Kak Jat Ikan Bakar @ Jalan Bellamy and Vintage 1988

I was itching to taste some Malay food today and hubs brought us to one Kak Jat Ikan Bakar on Jalan Bellamy. There are a few stalls on this road selling the same dishes and specializing in grilled fish.  As far as choice of fish goes, you get pari (stingray), kembung, terubok, tilapia, and more. There’re also fried cockles and stuffed squids.  The crowd is really huge during lunch time. We were there around 11-ish a.m. and the crowd had started to build up.

Hubs ordered grilled stingray, ikan kembung, another fish which I don’t know its name and stuffed squids.  I find the taste not really up to expectations and some of the squids were not fresh and tasted horrid.



I love Malay Kerabu and vegetables cooked with pumpkin in coconut milk curry.  What I had were a tad salty for my taste bud.

Eating the cockles is really time consuming as you’ll need to prise open the cockles with your fingers! We doggy bagged most of the cockles home.

Just the four of us at the stall. Sherilyn was ‘recuperating’ at home after a gruelling day the whole of yesterday (Sunday) at the Asia Junior Got Talent finals. She has floor burns and wounds all over her feet, which have now turned ‘watery’ and need antiseptic cream.  This is just one of the injuries that competitive dancers have to endure and she’s pretty nonchalant about it.

Food at this stall is just average and pretty pricey. The bill came up to over RM100.  Don’t think we’ll go there again. We can get better ones from our housing estate.

After lunch, we went to Vintage 1988, a fairly new coffee place in KL that doubles as a vintage fashion accessories store, also one of the most Instagrammable cafes around Petaling Street / China Town, KL.

Carrying the characteristic of chic retro-style coffee shop blended with modern touch, Vintage 1988 Cafe is thoughtfully decorated with antique knick-knacks, wooden furnishing, army green arm chairs, exposed brick walls, vintage pendant light, arched steel windows, etc.; further adorned with lots of green potted plants and catchy neon light sign to lift up the mood.  It’s our second visit to this cafe, the first was exactly a year ago.

Address:
34, Jalan Sultan, Chinatown,
50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: 9AM-11PM daily
Website: https://www.vintage1988.com/



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Green View Restaurant and Durian Man @ SS2, Petaling Jaya

Youngest SIL treated everyone (immediate family members, aunts, uncles and cousins from the Yaps) to a lavish dinner of sang har (fresh huge prawns) and crabs at Green View Restaurant @ SS2 Petaling Jaya last Saturday (2 November 2019) before her return to Hawaii on Tuesday after a 2-week holiday here. The last time she came back to Malaysia was 6 years ago and most of the relatives haven’t seen her since.   And the last time the girls and I saw her was in Hong Kong 3 years ago. We’re not sure when we’ll see her again and in which country.

I’ll let the pix do the talking. To lovers of crabs and prawns, sorry if I made you drool and sent you on a seafood frenzy 😜

We ordered 6 huge prawns and specifically told the captain to divide the dish into two plates with more noodles on each plate. But when the bill came, it showed double entry of this dish.  The silai-ness in  me (I was the one who checked the bill),  prompted me to query the captain; he double checked and realized that they billed us double!  RM512 extra charged to us!


One of the best sang har meen in KL – big fresh prawns in crispy fried noodles drenched in insanely moreish egg sauce.

Suckling pig and deep fried pumpkin with curry leaves. The fried pumpkin is addictive. ‘Healthier’ than fries and tastes so good!

Yin Yang Soon Hock fish ~ half steamed and half fried. One is definitely not enough for the 13 of us.

Kam Heong Lala.

Another show-stopper ~ crabs.  We ordered crabs cooked in 2 different styles: Lai Yau (milk and butter) and sweet and sour.

The waiting staff at our table helped us to break the crab shells.  He wrapped each claw and leg with clean disposable plastic bag and patiently stood at the side table for over 20 minutes hammering the shells for us.

Deep fried buns to be dunked into the zangy tangy sweet and sour sauce.  One plate was definitely not enough and hubs eventually ordered another plate and another!

Salted fish fried rice.

This silai’s eyes popped out when she saw RM1,024.14 for the Sang Har Meen. I was certain there was a double entry but hubs said “it’s this price la. It’s that expensive as the prawns are so huge” but the silai insisted that the Captain double checks the bill. And the Captain came back apologizing profusely for double charging us RM500+!


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Green View Restaurant
8, Jalan 19/3,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +60 3-7954 9263

After a hearty dinner with lots of photography (as usual), SIL said that she wanted to eat durians ~ one last round before she flies back to Hawaii. So off we went to the durian street on Jalan SS2, to Durian Man restaurant for her to get durian takeaway for her breakfast, lunch and dinner tomorrow ☺️

Durian Man is the biggest durian restaurant in Malaysia, opened in August 2019. Durian lovers get to savour almost all the durian species here, which includes Musang King, Black Thorn, Raja Kunyit, Red Prawn, D24 and more in a modern and comfortable setting. For those who intend to bring durian back to their country, Durian Man provides service to vacuum pack and seal the fruit neatly without emitting an iota of smell.

Durian Man
Lot 7680, Jalan SS2/24
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Call 012-234 5619



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Sinful Sweet Monday

After a sumptuous dinner at Ming Room @ Bangsar Shopping Complex to celebrate mom and dad’s 49th wedding anniversary last night, hubs went shopping for desserts, though we’d just scarfed down so much delish food with dessert of half the anniversary cake, longevity pau and white fungus longan dessert just a moment ago!

Our first stop was at Ladurée, a patisserie specializing in macarons. Ladurée has been in  existence in Paris for over 150 years.  The macarons from Ladurée @ BSC are fully imported from Paris, thus the jaw-dropping price tag.  Hubs paid RM48 for 4 macarons. The gold colored ones come with a RM20+ price tag!

None of us are fans of macarons as we find them too sweet and cloy for our liking.  Besides the sugar, the bright food coloring is OMG!  I was trying my best to stop the hubs from buying something that no one likes and has no nutritional value. But he was intent in getting the best French macarons for us to try and good thing he did as everyone liked them!

The outer shells of the airy meringue sandwiches were smooth and crisp, and the inner fillings were a variety of fluffy creams, jams, and ganaches with ground almond in every bite. The texture of the macarons was wonderful, and like nothing we have ever tasted before.



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After a wonderful treat of French macarons, the next stop was at Godiva for some much raved premium soft serve ice-cream!

You can take your pick of Dark Chocolate, Vanilla White Chocolate or Twist Chocolate soft serve ice cream, served in crispy waffle cones with rims dipped in chocolate and crunchy praline almonds. Hubs bought two Twist Chocolate.

The ice cream is so luxurious. Its rich and creamy texture just melted in our mouths and we love that the ice cream isn’t too sweet or cloy.

Luxury ice cream comes with an equally posh price tag of RM23 for one cone of this soft-serve treat. This is something that chocolate and ice-cream fans should try at least once to experience the ultimate luxuriousness of the best of both worlds in one.

After such sinful indulgence, I woke up this morning with a bad nightmare. I dreamed that my blood test showed that my blood sugar level shot up to a reading of 10.8 and I was officially confirmed a diabetic patient and needed meds!!! And Cass’ blood sugar level was also high and before the doctor could tell me her blood sugar reading, I woke up from this terrible dream!  😱🥶😅

And so today, I tried with my might not to indulge in anything sweet, though we had another round of eating and merriment with my parents and SIL from Hawaii. I never take my dreams lightly. Maybe it’s a warning from my big Boss up there that I should watch what I eat! 😊



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Botanica + Co @ Vertical Podium, Bangsar South

I just realized that tomorrow is Sunday and I still haven’t posted food photos that we took last Sunday when we were at Bangsar South (AGAIN!) for lunch. I have a hunch that the hubs will be going there again for lunch tomorrow, or even for dinner tonight!  The bite-list at Bangsar South is replete with novelty cuisines, from The Sphere to the Vertical Podium. We’ve still not tried so many restaurants there yet.

Back to last Sunday’s lunch! This time we tried Botanica + Co, a restaurant inspired by the botanics.  The feeling of dining outdoor amidst lush greenery is captured inside the restaurant as you dine amidst a greenhouse-themed interior.


Photo credit – EatDrinkKL

Pizzas are a cornerstone here and my pizza devotee girls ordered a Maui pizza.

No prize for guessing who ordered this refreshing salad with lemongrass chook.

Big breakfast set.

Sherilyn ordered this Mexican wrap and she didn’t quite like it. She made something similar recently and it tasted way better than this, ahem! And her tortillas were made from scratch, as with her guacamole and salsa.  That girl certainly has good taste (thanks to the foodie hubs who brings us on a food hunt every weekend ), is aesthetic savvy and a perfectionist too when it comes to cooking, baking and dancing.

The Pasembur features crunchy deep fried prawn and vegetables fritters (with generous amounts of vegetables) against refreshing raw strips of yam bean, cucumber and bean sprouts as well as hard boiled eggs, potatoes and tofu strips. I love the peanut sauce that goes with this Indian rojak. All the ingredients work together harmoniously to deliver a gastronomic delight. This is definitely an item that I’ll order again when I dine at this restaurant again.

Grilled  chicken, which has a hint of cumin and middle East spices.  It tastes very much like the grilled chicken thighs that I usually cook for the girls 😉

Botanica + Co’s menu is a passport to cross-border cuisine-hopping, ranging from the Middle East mezze of textured hummus, spicy muhammara & creamy baba ganoush with house-baked flatbread to the American hot Reuben sandwich with pastrami, salami, melted Swiss cheese, BBQ sauce & an extra flourish of kimchi.  Portions are constructed for sharing if you’re not an  extremely big eater.  Our family of 6 shared everything you see here and portions were just right for us, though we had to doggy bag the Pasembur home for dinner.

Overall the food that we ordered was average.  I love the Pasembur though. The menu is quite extensive and the next time we visit again, we’ll try Sam’s Crab & Crayfish Laksa, which, from my online research,  has garnered positive reviews.   Botanica + Co is a great place for Insta-worthy photos to boast, good place to people watch and for photography as lighting is amazing. I love restaurants with natural lights.

