Little did we know that POKC stands for People of Kheng Chew. The Kheng Chew people are part of the Hainanese Clan, or even more apt, the Hainanese people that came from the Kheng Chew province in China.
Already stamping their mark in the Damansara Uptown vicinity since August 2014, POKC’s menu consists of Hainanese food, but this time, with a twist.
Thankfully, the particular area where POKC is situated (same row as Epicuro and Rekindle), has ample parking spaces. Pretty easy to score a parking spot on your first round there.
The place is nicely decorated with mismatched furnitures, with long tables thrown in to cater for big families. The place can sit up to groups of 10 at one go, or if one is alone, there’s a cozy spot you can curl up in.
Enchanted Lamb Stew [RM 24.90]
POKC’s signature slow cooked lamb shank stew with onions, carrots, potatoes and spices. Patrons may opt for a bowl of white rice or a basket of bread. POKC’s lamb stew is fragrant, thick and flavourful. Meat was thoroughly cooked, tender and had a flavourful spice hint to it. Pair the stew with white rice for a filling dinner or just with bread for a lighter choice.
Kheng Chew Curry Koi [RM 16.90]
A pot of homemade curry chicken with potatoes served with white rice or a basket of white bread. This time round, we went for the bread. POKC ran out of white bread and substituted with wheat bread instead. Curry was intense, thick and flavorful, with just the right amount of spicy. The chicken was tender and juicy to the bite. While it was a little too salty, it was probably because it was intended to be taken with white rice.
Richie Carbonara [RM 24.90]
Pasta in creamy sauce topped with chopped garlic, pork bacon and Parmesan cheese. Among the 3 dishes, this was a huge let down after sampling the two above. Pasta was very overcooked and came very soggy, soaked in the cream sauce. The cream sauce was rather bland, lacking the necessary seasoning, and even the pork bacon did not manage to pull this dish off. It would be best to avoid ordering it unless one is in the mood for bland dishes.
Tofu Fah Cheese Cake [RM 14.90]
The gNOMes initially were a little confused as to the method of consuming this dessert, but soon we figured that it should be eaten as a tofu fah would. After sprinkling the syrup onto the cake, it was now ready to be eaten. Indeed it tasted exactly like what one expects from a tofu fah-cheese cake hybrid. Tofu fah like texture with a slight hint of cheese, with the sweetness coming from the syrup.
Verdict : POKC does indeed fare better in their more traditional delights. The stew especially stood out for us. From what we gather, the western ones generally do not fare as well as their traditional Asian cuisine. Nevertheless, the gNOMes felt that the price tag on the menu was slightly on the steep side.
How to get there :
Address : No. 12, Janaln SS21/35, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Contact Number : +603-7732 6080