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February 22, 2010

Toast & Roast @ SS2

“Kasi I.C dan driver’s licence, Cik.”

Handed I.C & driver’s licence over to the officer.

Officer took a look at it and went, “Ini Cik kah?”

“Ya, saya” I replied, glancing at my watch. I was late for lunch with Becks.

“Cik, sila ke tepi” he said, and directed me to park my car at the side of the road.

“Argghhhh….what now? My road tax was valid. I wasn’t speeding. What’s the problem?” I thought.

The officer took both my I.C and driver’s licence and started making comparisons with my face. Seriously, what is wrong with these people? I don’t think I look that much different from my driver’s licence picture 6 years ago. Second officer came up to me and took a look.

Then he asked, “Cik orang sini kah?”

*Roll eyes* Couldn’t they see that in my I.C details?

“Ya, saya orang sini.”

That mini drama wasted 10 minutes of my time. I reached Toast & Roast at close to 12.40pm, and a hungry Becks was in front of the shop, waiting. The shop is located at the old Yamaha building in SS2. I snapped a few photos and we quickly ordered. We were there mainly for the char siew.

A good char siew has to be fatty, thickly cut, juicy and tender with nicely charred and caramelised bits on the outside. I prefer my char siew to have a good hint of smokiness on the outside. Each individual has his/her own char siew preference.During my first visit, I found Toast and Roast’s char siew a bit too lean. This would be ideal for those who don’t want to bulk up in their mid-section, but I like my char siew nice and fatty. According to one of the owners (Angie), the char siew is toasted and the chicken is roasted, hence the name “Toast & Roast”. A single portion of char siew cost RM6. I went back for lunch with rif a few days later, and requested for a fattier cut. It was much better — the char siew was cooked to a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth state. I reckon this is on par, if not slightly better than the char siew at Famous Seremban Favourites.The Char Siew Hakka Mee (RM4.50 – regular, RM5.50 – large) came with chopped scallions, char siew slices and a sprinkle of what tasted like pork lard. I was told it was fried fish skin. Maybe the fish skin was deep fried in pork oil, hence the pork lard taste. The noodles were firm and springy with no lye taste or smell. Between the char siew and the original Hakka Mee version, I liked the latter more. The Hakka Char Siew Mee was slightly bland (no minced pork topping), but the original version was nicely flavoured by the minced pork topping. Both rif and I agreed that this Hakka Mee was tastier than the one at FSF.I thought the chicken rice was nothing to shout about. Despite its crisp skin, the chicken was not flavourful or tender enough. The sui kow (RM1 per piece) tasted very homemade, with minced pork, crunchy black fungus and prawns as the filling. rif and I had the fried version, which was crispy and very addictive when dipped in their chilli sauce. Next to the sui kow, the wantans were ordinary. Not sure if it’s the size factor, but I generally prefer sui kow over wantan.They probably used little or no MSG, as I didn’t feel thirsty after the meal. My Ipoh White Coffee was alright, but it could have been more ‘kau’. Another specialty of theirs is the lemongrass juice. Very refreshing and it washed away the sinful feeling from eating too much char siew. *grins*

Service was efficient and friendly. I liked that the food came quickly, portions were generous and I didn’t feel like I was eating in a sauna. I happily paid RM10 for my portion and went back to office. This time, I used a different way to avoid the roadblock.

Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6.5/10
(non halal)
Char Siew: 7/10
Hakka Mee: 7/10
Sui Kow: 5/10
Wantan: 4/10
Chicken Rice: 3/10

Verdict: I found the char siew pretty good, and wouldn’t mind coming back for more.

No. 20, Jalan SS2/72
Petaling Jaya
Selangor
016-682 2249
GPS Coordinates: N 3 07.671 E 101 37.649


12 Responses

  1. CUMI & CIKI

    nice leh .. :) hehe , but do u know who is behind this charsiew or not? take a guess :P

    good to be back.. see you soon for makan xoxo c&c

  2. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    so how did they come up with the name "toast" when i dont see any toast? the char siew looks gorgeous..

  3. Precious Pea

    Big nono to lean char siu! Hehe…looks good, must make a trip to SS2 soon!

  4. Sean

    looks like there are lots of traditional chinese favorites that my grandmother would enjoy! :D

  5. ai wei

    i love my char siew fatty and juicy and with a hint of smokey but crispy edge. paiseh, hav not try out the charsiew from famous seremban favourites ><

  6. Big Boys Oven

    nice Char Siew! Gong Hei gong hei!

  7. thule a.k.a leo

    most of you have already made your way there :(

  8. Lyrical Lemongrass

    Aiyah, the policeman probably recognised you and wanted your autograph la. :-D

    OMG, delicious pieces of char siu there…I really need to visit soon. Next time I'll call you ar.

  9. iamthewitch

    Oh my I love my char siew to be as lean as possible… Somehow I can't stomach the fatty meat.. very jelly-ish and geli. *LOL*

  10. UnkaLeong

    I ordered kopi-o peng and got nescafe-o peng instead. Hahah. Food is delicious though ;)

  11. TL

    Ah! Sounds interesting. Actually this place is quite near my house never made an attempt to go try. After reading this, I'll be dropping by soon :P

    Btw, you mean the road block in front of the bomba? It is a known fact that the police there likes to stop female drivers, but why? I oso dunno. Anyways, they have not "open shop" for some time now, so no worries.

  12. Bangsar-bAbE

    TL – Remember to ask for a nice, fatty cut!

    Ya…right in front of the fire station. I hope they won't do that to me again… >.<

    Unka – And reasonable too!

    iamthewitch – Liddat la…we go together, you give me all the fats. ;D

    LL – No la…I where got femes? T__T

    Ya…call me! We go together… =)

    leo – It's not too late to go. They open on weekends (until 4pm) also. No more excuses!

    BBO – Yup…pretty yummy char siew. ;)

    ai wei – I think this one is as good as Famous Seremban Favourites. The hakka mee here is tastier too!

    Sean – You might enjoy the char siew too.

    Pea – Go go go visit! =D

    Joe – They toast the char siew and roast the chicken. According to the lady boss.

    Cumi & Ciki – I think I might know who la… =P

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