Sometimes, interesting food can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
Take for example, William's. Fellow blogger and Hot Sweaty Stud (HSS - not to be confused with the Original HSS) had been raving about William's from the day I first met this multi-accomplished person. After months of talking about visiting this place, we finally found a window of opportunity and grabbed it.
Incidentally, for those who are familiar with this once-handsome young man, don't despair if you are unable to recognise him. HSS' favourite barber has gone back to India; neither is he able to find his Gillette Mach 3 Turbo razor (although, at this rate, he'd probably need a lawnmower to get rid of all that scruffiness).
Anyhow, this is a food blog, so.....
Now, imagine an open aired area with randomly placed plastic tables and chairs. Imagine the stretch filled with young people, mostly students, energetically chatting, huge mugs filled with coloured liquid, and plastic plates in front of them containing...*gasp*....western food? Antipasto? Spaghetti? Risotto? The food looked totally displaced at what looked like a mamak stall.
How would one respond when one is told that the Triple-H (5 decks altogether; not sure why Triple) contained salami, pastrami, pepperoni but no bikini and lamborghini?
That was my introduction to William, the proprietor.
Imagine a chinese mamak. The colourful character seemed more comfortable speaking in our National Language (and a heartwarming thought it is too, in the light of our coming Merdeka Day next month).
The sandwich, wrapped in an omelette, was delicious. I kept stealing bites from HSS' plate.
William helped me decide on my order.
William: You nak nasi ke, mee ke, roti ke.....?
Me: I'd like rice please.
William: Ah, nasi...ada nasi goreng dengan ketam, risotto......
Me: Oooh, you have risotto???
William: Mesti ada. Ada seafood risotto.....
At this point, William grabbed a plate of seafood risotto that was making its way to one of the tables and shoved it in my face.
William: Risotto macam ni le...
My eyes bulged. The risotto looked gorgeous!
Me: Done! I'll take it!!
And that was how I ended up with a plastic plate holding a very yummy risotto made of creamy, round-grained rice, cooked with prawns and sliced fish, surrounded by mussels, scallops, grilled seabass and squid. The squid was stuffed with mantis prawns cooked in a butter sauce and served with what tasted like mint sauce (although the sauce was quite different from the mint sauce that is normally served with lamb). I felt like I was a mermaid in Neptune's paradise, thrilled at the multiple textures and rich flavours found on the cheap plastic plate.
Hmmm....then again, do mermaids eat their friends??
The total bill came up to RM59. Okay, so it's not mamak pricing, but the food was substantial! The stall is open after 6.00pm and can get rather crowded in the later part of the evening. For good service and consistent food quality, I suggest you go there earlier.
There have been varying food reviews on William's, so do check out what the other bloggers have to say:
Jalan SS26/9, Taman Mayang Jaya