Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ying Ker Lou

Ying Ker Lou (迎客楼) serves Hakka cuisine. The name - ying means welcome (迎), ker means guest (客), lou means building (楼). Hakka is a Chinese dialect and Hakka people in Chinese is called "Ker Jia Ren" (客家人) meaning "guest people" so this restaurant uses the word "Ker" in both senses - to mean it serves Hakka cuisine and also to mean it welcomes guests.

The food that the four of us ordered:

Hakka lei cha (擂茶) MYR17.90 - 擂 means ground or pounded, 茶means tea but it is not the normal Chinese tea. The bowl of green soup in the photo above is the ground tea soup made from grinding a mixture of tea leaves, herbs (coriander and basil leaves), roasted nuts, sesame seeds, grains and adding the required amount of hot water.

The other bowl in the photo contains rice (we chose brown rice but you can opt for white rice too) and other finely chopped ingredients such as peanuts, tofu, pickled radish, french beans and other vegetables. A small plate of fried anchovies is provided too. I pour the green tea soup into the bowl of rice and mix them together before eating. Very tasty but some of my friends really dislike this dish so I guess this is an acquired taste.

Fish fillet "wat tan hor" (literal translation - stir fry rice noodle in smooth slippery egg sauce) MYR 19.90 and I think this is a Cantonese dish. It may not look nice but it is tasty. Some people prefer dark soy sauce to be used but it tastes just as good without using dark soy sauce to stir fry the rice noodle.

Bamboo shoots dumplings - MYR9.9 - this is very scrumptious because yam is used to make the dumpling skin and I can taste the delicious yam.

Wine Chicken with rice -MYR20.90 - I did not take photo of the bowl of rice included in this dish. Strong taste of wine so it is nice for people who like the taste of chinese wine.

Total bill came up to MYR 79.6 inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% government tax. There are many outlets in Klang valley but I have only been to the ones in the Gardens and the Curve.

11 comments:

  1. I see my favorite, lei cha!

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    1. Good to know that you like it. :)

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  2. somehow....i can't appreciate hakka lei cha....I'm drooling looking at the wah tan hor....

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    1. The wat tan hor here is one of the delicious ones. Ya, agreed that hakka lei cha is an acquired taste.

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  3. I've been the one at the Curve!!!

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  4. If got chance, wanna try the Bamboo shoots dumplings, hehe...

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    1. I think you can try the Bamboo shoots dumplings at any place in Singapore that serves Hakka cuisine.

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  5. I missed lui cha!! Btw I am Hakka. :)

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    1. Oh, so you are Hakka. Do you know how to make this lui cha?

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