There’s a lot of hidden gems in Publika and one such gem that I came across is Heritage Village. Love the deco on the roof. Can you spot what it is?
Woven rattan basket! I find that it gives that local Malaysian touch to it
Now let’s check out what’s available and tuck in. I was famish that time and couldn’t wait to start.
3-layer tea, apple juice, 8 treasure herbal tea, cincau with rose syrup and lemongrass drink are amongst the drinks available on their menu. My pick would always be the 8 treasure herbal tea. It’s a drink that’s hard to comeby in KL and when I spot it, I’ll always order this without fail each time.
Started off with some appetizers. We had a plate of Fruits Rojak. The shrimp paste aplenty that tastes as good as it look. I think I had half of this to myself while the rest were busy chatting. Sshhhh…..
Then came delectable Pie-Tees. Another favourite of mine as well. Made of crispy tophat-liked cracker filled with stir fried sengkuang and carrots, topped it off with some chili sauce and it’s good to get into my mouth!
Another appetizer or snack platter to try is the Heritage Lor Bak Platter. Here you will be served with chicken lor bak, century egg and fried tofu. Dip it into the sauces and you’re good to go.
Onto the mains now…..
My top pick would be the Heritage Asam Laksa. Thick rice noodles served in aromatic fish-based tamarind broth topped with shredded pineapple, cucumber, mint leaves, lemongrass, onion, lettuce and assam flower. I’ll usually add in a spoonful of shrimp paste and voila, you’ll get a bowlful of superb bursting flavours!
Heritage Har Mee (aka Prawn Mee). Consist of a combination of yellow noodle and vermicelli boiled in prawn broth served with fresh prawns, boiled egg, bean sprout and kangkung. Prawns lovers would love it. Personally I would prefer the broth to be thicker and the prawn broth.
I find it amusing that when you have Har-Mee, the partner that is available is usually the Curry Mee. Here’s Nyonya Curry Mee comes in light coconut milk served with cockles, tofu puffs, brown squid, fish cake, prawns and mint leaves.
I’m sure for those who have savoured Char Koay Teow in Penang would know that it tastes much more better with duck egg. Here in Heritage Village, you get this right here in KL! Heritage Duck Egg Char Koay Teow is flat rice noodles fried with cockles, prawns, fish cake, bean sprouts and salted duck egg. Ooohh yumz… now I know where to fulfil my cravings of this!
Now for some main staple of our country – rice based.
Nasi Lemak King Combo – this comes with sambal sotong, chicken rendang and acar awak. Ooh I love this. Anytime of the day, Nasi Lemak is good for me.
Before I can go on further with the Nasi Lemak King Combo, this next Nasi Lemak Acar Fish was presented and I’ll think I’ll pick this the next time I’m here in Heritage Village. A fish lover, I found the pickled fish in tumeric’s vinegar sauce is refreshing and really appetizing.
One of the condiments that comes with this is the Jui Hu Char (left pile of vegetables on the left of the photo). It is a nyonya dish that is made from sengkuang, carrots, dried squid and mushrooms. Usually served during festive occassion, I can just wrap this up with lettuce and have it on it’s own.
Being a spicy food lover, this goes down well, really really well with me. I give this my two thumbs up! Asam Pedas Fish comes in sour and spicy stew fish (catch of the day). Served with rice, this alone is a very satisfying meal.
For simpler fast meal, one can also opt try the Otak Fried Rice. Using otak-otak as the based, it is fried with egg and chicken. Otak-otak lovers would definitely love this.
The owner was kind to let us try some of the other dishes as well such as the Chicken Curry Kapitan (a dry style nyonya chicken curry with no coconut milk), Pong Tay Chicken (nyonya style chicken and potato stew cooked in sweet bean paste) and Black Stew Chicken (braised thick soya chicken).
After a good meal, it’s always good to wind down with some desserts. Our pick of the night :
Cendol in gula melaka. The palm sugar is the one that makes the difference compared to the normal sugar.