Hakka Cuisine @ Hakka Passion, Bandar Puteri Puchong

As the second largest subgroup among the Malaysian Chinese diaspora, it is relatively easy to find Hakka cuisine in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, where there is a large Hakka population. The founder of KL, Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, is of Hakka ancestry!

For those staying in Puchong, Hakka Passion at Bandar Puteri Puchong offers a good variety of authentic Hakka dishes, including well known signatures such as stir-fried abacus beads, yong tau foo (assorted tofu stuffed with fish paste and ground meat), and salted chicken. The Hubs and I came here for an early lunch, so we had the whole place to ourselves! Here’s a mini review, seeing as there was just the two of us and we weren’t able to order a lot of items.

Decor: Cozy, with Hakka inspired touches, including paper cut-out decorations adorning the feature window, and Chinese-style paintings of traditional Hakka walled villages.

Service: Efficient. Food arrived fairly quickly to our table, considering we were the only diners at the time.

Food: There is a wide variety to choose from, including meat, seafood, vegetables, and tofu. We ordered two dishes to share – tofu in pumpkin sauce, and deep fried pork belly. Both were excellent.

The tofu did not have an appetising presentation, but it more than made up for it with flavour. The pumpkin sauce was rich and creamy, and the even though the tofu was deep fried before sauce was poured over it, it retained a smooth, eggy texture on the inside. The minced meat and mushrooms added another layer of texture.

The deep fried pork belly was marinated in fermented red bean sauce (fu yue), which gave it a distinct, almost earthy taste. My dad hates the stuff so he never orders it when we dine as a family 😛 But I like pungent flavours so this is right up my alley. The pork was not greasy, and for a belly cut was surprisingly lean.

Price: A little on the pricey side. Most of the mains average around RM20++ for a small portion. The small is usually enough for two, but if you’re ordering a couple of dishes it can rack up quickly.

HAKKA PASSION

18, Jalan Puteri 2/5,Bandar Puteri, Puchong, Selangor, 47100, Malaysia

Opening hours: 9am – 9pm

Phone: 03-8051 1999

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