We finally got to check out Liang’s co-labour of love, Whup Whup, a casual French eatery in Subang Jaya’s industrial area. It was not difficult to locate the restaurant among all the factories, for Waze was quite accurate.
The restaurant is massive, 10,000 square feet of what used to be an industrial yarn factory. High-ceiling, generous space for families with children, contemporary potted plants, and machinery leftover from its factory age now destined for decor.
There’s also Liang, a man who wears many hats – singer, emcee, former radio DJ, chef and now aspiring restaurateur. So passionate about this path that he underwent an intensive course at Le Cordon Bleu and earned his Diplome de Commis Cuisinier.
Then he started Whup Whup with wife Pojoo Sim and friend Levi Asher. Must be stressful job, thus a request for a photo automatically gets you this
Right, on to the food. There were a few of us, so we got to order quite a bit from the French-inspired menu.
Nu Yolk (RM35) – beautifully seared scallops served with parmesan and salted egg puree. I thought the flavour was balanced, tender scallops went well with the puree, the taste was not overwhelming.
Liang and friends seem to love unconventional naming, so tomato onion soup becomes Rosy Cheeks (RM10), served with a nice big slice of bread. Word of advice: consume this when warm, for it gets quite salty when cool. Not sure what food science is going on there.
Fat Shrooms (RM12) – sauteed meaty eryngii mushrooms with tomato concasse. Hard to go wrong with a sure-win combination.
Next, carbs. I read a lot about Whup Whup’s signature dish, the Duck 3 Ways (RM28) – a medley of pasta with salted duck egg yolk, duck bacon and duck breast confit.
Somewhere in a Facebook comment, Liang himself admitted that people either love this dish, or they quite dislike it. Indeed, I read reviews for both love/dislike parties. Me, I’m on the neutral camp, though I might not be able to consume an entire plate by myself, it is rather rich.
The No Cream Carbonara (RM20) and Salmon Hayek (RM25) received thumbs-up from our group.
My main was Citrus Glaze Confit Duck on Mash, Ratatouille and Citrus Sauce (RM27). Otherwise known as ‘dat dope duck dish’ and I rather agree!
The duck meat was soft, tender, inviting. A forkful of meat with some of the concasse… very pleasing after all the pasta we’ve had.
Mike thought his main was pleasant, the Glazed Lamb Shank with Ratatouille and Rosemary Taters (RM38).
For dessert, we shared a Gramps Apple Pie (RM10), a dark chocolate pie and Kapiti ice-cream. You’re looking at the dessert that I enjoyed the most, though I did wish it had more crust.
A variety of beverages available, including craft beer. H20 is free, kudos for that!
Looking forward to my next visit already!
Whup Whup Restaurant & Cafe
No. 12, Jalan SS13/3B
Subang Jaya Industrial Estate
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +603-5612 6250
Pork-free. Opens Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am to 10pm.
Check them out on Facebook: WhupWhup.my