Friday, January 6, 2012

Putien Malaysia

Another Singapore-bred enterprise is reborn in Malaysia; after roaring through locations across the Lion City _ including Kitchener Road, Vivo City, Marina Square & Resorts World Sentosa _ Putien has landed in our country, targeting the heart of 1 Utama.

Putien's culinary roots lie in time-honored Heng Hwa cooking from the coastal town of Putian in China's Fujian province. Its voluminous photo album of a menu is replete with rustic recipes, focusing on seafood, pork & noodles.

Wine-marinated drunken cockles (RM9.90+), with resonant notes of garlic & chili singing through the mollusks' saltwater essence.

Pork intestines (RM12.90+) _ cut, folded & braised. These taste like some kind of spongy stuffed sausage, free from the stink that sometimes plagues intestines.

Seaweed with mini shrimp (RM8.90+). Slimy & slightly briny, it makes for a minimalist starter; "cucina povera" _ the cuisine of poverty _ adapted for contemporary consumers.

Century eggs, lightly fried in buttery crumbs (RM8.90+). A warm, creamy preparation that breathes new life into preserved eggs. No wonder Putien was once ranked among Singapore's Top 50 restaurants by the Straits Times.

Iced abalone (RM19.90+ per piece), pleasurably plump. Putien's prices won't break the bank; two can eat & be merry for under RM100.

Bamboo herbal prawns (RM8.90+), sunk in a soup seething with wolfberries & Angelica root, both believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties.

Peanut-topped Heng Hwa Bee Hoon, on the house _ perhaps an opening promo (communication with the Cantonese-speaking staff was problematic, even though they were expertly efficient). Thin & chewy, with a deep savoriness derived from a stock of pork bones & aged hens.

Battered sea bass in rice red wine (RM18.90+). And all this was less than a quarter of the menu; there's no doubt that Putien will pull us back soon.

Putien @ 1 Utama,
G213A, Ground Floor, 1 Utama (Old Wing), Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-7722-1539

28 comments:

  1. Never tried Pu Tien before cos of the crazy queues, at dinner time there's always like a couple dozen people crowding outside waiting for their turn to go eat =[

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  2. Timing: oh yeah, this 1 utama branch was packed at peak hours too! we arrived at 6pm & it was still empty, but by the time we left at 8, there were folks queuing outside =)

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  3. its opened! loved Pu Tien in Spore. Love Heng Hwa Bee Hoon. A must for bee hoon lovers!

    walked past couple of weeks back and it was closed. must go eat soon:D

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  4. Whatever wine-marinated drunken cockles tastes like, I wanna try the dish! Hehe

    Oh, ew, the seaweed dish looks like an appetite killer

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  5. Eww, I just took a look at the seaweed photo again.

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  6. for a moment i thought it's a russian restaurant named after Putin!

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  7. Did you find the food blander than usual? My uncle used to bring us for Heng Hwa food and that was what we usually found about it... very little seasoning.

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  8. Looks sooooo good. So much so, I'm gonna go look for lunch.. NOW:P

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  9. Omgosh.... Deep-fried century eggs??? I imagine it to be crispy outside with the creamy yolk...... Yum!!! Is this place around the old wing near the Lavender bakery???

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  10. The prices seem to be reasonable. Did you find the portions sufficient?

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  11. i'd love this seafood feast except for the cockles with abundance of garlic chunks, hahas!

    Latest: Lou Sang in Cantonese Style

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  12. Missyblurkit: yeah, it was a very long wait for putien to open! i think they had the signboard up in september, but the renovations took ages! :D
    Rad: heheh, if you like the seaweed wraps in japanese sushi rolls, the flavor of the one here is not too different. just that the texture is mushier =)
    KY: heh, a russian restaurant in 1 utama would be nice! hearty soups & stews, just like how they do it in mother russia! :D

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  13. Baby Sumo: oh, i couldn't really distinguish the characteristics of heng hwa cooking, unlike hakka & teochew food, which seem to be more easily defined. although the starters here seemed to have very clean, fresh flavors =)
    Michelle: oh, if you mean the restaurant, then it's worth visiting :D
    Ciki: hope you managed to have a deeeeeeeelicious, deeeeeelightful lunch! hehe :D

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  14. Vien: i think you've described the century eggs perfectly! and oh yeah, putien is just next to lavender! =)
    The Yum List: oh yes, most of the above were starters, and they were enough for two to share, mainly to whet the appetite for the main courses :D
    FiSH: heheh, the cockles and the century eggs were my favorite two dishes! =)

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  15. Wine-marinated drunken cockles? Devil sure suka wan. Me? I like the cartoon on the (chilli?) pot. Cute! :)

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  16. Kenny: devil & i can fight over the cockles, while you can have the century eggs & pork intestines! :D

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  17. Yay for century eggs! I might have a sliver of pork intestines but not more. Must share share with you and Devil ma. :P

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  18. Kenny: sharing is caring! but when it comes to deliciously creamy century eggs, i'm not sure i can be that caring :P

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  19. I want the century egg. Not sure about the cockles though.

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  20. Bangsar-babe: heh, yeah, i guess cockles are one of those lurve-it-or-hate-it kind of food :D

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  21. Poverty cuisine sits better with me, more often than others. That seaweed dish looks positively luxurious to me!

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  22. Min: ya, seaweed's a nice treat in my book too, but i figure it might be found too much in abundance along the shorelines of east Asia! Guess one man's commonplace cooking is another man's delicacy, heh =)

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  23. I ate once in Putien before when I was still working in Spore, but didnt try the fried century eggs, sound interesting. The price very reasonable too, should go 1U try try again.

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  24. More for me after my gym sessions! :P

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  25. CK: ya, i think it's quite interesting compared to many other chinese restaurants at 1 utama. no dim sum, no porridge, no roast pork, heheh :D
    TNG: you could even go before AND after gym! hope you enjoy the food here =)

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  26. Nice post on Putien. I love the Lor Mee, cockles n century egg!

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  27. Kaki Makan: thanks! oh, i ended up not liking the lor mee, but i'd happily return for the cockles & century egg anytime! :D

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