Let’s face it. Seafood is costly even for a casual lunch in Subang Jaya. If you want halal seafood, most Malay restaurants usually only open in the evenings.
You might go to Thai restaurants, but it does not satisfy the palate.
What if you could have all the seafood you wanted without burning a hole in your pocket? That place would be D’Chubby Kitchen which operates from noon to midnight.
It’s in the heart of the bustling SS15 where food lovers can spend the whole day piling up the calories with tons of choices.
After my wife suggested seafood for the fifth time last week, we took a drive in SS15 to find a restaurant that would not be as costly as a franchise restaurant.
Near Subang Square, we caught a glimpse of a wall poster in a shop that showed three seafood dishes. It was between two Chinese restaurants. It looked like one too. Until we saw a halal sign at the entrance.
D’Chubby Kitchen opened nearly two months ago during the start of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). It’s a fusion restaurant focusing on Chinese-Muslim food with kiosks offering a range of Western and Malay food.
We were sceptical at first, but decided to give it a go.
D’Chubby Kitchen has a kiosk upfront for Nasi Campur that offers Chinese and Malay food.
Inside is a kiosk which serves Wagyu beef! Not your typical restaurant if you think about it.
We were hungry and were not too concerned about the price then, so we took our seats and looked through the menu.
To our surprise, most of the items were not expensive at all. Come on, if you can find a Siakap Steam Limau Thai Style for RM38 in SS15, you are welcome to write us an email.
We met with the owner of the restaurant who only wanted to be known as ‘Shah’.
I won’t lie. I was so intrigued I had to ask him about his story while the missus was finishing the whole siakap.
He told us it was tough, especially at that particular time (RMCO), to start a fusion restaurant.
“Business boomed when Selangor was hit by the water crisis (earlier this month). Thank God, we had another branch, so we brought water here.
“We are the only outlet selling Chinese-Malay food in SS15,” said Shah.
D’Chubby Kitchen’s food was extraordinary, especially when you have tried Chinese-Muslim food at other places.
Besides the siakap, we also ordered Dry Butter Fried Sotong and Baked Cheese Fish Steak Fried Rice. Glorious!
Shah told us their specialties are prawns and ‘special made sauce’ Kamheong Ketam and Shell Out menu.
We were salivating again even though we were full.
We will definitely come again to try the other dishes, especially the Seaweed Popiah and the Western grilled food.
D’Chubby Kitchen will bring in Lebanese cuisine to add to their variety.
Twentytwo13 senior copy editor Purwaiz Alam has gone to D’Chubby Kitchen twice since I told him about the place on Sunday.
His verdict: “This is a real good find.”
Address: 80, Jalan SS 15/4b, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Noon to midnight