Fat Aunts serves both Hong Kong style Cantonese street food and authentic Malay like you haven’t had outside KL before. So, you’ve got delicious dim sum and in-house made cart noodles on one side, as well as Sambal Prawns with Roti Canai on the other. Fat Aunts is one of three delightful Asian restaurants which make up Zen’s Streetery Food Hall in Cluster D of JLT, the other two are Hing Kee and the Thai-Chinese masters themselves – Zen.
Streetery Food Hall looks and feels very much like the backstreet courtyards which make up the very fabric of Asia’s vibrant street food scene. Anyone who has eaten on the streets of KL, Hong Kong, Manila and Bangkok (to name but a few), will immediately relate to this brilliant little culinary enclave. All this place now needs for full-blown authenticity are some…pets; throw in a birdcage with a chirpy canary, a skinny dog curled up in a corner, a one-eyed cat purr-begging for scraps at the tables and at least a couple of roaches and they’ll have nailed it.
The food at Fat Aunts is sensational. I particularly liked the Szechuan Beef Dumplings, its tangy chili sauce pleasingly similar to my favourite at Din Tai Fung. The fresh, in-house made Hong Kong cart noodles with (giant) soy chicken wing was superb but it was the beautifully spiced Sambal Prawns, served with Roti Canai (Malay parathas), which totally blew me away – it’s out of this world. I will come back for this alone. The truth is, everything my family and I tried was excellent.
Service is equally good, the servers friendly and well trained. I must confess to being smitten by Streetery. It reminds me so much of the communal, unpretentiousness of Asian cuisine. So much so that I am holding the first 2019 session of my Thursday Lunch Club at Streetery this Thursday. And I know from now that Fat Aunts will be a big hit with my ravenous band of food buddies.
Fat Aunts, worth a detour.
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