Hasnah R.


Hasnah R. from Malaysia


About the kitchen

I used to handle PR for a few 5-star hotels that have long-staying guests from various countries. After a month or so, they started to hanker for dishes from back home which are not on our menu. So our chef will prepare some of these specialty dishes from their respective countries, just for them. The same thing with me. I have stayed in Singapore, Johor, Kuching and have roots in Indonesia and India and my late mum tried to cook some of the specialty dishes from these areas to provide variety in our meals. Following tradition, I prepare comfort food like those on my portfolio - stuff that makes you think of food back home, wherever it is, using our own home-grown recipes. And now, my helper Miza, who has been with me for 20 years and also learnt from my late mum, is almost as good as me. Almost being the operative word :D


  1. NameHasnah R.
  2. LocationMalaysiaKuala Lumpur
  3. LanguagesEnglish, Malay, French, Hokkien
  1. GuestsMinimum: 2, Maximum: 8
  2. MealsBoth Lunch and Dinner, Brunch, Tea
  3. House rulesGuests can bring alcohol, but we may not have the right glasses for this. Guests can smoke or vape outside the house. I have no pets. But I do have am overly-friendly autistic son who may wish to shake your hands and get to know you.
  1. Bio

    I am a Public Relations Consultant and a former journalist. I still do a lot writing, translation work and work on projects for clients and the National Autism Society

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Henrique (H) D.

Hasnah is a great host and both my friend and I had a great evening. Food was really good and different than what we had had before in Malaysia which was exactly what we wanted. The conversation was also super enjoyable.
This was my first Place Culture dinner and it has definitely fulfilled my expectations.

Jeff R.

Thank you for an interesting evening. It was nice to meet you and your family.

Jo R.

Hasnah was incredibly gracious and went out of her way to prepare two separate meals (for two courses plus a vegan dessert for both of us) for me and my friend for a midweek dinner – I'm vegan; he isn't. He was visiting from the Netherlands, so I wanted him to experience authentic, home cooked Malay food.

Hasnah and her friend Rose greeted us at the door. Her home is warm and comfortable. The dining table was set-up like something out of a photo shoot for a fine dining magazine with crystal (non-)wine glasses, serving platters, etc. She also showed us the dining ware she uses for catering which was even grander.

We started with tofu, tempeh and sambal stuffed grape tomato kebabs for me and chicken rissoles for my friend. For mains, I had a vegan bihun, while he had Hasnah's laksa Sarawak. We ended the evening with sago gula Melaka and rose petal tea. Too, Hasnah prepared home made root beer that we enjoyed throughout the evening – I couldn't stop eating my bihun. It was so tasty. Hasnah even gave me some in a container to take home (my friend had sambal). I finished it later that night before morning hit.

Hasnah's food was flavorful and delicious! She was such a nice host ... we met three of her four sons who stopped to say hello and chat with us. We had so much in common, so conversation flowed. It was a great night!

Gary R.

friendly host with good food which we cant find it easily at outside..

Nuraini A.

We had an amazing time enjoying the delicious dinner, lovely home, and wonderful conversation!

Reply from  Thank you, Nuraini. Lovely guests make a host's job worthwhile.