I ordered a special rojak, which is the addition of sotong, tofu and special sauces on top of his regular rojak. If you ask me what the ultimate rojak is, this is it. It is a healthful combination of fruits overpowered buy a sinful concoction of thick har koh.
Serving of Rojak
The base is lined with fried yeow char kwau (Chinese dog bone) and water spinach which is then topped with the rojak mixture and then topped with flour cake and peanuts. Sometimes, when the container is bursting when he tries to close it, the flour cake is outside the container. The arrangement is well thought out because the flour cake on the top remained crispy when I brought it home and the yeow char kwai base was still crispy.
Digging in to the rojak, it was quite difficult to figure out what I ate. The har koh sauce was so think, one can barely identify what it is until it reaches the palates to figure out what is it. Even then, it is quite a task to identify. His choices of ingredients are random, so you may not know what you will get if someone else gets it for you.
What's beneath it
One skewer is not though enough for the whole pack, which explain why he gives a generous 2-4 sticks a packet. There are some ingredients that are hard or impossible to poke, often blunting the skewer.
Everybody will have their own way to eat this rojak. I usually remove the flour cake and dig in to the rojak, working from right to left, finishing off by consuming the remaining sauce with the flour cake.
Sometimes, I wonder if I am having fruits with har koh or har koh with fruits.
Had a tofu bakar, which is available from his daughter’s outlet in TTDI. Very good, better than the average tofu baker but I think the goodness of the mouth watering rojak overshadows and distracts the tofu bakar. After all, we have only one stomach.
Motorbike Sidecar (Damansara Utama)
Remarks: The original outlet in Damanasara Utama is sometimes there between noon and 4pm. Opening time and days are irregular, so be prepared to be disappointed. Alternatively, hunt nearby for the TTDI outlet.
Van (Taman Tun Dr Ismail)
If you are allergic to any of these, please take note. Contains turnip, mango, cucumber, kangkung (water spinach), jambu air, papaya, lime, tofu, pineapple, sotong, sotong chips, dried sotong, ikan billis, peanut, flour cake, yeow cha kwai, red chili paste and har koh (prawn paste). Will contain seasonal ingredients.
Damansara Utama - N 03° 08.2118' E 101° 37.4013'
Taman Tun Dr Ismail - N 03° 08.5172' E 101° 37.7345'
Getting there: Near Uptown, in Damansara Utama or Taman Tun. The original outlet in Damansara Utama is on a motorbike sidecar. The daughter’s outlet in Taman Tun Dr Ismail is on a lorry back.
Original published at tasek.net on the 23rd of January, 2006. Re-published with permission.