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Mong Seng Kopitiam for some authentic Hee Kiaw Noodle @ Melaka

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The coffee shop operates till late night, the only one lit along the street. On darker and colder nights, steams and lights from inside the shop and near the corridor at where a hawker cart is showcasing the Hee Kiaw is all that is visible from where parking is aplenty on the opposite road. The majority of items are less than RM 10 a bowl– you’ll get some spare change back when you order any of the noodle type, dry or soup, thick kuey tiao or yellow mee, bee hoon or even without the noodles if you choose to go with their tau kee alone instead. There is no hor fun noodles (I think), which is great because hor fun is only great and can only be fantastic as chicken hor fun. Sure, they are a lot chewier than kuey Tiaw, but it certainly isn’t going to replace kuey tiaw in certain dishes, especially in this case- it is going to be super clumpy put into dry hee kiaw noodle.

 

Unable to choose between yellow mee or kuey tiao, I went with mix of both. It’s an efficient operation, there’s no table service, customers order at the cooking station and the food comes to your table at lightning speed. A big bowl of noodle comes with basic fish cake slices, fish balls, and thick cut of smoky char siew. Sprinkled with fried shallots and topped with a generous dollop of chili sauce, with optional additional pieces of tau kee and assorted fish paste parcels, this shouldn’t be a supper portion at all. Take note the chili is a traditional sop for years so unless asked to opt out during when you order, you are getting the chili whether you like it or not. The chili though, was lovely if not great. Slightly briny from the shrimp or seafood alike ingredient that I believe was added onto it. Could be fish sauce, and while the saltiness isn’t to my liking, it’s hard to complain when you can get a decent meal for less than a tenner. Especially when the fish ball noodle and taukee pieces were so decently delicious.

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Kedai Kopi Meng Seng is located along Jalan Tun Sri Lanang (same row with Tai chi Nyonya House and opposite the Volvo showroom)
GPS: 2.2035893,102.252860

 

 

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Yu Jiao Me (Melaka)

 

When it comes to food, it is almost impossible to pick the best. Only what’s best to you or what’s best to her or him. Food is always subjective and there can never be right or wrong. I do however have an issue when business owners serve food without passion. And when a business runs for decades, there must be beauty in it whether you see it or not. Yu jiao Me is one that has expertly withstood the test of time for whatever reasons it is. I like it that it is simple and modest, and auntie is friendly. Smiles are everywhere and whatever plays on their choice of FM accompanies your meal time. Only a handful of choices available from both the stalls within the coffee shop – noodles or rice. Skipping rice this time around, we put noodles to our table. Egg noodle in wantan new was decently good without lumping and with no sticky starch coating the strands of noodle, and tasty char siew meat quite almost a little smoky in aroma, but really lack the vegetables. It seriously got me wondering as to why they are even bothered to even go through the trouble to put the two leaves onto the noodle? Laksa on the other hand didn’t appeal to me. It does deliver on this much-loved classic: the big, deep bowl has a rich broth, a good measure of coconut creaminess, puffy tofu, a good handful of beansprout and a nice warm hit of chilli that won’t break your taste buds mainly because of the heavy dose of sugar. I wish there were more kick to the laksa broth. They throw in fish balls and charsiew which would also appear in the rest of the noodle items on the menu but that’s good because it will then be fresh all the time.

 

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I wouldn’t mind eating here out of convenient but to return on purpose would have to take more than just comfort wantan noodle and their overly sweet laksa.

 

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Yu jiao me is located at:
75, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75300 Melaka.
GPS: 2.1987636,102.239848

 

There is a really delicious fish ball noodle just right next to this one called the Oriental Noodle. Anyone could probably tell who wins the heart of noodle lovers, just by looking at the crowd in both this side by side coffee shop.

 

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Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu at ANTE @ Solaris Dutamas

 

Celebrating patriotism with Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu .Love it or hate it, this vibrant blue rice leaves a memorable impression upon the first sight. It is not unusual to see one but it is rare, and when spotted one, will be difficult to take your eyes off it. Served with ulam, the mix of flavour profile from the assorted raw vegetables that is being cut and chopped into tiny pieces puts together so much excitement on a single plate. Here at ANTE, kerabu meal is prep with some oink factor and the main protein source in this fiber and vitamin loaded portion meal is of course non other than their signature – pork. They celebrate patriotism this year with kerabu with pork rendang and I must say they are indeed some porky doyen when it comes to handling and serving them fresh in your dishes.

