Thursday, 16 May 2013

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
La Mexicana

La Mexicana, May Specials

Words by Polly Szantor
Photos by The Yum List



It’s well known that the folk at The Yum List are fans of La Mexicana, and it’s hardly surprising, since their authentic Mexican food is consistently excellent. To make sure you don’t miss a single tasty morsel, we’re keeping you up-to-date with the specials for May and some new menu items that will leave you wanting to try more.

Ensalada Espinaca (RM32) combines tender baby spinach with La Mexicana’s signature Jamaica Flower, walnut, bacon and cheese dressing. The Jamaica flowers (also known as hibiscus or roselle) impart a splash of scarlet and lend a fruity tang to the dressing.  It’s a lovely combination and there’s plenty for sharing.

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Ensalada Espinaca (RM32)

The soup of the month is Crema de Cuitlacoche (RM32) a creamy corn soup infused with that trendy corn fungus, cuitlacoche (or huitlacoche), which is packed with unique proteins, minerals and other nutrients like essential amino acids. Combined with special herbs from the garden and smoked, dried chilli, this soup is thick and rich with velvety goodness.

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Crema de Cuitlacoche (RM32) 

Manager/ owner Steve Dennison’s assurance that the fish tacos were to die for was spot on!  Tacos Ensenada (RM25) offers two wheat tortillas enclosing tempura battered red snapper and cabbage salad, a delicious combination originating from Baja, California.

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Tacos Ensenada (RM25)

Chamorro “David” (RM56) is the pièce de résistance. This tender veal shank steak, marinated in a secret sauce that includes dried chillies, is slow-cooked to perfection and accompanied by rice and refried beans. I was curious about the name and discovered that the dish honours a rancher relative of Steve’s wife and chef extraordinaire, Carmela, who creates the culinary delights at La Mexicana. 

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Chamorro “David” (RM56) 

Some of the new main courses include Pescado a la Veracrozana (RM60) red snapper poached in a tomato sauce with jalapenos and olives, while the Chilli Poblano is a large green chilli stuffed with refried beans and Panela cheese, a darkly pleasing dish with just a hint of spiciness.  

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Pescado a la Veracrozana (RM60)
La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Chilli Poblano


If you’d like more heat, the habaneros chillies that accompany the Carne a la Tampiquena (RM60) are for you. The butterflied filet steak is gently marinated, then seared to maintain a soft, juicy centre and is served with enchilada verde and refried beans. All the flavours of this dish combine to create something truly amazing and I would definitely choose it again.

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Carne a la Tampiquena (RM60)
La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Carne a la Tampiquena (RM60)  - close up of the tenderloin

La Mexicana has several dishes which are bound to intrigue children. We tasted Taquitos Dorados, super-crispy corn tacos rolled around shredded chicken, served with lettuce, cream and cheese. Kids would also love the Sopa de Fideo (RM20) noodles in a tomato-based soup freshened by a squeeze of lime.

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Taquitos Dorados
La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Sopa de Fideo (RM20) 

The super-strong Margaritas are definitely not for the little ones. Made with Patron Tequila, they are so easy to sip and they slip down a treat. For something a little different, try the Jamaica Flower version, slightly sweeter than the regular lime Margarita but equally desirable. Happy Hour is from 3 to 6 pm with 2 for 1 Margaritas… now if you can just get away from work in time…

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Margarita - Two for One Happy Hours!
La Mexicana, Terrace at Hock Choon, Mexican restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
Margarita Jamaica

For dessert, we enjoyed Crepas de Cajeta (RM20), crepes bathed in a sweet, burnt caramel sauce with walnuts and flambéed with Tequila. Mmmm, smooth and sweet. Carmela had the brilliant idea of serving a Cucaracha to go with the crepes, flambéed Tequila and Kaluha drunk while it’s still aflame; it sure warms the cockles of your heart. 

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Crepas de Cajeta (RM20)
La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
La Cucaracha

Everything was phenomenal, and I can’t say enough about Carmela’s homemade cheese. She is now producing three varieties; and we tried them in the dishes. Our favourite was the Queso de Oaxaca, a pulled cheese that is wound round and round into a ball. You eat it rather like Mozzarella strings; it’s fresh, salty and most compelling. The Queso de Oaxaca sells for RM160 a kilo, the Requeson for RM120 a kilo and a ball of Panela (about 350 gms) goes for RM60.

La Mexicana, New Dishes for May, Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Queso de Oaxaca

Reason to visit:  It’s difficult to conjure up enough accolades for the food at La Mexicana.  Each enticing mouthful is guaranteed to thrill and delight. Many of the dishes are made for sharing so it’s possible to sample a range of flavours in one meal, and of course, a Margarita is almost compulsory!
La Mexicana
Terrace at Hock Choon
Jalan Nibong (off Jalan Ampang)
Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 425 35251




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8 comments:

  1. I can't read any more posts on this place until I have eaten there myself...I can't bear the temptation!

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  2. For an instant, I thought u were served Ink Squid Soup. Lol! Love the fanciful ingredients in the soup, definitely would love to slurp some :)

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  3. Very creative picture of unknown dishes for me.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  4. Jalan Ampang. Don't think I will be heading that way soon. Sigh!!!

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  5. What a feast! The soup looks really exotic and intriguing!

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  6. my all-time favorite Mexican restaurant! new menu.. slurps.. I m definately eyeing the Chili Poblano and Steak!!

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  7. wow!! I fell in love with mexican since I tried Fresca (The gardens), your picture is luring me to try this place out!!;P

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  8. everything looks so good! I like the way they stacked the salad up

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