Pork Rendang Meets Nasi Kerabu at ANTE

It is no secret that I am a pork lover and I eat all things pork. A few days ago, I was fortunate to be invited for an exclusive tasting session at ANTE, a highly acclaimed premium pork specialized restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. God knows where have I been all this time, missing out all the porky heavenly cuisines ANTE has to offer!

The highlight dish was Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu. 

Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu

ANTE's Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu 
will be available as limited edition lunch feature from 11am to 3pm daily throughout 1st August to 31st August 2018 at RM23.90. 

The combination of Pork Rendang with Nasi Kerabu was quite surreal and undoubtedly a great match.

That was something I never saw coming. I have always been a fan of the traditional nasi kerabu, having vivid blue rice served with a plethora of accompanying condiments. Furthermore, rendang, both chicken and beef have been my comfort food and these dishes are unmistakably uniquely Malaysian. It is then fitting to have this dish as a special limited edition only available for the coming Merdeka month. Oh did I say I love pork? Never would I have imagined having a pork rendang, this was certainly my first experience.

ANTE's Nasi Kerabu features traditionally prepared blue pea flower rice, surrounded by house pickled acar, salted egg, wok slow cooked sambal, toasted kerisik, four angled beans, long beans and keropok ikan. To make the Pork Rendang, select imported pork shoulder cuts were slow cooked for about 5 hours in a traditional rendang style.

While I am not an expert when it comes to Nasi Kerabu, I can be very picky about my rendangs. I like strong flavoured and bold spicy taste. The Pork Rendang certainly had the dominantly unique rendang traditional signature, but without being overpowering and just at the balance to preserve some of that irresistible pork flavor.

Chermoula Spiced Pork Shoulder Steak

Besides the new dish, we also feasted on several items on ANTE's on-going menu. To me, the most memorable one was the Pork Steak (pictured above) and ANTE definitely lives up to the title of best Pork Steak Restaurant in town. There are not many places that can do proper Pork Steak, mostly some form of Pork Chops or deep fried meat. ANTE served a properly grilled steak, which was fabulous and the tenderness and juiciness of the meat was well preserved. When I was shooting the Pork Steak I cannot help but think of what Antoni from Queer Eye (Season 1 Finale) said: "grill marks make me so happy".

Those who know me will know that I am a meat-lover. I will eat all the meat and I live to eat!

 Iberico Baby Ribs 

House Smoked Bacon

Green Curry Seared Duck

White Chocolate Ganache. 
White chocolate ganache with raspberry jelly coating topped with macerated berries, crispy yogurt and served with 1 scoop of Lavender Honey gelato from Whimsical Publika.

I am so glad to have found ANTE, which has become my favourite place to binge on all food Porkilicious. If you are a pork lover and you have not checked out ANTE yet, you surely are missing out. I am sure to return to ANTE soon to get my Pork fix!

ANTE is available at 1 Utama Shopping Mall and Publika, Solaris Dutamas. 
You may follow ANTE at their official Facebook Page here. 


  1. those food shots sure look tempting yummy

    1. Thanks! I get hungry myself too looking at them!

  2. You're getting really good at these Food Photography. Great images Robin

  3. Your food shots here are absolutely brilliant (as always). Which lens do you prefer for food photography? Have you described what lighting you use for food in any of your blogs? Now the other reason I wanted to comment: I am lucky enough to live just a few hundred metres from one of Melbourne's best Malaysian restaurants. It's always a pleasure to eat there. The name of the restaurant is Kerabu, but until I read your blog I had no idea what it meant or where it came from!