 

1. ANTE pork rendang kerabu

2.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

 

That is further confirmed when they rolled out other pork dishes and there’s absolutely a couple of it that was impressive. Pork come in all forms of cooking method—roasted, grilled, or even some frying until sizzling, with some being quintessential pork lover’s fav and some fusion twist that’ll guarantee salivating. And together with some booze, would be another perfect evening. Chermoula Spiced Pork Shoulder Steak was grilled so perfectly for amazing tenderness I will order this again anytime with add ons of more vegetables, not because I simply want my vege but because I also love their zucchini sides. Iberico Baby Ribs and House Smoked Bacon were charming. Meat is incredibly tender rand juicy, every bite tastes like luxury.

 

3.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

4.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

5.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

6.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

7.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

 

Pork isn’t their only pride cause Green Curry Seared Duck deserves the limelight as well. Quite a spectacular place for anyone who values fun, flavour, freshness – and value at every price point.

 

10.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

8.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

9.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

 

ANTE’s Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu will be available for the special month of August as a lunch feature (11am to 3pm) from August 1st to 31st daily, at both ANTE Solaris Dutamas and ANTE One Utama outlets.

 

ANTE Solaris Dutamas (outside Publika)
A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas 1
Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-6206 3364
Operating Hours: 11.00AM – 10.30PM, Daily

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anteporksteaks/
GPS: 3.1705892,101.665491

 

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Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle @ Mutiara Damansara

 

With those mismatched tables and plastic chairs for seats, this newly expanded coffee shop space is loud, crowded and unrefined- just the way many of us would enjoy a comfort meal before casual trendy gossips and news- both fake or real. This isn’t a newbie in town but the recent expansion means a lot to some of their hardcore fan. Many are drawn into Soon Soon Pan Mee and fish head noodle by the reputation, and there is not a time of day when a crowd can’t be spotted outside, lining up or waiting for a table. Most come with family and larger group. Now with a bigger space means more seats and tables hence it is now shorter time in the line, so scene as such is possibly no longer visible.

 

 

It is almost not necessary to look at the menu when you are here, you’ll find everyone else sorta eating the same couple of dishes, and you should too: they are famous for making the best fish head noodle within this area. You’ll spot a bowl of glistening noodle dish on almost every table. Unlike typical fish head noodle, the broth here is slightly starchy and has what’s close to broth-like consistency. Each spoonful delivers soup made from rich stock that’s umami with a hind of sweet tang from the tomatoes and the pickled mustard green. Soup is thick also because of yam chucks that contributes a little starch to the texture of the soup. While it is not merely about the soup, each pieces of fillet were thick, cuboidal and fried correctly for sufficient crisp on the outside and moist juicy on the inside. The deep fried also helps lock the flavor of fish from within so it compliments the noodles in the soup.

 

1.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
2.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
4.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
5.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle

 

Skip the pan mee and char chan teng breakfast all together cause why waste your quota on those when you can have the delicious fish head noodle? Of course, unless if you are not a fan of fish head noodle of which if so then you shouldn’t even bother visiting this shop then. They do however bring some nostalgic memories to the root of local coffee shop menu. Eggs are always fresh, I would order the half-boiled eggs every single time and they never fail me.

 

3.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
6.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
7.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle

 

Soon Soon Pan Mee and Fish Head noodle is located at:
18-1, Jalan PJU 8/5C, Damansara Perdana, 47820 PJ, Selangor, Damansara Perdana, 47820
Phone: 012-928 7632 / 012-634 6662
Business Hour: Daily 7am- 5 pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Restoran-Soon-Soon-Pan-Mee-Fish-Head-
GPS: 3.1648096,101.6068099

 

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Restoran Hua Mui @ Johor

Restoran Hua Mui @ Johor , Are they still the best in 2018?

 

Although it may, at first glance, seem a particularly right choice to hop on the bandwagon and just go right ahead with most websites raving and claiming how Restoran Hua Mui is the must visit when in Johor Bahru (JB), I for one disagree after this visit. And the continuous crowd and line became an unexplained occurrence and scene that baffled every single one of us, more so especially after our visit.

 

 

Coffee isn’t really the most amazing though it could be one of the best in consistency within this proximity, toast seemed ordinary with nothing much to rave about, and signature noodle simply wasn’t impressive to warrant a return even with a secured seat reserved ahead. I would beg to differ however, if anyone would totally have claimed that no one should be visiting and patronising the business, and I’m not saying they are lousy in anyway. With integrity accumulated from the years of operation, the business runs with great if not an obsessive attention to detail, passion, and quality of ingredients that perfectly reflects the multi-racial and culture of the local people. Anyone – local or foreign – can come here and taste a bit of the cultures that make up Malaysia. The typical kopitiam fare that most Malaysians and Singaporeans are very familiar with- toast and half boiled eggs, maybe the only thing that’s satisfying if higher grade of butter were to accompany the kaya for the buns or toasts. Upon the fall of that perfectly cooked half boiled eggs as it’s cracked open, you know they score when it comes to freshness. Every egg lover would be enticed the moment it falls like a droplet of wabbly dollop without breaking the yolk.

