rif and I watched an interesting episode of Ho Chiak recently, featuring the Cao Cao Grilled Lamb stall at Kuchai Lama. We hardly venture into that area, but he suggested we try the lamb last week. The place was rather dirty, with stray dogs loitering around the tables.Choosing a seat was confusing. We were not allowed to sit on the grilled lamb section if we ordered the wantan mee, and vice versa. I found that silly and seriously annoying. The Indonesian maid at the grilled lamb stall got mega scolding from her employer, because she served me the lamb when I was seated at the wantan mee section. *roll eyes*
We ordered two pieces of lamb (RM8 per piece), and they chopped them into smaller pieces for easy consumption. I had high expectations, and I was disappointed. The lamb was quite average. While it was nicely seasoned, I found the meat slightly tough and it had a strong, gamey smell. The marinade was peppery with a sweet honey base. Expensive, and run of the mill in taste. rif’s lamb chops taste better, if you ask me.Since we were seated at the wantan mee section, we ordered a plate (RM4 – small, RM5 – large) to try. I didn’t like this. The noodles had a strong kan sui smell, and the seasoning was so bland, I had to drizzle soy sauce all over the noodles to make it edible. The char siew was not lightly charred at the sides – it was burnt all over. I reckon the quality was affected because the Indonesian worker prepared the noodles, instead of the owner.
While eating the sub-standard food, we had some entertainment watching two stray dogs mate near our table. Now I know why people call it “doggie-style”. LOL
Verdict: The grilled lamb was average. I think they have gotten too full of themselves after being featured on Ho Chiak. Don’t even bother with the wantan noodles.
Cao Cao Grilled Lamb Stall
Jalan Sawi, Kuchai Lama,
GPS Coordinates: N 3 05.463 E 101 40.561