Tuesday, April 12, 2016

TEN YEARS @ Evolve Concept Mall (Ara Damansara)


Believe me you. I may not have explored the whole globe, yet, I have had my fair share of seeing some parts of the world. There are still so many other places I am really hoping I can travel conquer, hopefully, keeping my fingers crossed, all will be money well and money fine for me. Hopefully. Nevertheless, from much of the travel globe explorations I have done, I can strongly vouch on the whole gist of one crux crucial food thingy. Trust me, for a typical Malaysian like me, there is no other food pride except our Malaysian food happiness. And guess what is the first thing I do upon stepping foot back into my Tanah Airku/native homeland motherland? I literally dash for our local cuisine. I bet if you are another typical Malaysian like me, you will agree with me?  


Right now, let me share with you on a major open secret. Some of you may have already known whereas the rest of of may be blur on what I am about to reveal. The best spot for summing and bringing together all of our Malaysian authentic cuisine I sincerely believe is Ten Years. Look, I know what I am talking about. Please do not doubt me. I have already done my food homework in Ten Years during this invited food review whereby I sampled into their array of Malaysian dishes. Evidently. Ten Years and their philosophy of preserving Malaysian food culture by passing it on to the next generation speaks for itself. Ever since the food momentum of Ten Years rapidly picked up after 6 months of operation in Sri Petaling on 17th September 2015,  they have also rapidly moved forward by opening this second outlet in Evolve Concept mall on 23rd March 2016.  

Ten Years I truly believe must be really applauded for bringing popular local foods from every corner of Malaysia. Symbolically represented by their logo. 4”10” in the middle to connect people from 4 different decades via their authentic Malaysian cuisine which seemingly is disappearing among the younger generation due to modern influences. The winning formula of Ten Years team for attracting back the new generation was none other than hunting down the popular foods in every state of Malaysia. So, what is there to doubt why they shouldn't be proud of their already known 3 conditions. High rating in social media and endorsed by TV media. Proven track record with long queue and must have historic figure (been operating for more than 10 years) and also, state representative. Currently, the 8 signature recipes, including the few famous side hawkers of Ten Years are Nancy’s Kitchen Nyonya Laksa from Malacca, Nasi Lemak Panas Yati from Petaling Jaya, Nasi Dagang Kak Pah from Kuala Terengganu and others. Additionally, Ten Years had created their own menu with strong local influence such as Grilled Chicken Percik Sauce, Prawn Curry Carbonara, ‘Ang Mo’ Kat Chai and many more.
Now, the moment I walked into their dining area resembling the 60’s to 90’s decades, I knew good things are in store in this cheery interior, service provided by genuine unselfish smiling staff and food aroma waffling from the open kitchen studio. Within the next 10 minutes of so, our dining experience in Ten Year indeed starting off very promisingly.   
Kak Tum Nasi Kuning (RM19.90) From Tawau, Sabah
Kak Tum takes pride in selling her mother’s specialty, Nasi Kuning. With a secret recipe dating back 20 years, you can now taste this deliciously crafted dish, which is sold out daily within 3 hours in Sabah.
Kak Pah Nasi Dagang (RM18.90) From Terengganu
With perfectly steamed rice that smells of fragrant coconut, served with a generous piece of Ikan Ayer (Tuna Fish) and curry that hits the right notes, it’s no wonder that Kak Pah’s secret 20 years old recipe has set the record of selling out within 3 hours.
Kak Yati Nasi Lemak (RM18.90) From Petaling Jaya
Who can resist hot piping coconut rice completed with a perfect combination of sweet and spicy sambal, hard-boiled egg and fried anchovies? After 30 years and 2 generations running, Kak Yati’s packer Nasi Lemak still sells up to 1500 packets daily, making it one of the best in town!
Shun Fa Chicken Rice (RM16.90) From Kuala Lumpur
Operating since 1975, the second generation of the family now runs the restaurant, carrying down their father’s precious recipe. The Hainanese-styled Shun Fa Chicken Rice user’s free-range chicken to complement its moist and fragrant rice, while the chili paste has the right behind of spiciness and sourness.
Frankly, I did drooled over these dishes. I did, I did, I mean who wouldn’t with such appealing and impressive authentic food. Unfortunately as a small eater (always the case), I had to forgo. Unbelievable something wrong with me right? Well, sadly so much is my capacity. Still, no regrets because the Prawn Mee, Nyonya Laksa, Pasembur and Char Kuey Teow made it all up – so-so simply irresistible.

