Uncle Lim’s Laksa at Ikano Power Center – Mutiara Damansara

So I was in Ikano Power Center – Mutiara Damansara, to pay the bills (it’s the nearest functional post office to me I think) and I didn’t have much time.

Instead of my normals haunts (A&W, Authentic Hiroshima Okonomi Yaki & Gyoza or Manhattan Fish Market) I headed to Uncle Lim’s, which I always see, and which is always busy.

They only serve 4 main dishes, which if I recall correctly are Uncle Lim’s Laksa, Asam Laksa, Nasi Lemak and Chicken Porridge (Gai Juk) and a few other things like Roti Bakar and Otak Otak.

Uncle Lim's - Ikano Power Center

I opted for Uncle Lim’s Laksa…I don’t know the difference between this and the Asam Laksa.

Uncle Lim's Laksa

But I have to say their presentation is excellent, so much better than their culinary skills.

I had a Soyabean-Cincau (Michael Jackson), in a rather small glass..

Soyabean-Cincau

And mixed up my noodles.

Uncle Lim's Laksa

Uncle Lim’s Laksa appears to made with spaghetti, rather than regular noodles, which is kind of interesting…there wasn’t much else inside, a few cockles I think, no big juicy prawns..And it cost $7.90 and the drink $2.50.

This is a place that’s pretty much self service and only serves 4 dishes, surely that keeps the price down?

It is a big portion, but well I didn’t finish it because it wasn’t very good..it was salty, a little overbearing and didn’t have much worth eating inside except the spaghetti.

Perhaps I’ll go back and try the Asam Laksa and the Porridge, but I doubt it..I can get both at other places for $2-3, not $8.

Uncle Lim's

Uncle Lim’s Homegrown Crap.

Yeah I didn’t enjoy it.

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29 Responses to Uncle Lim’s Laksa at Ikano Power Center – Mutiara Damansara

  1. Jayboy8 January 16, 2006 at 12:36 pm #

    Do you always carry a camera with you or what?
    IF so what camera is it?

    Uncle Lim…..urghhh…… an overpriced, overstyled chinaman corner coffee shop in a shopping mall.

    Why bother?

    Ikano Manhattan Fishy not the best one I have had… Mid Valley and Sunway is better.

  2. ShaolinTiger January 16, 2006 at 12:45 pm #

    Jayboy8: Yah used to, Canon Powershot A70. But now I have a SE K750c, so I just use my phone, these shots are taken with my phone. I agree overpriced and not even good. Why bother? Because if you don’t try new places, you don’t discover new gems :)

  3. killuminati January 16, 2006 at 1:28 pm #

    SE K750c?!?! i’ve been away from the cell phone scene a long time, but i’m amazed that the shots were taken with a cell phone cam. it’s amazingly detailed.

  4. Dana January 16, 2006 at 1:59 pm #

    Uncle Lim not sedap! I tried the curry noodle, very bland. Tried the asam laksa too, cannot compared that to the SS4 pasar malam. That uncle there has que waiting there every wednesday, even way before he arrived at his usual spot one.

  5. fishtail January 16, 2006 at 2:15 pm #

    I tried the porridge there once, and it was just mediocre. It wasn’t even steaming hot as good porridge should be. I think that place is a little over-rated.

  6. Sharon January 16, 2006 at 3:16 pm #

    I so agree. I seriously dont see why people flock there. Their porridge was so bland, and their toast…yuck. I never went back. Speaking of toast, have you all tried the toast at Kluang Station at One Utama? I tried the original, authentic stuff in Kluang, Johor. Its such a humble stall situated AT the train station, their toast is err…toasted over charcoal fire and is served with dripping,homemade kaya and butter. OMG, heavenly… I wonder how the franchise one tastes like. Anyone tried?

  7. babe_kl January 16, 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    you can forget about the porridge!

  8. talkcockking January 16, 2006 at 4:58 pm #

    uncle lim is jsut so overrated!
    ridiculous price, small portion, long Q and it doesnt taste as good as many say…

  9. vlad January 16, 2006 at 6:59 pm #

    Uncle Lim and Kopitiam just don’t go together.

  10. yhtan January 16, 2006 at 8:16 pm #

    Yuk…the food is expensive and not up to standard for me.
    I still remember last few month i went to uncle lim in sunway pyramid,the laksa was cold,some more the price is quite expensive.Might well go to those stall eat.I still miss penang one :p

  11. Kuzco January 16, 2006 at 9:41 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to try eating at the shop, i guess i’ll pass this one after reading this entry.

  12. Chris Chong January 16, 2006 at 9:43 pm #

    I just had a thought…

    Suppose I just parked my car in Ikano, and decided to take the bridge to the Curve, and you (ST) happened to park at the Curve but decided you wanted to head to Ikano instead – via the bridge as well.

    There is a tiny chance, but it is possible, that we’d both get on opposite sides of the bridge at the same time.

    It’s possible that you’d look up from the bills in your hand, and I’d look up from the fish food I just got from the Pets Wonderland – and we’d meet each other in the eye.

