Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ke-Kho & Cheong Wah @ Puchong


Food-hunting in Puchong, starting with Ke-Kho, a standout spot where spicy Sichuanese & sumptuous Shanghainese specialties form the surprising fare.


Cumin sliced beef. A Hunanese stir-fry, basic but beautifully aromatic.


Melt-in-the-mouth boiled fish with a fiery kick. Not as oily as this photo suggests.


Shredded pork with garlic gravy. Lean but tender meat, thick & savory sauce.


Densely creamy Pidan eggs with silky-soft tofu. A match made in T'ien!


Kung pao chicken. The real peppercorn-laced deal, not the Americanized version.


Steamed dumplings with ground pork and chopped celery.


Grilled dumplings, generously stuffed with chopped chives and scrambled eggs.


Pork knuckle with pickled cabbage. Rustic stuff that looks & tastes homemade.


Touboding _ pan-fried potato strips. Kinda thin & dry; not our favorite.


DiSanXian _ fried eggplant, potatoes & green peppers.


Dry-fried string beans. Even the obligatory greens taste decent.

Searching for something more mainstream? One option is Cheong Wah, a popular Puchong place for Chinese banquets that won't break the bank.

Everything here's reliably prepared, so rest assured there's plenty of succulence to savor in Cheong Wah's braised pork knuckle.

Can't complain about the sweet-savory, sesame-coated Marmite ribs either.

Frog legs, our substitute for chicken in this meal, smothered in ginger. Healthy, right?

Yam ring. Loved this when I was a kid, but rarely have it much these days.

Seafood bean curd, also a nice rendition, fresh-tasting & suitably soft.

Longevity noodles, a can't-fail belly filler to ensure nobody heads home hungry.

Cheong Wah's simple veggie platters also satisfy, from the potato leaves ...

... to the sambal petai with prawns ...

... to the bitter gourd made flavorsome with salted egg yolk.

Complimentary papaya & pineapple on ice to send us on our merry way.

Ke-Kho,
21G, Jalan Puteri 2/6, Bandar Puteri Puchong.

Cheong Wah,
Jalan Bandar 2, Pusat Bandar Puchong.

26 comments:

  1. Creamy Pitan eggs with silky-soft tofu...truly a match made in heaven...hehe :P

    And gimme frog legs and longevity noodles too...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, quite a lot of my all-time favorite chinese comfort food in this entry. love century eggs, love longevity noodles :D

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  2. Good to see some more down to earth places for CNY rather than hotels, which are lovely but quite pricey...

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, you're right, this was a very pleasant change. cheong wah, the second restaurant, is a good choice for a neighbhorhood restaurant for chinese new year, and the multi-course meal we had there cost below RM200 =)

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  3. I am interested on the braise pork knuckle..
    I will add few bowl of rice with it..

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, good to eat the very tender pork meat and the gravy with a lot of rice. i find i prefer the chinese braised pork knuckle compared to the german crispy one :D

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  4. Chong wa lao is indeed the most reasonable restaurant that offers Chinese Banquet !! Agreed!

    But oh, for shame, this Puchong lady(me) doesn't even know ke kho exist tho she's staying around this area... Haha!
    Nice sharing! ;DD

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    1. Eunice: time to plan my chinese new year dinners, maybe i can consider cheong wah again :D heheh, there are so many chinese outlets in puchong, it seems impossible to try all of them, ya =)

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    1. Mr Lonely: no worries, lots of pork and chicken in these two restaurants =)

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  6. I have not been Puchong before, eventhough I moved to KL 6 years ++ already(shame on me). Next time tumpang us ok? hehehehe.

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    1. CK: caaaaan. there are even also a few nice coffee cafes in puchong now that you might enjoy visiting :D

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  7. Loved the few wedding dinners that we attended in Cheong Wah. Food's consistently good on all occasions.

    will certainly check Ke Kho out once I rid myself of this crazy bad ass cough.

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    1. Missyblurkit: it's impressive how Cheong Wah quietly manages to cultivate a loyal following thanks to good word of mouth and good personal experiences there, ya :D ooh, ya, ke kho might be too spicy for customers suffering from coughs. am sincerely sorry to hear that you're still not well yet!

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  8. Shanghainese specialties ? Ahh I must try more of that! RM200 for all that in Cheong Wah is good!

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, shanghai restaurant at jw marriott is a good place in the city to try those, but if you're in puchong, then maybe ke-kho could be something to check out :D and ya, i was pleasantly surprised by the bill at cheong wah. a reason to NOT eat at hotel eateries, heh =)

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  9. Ohh...I've visited Cheong Wah before...for their CNY menu.Some dishes are quite nice.
    Food at Ke-Kho, isit very spicy?

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    1. Melissa: cheong wah is very popular! :D mmm, ya, most of the dishes at ke-kho are very spicy. but maybe can ask them to tone down the chili =)

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  10. Woo...that braised pork knuckle looks very drool-worthy!

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, i've been dreaming about having another braised pork knuckle soon, but probably not this week, heh :D

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  11. Love it when u talk street food.. more please! haha

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    1. Ciki: i will try to travel, where the streets have no name! :D

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  12. the boiled fish in chilli oil looked like those served in a sezchuan restaurant. I'm sure the the level of spiciness is very high!

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    1. Eiling: ya, it seems to have that szechuan authenticity. we were sweating a lot for this meal! :D

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  13. May be its me, I find the dishes are quite oily, at least those we ordered when we were there !

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    1. Wong: yeah, for ke-kho, they do use quite a lot of oil :D

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