Botanica & Co
G5 Podium, The Vertical,
Bangsar South City,
No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 016-965 6422

Business hours:
Mon to Thurs: 11.30am – 10pm
Friday & Eve of Public Holiday: 11.30am – 12am
Sat: 9.30am – 12am
Sun & Public Holidays: 9.30am – 10pm

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Rasa Viet By Xin Chao Viet Nam @ The Sphere, Bangsar South

The Sphere is now the foodie hubby’s favorite place to hangout on weekends and public holidays. He likes this place as finding a place to park is a breeze and traffic is not crazy unlike at Mid Valley Megamall or in the heart of KL.  Each time we visit, a new restaurant pops out. When we visited on Sunday, 15 Sept 2019, we noticed a quaint and colorful Vietnamese restaurant and hubs was raring to try it.

Rasa Viet by Xin Chao Viet Nam was opened just two days earlier on 13 Sept 2019. Service was excellent and if you’re new to eating Viet food, the staff will explain to you how to savor the dishes.  Food was scrumptious and served the authentic Viet way.

First dish that arrived was chicken cabbage salad, which came complimentary on a time-limited basis ~ condition was we have to Like the restaurant’s page on Facebook and order a minimum of 2 dishes.  We received two plates of salad on the house as we ordered more than 4 dishes. The salad is to be put on top of the prawn cracker before you savor it.   This dish is extremely appetizing and will surely explode your taste buds to life before you devour on other exciting  dishes!

Chicken on skewers made from fragrant lemongrass stalks.

Chicken and prawn summer roll, served with a special peanut sauce dipping.

Sizzling pancake, eaten with rice paper.  The chef/owner came over to our table and personally rolled the pancake with the rice paper before serving it to us while another staff explained to us how to prepare the rice paper by dipping it briefly into water to soften it and the correct way of savoring this dish.

The basil and mint leaves rolled together with the crispy pancake, crisp juicy lettuce and rice paper and dipped with a house-made special spicy sauce give this roll a flavorful minty aroma in what proves to be an addictively good compilation of intense flavors.

Classic beef pho, Special beef pho, tendon beef pho and beef meatballs.  The beef was cooked to a tee in a very flavorful broth. Each mouthful offers so much euphoria that I had to stop the foodie hubs from saying ‘hhhhhmmmm, so yummy!” 😁

Chicken liver pate, tuna and fried egg Bánh mì on super crispy baguette.

Ice-blended Viet coffee

Viet caramel pudding ~ this pudding is to die for! If you’re a fan of santan-ish  desserts, the taste and texture of this pudding will surely stimulate the papillae in your mouth and make you crave for more.  It’s complimentary from the chef too.  The pudding has a hint of aromatic coconut cream (santan) and gula Melaka and super creamy. Alycia liked it so much that she asked her dad to takeaway four puddings for enjoyment at home later in the evening!

Fried cempedak with coconut ice-cream and fried sweet potato with coconut ice-cream are another to die-for desserts.  They are filled with all manner of yumminess and a stellar combination of strong flavors and texture (love the crunch of the batter on the fried stuff).  If you’ve not tried cempedak and sweet potato and coconut together before, you’re in for a real treat! Sinful but totally worth it. You can work out later 😉

This meal definitely put everyone in a good good mood!  I’m very sure the foodie hubs will visit this place again soon.  They have another branch at Solaris Dutamas.

Rasa Viet by Xin Chao Vietnam
Unit no. 3-GA, Level Ground
The Sphere, Bangsar South City
No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi, KL
Tel: 03-2242 1880

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Random Updates

The littlest one is back to her usual self finally and we’ve started to have our nightly before bedtime light-hearted chats on the bed once again. But as with most cuddly toddlers who turn into tweens and teenagers, she still greets any public display of warmth with revulsion and sullenness. Grown children do not want to be the object of all our affection or the main repository for all our dreams. I totally understand it and I’d gone through this phase once when I was a teenager. How I miss those days when my baby girl still loved her Telly Tubbies, High 5 and My Little Pony; those super UHU glue days when we would even hold hands when we were in the car 😥

Anyway, onwards and upwards!  On the bright side, my baby girl is growing up.  Today she told me that her teacher has chosen her and a few other classmates to take part in an inter-school drawing and painting competition. Cass is pretty good with her hands. She’s good in drawing, constructing things, putting together gadgets, self-assemble furniture, jigsaw puzzles and LEGO when I would freak out. She’s just like her dad.  She’s so happy that she gets to take part in this art competition and can’t wait to start on it.

Here are the photos of our late dinner or rather supper last Sunday on 8 September 2019.  The next day was a public holiday.

I can’t even think of the vaguest connection between these food pix and how Cass has morphed and remorphed, so I’m not even going to try.   So jumping right into it – after rounding the roads of KL and PJ and don’t have any idea on what to eat, hubs drove to Green View Restaurant, PJ to dig into crabs and jumbo prawns. As it was already 9 p.m., I told him to go easy on the dishes.  I don’t normally eat after 8 p.m.   So we only had 4 main dishes, juices and dessert.

Ice Plant served with sesame dressing.

Fresh prawn noodles

Sweet and sour crabs with fried mantou

Longan herbal jelly

There was also an individual bowl of crab meat sharks fins broth that hubs ordered for himself which I didn’t snap the photo.

Food was superb and by the time we finished our dinner, it was already close to 10:30 p.m.

