The Champ Kitchen @ Taman Perindustrian KIP, Kepong
The Champ Kitchen (猪多宝), a restaurant that specializes in pork knuckle/trotter nestled at Taman Perindustrian KIP, Kepong. I’ve been this place when they just started operation in July 2015, however that initial visit didn’t impress me though.
I decided to make a return to The Champ Kitchen recently with my family after reading several positive reviews regarding their new revamped menu with a few interesting additions dishes.
Look who’s greeting us at the entrance! Oink oink~~
Simple setting with wooden tables and chairs arranged neatly within the shop. Illumination came from the dangling light bulbs, the walls are sparingly adorned with posters of the story of their signature braised pork knuckle.
Patrons can check out their daily special as showed as above or ask for recommendations from the waiter.
Drunken Pork Knuckle (RM 55.00)
Don’t attempt to miss this if you’re at The Champ Kitchen. Adeptly and painstaking prepared, the pork knuckles was achingly tender from the long hours of braising.
We tried the alcohol version where the Wu Jia Pi liquor (五加皮酒) was added. There is also a normal braised pork knuckle if you are not fond of this.
Liquor was added into the claypot, then waiter flamed the pork knuckle for a few minutes to evaporates the alcohol. Gravy was poured before we can tuck in.
The gigantic pork knuckle was soft with gelatinous skin, melt-in-your mouth fat layers and tender and juicy meat below it. Bathed in broth with a lovely herbal fragrance without being overpowering, the tender meat infused with rich herbal flavors was very impressive.
The huge pot which is used to cook 100 to 150 pork knuckles twice or thrice a week.
Pork Lard Rice (RM 3.00)
With only drizzles of soy sauce, the essential pork lard oil and crispy pork lard, this pipping hot steamed rice was simple yet fantastic!
Garlic Fried Rice (RM 6.00)
Pork Lard Noodle (RM 6.00)
The noodle drenched in pork lard oil and sauces was well worth slurping up. Very aromatic from the pork lard oil and fried onion paired with crispy fried pork lard and braised pulled pork pork.
Hot Spring Egg (RM 2.00)
Perfectly done hot spring egg with luscious runny yolk available for add-on for your rice or noodles.
Stuffed Bean Curd
New item of fried bean curd stuffed with kimchi, pickled vegetables and tobiko.
Double Boiled Lotus Root and Peanut Soup
Served in cute teapot, the soup was pretty satisfying with the essence of the ingredients encapsulated in the silky broth.
Pork Neck Skewer (RM 9.00 / 2 skewers)
Love the smoky and enticing marinade of this grilled pork neck, we were fighting on who gets the last skewer! Very addictive indeed.
Poached Pork Belly (RM 28.00)
The sliced poached pork bellies topped with collagen jelly might look pale and unpretentious but managed to wow everyone with its spectacular dipping sauce. Concoction of chili oil, garlic, ginger and spring onion, the sauce lent a punchy kick to the pork belly, not enough to set your mouth on fire but a tongue-tingling experience.
Grilled NZ Lamb Belly with Szhechuan Pepper (RM 18.00 / 100g)
Pork dishes preparation definitely is their forte but this grilled lamb was equally well executed. Crispy with a good flavors of spices on the outer while the inner tenderness retained. The only gripe about this dish was the gamey lamb taste might be a bit too strong for some.
HK Wonton Soup (RM 20.00 / 8pcs)
Albeit not cheap but the price commensurate with the quality in return. Encasing with generous portion of prawn meat and minced meat within, the wonton also another recommended dish that worth ordering.
Last but no least, our porky feast ended with their homemade ice cream.
Sea Salt Ice Cream (RM 5.00 / scoop
The saltiness of the ice cream really tickled my taste bud, my favourite flavor among others.
Green Tea Ice Cream (RM 5.00 / scoop)
Call me bias, I love everything with green tea and I’ve tried numerous version of green tea ice cream and this definitely one of the most intense flavored I’ve tried lately.
Premium Truffle Bacon Ice Cream (RM 16.00 / scoop)
Wow, truffle ice cream! Very pronounced in flavor, the ice cream possessed powerful truffle flavors in each spoonful.
Verdict: I certainly got off on the right foot with this second visit, food was spot on and my family left with almost resonating burps. Since this place is just a stone thrown away from my house, I can come anytime whenever I’m craving for their food!
No 19 Jalan KIP 1, Taman Perindustrian KIP
Kepong, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.
Business Hour: Mon – Sat: 11.30am to 9.30pm
Sun: 10.00am to 9.30pm