Catch-up session at Betty’s Midwest Kitchen, a family-run American diner in town

American food has been part of Malaysia’s food scene for as long as I remember, but it tends to be something that we eat as special treat, or special occassion. TGIF Friday, Chili’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Johnny Rockets, Bubba Gump, etc. These are some of the popular chains in Malaysia. Not cheap to be eaten on normal days.

Betty’s Midwest Kitchen has been around for around five years. One of those family-run operations, this place was established after the family returned home from America, and aimed to bring authentic American food to town. With the influx of new restaurants and mushrooming cafes, it is still standing strong.

Cracking my head for a lunch venue somewhere near to KO, my ex-boss and  ‘son’, my ex-colleague, I decided on Betty’s Midwest Kitchen. My first visit few years back wasn’t jaw-dropping. Is there something that I might have missed out? Why is the business still doing good? Of course, never been to the USA before, I am not able to comment on authenticity.

Restaurant was quite full when we arrived around 1pm. So, this better be good, the thought that crossed my mind immediately.


Key Lime Float

 After hearing key lime for the first time on Junior MasterChef US, I opted for Stewart’s Fountain Classics Key Lime Soda (RM 8.00). Only add RM 0.50 to upgrade to float. So, why not? Vanilla ice cream flavour is the best combination of course.

Still curious about this key lime ingredient, would like to try the real thing. 


Grilled Beer Braised Boston Butt

 I have taken interest in cooking with beer, and have tried cooking it once in Bangkok. So, KO and I both ordered Grilled Beer Braised Boston Butt (RM 37.30) to try out the flavour. As this is a porky place, it features a pork shoulder braised in beer for 3 to 4 hours. (Note to D: new recipe upcoming!)

It is a tasty lip-smacking dish, both KO and I enjoyed it.

“Dog Food” woof woof woof

 Son ordered Pulled Pork Burger (RM 16.50) and also “Dog Food” (RM 14), a ‘must-order’, according to him. It’s a sinful-messy looking dish, fries drenched in gravy, topped with cheese and cooked in an oven.

I found the food to be more enjoyable this time. KO also enjoyed hers. As for ‘son’, being his fourth visit, he commented that the food quality has dropped over the time.

It was great seeing my ex-boss again after two years. Of course, her advice on my career move is as valuable as ever. Thanks for coming out to lunch, KO.

As for the other lunch partner, my ‘son’, glad to be able to catch-up again, since our last dinner three months ago.

Betty’s Midwest Kitchen

A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria Damansara,

47410 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-7880 0196


Tue – Sun Lunch : 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Dinner : 5:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Wifi: available. Curent password: cheeseburger


Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

3 thoughts on “Catch-up session at Betty’s Midwest Kitchen, a family-run American diner in town

  • July 15, 2015 at 12:14 am

    I want I want.

    • July 15, 2015 at 12:14 am

      Will bring u there la

    • July 15, 2015 at 12:15 am

      … and also try the braised beer recipe

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