Chocha Foodstore / PS156, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala LumpurEating Out

Chocha Foodstore / PS156, Kuala Lumpur

Respect your elders: Kuala Lumpur's brilliant PS156 project is a masterclass in thoughtful gentrification...

New multi-purpose space PS156, located on the site of the formerly derelict Hotel Mah Lian in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown district, joins a deluge of nicely-curated cafés and hip(ster) bars; catering to the area’s growing creative community who are witnessing the march of gentrification in KL.

Chocha Foodstore / PS156 Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street

Currently a restaurant-café, co-working space and harbouring plans to add a wine bar, bicycle repair station, pop-up store and a mini library, PS156 is a project led by design architects Shin Chang and Penny Ng of Mentahmatter Design — who acquired the property complete with a collapsed roof, crumbled flooring and just the front and back façades fully intact. In short: a bit of a mess.

With a clean slate to realise their dreams, Shin and Penny were able to devise a plan of how to remodel the space with the added advantage of salvaging some of the decaying property’s charming original features: pastel coloured wall tiles, clay roof tiles and the original Hotel Mah Lian signage; which serves to add a certain intrigue for the public.

Split over two levels, the ground floor houses Chocha Foodstore — which the design duo now run together — a place for clients to sit (Cho) and drink tea (Cha); surrounded by the sort of industrial ruin that could send urbex Instagrammers into a fit of self-combustion, and natural sunlight that casts oft-ethereal shadows throughout the day. Creative spaces are dotted around the ground- and first-floor, solid walls downstairs creating a more private space that is juxtaposed by upstairs’ raftered openness.

Not so much a case of what’s been brought into the old hotel, rather a design-led shrine to its past, PS156 is a lesson in gentrification done good. Chinatown’s singular charisma remains intact, hungry creatives get a new place to be; here’s to Shin Chang and Penny Ng’s win-win project being a blueprint for the neighbourhood’s near future.

@chochafoodstore

Chocha Foodstore Kuala Lumpur
Chocha Foodstore PS156 Chinatown KL
Chocha Foodstore / PS156 Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street Chinatown
Chocha Foodstore Kuala Lumpur
Chocha Foodstore PS156 Chinatown KL
Chocha Foodstore Kuala Lumpur
Chocha Foodstore PS156 Chinatown KL
Chocha Foodstore / PS156 Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street Chinatown
Chocha Foodstore Kuala Lumpur
Chocha Foodstore PS156 Chinatown KL
Chocha Foodstore / PS156 Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street Chinatown
Chocha Foodstore Kuala Lumpur
Chocha Foodstore PS156 Chinatown KL

