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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Homecooked Hakka Dishes @ Pandan Indah, KL

Are you singing Hallelujah ... yet? Eve of public holidays got me a little ... hyped up, sometimes. And salivating at the prospects of a long, long holidays. Away from work, from the office. And ushering in the new year, with hundreds of resolutions unfulfilled over the years, digged out from the closet and revamped.

Roughly translated to "Home-Cooked Dishes Restaurant"
No turkey or Xmas pudding yet. Though doubtful we're gonna have any. But the ever-present fruit cakes in my house may masquerade as food of the season.
Here's something from Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur. Another good find, amidst the hundreds (possibly) of eateries around the area. A simple restaurant serving everyday dishes, mostly Hakka-influenced ones. At reasonable prices, and with rather tantalising taste.
They serve individual meals, as well as dishes to go with rice, or noodles
I've passed by this outlet countless times, but never had the interest to step in. The signboard only shows Chinese characters, hence a banana like yours truly could not grasp what category this restaurant falls into. Until my aunt brought me over one fine day .....
Water Chestnut + Sugar Cane Drink
You can even see the stalk (?) of sugarcane in the drink. Soothing 'Leung Sui' (herbal tea), perfect for the rainy weather that afternoon. The whole of KL was shrouded in the mist and non-stop rainfall that particular day.

Mui Choy Kau Yuk (Preserved Vegetables with Fat Pork Belly)
One of the staple food of the Hakkas; the Mui Choy Kau Yuk served here was commendable, with soft/tender braised pork belly, not overwhelmingly fat and greasy. Though not as stellar as the one I've had in Hong Kong (click HERE to drool), at about RM6-7 per serving, the dish scored brownie points with us.
Blanched Choy Sum
A simple dish of greens. Compulsory, and guilt-free. I can't sing praises for such a simple dish, but served with some fragrant fried garlic bits, the greens served its purpose perfectly.

Salted Chicken

And the third dish for both of us, the Salted Chicken with herbs. Another resemblance to the one served in Cheun Cheung Koi in HK. Smooth, tender flesh, infused with the strong herbal taste of the sauce, a rather healthy choice, albeit the saltiness. But complemented the rice very well.

Far from hearty or something of gastronomic stature, yet a safe choice for lunch or dinner. And endorsed by 8TV's Ho Chak as well, unexpectedly. Gotta be good, right?

Location : to come later ..... sorry!

MERRY X'MAS in advance !!!


Little Inbox said...

Hi, I'm dropping by to wish you and your family Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

minchow said...

Ooh, this has got my Hakka blood tingling one again, on Xmas Eve no less! I'm particularly interested in Golden Shoulder Shank Noodle - bet it means something really spectacular in Chinese, but got lost in translation?? Merry Xmas J2Kfm by the way!

Ethan W. said...

Salted chicken is pretty good, but for people like me, you'd probably need rice to go with it.

And RM6-7 per dish? That's not bad! But it looks a tad small :/

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to Motormouth and family!The sinful "mui choy kao yuk" looks good...

The Travelling Foodie said...

Wow! The Khow Yuk looks real good.

HairyBerry said...

simply simple yet attractive, like all hakka dishes. and slightly salty, right? hehehe...i like!

merry christmas and happy new year! ;)

jasmine said...

ooh, the kau yoke is calling to me!! will def. want to pay this place a visit.

hope you're enjoying the x'mas feasting as much as i am. hehe.

Rebecca Saw said...

hey hey! Merry Christmas!
ehh..didnt know there was a Hakka eaterie so close to my plc! Reasonable prices too. Going tomorrow..;p

J2Kfm said...

Little Inbox : thanks, and same to you! though slightly belated.

550ml jar of faith : not sure the translation though, as I dont read Chi. but gotta be something good. porky, even.

Ethan : the serving;s small, perfect for a small group, hence can order more.

Simple Girl : merry xmas to u too! funny i'm posting something on Hakka food eh ... :)

Travelling Foodie : indeed, with that layer of fat. soft, melting fat.

Nic : merry xmas and happy new year to u too!

jasmine : erm, my Xmas eve dinner was nothing stellar. getting to that part soon.

thenomadGourmand : you're stayin somewhere nearby?! hey we can go for food hunt!

Selba said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

Big Boys Oven said...

We wiash you a joyly Christmas and an awesome New Year, more eating and more food review. . . . . from Sidney & Sunny

choi yen said...

My mom is a Hakka & she can cook good Hakka dishes like "kau yok with yam" & salted chicken, yumyum~~

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2009!!!

J2Kfm said...

Selba : thanks! same to you and family!

BBO : thanks BBO! that's very kind of you guys! baking what for Xmas then? i'm a little late in replying, i know. =P

mimid3vils : you're one lucky daughter! hahaha... merry belated xmas and happy new yr as well.