Saturday, September 8, 2012

Huck's Cafe @ Bangsar

For those of us who haven't been back to Huck's Cafe in many months, now's the time to return, since Huck has been cooking up imaginative new creations.

Huck traveled this past summer to Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands; his vacation inspired him to come back and make this creamy cauliflower soup topped with dark wholemeal rye bread, a reminder of a similar recipe at a restaurant in Helsingborg.

Huck brought two bags of risoni home with him from Sweden; he hasn't been able to find this lighter-than-pasta, rice-shaped macaroni for sale anywhere in KL, so anyone who can help him will gain the gratitude of both Huck and his customers.

The risoni pairs perfectly with four-hour-roasted duck and a complex mix of smoked turkey ham, goat's cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes. Lots of flavors on one plate, contrasting clearly with each other but in a surprisingly complementary fashion.

Other entries in Huck's 2012 repertoire: a Jolly Salmon pie, complete with fish tail.

Kinda like a pescetarian version of shepherd's pie, this features super-succulent chunks of salmon buried with leeks, carrots, celery and onions beneath mashed potatoes, laced with cheese, nutmeg, rosemary, mustard and lemon. Top-notch.

Yam puffs, brilliantly soft and buttery, with pine nuts for extra bite.

'Rolling In The Drip' _ beef steaks wrapped around cheese and mushrooms. Meaty and savory, this might have hardcore carnivores rolling with glee.

It's impossible to decide what to order here: the chicken mushroom pie might sound ordinary, but it's lovingly crafted in a huge bowl, packed with tender thigh meat, button and oyster mushrooms, chili and kaffir leaves, sealed with lemon butter pastry. Homemade rarely gets better than this.

Durian-chocolate cake and berry ice cream supply the sweet finish to a sterling feast.

Earlier entry on Huck's former cafe in PJ: November 24, 2010.
Earlier entries on Huck's at Bangsar: July 5, 2011; July 19, 2011 and September 9, 2011.


Huck's Cafe,
22, Jalan Abdullah, Off Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
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28 comments:

  1. Haha...at last I was beginning to wonder...when...hehe :P

    Huck's food n creativity looks as good as ever...time for revisit :D

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, here's hoping Huck keeps hosting guests for more years to come. Am looking forward to seeing what dishes he'll create in 2013, 2014 and so on =)

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    2. Yea...just loving the beef steaks, the multi-flavoured take on a mushroom pie and tat inviting durian-choco cake :D

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    3. Ulric: oh yeah, but if you do order the chicken mushroom pie, let huck know what level of spiciness you'd prefer it to be. cos it can get a little too spicy, heh :D

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    4. Ouchhh...thanx for d warning! :)

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    5. Ulric: though luckily there's huck's basil seed sodas etc to help customers cool their tongues =)

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    6. I prefer his Ambarellar Sour Plum :P

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    7. Ulric: heh, I guess I'm biased against sourish drinks =)

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  2. the yam puff look so soft....all the creation look too good for my eyes...

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    1. Cindy: ya, the lamb puffs were a very nice surprise, and very fresh-tasting! huck puts a lot of care and effort into his creations =)

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  3. ooohh I wouldn't know what to order either!!! everything looks so good! wow! that must be heavy carrying two bags of risoni!!! O.O

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    1. Vien: yeah, even though i'm usually not a lover of pies, the jolly salmon pie and the chicken mushroom pie here are both worth ordering. two very different types of pies, but both delicious :D heh, i haven't seen the bags of risoni, but ya, i'm glad huck took the effort to bring them back =)

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  4. I haven't been there before!
    I thought we and the Queen suppose to have 4some dinner there? :P

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    1. CK: ya lor, the queen was supposed to organize a dinner here. but instead, she ran off to london for a holiday! not sure when she's coming back (or if she's even coming back at all!) :D

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  5. Cherry tomatoes still on the vine, fish tail coming out of the pie, the chef has taken Whole Foods to a whole new level.

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    1. The Yum List: it's those extra touches, that special care and consideration, that definitely is huck's trademark. i think he'd be very happy that you noticed! =)

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  6. The yam puffs look promising with that soft and lovely purple colour to it. I can imagine the awesomeness when the rich nutty pine nut flavour mixes with the yam. Interesting combination!

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    1. Missyblurkit: you're perfectly right in your description! I'm not sure what inspired Huck to come up with this combination, but I think it's a recipe that many of his customers will definitely enjoy! :D

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  7. Risoni is available at Jasons Food Hall!

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    1. Missyblurkit: omigosh, thanks for that! am gonna inform huck! :D

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  8. the roasted duck looks good ..
    and together with some cherry tomatoes.. nice

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, i'm a duck fan! gimme duck anytime for a meal, and i will say yay! :D

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  9. chocolate durian cake? nice combo..becos I love both. But does both taste clique?

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    1. Melissa: hmmm, i guess different customers might have a different opinion about that, but i think the one that is really recommended is his durian mudpie. here's a photo of it on this post last year: http://eatdrinkkl.blogspot.com/2012/09/lewisgene-espresso-solaris.html

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  10. And I haven't even visited his restaurant in Bangsar. The risoni does look like grains of rice. Haven't tried any risoni too so I wouldn't know if I come across one. haha

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    1. Eiling: it's worth making a visit here for a special occasion someday :D heh, this was my first time trying risoni too, and i definitely enjoyed it. quite memorable =)

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  11. I'm actually a huge fan of seafood pies. Greg and I fell in love with them in Ireland and I'm salivating over your description of this version!

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    1. Elaine: i'll take a seafood pie over a meat pie too, i think! hope you've been well =)

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