Monthly Archives: December 2015

Hakka Chinese

Who is a Hakka? The Markers of Hakka Identity

Hakkas like the late Prime Minister of Singapore Mr. Lee Kuan Yew are known to exist everywhere on earth and practically on all the continents. My wife and I are also Hakkas.

First, the Hakkas of the Centre, including the Mainland and the Island (Taiwan), who are citizens of these countries and hold their passports. They are Chinese.

And second, the Hakkas of the Diaspora who live in Western Countries (Europe and US), on the islands of the Atlantic, the Pacific or the Indian Oceans or in South East Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia). They carry passports of their countries of residence. These are not Chinese by nationality and to avoid confusion, should be more aptly called Huaren or Huayi.

Food

The Hakkas are regarded first and foremost as great eaters of chicken and pork.

Hakka food has its origins in the north but as it accompanied the itinerant Hakkas down to the south it became transformed by its environment that enriched it with its huge variety of vegetables, fruits and meat as well as sea foods. A typical Hakka dish is the Moye choyye niouk, slices of pork cooked with a type of dry vegetable, which we now know from Professor Liu originated in Xian where it is still popular today.

There are lots of other dishes like niuk piang, steamed minced pork with ham choy, salted vegetable, gniong teo kon, and so on. Niong teo kon is also known as a Hakka version of the northern jiaozi dumplings with meat and vegetable stuffing eaten at the New Year. Arriving in the south where flour was not readily available to make jiaozi the Hakkas produced a new plate: stuffed tofu or bean curd. The Hakkas also developed a taste for salt, unlike the Cantonese that prefer sugar, in which they preserved meat or dried vegetables which they had to keep in store and ready to take with them anytime.

Hakka Poon Choi aka Big Bowl

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Hakka Poon Choi aka Big Bowl @Restaurant Lee Hong Kee

Most famous and no doubt is the poon choi, known today as the Big Bowl. It dates back to the end of the Sung dynasty when Emperor Bing and his family who had been forced by the invading Mongols to flee the capital of Anhui arrived in Yuen Long. The Hakkas honoured by their presence felt they had to present something very special to their imperial guests and so created the Big Bowl in which they poured plenty of meat and vegetables.

Kopitiam – Kedai Kopi dan Makanan Hoi Kee

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This food centre is very spacious and with many stalls selling many varieties of food but what caught my eyes was the Black Man Nasi Lemak stall. As the name implies the man mending the stall has a very dark complexion. At first I was not sure if he’s Chinese or another race therefore I do not know in what language I should communicate with him but luckily he spoke first and he was speaking in Cantonese fluently. LOL!

This is the Chinese version of the Nasi Lemak and they have the usual stuffs as the Malay version but with additional Hakka Pai Kut, Curry Potato and Wild Boar Curry.

Since I have not tried Nasi Lemak with Hakka Pai Kut and Curry Potato I gave it a try. It was awesome!

Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Hoi Kee

2 Jalan Segambut Tengah,

51200 Segambut,

Kuala Lumpur

Fish Ball Noodle – Kedai Kopi Wah Chue

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The best fish ball noodle.

The variety of different fish pastes in each bowl proves to be an amazing taste. The fish paste is prepared every morning from scratch. Wet and dry versions are available. The soup is simply delicious and the fish paste is one of a kind the moment when you put into your mouth and start chewing it. Such a joy to eat this.

Kedai Kopi Wah Chue

Jalan Ayer Lombong,

Air Panas,

53200 Setapak

Kuala Lumpur.

German Food – Restaurant TJ Haus

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The decoration inside is very European and cozy. You can just stay there for hours. The main chef is from Germany dishing out very authentic European style dishes such as the lamb shank, smoked duck, roast chicken… Reasonably price for European food.

This restaurant definitely warrants a second and third visit! TJ Haus is a great place for family and friends as it’s relatively private with its homey ambiance and great food. Do give them a call to make a reservation if you’re planning to drop by as the restaurant as seats are limited.

Restaurant TJ Haus

27A, SS18/1B,

47500 Subang Jaya,

Selangor

Thai Food – Surisit The Thai Kopitiam

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This place is not built attractively to lure customers but only with simple decoration and basic furniture just like any other typical Chinese Kopitiam. We were there for the food and we ordered the very basic ones like the Belacan Fried Rice, Seafood Tomyam and stirred Fried Kailan with garlic. Basically a lot of pork is added into their dishes which is good for a change.

Our Tomyam came with an abundance of seafood. The spicy lemongrass with chilli paste flavoured soup was no doubt spicy but it was oh-so-good.

All the staffs in the restaurant are of Thai origin and that explains why the food there are so authentically Thai.

Surisit The Thai Restaurant

17, Ground Floor,

Lorong Rahim Kajai 13,

Taman Tun Dr. Ismail,

60000 Kuala Lumpur

Kopitiam – Restaurant New Yew Sang Seafood

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Fried Rice
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Cantonese Yin Heong Char
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Hakka Lui Char
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Curry Chee Cheong Fun
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Thai Food
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Western Food
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Wanton Mee
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Fish Head Noodles
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Char Kueh Teow
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Steam Rice with …
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Sarawak Kolo Mee
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Nasi Kunyit with Chicken Curry
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Fried Mee Jawa with Sotong
This place is always packed with diners and I understand why because of the variety of food being offered and almost all of them are famously good.
Restaurant New Yew Sang Seafood
18, Jalan SS6/6,
Kelana Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya
Selangor

Kopitiam – Kedai Kopi Ti Ee

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One of my favorite kopitiam in Klang. For breakfast I enjoy the Nasi Lemak which is very flavorful run by 2 Malay ladies. The other common stuffs are served until lunch.

As for dinner the Porridge, Curry Mee and Economy Mee are the best.

 Dim Sum stall will not open before 11 pm and the queue of customers are already there before 11.  All the stuffs are made at home and are brought to the shop mend by an elderly couple. Reasonable price and tasty too. The little bunny Pau is my favorite.

Kedai Kopi Ti Ee

Persiaran Raja Muda Musa,

Taman Gembira,

42000 Klang,

Selangor

Kopitiam – Chuan Lee Restaurant

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The extremely rude and moody Char Kueh Teow seller. My friend had to repeat his order a couple of times before he acknowledge the order.

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I was impressed with the varieties of food sold here. The home made Yong Tau Foo/Chee Cheong Fun and many more items were sold in this stall and in fact too many for us to choose from. Here we have to carry our own food and utensils. Not many Nasi Lemak stalls sells Pork Rendang but this stall here sells Wild Boar Rendang which is rare. Overall the food here is good but try not to go during the peak hours. Crowded!

Restaurant Chuan Lee

5, Jalan Bukit 11/2,

46200 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor