As I'm typing this post, it suddenly strikes me just how much we ate over one short weekend in KL!
The Hakka Restaurant is definitely worth a mention. It originally did not factor in my itinerary but came highly recommended by my parents, especially my mom who SMS-ed me on a daily basis while she was in Genting over the same weekend, "have you gone there to eat yet?". How not to go? 🙂
Hakka Restaurant has been around for almost 40 years and is considered an institution in KL. Conveniently located just behind Pavilion Mall, it's hard to miss the large neon signboard once evening falls.
The restaurant isn't fancy but has its own charm. Located in an old house, diners can choose to dine indoors or al fresco under the breezy night sky. The atmosphere is as expected of any Chinese restaurant that has been around for decades. Bustling and nosiy, it comes with usual large family dining tables, ugly plastic chairs, melamine utensils, plate of salted nuts and grumpy aunties to take your order.
My parents' recommendation was spot on. The food was delicious and the dishes so appetising that I nearly ordered a second bowl of rice. The Hakka niang dou fu – a selection of stuffed beancurd, fishball, stuffed egg plant and stuffed lady's fingers was very good. A good deal had to do with the ingredients which were fresh and tasty and omg! don't get me started on the lady's fingers. They were incredibly tender with a vege-sweetness that you can no longer find in the lady's fingers sold in our supermarkets.
The assam prawns were also to die for. The gravy was a perfect balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy. It took every ounce of willpower not to drink the gravy by the ladleful.
Needless to say, we emerged happy and satisfied. Funny thing is: I think we only ordered one authentic Hakka dish – the niang dou fu. I suppose this is what happens when you dine in a Hakka restaurant with true blue Hakka people. They're not interested in ordering what they can easily find at home.