NOTE: Hakka Rang has moved to a new address, which the gNOMes have updated at the bottom.
Another gem we found at The Strand/Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara.
Tell us. What do they say about Hakka people? Don’t know what they say, but all I know is that they make great food!
The hallmark of Hakka cuisine is the texture of the food. One who possesses skills must have the ability to cook meat thoroughly without hardening it, and naturally bring out the hidden flavor of the meat. Raw materials used to cook any Hakka cuisine doesn’t differ greatly from other Chinese cuisines, what you cook is what you can get in the market. Simply put : Hakka cuisine may be outwardly simple but TASTY.
Filled to the brim just about every night, one who craves Hakka food might want to drop by.
First up was the Drunken Chicken (RM16.80 for small portion). Chicken pieces cooked with black fungus, mushrooms, wolfberries, excessive amount of ginger and a generous dose of rice wine. Served in a claypot, the dish was bubbling hot. First spoonful of the soup was just heavenly. The simmering soup let out a delightful aroma of spices, and leaves a rather spicy yet rich explosion of taste. The wine taste was strong and was an underlying base to this tasty soup, while at the same time managing to avoid being overwhelming. That is the hallmark of good wine soup.
We had the stir fried bitterguord with salted egg (RM13.80 for large). Stir fried bittergourd with egg has always been our kryptonite. But this one? With salted egg? Better be good!
This is gNOMe 1’s personal favorite. Fried with salted duck egg all mashed up nicely and well-spread around, this not only covers up the naturally bitter nature of the gourd, but it also served as magnificent flavoring to complete the whole dish. This seemingly simple dish is something that this restaurant excels at. Every time the gnomes visit Hakka Rang, this is a MUST-ORDER. Though gNOMe 2 would prefer a more generous serving of salted egg. 😛
Our third dish was Crispy Pork (RM14.80 for small).
The texture of the meat was indeed excellent. Crispy is the word. One interesting thing that we have observed about Hakka food is that a lot of the (stir-fried) dishes are typically dry as opposed to other types of Chinese food that would normally contain a lot of gravy. The meat wasn’t smelly, does not have your usual ‘porky smell’. Overall, this dish was above average, just a bit too dry.
Verdict : Both gNOMes were super in love with the Drunken Chicken and the Stir Fried Bittergourd with Salted Egg. Drop by Hakka Rang, give it a try, you will agree to what we have said. Not enough to buy you over? Hakka Rang is actually featured on Trip Advisor! Hurry now!
How to get there :
Address : No. 47-1, Jalan PJU 5/11, Kota Damansara, 47810, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 47810, Malaysia
Phone number : +018-388 8620