My Toast n Roast SS2 – Best Char Siew in Petaling Jaya
“My Toast n Roast SS2 has the best melt in your mouth Char Siew,” teased Wendy as we drove around Petaling Jaya.
I licked my lips hungrily at the thought of devouring the tantalizing images of their glistening Char Siew with caramelized bits.
What is Char Siew?
Chinese Char Siew is sticky a sweet and salty pork dish that can be served as a main dish or appetizer.
The pork tenderloin with a good distribution of fat is marinated in a mix of honey, sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce and Chinese Cooking Wine. its distinctive red tinge is from a tiny bit of food coloring that is mixed in with the marinade.
BBQ Char Siew is that famous street side Chinese hawker ingredient that makes or breaks a Wanton Noodle dish.
The history of Toast n Roast SS2
In 2012, Johorkaki wrote about the Toast & Roast. It was founded by Mr KC Ong in 2009 with recipes he developed himself.
Mr Ong’s Char Siew stall started in this little neighbourhood at Jalan SS2/72, Petaling Jaya
Apparently the knack for marking great char siew runs in the Ong family.
- Famous Seremban Favourites (Owner Mr Bill Khoo is the cousin of Mr KC Ong’s wife)
- Roast Paradise in Singapore (Bill Khoon’s nephew, Kai Koh is the co-owner)
Thanks for the informative heads up Tony Boey. I am now curious to check out the other stalls for similarity of taste.
Where is My Toast n Roast SS2?
Restaurant My Toast n Roast is still within SS2 area. Parking is still challenging in SS2 but is relatively easier that the old location. The restaurant is rebranded TNR The Real Charsiew by Sean & Angie.
This is definately the real deal when it comes to Char Siew.
Where to park at My Toast n Roast?
We were so blessed to arrive just as a car pulled out and got to park at the front of the shop.
At 3.30 pm my stomach was growling.
I flew in this morning from Jakarta and had, would you believe it, a Hakka Mee Bakso for early breakfast!
Wendy was equally hungry waiting for me to make my way down from KLIA2.
The shop’s interior is simple. Basic tables and chairs and grey cement rendered walls. The plus point is delicious food in an air-conditioned shop.
It’s was a late Saturday afternoon we were lucky as the lunch crowds have just left. Wendy make the order for us. Their signature Char Siew and Hakka Noodles still take center stage in the menu.
We got a portion of perfect cut Char Siew. The half lean meat, half tender melting fat layer is melt in the mouth good! The meat is coated with a sticky sweet caramelized layer with charred bits. The best Char Siew is tasty yet does not feel greasy.
Everyone comes here for the Char Siew
Everyone loves the skewers of pork meat marinated in a secret homemade sauce and roasted until its smoky, charred and sticky sweet.
To make excellent Char Siew required just pork, a wet marinate and a hot stove.
Some will swear by fatty pork belly. Others like the meatier pork loin. Whatever you choose, it is a balance of fat and lean meat that makes the best BBQ Char Siew. Some people go for lean, others fatty. Wendy says the best ratio is or ‘half fatty and half lean’, which her uncle always orders.
You will know how it will taste by looking at the finished product.
When the meat looks like it is held together by a dark, gooey caramelized sticky outer layer that is the best.
You will want the roasted meat tender and succulent with layers of fat that melt in your mouth and drip from the sides of your lips.
For the entire sticky sugary layer the Char Siew is actually not as sweet as it looked. There lies the perfect balance in savories, sweetness and smokiness.
The Toast & Roast Signature Premium Char Siew
The look of The Toast & Roast’s Signature Premium Char Siew already speaks for itself. The Char Siew is made in a charcoal fire Tandoor oven. The ropes of Char Siew which are hung closer to the charcoal fire at the bottom gets the best charred marks.
It not surprising that on the Western Menu, Char Siew is described as Honey Roasted BBQ Pork (Char Siu).
When our Char Siew arrived it was very warm and toasty, glistening with the caramelised sweet savoury marinate. The is tender and moist, surrounded by warm juicy fat.
The best parts are the smoky charred edges which complements the natural sweetness of fresh pork.
It was hard to hold back from popping these chunky Char Siew into my mouth and chewing on the warm sweet alluring sheen on the surface.
Siew Yoke Roast Pork Belly (by portion size)
“The Siew Yoke is not roasted. It is actually smoked!” said Wendy.
The Siew Yoke and Roast Chicken is taken up a notch with the savory smoky wood flavor of Hickory Wood Charcoal.
We were dissapointd as it was sold out when I arrived for lunch past 3.00 pm. There was another 30 min wait and I had a wedding dinner to attend.
According to Wendy the Siew Yoke is the best, nice crackly skin, juicy fat and tender meat with a natural porky sweetness.
Original My Toast n Roast Hakka Noodles RM7
Chinese Hakka noodles is made with boiled flat yellow noodles mixed with a mild savoury soy sauce and lard oil.
The toppings are
- minced pork
- spongy bits “popcorn” fish cake
The Hakka noodle is springy, tasty and well flavoured, with fried onions and crispy fish flakes. They’re ae good on its own.
- Iced Cincau RM3.80
- V Soy Soya Bean Milk RM3.30
- Iced Chinese Tea RM0.70
Other My Toast n Roast Menu Items
- Wonton Mee with Char Siew
- Wonton Mee with Siew Yoke (roasted pork)
- Roast Chicken (Smoked)
- Roast Chicken rice
- Char Siew rice
- Siew Yoke rice
- Steamed Chicken
- Fish Roll
- Fried Wonton
- Wonton Soup
- Fried Sui Kow
- Sui Kow Soup
- Pork Meat Ball Soup
- Choy Sum
- Chicken Curry Rice
- Pork Green Curry Rice
- Thai Laksa
Can I order takeaway for lunch?
For lunch you can order via app for food delivery.
Restaurant My Toast n Roast Review:
As for Wendy and I, we are more than happy with our bowls of Hakka Mee. The star dish – The Toast & Roast’s Signature Premium Char Siew has the perfect texture that I enjoy.
However, the shop is missing the perfumes of the herbs and spices mingle I found in Restaurant SYW in Ipoh.
Restaurant My Toast & Roast | GPS: 3°07’41.5″N 101°37’40.2″E | 3.128182, 101.627825
No. 20, Jalan SS 2/72, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia | Tel: +6012-230 7766
Business Hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm (Tuesdays off)
Chinese/Asian Cuisine/Non Halal
Historical Reference: Johor Kaki Blog