Sneak Peek at Hutong's Menu


Oysters with sriracha-lemon ice. Photo courtesy Hutong.

~BETELNUT~ served its last fried calamari on Sunday, closing briefly for the renovation into ~HUTONG~, as reported in tablehopper last week (for now, Hutong is slated to open Monday March 11th).

Chef Alex Ong gave tablehopper a peek at a preliminary menu, which includes a variety of raw items like sea bream, radish, mizuna, sea salt, and chile-lemon soy. Small plates include chicken livers with onions and black sauce, and Jalan Alor-style chicken wings (Jalan Alor is the name of a Kuala Lumpur street that turns into an open-air food court at night). Also on the menu is a selection of salads including cress with chicken, spiced pumpkin seeds, crispy chicken “chicharrone,” and serrano-lime dressing, and hot dishes like Ong’s superlative lamb belly with jalapeño vinegar; braised oxtail hot pot with shiitake and beech mushrooms, greens, and a poached egg; hand-cut egg noodles with wild boar, garlic chives, Sichuan pepper; as well as a variety of sides like sugar snap peas, roasted garlic, braised leeks. Yeah, delicious. Dishes will cost $7-$15. Looking forward to trying these out (and more). Stand by for confirmation on the reopening date this weekend!