[Halal] Jangan kecoh, jom makan kat Kecur!
Last Saturday, we checked out Kecur at Bukit Damansara.
Run by a Johorean family in a beautifully-outfitted bungalow, Kecur serves up Southern favourites such as Laksa Johor and Lontong Darat.
Kecur in Bukit Damansara
Kecur is located in a bungalow in Bukit Damansara. We loved how the restaurant was spruced up with an eclectic selection of furniture and trinkets – which made us feel like we were dining in someone’s personal home.
Classic Malaysian dishes are the focus here, with Johorean dishes as the main attractions.
Kecur serves delicious Johor Laksa
Our main reason to visit Kecur is to try out their Laksa Johor (RM17). As the dish was prepared by true-blue Johoreans, we expected the dish to be good.
And it did not disappoint. Kecur’s rendition comprises spaghetti slathered in a thick gravy made with lots of ikan tenggiri (mackarel) and spices.
We enjoyed this dish as the gravy is thick and nutty, with lovely bits of flakey fish bits. The gravy is full of umami, and we enjoyed the accents from the sliced cucumber, onion, basil, cucumber, and pickled white radish.
A squeeze of calamansi juice helped to brighten the dish, but the notes of bunga kantan were still able to cut through.
We found the Soto Ayam (RM10) to be decent. We found the broth to be sufficiently flavourful, with good heat from the sambal kicap. The lontong (rice cooked in banana leaves) had a nice firm texture and the begedil were tasty.
Kecur also offers some Javanese flair in the form of Nasi Ambeng (RM15) – steamed white rice served with Ayam Ungkep, Sambal Goreng Jawa (tempeh cooked with long beans and tofu), fried noodles, coconut serunding, and fried dried salted fish.
We enjoyed most of the elements of the Nasi Ambeng – with the sambal as the main highlight as it was very fragrant and not spicy. The fried chicken wing had a nice prominent kicap manis taste as well.
A local version of the Ful Medamaes dish in Egypt, the Kacang Pool (RM10) was the most underwhelming dish of the lot.
Compared to the original Kacang Pool Haji (which we tried in Larkin, Johor), we found the stew to be on the sweeter side and wished it had more spices.
Also, we found the egg to be overcooked, as we would have preferred it to be cooked sunny-side up. We particularly enjoy mixing the raw yolk into the stew for a more fatty and creamy taste.
Nevertheless, the accompanying toast was well done as it was thick and fluffy.
We also enjoyed the kueh-mueh that we ordered. The Kueh Bakar Pandan was creamy on the inside with full of pandan and coconut flavours! We just wished it had a stronger burnt “caramelised” taste.
Our mom also enjoyed the Kueh Kole Kacang (not pictured) that we tapau’ed – as it was full of fragrant Gula Melaka taste.
Our favourite dish at Kecur has to be the Laksa Johor, which was tasty and full of mackerel flavour. We also enjoyed the kueh-mueh.
We need to eat more Laksa Johor in town to determine our favourite – but we think Kecur’s version should please most.
Address: 64, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 8.30am-6.30pm Daily (Closed on Mondays)
Phone: 012-665 6790
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