Monday, September 26, 2011

Khadijah Ibrahim's Restaurant : Khadijah's Kitchen

Khadijah Ibrahim's Restaurant : Khadijah's Kitchen at Petaling Jaya

Today, we ventured out of Taman Tun and headed to Petaling Jaya to try out a celebrity restaurant called Khadijah's Kitchen. It is owned by the famous Khadijah Ibrahim. 

The interior of the restaurant is quite cosy with a lot of wood and flowers arrangement in clear vases. Memorabilia of famous singers lined the walls in a tasteful manner.

Khadijah Ibrahim's Restaurant 

Khadijah Ibrahim's Restaurant

My mummy with my no 2

As it was lunchtime, we ordered dishes to go with plain white rice. Below was what we ordered:

Ayam dishes: ayam goreng kunyit (top), ayam goreng cili kering (right) and ayam daun kari (left)

Among the ayam dishes, I really like the ayam goreng cili kering, it was nice, not too spicy and with a hint of sweetness. While the ayam goreng kunyit is just normal home cooked fried chicken. The ayam daun kari was a bit disappointing though, I thought based on how it looks it will taste fabulous, you know spicy and sweet with crispy fried chicken, but like most dishes in this restaurant, the dish taste very "light" and "healthy".

Egg-fried sliced brinjals (front) and Kari Ikan Jenahak (back)

My mum chose Egg-fried sliced brinjal and it was surprisingly delicious, the brinjal was naturally sweet on the inside and crunchy on the outside, it comes with sambal belacan dip, which in my opinion doesn't really go with the dish and in my mom's opinion lacking some sugar.

The fish curry was simple and tasty enough but the fish was fried first before being put in the curry thus the curry taste was not absorbed by the fish's flesh; my dad said he preferred the fish to be cooked together with the curry. It didn't make much difference to me though as I don't really go for fish curry.

Bergedel that came mini in size

Hubby ordered bergedel; his favorite side dish. We were surprised by the size of the bergedel, really bite sized, so I wasn't really expecting much from it but it turned out to be one of the better dishes that we ordered. The potato was sweet and soft and yummy though slightly oily.

Tahu Telor

Mom ordered tahu telor, her favorite dish; which she will order in any restaurant that serves it. The tahu comes garnished with shredded carrot and bean sprouts. The dish is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, but the secret of any great tahu telor is in the sauce and sad to say the sauce here is not very outstanding. It is good but not outstanding. A bit high on the chilli and low on the sugar.  I prefer Rumah Minang's (in Singapore at the back of Sultan Mosque) tahu telor. 

Next came the dessert (of course, only me and mom ordered, the guys stayed away from desserts)

Pulut Durian
Mom ordered pulut durian, the pulut comes in a ball shape and is swimming in a bowl of sweet thick durian gravy with some durian flesh in it. Nice :)

Bubur Cha Cha

Yours truly ordered bubur cha cha and was really looking forward to it. When the bowl came, I knew I wasn't going to enjoy it. The gravy was very thin, hmm.. not very "lemak-ish" and the bits inside (tapioca yam etc) doesn't taste like it's been cooked together with the coconut milk, the tapioca wasn't very cooked and the yam was either over cooked, over ripe or unfresh, the sides of it already turned black. Needless to say I didn't finish my dessert. 

When we came, there was only 1 other table occupied in the restaurant, making us a bit apprehensive in trying it out, but more customers came when we were eating, though I noticed most of them go for the noodles, so maybe rice is not their forte? or we didn't order their specialty dishes?

Starfruit Juice and Sirap Lime

Hubby and I did enjoy our food though, it was a refreshing change from D'Cengkih and Santai Restaurant that we are used to. Like I mentioned above, food tasted light, mild and "healthy". I would say that the are quite restraint in their use of sugar, spices and salt. Even our drinks are what the malay describes as "manis-manis buah" (direct transalation would be "sweet as a fruit" i.e. not too sweet) If you are in the area, you can check out this restaurant, but I don't think it's worth the drive if you are not in the area.

Khadijah's Kitchen is at:

21, Jalan 11/2 Jalan Bukit,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Open 12 noon - 11pm

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