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HFM’s Breakfast

The clock is ticking away to the day that Maria, my beloved part-time helper of 7 years goes on a 3-month maternity leave ~ only two more days with us  😭

Though Maria can’t do much strenuous work lately, we still love having her around in the evening to help us wash the dishes and do other light chores.  We treat her like she’s one of the family members and our 3 girls adore her… more than they adore me! But that’s OK and I don’t get jealous.  Maria gives me a sense of comfort whenever she’s around. I can just leave the house to her to clean up and go out and I will surely come home to a spic and span and clean house, every single time. I hope she’ll keep her promise and return to work for us in October 🙏

My breakfast for the last few days ☺️

Sherilyn’s homemade pie crust with papa’s homemade pandan kaya. So yummeh!!

Tucker’s gourmet caramelized onion crackers with papa’s homemade pandan kaya and a wedge of Mozarella cheese.  I always eat some protein with my carbs to slow down the release of insulin / spike in blood sugar.

Tucker’s gourmet crackers are  made from non-GMO ingredients and yeast-free. They’re pretty low in carbs too.  Goes well with Western soups, curries, jams and even good on its own.

And my mid-morning breakkie with the hubs yesterday:

One of the best pork noodles in KL can be found at Sun Sea kopitiam at OUG, where the morning market is. The coffee shop is kind of unkempt and run down. It’s very stuffy and hot to sit inside, so we sat outside and still had to sweat it out to enjoy our bowl of piping hot pork noodles.

What’s so special about the pork noodles is the broth – it’s infused with the umami sweetness of seafood. We heard that the seller adds seafood into the broth, to add depth and flavors into it.  Outside the coffee shop, you’ll see foreign workers peeling tons of prawns and squids.

Restoran Sun Sea OUG Pork Noodles
(Beside OUG morning wet market)
Jalan Hujan Rahmat,
Taman Overseas Union Garden (OUG),
58200 Kuala Lumpur.

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Parklife @ The Sphere, Bangsar South

We went to The Sphere again to have lunch last Sunday and did a joyful cafe-hopping eating marathon, hopping into three different eateries and ending at the Aeon food court to get takeaway for the girls for dinner. This is my ideal kind of Sunday as good food is the pulse of our life; and Sunday is the only day of the week that our family can have lunch together.

After lunch at Home Noodle Vermicelli Kong, we segued into Sunbather Coffee (again) for our second round of lunch and just as we were planning to leave The Sphere, Parklife caught my attention.  The very enticing colorful vegetable salads displayed next to the glass windows were like magnet to my eyes. I’m a sucker for colorful vegetable salads, especially if beets, pumpkin and egg plant are involved and what I saw was my kind of meal and I told the hubs that I wanted to get some of the salads for dinner.  To wait for the staff to pack my salad takeaway, hubs got everyone into the cafe and ordered cakes, coffee and tea. That’s our second round of dessert after our main course!

The hubs ordered a slice of decadent carrot cake and a slice of super delish gluten-free very chocolaty chocolate cake. I love both the cakes as they ain’t very sweet.  The homemade granola bar was a tad sweet for my liking though.

I chose Set A (RM23), comprising of a choice of 3 types of healthy salad. I chose steamed beetroot with apple, feta cheese and caramel walnut; roasted shiitake and oyster mushrooms and Palestinian cauliflower.

Parklife is a hive for healthy eating that emphasizes the pleasures of playful alluring vegetable recipes. Looking as much a farm as a park, this perky venue is a labour of passion by Penang-born chef Ling, returning to his homeland after decades of honing his craft everywhere from London to Moscow to Osaka.

Mediterranean vibrancy meets Middle Eastern vibes throughout much of the fare here. The bounty of Parklife’s harvest is spread out as a cornucopia of colourful salads for customers to view before ordering, while proteins are prepared to order in the kitchen. This place is definitely a place where I’d love to return for their healthy salads and decadent cakes.

Parklife
Unit 5, Level Upper Ground, The Sphere, Bangsar South City, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Daily, 10am-10pm. Fresh meals served 1230pm-230pm, 630pm-830pm.

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Sunbather Coffee @The Sphere, Bangsar South City

After our sumptuous lunch at The Farm Foodcraft @ The Sphere, we segued into Sunbather Coffee, located on the upper ground floor.

Sunbather Coffee’s menu highlights a worthy list of Instagrammable dishes, from impressive pocket sandwiches, Japanese-inspired rice bowls, delectable cake rolls, comforting pastas, irresistible house-made ice-creams, beautiful art-topped latte, specialty drinks and much more.

The ice cream served here is prepared in small batches to give you different flavours, some with a Japanese slant

Specializing in Western-influenced Japanese cuisine and third wave coffee, Sunbather Coffee opened its doors at The Sphere in December 2018. The cafe was packed to the brim with mostly youths when we were there on a Sunday.  We only ordered desserts, coffee and fancy beverages for the girls as we’d just had a heavy lunch but the pretty pocket sandwiches (which I initially thought were cakes) made me drool!  The pocket sandwiches in dark rye bread will be a must-order item the next time we patronize the cafe.

For a light lunch, opt for the 'ajitsuke tamago' sandwich made with dark rye bread
Photo credit: The Malay Mail


Photo credit: EatDrinkKL

My favorite Sunbather temptation is the Affogato with Madagascar vanilla ice-cream tinged with blue pea flower.

The iced matcha latte with Hojicha Kanten is not overly sweet and with just the  right ratio of milk to matcha which has a strong aroma of  premium green tea.  I loved it!  Hubs ordered Osmanthus latte which has a pleasant and mild sweetness of Osmanthus in each sip.

