We have been passing by this town for countless times. God must have known our effort so He unveiled this restaurant before us.
Kidding. This restaurant was actually introduced to us by my brother-in-law, John, on our way back to Kuala Lumpur from Ipoh-Penang Foodie Trip. Yup, I kind of wish to think this is like our episode 3 because it's so good on its own - it's the climactic finale to our trip. (Disclaimer: Food photos were taken hastily because we just didn't want to make everyone wait)
RELATED: = / If you have a Day Trip to Fraser's Hill like us, Village Restaurant is a good dinner place too. / =
Our curiosity towards it peaked as John made a call to reserve a portion of Double-boiled Whole Winter Melon Soup as soon as we left Penang. When you have to make a dish reservation that much in advance, we assume it must be very good.
The setting of the restaurant was rather modest and simple, with only a few dining tables in the shop itself. It's air-conditioned so despite its compact size, it didn't feel too stuffy. Menu was not too wide, with almost all item pictures printed and displayed on the walls. Just pick what you want to eat or better still, ask the owner for his recommendation. We didn't wait long before the first dish was served - and that's the signature Double-boiled Whole Winter Melon Soup.
The whole winter melon was used as the vehicle for the soup. The flesh of the winter melon was partially scooped out before adding in ingredients like pork ribs, dried scallops and etc. It will then be covered with the top part of winter melon as lid and double-boiled. We like the simple taste profile of the soup - it's clear, slightly savoury from the dried scallops - but the taste of it remained simple throughout. A nutritious goody.
Another star of the evening was Smoked Chicken. The smoky flavour of the skin was so intense and enticing. It was done so right and it wasn't excessively salty. Skin aside, the flesh was juicy, tender and flavourful - you can have it with the ginger dipping sauce, but I prefer to eat it without because it's tasty enough on its own!
We also ordered Fish Head Curry in Claypot. Believe me, you won't want to know how many diners were around the table that day. It wasn't the best fish head curry we've had (we prefer the one in D'Tugu View Café), but definitely one of the better ones. We didn't carefully inspect what fish they used before devouring everything into our stomach. I could taste a tad of flavour from salted fish head, but wasn't too sure of it. One point we liked about this fish head curry was the fact it wasn't too thick and rich, so it naturally went very well with rice. Curry and rice, a combination every Malaysian would approve.
= / Fish Head Curry @ D'Tugu View Café is our favourite place for the dish. / =
Just when we thought we might have over-ordered, the restaurant owner recommended us this dish - Stewed Pork Knuckles and Pork Intestines. We were so torn between ordering it or not but glad we did! The pork knuckles had the right proportion of fattiness, so it was very succulent and when stewed with aromatic herbs and spices to tender, it became a flavour bomb! Just use a fork and gently slit through it and the meat would fall apart! I don't eat organs and intestines, but Billy had given it high remarks!
We had to order at least a vegetable dish to make us feel better about overeating (meat dishes). We heeded recommendation and ordered Stir fried Cekur Manis (Mani cai). Never had this vegetable cooked in this way, but I enjoyed its silkiness when stir fried with eggs.
The evening ended on a high note because good food always makes us happy.
HOWEVER, our story with Village Restaurant has not ended YET (still, yet). The very next day, we patronised this restaurant again. We just had to share this good find with my own family. Help! We are kind of addicted. To make things even crazier, we ordered almost the same dishes - except that this time, we added on Lamb Stew.
It's another level of addiction. My brother, Raymond, who has regularly travelled to Hong Kong for food, claimed that this pot of lamb stew was superior to those he had there. The meat was stewed to "fall-off-the-bone" tenderness, and with the slightly spicy gravy, I'd gladly lick the pot clean. He absolutely enjoyed the dinner and before we left the restaurant, he bought two pots of lamb stew and a smoked chicken (whole bird) as takeaway.
Village Restaurant in Rawang is a rare find - so humbly serving good food over years. They do not allow reservation, considering the number of tables in the restaurant. However, you can call them in advance to reserve their signature Double-boiled Whole Winter Melon Soup.
Village Restaurant @ Rawang, Selangor
📍 Address: 131, Jalan Tabah, Kampung Melayu Batu 16, 48000 Rawang, Selangor
⏰ Opening Hours: 11AM - 9PM (Daily), Close on Mondays
☎️ Phone: +60122996151
🚗 Parking: Few parking spaces available outside the restaurant. It seems like you can park freely, just make sure you park appropriately!
Ambience: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Quality of Food: ⭐ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Price: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️