Jack…

I really wonder why they chose this name…

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*Gee! They sure need to give the place a new coat of paint!*

Maybe one of the bosses goes by that name…or maybe it is because it rhymes with jackpot so who knows, some may believe that eating here may bring them a windfall…

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*I love the use of the pig’s snout for the letter O in the name.*

…but somehow, it comes across to me as something not very accurately pronounced – “Kinamor tiok jackpork lou wor!” (Tonight will strike the jackpot!) Anyway, in the words of Shakespeare, “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name will smell as sweet.”

For the uninitiated, this used to be the very nice breakfast place in town but it seems that the place was not doing too well and they have decided to change the concept in the hope that things will get better. The decor is almost the same as before…

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…but I thought it was rather dim then and now it is even dimmer – not good for photographs using a simple digicam like mine.

We dropped by for lunch on Saturday and it seems that you get a free drink with your order at this time of day (11.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.)…

Jack Pork - free drink

…and also later in the night, at around past 10.p.m. and if you add RM5.00, you can change your free drink for a beer instead. 10 o’ clock??? I will be on a slow boat to China already by that time. Hehehehehehe!!!!

Of course, I simply HAD to try their signature pork ribs (RM24.00)…

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…and it sure was HUGE! It was served on a chopping board lined with a banana leaf…and it occupied around half of the board so you can imagine the size of the slab of meat…

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…though it did not seem all that big in the photographs. In fact, the guy there was telling us that they would suggest to customers that they should order one to share by two or three as it might be a bit too much for one to handle.

When I posted something on this on Facebook, somebody commented that it tasted Foochow but I did not think so. I guess it did not have much of those herbs that you find a lot of in western cuisine, if at all, but no, it was not anything like the ribs at the char siew stalls – it had its own taste, bursting with flavours, almost fall-of-the bone tender and it went absolutely well with the mustard – something I do not usually fancy but I simply loved the two together. I certainly would want to order that again the next time I drop by, that’s for sure…and I was amazed at how they had a bottle of the “classic yellow mustard” on every table. I know it is not all that easy to get that in town and it definitely does not come cheap – I think at other places, if they give you that or when you ask for it, you would probably get a spoonful in a little saucer.

My girl had their pork chop (RM18.00)…

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…with their special BBQ sauce and it tasted fine – not like any that I had had before but I did not think that it came anywhere near the ribs, tastewise. For one thing, if you compare the two, you do not get all that much meat…

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…and for an extra RM6.00, you can get at least three times as much when you go for the ribs.

My missus had the red wine pork (RM9.80)…

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…which came with rice and preserved vegetables by the side and a bowl of complimentary soup (which, unfortunately, was quite tasteless). Initially when she ordered that, I thought it would be something western served with red wine sauce but no, it turned out to be pork cooked Foochow style with ang chao (the residue one gets when making the traditional Foochow red wine)…

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All this while, I had yet to come across any in town that was nicer than my missus’ own version of this, be it with pork or chicken…and finally, we’ve found one that is just as nice or perhaps, even nicer. Even my missus herself had to concede that they did it very very well and she certainly enjoyed what she had a lot.

It seems that they have retained some of the items on the menu that they had at the former breakfast place as according to them, there are always people around here who would go for such stuff and would ask for them time and again. Right now, they are still working on the menu – adding new things that they hope will work and removing some that do not seem all that popular. I hope it will not be a case of history repeating itself though – when they were running the breakfast palace, they had a few things that I really liked a lot but on subsequent visits, they were no longer on the menu…and they said they were not doing too well and so they had them removed. Tsk! Tsk!

Well, it was indeed a delightful lunch that we had that day and you can be sure that we would be going back there again to try some of the other things they have on their menu. A Heart Attack Burger, anyone?…Come, let’s go!