The Hungry Hog, Subang Jaya: A Piggy’s Dream

Running a food blog is much like operating a restaurant, it takes a lot commitment, hard work, dedication, and a good amount of humility. No matter how good you think your dishes are, you’re nothing without the support of a good crew, suppliers and clients.

Restarting this blog was no different. I’ve stayed quiet and almost invisible for a good part of this year mending myself and focusing on other areas in my life. It wasn’t that food blogging didn’t matter any more, but it was hard trying to write indulgently about the good life – a concept which was lost on me at that point in time. Despite losing steam and passion in writing, I found myself surrounded by the people who I’ve come to know through the food blogging community. We ate, of course, plenty in fact and exchanged many stories and philosophies about life. They, my friends, consoled me and picked me up while the food healed my soul. It was through their support and constant nagging that has brought me back from cold storage.

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Despite having a vault full of tales waiting to be told, I also had this dot.com dream to fulfill. I started the project earlier in the year with fantasies of what it could be. But that has taken a backseat until recently. And I couldn’t have done it without the help of Joe + Ry‘s new startup design agency, aptly called Drawing Dreams. They jumped on the project immediately when they heard that I needed help and I’m truly humbled by their support and truly floored with what they have designed. My dreams have been drawn out so much better than I could ever have. And judging from what you’ve been telling me, I can see that you guys share the same sentiments too.

Speaking of Drawing Dreams, these guys have been keeping busy with many creative projects. If you’re wondering, they are also part of the vocal jazz group Caipifruta, who has recently been recognized with a nomination at the local equivalent of the Grammys in the best recording by a vocal group category (congrats!). Drawing Dreams has also been the creative force behind the visualisation of food outlets like Huckleberry Cafe and The Hungry Hogs. So, I knew I was in good hands the moment I handed the task to them.

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The Hungry Hogs, the dream of Ying Yee and Alyson, who are childhood friends of both Joe + Ry, is realised in a place where the simple piggy pleasures come to play in a fuss-free environment. In between churning out customer favourites like the Keropork (pork cracklings), 3 Little Pigs (signature pork burger topped with steaky bacon, ham, caramelised onions and melted cheese), Siew Yuk (crispy roasted belly) and homemade Bangers & Mash with onion gravy; they can still find the time to roll out cleverly named new dishes. Joining their stables of burgers are the iPork – served with apple sauce no less; Humpty Dumpty – a classic cheeseburger recipe topped with fried eggs and streaky bacon and introducing a super indulgent Bacon Ice Cream. Before you go “ewwww!”, do give it a go. I’ve tried candied bacon in desserts before and they were good. Can’t wait to return for a taste.

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Although the business may have started much earlier, the physical restaurant has only been around for a few months. I’m actually really envious of their courage for leaving their corporate lives behind and doing what they love – taking charge and being their own head hogs. This has made me ponder that perhaps it is time to revisit a dream I’ve neglected for a while now. To be honest it’s been around much longer that this dot.com itch. Perhaps, it is time to drawing up some solid plans and to finally open that restaurant/cafe/bistro in my own name. Question is, to hog or not to hog? And what kinda place would it be?

What say you?

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The Hungry Hog
71, Jalan SS15/4C,
47500 Subang Jaya, 
Selangor D.E, Malaysia.
Tel: +6012 – 225 0877
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 2:30pm, 6:00 – 10:00pm (closed on Mondays)
12 Responses to The Hungry Hog, Subang Jaya: A Piggy’s Dream
  1. Pureglutton
    November 10, 2011 | 10:42 am

    I’m still pondering if i shd give this place a 2nd chance – the 1st visit was unbloggable :-(
    Oh yes, go ahead and hog your dream! :-)

    • A Lil' Fat Monkey
      November 10, 2011 | 2:54 pm

      Well you know what they say, one man’s meat is another’s downer. But in all respect, I’ve always enjoyed myself the few times I’ve eaten here. Hearty homemade meals. :)

  2. Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah
    November 10, 2011 | 10:49 am

    You went to Hungry Hogs without Devil and me? *makes sad, sad, sad babi-deprived face*

  3. Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah
    November 10, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Okay, to be fair, you did wanna bawak us pegi just that they were closed on Monday. Hehe.

    I want me some Keropork! :D

  4. Sean
    November 10, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    ya lor, if i could go back 10 years in time, i’d like to have quit my office job too & taken a risk to pursue a real passion while i was still considered young enough to fail and start again. but no point dwelling on ‘what if’ for me. i definitely would love to see a cafe from you. the creative possibilities are endless! could be a wallet-friendly bistro called “pay peanuts, get monkeys” :D

  5. J the chocoholic
    November 10, 2011 | 4:48 pm

    Maybe I need to go to the Hungry Hog and nom on some yummy piggy flesh soon to reignite my blogging passion too. So far its getting squashed by work stress. =_=

  6. chaokar
    November 13, 2011 | 8:31 pm

    aduh. over selling drawing dreams la. but we’re glad you love it. i wished drawing dream would have designed chaokar something. Haha !

    Let’s go hoggin’ soon.

  7. J2Kfm
    November 15, 2011 | 9:51 pm

    Was there for a 2nd time last 2 days, and had the pasta with bacon and cili padi. Being neither here nor there, I wasn’t so sure of the combination.
    The 1st visit was a mixed bag of good+bad; the 3 Little Pigs was good, but the Bangers N Mash was not.
    Maybe time to give the siew yuk and ribs a try.

    • A Lil' Fat Monkey
      November 17, 2011 | 4:35 pm

      I have to agree that not everything is always good. The bangers and mash on the first try was too salty, then the second round was a delight. I was told their homemade sausages come in different flavours every day. So it’s really one’s luck isnt it?