Sunbather’s Black Forest Roll Cake – very rich and chocolaty.

The Raindrop Anmitsu is of course for our Gen Z girls – fanciful, colorful and replete of their favorite chewies – jelly, mochi, red bean and watermelon balls. I find it a tad sweet for my palate  though.  Two of the mochi balls were not thoroughly cooked and the cafe supervisor gave us a RM1.80 discount off the bill.

There’s still so much more exciting items to try at Sunbather, sufficient for potentially half a dozen repeat visits and I am sure the girls will be more pleased than I am 😋

Sunbather is not only for the younger Generation. Even older people like myself get perky and happy at the sight of their colorful playful drinks, impressive Yoshoku (Western-influenced Japanese food) meals and desserts with unique combinations.

Sunbather Coffee
UG-12, Upper Ground, The Sphere, 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

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The Farm Foodcraft @ The Sphere, Bangsar South City

Today the hubs decided to bring us to try something new for lunch. So to Bangsar South we went!  We were impressed that within a short span of one year, so many eateries have opened up at The Sphere. We were there for the first time over a year ago and The Sphere was still pretty much empty with only a few eateries.  The lifestyle hub now features about 24 restaurants as of end May 2019 and does not only stop at local cuisine but a host of international options as well.  The Sphere is split into four levels with its anchor tenant, Aeon MaxValu Prime Super-market, covering a large section of the lower ground, acompanied by Miniso, Juice Lab and SOG Eyewear.

After a 15-20 minute walk around The Sphere, deciding on which restaurant to try, hubs finally settled on a new eatery ~ The Farm Foodcraft, which we later found out from the staff that it opened its doors just 4 days earlier. No wonder the menu was still pretty limited. Hubs ordered almost all the main courses in the menu and we left feeling totally satisfied with our meal! We were told by the staff that more exciting items to the menu is under way.

Inquisitive me also found out from the staff later that the herbs and some of the vegetables that we had in our salad were harvested in the restaurant’s own urban farming lab within the compound of the restaurant.  What they can’t grow, they source from the local farmers and vendors. There’s no middleman, no long drives to a remote farm for organic produce. Their ingredients get to the kitchen the same day they’re harvested.

Happy Harvest salad and Green Supreme juice for me. The salad serving is pretty huge and is enough for our family of  six.

Ox tail soup and truffle mushroom soup, both served with a crispy thinly sliced of buttered toast.

The main course items on the menu are fusion inspired and combines the best of both Asian and Western worlds.  The creamy mushroom pan mee with an assortment of different mushrooms (with sambal as condiment) was superb and curry beef lasagna comes with a bowl of mildly spicy aromatic curry.

East Meets West curry noodles is a flavorful curried broth with noodles and seafood. It’s spiciness level is so mild that I can stomach it very well.  I can’t take the typical fiery Malaysian curries but this spiciness level is perfect for me!

Everyone’s favorite dish here – Nasi Kerabu with very aromatic herbs and spices in every mouthful of rice.

Kuih Gulung is a marriage of Malay and Western flavors where the traditional Kuih Ketayap is metamorphosed into a whole new image, adorned with ice-cream and caramel cage to give it a restauranty edge.  The ultimate utopia was that moment when I took the first bite ~ the familiar fragrant dessicated coconut cooked in palm sugar nestled within the soft pandan kuih, oozing out as I popped the spoonful of kuih into  my mouth, heaven!  One mouthful is definitely not enough. I can actually chomp down the entire kuih by myself and not share it with anyone!  The girls can take the ice-cream and spun sugar, not the kuih!  This has to be one of the yummiest desserts I’ve ever tasted.

It’s not easy to please my bon viveur hubs and he’s pretty happy with the food, service and ambience.  We’ll definitely return again; this time to try their new dishes.  We’ll order the Nasi Kerabu and Kuih Gulung again for sure.

After our meal here, we segued into Sunbather Coffee for desserts! That’ll be in another post.

Level Ground, The Sphere, Bangsar South City
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2242 0964
Hours 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

 

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Sunday Lunch at Stone Nine by Jiro Shabu @ Old Klang Road, KL

We had a sumptuous lunch of Japanese hot pot at the newly opened Stone Nine by Jiro Shabu today. Upon entering the restaurant, we were awed by the awesome interior decor. The center piece of oranges in a steamy pool was breathtaking. The restaurant covered in shades of wood exudes a sense of tranquility while the dining utensils were elegant.

As expected, the price tags are hefty.  Do expect to spend a minimum of RM40 onwards per person (depending on what item you choose from the menu), with the cheapest beverage (Green Tea) priced at Rm 5 (but it’s refillable). The dining experience is exclusive and we enjoyed our lunch so much that I have already requested for the hubs to bring us here again on Thursday for my birthday!  Alycia was so disappointed that she was left out in today’s lunch as she has a 3-day camp in school, which only ends tomorrow.

Everyone gets to savor his/her own personal hotpot and the ingredients are impressively fresh. You can choose from a variety of different flavored soups from chicken to winter melon, miso, spicy miso, seaweed, tom yum and much more.

When the raw meat arrived, we were again awed by the impeccable presentation and quality.  The premium New Zealand Scotch fillet was both top notch in quality and the presentation was superb.

