25 August 2016

GwaKu serves up delicious, affordable meals in the heart of KL

Source: GwaKu's Facebook page. The famous ayam percik.
Source: Gwaku's Facebook page. The famous ayam percik.
GwaKu, a restaurant in Q Sentral near KL Sentral, keeps office workers in the neighbourhood guessing what's for lunch. It might be ayam perchik on Monday and lamb stews the next week.

"We try to use local produce as much as possible and those that are in season to ensure the quality and the freshness of the produce. Plus if they are in season the price would be cheaper and we can then transfer that to our customers so that they don't have to pay an arm and a leg for a nice quality delicious meal," said Mike Ibrahim, founder of restaurant GwaKu.

GwaKu serves mainly Asian dishes, like nasi lemak, rendang chicken, asam pedas, roti jala and kari chicken, without MSG, food that is familiar to many Asians, especially Malaysians."Our tagline is 'familiar taste, only better'. We pride ourselves by serving dishes that are familiar to many but somehow taste better," Mike said.

The restaurant also offers international dishes such as roast chicken, pastas and couscous, and traditional authentic Malay kuehs like tepung talam, kueh lapis, talam berlauk and bingka ubi.

Mike left the corporate life to pursue his passion for food and cooking. "I love to eat and to cook and love to see people enjoying the food that I prepare for them," he said. "There's more to life than meeting quotas."

Mike recommends two dishes that those new to GwaKu should try. "Dish one would be the ayam percik - grilled whole leg of chicken marinated with coconut milk, coriander, galangal, lemongrass, palm sugar and grilled to perfection, served with a trio of black, brown and red rice and pickled cucumber, pineapple and chilli," he said.

"Another one is kueh pulut kacang or at Gwaku we nickname it 'ulat bulu' or the 'caterpillar'. Not many places offer this kueh - sort of a Malaysian mochi, a black glutinous rice dumpling with mung beans filling, covered with freshly grated coconut, and topped with toasted sesame, crushed peanuts and brown sugar! Yummy!"


GwaKu is open 7.30am to 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays.

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