After hearing so much from Wong (from our Makan Gang) about this place called Max's Kitchen at Tengkat Tong Shin, the Makan Gang decided to go there for dinner. The much talkabout which Hubby and I very eager to try was the Wagyu Beef. However, hubby was very disappointed as it was closed today. According to Wong, Max is running the restaurant based on 'one-man-show' as he is the only cook, so whenever he is busy or not well, the shop will be closed.
Ended up, we went to another favourite restaurant of Wong, El Cerdo which specialised in pork dishes. I have been to this place once in year 2005, back then I wasn't too impress with the dishes here, probably due to ordering the wrong thing. But business is not bad here. In fact, tonite is the last night operating in this old premise at Tengkat Tong Shin as they are moving to a bigger outlet in Changkat Bukit Bintang (business resumed at new outlet from 9 February 2007) which is less than 5-minute walk away.
I was amazed with the salad they served as complimentary appetizer. Try guessing what they put inside? Pig Trotter!!!! Very nice as the texture was springy, almost like jellyfish. I find it absolutely appetising with the right amount of vinegar and herbs.
In the mood for wine, we ordered a bottle Leeuwin Merlot (RM152) which was really smooth. I didn't realised it until Wong reminded us that we actually visited Leeuwin Estate during our trip to Perth. Aiyooo...we stopped at so many vineyard, how to remember all the names???
While waiting for our orders, one of the co-owners came to greet Wong. After some chit-chat, she ordered the kitchen to cook some dishes for us to munch while waiting for our suckling piglet. The first dish was Pig's Tongue cooked with white sauce. Err....although am not a fussy eater, I still couldn't swallow this down. Maybe they should not tell me what it was before I even put it in my mouth.
I took a bite of this dish and I loved it. The tomato-based gravy was soooo good! After a few bites only I found out that it's actually Pig's Heart!!! Well...cos I already had a few slices and due to the good taste, I continue eating this dish happily. Oopps...before I forget, the two dishes are complimentary. See? Being close to the owner do have lots of advantages.
After the tongue and heart....the Roasted Piglet Spanish Style was served. We ordered 1/2 piglet (RM95) and it came with two side dishes; fresh green salad with balsamic vinegar and baked potatoes. Mmmm.......definately my favourite dish of the night.
The suckling piglet's bones are so soft, due to the tender age, Mr Werner the boss took a plate to cut the suckling piglet into pieces. After that the plate will be thrown into a big wooden pail for good luck. So you can imagine how noisy it was when this dish was served.
We ordered a dish called Goulash (RM38) which was recommended by the waiter. It was some sort like a Hungarian Stewed pork with lots of sauerkraut. For your information, Sauerkraut is sour sliced cabbage, a typical German delicacy. The pork was really tender and the gravy was tomato based. It was served with a plate of pasta which really brings out the flavour of the stew. Love it!
Ox Tail Stew (RM48), which took 5 hours of cooking time, was the favourite dish among the men in my Makan Gang. Aiyaa...am the only female among the 4!! At first, I was very reluctant to try the Ox Tail cos I find it gross. By the way, isn't it used to chase away flies?!?! But never try never know...so I took one piece and OH MY GOODNESS!! IT'S DELICIOUS!!!! It's just like beef brisket but much tender. I was told that the gravy was made from vegetables stock and require lots of preparation time.
After finishing all our food, Mr Werner came to chat with us. Volunteering to clear his fridge for him since he only resume business in 5 days time, he whipped up another 3 complimentary dishes for us. I think his fridge was stocked up with lots of tongues and hearts. The two dishes was the same as the earlier ones...but the third dish is my favourite and you will totally be amazed when I tell you what it was. Hehehe!!! Ready?
Can you see the 2 small bowls of pate-lookalike??? It's actually Pig's Oil!! LARD!!! I was shocked but at the same time curious to try. I spread some on sliced bread rolls...and the texture was like Tuna. Not yucky or oily at all. You won't even know it's Lard if they don't tell you. They actually used shredded pork to mix with the lard, hence, similar like tuna texture. Really nice....especially when they served with lots of pickled onions and gherkins!! OOoooo...marvellous!!
Mr Werner then recommended us to this new dessert called Yin & Yang (RM15 per cup) which was not in the menu yet. The bottom layer was fresh cream, then a layer of dark chocolate, followed by lots of fresh fruits such as peach, nectarine, assorted berries, followed by another layer of strawberry sorbet, then another layer or cream and topped with fresh strawberries, sprinkled with chopped pistachios and roasted sweetened tea leaves. Definately a wonderful dessert to end our meal. I was surprised that Hubby finished off his cup as he never like dessert like this. And I thought I could have his share as well....aiiii!! Hubby told us that he tasted black pepper and I told him probably it was accidentally drop into his cup. Mr Werner then told us he did put in black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Very interesting isn't it???
To ease digestion, we were served with this cup of cocktail which tasted quite sour and full of alcohol taste. We definately need this to wash down the feast we had tonite.
Total damage including mineral water came up to RM469.20 for the four of us. Pricey but don't forget, we got many complimentary dishes too!!