Coca Restaurant

coca

The first thing that springs to mind when Coca is mentioned is a particular plant cultivated in certain parts of South America. However, that is not the Coca that will be reviewed in this post. ;) This Coca is the steamboat franchise. My first experience with Coca is in Kuching, which Andrea, the Marketing Manager who invited us, said was under different management.

coca 1u

I went with Yiling to the outlet at 1Utama. There are two outlets in Klang Valley – one in 1U and the other in Subang Parade. I recommend going to the second one – Andrea gave us the lowdown on the difference. The latter is larger, with live aquariums and fresh seafood from said aquarium. I hear the ambiance is better too.

interior

However, I found the ambiance at Coca Restaurant, 1U to be quite pleasant too. The interior is dominated by hues of red (a color which can either cause arguments or create passion, depending on who you listen to), which is also the corporate color of the franchise. Andrea gave us a warm welcome when we stepped in and ushered us to our reserved table.

promo

Coca is having a promotion on their steamboat set menus. It starts from RM 98++ for 2 people and includes:

Appetizer:
Deep Fried Fish Paste

Steamboat:
Tiger Prawns (200 grams)
Jelly Fish
Stuffed Squid
Chicken Ball
Chicken Fillet
Fish Glue
Coca Foo Chock
House Special Dumpling
Chinese Cabbage
Morning Glory
Tofu
Green Noodles
Eggs

roselle

Yiling had the new Roselle Flowers d’ Juice (RM 12.90), which actually has the edible flowers garnishing the tall receptacle, as well as a slice of lemon. She opted to substitute the water with soda water, which made it effervescent and very thirst quenching. I love the pitchfork to stir the drink – it’s very novel, the other end is a small spoon. A spork of sorts! =D

I ordered a jug of beer, which Yiling doubted I could finish. She should know better coz she’s seen the way I drink in Ipoh. I offered to pay for the beer, but Andrea would have none of it – cheers for the great hospitality! :)

I’m sure I don’t need to put photos of the jug of beer up – you know what it looks like anyway, unless you’re living in Afghanistan or something…in which case you wouldn’t have net access anyway. ;)

buffet

Coca Restaurant also has a buffet promotion where you can have unlimited appetizers from the buffet line. We checked out the appetizers on offer and it’s very well presented, hor d’oeuvres style with a lot of them on spoons and such. Check out the succulent prawns in the foreground! I like the miniature Coca steamboat in the middle too – it’s little touches like these that shows attention to detail. They are also going healthy – substituting yogurt for coconut milk in a lot of their cooking.

prawn

Anyway, back to our Coca Experience (TM) we were served Tiger Prawns stuffed with fish and prawns for the appetizer. The crustacean is a bit tough with a fearsome carapace but a tiny fork is more than adequate to get at the succulent flesh inside. The fish and prawn mixture works very well, creating a fusion of flavors that is greater than the sum of its parts.

pandan

The second appetizer we were served is the Pandan Chicken. It’s tender chicken wrapped in pandan leaves and the cooking process retains all the juicy and moist goodness of the chicken. It’s almost melt-in-your-mouth!

service

The steamboat was ready after that and the best thing about Coca Restaurant is the excellent service. The waiters help you with everything – doing it the Proper Way (TM) – first using the broth to loosen the ingredients before carefully putting it into the steamboat. This is a very nice touch, and different from other steamboat establishments.

steamboat

We went for the mixed steamboat – one side is Tom Yam soup and the other side is chicken broth. I like the Tom Yam soup better as I have a love of all things spicy, but I was surprised to find that I enjoyed the chicken broth too. It’s very flavorful with hints of real chicken essence, unlike the watered down Oliver Twist soup-without-bread version that some other establishments serve.

tom yam

This is the Tom Yam soup version.

cute

I just love this photo of Yiling. She looks so cute! :)

chicken

This is the chicken broth version.

spinach

Memorable dishes in the RM 98++ set meal are the spinach noodles, jellyfish, and the house specialty dumplings. I’m not a big fan of tofu so I can’t comment on that.

dessert

Andrea was kind enough to furnish us with a plethora of desserts – the most remarkable being the Fresh Mango Pulut with Durian (RM
23.80). It’s absolutely sinf
ul. It’s fresh mangos sliced into manageable pieces, served with glutinous rice drowned in coconut milk and a side of durian puree. The durian puree is to die for! It has a creamy texture with heavy notes of the King of Fruits and an orgasmic aftertaste. I even ate the durian puree straight from the cup; it’s just that good.

coca us

It should be noted that a lot of the items here (e.g. some appetizers) and desserts are not included in the RM 98++ steamboat promotion for two. Those items came courtesy of Andrea. Thanks a great dining experience! :)

sauce

P/S – The best thing about Coca Restaurant is their secret dipping sauce. It’s so closely guarded, the sauce is imported in from Thailand and no one knows the exact ingredients. Secret recipe. I like.

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26 thoughts on “Coca Restaurant

  1. YilingL: No worries Yiling, my pleasure to have your companionship and insight into food (and photography). :)
    I still remember Andrea saying, that’s not cracking an egg, that’s MASHING an egg. LOL!

  2. HB,
    No matter how many times I try to eat durian but could’t due to strong smell. Have a friend who came for Malaysia and she also could’t stand it due taste and smell. Her parents like it but not her.
    Mom like other dishes in your entry and enjoy hotpot or as you call it streamboat for it so easy to make.

  3. Very interesting, I really like your resturant reviews. But you must educate me a bit. Are pandan leaves like the banna leaves used in carribien and mexican cooking (used to wrap and retain flavor and moisture?) Also, what part of jellfish is edible (all they have ever done is give a painful sting while swimming – I would like to bite back, for a change. ;)Finaly, what does durian fruit taste like? Can’t get it here in western nc, but I hear it is a distinct taste, kind of like molasses (cane syrup) is in the south; you either like or you don’t. Yiling sounds like lady after my own heart. My favorite drink in any resturaunt is plain soda water, with a little lemon or fruit juice. (My favorite drink at home is the same, but with an equal part of gin – but that’s a different story.) Thanks, HB.
    Tom

  4. WEEN: Totally unrelated mate.
    eiling: Okay, on! :) Let’s go! :)
    irvine: Yup, the service is great, the food is good, the desserts, divine. :)
    Simon Seow: Sorry bro, not my fault. random.org, go write in and say their algorithm is flawed. ;)
    Erica: I love durians. Some people hate the smell though but I don’t. I love the smell. It’s the King of Fruits. :)
    tom: Thanks. Pandan leaves:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandanus_amaryllifolius
    It’s a fragrant species that adds a peculiar fragrance to cooking. One of my ex gf’s mom boils it in water for daily drinking so it tastes better. “Sweetish” in a way, but only detectable my scent, not taste.

  5. Simon Seow: I know dude, replied your comment above. :)
    Don’t look at me, not my fault. Blame random.org. :)
    ShaolinTiger: Go to the one in Subang Parade. Recommended by Andrea, it’s bigger and better. :)

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