So what exactly, was THE FOLE ? The words puzzled us.
On one of our lunch jaunts several weeks back, one of the banners hanging on a fence and roof of an old building in the residential side in old Ampang town caught our eye.
The images on the banner depicted Fine Western Cuisine but the venue was a roadside shack not far off from the Nine Emperor Gods Temple, a place of Taoist worship where once a year, on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, a nine-day long festival is held with rituals of fire-walking, food offerings, prayer chants, spirit possessions, and body piercings.
So anyway, with ‘The Fole’ in mind, we made it a point to return at dusk (operating hours) to find out what the place was all about. Well we had dinner there once, and then again, .. and again. And after several visits & tasting different dishes, we can say for certain this is THE BEST discovery of 2019 so far.
Barely a month old, The Fole is a western food stall inside the Sek Ka Restaurant offering very affordable, tasty western food in immensely hearty portions. Their cooking is not your regular ‘hawker-style western food in a kopitiam’ sort, as we experienced. There is quality in their dishes, for the prices they charge. For example, they use thick cut fries instead of frozen crinkle fries, and the mushroom soup is freshly made instead of from the can. Their fish and chips comes properly battered and fried. The grilled fish comes decently grilled as well.
Their menu offers choices of chicken, pork, lamb, fish and pasta dishes. Everything was great except for the lamb (this was just average as a wee bit too much fat and tendons). Apart from that, the menu was mostly good.
Also, we uncovered that, The Fole wasn’t the only good thing there. The chinese ‘small stir-fry’ (xiao chao) stall right next to it cooks up a really tasty, bountiful Yang Chow Fried Rice and Fried Hokkien Mee with plenty of ‘wok-hei’. Their signature Kung Pao Fried Ramen was mediocre though. So, in light of this, dinner here, with the older generation, whose taste buds have not evolved from traditional Chinese food won’t be a problem at all. Enough of variety for everybody.
In summary, Sek Ka is a great destination for a family outing to have quality, hearty western dishes at affordable prices. And if any member of your party prefers only non-western cuisine, the Chinese stall plenty of rice and noodle choices to appease any demanding South East Asian tummy.
The Fole operates about 6pm til late and closed Thursdays. Check it out.
The Fole Western Cuisine
T15A, Jalan 3, Kampung Baru Ampang, 68000 Ampang