Poppo Kanteen is a cheerful restaurant that serves local delicacies with a few Asian-Fusion dishes thrown into the mix. The backstory was that Poppo used to be a canteen operator at a school in Batu Pahat, so her mission is to provide new food choices for the students and teachers. Because of that, there is a back-to-school vibe featuring traditional metal dishes and a menu that takes the shape of a ‘buku latihan’.
You will definitely be spoilt for choices here, as there are more than 200 food and drink items in the menu. But one thing Poppo is proud of, it has got to be their nasi lemak.
It’s available with fried chicken, chicken curry, mutton curry, beef rendang and a couple of other meat and seafood dishes. Whichever you choose, it will never cost more than RM10 and so the price is reasonable.
If you pay enough attention, you will notice that every single side dish in Poppo’s nasi lemak has a unique twist. For example, the hard boiled egg is fried in a light coating of panko, crispy but not hard ikan bilis, extra smooth sambal and even the peanuts are crunchier than usual. As for the fried chicken, it’s flavorful from the inside out since it’s pounded before being marinated.
Spicy Fried Spaghetti @ RM9.50. The overall flavor was similar to Kung Pao and does not taste as spicy as it looks. Personally I’d like it more if it had a bigger punch of heat. But I guess you can’t please everyone.
Roti Boom is a crowd favorite and it’s easy to see why. It’s entirely crispy, fluffy with the right amount of sweetness without being cloying. Top it off with a topping of your choice and it might very well be one of the best Roti Boom you ever have. Highly recommended.
Some snacks for sharing include the Tofu Sumbat @ RM4.90 – cheap and enjoyably crunchy.
Poppo Crispy Tofu @ RM5.90 with their secret homemade sauce that’s light, citrusy and refreshing.
Poppo offers a wide variety of toasts. The two that we tried – Garlic Bread Kaya @ 3.50 and Cheese Toast @ RM3.90 were equally good but I am more impressed with the fact that they were perfectly toasted without any charred spots at the bottom.
This was unexpected but Korean Fried Chicken is also on the menu. Unbelievably crunchy and the savory sauce had a nice balance of sweetness and richness to it.
Dessert wise, the cendol @ RM4.90 is a must try. Loaded with fresh toppings (the green cendol worms are squiggly soft, not frozen) and drizzled in premium imported palm sugar, I can’t find anything to fault with this icy treat. In fact, this will be on my list of the best cendol in KL.
ABC @ RM7.50 on the other hand feels like an upgraded version of the cendol. Both are delicious in their own ways, but I prefer the cendol better.
For something out of the norm, try the Ginger Ice @ RM6.90 – made with pure ginger juice that packs a strong pungent and spicy kick. Another drink worth the mention is Teh Tarik Butter, it was extraordinarily smooth and creamy, and more importantly does not leave a ‘siap-siap’ (astringent) aftertaste.
It is also worth mentioning that Poppo Kanteen was renovated and equipped with recycled materials for that unique atmosphere that does not pander to a certain age group. We hung out here for about three hours and we noticed that their customers come from all walk of life – but especially popular with families.
No 26, Jalan Manis 4, Taman Segar
Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: 8am – 12am
Tel: 03-9134 6923