Hubs ordered a plate of Iberico pork that’s fed with acorn and the meat tastes delicate and superb.

We ordered 3 pots of soups (chicken, winter melon and spicy miso).  Each pot costs RM6.

Plenty of choices for toothsome dipping sauce and condiments to go with the meat.

Handmade pork balls with cheese within and house-made fish paste.

Sea grouper slices

Watermelon and lime juice, on the house..

The damage was RM317.45. Pretty expensive for a lunch but worth the price as the ingredients were of good quality and fresh.  As the portion of the food was pretty small, we were not overly stuffed.  In fact, I wasn’t exactly full after lunch  😬

The food passed my very sensitive throat test too, i.e. NO unquenchable thirst after lunch, though I’d guzzled down a lot of soup and yummy dipping sauces.

Address:
Stone Nine by Jiro Shabu
C-G-1, Southbank Residence.
No 179, Jalan Kelang Lama
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thus, we could still have a very meaty and heavy meal of Ba Kut Teh for dinner! And walloped everything clean!

Have a great week ahead all and sundry!  It’s no holiday for me though it’s the school holidays. Tomorrow I have to wake up at 6 a.m. for school run! 😩

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Hey everyone, HFM is back! Sorry for the lack of updates.  I haven’t been out of town but have been hibernating at home, dishing out not dishes but close to 40 articles for my online boss.  That’s an average of between six to eight articles a day. This marathon of assignments reminds me of the good old days of 2007 – 2009 when I had to write up to 20 articles in a day.  I remember holding a newborn baby C with my left hand whilst she suckled to her heart’s content and with only the fingers on my right hand, tapped the keys on the keyboard to finish 20 articles in one afternoon before the job offered expired! That’s how hard my job was and still is. My brain is often squeezed  to the last drop of creative juice whenever I have to write over 20 posts on the same product, over and over again in a different style and flavor.  But I have no complaints. It’s a blessing to still be able to earn some pocket money from what I love to do most.

Last night, we tasted the most expensive pizza in KL at Pizzeria Dihyang @ Yap Ah Shak Road! But we were a tad disappointed with everything from where we were seated to the pizzas. And the bill came to a whopping RM276.10 for only 2 medium sized pizzas, 2 glasses of Draught beer and 1 plate of salad!

Insalata Caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella cheese, flown in from Italy.

Salsicce Friarielli pizza – toppings of watercress and sausage and cheese flown in from Italy.

Verace Margherita pizza.

As we did not make any reservation, we had to be seated outside the restaurant. It was pretty uncomfortable in the current heat wave but our consolation was we could dine under the moonlight, though it was still very dim.

The damage! And we were not even satisfied with the quality and taste of the pizzas, albeit we’ve read rave reviews on how good these sticker shock pizzas each costs – a choking RM88 and RM86 respectively.

We were however consoled by the fact that the ingredients were flown in from Italy – the ingredients are either – DOP-certified San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella DOP, and Parmigiano-Reggiano DOP.  The long-fermented pizza dough that comprises a high-protein wheat flour mix are meant to fulfill regulations set by Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.

As everyone was still hungry after our pizza dinner which was akin to our appetizer, hubs brought us for Japanese for supper and by the time we finished eating, it was already close to 11 p.m.!

We also had Chawan Mushi and Udon and dessert of Inside Scoop ice-creams but I was too drowsy and sleepy to snap the photos as it was already way past my bedtime!  😬

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Today I managed to steal a few hours in the afternoon on my busiest day of the week to meet a couple of friends.  My childhood friend, J has come from Singapore and the last time we met was exactly 13 months ago when I was in Singapore to visit my newborn twin niece and nephew.   I cancelled Cass’ Mandarin tuition class and piano class so that I could meet up with J & SP.  Thankfully hubs could help to fetch Drama Queen to her taekwondo class.

I could not join my friends when they had lunch in Shah Alam as I had to fetch Drama Queen back from school and settle the girls’ lunch. Took Grab to Happy Mansion @ S17, PJ later to join them for dessert at Kwong Wah for the best cendol in town.

If you’re staying in the Klang Valley, you’d have probably heard of the cendol at Happy Mansion.  The very addictive cendol is served in petite bowls piled sky-high with ice so finely shaven, it almost resembles the texture of ice-cream.

Tucked away in a quaint little shoplot in Happy Mansion flats in Section 17, Petaling Jaya this tiny shop is a family business that has been going strong for 60 years now.

It’s currently run by the third generation of the family, with their signature cendol and ice kacang offerings being the main attractions. The waves of customers streaming in and out of the shop all day long is testimony to how much of a delicacy their desserts have come to be.

Hubs brought us to this shop several weeks ago to try Kwong Wah’s cendol but we had to detour when we saw a long beeline outside the shop.

The cendol (RM5.50) is one of the best I have tasted in the Klang Valley thus far.  It is a rich and creamy concoction of fresh santan (coconut milk) and Gula Melaka. The pandan-flavoured, green jelly strips that sit atop the mound of ice shavings are firm yet smooth with a hint of pandan aroma.

My first round of cendol with my friends:

The assam laksa is undeniably very toothsome as well.

Later when the hubs came to pick me up, I had another round of cendol, which is really very addictive!

