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