Written with passion by Pooi Yee
The moment I stepped into this cafe, I fell in love with the whole deco and comfy environment. It reminded me a lot of my grandma’s house in Teluk Intan (My mum's place). Not to forget my ‘Tai Po’ and my lovely grandma. Suddenly, I felt so emotional and touched when I saw the vintage items in this café. Sharing the moments with the owner, Karen on how she came up with this cafe by practicing her own grandma’s recipes to bring these traditional Chinese dishes to present to us today, I was moved.
We reached early at 11.20 am and the staff was kind enough to let us in while they were busy preparing to open at 11.30 am. We enjoyed taking photos and admiring the cozy place with old tin mugs, classic sewing machines and irons, wooden tables and chairs, and village wall panels.
I patiently waited for an hour before our food review finally started at 12.45noon and I was really hungry. Karen introduced their specialties here. Grandma's Pork Chuup and Nasi Lemak. The cafe is named "Chuup" because her grandma always had pork chop pronounced as Chuup. Interesting...
Chuup has been open for 8 months and the service here is friendly and attentive.
Drinking water is served self-service here
Bright, cheerful ambiance with an impeccably clean dining area.
Outdoor seats available as well with wooden stools
Our first serving of the day - Yam Cake (RM 3.90) consisting yam pieces with dried shrimp and rice flour steamed and topped with fried shallots, spring onions and chili - tasty and sumptuous. The yam cake is nicely done with a semi crunchy crust on the top and a mildly soft texture on the inside.
Chuup Popiah (RM 3.90) - Homemade popiah stuffed with lettuce, turnip, fried shallots, dried shrimp carrots, beansprouts, eggs, homemade zhu yau char and chili sauce wrapped with Chuup's home-made popiah skin.
Their signature dish - Grandma Pork Chuup (RM18.90). The two gigantic servings of pork chop meat are perfectly marinated and each bite is soft, juicy and tender. Served with potatoes, carrots and spinach, it makes for a rather healthy meal.
Pork Meatballs Marinara (RM 17.90) - Awesome meatballs which are soft and delicate (reminds me of my parents’ home-cooked meatballs). The combination is perfect, especially the sauce.
Chuup Nasi Lemak with Pork Rendang (RM14.90)
Nasi Lemak is my all-time favorite! Chuup Nasi Lemak is served with generous portions of fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, blanched kangung, acar, hard-boiled egg, pork rendang & sambal. The nasi lemak is fragrant with coconut milk and the sambal tastes good. The pork rendang is delicious with a flavorful and tender meat. A must try!
Sandwich with Grilled Pork Loin (RM 18.90) - Toasted Ciabatta bread, butterhead lettuce, caramelized onions, tomato slices served with pickled vegetables and sweet potato fries. The portion is large enough to be shared by two persons. The pork loin is grilled to perfection, flavorful and tender. This is surely everyone's favorite. The bread has an extremely crispy and crunchy crust and the sweet potato fries are ideal for kids too.
Chicken Chuuppies (RM 10.90) - Deep Fried bite-sized chicken pieces that are well-seasoned and served with homemade creamy honey mustard sauce. Each chicken cutlet is so moist and juicy.
Hop on to Chuup for nostalgic granny moments and great food. I must come and try the Hainan chicken rice for my next visit. Special thanks to Karen for giving us the opportunity to drop by Chuup for the food tasting.
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