While waiting for the hubs to pick me up, something interesting caught my eyes.  Just a few shops away from Kwong Wah, I saw a swarm of people queuing outside the shop; on the floor outside the shop were tubs and tubs of CNY cookies wrapped inside huge red plastic bags, ready to be picked up by customers.

Never have I seen so many types of CNY cookies housed inside a shoplot for sale. The entire shop sells only festive cookies and dried meat. After CNY, the shop would be selling Hari Raya cookies followed by Deepavali and Christmas cookies. I later found out that the shop, Milky Way Cookies is a manufacturer of festive cookies. They supply their cookies to hotels and shops  as well. The shop was super crammed with last minute shoppers like me hunting for their favorite cookies. Choosing the cookies can be a headache as there are close to a hundred type of cookies and homemade snacks to choose from!

As there were no more shopping baskets left for me to place my cookies, I could only cope with no more than 3 tubs of cookies with my hands. Everyone was buying at least 5 tubs of cookies and I had to queue up for about 15 minutes just to pay.

Friends since primary school, SP (on my right) used to swoop the top few positions in the entire standard all through her primary school days.  The man opposite me is her hubby, who is a doctor.  J (on the left) used to be my sidekick and we had a lot of fun making fun of people’s names and just about anything.  Yeah I know we were mean and we still are and we can only be this evil when the both of us get together.  We’re very good in gossiping too 🤣, right J?  I know you’ll be reading this.  Can’t wait to meet up with you and everyone else again when Jenn comes back from the US of A in December this year.

 

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Tuesday Eats

My breakkie this morning was something pretty healthy ~ high in protein, high in fiber and almost zilch carbs.

Leftover dinner from last night, eaten cold: organic long beans omelette, organic broccoli and red + yellow bell peppers. I only remembered to snap this photo half way through eating, thus what you see here is just the remains.

Did you know?
Broccoli is a nutrition powerhouse that supplies loads of nutrients for few calories. While there are no single ‘superfoods’ that can prevent cancer and certain risk factors for cancer are unrelated to diet, there is evidence that eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of cancer. A key component of broccoli is a phytochemical known as sulforaphane, which also gives broccoli a slight bitter taste. Studies have shown that sulforaphane may play a part in enhancing detoxification of airborne toxins, such as cigarette smoke, and could help reduce the risk of certain cancers. Further research has suggested that broccoli may have anti-cancer properties and could reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

After a healthy breakfast, I had another high protein lunch of char siu, siu yoke and curry noodles with the hubs at Happy Garden.


One of the best siu yoke in the Klang Valley can be found at this kopitiam. Sorry I forgot to take note of the name of the kopitiam! This roast meat stall used to be stationed at Kedai Kopi & Makanan Mooi Mooi (corner lot) but the owner has since moved his stall  to another kopitiam just next door.  He is now occupying the whole kopitiam.  The once dark and rundown shop is now refurbished and transformed into a brightly lit Chinese herbal wholesale business.

 

mooi mooi, roasted pork, siu yuk, happy garden, thai temple
Same owner (man in blue tee) in different kopitiam  now.
Photo credit: Open Rice


Best in the world melt-in-the-mouth charcoal roasted siu yoke! And this is the owner’s claim to fame! No one else makes such crispy siu yoke that melts in the mouth as him.

But I can’t stomach so much fat and don’t fancy fatty food. After a few pieces of siew yoke and a few pieces of 99% lean char siu, I already felt cloy.  The hubs with a bottomless pit chomped down 2 small plates of siu yoke, 1 small plate of char siu and 1 plate of rice. Patrons are free to help themselves to the gigantic pot of aromatic soup (chicken feet with radish) outside the shop.

Damage today for 2 small plates of siu yoke, 1 small plate of char siu, 1 plate of rice and takeaway char siu, siew yoke and roast chicken with 1 packet rice (enough for 2-3 pax) was RM113.  Pretty reasonable eh?  The bowl of curry noodles was from the kopitiam next door.

Address:
Jln Rukun 2, Taman Gembira (Happy Garden)
Old Klang Road
58200 Kuala Lumpur

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Chocha Foodstore and Merchant’s Lane @ Petaling Street, KL

On our Awal Muharram public holiday today, the hubs took us to one of the most happening touristy places in KL for brunch. I always have this holiday feel whenever I step foot into Petaling Street. Today I felt like a tourist walking the streets of Petaling Street and hopping into two quaint cafes that I have never been to for brunch.

Our first stop was at Chocha Foodstore. Chocha is Hakka for sit and drink – the tea culture is alive and well here, with steaming-hot pots of Aged Fujian Shui Hsien from Mount Wuyi (RM18; served with chestnuts) & other representatives of the dark or scented classifications. You’ll also find cold-brewed tea – Taiwanese Dong Ding Oolong & Yunnan Black Tea with osmanthus flowers & star anise (RM16 per bottle). We had a pot of aged Liu Bao (RM18) to wash down our appetizer of Kerabu Mango Rojak and CFC (Cencaluk Fried Chicken).

I had a deja vu of sorts when I walked into Chocha Foodstore. As I walked to the back of the cafe, the deja vu got stronger. I felt as if I had been there before and then I remembered that the structure and design of the colonial shoplot with a long sunny court yard, its interior and decor were somewhat very similar to that of Mugshot Cafe @ Chulia Street Penang, a cafe that we went to two years ago.

