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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 . . .

    HD Cuisine - 27 Huntington Ln, Wheeling

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

    Chicken Satay

    Special Fried Rice

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

    Broccoli With Garlic Sauce

    Malaysian Beef Rendang

    Malaysian Ayam Masak Merah (chicken)

    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.


    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.
    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.
    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:
    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
    Chicken satay
    Chinese pancake with ground beef
    Fried chicken and rice (daily special)
    BBQ pork platter
    Braised (?) chicken and rice (daily special)
    C5 - Penang Char Koay Teow (stir fry rice noodles with shrimp, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, and duck egg in soy sauce)
    Green beans with garlic sauce with shrimp
    C1 - Malaysian Ayam Masak Kicap (chicken cooked with chili and spices in sweet soya sauce)
    Stir-fry eggplant (daily special)
    Chinese pancake with pork
    And complimentary almond cookies.

    I got their dessert special to go:
    Bo Bo Cha Cha

    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