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Monday, 25 May 2015

Karipap by Kampong Kravers

We drifted into Kampong Kravers after our initial meal at a restaurant here ended on a 'not-so-fulfilled' note.

Kampong Kravers is well known, first and foremost, for its premium spiral "karipaps" or curry puffs and they now offer 14 savoury and sweet curry puff flavours.  The savoury ones include staples like chicken, beef, mutton masala, sambal ikan bilis (spicy anchovies), spicy tuna, sardine, mushroom mayo and sweet potato.  The sweet ones are pineapple, kaya (coconut custard), peanut butter, durian, cempedak and apple custard.

Their signature regular spiral curry puff retails at RM2.20/pc or RM4.90 for 3 pcs.  Based on that price, it's a no-brainer how many puffs one should buy.  I bought one chicken, one ikan bilis and one sardine. 

At about RM1.70 a pc, the curry puff is not very big but the puff pastry was flaky and crispy with a fair amount of filling.  Although the price may seem more premium for a curry puff of that size, knowing that they are freshly made daily with no added preservatives, colouring or MSG and that the oils are trans-fat and cholesterol-free makes the price more acceptable.  Taste-wise, I did like the curry puffs which had a more authentic kampong-style taste to it, like one you'd buy from your neighbourhood "warong" (food stall)...only pricier!  

If these ones are too small for your liking, they do have bigger XL sized ones.  On a recent visit, I got myself some large ones.  This was the XL size chicken with egg and mutton masala @ RM5.20 for two (RM3.10 for one) inclusive of GST.  The puff pastry was extremely flaky and crispy if eaten within the hour.

I think the XL sized ones are better to eat as they seem to contain a sizeable amount of filling.  You can taste the chicken and potatoes in small chunks (instead of all mushed up), with a piece of hard boiled egg inside (though the whites were a tad hard), and a bit of heat in the filling.  The mutton masala puff was alright but I definitely preferred the chicken over the mutton one.

They also sell frozen curry puffs (in a box of 10) which you can take home to fry or bake. 

Other than the curry puffs, I bought a packet of Nasi Kukus Basmati @ RM3.60.  It was nicely packed in a paper cup container.  Their nasi lemak is made with basmati rice for a healthier and tastier version (plus it's more suitable for diabetics compared to regular white rice).  I definitely enjoyed the rice which was fragrant and fluffy with nicely separated grains. 

The fried ikan bilis and ground nuts were fresh and crispy.  It came with half a hard boiled egg and slices of cucumber.  The sambal was quite nice but rather spicy and oily.  The reason could be that they put too much sambal in for so little rice.  I would have preferred a lot less (sambal and oil)...I scooped most of it away :(

I like the fact that their products are nicely packed in environment-friendly paper boxes, containers and bags.  So, I'm ok with the slightly more premium prices based on their packaging and presentation.

They also offer cream puffs in a few different flavours but I think I'll stick to what they do best...and that's their curry puffs! ;)

Besides curry puffs, their other major product line is their curry pastes in flavours of chicken, beef, mutton, squid, shrimp, fish, dhal and sambal....and the latest is "hot bilis" which (apparently) is selling very well.  I did buy one to try...but that will be another story for another day! ;D

In case you "krave" for these puffs and want to give them a try, Kampong Kravers can be found in kiosks and cafes in some of the leading malls like Nu Sentral, Pavilion KL, Lot 10 Hutong, Empire Subang, IOI City Mall and its home cafĂ© in Damansara Kim ;)

18 comments:

  1. Haih, another one that will not (or better not) make it to Penang. Folks here would quickly complain about the premium price without giving much thought about the things that you mentioned...

    Those curry puffs, they are exactly my type of curry puffs..

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    1. You'll be surprised at just how many people would pay premium price for something that is made with healthier ingredients these days.

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  2. Hmmm.... got in Empire Subang ya...yum...can go there and try it out

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    1. Hope you get to try one of the many flavours they offer.

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  3. Oooo...instant curry paste! Can't wait to see your verdict. I've used Khadijah Ibrahim's kapitan curry - not the same as the regular curry but it is very nice in its own right. Not sold here, sent to me by people who bought it either in KL or in Kuching.

    I only like beef and potatoes in my curry puff...and if there's egg, that's an added bonus. RM4.90 for 3 is cheap!

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    1. I'm more into baked curry puffs, shortcrust pastry with a nice rich buttery fragrance...but I do know of 1,001 people who would swear by these deep fried ones. To each his own!

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    2. Cheap? I don't think you'll say that when you see the actual size of the karipap! :D

      Yeah, I'm one of those 1,001 people but, if you don't like it fried, you can always buy the frozen ones and bake them at home.

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    3. Ohhhhh???? Thanks for the tip, will certainly do that!!! Never crossed my mind, always thinking that I would need to deep fry those.

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    4. But I can't guarantee that the baked ones will taste as good! Heehee...

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  4. I love currypuffs but only the savory ones. Somehow I never had a liking for the sweet ones even though I love kaya.

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    1. Same here....I can't imagine eating a sweet curry puff!

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  5. that's a very interesting range of flavours ... hmmm, if i had to choose one sweet and one savoury, it'd be sweet potato and probably peanut butter ... or maybe cempedak! :D

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    1. I'm not sure if the sweet potato one actually qualifies as a savoury puff! :D

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  6. I have seen these karipaps at IOI City Mall but did not buy any at that time. I think if I just happen to go near a stall I will go crazy and buy one of each - sweet and savoury, hehehehehe. As for the nasi kukus, I would buy and say tak mau sambal! :D

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    1. I didn't know you're that crazy over curry puffs! :-D

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    2. I am not but I am just crazy wanting to taste all the various types to see the difference! :D

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  7. Seems most countries develop a successful snack by frying dough and stuffing it with goodies. ;-) It would be fun to line up the different varieties from around the world.

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    1. Any snack that is fried is always good! ;D

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