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April 19, 2011

Pitaya Street Restaurant @ Kepong

I’ve encountered a few unpleasant dining experiences after following Ho Chiak’s food recommendations (including the Cao Cao Grilled Lamb) so I’m quite wary about places that have the Ho Chiak logo. When rif told me we were having dinner at Pitaya Street Restaurant (recommended by Ho Chiak), I refused to go. It took him 30 minutes to coax me into changing my mind.


Spare Ribs with Pitaya Enzyme


The restaurant was packed with customers, but I was still skeptical. Our food took a while to arrive; I reckon we waited for almost half an hour. Pitaya (also known as dragon fruit) is something my mum makes me eat almost every day. Since I get plenty at home, I didn’t bother ordering the original flavour pitaya juice (RM4).


The spare ribs with pitaya enzyme (RM8 – small, RM14 – large) looked freakishly pink, but it tasted quite good. I liked that the ribs were well fried and tender on the inside.

For a large plate creamy butter chicken (RM13 – small, RM23 – large), portion was rather small. This tasted decent, but I thought it wasn’t creamy or flavourful enough. The scant gravy didn’t coat the chicken nicely.

One of my favourite dishes that night was the ma po tofu (RM8 – small, RM14 – large). This spicy combination of minced pork, silken tofu and chilli gave my palate a good ‘kick’. I’m glad we ordered a large serving, as this tasted delicious with white rice.

The fried spicy brinjal (RM9 – small, RM15 – large) was quite good, but I found it slightly on the oily side. Then again, most fried brinjal dishes tend to be oily. The spicy minced pork topping complemented the tender brinjal slices well. This whole dish had a rich and creamy flavour, possibly from the brinjal.

Not the prettiest looking dish…

I didn’t care much for the steamed grouper fish head with chillies (RM5/100gm) but the others enjoyed this. The gravy was delicious but the parts of the fish head were rubbery. I find this a common problem, especially when the fish is large.


But it tasted alright

The salted vegetables in broth (RM8 – small, RM14 – large) came with plenty of pork slices, salted vegetables, tomatoes and tofu cubes. This happens to be one of my favourite Chinese soups because it’s simple yet tummy-warming. Pitaya’s version was lovely.

Overall, the food was decent and prices were affordable. I wasn’t bowled over by the fish head but I enjoyed the tofu, brinjal and soup.

Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 5.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Decent Chinese food at affordable prices.

46G, Medan Business Park Centre,
Jln 3/62 Bdr. Menjalara,
Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
03-6275 7523
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9 Responses

  1. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    nothing like a good brinjal dish, love the vegetable but terrible at cooking it bcos i i dont get to deepfry it.

    the purple dressing is quite scary indeed!

  2. choi yen

    Oh, this place always packed when come to peak hour maybe because of the limited tables~

  3. Sean

    whoa, really eye-catching sauce for the pork ribs! looks almost like they were trying to make some sort of dessert! but very intriguing :D

  4. Bangsar-bAbE

    Sean – Yeah, I was slightly hesitant to try this. But I'm glad I did. :)

    choi yen – Maybe…the place is quite small too.

    Joe – Baked brinjal is quite nice too, no? :)

    Scary, but surprisingly good!

  5. J

    Hahah. Yeah – that enzyme sauce colour is so scary!

  6. foodbin

    are they formerly from PJ Old Town?

  7. Bangsar-bAbE

    foodbin – I suspect it's a branch. You tried the PJ Old Town one right?

    J – LOL!

  8. iamthewitch

    Eh I didn't know Pitaya is actually dragon fruit! :P But the pink colour certainly sends the wrong message to other people who might not be used to pink food! Prices are reasonable though..

  9. timing

    wah, i don't think i would try that spare ribs with pitaya dish. looks too … pink … for me. the only pink thing I ever eat are (i) strawberry ice cream (ii) air bandung and (iii) pink-colored antibiotics!

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