After about 3 years in Solaris Publika area, Meat the Porkers, the Home of Porky Indian Cuisine has recently moved to a bigger better space in Plaza Damansara in Bukit Damansara. About time too, as the piggies need more space and this new premise is definitely a much better playground.
Located on the 1st floor (there’s a lift to go up, no worries!) of a corner shoplot, there’s plenty of sunlight flooding in from the windows all around. Diners get a nice view of the surrounding leafy neighbourhood while enjoying Meat The Porkers’ plethora of Indian dishes.
There are some tweaks to the menu – the restaurant now offers a selection of “Small Plates”… tapas-like Indian favourites. I love this concept as it allows you to order a variety of dishes to enjoy without being overwhelmed by the regular (and bigger) portions. Certain non-Indian elements have been incorporated, for example burger buns, mantou and tacos being used to accompany the very flavoursome and spiced Indian meats and seafood.
The thing is, if you are on a keto or no-carbs diet, you just cannot eat here. With Indian cuisine this good, it’s just not possible to eat it without their breads, biryani or just white rice! From the “small plates”, Pork Kebab Sliders with mini burgers and buns already started the appetite going.
Pork Kebab Sliders (RM25) – mini burgers marinated with onion, garlic, ginger, roasted cumin powder and coriander. Topped with sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, mayonnaise and mint chutney
Similarly, with the Goan Pork Vindaloo bursting with spicy flavours, the tender chunks of meat were pretty perfect when eaten with warm pillowy mantou.
Goan Pork Vindaloo Mantou (RM25) – traditional Goan pork curry with chillies, garlic and vinegar stuffed into steamed mantou
I absolutely love the Fish Amritsari Tacos – seabass marinated in ginger, garlic, carom seeds and other spices and gram flour, lightly battered and then fried till crisp. A popular street food item in India, the fried fish is served on a tortilla, topped with tomato salsa and drizzled with a special sauce. Eat this immediately when served, before the tortilla gets soggy – the fried fish is insanely good!
Fish Amritsari Tacos (RM25)
Butter Chicken Wings could well be the only small plate dish served without any carb accompaniment. Some naan sticks would be good to mop up that delicious buttery gravy.
Butter Chicken Wings (RM25) – deep-fried chicken wings tossed in a rich buttery tomato-based gravy
I’m sure you’d agree that bacon wrapping anything is always good, right? Bacon works its magic on almost anything, so imagine this marvellous scenario: spiced tender boneless chicken tikka wrapped with bacon, skewered and then roasted in the tandoor oven till the fats from the bacon seep into the chicken. Imagine how exquisite these babies are.
Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tikka (RM25)
Right – let’s now get to the mains:
The signature rice dish that rocked the restaurant to fame and which any porky fan should order is of course the Siew Yoke Biryani (Roast Pork Biryani). The folks at Meat The Porkers have been experimenting and trying to improve how best to preserve the crunchiness of the siew yoke skin for this dish. Drying, poking, deep-frying… now the crispy pieces of siew yoke crackling is served separately from the rice so that they don’t get soggy and chewy.
Siew Yoke Biryani (RM28)
Another signature dish – the Tandoori Pork Ribs have been tweaked. It’s now prepared and served differently from the Solaris Publika days. It used to be presented as a slab of ribs – check my earlier review here. Now it’s served in individual pieces of meaty ribs. This allows for better absorption of marinades, making each piece well-rounded in taste and texture. Yes, they are finger-lickin’ good.
Tandoori Pork Ribs (RM48) – pork ribs marinated in yoghurt, ginger, garlic, freshly ground spices and roasted in the tandoor oven
The new Porkers Naan is the perfect bread to eat with Mutton Mirchi Masala, Chicken 65 Masala and even their Bindhi Masala. Actually any naan would be good for these dishes but the Porkers Naan stands out due to its stuffing of bacon, garlic, chillies and shredded cheese! In fact, you can also just down this scrumptious naan on its own!
Porkers Naan (RM20) – naan stuffed with bacon, garlic, onions, chillies and shredded cheese
Chicken 65 Masala (RM25) – fried boneless chicken tossed in a yoghurt-based masala with green chillies, ginger and fragrant curry leaves
Mutton Mirchi Masala (RM35) – Dry-style boneless spicy mutton cooked in garlic, ginger and onions
Butter Chicken (RM25)
Bhindi Masala (RM20)
So, make a date to Meat The Porkers if you are into Indian food with a delectable porky twist! They are not tagged “Home of Porky Indian Cuisine” for nothing.
MEAT THE PORKERS
9M Jalan Medan Setia 1
50490 Kuala Lumpur
That bacon wrapped tikka is probably what I’d go for!
Great choice! Hard to resist bacon.