For the love of amazing food and drink.
Heads up folks. Looks like we’ve got all of your weekends covered until 21st October this year. Returning bolder than ever, Tiffin Food Court has found a new home in a former military warehouse right in the heart of Petaling Jaya. Featuring a journey into the future for sneak peaks of upcoming restaurants alongside Klang Valley’s culinary stalwarts, the ‘playground for foodies’ kicked off on 30th August for an eight-week long fiesta celebrating food, innovation, and Instagram-worthy scenes.
In a blink and miss fashion, the yet-to-open restaurants Pizza Lab and Bobba Lab served customers finger-licking items ahead of the outlet openings during Tiffin’s first week, while NGOUU by Chef Liang continues to mesmerise diners. Bowls of Steel by Chef Jun Chan, the fourth vendor rounding out the newcomers, will be making its appearance on 13th September.
UPPRE had the opportunity to catch up with two restaurateurs who introduced their newest creations in Tiffin Food Court before the opening of their eateries this year.
Chef Liang of NGOUU
How are you translating Whup Whup’s success to NGOUU? What does the name stand for?
NGOUU is a sampling palate of diverse flavours from diverse ethnic cuisines. Derived from the word for ‘5’ in the Hainanese dialect as a literal pointer towards the five staple food presented in the menu, the restaurant aims to pay tribute to the culinary legacy of our forefathers by presenting these dishes in a unique way that is not local nor fusion.
Which dish from the menu are you most proud of?
We have this one rice dish called Nasi Lejen which we make by smoking the rice. You may have heard of smoked salmon and smoked duck but here we’ve smoked the rice. However, the item from the menu that means the most to me is the Mee StaBombastic, inspired by a mee bandung recipe that belonged to my late grand uncle who had a beachside kopitiam in Malacca. It took many years for me to perfect until I finally got my mom’s seal of approval.
When can fans get more of NGOUU after Tiffin Food Court?
We are currently in the midst of opening our restaurant and we look forward to opening our doors at APW very soon!
Chin Ren Yi of Pizza Lab and Boba Lab
You’ve been doing amazing with myBurgerLab for the past 6 years. How did you come to decide on opening two more outlets?
Well we had rented the lot next to our myBurgerLab outlet in Sea Park for a while and we decided to use the space to try out new gastronomy projects that would complement our existing burgers. One day when four of us friends in the F&B business (myBurgerLab, Table and Apron, Inside Scoop, and Chocolate Concierge) were hanging out, we finalised four types of food that we wanted to pursue to make. We decided on Pizza Lab, Boba Lab (bubble tea), Fried Chicken Lab, and Soft Serve Lab and we polled it amongst our patrons. The people spoke and they chose Pizza Lab first. The space was too big for just one project so we decided to add second-placing Boba Lab too.
myBurgerLab is renowned for the innovative items on the menu. How are you finalising the dishes under Pizza Lab and Boba Lab?
We have this amazing group of experts who are taking their sweet time experimenting with pizza and bubble tea to come up with the best for us to offer to our customers. As for Tiffin Food Court, we are offering Cream Cheese Foam Oolong Tea and Burnt Rosemary Boba Tea with Tiger Beer, a collaboration that came to be when the beer makers approached us. Under Pizza Lab we are offering Huat The Duck and Mary’s Lamb. Funny story, when we were sourcing pizza-making equipment we came across the former owner of Pizza Craft in Uptown Damansara, who quickly became a partner of ours too.
How can fans get more of Pizza Lab and Boba Lab after Tiffin Food Court?
Like I said we are not rushing our R&D team in any way. But for those who dare, they can go through a small door next to our Sea Park myBurgerLab to find their reward.
Tiffin Food Court will also host a myriad of local favourites such as Chef Malcolm Goh who headlined the event last year, Define:Burgers, LI Restaurant, PULP by Papa Palhelta, Aunty Manju’s, BoozEat, Lucky Cuisine, NACHOSLAH, Mom’s BBQ KL, Softsrve, and more.
Completing the multi-layered Tiffin Food Court experience, diners can get in the grooves with various DJ acts, while teeing off the gastronomical party with a few rounds of mini golf.
Tiffin Food Court will open Thursdays to Sundays, 30th August – 21st October from 5pm until late, at Lot 15, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya (behind The Gasket Alley). Check out the full list of vendors by 21 August at www.tiffin.my. Admission is free!
*All images by Tiffin Food Court unless stated otherwise.
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