Friday, September 19, 2014

Houz Warming @ Puchong

Comfort cooking from the country's north & south is carving out a central presence in Puchong's new Houz Warming restaurant, courtesy of an Ipoh-&-Malaccan couple whose heart-warming knack in the kitchen runs through their family.

The foundation here truly is the food of families; co-owner Ervin supplies time-honoured creations that prove kind to the wallet & pleasing for the palate, including this pork noodle soup (RM6.90 nett) - with a light, naturally sweet-savoury broth brimming with tender meat, liver & egg - that his father has served for the past 28 years at an Ipoh outlet ...

 ... while Ervin's wife, Celine, is the source of cherished recipes that showcase Malacca's Peranakan & Portuguese flair, such as these asam nanas prawns, a tangy treat that's thick with pineapples, salted fish & spices. RM13.90 for a set that includes this serving of prawns with rice & a beverage; this one is available once or twice a week as a possible special of the day.

Many of Houz Warming's specialities are spicy platters with pleasurably complex sauces & gravies that take painstaking hours to prepare; most pair perfectly with rice, including the asam bandung squid & prawns (RM10.90, including rice) ...

 ... & another special of the day, Patong-inspired fried chicken chop (RM13.90 with rice), visually vivid & fairly fiery in flavour. Bonus points: Houz Warming's food tastes wholesome & lovingly home-made, liberated from excess oil or salt.

 We really liked the sambal-fried cencaru with rice (RM10.90); the fish was well-prepared, steering clear of dryness, nicely complemented by a creamier-than-expected, tastier-than-anticipated sambal that's pretty darn addictive.

 Other crowd-pleasing dishes range from fresh-tasting roti jala with a can't-fail chicken-&-potato curry ...

 ... to Hakka-style sweet-sour vinegar pork, made with white vinegar & coupled with rice (RM9.90). Or if you prefer something Hokkien, have the pork belly with tau fu & egg in soya sauce (RM9.90 nett too).

 Many thanks to friendly couple Ervin & Celine for hosting this meal; Houz Warming is open daily, 8am-10pm.

Houz Warming Cafe
5-G, Jalan Puteri 1/6, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor

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14 comments:

  1. I love the play on words for housewarming "houz warming". :)

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    1. Linda: it's a fun and cool name for a restaurant, yeah :)

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    1. Happy walker: ya, it was a good version of udang asam nanas :)

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  3. Aiyo you make me craving for pork noodles now... :(

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    1. CK: heheh, maybe can try to cook something similar to pork noodles :)

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  4. Lovely food - looks like home-cooked delights. Should be a great place to go and get stuff that is like what mum used to dish out.

    Hmmm...somebody should tell them that a warm love-filled house and house warming are two different things.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, some of these dishes did remind me of the comforting familiarity of food we grew up with and learned to treasure :) heheh, trust a veteran schoolteacher to make that distinction. but no la, i think it's a cool name that can mean different things to different folks :)

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  5. That bandung squid and prawn looks really awesome. Good homecooked food.

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    1. Baby sumo: oh yeah, we wiped the plate pretty clean for the squid-prawn dish. It was like eating at someone's home, heh ;)

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  6. Hey, that's a nice name for a restaurant! ^^ I guess it's supposed to symbolize something in the lines of home and family warmth?

    I can already see from the dish (with the fish; not sure of its name) that the chef must've taken hours of delicate preparation to execute it - since it's made from scratch. =)

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    1. Waverly: you're right, it's definitely meant to evoke a sense of home and comfort here ;) the fish is cencaru, which does remind me of childhood meals in malacca. My grandmother used to fry that sort of fish too and stuff some kitchen-made sambal inside it. Very tasty :)

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  7. Very homely dishes....definitely soul warming!

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, heart-&-soul-warming :)

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