments like cili padi, coriander, bawang goreng and a wedge of limau kasturi. To the right of the entrance, there was a display of other tasty dishes - rendang, lemang (glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk in bamboo sticks) and many kinds of grilled fish and meat. It was a sight to behold.
It's lunch hour soon. The place was extremely crowded! Social distancing failed. We quickly found a table at a corner (just don't loiter around!). Choosing dishes to go with rice was a challenging task. It's not difficult to understand why.
The restaurant takes its pride in offering 100 dishes daily, from curry, masak sambal, masak kicap, masak lemak to goreng-goreng with a variety of main ingredients such as seafood (fish, prawn, crab, squid), poultry (mostly chicken), meat (beef, mutton, organs) and vegetables. We literally stood before the stall, at a complete loss of what to choose. As eager diners began to form around us, we just had to make decision. Fortunately, our restriction on beef simply helped us to eliminate a number of options. After braving through the crowd, this was what we got:
Sambal sotong - My favourite. There was a tad of sweetness in the sambal, balancing the spiciness. It wasn't too spicy. The sotong (squid) was fresh, tender despite its thick flesh. The dish went well with the rice. I regretted ordering only half a portion of rice.
Ayam bakar - We got the forequarter part of a chicken, with breast and wing. This wasn't our favourite part (we prefer leg quarter), but Restoran Sambal Hijau grilled it to a surprising juiciness! The texture wasn't dry at all. We liked it!
Ikan bilis - Billy's favourite. Anchovies were crunchy and when stir fried with onion and red chilli, it packed the right kick of flavours. We imagined this could be the perfect midnight snack while lazing on the couch watching K-dramas!
Sambal terung - This was average. With other dishes being outstanding, this dish of brinjal cooked in sambal did not grab much of our attention. However, we rated it as a decent side dish, with balanced flavour and right texture.
Bayam - We needed some green leafy vegetable to make ourselves feel better. And it served the exact purpose.
The restaurant became increasingly crowded during lunch hour. This meant no luck for proper photoshooting space. As we made our way to the cashier, the friendly staff told us the best time for uninterrupted photoshooting would be around 9AM. How-lah can we eat up a whole plate of rice at 9AM?
/ Check out Warung Bob & Family @ Kota Damansara for quick Malay-style Mee Goreng! /
The meal came up to RM21, including two iced drinks. A plus point in Restoran Sambal Hijau is how the operator labels all the dishes with price to avoid unnecessary dispute. If you're more of an adventurous eater, try authentic Malaysian flavours like tempeh, tempoyak etc. We will happily return.
Restoran Sambal Hijau
📍 Address: 2990, Jalan Sungai Penchala, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
⏰ Opening Hours: 7:30AM - 12AM, Daily
☎️ Phone: +60377312045
🚗 Parking: There is a parking area at the back of the restaurant. Carefully turn into the alley between the restaurant and the parking area is at the end of the short alley.
Ambience: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Quality of Food: ⭐ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Price: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2