Chocha is another brothel-turned-cafe that’s rather similar to Merchant Lane, the next cafe that we hopped into just minutes later  but this one looks more “raw” and unchanged.  I’d definitely get the creeps if I were to walk right down to the back of the cafe where the toilets are at night! 👻

Love this tantalizing and very delightful Kerabu Mango Rojak (RM20); I can chow down the entire plate myself!

The CFC (Cencalok Fried Chicken) (RM26) with the aromatic flavor of fermented shrimp sauce is succulent and well balanced by a sweet and sour fresh summer salsa of tomatoes and pineapples, plus thick, kitchen-made tomato chutney.

This part of the building upstairs will definitely look creepy at night!

Chocha is housed at the now defunct Mah Lian Hotel. This is one Instagram and Facebook worthy cafe to pop by for camwhoring while tucking into some very good food and sipping tea.  Good food, good ambience (not at night though, for me!) and reasonably priced morsel.

Chocha Foodstore
156, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur.
Opens from Tuesday – Sunday
Opening hours: 11am-9pm.

After our appetizers at Chocha, we segued into Merchant’s Lane located just a few steps away, for our main meal and desserts!

Merchant’s Lane is beside a stationery shop run by a friendly old couple. The mil later bought a 2019 calendar from them.

I got fooled by the tiny door leading up to Merchant’s Lane Cafe. Inside, you’ll be amazed to see how spacious and huge it is.  Old colonial buildings tend to have a very long hallway, leading to the bathrooms at the back.

Just like Chocha Foodstore, Merchant’s Lane is yet another former Petaling Street brothel, reincarnated as a crazy-atmospheric cafe that has launched thousands of Instagram and Facebook photos.

Merchant’s Lane is an intricately crafted cafe (its designer has links to the group of Sekeping Retreats) and is an irresistible magnet for cafe enthusiasts.

This is a pork-free cafe, thus you’ll see a good show of Malay patrons.

Patrons queuing to be seated:

Our breakfast set:

Taukay Burger with juicy meat pattie:

Kuli Eggs with crispy Roti Canai. The half boiled eggs are cooked with potato dhall and served with cheese so that when you scoop it up from the clay pot, the mixture gives you the ‘pulled’ cheese effect.

Hot chocolate for Cass:

New York cheese cake ~ very yummy:

Dessert named ‘Better Than Sex’ but we did not find it orgasmic enough to be named so. It is composed of pandan flavored Roti Jala served with ice-cream, strawberries and toasted almond flakes. I find the Roti Jala a tad thick and dry with not enough syrup and ingredients to go with it.

The menu:

The damage:

 

Merchant’s Lane KL
First Floor,
150, Jalan Petaling, Off Chinatown,
Kuala Lumpur.

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Joint Birthday Celebration, 18 August 2018

This year papa’s birthday is very special.  He turns 75 today (19 August 2018).  We planned 2 days filled with celebrations and surprises for him. And this year papa had a joint birthday  celebration with his twin grandbabies (my brother’s twins) who will be turning one on 1 Sept 2018.

We’ve had back to back feasts and merriment since the day my parents arrived from Ipoh on Friday.  On the eve of papa’s birthday on Saturday,  we first had breakfast at O&S Restaurant (kopitiam) at Paramount Garden, PJ.  After tucking into some of the best hawkers fare in the Klang Valley, we walked to the nearby Awesome Canteen (Cafe) for cakes, coffee and tea.

Mum has to wear a hat most of the time  to protect a deep wound on her head.  About two weeks ago, she tripped on a stool at home, around midnight, resulting in a  fall where her head landed on the sharp edge of the kitchen door.  She required 7 painful stitches on her head. Praise God that her brain wasn’t affected.

We are all so grateful that she is well enough to make the trip to KL to celebrate papa’s birthday.

On the eve of papa’s birthday, we had a sumptuous dinner with karaoke at OUG Jade Restaurant.

It was truly a joyous double celebration and best reunion dinner ever where everyone was present on papa’s 75th birthday and my miracle twin nephew and niece’s 1st birthday.


Baby boy R is the more sociable of the two babies. He can be carried by anyone without crying. Everyone just loved cuddling and coddling him.


Baby girl R being carried by aunty Madonna, her Pinoy nanny / helper. Hopefully the next time we meet the twins again, this baby girl would have already overcome her separation anxiety and would allow us to carry her.


Super cute baby boy R whom I just love to cuddle and play with:


Super nanny feeding both the hungry twins on her own.

Our RM1k+ dinner menu:


Sharksfins soup.


Pig’s stomach soup with pepper and chicken feet.


Victory chicken (my favorite!).


Peking duck wrap and suckling pig (not my choice as I am not a fan of either) 🤐


Drunken prawns.


Steamed Soon Hock fish, which was very fresh and well executed. Meat was very smooth and not tough.


By the time the Longevity Noodles arrived, we were already too full for it. Thus, we doggy-bagged almost the entire plate of noodles home.


Stir-fried mixed vegetables with macadamia nuts.

The birthday cakes:


Papa’s yummo Chocolate On Chocolate cake was baked by the Kneady Baker @ Front Room.


The little twin stars’ very first birthday cake. They’ve come a long way and we are all super proud of their progress.

This dinner was only our first celebration with papa. Stay tuned for more updates!  🍰 🎂

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