Instagram

object(stdClass)#254 (3) {
  ["pagination"]=>
  object(stdClass)#266 (2) {
    ["next_max_id"]=>
    string(27) "1627037183284970722_4883069"
    ["next_url"]=>
    string(160) "https://api.instagram.com/v1/users/4883069/media/recent?access_token=4883069.1677ed0.cc1d10d96f2c4fa09d783ea993f71a71&count=4&max_id=1627037183284970722_4883069"
  }
  ["data"]=>
  array(4) {
    [0]=>
    object(stdClass)#277 (15) {
      ["id"]=>
      string(27) "1629144071086779514_4883069"
      ["user"]=>
      object(stdClass)#273 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(7) "4883069"
        ["full_name"]=>
        string(8) "We Heart"
        ["profile_picture"]=>
        string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
        ["username"]=>
        string(8) "we_heart"
      }
      ["images"]=>
      object(stdClass)#253 (3) {
        ["thumbnail"]=>
        object(stdClass)#276 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(150)
          ["height"]=>
          int(150)
          ["url"]=>
          string(109) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s150x150/e35/22581841_162287001022576_8190272891376369664_n.jpg"
        }
        ["low_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#278 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(320)
          ["height"]=>
          int(320)
          ["url"]=>
          string(109) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s320x320/e35/22581841_162287001022576_8190272891376369664_n.jpg"
        }
        ["standard_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#269 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(640)
          ["height"]=>
          int(640)
          ["url"]=>
          string(116) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s640x640/sh0.08/e35/22581841_162287001022576_8190272891376369664_n.jpg"
        }
      }
      ["created_time"]=>
      string(10) "1508429129"
      ["caption"]=>
      object(stdClass)#267 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(17) "17903340991052092"
        ["text"]=>
        string(223) "South east London's #ElthamPalace is one of the the leading lights of England's historical landmarks, and will come alive as part of @englishheritage's Enchanted Events. Find out more on we-heart.com #ad #ehenchanted⠀
⠀"
        ["created_time"]=>
        string(10) "1508429129"
        ["from"]=>
        object(stdClass)#274 (4) {
          ["id"]=>
          string(7) "4883069"
          ["full_name"]=>
          string(8) "We Heart"
          ["profile_picture"]=>
          string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
          ["username"]=>
          string(8) "we_heart"
        }
      }
      ["user_has_liked"]=>
      bool(false)
      ["likes"]=>
      object(stdClass)#265 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(125)
      }
      ["tags"]=>
      array(22) {
        [0]=>
        string(9) "christmas"
        [1]=>
        string(2) "ad"
        [2]=>
        string(11) "instatravel"
        [3]=>
        string(8) "heritage"
        [4]=>
        string(15) "enchantedevents"
        [5]=>
        string(5) "light"
        [6]=>
        string(10) "travelista"
        [7]=>
        string(14) "instatraveller"
        [8]=>
        string(8) "lighting"
        [9]=>
        string(9) "enchanted"
        [10]=>
        string(13) "travelblogger"
        [11]=>
        string(9) "instagood"
        [12]=>
        string(7) "country"
        [13]=>
        string(6) "events"
        [14]=>
        string(15) "englishheritage"
        [15]=>
        string(13) "instatraveler"
        [16]=>
        string(13) "illuminations"
        [17]=>
        string(7) "history"
        [18]=>
        string(16) "travelinfluencer"
        [19]=>
        string(11) "ehenchanted"
        [20]=>
        string(12) "elthampalace"
        [21]=>
        string(6) "winter"
      }
      ["filter"]=>
      string(6) "Normal"
      ["comments"]=>
      object(stdClass)#264 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(1)
      }
      ["type"]=>
      string(5) "image"
      ["link"]=>
      string(40) "https://www.instagram.com/p/Bab4eatD6x6/"
      ["location"]=>
      object(stdClass)#524 (4) {
        ["latitude"]=>
        float(51.446927332605)
        ["longitude"]=>
        float(0.048531702780683)
        ["name"]=>
        string(25) "Eltham Palace and Gardens"
        ["id"]=>
        int(2230745)
      }
      ["attribution"]=>
      NULL
      ["users_in_photo"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
    }
    [1]=>
    object(stdClass)#279 (15) {
      ["id"]=>
      string(27) "1629068110370548966_4883069"
      ["user"]=>
      object(stdClass)#526 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(7) "4883069"
        ["full_name"]=>
        string(8) "We Heart"
        ["profile_picture"]=>
        string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
        ["username"]=>
        string(8) "we_heart"
      }
      ["images"]=>
      object(stdClass)#281 (3) {
        ["thumbnail"]=>
        object(stdClass)#263 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(150)
          ["height"]=>
          int(150)
          ["url"]=>
          string(126) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s150x150/e35/c0.135.1080.1080/22582573_120579288702070_3689833578251681792_n.jpg"
        }
        ["low_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#280 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(320)
          ["height"]=>
          int(400)
          ["url"]=>
          string(109) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p320x320/22582573_120579288702070_3689833578251681792_n.jpg"
        }
        ["standard_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#282 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(640)
          ["height"]=>
          int(800)
