It isn’t every day you dine at a place serving chicken baked inside clay that you have to break apart (with an actual hammer, mind you) to unveil the succulent meat within. Comically archaeological in nature, and birthed from the womb of traditional Chinese culture, the dishes created at New Village Restaurant are surprisingly unique and delicious. Definitely worth the exploration.
New Village Restaurant is tucked away in the corner of Taman United, Plaza OUG, a location that is not particularly ideal and slightly difficult to find. Despite that, I would still say that it definitely is a hidden haven of authentic Chinese delicacies, worth the travel and the trouble.
Enter New Village and feel nostalgia permeate. Every detail within is designed to evoke memories of ‘kampung’, from the wooden fixtures and dim yellow lighting to a replica of a traditional brick oven used to bake Beggar Chicken.
We got to try everything at the restaurant and I must say, I have quite a few favourites. Top of the list is obviously the New Village Beggar Chicken (RM98). I must say, when it arrived at our table, it looked like a cake of mud. Utterly unimpressive, because of my ignorance. But when the clay was broken, and the four layers unravelled, the result of over 10 hours of preparation was magnificent. A hypnotic, fragrance pervaded the entire room, causing us all to salivate on command. The meat was tender and divine. With a texture a fall-off-the-bone soft, and a smoky ambrosial flavour that demands a next bite, there was real love here.
You can tell, because of how this chicken was prepared. It is bathed in gravy and herbal essence and marinated overnight. Then it’ll get wrapped in glass plastic, tin foil and mah-jong paper before the entire thing gets coated in clay to bake. Pretty incredible if you ask me, but then again, the result is well worth the effort.
Take a look at the unveiling of New Village’s Beggar Chicken.
Besides that star of the show, there were many noteworthy creations that came to life at New Village Restaurant.
The Claypot Tiger Grouper and Fresh Seafood Soup with Rice (RM88) for example.
Soup chocked full of flavour, sweetened with prawns and fish, with rice as an accompaniment, this distinct dish was full of surprises, eager to impress.
I absolutely adored the New Village Chicken (RM38-75).
This this chicken dish was second best after the Beggar chicken. Made with kampung chicken, the meat on this one was delicious! Minimalistic in taste with very little spice to corrupt the already decadent flavour, it was really well done. Its texture was soft and slightly brittle, breaking off easily, none of that chewy, rubbery nonsense. A delight to discover.
Another curious dish was their New Village Signature Fried Egg (RM15).
This place made egg CRUNCHY. How? I’m unsure but it was done! With such perfection. I enjoyed munching on those little pieces of eggy goodness. Tasty flavour with a satisfying crunch, what more can a girl ask for?
One more thing I would like to highlight is the vegetables served here. YUM! I loved their kangkung dish, and their Signature Four Heavenly King (RM16), an amalgamation of brinjal, lady’s fingers and long beans. A great combination of taste and texture. Nicely done indeed.
Overall, definitely a unique addition to the Chinese food in KL. Authentic in preparation and excelling in flavour, this is a great discovery of lip-smacking eateries in KL. One that I hope will linger awhile.
Tel: 03-7971 9161
Address: Lot G11 &12 Plaza OUG, Jalan Mega Kecil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 58200