    It would then be possible that you’d hesitate for a while, wondering “Who’s this strange idiot staring at me?” – And I go “Wait… that botak gwailo looks fammiliar”

    Then, it would be possible that – at that instance – we both realise who the other is and quickly duck for cover behind the stuff-toys / girly earings stands/shops/thingies… my vitamin-enriched spirulina fishfood slowly falling to the ground as I push aside the cleaner lady – taking her mop and breaking off the hairy bit to form a staff.

    In the mean time, you drop your K750i while fashioning some nunchakus from a rotan chair. And a couple of sandals.

      (Remember, all this is happening in slow motion with some cliche bassline playing in the background. And we’d be wearing shades, of course. And black leather trenchcoats – the ones with buttons, not zippers. I like buttons)

    Then, it would be quite likely that we’ll both leap out and run at each other – screaming at the top of our lungs as we clash at the centre of the bridge, with blood flying, guts spilling, bones cracking and hair ruffled (well… mine, at least).

    I think it would be real cool to bump into you in Ikano…

  13. Saygore January 16, 2006 at 10:02 pm #

    tiger, uncle Lim’s coffee is excellent. when ever i am at ikano power center, i try to have a cuppa of coffee. the food there is so so. i don’t eat there anymore, just coffee.

  14. victor January 16, 2006 at 11:01 pm #

    doesn’t look that good either. I’d opt for a sarawak laksa anytime of the day..

    by the way ST, what’s a K750c? I thought it’s a K750i?

  15. ShaolinTiger January 16, 2006 at 11:49 pm #

    killuminati: Yeah rather than buy a new tiny camera or an iPod I bought a phone that has a 2mp camera with autofocus and takes external memory cars for Mp3s :) I chose this phone specifically because of the camera quality. You can check it out here.

    Sharon: Yah I agree NO idea why so many people go there..Haven’t tried that toast, sounds great.

    Chris Chong: ROFLOMG WTF?! What you been smoking man?

    Saygore: Really? Hmm might have to give the coffee a go then.

    victor: It tastes how it looks :D I dunno my firmware says k750c, I think it means with Chinese language support (The names of the games are Chinese).

  16. kimberlycun January 17, 2006 at 12:17 am #

    chris…you’re weird, man!

  17. frostier January 17, 2006 at 1:23 am #

    Rofl. u dun like it and u blog abt it. But nonetheless, the packaging was good but never as good as those available at the roadside.

    ;)

  18. victor January 17, 2006 at 4:30 am #

    haha bad things should be blogged too. Warn people not to eat that shit. Sony Ericsson is the coolest. I’ve had enough with nokia too..

  19. earl-ku January 17, 2006 at 5:07 am #

    was at uncle lim’s place in Times Square, yeah the food sucks, the drink sucks, and they are in these special undersize glasses

    and with the amount of people working at the outlet in times square, how come its a “self-service” restaurant? its kinda weird to be having like 5 person walking around just waiting to clean up the table …

  20. eddyhan January 17, 2006 at 8:07 am #

    My mom always tells me that the best food in the world, are found at the place with most phlegms on the floor…e.g. Klang

  21. yothemans.com January 17, 2006 at 9:00 am #

    the world famous PENANG LAKSA is the best.
    fly to the north mate.

  22. Jamie January 17, 2006 at 9:17 am #

    Clearly Chris has been fantasising about you for a long time now.

  23. Chris Chong January 17, 2006 at 11:09 am #

    Erm… no

  24. aprilcher January 17, 2006 at 2:22 pm #

    oh.. i pass by this shop lots of times.. but i never try before…

  25. moz monster January 17, 2006 at 7:43 pm #

    I don’t like it too … it’s overpriced, like much else at Ikano and the Curve ..

  26. ShaolinTiger January 19, 2006 at 1:01 am #

    frostier: Yeah I like to let people know where to avoid aswell as where is good!

    earl-ku: Yeah bro I noticed that too..like 7 people standing behind the counter polishing glasses and shit.

    moz monster: I dunno A&W is fine ;) I quite like Manhattan fish market too, and the Gyoza and Noodles just across from Uncle Lim’s are great

  27. Izad January 24, 2006 at 9:44 pm #

    I’ve always wondered what Uncle Lim’s was like. Thanks for the warning, I guess. I guess it’s better to divert my way to Uncle Ben’s next time.

  28. Jellybean June 22, 2006 at 2:25 pm #

    Wow, I like your pictures. I have a SE K750i phone too but I dont really use the camera function much, I think I should start using it now seeing your pics turn out so great.

  29. megan December 1, 2006 at 10:58 pm #

    excuse me!!are u a supporter for the lousy kluang station kopitiam ah ??? i mean seriously…ur haf one hell of a lousy taste bud..haf u actually tried their nasi lemak??
    it’s made from real coconut rice & the size of the chicken & amount of sotong?? it’s cheap & good for a kopitiam in a shopping mall..it’s filling as well..u think the shoppin mall rent is cheap?? i believe u dont keep up with the economy of malaysia & i think that’s very sad..and the spaghetti laksa is a unique cuisine..look at it from a different view..would u ever had the idea of using it as laksa noodles?? i bet not..u’re just sad..