Pork pork pork, did you say pork @ Betty’s Midwest Kitchen, Aman Suria

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria [Note: The content of this blog post including its author sesungguhnya tidak ditanggung halal]

Despite its ridiculous proximity to my work place, I only made my 1st visit to Betty’s Midwest Kitchen earlier this month. Good: now I know what the fuss is about! Bad: It is now part of my lunch options, most unhealthy for my body and wallet!

Enter Betty’s Midwest Kitchen and if you still think that it’s a pork-free place, you need to OPEN YOUR EYES BIG BIG. One part of the wall is dedicated to picture frames of cute porkers, luckily all illustrated so we would not feel ashamed of our cannibalism. The place is small but cosy. Decorations include ornaments of the stars and stripes and touristy frames of places in the Midwest.

I got to chat with co-owner, Mr. Woon about the restaurant. He told me that he and his wife, Betty frequently visited their daughter in the Twin Cities to help take care of their grandchild. From there, Betty picked up Midwestern-style cooking from her daughter’s in-laws. After their son graduated in culinary arts, they decided to set up a restaurant together here in KL and settled on American Midwestern food.

Initially they were wondering how to go about marketing their business. Turns out, it wasn’t such a huge problem. Happy customers helped spread the word about their food, and soon they begin to face problems such as lack of space and shortage of staff. All good problems to have, perfectly solvable in time I’m sure.

This post is an accumulation of several visits because even I can’t eat more than 2 food items in the restaurant. I’m going to start off with the food that I enjoyed the most.

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Chicken Noodle soup Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Mozzarella Sticks
Chicken noodle soup and mozzarella sticks

Soup of the week starts from RM8, just ask the staff what kind of soup they have. I’ve had the Chicken Noodle Soup (RM9) and the Sausage and Ham soup (RM10). Both hearty, delicious and filling as the vegetables are chunky. Quite adequate for a quick lunch. When I get my kitchen (more) sorted out, I plan to learn how to cook soups like this. Then I’ll make a massive pot, eat from it the entire day and not have to go out. Brilliant.

I had mozzarella sticks (RM2). You can’t go wrong with mozzarella sticks, best eaten while piping hot. The breadcrumb was slightly salty so I don’t recommend more than one stick per person. That is if you’re planning on trying other stuff.

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Dog food
Dog food

What is the ridiculously named Dog Food (RM9)? Fries drenched in gravy, topped with cheese and oven cooked. It is one of the most sinfully yummy things to eat when it’s hot. That means you need to share it because it’s impossible for one person to finish it all. I am of course speaking from experience, so learn from my ordering mistake. You have been dutifully warned.

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Pulled pork burger
Pulled pork burger

Kim recommended the Pulled Pork Burger (RM12) and I’ve not looked back since. Wikipedia says that pulled pork is a method of preparation in which pork is cooked using low-heat, long-cook method. The meat becomes tender enough that its weakened connective tissue allows the meat to be “pulled” or easily broken into individual pieces.

Indeed, Betty’s pulled pork is slow-roasted and braised in special sauce, and tucked in between a burger bun, served with house coleslaw and fries. They forgot to mention that it is pork happiness in every bite. Reminds me of those braised meat and pau served as the final course at some Chinese wedding dinners! If you’re planning a trip to Betty’s, make this one of your orders.

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Pork chop in country gravy
Pork chop in country gravy

Pork chop in Country Gravy (RM23). Kerol had this, the pork chop was juicy and succulent. I’m not sure about the other gravy choices, don’t suppose I’ll try anything but country gravy!

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Pork Belly
Pork belly

Horng‘s main, the Pork Belly (RM27.50). Tender, well-marinated meat and full of yums.

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Apple Crumble dessert
Apple crumble

Betty’s Apple Crumble (RM8) which felt a little deconstructed to me. I thought it was okay, perhaps I’m not such an apple crumble person. However friends told me that they loved it. The vanilla ice-cream was good quality.

And other food items that we had…

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Cheeseburger Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Sloppy Joe
Cheeseburger and Sloppy Joe

The Cheeseburger (RM15.50) is grilled beef and pork patty topped with bacon and sliced cheese. Got the thumbs up from ShaolinTiger. The Sloppy Joe (RM12) is ground pork with baked beans, onions, ketchup and seasonings. Comes with burger buns and fries. Not Horng’s favourite but Yuki finished the lot.

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Classical Meatloaf Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Beer batter fish
Meatloaf and beer batter fish

The Classical Meatloaf (RM16.50) was good but a tad salty, hence making me feel that two slices was a bit jelak. Loved the sides of peas, mashed potatoes and a serving of onions! The batter in the Beer Batter Fish (RM22) was a bit too oily. The dory fish was rather fresh though.

Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - Bacon tomato spaghetti Betty's Midwest Kitchen in Aman Suria - BLT
Bacon tomato spaghetti and BLT

Bacon tomato spaghetti (RM15), simple and satisfying. Betty’s serves BLT – Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich (RM12) for lunch only, looked good. You could also get the HLT – ham, lettuce and tomato if you do not fancy bacon. Though that is impossible because everyone that can eat bacon, fancies bacon. It’s written in a rule book somewhere, I’m sure of it.

Mr. Woon also told me that their website will be revamped soon, and that they’ll be coming out with some specials. As in food lah. So keep a look out for it!

Betty’s Midwest Kitchen
A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria Damansara
47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +603-78800196
Opens: Tuesday – Sunday, Closed on Monday.
Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm, Dinner: 5.30pm – 10pm
GPS: N3 07.314 E101 35.703
Clicks: Website, Facebook page, Google map

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  1. sounds like kesedapan yang tak terhingga

  2. Glad you got to check it out!!
    I was tempted to go during my last trip to Malaysia though I thought it was ironic for me to travel back to Malaysia to go for Midwestern food, hah!
    I know the Woons; their daughter is a very good friend who now lives in Iowa (still considered Midwest lar), just a few miles from us. She’s a pathologist in my hospital.
    She married an angmoh, and the funny thing was they initially wanted him to dress up in farmer gear and be no their advertisements/menu!!

  3. i want to eat the pulled pork burger. when’re we going?

  4. wow… hardly see u wrote this way.

  5. suan, this post making me reeeeaaallllyyy hunngrrreeeee……

  6. LT: it was!

    Vagus: Haha when he told me that his daughter’s a doctor in Midwest, I actually thought of you, heh. They have a board near their cashier where they put up photos of their family in US. Grandchild very cute, I think got red hair one! Should have gone with the farmer gear, just for kicks haha

    AT: I went last night already! Give me some time to get over it, cannot OD :D

    Horng: Cos iGreat

    Winnie: Hahaha Singapore has more pork places what!!

  7. Was there last nite, saw u and horng (recognise u guys from your blog) and wanted to say hi, but too shy.

    Anyways, it was my first time there too (although I live a stone’s throw away) I ordered the pork chop with country sauce – unfortunately, it was not succulent or juicy.

    Love the apple crumble with vanilla ice-cream.

  8. omg this post makes me want a pulled pork burger now!!!

  9. Lulu Cattywampus says:

    Gosh Suanie, I’m salivating right now!!! And its so close to where we live! Going there tonight – thanks for the recommendation! And thank you for putting up the GPS coordinates!

  10. I can’t even look at that without putting on weight!

  11. The baby back pork ribs with beer sauce are the best thing on the menu :D

  12. Ah, one of the more enticing food posts I have seen in a while..

  13. LTg: Really?? what a coincidence! where were you seated?? :D
    Re: the pork chop.. i don’t know, the one Kerol had was juicy and succulent. perhaps they have a prob w consistency?

    kim: luckily i OD a bit on betty’s last night so editing the photos was no prob, heh

    Lulu: Heheh you are welcome! It’s on the row of shops facing the main road, next to the corner Compugates, and Kayu is at the other end.

    K: you know you want to eat at betty’s! :D

    ST: I need to try some of that!

    Suertes: good food usually speaks for itself :D

  14. Lulu Cattywampus says:

    Just back from a foiled attempt to eat at Betty’s kitchen :( The place was totally packed! And there was a long line of people waiting! (the food must be amazing!) We ended up eating at Kayu Nasi Kandar :( I would advise would-be diners to call before hand and book a table.

  15. I was already seated outside, when you guys arrived.

    Perhaps u guys told them u r bloggers and you get better servings/portions? lolz.

  16. Lulu: aww :( sorry to hear that! i don’t think they accept reservations? usually they won’t seat you until your party’s complete too. good thing the food comes out rather fast (for generic stuff like burger etc) so hopefully people eat then vacate the tables for others.

    LTg: Ah okay! Nah we don’t do that kind of stuff, so embarrassing! Must have been one of those days then :(

  17. PORK!!!!!!!!!!
    ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…..
    Never says NO to pork! :P

    Like this place. price reasonable and tasted great!
    nom nom nom…

  18. I NEED TO GO THERE! naoooo

  19. SO SINFULLY DELICIOUS!!!! D:!!!

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