Seeking an outdoor cafe for cakes & coffee? Houshuen – which translates from Chinese into ‘Good Choice,’ more or less – might fit the bill, run by one-woman-show Jeannie Tee with a little help from her grandniece & relatives at a rented bungalow.

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Keep Your Eyes Open

It’s easy to drive past without noticing Houshuen, which opened this month on a slope opposite the Bible College of Malaysia at Jalan Gasing in Petaling Jaya. Note that there’s limited parking within the cafe’s compound, sufficient for 10 cars or fewer.

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Backyard Dining

Hang loose in the shade of the backyard; on a breezy morning, Houshuen makes for a relaxing hideout from the big bad world.

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 ‘Home’ Decor

No fear if the weather’s intolerably humid: There’s also an air-conditioned area inside that looks like the polar opposite of the Klang Valley’s contemporary cafes. No exposed brick walls, no low-hanging naked light bulbs – only furniture that you might find in some family’s house. That – coupled with Jeannie’s matronly friendliness – could well help customers feel at home here.

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Homemade Noodles

The menu’s extremely limited – when we visited, only one savoury dish was available: Jeannie’s personal recipe of noodles that she made by hand herself, fried with pork, petai & chillies & Chinese cabbage, topped with crunchy lard. RM10; tastes like something that mom might make. On other occasions, visitors might find the likes of chicken rice or spinach pan mee.

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Brownies!

Houshuen secures its sweets supply from the excellent California Cookie Company, whose rich salted caramel brownies are well worth sinking one’s teeth into. RM8; you can also find CCC’s baked treats at Plaza Mont Kiara’s Thursday evening market.

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For a Hot Day

Iced latte (RM8) & iced americano (RM6), both enjoyable enough for what they are. Beans come from Artisan Roast.

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Tea Anyone?

Deeper inside the bungalow, there’s even a Chinese tea retail section, with a private room or two for sipping & sampling. And this seems remarkably random, but a men’s shoes sale is also being held here daily, all the way through the Lunar New Year.

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Location and Contact Details:

Hou Shuen Coffee & Tea

122, Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: 6016 336 6969

Open Daily, 11am-8pm

Find: Contact details and map for Hou Shuen Coffee & Tea here.

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