Thursday 5 November 2015

Food: China Private Kitchen @ Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

Looking for some authentic Chinese cuisine and can't seem to find a good one? Well, good news is I found a really unassuming place for you to experience Chinese food like never before. To be more precise, China Private Kitchen @ Cheras, serves food originating from the Hunan, Changsha which is located in south central China. So, if you're in for a dining experience which is guaranteed to tantalize and excite those tastebuds, this is the place you're looking for. 

At China Private Kitchen,the chef has 6 years cooking experience and 3 restaurants under his belt in his hometown back in Hunan. Besides that, they promise only the best quality of ingredients for their customers and every single dish is home cooked with passion. Personally, I thought that the pricing was rather reasonable and it's a great place if you're looking for a place to have one of those family dinners.

Well, I wouldn't say that there's anything special with the design or layout of the restaurant. Basically, it looks like your regular Chinese restaurant but they do have air conditioning for a more comfortable dining experience. 

A big fish spotted in the aquarium!

Seaweed Salad (RM 5) 
This side dish reminds of the Korean style of having side dishes for meals. This was exceptionably good, flavorful with a hint of spicy to whet your appetite before the other main dishes. The seaweed was sliced before being chilled in the refrigerator and fermented with home made chilli oil, garlic and ginger. 

Hunan Chicken (RM 36)
They used a whole 'kampung' chicken to cook this dish and this was definitely one of my favourites. It had that authentic yet simple, home cooked taste to it. Just with a few ingredients such as ginger, spring onion and garlic, this chicken dish is good to go with a bowl of steaming hot white rice.

Stir Fried Lotus Root with Chillies (RM 22)
Crunchy in every bite! This was delicious and one slice is definitely not enough. It is a unique and different way to enjoy this healthy lotus root, which is a combination of both sour and spicy.

Hong Xiu Pork Hand (RM 28)
I'm not exactly a big fan of this dish because I don't fancy fatty meats. But, for those who enjoy the jelly-like texture of fatty pork meat, this would be ideal for you. Braised for 3 hours with ginger and chillies plus some secret home made sauce, this pork hand is delectable in terms of taste and it wasn't too spicy as well. Some spices such as star anise was added to boost the flavour of this dish.

Claypot Bullfrog with Hainan Chilli (RM 48)
The thought of eating bull frogs are not very nice, but if the term paddy field chicken is used, the whole idea becomes more subtle. The texture of the meat was smooth and tender, cooked with a sweet tasting soup. Three types of chillies goes into this; red chilli, green chilli, and the special 'yellow' Hainan chilli. This dish may be spicy but its not heaty and most likely won't cause you a sore throat or anything like that. 

Wild Mountain Chilli Fish Head (RM 68)
Chinese carp, steamed with chopped ginger with three different taste; spicy, sour and sweet. Really appetizing and the sweetness comes directly from the preserved wild mountain pickled chillies.

Fish in Soup (RM 68)
This nutritious dish have all its nutrients preserved in its bright yellow soup. The main star of this dish is not the fish indeed, but rather the soup which is best enjoyed with a bowl of rice. To suit the local taste, the chef had personally tweaked and customised this dish with reduced oil and salt for a healthier twist. 

Stir Fried Pork Belly with Chilli (RM 22)
This dish is popular as a must have food in Hunan, where every mother will definitely know how to make this dish. It is a common and simple dish but surprisingly, it feels like comfort food. Oh, not to worry, as the chillies used in this are not that spicy at all, so I would highly recommend this dish.

Stir Fried Hand Picked Cabbage (RM 18)
This may look ordinary, but trust me, the taste is different from your usual stir fried cabbages. Here they have that 'wok hei'  (breath of the wok or rather, the right temperature) that you can't achieve just anywhere else. This dish is aromatic and has both sour and spicy taste.

Fried Yee Mee with Prawns (RM 15)
This fried noodles have the pricey 'kampung' eggs and shrimps in it. The texture of the noodles are just right, not too soft or hard, it even has that slight crisp to it. 

Deep Fried Pumpkin Bun (RM 12 for 6 pcs)
A meal isn't complete without dessert, and here they make this really puffy and cute pumpkin buns. Crisp on the outside, this fluffy sticky bun is made purely from pumpkin paste. The sweetness comes from the pumpkin and this is made fresh daily. 

So, if you're on the search for some really different and unique Chinese food, I'd recommend that you think no further and head straight to China Private Kitchen. Oh, by the way, there's FREE parking for customers who dine at their restaurant.


If you spend up to RM 100 (applicable to dishes on menu excluding drinks), you will receive a cash voucher of RM 20 on your next visit.

China Private Kitchen
Pertama Residency,
Jalan 3/92B, Taman Kobena, 
56000 Cheras,
Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 016-617 7981 / 014-357 0085
Opening Hours: 12 PM - 10 PM (daily)

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