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During a chowtut session, I enjoyed the butter squid, and was told that it was from Mama Kitchen in TTDI. Apparently, this place serves good loh shi fun and siew yuk (roast pork) wantan mee too, so I had to try it for myself. Business was pretty brisk during lunch on a weekday, but luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long. Service was quick, and our order of their famous loh shi fun, siew yuk wantan mee and fried butter squid turned up in 20 minutes. Bubbling when it arrived, the loh shi fun (RM10 – medium) was topped with minced pork, liver slices and a raw egg. The raw egg gave the gravy a richer taste and helped moisten the noodles. I thought the loh shi fun was bland and a bit on the oily side. It tasted better with a dollop of sambal and some soy sauce, but on a whole, I was disappointed. It wasn’t dreadful tasting, but it was mediocre – I didn’t think it was worth the “hoo-haa”. The siew yuk wantan mee (RM12 – medium) didn’t look appealing, and it tasted average. Fried with dark soy sauce and garlic chunks, the liberal sprinkle of fried shallots gave the dish a wonderful aroma. However, the siew yuk failed to impress. It was hard and tasted like leftovers, while the noodles were overcooked, resulting in a texture too soft for our liking. After two disappointing dishes, the deep fried butter squid (RM12) was the restaurant’s saving grace. The squid rings were coated with egg yolk and deep fried in butter until it turned golden brown. I loved the golden yellow strands, which looked like chicken floss but were actually bits of fried egg yolk generously sprinkled on top of the dish. The tender bits of squid, encased in the yolk-rich batter were so good, I immediately regretted not ordering a bigger portion.

One hit and two misses, I would come back for the squid, and maybe try their wat tan hor and sang har meen while I’m at it.

Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6/10 (non-halal)
Loh Shi Fun: 5/10
Siew Yuk Wantan Mee: 5/10
Fried Butter Squid: 7/10
Verdict: Mediocre loh shi fun, pretty good butter squid.

48 Jalan Datuk Sulaiman,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur
03 7729 3030
Opens: 11am – 3pm,6pm – 10.30pm
(closed on Thursday)

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