T&T Prawn Mee (RM14.90) From Pulau Pinang
One of the best prawn mee in Pulau Pinang, which always sold out in the early morning, the store on Jalan Cheong Fatt Sze has 50 years long of history behind it, being the heir and second generation to the T&T prawn mee on Lorong Selamat. It specializes in its traditional tastes, with a broth boiled for hours which complements the other ingredients.
Nancy Nyonya Laksa (RM16.90) From Melaka
There’s always a long queue at Nancy’s Kitchen which already tells you the gastronomic satisfaction that awaits you. Her best seller, Nyonya Laksa with 20 years history over 3 generations, has made it to the top of the list of must-try food in Melaka.
Abu Pasembur Indian Rojak (RM12.90) From Kepong Baru
This particular Indian Rojak, otherwise known as Pasembur Rojak, has attached many from near and far. The stall’s second generation operator Abu, is proud to have taken over the business that has been in existence for more than 30 years.
Tiger Char Kuey Teow (RM13.90) From Pulau Pinang
Char Kuey Teow is a mainstay of Pulau Pinang, but this popular char kuey teow store, which has been in business for over 60 years, is highly rated by visitors and Penangites alike due to its ability to maintain the same flavor and taste, even after 2 generations.
Which are my favourites? Oh-no please, I am struggling to answer you. What a mind boggling question. Honestly, I loved each and all of these dishes. Perhaps, I should highlight some of cores on what caught me absolutely positively and absolutely scrumptiously. Prawn Mee broth, soaking in noodles and generously topped with fish cake, egg, bean sprouts, kangkung/water spinach and egg,  is definitely worth mentioning. Translated as a light broth enhanced by the aquatic-natural flavours of prawn shells and heads, I couldn't stop with a few scoops. Yum! Nyonya Laksa, a brimming bowl featuring yellow noodles, prawns, tofu pok and garnished with cucumber, onion and fried shallots, did beautifully come together favorably for giving one major pow-wow diviners. The creamy, thick and lusciously vibrant broth I tell you, primarily is still unforgettable. Pasembur too was joyously appreciated, thanks to its not overly sweet gravy. Unlike most pasembur gravy, this gravy had a right balance of the prerequisite tastes. Chay Kuew Teow admittedly has never been my favourite. Nevertheless, I helped myself to a tiniest portion of flat rice noodles, fried over high heat alongside  bean sprouts and huge prawns, seasoned with the right amount of spiciness and saltiness.  

When it came to desserts, I was surprisingly all game on. Not always though, I guess our Malaysian desserts are hard to resist for me. Banana Kataifi (RM12.90), a modern twist to Pisang Goreng, banana coiled within the akin bee hive utmost crumbly batter, served with a scoop of ice cream, strawberry sauce and fruit compote, was a super smooth sugar rush. Having said that, Durian Pancake RM9.90),  thin pancake neatly tucked with creamy and just the right burst of sweetness just made my day. 

Subsequently, Thyme Lemonade (RM11.90) I opted between the Lemongrass Sours ( RM11.90), Minty Watermelon (RM7.50), Berry Cooler (RM8.90 and Citrus King (RM7.90) indeed was a chill pop for ending this dining experience utterly satisfyingly. 

Besides dining in, for all your private functions, corporate meeting or gathering, and other occasions/celebrations, Ten Years is within your reach. 

TEN YEARS @ Evolve Concepts Mall
Address: G08, Ground Floor, Evolve Concept Mall,
Jalan PJU 1A/4, Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact no:  03-78310996

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11 comments:

  1. All the platters are so colorful feel like grabbing them

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  2. Inviting platter.. Love that banana dessert!

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  3. Nice post nava. Drooling over the plates. Tempting. Iam sure you had a nice time

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  4. Wow all the dishes look so fabulous! And home is always the best!

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  5. Wow very well presented.....colourful indeed

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  6. Everything looks so beautiful and delicious!

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  7. interesting and delicious variety of local food

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  8. Omg... Iam drooling over all those delicious servings. Scrumptious and inviting.

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  9. Everytime you bring Malaysian food the sight of it itself tells me its delicious. I can fall face flat on it ..so good. I am not one bit surprised u miss it when away. Pretty pics Nava.

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  10. All those tempting dishes grabbing my senses as a wild witch. Got engrossed in the beauty of all those dishes. Each one is an exotic dish.

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