Saturday, July 28, 2007

taukee.... and coconuts...!

Braised tau-kee mince pork

If you are a Hailam pherng** fan – then you would know tau-kee mince pork.

**Hokkien dialect for Hainan Curry Rice – as it is particularly popular in Klang – where there is a dominant Hokkien community**

This innocent looking dish had to come a long way before appearing on your plates and on this blog! It all starts with the beancurd sheets – these are made from freshly extracted soymilk from ground soy beans. The soymilk boiled, and poured on to large trays to steam and dry as a layer of thin beancurd sheet. This is what you can buy also from local shops specializing in Chinese ingredients and condiments – and what is known as ‘tau-kee’.

The resultant beancurd sheets are then steamed for one hour before used to carefully wrap marinated and spiced minced pork. The beancurd roll is now lightly seared on a hot pan in order to seal in the flavors and maintain its shape for its next journey.

Finally, this ‘tau-kee’ mince pork roll is braised in sauce of numerous herbs and spices for at least another hour. This allows the subtle flavors of the tau-kee and the braising sauce to infuse in to the mince meat, and give you a remarkable taste experience. The beancurd sheet has now also taken on flavors from the mince pork.

What a lot of work for an innocent beancurd roll, you might say… well, that’s the promise of quality, attention to detail, and sincere practice of tradition that you will experience at Restoran Hainan Curry Rice. Try this ‘tau-kee’ pork dish on your next visit here if you haven’t already.
This is as home made, organic and as natural as it gets!
We're also serving up free coconut jelly desserts to finish off your meal. If you didn't also know, Hainan island is famed for it's agriculture activity. Crops like sugar cane, coconut and pineapple flourish in the warm, tropical, and moist monsoonal climate. Since these were abundantly available to the Hainanese people, it's no wonder that these crops feature in some of the tastiest home made foods in our culture. We have rich 'kaya' - that goes on lightly toasted wholemeal bread (available for breakfast through to tea-time) - rich in coconut milk. We also serve refreshing coconut jelly desserts - made from freshly collected coconut water. Hainan Island celebrates a 'Coconut Festival' every year, on the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month.
Besides coconut, the climate also favors pineapple. A typical Hainanese dish is a mixture of pineapple and deep fried intestines. The pork intestines are cleaned thoroughly, seasoned and fried to a crisp. Then further tossed in a special sauce with chunky pineapple pieces, fresh spring onions and sweet chillies.
Wow... there are so many typical Hainan dishes yet to be featured. Catch them all here in another blog entry soon, and taste them at Restoran Hainan Curry Rice!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

We're Certified CLEAN

When 100 dirty eateries were given closure order by the Selangor Health Department, Restoran Hainan Curry Rice emerged clean, unscathed and declared safe. To all who are wondering why there are restaurants and cafes closed in the Bukit Tinggi, Klang area, its now public knowledge that those eateries are dirty and don't comply with health regulations.
So come on over to Restoran Hainan Curry Rice, you know we're clean; even the Selangor Health Department says we're clean.

We are after all your friendly FAMILY restaurant. See you there folks.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Forget the chicken... check out Hainanese Charsiew...!

Think you've tasted the best charsiew? Think again... here's Hainanese-style charsiew for you... marinated with select herbs and spices to give it a unique identity, these cuts of lean pork are then broiled in vegetable oil to a hint of caramelization.

The result: A unique tasting charsiew that is suitable for a starter, as well as complement the Hainan Curry Rice meal. It's sweet flavor goes very well with the savory notes from the curry rice. It is also light and tasty enough on its own as an afternoon snack!

The charsiew is cooked to a crispy texture on the outside, which locks in the herbs and spices in the juicy and tender lean pork cuts everytime. You'll order your second plate soon enough. Come and try this on your next visit to Restaurant Hainan Curry Rice. **Featured here is the Hainanese Spring roll - minced pork, carefully blended with different herbs and spices - rolled in freshly made beancurd sheets, and gently fried to the crisp.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Beat the Monday blues with the best kopitiam breakkie!

I've been told that the kaya here is the best in it's league! Homemade from the freshest ingredients - with no bulking agents and fillers (read starch - to make it cheaper to produce), this kaya is made with full-on good quality ingredients to bring out the richness of all the eggs and coconut cream (no additives, no preservatives - hence it's shorter shelf-life. And the chef will also tell you to consume within 1 week, so that you always enjoy the best quality).

Give this breakfast a try at Hainan Curry Rice. The kaya and butter toast will leave you wanting more, the fresh eggs cooked to half-boiled perfection to fuel your protein requirement for the day... and who can forget the house - brew Hainanese kopi? The aroma of the full-body and nutty brew fills the shop every morning, and it's THAT aroma that perks up your Monday, and gets you going for the rest of the week.

See you at Restaurant Hainan Curry Rice for breakfast all this week...

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Succulent Sundays...

Tender pork belly, braised with a myriad of spices from cleverly guarded recipe...

The same broth is used to braise boiled egg, tofu, lean pork chop and mince pork wrapped in beancurd sheets.

You can have this with rice and the special Hainan Curry for rice.

Sundays are usually packed by lunch time, but since opening nights - you can also enjoy your Sunday dinner here too.

Don't forget to ask for the dessert - special coconut treat - and for coffee aficionados... try the special Hainanese brew coffee... it's full-bodied and nutty flavor will just complete your indulgent Sunday.

See you at Restoran Hainan Curry Rice - Bukit Tinggi, Klang.

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