Halia Cafe

halia cafe

Halia Cafe is a newly opened eating establishment offering Muslim food. The place is owned and operated by a couple of friendly Malays and serves authentic halal fare. I have been told a lot of good (and not so good) things about the spiciness factor of the servings they dish out, and I was eager to check out the place since I’m a big fan of spicy food.

halia cafe interior

The interior of Halia Cafe is clean and the abundant ceiling fans operating at full speed does wonders to the ambiance, considering they don’t have air conditioning. Halia Cafe takes over from Eden Cafe (a Vietnamese restaurant) and much of the interior fittings looks rather familiar.

jus cinta

I went there with Faye during lunchtime and was pleasantly surprised to find the place relatively empty. My lunch hour is rather short and I have been looking for a place with quick service and good food. I ordered the Jus Cinta (RM 2).

jus cinta plum

Jus Cinta is a local concoction of sour plums and calamansi lime. The plums here are larger than the usual ones from coffee shops.

nasi kukus sotong

The waitress recommended the Set Nasi Kukus Halia Cafe which is a set lunch of sorts and their signature dish. There are options for fish, chicken and squid. This is the Nasi Kukus + Sotong Goreng Sambal (RM 5). The dish also came a couple of fried prawns (shrimp) which was a nice touch.

nasi kukus sotong macro

The steamed rice is flavored with santan (coconut milk) and the squid was fried with sambal. This is pleasantly (for me) spicy and salty, and gets two thumbs up from me. Faye didn’t quite like it though coz she’s a bit of a wuss when it comes to spicy food. ;)

nasi kukus ayam

I ordered the Nasi Kukus + Ayam Kunyit (RM 5). The chicken was grilled in a banana leaf and topped with spicy sauce. There is also a serving of cold pickles on the side for those of the faint of heart.

nasi kukus ayam macro

I liked this dish as well, the chicken was grilled to perfection – sweet, tender and moist. It is rather spicy though so people with more conservative taste buds should take note.

Halia Cafe is a nice place with halal food offering authentic Malay cuisine. It comes highly recommended for those with a taste for adventure. People without desensitized taste buds need not apply. :)

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19 thoughts on “Halia Cafe

  1. The chicken is a bit raw.
    Halal and suci holy restaurant like this shouldn’t have served raw bloody ‘chick’. Too x-rated.

  2. That looks like the most delicious thing I have ever seen. I don’t eat malay cooking as often as I’d like to. I often quite a good chilli high going as well after a fiery meal, probably because I am one of those with a sensitive tongue :p

  3. Roland: i like it cooked like this. partially raw. ;)
    zeroize: yeah, it’s a generous portion for the price…
    Ustaz: haha! i didn’t think about that until you mentioned it. it’s true.
    JW: hmm…not necessarily. i get a nice chilli high after a hot meal too. :)
    liquidblackout: OMG kath! :)
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    essentric: i wonder why they call it love juice…
    perhaps it’s the pairing of the two ingredients.
    Wuching: heh! now you’ve given me a chance to say something i haven’t said in a long time:
    here at sixthseal.com, we always aim to please. ;)
    ahlost: tastes good too.
    Paul: yup, very spicy. me like.

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  5. liquidblackout: that’s good to hear. it’s heartening to hear that we’re all picking up our lives. :)
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