Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kai Curry Bar @ Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, Penang

Japanese food is my all time favourite, whether is it Sashimi, Bento, Sushi, Curry and many more.
This time, I'm really happy that I get to try some Japanese Curry in a newly opened restaurant in Penang.

Kai Curry Bar is a newly opened Japanese restaurant that only serves Japanese Curry alone with some side dishes.
All the curry are homemade by the lady boss herself instead of those instant Japanese curry and therefore, you may find the curry here totally different with what we usually had in other Japanese restaurants in Penang.

Before you scroll down, just a short introduction to the shop owner, Magdalene Chow.
She was a teacher in Penang. And slowly moving into culinary business as it is her favourite hobby, which is to cook.
She's mother for Kai, which the name Kai Curry Bar was named after her son. 

Magdalene emphasises on healthy food and lifestyle, which means her food are also good for children too. 
All the ingredients were prepared by Magdalene herself, including the curry powder. She would go to the market and purchase all those spices and mixes her own curry powder instead of using instant packing stuff. Even the breadcrumbs that she uses to fry food are prepared and blended by she herself. 
So Kai Curry Bar would be your healthy choices and also the Japanese Curry here would taste different from those we have tried at other Japanese restaurants. 

Kai Curry Bar is located at Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, 
directly opposite Union Primary School of Burmah Road. 

It could be a little parking issues around this area, 
but customers may park infront of Kai Curry Bar if there are space available.

You will be able to see a lot of kids drawing around the restaurant, 
and not just the simple drawings on the papers, but also on the walls and menus too. 

Kai is the one who did all these drawings and the mom, 
Magdalene uses Kai's drawings to design her menu and also the decorations of Kai Curry Bar.

 You can see the love of a mother to his children through all the hard work she did for them.
Magdalene told me that they projected all the drawings into the wooden boards and enlarged it so that they can slowly imitate the drawings. 

Welcome to Kai Curry Bar, a curry bar by Umai Kitchen

For every curry dishes ordered, you will get to choose your own curry base, whether is it pork curry base or vegetarian curry base

Crumbed Oysters
RM 9.80 (for 2 pieces)
One of the latest item on the menu. It was rather crispy on the outer layer, but the oysters inside are rather juicy. Oysters were quite fresh, served as a perfect appetizer before you start your meal. It is served with the homemade tartar sauce, all the ingredients here are made from scratch. 

Salmon Cream Croquette
RM 3.50 (per piece)
For the price of the size of the croquette, I would consider it to be very cheap! Not to mention that the croquette has got salmon blended into it. 
I personally love the croquette here very much because the outer later was very crispy, but the fillings are rather smooth and with a soft touch of your tongue could mashed it in your mouth. 

Potato salad
RM 3.50 (per portion)
Potato salad is very common in Japanese restaurants too. But portion for those out there are rather pity so I would consider Kai Curry Bar do offer very generous portion for Potato salad here. 

Sautéed Okra
RM 2.50
Okra, also known as ladies' fingers. From the step of choosing okra until the end of cooking is rather expensive. One mistake from either step like picking okra which are too old, or overcooking will make the whole dish taste awful. I can really see the effort Magdalene put into her cooking, every dishes seems quite perfect. 

Sautéed Shimeji
RM 3.00
It was rather healthy to dine here as there are a lot of healthy dishes available on the menu other than Japanese Curry. And the prices for all these small side dishes are exceptionally cheap compared to the other restaurants. 

Pork Hamburg Curry
RM 18.90
As you can see from the pictures, the 3 pieces of pork patties are rather thick, and it was juicy enough to go with the Curry soup too. The curry soup is quite thick and flavourful, not just the ordinary sweet and thick curry from what we had out there. Soaking the pork patties into the curry soup was simply delicious to go with rice.

Pork Katsu Curry
RM 17.90
The pork fillet was covered with Magdalene's homemade breadcrumbs and fried to perfection. The pork chop was very juicy and crispy, perfect to soak it into curry soup and serve on the table.
Words can't really tell how good the curry soup is, I can consider it is quite "localized Japanese curry" as the taste of it have a bit os similarities with Indian curry. 

Crumbed Prawn Curry Udon
RM 20.90
Other than rice, Udon would be the best option to go with Japanese Curry soup. 
The crumbed prawn is separated from the Curry Udon to avoid the prawn from becoming soggy after soaking in curry soup, which is a very considerated serving method. 

 The crumbed prawns are very large in size, I would consider the price as cheap for 2 big prawns like this. And it was very crispy that I can also swallow together with the shells and legs of the prawns. The Udon was chewy and springy and very big portion. For people who are have small appetite, I am pretty sure that you can't finish this by your own.

As I've mentioned above, all the cooking ingredients were prepared from scratch. Including the curry powder here. Magdalene would purchase all the herbs and spices and grind her own curry powder.

She also make her own breadcrumbs, tearing the breads into small pieces, dry them and then blend them into crumbs. Unlike other restaurants that bought breadcrumbs which are available out there. 

Kai Curry Bar is really a healthier option for lunch or dinner.
Judging on the food quality and the preparation of the food would people want to come back. 
The price judging from the food quality, services quality and ambience of the restaurant is rather reasonable and welcoming. 
I would definitely go back and bring more friends there.

Kai Curry Bar @ Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, Penang
Address: 15 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong 10050 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.
Business hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00am - 3:00pm, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Contact number: +604 226 0322
GPS: 5.423508,100.32247

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