Taiwanese Fried Chicken and Street Snacks @ Monga, Damansara Uptown

Before the boba tea craze, there was the Taiwanese fried chicken craze.

I remember a time when Taiwanese fried chicken shops were popping up everywhere around Malaysia – Hot Star, Shihlin, Fried Chicken Master, J & G… but like many ‘trendy’ foods, of these, only a handful remain. Among them is Monga, a late entrant into the market which seems to be holding its own. There’s an outlet in Damansara Uptown which is pretty close to my workplace, so I’ve been dropping by for snacks every now and then during lunch break.

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The name Monga is apparently based on a place name in Taiwan. They also have another branch in SS15, Subang Jaya.

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One thing I like about the shop is that it’s impeccably clean. They are open for dine-in, but since these are snack foods, it isn’t much of a hassle to get your food to go.

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What does Monga offer? 

Well, their signature is the Taiwanese-style fried chicken fillet, featuring a boneless chicken thigh (Rm14.90). The price is on the steeper side, but the fillet seems huge. Aside from the Original, you also have the Seaweed and Chilli, and juicy Popcorn Chicken.

I actually have yet to try their signature because on both of my previous visits, I wasn’t looking for something heavy – but perhaps I’ll drop by for lunch proper one day!

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The first time around I got Fried King Oyster Mushrooms (RM9.90). The portion was generous, and the mushrooms were lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, with a crispy batter enveloping thick yet soft mushrooms on the inside. I liked the texture as it had a meatiness and bite to it, and it still retained a lot of moisture even after deep frying. Highly recommended if you like mushrooms!

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On my second visit, I got Fried Chicken skin (RM7.90) – an order I regretted lol. It’s not that it wasn’t good – I just felt really greasy and icky afterwards. If you’ve read my previous post about losing weight, I’ve been on a streak lately – I guess old habits die hard, and I’ve been stressed with work. I will try not to fall into these unhealthy eating traps again… or at least try not to do it so often.

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With every purchase of a snack, you get to top up the meal with a drink for RM3.90. And ofc when you have Taiwanese snacks, you gotta have that Taiwanese boba !  The tea itself was quite tasteless and there was too much ice, so the sweetness only came from the pearls, which tasted decent.

MONGA (DAMANSARA UPTOWN) 

66, Jalan SS 21/39, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Open daily : 11AM – 9PM

Available on GrabFood. 

 

Review: Fried Chicken Burgers @ The Burg, Damansara Uptown

In the Klang Valley, fried chicken burgers are a rarity – especially if you’re looking for the homemade kind. You may find them in gourmet burger joints, but with burgers priced upwards of RM20++, it might not always be kind on the wallet.

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Enter The Burg at Damansara Uptown, a humble pop-up joint sandwiched between a bank and a kopitiam. Opened in December last year, the stall has been gaining a steady fan base for its juicy fried chicken burgers – done gourmet style, but with street prices. The menu is limited, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality.

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Young chef and proprietor Arthur Cheong has experience working in professional kitchens and as a home baker, before deciding to venture into the burger business. His unique and creative take on burgers include flavours that are well loved by many Malaysians, if not slightly unconventional. There’s the daichow-inspired buttermilk, Japanese curry, Roasted Sesame and the ever popular Salted Egg.

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If you’re expecting fast food, look elsewhere – each burger is cooked to order so anticipate a 15 to 20 minute (longer when there’s a line) wait time. Seating is available at the kopitiam next to the stall, but you’ll have to order drinks from them.

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We got their bestseller – the Salted Egg – which came in a glorious mess of sauces. The chicken was fried to crispy golden brown perfection, overflowing with juices on the inside, topped with refreshing coleslaw and sandwiched between two fluffy buns. I think the most impressive part  was how well the different ingredients gelled – rather than overpowering one another, you can still distinguish the flavour of each individual ingredient, as they come together to form a harmonious explosion of taste. And it’s only RM9 (+Rm1 for fries!). A steal if I’ve ever seen one.

Verdict: Possibly one of the best fried chicken burgers that I’ve tried so far in the Klang Valley! You’d be missing out if you don’t try it.

THE BURG 

26, Jalan SS 21/39, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor (in front of Restoran 111)

Opening hours: 6PM til late (Closed on Mondays).

 

Cheat Day @ Marshall Burger & Kaffa Espresso Bar, Damansara Uptown

UPDATE: Marshall Burger @ Damansara Uptown is now closed. 

Losing weight isn’t easy, especially if you work as a journalist and have a bunch of colleagues who love eating, lol.

But yeah.I didn’t tell you guys that I had a really shitty birthday in where I didn’t get to eat because my mum wouldn’t let me ‘celebrate’, and I was working from 10am til midnight because there was a last minute assignment.

So I decided to reward myself with a CHEAT DAY™.

Went to Marshall’s Burgers in Damansara Uptown, SS15. Now this place has been gaining rave reviews ever since it opened a branch here in the Klang Valley. Originating from Penang, the place is apparently very well-established and well-loved by Penangites. It’s also one of those rare places which serves pork burgers, (since some burger joints here have to cater for the Muslim crowd and are therefore pork-free or halal). The interior was a warm red and grey, with black and wood accents. Cute scrawls of the menu’s items lined one side of the place like a classroom blackboard.

They have equally cutesy, tongue-in-cheek names like The Cock for their double chicken burger and Big Fry for their double fish. Customers can also get a rundown of what the burger is gonna be about.

Yvonne had a Hawaiian Piggy (RM15.50) which came with a pork patty, ham, pineapple, lettuce and onions. Top up RM5.50 for a canned drink and side of thick cut fries/onion rings. The fries were surprisingly good! I don’t like thick cut fries because they’re so hard to get right – they’re usually too soggy or too crispy, but this was potatoey goodness. The onion rings were great as well.

I don’t often get to eat bacon, so I opted for the Fat Piglet (RM13.50) –  strips of pork bacon and juicy, done just-right pork patty, melty cheese, lettuce, caramelised onions, tomatoes  – all mashed between two warm, soft toasty buns and sprinkled over with sesame seeds. The pork patty is a real winner. Succulent and sealed with juices without being overly greasy. Bruce had the The Boar, which is TWO pork patties with cheese, but it was so big even he couldn’t finish it lol.

Well-utilised CHEAT DAY™.

Marshall’s Burger @ Damansara Uptown
86G, Jalan SS21/62,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel: +6016-233 1231

We then went to another cafe nearby, Kaffa, to end the afternoon’s meal on a sweet note. They have a branch at the Penang international Airport. I think they serve pretty good coffee and food. Service here is definitely faster and more efficient. It was packed with customers on that Saturday afternoon.

‘Not-so-cheesy’ cheesecake, which was more sugar and cream than cheese. The base was super crumbly and kept flying everywhere when we tried to cut a piece, but the chocolate part was gooey goodness. Personally, I really like the cheese on top because it was sweeter and less filling.

I had the salted caramel macchiato, which came in a pretty blue and white porcelain cup and caramel drizzles in a flower pattern which looked too good to be eaten D: The sea salt sprinkled on top lends it a slightly salty tang to balance out the sweet caramel sauce. The coffee itself wasn’t very strong-flavoured, but it was a great drink all the same. And since I accidentally posted this on my Facebook, my mum went berserk and got mad at me for CHEATDAY™. Ergo, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t need to read this. @_@ *hides post from family on fb*

KAFFA Espresso Bar

97 Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama,

47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

That’s all for CHEAT DAY™. Now I shall burn off all those calories by working twice as hard on that cycling machine….