Or Hwu 永平五湖 in Yong Peng is one of those old must-try restaurants that has attained icon status in town. When in Yong Peng, it is almost obligatory to come to the 40 year old Or Hwu and experience what such an iconic restaurant is like.
Or Hwu has an extensive menu of traditional Foochow dishes including the popular Foochow fried noodles and meat balls. As we already had lunch in another restaurant, we tried just one of Or Hwu's signature dishes, which was their Foochow red yeast rice wine chicken 福州红糟鸡.
The large tender chunks of chicken were bathed in a grainy, starchy gravy that was a blend of salty, sweet, and tangy flavours. The acquired taste of fermented tofu was present and so were the distinct alcoholic notes from the rice wine. The presence of the rice wine was neither subtle nor suggestive - it was in copious amounts that grabbed our attention boldly.
Or Hwu's Foochow red yeast rice wine chicken 福州红糟鸡 was definitely a worthy, memorable signature dish.
The side dish of crunchy pickled guava slices is worthy of mention too. Salty, tangy, sweet and crunchy - it was addictive.
I have to come back and try out the full range of Or Hwu's famous Foochow dishes, just like these happy people.
Restaurant name: Or Hwu Restaurant 永平五湖
Address: 214, Jalan Besar, Yong Peng, Johor
Hours: 12:00noon to 10:00pm
Date visited: 7 May 2012