Monday, September 01, 2014

I'm Not A Chef, Kota Damansara

I'm Not A Chef  (INAC) is one of those places that I frequent as I drop by now and then when I wanna wind down for the night. You might even find me helping out there, hehehe.... That is because INAC is run by two people; Nat and Stef.  It's an incredible task that Nat (the one who is a chef but yet not a chef!) and Stef (does everything else except the cooking!) go through daily from 10 a.m. till 9 p.m. except their rest day which is on Sundays.


Regulars would end up lending a hand or just wait patiently (during peak lunch hour) for their food to arrive. With reasonably priced and tasty Western/local food, it's a routine that the regulars willingly go through. This place is a favourite with students since it's within the vicinity of Segi University.  Actually, this is good and bad for INAC.  Good in the sense that there's a steady flow of diners. Bad in the sense that some of these student diners take advantage of the free wifi.  e.g. They come in a group of five and would only put in an order for two drinks and then they spend the next three to four hours or more on the internet! So, with this explanation, do note that there is a sign that states that each customer is required to have at least a minimum one drink order.


You can hardly catch a glimpse of Nat during lunch hour (she will be cooking at a furious pace in the kitchen!) and a busy Stef who is almost too pre-occupied to even breathe as she deals with the maddening lunch crowd order and demands. However, come non-peak period, you can find Nat and Stef chatting with the regulars.  For the rest of us who are at INAC for the food primarily, it's a cozy place where one can chill. Seriously,we make ourselves at home! To get a gist of what I mean, drop by INAC :o)

Here are pics of my favourite food from I'm Not A Chef ... Oh, I must mention that Nat does the desserts herself too!

Onion Rings
My favourite snack, Onion Rings!

Sesame Chicken
Sesame Chicken Rice.  Oh, that drink that looks like a beer with all that foam? It's actually their special  Ice Lemon Tea concoction (it's really nice but I do find it sweet, so I would ask for a lot of ice or add water to it)

Kolok Mee
Nat's Kolok Mee with Minced Chicken, mushroom and half braised egg.  The Chilli Pan Mee is pretty good too.

Chicken Pie
Chicken and Mushroom Pie...I enjoy the pie crust

Chiaki Chicken
Chiaki Chicken Apple Slices & Sauce with potatoes and salad.  Named after a friend who taught Nat this recipe.  The Chicken is marinated in some secret sauce and fried, giving it a dark brown colour and a nice crisp.  Dipped into the Apple Sauce that is served on the side, it's so Michael Jackson bad that it's GOOD! Hahaha...

Carrot Cake
Nat's Carrot Cake is really full of good stuff. Try it!

Bread Pudding
Bread Butter Pudding....a dessert that hits the spot for sure!

Lots more on the menu that I have yet to explore.  By the way, do check out the cute hand drawn illustration on the menu and everywhere else where you can spot a drawing.  Like these stools below ...

Hand Drawn Art On Stools

All the art that you see around INAC are drawn by Stef.  At the moment, check out the little wall gallery near the cashier's counter where you can buy hand drawn cards on display (drawn by Stef and her other talented friends) at RM5 per piece.  Proceeds will go towards National Cancer Society Malaysia ... a cause close to Stef's heart as her mum passed away early this year due to cancer.  You can also donate more ... look out for the collection tin hanging at the side of the wall gallery.

If you can, try dropping by INAC during non peak hours to fully appreciate this place.  INAC is running on limited resources but it's a place where you can find food and "heart", they do their best ... Yes, I "heart" INAC indeed!

I'm Not A Chef (Facebook Page)
B6-2-5, Jalan Teknologi 2/1E
Signature Park,
Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel : 03-61437440 (Best call to check)
Mon-Sat : 10 a.m - 9 p.m


Anonymous said...

Wow! Only two persons and they can come up with so many dishes? Incredible! I love the interior decor. So homey.

Wonda Foo

ihsan said...

hhhmm.. looks so yummy :)