 

1.Restoran Hua Mui Johor

2.Restoran Hua Mui Johor
3.2Restoran Hua Mui JB

3.Restoran Hua Mui Johor

4.2Restoran Hua Mui JB

4.Restoran Hua Mui JB

5.Restoran Hua Mui JB

6.Restoran Hua Mui JB

 

Older practice and breakfast culture in kopitiam might have been improvised and probably transited to the revamped spaces, but this place speak through its offerings. Despite being over rated, it doesn’t change the fact that they offer comfort and that is more than just the execution of their business profile so anyone seeking comfort flavour of home cooking, try the Hainanese Chicken Chop. Then again, you can totally skip this if you are limited by the amount of calorie input because there’s something fancier around the corner. It is, after all the taste of nostalgia. But, travellers hankering for local food will find satisfying experience here for sure.

 

7.Restoran Hua Mui JB
8.Restoran Hua Mui JB

 

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Restoran Hua Mui is located at:
131, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru,
80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Business Hour: Monday to Saturday, 8:30pm-6pm
Phone: 011-3505 8916
GPS: 1.4608465,103.7629612
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/RestoranHuaMui/?_rdc=1&_rdr

 

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Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018

 

The best of buffet is obviously the assortment and wide selections but the Ramadan Buffet is always a little more localised with plenty of actions going on at the cooking stations. People were waxing lyrical about the usual suspects but Executive Chef Juzaili at the Pullman Bangsar’s LINK has got his specialties that really steal the limelight. There is a whole lamb marinated in a secret blend of spices and roasted to golden perfection and at the same time an unlimited dibs at the selection of their international spread. The food is truly global, with the local favourites sharing the spotlight with a host of western delicacies.

 

1.Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018
2.Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018
3.Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018
4.Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018
5.Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018

 

Diners will be entertained by an enchanting live performance by the Ghazal Band, playing nightly during the entire dinner service which creates a lively ambience to this dining experience. According to the Mr. Andrew Carlile , General Manager of Pullman KL Bangsar, buffet preparation this year has great emphasize on food authenticity so buka puasa will be traditional and memorable. Guests are also able to break their fast and enjoy their dinner with a variety of delights from fresh cut seafood, assorted gulai kawah, bubur lambok, Mongolian grill, and the comeback of last year’s crowd favourite due to popular demand- the Oxtail Gear Box Soup.

 

9.Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018

Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018

 

Dessert spread features tiers of tarts, cakes, delicate mousses and other freshly-made sweet treats. But for something a little more substantial, go for unlimited servings of durian. That is if the marvel of the powerful stench from metres away haven’t kill you already before you approach them.

 

6.Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018

7.Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018

8.Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar- Ramadan Buffet 2018

 

Sajian Selera Desa Dinner Buffet at LINK- All Day Dining Restaurant starts from 6:00pm to 10:00pm daily and is priced at RM168nett per adult and RM84nett per child aged below 12 years old. The buffet will begin on 15th May and end on 10th June 2018.

 

Guests are encouraged to make early bookings to avoid disappointment. For reservations, call 03-2298 1888 extension 5000

 

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LINK- All Day Dining Restaurant @ Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar is located at:
No.1 Jalan Pantai Jaya Tower 3
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 59200
http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-7962-pullman-kuala-lumpur-bangsar-/index.shtml
GPS: 3.1158536,101.663215

 

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The restaurant’s decadent desserts run a close second to the jet-fresh sashimi and golden, deep-fried tempura.

PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur- Ramadan Buffet 2018

 

This Ramadhan, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is delighted to once again host a feast of local and international cuisine at the Chatz Brasserie and is preparing an authentic flavour of Sarawak as their daily highlight. Sarawak cuisines presented by Chefs from Bumi Kenyalang Sarawak includes Ikan Terubok Masin, Umai Ikan, Dayak Pepper Beef, as well as those Sarawak Laksa and Kolo Mee made fresh on the spot at their live cooking station. Also, how about those colourful layers of Kek Lapis?

