Interesting restaurant, so-named because it specialized in the cuisine from Gaozhou (高州), a city in south-western Guangdong province in China. Not sure what I was expecting – maybe I was being over-optimistic in finding some *new* never-tasted-before Cantonese dishes, but the main items on their menu all seemed a bit similar to Hakka cuisine (客家菜) to me: stuffed tofu; braised pork belly with yam; “mui choy kau yoke” (braised pork with salted mustard leaves), etc.
Our lunch options today:
- Pork with yam – I wished it had a stronger “nam yue” (fermented soybeans) flavor. The version here was a tad one-dimensional.
- Egg omelette with chopped preserved radish (“chye poh”) – this was tasty and had the perfect balance of flavors: sweet-salty preserved radish undercutting the richness of the eggs. I suspect that much of the fragrance of this simple omelette came from cooking it using pork lard.
- Tofu with minced pork & scallions – I loved tofu in any form, so I thoroughly enjoyed this dish. But I can imagine many diners complaining about how bland this dish was – that’s one of the features of cooking here at Gao Ren Guan, and I’m not well-acquainted enough with Gaozhou-style cuisine to know if it’s typical, or it’s just the chefs’ style here.
- Long beans, char-siu and crisp anchovies fried rice was delicious and the best dish we had for this meal.
Overall, interesting place – clean & bright ambience, with faultless service. Just wished the food had stronger flavors though.
Gao Ren Guan (高人馆)
07-01 & 09-01, Jalan Kenari 18B
Bandar Puchong Jaya
47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel: +603-8076 8766
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