Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gao Ren Guan @ Jaya One

Recently I was invited by a dear friend of mine whom is a producer of TV shows and despite her busy schedule, she still have time to meet up for lunch. She wanted me to try one of her friend's restaurants which was newly opened at Jaya One. This is the 3rd branch of Gao Ren Guan 高人馆 after Puchong and the other one in SS15 Subang Jaya.

This restaurant serves dishes particularly from Gaozhou, a county-level city in Maoming city , Guangdong province of southwest China. That's why their dishes here are quite differentiated from the normal chinese restaurants that serve Cantonese, Shanghainese and Hakka cuisine. To me, this place serves very home-cooked-style dishes.

Big Menu, my friend and Mr. Loong

It so happened that the boss, Mr. Loong was there too. And so I asked him for recommendations on what to order. I already expected that he would be recommending this Braised Stuffed Bitter Gourd (RM18/4pcs). Oh God, why do I have to go through this again? You know, I really do hate bittergourd and for the past one week, I have been eating that nasty vegetable twice!

After much persuasion and assurance that it will not be bitter, I told him I'll give it a go. The cute little bittergourd is stuffed with minced meat and braised in superior stock for hours. I cut a small little section and attempt to give it a try. The 1st bite wasn't bitter but the aftertaste was! You can see that from my reaction. All I wanted was just to eat the stuffing!

The other highly recommended dishes are: Grandpa Omelette (RM12/small) where chicken and duck eggs are combined for this dish. That explains the unusually strong taste of eggs. The Crispy Nam Yue Pork (RM14/small) is something different to order from my usual staple of Char Siew and Siew Yoke.

They also serve a very special vege dish where it's called Stir Fried "Gao Zhou" Lettuce with Dace and Black Bean (RM16/small). I thought it was another bitter-torturing-vege but it turned out to be very nice and I licked the plate clean.

The Fried Squid with Garlic (RM18/small) is fried to a dry and crispy finish. You won't get the oily feel as this is fried to perfection. The accompanying fried garlic bits and some chilli makes this dish a winner.

The desserts served here are pretty normal like the Guilin Gao (herb jelly), Sea coconut with longan, Soya with white fungus and etc.

The shop was still in renovation when I ate there and it should be completely up and running by now. The pricing in this outlet is a little more expensive than the rest of the outlets but I don't mind with the nice ambiance and convenience of location.

Thank you very much to Mr. Loong because when I attempted to pay, he told me that he's buying lunch. I will definitely come back to try the other dishes like the Hot & Sour Vegetables, Hot Pepper Pig Stomach Soup and the Braised Pig Offal.

Gao Ren Guan

(beside Ducking)
M-10-G, Palm Square, Jaya One,
72A, Jalan Universiti,
46200 Petaling Jaya,

Tel: +603-79573266

Other Branches:
  1. No. 07-01, Jalan Kenari 18B, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.
  2. No. 43, Jalan SS15/4E, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
11:00am to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 10:00pm (daily)

603 8076 8766 (Puchong)
603 5621 0866 (Subang Jaya)


Sean said...

hey, i remember taking my family to the puchong branch when they came up for chinese new year a few years back. but jaya one is a much more convenient location! here's hoping they'll eventually serve some wine to go with the food too, heheh :D

TheGunner said...
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TheGunner said...

I walked past this outlet some weeks back and it was all barricaded under renovation.

My family are regulars of their branch at SS15, Subang Jaya. I don't know if they have the same picture in Jaya One, but the one in SS15 has a picture of the shopowner's grandfather.

In their youth, their grandfather and mine (mother's side) actually came here together from China. Small world.

Wei Mei said...

hi... pretty ex boss... ur hair so long edy ar... hehehe...

uLi.佑莉 said...

"Gao Ren" as in "Tall People" wor... I think I can go there to makan la ....hehehe!

eiling lim said...

Sean: They allow you to bring your wine. If I'm not wrong, the corkage should be around RM10-20.

The Gunner: Ooh they have the picture of the shopowner's grandfather too but I didn't post that up. Wah small world!

Wei Mei: No la. Still quite short!

ULi: haha... yeah for tall people only! heheh

CUMI & CIKI said...

eee.. so cute.. look at ur face! eh, u been dieting or wot - look damn skinny oredi ler .. maybe ur hairstyle too. looks good!

Anonymous said...

The food is boring, unexciting and yet they have 3 branches. Sound like they are cash rich and restaurants business is their secondary business.

KY said...

i want the bitter gourd!

thule a.k.a leo said...

Jaya One??? Good.. now I can bring Sher Ryn there :) it's actually quite near my house in BU!
Price seems reasonable too... I think that you over-reacted on the bittergourd la... just eat more and you will love the bitter taste soon! Believe me, I hate bittergourd as much as you did but that was last year! All you need is someone who would literally force you to eat :P just like what my wife did to me!!!

eiling lim said...

Cumi & Ciki: Still the same la. Haven't lost weight also.

Anon: Well, that's your opinion.

KY: I don't want

Thule: hey, I don't want to like bitter gourd and actually my mom doesn't take that too and that's why I am not forced to take. hehe

Huai Bin said...

You don't like bittergoard?

It's surprisingly one of the veggies that I like. :)

Hey this new place looks pretty interesting. Jaya One is expanding fast or did it take over another outlet?

taufulou said...

hmmm... a food from china i have always wanted to try it out and now since in jaya 1..surely can go hunt for it d..

weih, the bittergourd got so fuu meh?

eiling lim said...

Huai Bin: I've never liked Bitter gourd. It's just so bitter. They took over Secret Recipe. Yeah Jaya One is like a eating hub.

Taufulou: Ooh which dish are you looking for?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bittergourd cant b that bad rite?

eiling lim said...

Joe: It is that bad!! for me at least.

zewt said...

how did you maintain your weight and figure with all these foooooooooooooooood? not that you exercise much right? do you?

and i didnt meant you have nice figure either, just, well maintained despite huge food input... lol

eiling lim said...

zewt: yeah my only exercise was washing toilets and mopping floors. I control my calorie intake for breakfast and lunch (less than 500 calories a meal)since I always have heavy dinners.

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