 

1.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

2.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

3.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

4.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

5.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

5.2Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

 

At the same time, there’s the usual local and international favourites so guests are able to break their fast and enjoy their dinner with a variety of delights with plenty of choices. Seafood section offering fresh cut of sashimi slices as well as some very tasty dishes like bamboo clams, prawns, and fishes. Also, not to be missed is their rendition of bubur, here we have some bubur pedas; as well as the delicious percik chicken, and the grill meats.

 

6.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

7.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

8.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

9.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

 

The assortment compilation of dishes are fantastic for nibbling away to break fast. A walk through the gorgeous assortment of eye catching colours was quite an experience to discover flavours that could not only satisfy your palate, but also refining it. From starters to mains, and their highlight to the local favourites, there isn’t anything that I dislike.

 

10.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018
11.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018
12.Selera Asli Sarawak at the Chatz Brasserie ( PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur) – Ramadan 2018

 

This ‘Selera Asli’ Malaysia featuring Delicacies from Sarawak at Chatz Brasserie will be available starting 18th May to 14th June 2018. If anyone is interested, there will be the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Hi-Tea available on 15th June 2018 and priced at RM 80 nett per person (senior citizen above age of 60 and children aged 4-11 years old are priced at RM 48 and RM 40 respectively). Group discount will be priced at RM 70 nett per person (min 5- 100 persons)

 

For reservations or enquiries for the a la carte and set menus, please call 03 2147 0088 or email chatz.prkul@parkroyalhotels.com.

 

The ‘Selera Asli’ Malaysia featuring Delicacies from Sarawak will be available from 7 – 10:30pm and is priced as such:
Adult- RM148 nett per person
Children (4 to 11 years old)– RM 74
Group Discount Priced at RM128 nett per person (min 20 to 100 persons)

 

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Chatz Brasserie is located at PARKROYAL KUALA LUMPUR
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2782 8301
Website: www.parkroyalhotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/malaysia/kuala-lumpur.html
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Parkroyalkualalumpur

GPS: 3.14422,101.7123199

 

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Renaissance TEMPTations Ramadan Buffet 2018

 

Being a multiracial country also means having the unique privilege of plenty of delicious selection of Chinese and Indian cuisine as well. We have Executive Chef Supi Mansor curating a buffet feast to please every palate of our diverse culture and tradition in culinary. Starting 16 May to 14 June 2018, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur celebrates the Ramadan Buka Puasa buffet this year with the very authentic Malaysian favourites. Priced at RM 138 nett per person and half price for children between 6 to 12 years old, we are looking at Malay classics like sambal sotong petai, ayam percik, kerabu and sup tulang rawan. Of course, the must have bubur lambuk, as well as the daily roasted whole lamb.

 

2.REN KL RAMADAN 18

3.REN KL RAMADAN 18

4.REN KL RAMADAN 18

5.REN KL RAMADAN 18

 

Some traditional favourites for the breaking of fast is definitely a must have and along with the lively ambience of this dining experience is where food authenticity in the buffet preparations were greatly emphasised on. The mandatory Bubur Lambuk, and some amazing starters like Sup Tulang Rawan and mains like the Kari Kambing dengan Ubi kentang and Ayam Percik already giving the festive vibe inevitably. And that daily Roasted whole lamb with some other live stations cooking your noodles and grilling the Satays were some of the favourites at the preview of the Ramadhan buffet.

 

7.REN KL RAMADAN 18

6.REN KL RAMADAN 18

8.REN KL RAMADAN 18

9.REN KL RAMADAN 18

12.REN KL RAMADAN 18

 

Others include the fresh seafood, as well as the Chinese and Indian hot selections including the Braised broccoli and scallop with crab meat sauce, Wok fried black pepper beef, with Mutton biryani rice with cucumber raita and Amchoori bhindi to name a few. And like every other buffet, the sweet ending is going to be a showcase of gorgeous colours including some Malay kuih such as the Ondeh-ondeh, Kuih Ketayap, Lopes gula Melaka and Biah melaka kukus.

 

 

For details on customised get-together packages, please call 0327169910/0327169918 or emailrhi.kulrn.sales@renaissancehotels.com

 

TEMPtations at Renaissance is located at
128, Jalan Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur
Phone:+60 3-2162 2233
GPS: 3.157264,101.705216
For reservations, call 03 27169388 or email rhi.kulrn.fb@renaissancehotels.com.
Note that all prices are inclusive of service charge and GST.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RenaissanceKL

 

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Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