          ["url"]=>
          string(116) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/p640x640/22582573_120579288702070_3689833578251681792_n.jpg"
        }
      }
      ["created_time"]=>
      string(10) "1508420073"
      ["caption"]=>
      object(stdClass)#283 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(17) "17875302907173531"
        ["text"]=>
        string(162) "#TheKBar at @hotelkensington's @townhousekensington is soooo swank — make sure to check out #thekbarsessions, live music every Thursday from 6pm 👌🏼⠀
⠀"
        ["created_time"]=>
        string(10) "1508420073"
        ["from"]=>
        object(stdClass)#284 (4) {
          ["id"]=>
          string(7) "4883069"
          ["full_name"]=>
          string(8) "We Heart"
          ["profile_picture"]=>
          string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
          ["username"]=>
          string(8) "we_heart"
        }
      }
      ["user_has_liked"]=>
      bool(false)
      ["likes"]=>
      object(stdClass)#285 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(195)
      }
      ["tags"]=>
      array(30) {
        [0]=>
        string(6) "luxury"
        [1]=>
        string(13) "travelandlife"
        [2]=>
        string(13) "travelawesome"
        [3]=>
        string(11) "worldplaces"
        [4]=>
        string(4) "bars"
        [5]=>
        string(15) "thekbarsessions"
        [6]=>
        string(6) "london"
        [7]=>
        string(10) "travelista"
        [8]=>
        string(14) "instatraveller"
        [9]=>
        string(7) "thekbar"
        [10]=>
        string(14) "treadedtravels"
        [11]=>
        string(14) "serialtraveler"
        [12]=>
        string(9) "cocktails"
        [13]=>
        string(12) "bloggervibes"
        [14]=>
        string(13) "travelblogger"
        [15]=>
        string(15) "hotelkensington"
        [16]=>
        string(10) "westlondon"
        [17]=>
        string(10) "kensington"
        [18]=>
        string(13) "thekensington"
        [19]=>
        string(11) "cocktailbar"
        [20]=>
        string(8) "huntgram"
        [21]=>
        string(16) "travelinfluencer"
        [22]=>
        string(18) "watchthisinstagood"
        [23]=>
        string(15) "worldtravelbook"
        [24]=>
        string(4) "wood"
        [25]=>
        string(5) "style"
        [26]=>
        string(13) "instatraveler"
        [27]=>
        string(12) "luxuryhotels"
        [28]=>
        string(15) "escapetothecity"
        [29]=>
        string(10) "londontown"
      }
      ["filter"]=>
      string(6) "Normal"
      ["comments"]=>
      object(stdClass)#286 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(2)
      }
      ["type"]=>
      string(5) "image"
      ["link"]=>
      string(40) "https://www.instagram.com/p/BabnNCxjazm/"
      ["location"]=>
      object(stdClass)#287 (4) {
        ["latitude"]=>
        float(51.492868775446)
        ["longitude"]=>
        float(-0.17830044034108)
        ["name"]=>
        string(27) "The K Bar at the Kensington"
        ["id"]=>
        int(1031851137)
      }
      ["attribution"]=>
      NULL
      ["users_in_photo"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
    }
    [2]=>
    object(stdClass)#288 (15) {
      ["id"]=>
      string(27) "1628306282266912634_4883069"
      ["user"]=>
      object(stdClass)#289 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(7) "4883069"
        ["full_name"]=>
        string(8) "We Heart"
        ["profile_picture"]=>
        string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
        ["username"]=>
        string(8) "we_heart"
      }
      ["images"]=>
      object(stdClass)#291 (3) {
        ["thumbnail"]=>
        object(stdClass)#290 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(150)
          ["height"]=>
          int(150)
          ["url"]=>
          string(126) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s150x150/e35/c0.135.1080.1080/22500457_124137131627488_5282940929496317952_n.jpg"
        }
        ["low_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#292 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(320)
          ["height"]=>
          int(400)
          ["url"]=>
          string(109) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p320x320/22500457_124137131627488_5282940929496317952_n.jpg"
        }
        ["standard_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#293 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(640)
          ["height"]=>
          int(800)
          ["url"]=>
          string(116) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/p640x640/22500457_124137131627488_5282940929496317952_n.jpg"
        }
      }
      ["created_time"]=>
      string(10) "1508329256"
      ["caption"]=>
      object(stdClass)#294 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(17) "17903654404027728"
        ["text"]=>
        string(49) "Hola London! ⚫️⚪️ @hotelkensington⠀
⠀"
        ["created_time"]=>
        string(10) "1508329256"
        ["from"]=>
        object(stdClass)#295 (4) {
          ["id"]=>
          string(7) "4883069"
          ["full_name"]=>
          string(8) "We Heart"
          ["profile_picture"]=>
          string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
          ["username"]=>
          string(8) "we_heart"
        }
      }
      ["user_has_liked"]=>
      bool(false)
      ["likes"]=>
      object(stdClass)#296 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(301)
      }
      ["tags"]=>
      array(30) {
        [0]=>
        string(10) "expediapic"
        [1]=>
        string(6) "luxury"
        [2]=>
        string(13) "travelandlife"
        [3]=>
        string(13) "travelawesome"
        [4]=>
        string(13) "bestvacations"
        [5]=>
        string(11) "worldplaces"
        [6]=>
        string(7) "bubbles"
