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    Post #1 - July 10th, 2021, 10:15 am
    Post #1 - July 10th, 2021, 10:15 am Post #1 - July 10th, 2021, 10:15 am
    Good stuff over at HD Cuisine. There's an upcoming group lunch there later this month, which I won't be able to attend but I wanted to check it out. So I and a couple of friends decided to head over for dinner.

    The menu ranges pan-Asian but there's some focus on Malaysian. Other than an odd dish I've had here or there over the years, this is a fairly unfamiliar cuisine to me, new flavors and combinations. HD Cuisine is a family-owned and run operation headed by Lyn -- the matriarch -- a remarkably kind and welcoming woman who takes a lot of pride in her operation.

    It's a storefront with one table inside and a few tables outside. We ordered as much as the three of us reasonably thought we could make disappear, and took some seats at one of the outside bistro tables. Shortly after that, the onslaught of food began, and it wasn't too long before Lyn saw how much we ordered and pulled a second table over for us (an LTH tradition :D). We chatted with her about a variety of topics, mostly culinary. It was a lot of fun . . .

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    HD Cuisine - 27 Huntington Ln, Wheeling

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    Set Up
    I thought the plates and cutlery were quite beautiful.

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    Chicken Satay

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    Special Fried Rice

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    Vegetable Curry With Dal
    The dal is actually blended and is part of the curry.

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    Broccoli With Garlic Sauce

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    Malaysian Beef Rendang

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    Malaysian Ayam Masak Merah (chicken)

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    Chinese Pancake with Pork & Chives
    A throw-in for having ordered over a certain amount of food but I don't remember the exact number.

    Looking forward to heading back and trying some more items. The menu is large and there are a lot of great looking offerings. Way too many for three people to try at one dinner.

    =R=

    HD Cuisine (website)
    27 Huntington Ln (strip mall on north side of Dundee Rd)
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (847) 777-1031
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #2 - July 10th, 2021, 10:53 am
    Post #2 - July 10th, 2021, 10:53 am Post #2 - July 10th, 2021, 10:53 am
    I also tried HD Cuisine a couple weeks ago and thought it was pretty good. I had only tried from the menu the Chicken Curry and Chicken Satay and both were very good. I recommend next time you go to HD Cuisine if you like it spicy to ask for their homemade chili oil/hot sauce on the side which is very tasty as well.

    I hope they add Laksa soup to menu in the future which is my favorite of the Malaysian dishes.
  • Post #3 - July 12th, 2021, 8:48 am
    Post #3 - July 12th, 2021, 8:48 am Post #3 - July 12th, 2021, 8:48 am
    was good for us as well... we did note that the more "Malaysian"/stuff you don't always find on a menu items were better than the "classic" asian mainstays. For example, we found the pad thai very average/unspectacular, especially compared to their other noodle dishes.
  • Post #4 - July 29th, 2021, 3:13 pm
    Post #4 - July 29th, 2021, 3:13 pm Post #4 - July 29th, 2021, 3:13 pm
    Oh, this place is good. Recovering from food coma from the LTH North Lunch Group outing today.

    I'm disappointed their lunch specials (which we didn't order) have few of the Malaysian specialties, being mostly Chinese standards (except for Panang Char Koay Teow and Malaysian Mee Goreng).

    Highlights were
    * the satay, with a much chunkier peanut sauce than you usually see in Thai places (as shown above)
    * the bright orange sauce from the Chicken Rice -- the fried version -- the poached version has a ginger sauce that's good, but that orange sauce is garlicky and full of lots of flavor
    * Chinese pancake (now I want to try the roti and the murtabak)
    * Malaysian Ayam Masak Kicap - a deep brown sauce that I'd have kept eating if there was more rice on the table, with chunks of chicken, bell pepper (and plantain? sweet potato? something else orangey)
    * Green Beans with Shrimp - not sure where this is on the menu, a lighter dish that had lots of plump shrimp and crisp beans

    If the picture in the menu toward the bottom is their Kung Pao, I may have to try it -- no sign of useless vegetables like celery, although there might be B*by C*rn.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #5 - July 29th, 2021, 6:00 pm
    Post #5 - July 29th, 2021, 6:00 pm Post #5 - July 29th, 2021, 6:00 pm
    This is a report on our LTH North Lunch Group lunch today.

