A-G-11, Block A, Menara Glomac Damansara
Jalan Damansara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : 603-7732 3163
FB : Hohoemi Cafe and Organic Shop
Business Hours :
Tue – Sun 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
You Are What You Eat!
During my recent food tasting at Hohoemi Cafe that located in the less congested Menara Glomac Damansara building, I learnt more about the importance of organic foods and how it is the best option to stay healthy naturally.
Who say eating healthy must be boring and tasteless? With slogan ‘come in for a healthier you where great taste meets good health’, Hohoemi Cafe served organic vegetarian food to free range chicken and antibiotic-free fish in both Asian and western style, definitely an ideal venue for casual healthy dining with family and friends at a cozy ambience.
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to maintain or improve environmental quality for future generations.
The guiding principle of organic farming is the maintenance of sustainable eco-systems for people, animals, crops and soil by respecting the relationships between soil, plants and animals.
Simply stated, organic products are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators (hormones), and genetically modified organisms. Organic agriculture relies on natural products and processes to grow crops, improve soil quality, control pests and promote bio-diversity.
As far as possible, organic farmers rely on crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and control pests. A well-balanced and biologically active soil will provide the crop with sufficient nutrients for optimum growth and yields, with a minimum of pest and disease problems.
With 30 years working experience in few big restaurants before, Chef Jimmy, the humble head chef of Hohoemi Cafe, had prepared us a sumptuous dinner without any MSG or artificial flavorings, just added in mushroom powder, soya sauce or sesame oil to enhance the dishes’ natural taste, and kurma, brown sugar or sea salt to balance out the sweetness and saltiness.
Hainanese Hakka Crossover Lei Cha (RM18.90)
A must-try signature at Hohoemi Cafe includes this traditional healthy Lei Cha dish. I personally do not like the strong basil or mint flavor from the Lei Cha soup, but Chef Jimmy able toned it down the taste to make it more light and refreshing, and I totally love it!
Served together with brown rice, chopped organic kailan veggie, saltiness from the marinated radish, vegetarian-style anchovies for the extra bite and few more other ingredients, do give this Lei Cha a try. No wonder this is one of the best sellers here as I almost order a second plate for myself.
Hohoemi Cafe also served own-stuffed Yong Tau Foo, another famous Hakka delight, using minced free range chicken as the filling, hence the firm texture and fresh natural taste.
Foo Yong Omelette (RM14 Normal ; RM18 Large)
A simple healthy dish cooked with lots of organic mixed veggie. I like the texture, chef put the mashed pumpkin into the egg batter before fried it in low temperature to give it a nice and natural sweet flavor.
Butter Styled Chicken (RM20 Normal ; RM30 Large)
Served in dry or with gravy, this flavorful poultry dish was cooked with free-range chicken, fresh milk, cheese and organic unsalted butter, which of course the materials were higher in price, but organic unsalted butter is low in saturated fat that often link to high cholesterol, and you also no need to worry about the pesticides and hormones transferred from the cow itself.
Claypot Chicken Rice with Double-boiled Soup
Chef Jimmy cooked all the chicken dishes at Hohoemi Cafe with Free Range Chicken. Free range chicken grew at the eco organically system environment with natural farming ingredients for at least 3 months before slaughtered it to market. Therefore, the meat was free from any growth hormone and antibiotic, firm texture with less cholesterol and high in protein.
Hohoemi Cafe served Basmati rice here for the healthy purpose. Compared to other rice types, Basmati rice is a naturally low energy food and has low GI (glycaemic index – energy is released slowly to keep the blood sugar level more stable), which is a crucial part for the diabetes management.
Organic Yam Ring
Using good quality of organic foods as the toppings, which included cashew nuts, carrots, capsicums and onions, Chef Jimmy made the yam ring with natural wild yam and fried it with certified organic oil, making sure this commonly ordered deep fried Chinese dish won’t burden much our body and health.
While explaining this dish to us, Chef Jimmy also talked a little bit on how deep fried food with normal cooking oil in high temperature was bad to our health, where the oil will restore the heat and transferred it to our body after we consumed the fried food.
Nyonya Style Steamed Fish
Using river fish that sourced from Bentong, Pahang, Chef Jimmy offered 6 different types of flavors for his customers to choose from – Plain Deep Fried, Sweet Sour, Deep Fried with Dried Radish, Hometown Steamed, Nyonya Style and Curry.
Organic Flower Tea (RM10)
Served hot in the pot, this flower tea had a mild fragrant to sooth our tense, and knowing that it was grown organic, we can worry less about the toxic chemicals that were very harmful to our health.
Yes, compared to other countries, organic foods here were generally more expensive. But, for the sake of your own health, Chef Jimmy recommended his customers to start eating organic foods few times per week to give body a ‘rest’ and help to cleanse out the toxic.
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