Hau Gang & Hock Kee @ Puchong

February 1, 2014

Seeking Chinese eateries that refrain from charging extravagant prices for this festive fortnight, we hopped over to Hau Gang & Hock Kee, both of which basically fit our needs.

Hau Gang's setting feels fully familiar, replicating the look of hundreds of Chinese restaurants across the Klang Valley & sparking the sensation of "wait, have we been here before?"

Thankfully, the menu holds a few surprises: We like this 'Teochew-style charcoal-fire fish broth' (RM26), similar to steamboat, featuring fresh chunks of fish, bean curd, veggies & refillable soup. Nutritious-tasting.

Mantis prawns, a little less memorable, but tasty enough for what it is.

Bean curd with spinach & mushrooms. Good one; nice ingredients.

Pork comes in many of the expected forms, sweet & sour, crispy with honey, in claypot with salted fish or cooked with yam.

Eat your veggies: Bitter gourd fried with salted egg yolk straddles the line between wholesome & worrisome for health watchers.

Next up, Hock Kee, a breezier outlet with a greener view & brisker business.

Hock Kee's specialty: Ulu Yam loh mee. A bit bland but not a rip-off, considering the low RM6 price tag for a single portion.

So much starchy, steaming-hot soul food, suitable for cold, wet evenings, from mun fun (RM6), also in need of more flavour, & claypot noodles with yam (RM11, we love yam, so no complaints for this one).

Wok-fried kampung chicken in Hakka wine (RM23), bony & saucy, for better or worse.

Salted egg yolk mantis prawns are available too, as are Marmite chicken wings.

Green with enjoyment: Claypot kangkung (RM10) & complimentary jelly.

Hau Gang
85, Jalan Kenari 20, Jalan Puchong Jaya
Hock Kee Ulu Yam Loh Mee
27, Jalan Kenari 22, Bandar Puchong Jaya

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