East Meets West, Done Right
As far as eating is concerned, Malaysia is blessed with an abundance of dishes, recipes and unique culinary experiences all waiting to be discovered. Some of which have stood the test of time, dating all the way back to our forefathers while others have found their way to our plates more recently, born out of ingenuity and creativity.
At first glance, the menus at Oren19 don’t particularly scream unconventional – they’re mostly dishes you’ve heard of or tasted at some point in your life. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth checking out. Situated in the quiet suburbs of Putra Heights in Subang Jaya – although closer to Puchong than to the Subang city centre – Oren19 serves up a delicious spread of Western-meets-local food with its own twist.
This unassuming family eatery is the brainchild of husband-and-wife duo Shah-Qays Md Shah and Murni Zawawi, who decided to have a go at opening their own restaurant after previously managing several food businesses. According to the couple, the recipes on the menu have gone through numerous rounds of testing to achieve near perfection. In the end, what you’re looking at is passion and dedication for good food probably found nowhere else than at Oren19. Meanwhile, amidst numerous oil and acrylic paintings adorning the walls of the eatery (painted by none other than Shah-Qay’s own father), the eating experience at Oren19 can be described as cosy and chilled, with a relaxed creative vibe.
For this food review, the Gadabout team had the chance to chow down on some of the best-selling items here, including the Crazy Butter Chicken, Siakap N Chips with Buttermilk Sauce, Grilled Rocky Lamb and Spicy Soy Chicken Wings.
The grills are alive with the sound of sizzling meat
Oren19’s Grilled Rocky Lamb (RM15) is a must-have for all meat lovers out there. Basically the dish consists of succulent lamb chops marinated with secret sauce, then grilled to perfection and served with fragrant rice. Personally, I’m not a big fan of lamb but this is one of the many rare occasions that I find myself throughly enjoying. That said, in my humble opinion the dish would’ve done better if it was served with a gravy or sauce, just to bind everything together. If you insist on having this served with sauce, however, you should go for the Cheesy Grilled Rocky Lamb (RM17) that comes with a tangy cheese sauce.
Next up is their signature Siakap N Chips with Buttermilk Sauce (RM21), which is Oren19’s take on the emblematic British fish’n’chips recipe that commonly uses cod or haddock as the main protein. The dish consists of a deep-fried seabass coated in a light batter, alongside homemade tartar sauce, fries and, of course, the Buttermilk Sauce. The fish was fried to perfection – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I’d reckon that this dish is great if you’re looking for something that is filling but not too heavy.
Initially, I was quite sceptical about the Crazy Butter Chicken (RM13) – one of my fears for the dish had to do with the gravy being not quite up to par with other Butter Chicken I’ve tasted before. But lo and behold, I was completely wrong. Oren19’s lip-smacking butter sauce is not only creamy, but silky, too. Coupled with the crispy chicken chunks and a side of piping hot rice, there really is nothing you can fault in this dish. The overall portion for the platter was big enough to feed two people, and this is not a complaint. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for that extra heat, there’s also the Spicy Butter Chicken.
Finally, the Spicy Soy Garlic Chicken Wings (RM15) is where we have 10 pieces of juicy fried chicken wings, glazed with spicy soy sauce. This savoury and absolutely finger lickin’ dish is perfect for a light yet filling snack, and you’d probably be ordering seconds in no time. They also have the non-spicy Soy Garlic Chicken Wings with just the right amount of flavour to sate the palate of those with more delicate tastebuds as well as for kids. The recipe for the Soy Garlic Chicken, as well as for the Crazy Butter Chicken, had been personally developed by Murni through numerous trials-and-errors until they hit just the right note for both dishes. Thus, it’s safe to say – at least for these two dishes, that you would probably not come across the exact same taste anywhere else.
So, what’s the verdict, you ask? Definitely a solid 8/10 for food, ambience and price, too. Oren19 is a terrific spot for those seeking fusion cuisine that’s one step above the rest.
Where To Find Them:
No. 1, Jalan Putra Permai 10/2E
Putra Heights, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Do take note, though, that currently Oren19 is only open for dinner, from 6pm to 10pm daily. Those within the vicinity can also order via Grab or Foodpanda, while they also deliver via Lalamove to other areas. For further information and updates, you can check out their website here or follow them on their Instagram account or Facebook page.
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Izzat is your regular 20-something, currently trying to navigate his way through the murky waters that is adulting. When he’s not hunched in front of the computer trying to catch deadlines, you’ll find him buried under the sheets watching films, or doing what he does best, which is sleeping.