    HD Cuisine is a new restaurant in a small storefront.
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    They were just barely able to squeeze in a table to serve eight of us, with no other tables inside and a couple of small tables outside.
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    It appears that they are doing a good carryout and delivery business.

    The service was excellent, friendly and helpful. Despite their familiarity with one of our members. :lol:
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    This was a terrific meal. Everything was very good; the standouts for me were the Penang Char Koay Teow, the Chinese pancake with ground beef, and the Malaysian Ayam Masak Kicap. As JoelF pointed out, the sauce on the latter was reminiscent of the manchamanteles mole in Mexican cuisine.

    Here's everything we had.

    Beef satay
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    Chicken satay
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    Chinese pancake with ground beef
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    Fried chicken and rice (daily special)
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    BBQ pork platter
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    Braised (?) chicken and rice (daily special)
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    C5 - Penang Char Koay Teow (stir fry rice noodles with shrimp, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, and duck egg in soy sauce)
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    Green beans with garlic sauce with shrimp
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    C1 - Malaysian Ayam Masak Kicap (chicken cooked with chili and spices in sweet soya sauce)
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    Stir-fry eggplant (daily special)
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    Chinese pancake with pork
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    And complimentary almond cookies.
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    I got their dessert special to go:
    Bo Bo Cha Cha
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    I also had a taro smoothie, which was excellent.

    Good food, good people, good times!
  • Post #6 - July 31st, 2021, 7:22 pm
    Post #6 - July 31st, 2021, 7:22 pm Post #6 - July 31st, 2021, 7:22 pm
    Thanks for documenting our excellent lunch.
    "All great change in America begins at the dinner table." Ronald Reagan

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  • Post #7 - August 15th, 2021, 10:15 am
    Post #7 - August 15th, 2021, 10:15 am Post #7 - August 15th, 2021, 10:15 am
    Full endorsement from me for HD Cuisine's Malaysian dishes following my initial order.

    Nyonya Plate: Nasi lemak with Ayam Kapitan ($15)
    - Best coconut rice I've ever had, probably my favorite sambal too (they're all great). Included 3 bone-in thighs iirc in the curry. Fatty skin without texture is a flaw, but the meat was very tender. Not a pungent curry flavor, but a fine sauce.

    Char Koay Teow with shrimp ($11)
    - I requested extra spicy as the menu says is available. Was about as hot as one would expect a non-Aroy/Thai place to make it. Not stingy on well sized (26-30's?) tender shrimp. Decent dish I could easily come back to after trying more.

    I made note of the prices to reinforce that the restaurant's website menu is accurate, and online delivery platforms (one unfortunately linked by the restaurant for online ordering) are incredibly inaccurate, assuming you place the order directly with HD. Prices on Uber Eats and Grubhub are almost 50% higher than reality. It was the biggest disparity I've ever seen.
  • Post #8 - August 16th, 2021, 7:11 am
    Post #8 - August 16th, 2021, 7:11 am Post #8 - August 16th, 2021, 7:11 am
    My wife and I took our niece to HD on Saturday night. When we arrived, all of the outdoor tables were occupied and the inside table sat empty with a Reserved sign. We were next in line for a table. At Lyn's suggestion, we preordered our food while we were waiting for a table.

    15 minutes later we snagged an outdoor table. We made a meal out of a bbq pork platter, pork pot stickers, Chinese pancakes with pork, Singapore noodles, and sesame chicken. Throughout the evening, nobody snagged the indoor table that was reserved.

    While I truly love this spot, I wonder how they're going to survive over the winter with the limited amount of indoor dining space.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #9 - August 17th, 2021, 8:56 am
    Post #9 - August 17th, 2021, 8:56 am Post #9 - August 17th, 2021, 8:56 am
    HI,

    I have been in Chinese restaurants with ample seating and I was the sole customer. Yet the delivery and pickup was very, very active.

