Last April 2019, I embarked on a culinary journey to Hulu Langat, Selangor where I savoured scrumptious local dishes! With lush greenery and refreshing river as the backdrop, Hulu Langat has much to offer in terms of cuisine. So, if you ever find yourself craving for that local taste, head to Hulu Langat and you’ll be sure to leave with a happy tummy! The following is the list of must-have dishes when you find yourself there.
1. Daging Rendang
Originated from the land of Minangkabau, daging rendang (beef simmered with coconut milk and a mixture of spices until dry) is a staple Padang dish. It is a usual crowd favourite during Eid celebrations but its tasty hot flavours have gone beyond festive celebrations and are now part of daily meals. An all-rounder dish where you can have it with steamed rice, ketupat (a compressed rice cake) or lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo tubes), you will definitely leave wanting more. Head to Selera Anggerik D’Nanding to treat yourself to a vast selection of Padang dishes such as Gulai Ayam, Ikan Pais and more!
Selera Anggerik D’Nanding Masakan Padang
Open daily | 10:00 a.m. until finish (Lunch only)
T: +6 012 927 1797 (Fadly Anas)
2. Gulai Lemak Umbut Pisang with Ayam Kampung
A dish that represents the Kerinci community, umbut pisang is the stem of a banana tree that surprisingly makes a good dish. Cooked in gulai style (banana stem and chicken cooked with coconut milk), its spicy gravy and well-cooked tender chicken is delicious and when paired with steaming hot rice, it becomes even more satisfying! Another speciality that I discovered is the appetising spicy condiment introduced by the Kerinci community, which is sambal belacan with a twist, made from pickled mackerel and Palembang leaves.
Teratak Dusun D’Lui
T: +6 017 601 5574 (Rogayah)
3. Gulai Lemak Ikan Kelah
Ikan kelah or mahseer is a rather difficult fish to cook; if not properly prepared, the fish could give off an earthy smell. However, at this one stall by the roadside in Hulu Langat called Masakan Kampung Asli Ikan Sungai, you will get to savour well-prepared fresh mahseer cooked to perfection in gulai lemak (coconut milk with spices). The fish is infused with the gravy, making it tender and lip-smacking! Claimed to serve up authentic kampung flavours on your plate, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a variety of river fishes that is also freshly caught within Hulu Langat rivers whenever you dine here!
Masakan Kampung Asli Ikan Sungai
Open daily | 11:00 a.m. till finish (Lunch only)
T: +6 017 302 3938 (Yati)
4. Seafood Tom Yam
When in doubt, go for tom yam because this fragrant dish never disappoints. A perfect combination of spicy and sour flavours cooked with spices and herbs, you can have it with rice, noodles or on its own! The one served at Terra Pong Restaurant is prepared by a Thai chef and hit all the right notes with its tanginess and spiciness. For a full Thai cuisine experience, try other dishes from its Thai-inspired menu such as sea bass cooked in three flavours, butter prawn, and stir-fried Chinese kale mixed with salted fish.
Terra Pong Restaurant
Open daily | 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
T: +6 03 9021 3399
5. Kuih Jongkong
Last but definitely not least, a scrumptious dessert named Kuih Jongkong is a must when you visit Hulu Langat! A traditional Mandailing dessert, it is a sweet treat made from flour infused with pandan essence and showered with coconut milk and palm sugar, then steam-wrapped in banana leaf! Doesn’t that sound delicious already? This is a sought-after dessert during Ramadan (Muslim fasting month). You can only find this sweet dessert in Hulu Langat, so make the time to drive up there this month to get a taste of this yummy dessert first-hand!
T: +6 016 995 3979 (Bulan)