Tuesday, July 6, 2010

IR 1968 @ Terrace, Hock Choon, Kuala Lumpur

Terrace at Hock Choon sounds like a simple concept; eight restaurants and bars with a cafe housed under one roof. The old bungalow that this has been based on has been given a new lease of life.

For my newer readers, you all will be glad to know that the whole place is pork free but there is no halal status because of the alcohol sold.

Amongst the Italian and Japanese which you can get at every other corner of the city, IR 1968 stands out for introducing a more exotic cuisine, Indo Chinese with a slight twist of fusion. With a name that stands for Indonesian Restaurant opened in the year 1968, a couple opened their doors for business in Hong Kong as the first indonesian restaurant and have made the mark for being the place to go for those who miss their country's cuisine.

Now in the second generation, Hudson Chang brings IR 1968 into Kuala Lumpur and ropes in the business partner (or i also heard girlfriend among the whispers) in the form of Debbie Goh, an ex Miss Malaysia (the chinese one), actress, tv presenter and etc. A very pretty girl, i must say.

The place is done very tastefully. Google around and you will see that their tables and plates are the most photographed items, which means the hard work put into their decor has been well appreciated.

Ambience, checked. What about the food? Before the meal started, i had a reader and twitter follower from Jakarta who told me that this would not be disappointing. To come from a local, it gives great assurance that you are in for some authentic good food.

I think this is the (i mean THE) signature dish of the restaurant: Semur Lidah. The ox tongue is boiled for 8 hours before cooked in a sweet soy sauce. The result is a very rich and melt-in-your-mouth piece of meat that may sound gross but is absolutely gorgeous. Judging by the portion above that cost RM32, i got a feeling one plate may not be enough for me.

Asam Fish, deep fried fish fillet in a sour sauce. Slightly on the salty side and not sour enough, an ingenious plot for you to order more rice. (RM38).

Ayam Asam Kacang; perfectly fried chicken pieces resting on a bed of plum sauce, dipped into peanuts before entering the mouth (RM22). The sauce was slightly different compared to what you can get outside, otherwise a staple dish that you can find in chinese restaurants.

A new item on the menu (do look out for their specials); the cod fish served with spicy and sour sauce - akin to the sauce you get with our chilli crabs. The portion was rather for one than many.

Tofu Telur Goreng (RM18). I first had this dish in Jakarta and this was just as good. Pieces of tofu in an egg omelette, topped with shredded cucumbers and carrots, deep fried shallots. Peanut sauce is poured over the ingredients.

The Coconut Prawns is another new dish not on the menu. Three giant tiger prawns rest and cooked inside the coconut in a tom yum like sauce. If the price is like any normal prawns, this would be RM42. The idea of cooking prawns inside the coconut is not new but is well cooked here.

The Kai Lan is again something not new, some methods here is obviously more chinese than indonesian but that is where the Hong Kong as influence over the direction of the restaurant over the 40 years.

All of the above dishes have to be eaten with rice, so coconut rice it is. Do ask for the sambal, it is oh so gorgeous, almost can be exclusively eaten with the rice. Beware though, it is RM5 for a plate of rice, some would cry murder at being charged so much.

Desserts don't seem to be their forte or we obviously ordered the wrong ones.

Their version of the cendol lacks the aroma of the gula melaka used in ours so this was rather mild for our taste buds.

You get a choice of Vanilla or Chocolate Es Krim (ice-cream) with deep fried pineapple or banana. A dessert i usually avoid because it reminds me of desserts we have in chinese restaurants in Australia.

Maybe we should have ordered the Pulut with Santan, although do look out for their new desserts that involves some steaming custard.

Overall, a nice place to enjoy something that is not too common in Kuala Lumpur, a place that be enjoyed as a group or for a more private date. Food wise, you have to be smart in ordering the more exotic dishes and leave the more common chinese oriented ones.

Address and contact details:

241-B Lorong Nibong, off Jalan Ampang
Behind Hock Choon Supermarket.
Opposite SuCasa Hotel

Tel: 0172098477

[Pork Free]

Supposedly open 7 days a week, lunch and dinner

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. If i had to be picky, some of the dishes were better than others, while desserts didn't seem to wow us too much. Otherwise, prices aside, a nice place to try something new and maybe impress a date.

[Before i forget, this review was organised by Ms Poesy Liang and Fatboybakes]


J said...

I m still dreaming of that glorious tongue. (Price aside) I wish I could eat it everyday... *drool*

(Eh, fair a bit lah. Why you didn't take a photo of the leng lui also? The guys need eye candy too! Haha...)

CUMI & CIKI said...

i think why this place photographs so gorgeous is coz of the lighting and the TABLE! the color and the grooves of the table are bootiful hor?

excellent food and company too. no wonder this post is so cool:)

v!vi@n said...

all so nice and tempting !!!! i love i love^^

suhaisweet said...

Anyway Nice..Visit mine if u free friend.. Bloody Day!

FBB said...

gorgeous pics, nipples... the black background really works hor. has it always been black, or cos you're in mourning?

Sean said...

the tongue actually reminded me of wagyu beef cheeks ... at least in terms of texture :D

J said...

Mmmmm.. Am still dreaming of that gorgeous tongue! *drool*
(Price aside, I wish I could have that everyday...)
(Pssst. Why no photo of Debbie Goh? Be fair lah. Need to have eye candy for both genders!)

aly said...

Yum - the prawns in coconut looks delish! nice pics :)x aly

CUMI & CIKI said...

harlo! where is my comment?!

i swear i left one!
anyway, was saying, gr8 food and company go hand in hand! love this post and you are right, this place photographs like a dream:)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: been using black for awhile, looks like black will always be black, white can only b the new black for awhile. thank yew on such compliments, ur pics r just as larvely la.

eatbitemunch said...

Terrace @ Hock Choon is always something that I wanted to try. I must make an effort :)

qwazymonkey said...

Like what Ah Pa said, nice shots! Makes me wanna blog about it now too! HEhe

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qm: thanks! go blog abt it too but dont embarrass me with ur even nicer shots!

eatbitemunch: do give it a try, a concept that is quite new

c&c: i think there was a technical error, probably still lingering around somewhere.

aly: thank yew!

j: didnt manage to snap 1 la..i shy..

babe_kl said...

eh this is weird, left comments yday and they din appear in those blogs.

here i can see joe reply to FBB but i dun see FBB comment???

looks like a place i might come by, i think 2 of just wud be just nice, otherwise hv to order extra portion

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: yeah there has been alot of missing comments..yes 2 come enough kua, order some signature dishes.

UnkaLeong said...

Hopefully my comments don't get deleted ;) Lovely pics and write up bro. We shall meet up again for makan before you leave!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unka: sure thing!