A few weeks ago, I got a hello text from my ex-boss David who suggested I give Wun Nam Restaurant in Damansara a try. According to him, Wun Nam serves even better dishes compared to Wang Chiew and it’s a restaurant he patronises with his family often.
Wun Nam Restaurant is located along a row of shoplots in Damansara Perdana and the people behind this establishment hails from Tanjung Malim. Service is friendly and the menu is extensive, with indication of their signature dishes on every page.
We ordered the pork lard fried rice for two pax (RM10 per pax), ginger and soy steamed patin (RM10 per 100gm), claypot kangkung (RM16 – small, RM32 – large), claypot buttermilk pork ribs (RM28 – small, RM56 – large) and tofu in egg sauce with crab meat (RM22 – small, RM44 – large) to share.
The food did not disappoint.
I really enjoyed the pork lard fried rice, which came with a good dose of “wok hei” and studded with a good amount of crispy pork lard. The rice itself is tasty from the lard oil and seasoning was just right – it’s good on its own and perhaps even tastier with a fried egg on top.
Wun Nam’s claypot buttermilk pork ribs is also worth checking out. I find it interesting because pork ribs typically come in marmite or Guinness style, so buttermilk gravy is a nice twist. It was thick, creamy, mildly spicy from the bird’s eye chilli and aromatic from the addition of curry leaves.
The claypot kangkung has a nice balance of savoury and spicy (from the dried chillies) – I would have liked this to have more wok essence but on a whole, it’s a pretty good vegetable dish. Definitely one that begs to be eaten with rice.
My father in-law enjoyed the ginger and soy steamed patin, citing the fish as fresh and “full of Omega fats”. I’m not big on fish in general but Wun Nam’s steamed patin is fresh and the fish is firm. Of course, it’s not as tasty as wild caught patin but the latter costs a whole lot more.
The tofu in egg sauce with crab meat is one of Wun Nam’s signature tofu dishes – showcasing deep-fried tofu squares in eggy crab meat gravy. I like how the gravy is properly eggy rather than starchy, and you get proper bits of crab in each bite.
Overall, I found the dishes we ordered at Wun Nam Restaurant quite good. I’d definitely come back for these dishes and perhaps their Sang Har Mee, which looks pretty legit too. Prices are reasonable; our bill for the above came up to RM200 with the patin taking up half the cost.
Food: 7.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Pretty solid dishes overall. Definitely give the pork lard fried rice, claypot kangkung and buttermilk pork ribs a try.
Wun Nam Restaurant
23-1, Jalan PJU 8/5f,
47820 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 011-6332 3889