    They will survive with carryout without the overhead of a restaurant space and servers. The headache of keeping servers is not incidental.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #10 - August 17th, 2021, 10:02 am
    Post #10 - August 17th, 2021, 10:02 am Post #10 - August 17th, 2021, 10:02 am
    Dave148 wrote:While I truly love this spot, I wonder how they're going to survive over the winter with the limited amount of indoor dining space.


    Most of these strip mall Chinese restaurants do 90% carryout/pickup business. I assume if the restaurant continues being successful they will look to expand into a larger space with more seating.
  • Post #11 - August 17th, 2021, 10:40 am
    Post #11 - August 17th, 2021, 10:40 am Post #11 - August 17th, 2021, 10:40 am
    I read something last year that said that Chinese and Pizza were the restaurant segments that performed the best during the pandemic as their business models were already predominantly delivery/take out. It's the restaurants which depended on in-house alcohol sales (with their hefty profit margins) that performed the worst.
  • Post #12 - August 29th, 2021, 10:51 am
    Post #12 - August 29th, 2021, 10:51 am Post #12 - August 29th, 2021, 10:51 am
    LTH,

    Disappointing first visit yesterday about 1400 hrs for takeout…only customer..,
    1 gristly yet tasty beef satay
    1 chicken satay… 1 ctr sauce for 2 orders?
    2 orders fried wings… not even close to
    edible… very dark brown and
    completely dried out.
    1 pork pancake…. this had to have been
    cooked hours ahead of time… no
    sauce
    1 eggplant…. creamy, tasty, one note, no
    textural contrast as I’m accustomed
    to….
    1 Singapore noodle…great textured
    noodles and full of flavor
    1 Malaysian stir fried wide rice noodle
    …also very good.

    $87…waited 30(?) minutes for order,
    bathroom in back of kitchen clean.

    One cook behind line. Several others
    on stools, doing mundane tasks.

    Don’t plan to return.
    "Bass Trombone is the Lead Trumpet of the Deep."
    Rick Hammett
  • Post #13 - September 1st, 2021, 5:24 am
    Post #13 - September 1st, 2021, 5:24 am Post #13 - September 1st, 2021, 5:24 am
    As of September 1, their original website has been replaced by a generic page, it's now https://www.hdcuisinewheeling.com
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #14 - September 6th, 2021, 2:53 pm
    Post #14 - September 6th, 2021, 2:53 pm Post #14 - September 6th, 2021, 2:53 pm
    Stopped at HD yesterday afternoon for take out.
    I ordered by phone and order ready on time when I arrived.
    C2, C3 and C8.
    C8 or lamb curry was judged the best by three of us. The curry mixed with the supplied white rice was just heavenly.
    I really liked the Beef Rendang (C3) and thought it had a hint of dill?
    The Chicken (C2) with spicy Tomato sauce was preferred over the Rendang by two of us.
    All dishes were very very good.
    I asked for typical Malaysian heat but if you really want heat you will have to ask them to up the ante.
    I have found that most ethnic restaurants that serve spicy food, dumb down the heat considerably from the cultural norm and even when you request heat, it’s minimal.
    I did have a little glisten on my brow after dinner though.
    My first foray into Malaysian cuisine and I like it.
    Note: the lamb beef and chicken were all large chunks.
    They have some Chinese items on the menu also and Kung Pao Chicken is next on my list.
    -Richard
  • Post #15 - September 14th, 2021, 12:34 am
    Post #15 - September 14th, 2021, 12:34 am Post #15 - September 14th, 2021, 12:34 am
    Sunday night's feast for the Small Household Food Exchange.

    ImageMalaysian Beef Rendang

    ImageSpecial Chicken with Blue Rice

    ImageLast bits of Indian Murtabak, with Dal Curry

    ImageMalaysian Lamb Currry

    ImageSpecial Shrimp dish

    Probably needless to say, but HD Cuisine i easily worth the trip to Wheeling. I was amused by Lyn's story that they couldn't call the restaurant Hawkers Delight, because, as a single storefront, they couldn't fit all the letters over the front door.

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