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Ying Ker Lou has long been the place to savour hearty and nour­ish­ing Hakka-style food, of­fer­ing healthy fare such as their fa­mous lei cha.

A cold and hot ap­pe­tiser of drunken chicken Hakka-style and yam aba­cus are good open­ers. The drunken chicken is mar­i­nated gen­er­ously with Chi­nese wine and rep­re­sents the hot side while the yam aba­cus is out­stand­ing for its rich flavours and starchy tex­ture.

True Hakka-style cook­ing is demon­strated with the braised pork belly, served with salted veg­eta­bles. A well-braised dish, it has no MSG, with the melt-in-your-mouth pork un­ques­tion­ably sin­ful. Though it takes 30 min­utes to pre­pare a plate of steamed fish head with black bean and soya bean sauce, it’s worth the wait as the fish tastes fresh and is well com­ple­mented by a thick serv­ing of the black bean paste. An­other dish rich in flavours is the sautéed egg­plant with fish sauce, or add a dash of spici­ness to pro­ceed­ings with the Hakka soup with chicken.

For desserts, the mango pud­ding with milk does not dis­ap­point, al­though health-con­scious din­ers will do well with a hot dessert like a bowl of sweet­ened mashed yam with gingko nuts.

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