Ying Ker Lou, Hakka Nook in Pavilion KL

 

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My usual Hakka to-go eatry is Hakka Restaurant but as I was meeting the Clozette team at Pavilion KL, I decided to try Ying Ker Lou (迎客楼) located at the basement of the mall; a branch of an established Chinese-Hakka cuisine restaurant chain spawned in Kuala Lumpur.

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Pavilion KL is the probably THE swankiest mall in Malaysia and was bustling with the festive holiday crowd engaged in a frenzy of shopping.

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We decided on the Pu’er tea, one of my favourite tea for a Chinese lunch. It’s a varietal of fermented and aged dark tea produced in Yunnan province; it carries an earthy tone that suits Chinese food well.

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To get started, we ordered the Century Eggs, which was good with the pickled ginger.

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The Abacus beads, made of yam paste and different type of starches, is a mainstay of Hakka cuisine. These were chewy and flavourful with the minced meat.

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The Poached Chicken pass muster, with a fragrant grated-ginger sauce.

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Hakkas are known for making great tofu dishes – and it’s no exception here – the pan-fried tofu are fluffy and delicious, coated with a robust bean sauce.

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The sautéed vegetable was simple but well done – a quick toss at high heat that keeps the veg crisp.

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For dessert, we ordered the Orh Nee yam paste with ginko nuts, which turned out pretty yummy. It’s more  of Teochew than Hakka dish.

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The crispy dumpling with bean past was good too.

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Ying Ker Lou is a comfortable Hakka nook for a decent Hakka lunch if you are in Pavilion, with  brisk service and  nice ambience, nothing too fancy. Do check out the very affordable and comprehensive set-lunch menu.

Ying Ker Lou
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
Phone: +60 3 2141 0517

 

 


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