Where’s The Beef? Backyard Salai House Gets Our Thumbs Up
Let’s get one thing straight. Malaysia is blessed with rich cuisines that mirror our colourful multicultural background. Food unites us all and oftentimes, the love that we share for eating precedes all.
It goes without saying that there’s a seemingly infinite number of top eating spots here, from international chains and fancy cafes, to hawker stalls and bustling food courts, that bring unique culinary experiences to light. Enter Backyard Salai House located in the industrial centre of Petaling Jaya. This establishment takes pride in serving only the best daging salai or smoked meat dishes in town, and we’re all for it.
Backyard Salai House is manned by two friends, Effendy Abdullah and Fazzal Azmi. They’ve mastered the secret of the trade, learning and perfecting the technique that yields only the best smoked meat for the customer’s culinary delight. In fact, word quickly got around after just a few weeks of starting business, and before they knew it, they’re smoking close to 20kg worth of meat daily just to keep up with the demand.
The menu offering here is pretty straightforward. You have the classic masak lemak cili api (a spicy coconut milk curry with bird’s eye chili) as the gravy, but served with different proteins, along with a side of piping hot fragrant rice with ulam (raw herbs) and sambal belacan (a shrimp paste hot sauce). Choose from either smoked beef (RM10), farmed chicken (RM10), free-range chicken (RM10), duck (RM12) or catfish (RM8). That’s it – just these five smoked dishes, as well as the Daging Bakar Backyard (RM10), which is their take on the western-style beef tenderloin BBQ, grilled to perfection.
The Gadabout team sampled everything on the menu except for the duck, which was sold out – so that’s rather telling of how good it must be. The masak lemak cili api recipe is a heritage dish originating from the matrilinieal state of Negeri Sembilan, and it is notorious for its punchy, fiery flavours. The boys of Backyard Salai House shared with us that they’re using a homemade recipe, proudly passed down from generation to generation. It nailed all the right profiles of a classic masak lemak dish, which definitely elevated the taste of the yummy-on-its-own smoked meat.
Speaking of which, the meat were smoked to perfection, and you get that hint of smoky flavours all throughout the dish. Do consider yourself warned, though, as the masak lemak gravy is quite spicy. I’m talking about flames-on-the-side-of-my-face, sweat-dripping-down-our-video-director’s-temples hot. So do with that information what you will. (Okay, if you might not be able to take the spiciness, you can definitely order the dishes with the gravy on the side).
All in all, Backyard Salai House is a chill place to kick out and feast to your heart’s content to authentic, Malaysian-style smoked meat dishes. Don’t just take it from me, though. You have to try it to believe it. Head on down to Backyard Salai House at Hawkers Ave at The Rock Place, Petaling Jaya today, or have it delivered to you via Foodpanda and Grabfood. They’re open from 12pm to 12am daily. Details and more on their Facebook page and Instagram account.
Where To Find Them:
Backyard Salai House
Hawker’s Ave @ The Rock Place
No 1, Jalan SS 8/6
Sungai Way Free Trade Industrial Zone
47300, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Backyard Salai House also operates a food truck during lunch hour at Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur as well as does delivery from their home-based headquarters out of Damansara Damai. Do contact them via Facebook Messenger for details.
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