        [7]=>
        string(6) "london"
        [8]=>
        string(10) "travelista"
        [9]=>
        string(14) "instatraveller"
        [10]=>
        string(14) "treadedtravels"
        [11]=>
        string(14) "serialtraveler"
        [12]=>
        string(12) "bloggervibes"
        [13]=>
        string(13) "travelblogger"
        [14]=>
        string(15) "hotelkensington"
        [15]=>
        string(10) "westlondon"
        [16]=>
        string(10) "kensington"
        [17]=>
        string(13) "thekensington"
        [18]=>
        string(8) "huntgram"
        [19]=>
        string(16) "travelinfluencer"
        [20]=>
        string(7) "tlpicks"
        [21]=>
        string(18) "watchthisinstagood"
        [22]=>
        string(13) "blackandwhite"
        [23]=>
        string(15) "worldtravelbook"
        [24]=>
        string(10) "needabreak"
        [25]=>
        string(5) "style"
        [26]=>
        string(13) "instatraveler"
        [27]=>
        string(12) "luxuryhotels"
        [28]=>
        string(15) "escapetothecity"
        [29]=>
        string(10) "londontown"
      }
      ["filter"]=>
      string(6) "Normal"
      ["comments"]=>
      object(stdClass)#297 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(4)
      }
      ["type"]=>
      string(5) "image"
      ["link"]=>
      string(40) "https://www.instagram.com/p/BaY5-_EDmd6/"
      ["location"]=>
      object(stdClass)#298 (4) {
        ["latitude"]=>
        float(51.492621634068)
        ["longitude"]=>
        float(-0.17819886668223)
        ["name"]=>
        string(14) "The Kensington"
        ["id"]=>
        int(943606)
      }
      ["attribution"]=>
      NULL
      ["users_in_photo"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
    }
    [3]=>
    object(stdClass)#299 (15) {
      ["id"]=>
      string(27) "1627037183284970722_4883069"
      ["user"]=>
      object(stdClass)#300 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(7) "4883069"
        ["full_name"]=>
        string(8) "We Heart"
        ["profile_picture"]=>
        string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
        ["username"]=>
        string(8) "we_heart"
      }
      ["images"]=>
      object(stdClass)#302 (3) {
        ["thumbnail"]=>
        object(stdClass)#301 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(150)
          ["height"]=>
          int(150)
          ["url"]=>
          string(127) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s150x150/e35/c0.135.1080.1080/22580235_2026055244290863_5352748381577936896_n.jpg"
        }
        ["low_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#303 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(320)
          ["height"]=>
          int(400)
          ["url"]=>
          string(110) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p320x320/22580235_2026055244290863_5352748381577936896_n.jpg"
        }
        ["standard_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#304 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(640)
          ["height"]=>
          int(800)
          ["url"]=>
          string(117) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/p640x640/22580235_2026055244290863_5352748381577936896_n.jpg"
        }
      }
      ["created_time"]=>
      string(10) "1508177968"
      ["caption"]=>
      object(stdClass)#305 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(17) "17877500272178106"
        ["text"]=>
        string(181) "@english_brands is the online retailer who captures the true spirit and quintessence of the classic British gent, find out more via the link in our bio ... #ad #englishbrands⠀
⠀"
        ["created_time"]=>
        string(10) "1508177968"
        ["from"]=>
        object(stdClass)#306 (4) {
          ["id"]=>
          string(7) "4883069"
          ["full_name"]=>
          string(8) "We Heart"
          ["profile_picture"]=>
          string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
          ["username"]=>
          string(8) "we_heart"
        }
      }
      ["user_has_liked"]=>
      bool(false)
      ["likes"]=>
      object(stdClass)#307 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(120)
      }
      ["tags"]=>
      array(24) {
        [0]=>
        string(14) "fashionstylist"
        [1]=>
        string(7) "barbour"
        [2]=>
        string(16) "styleinspiration"
        [3]=>
        string(8) "menswear"
        [4]=>
        string(13) "englishbrands"
        [5]=>
        string(14) "fashionblogger"
        [6]=>
        string(2) "ad"
        [7]=>
        string(10) "instadaily"
        [8]=>
        string(11) "mensfashion"
        [9]=>
        string(8) "styleman"
        [10]=>
        string(7) "fashion"
        [11]=>
        string(8) "manstyle"
        [12]=>
        string(12) "menwithstyle"
        [13]=>
        string(12) "instafashion"
        [14]=>
        string(9) "mensstyle"
        [15]=>
        string(12) "fashiondaily"
        [16]=>
        string(10) "classicmen"
        [17]=>
        string(12) "styleblogger"
        [18]=>
        string(18) "fashionphotography"
        [19]=>
        string(11) "fashionista"
        [20]=>
        string(13) "styleoftheday"
        [21]=>
        string(10) "instastyle"
        [22]=>
        string(5) "style"
        [23]=>
        string(5) "groom"
      }
      ["filter"]=>
      string(6) "Normal"
      ["comments"]=>
      object(stdClass)#308 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(1)
      }
      ["type"]=>
      string(5) "image"
      ["link"]=>
      string(40) "https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUZbKiDYTi/"
      ["location"]=>
      NULL
      ["attribution"]=>
      NULL
      ["users_in_photo"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
    }
  }
  ["meta"]=>
  object(stdClass)#309 (1) {
    ["code"]=>
    int(200)
  }
}