Fat Fook Inn
Chinese Food for the Soul
By Crystal Chong
It all started in early 2019 when founder Ee Von was craving for home-cooked Chinese food in her neighbourhood of Mont Kiara. Realising there were none, Fat Fook Inn was born, serving hearty dishes from Cantonese to Hakka specialties.
The restaurant’s interior is characteristically Chinese, with floral walls, red birdcage light fixtures and an exhibit of porcelain tableware. But what gives it even more character is its warmth. We were sitting by the entrance and every time a customer walked in, Ee Von was greeting them and catching up with them about life like friends do.
Of course, beyond the great conversations, customers are returning for the comforting, homey dishes, each a result of the chefs’ decades of experience. We started with the Yam Ring with Sweet and Sour Pork, served on a bed of fried vermicelli. The ‘ring’ is made from scratch, which means each bite through the crispy crust reveals a layer of rich, fresh yam. The treasure within is my childhood favourite of sweet and sour pork, with onion, capsicum, tomato and chunks of fried pork, each with just the right ratio of fat and meat.
Then, there was the Claypot Loh Shu Fen, smooth silver needle noodles mixed with minced pork, mushrooms, an egg yolk for added texture and a thick, fragrant sauce. Speaking of fragrance, the appetising aroma of the Claypot Pork Belly with Salted Fish greeted us from a mile away. Sizzling with dried chillies, salted fish bits and a generous portion of pork belly, this would make a great pair with w and wine, as Ee Von recommended.
One of the most simple yet delicious dishes we had was the Pork Lard Rice, with a special housemade sauce that kept me going spoon after spoon. The pork theme ended with the Pig Stomach and Pork Ribs Pepper Soup, warming the belly with touches of pepper to give a slight kick. To end our feast, we had the Wok- fried Fresh Water Prawns with Butter Floss. I remember when I was a kid, all I wanted to eat was the floss. But now, I know how to enjoy the prawns, crispy shells and firm, juicy flesh.
Address: Fat Fook Inn *Chinese *Casual Dining (non-halal)
Shoplex, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-447 7268