Food Review: H&H Restaurant & Catering, Kota Damansara

Moo had a sudden craving to seek out a restaurant she tried years ago, so we went for lunch at a place called H&H Restaurant & Catering, all the way in Kota Damansara. It used to be located somewhere else before moving operations. The place’s decor was minimal, almost canteen style, and it was close to empty during our visit. There were many items on the menu so we opted for the set meal for four instead.

Stir-fried veggies with garlic, which was nice, sweet and crunchy without being too oily.

Claypot assam fish was a tad disappointing. Flavours were too salty and the fish didn’t seem fresh.

Meal was redeemed with the deep fried sotong (squid) – lightly battered, crisp and crunchy, lightly salty. Great as a snack or accompaniment to rice, especially with the chilli dip.

The Chicken Kapitan, despite this rather unappetising photo,  was really good! A bit on the greasy side, but the chicken was tender and juicy, and the blend of herbs and spices created a robust flavour with a strong hint of lemongrass. It wasn’t too spicy. Fought to spoon up the sauce to our rice lol.

All in all, 3 out of 4 is not bad at all. Consider having a quick and economical lunch/dinner here if you’re ever in the neighbourhood! 🙂

H&H Restaurant and Catering

25, Jalan PJU 5/12, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
OPERATING HOURS:
11.30am to 2.30pm
5.30pm to 10.00pm

hnh.com.my

Kakatoo Restaurant, IOI City Mall Putrajaya

IOI City Mall Putrajaya is a haven for food lovers, with a variety of restaurants, snack kiosks and eateries just waiting to be discovered. You can come back here dozens of times and have something new to savour at each visit! 🙂

Evelyn and I were here recently for a catchup session. Since she’s vegetarian, we hunted around for a place with vegetarian options and finally decided on Kakatoo, which dishes out Nyonya and Western fare. This is their third outlet, after Ativo Plaza Bandar Sri Damansara and Kepong.

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The main ‘characters’ here are the cockatoos and parrots adorning various nooks and crannies within the restaurant, which is painted in a colour scheme similar to the beautiful birds. Blue is a prominent shade, while the waiters wear matching yellow shirts. The furniture is wooden and reflects the Straits Chinese heritage, with patterned covers and intricate place mats.

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Evelyn had clear soup noodles, which came with an assortment of mushrooms, veggies and fried shallots.

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I had their signature Nasi Lemak with sambal sotong. The rice is cooked in coconut milk for a fragrant flavour and tinged blue from the petals of butterfly-pea flowers, a natural food colouring. Loved the rice as it was fluffy and separated well into individual grains. The squid was fresh and springy, with spicy sambal sauce clinging to each piece. The dish was served with the standard nasi lemak sides of boiled egg, crunchy anchovies and cucumber, with an extra dose of spicy sambal. Definitely one of the better nasi lemaks that I’ve tried 🙂

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To cool down from all that spiciness, Evelyn and I got a Cendol to share. The mountain of shaved ice is topped with sweet green jelly strands (cendol), gula melaka (palm sugar) syrup, condensed milk and mashed red bean. Great for hot days!

Kakatoo also serves Western dishes like chicken chop and pasta, as well as Asian dishes like rice and noodles.

KAKATOO 

LG-78B & 78C, IOI City Mall Putrajaya, 62502 IOI Resort City,

Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10AM-10PM

Nyonya Cuisine @ Taiping Lang, Puchong Jaya

UPDATE: The place has been closed as of Jan 4 2016.

The Straits Chinese are a unique group of immigrant Chinese who came to Malaya and Singapore in the 1800s, adopting the local Malay customs and cultures by intermarriage. This fusion of cultures has brought about a distinct cooking style and taste, known as Peranakan cuisine.

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In Puchong, one can find tasty, homecooked Peranakan food that is as authentic as they come. Taiping Lang (literally person from Taiping in Hokkien) was started by six siblings, and the recipes were handed down by their mother. The restaurant has been around for more than ten years, but still enjoys immense popularity. Maybe it’s cos it’s hard to find good Peranakan food outside of Malacca and Penang (where there were many Straits Chinese).

The interior is cosy and decorated with loads of nostalgic items, like old posters, photos and kitchen utensils. The walls are also papered with newspaper cuttings, Tv programme photos and magazine writeups.

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The selection is not wide, but enough. 🙂 We ordered one of their sets, which came with (refillable) rice, soup and a side of fresh vegetables.

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Bee Ba Special – braised pork in soy sauce. Super tender, half fatty, half lean pork that melts on your tongue is bathed in a glorious soy sauce with green onions and fermented bean paste. The sauce has that fragrant smell of soy beans and it’s salty savoury flavour is great to go with rice.

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Kali Kay – curry chicken. The curry’s blend of herbs and spices is rich, creamy but not overpowering, and not too spicy. Generous serving of soft potatoes.

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Sambal Hae – shrimp with sambal (spicy sauce) and cucumber. This was quite fiery but also great with rice.

If you noticed, all of the items come with lots of sauce, which is a distinctly Chinese influence (because you can pour it over rice, see?)

The food at Taiping Lang is simple but hearty. My dad loves it because it reminds him of my late grandmother’s cooking (she was Hokkien but learnt cooking from a Nyonya). The price is affordable – this set set us back about Rm50.

TAIPING LANG 

No.19-01, Jalan Kenari 18B, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100, Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

tel : +603 – 8076 2686

Tuesday – Sunday: 

  • Lunch  : 11.30am – 3.00pm
    Dinner :  6.00pm -10.00pm