Taiping HoChiak, SS2

Over the weekend we were invited to this Nyonya restaurant for dinner by a family friend. He knew that we have recently been very taken with Nyonya food, thanks to a recent sojourn to Malacca that saw us rediscovering the joys of Peranakan food and ahem, old Nyonya jewellery. Hehe.

The shop is situated in SS2, on the Chow Yang side and used olden everyday stuff cleverly as display. On the outside, a wall is lined with all the newspaper cuttings featuring the restaurant and the chef, Ricky, a successful author of a few Nyonya cookbooks.

One of the appetisers we had was Pai Tee or top hats. The filling was tasty but the “hat” itself was thin, but tasteless and not crunchy enough. However with that said, I am glad it didn’t have the stale oil taste that many other versions I have tried has.

The Sambal Petai we had was rather tasty, though a tad more on the wet side. But it sure was a good accompaniment to the white rice.

The Sambal Tumis Fish was good too. Not too strong in the spiciness or sour notes.

We quite liked the Spicy Nyonya Chicken, which was chicken pieces deep fried and coated with this sticky, aromatic sauce, thanks to the thinly shred kaffir lime leaves. And an interesting twist was probably the addition of the mango cubes.

There’s also the “Tau Yew Bak” or braised pork with soy sauce and tofu (beancurd). Tender and flavourful and very much a favourite with the children. But i found something missing…. not sure what it was.

The “Ju Hu Char” or stir fried turnip with julienned carrots and sliced mushrooms was probably one of my favourites. And they even make deep fried popiah with this as the filling. Delicious.

I also loved the “Kerabu Paku Pakis” though I had a few “too raw” stems which were a tad hard to bite off.

The tofu dish was also tasty despite the messy look. Another crowd pleaser with the kids.

We ended the meal with some ang koo kueh and durian cendol. I was stuffed beyond belief so only had half a kueh and was glad to find it not too sweet. And those who had the cendol raved about it so I would definitely try that if I were to return.

Overall I would say that this place exudes a certain charm of homecooked food. And on hindsight, we were all glad that the food we had wasn’t too oily or heavy tasting. Plus the chef/owner Ricky was really quite friendly and obliging which the made the dining experience even more pleasant.

Restoran Taiping Ho Chiak
28, Jalan SS2/10, (Chow Yang side)
47300 Petaling Jaya
Tel/Fax: 603-7876 6648

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  1. J said

    The decor of the restaurant is so cute – looks like it’s out of a movie set. 🙂
    (So colourful)

  2. J2Kfm said

    Taiping Ho Chiak? if i rmbr correctly, there’s another outlet with thename Taiping something, elsewhere in KL.
    never knew that Taiping’s famous for nyonya food though.

    i had a ju hu char in Penang, that reeked of fishy taste, and a little off.
    plus it was at one of those rather famous Nyonya outlet.

  3. wow, even the plating looks so homey..n very generous portions too (unless there was a horde of fellows)

  4. Leo said

    Hmmmm… newly opened??? How come I have never noticed this place before??? Must go and check one day

  5. Tummythoz said

    How was the pricing?

  6. Oh.. Too bad bout da pai tee.. I luv paitee!

  7. gina said

    Eh.. seriously… this is what my mom has been cooking for us everyday at home.

  8. 黄桂欣 said

    oh oh ju hu char is calling for me! and also my inner-Taipingite is calling too. i must give this place a try!

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  11. Foodie Goodie
    Worst decision of my foodie life was to go to this place on 6th day of CNY for Yee Sang. Although they advertised their YeeSang very aggressively all over their restaurant, they simply did not prepare any!!!
    They just had one portion for a large group which they were hoarding up like gold. They refused to serve us even though we had called a day earlier to make a booking. They apologised but their stupid explanation only made things worse.
    False advertising? Unprofessional management? Bottom line is that if you want Yee Sang in a Nonya Restaurant – choose any of the other 30 or 40 places in Petaling Jaya. Stay away from Taiping Ho Yuck.

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