For a place with such good reputation for its food and cocktails, and entering celebrating its second anniversary, the Locker and Loft is refreshingly cosy: classy furniture, neat tableware, and a handsome bar counter lined with whiskies, ales, beers, cocktails and a good list of wine varietal. It has a hidden entrance but upon entering is a calm and cool place to eat and drink. Especially with their newest menu specially crafted for the cleaner taste profile. I was privileged to sample some of their newest cocktails and boy I love them less sweet and more refreshing than ever! That we are looking at bubbly remix of carbonated fresh coconut water with real coconut and the mild sweetness from the aromatic pandan leave especially when it gets close to your nose whilst bring it close to sip. K Rock! (RM 25)maybe lower and calorie but that really isn’t a bad thing. Because that means some more calorie quota for the CNY 2018 special- Babi Lu Mary (RM 40). One that has bakwa infused tequila, and some bold addition of with tomato juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, Lea & Perrins, Tobasco, salt, pepper & olive brine. Not forgetting the Blueberry milkshakes (RM 34)and The King (RM 38). The first really got me frenzy and while the later might be a crowd pleaser, durian really isn’t my thing. But dear durian fans, you are going to be drinking a controversial natural durian cocktail with vodka, Baileys, hazelnut liqueur, vanilla ice cream, almond syrup and cinnamon powder. (At this point, I realised that I’ve subconsciously held my breath as I described it.)

 

Of course there are some that I really enjoyed- all Tea Garden, LC 1 (RM 32) and Kopi Ice (RM 35) were all super easy to drink. I’ve always dislike eggwhite in cocktail but I do not dislike this, probably because of the floral hints from lavender. Despite looking ordinary, I am putting LC1 and Kopi ice as a strong contender for one of the tastiest cocktail for the night.

 

1.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)
2.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)
3.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)
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5.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)
6.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

Their focus is on making both diners and drinkers feel happy and comfortable. Apart from their list of new cocktails, there’s new shot glasses made of ice and clients can now order the cocktail- catering service for a pop-up bar at private occasions. This one is real intriguing. But moving to the new food menu, it is a symphony of fantastic flavours we are all somewhat familiar with.

 

From delicious bites like Malacca Style Roti (RM 16), Salted Egg Prawn Cocktail (RM 23), and Varuval Quesadilla with Pineapple Chutney (RM 23), to succulent meat dishes like the Hainanese Chilli Chicken Wings (RM 25) and Peanut sauce Pork ribs (RM 26), you’ll never suffer regular pub grubs to accompany your alcohol. Malacca style roti really reminded me of Melaka roti john and that really is something I fancy. That quesadilla is one innovative complement to the pineapple chutney.

 

7.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

8.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

9.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

10.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

11.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

Kitchen also apparently excel in seafood preparations. Seabass Fish Fingers (RM 21) cooked with precision, came crunchy on the outside and breaded nicely without falling apart.

 

12.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

Mains are hearty, as well as glorious when you get pasta loaded with big flakes of sardine as well one with so big cuts of bacon bits. I like both the Chili Padi Sardine Bacon Pasta (RM27) and Pasta Masak Lemak with Bacon Bits (RM26) especially when the pasta are cooked perfect to my liking- al dente that is.

 

13.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

14.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

It’s a pleasure to pair and enjoy alcohol with quirky selection of food because the food at Locker and Loft is clearly presented by someone who cares about flavour. Not every dish was a knockout but where there were failings it was down to being over generous rather than unskilled; sardine and bacon maybe a little too much in ratio to the pasta resulting a slight overpowering of salty but most of the menu offers satisfying, moreish, somewhat complex dishes, the kind you always want from dining experience and so rarely get. Yup, I tried the Mini sliders consisting of 3 different patties and I enjoyed it very much.

 

15.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

Cempedak Goreng with Vanilla Ice Cream (RM16) wasn’t the greatest, but it’s something I would order again on my next visit. And yes, revisiting is most likely happening. I love cempedak still wrapping the seed and they are serving this seedless. But hey, it’s about how much you love fried cempedak and how this one is so perfectly pairing with the scoop of ice cream it combines to become a dessert that is absolutely delicious.

 

16.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

17.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

The Locker and Loft isn’t a place where tables brushed and every detail seen to by the serving crew but it is super chill place eat, drink and have plenty of fun enjoying everything they have to offer. Among its upcoming events are KL Rum Fiesta, GT Week, KL Amateur Bartender Challenge, The Shooter Week, Do The Classics and Sangria Sessions. There are also other regularly-scheduled events like Shake N Take (make your own cocktails every Thursday), BBQ Sunday, Sake Sundays and Dames Night. So make sure to follow their updates on their page. There is so much fun factor coming from the folks of this establishment.

 

Locker and loft is located at:
40A Jalan SS20/10
Damansara Kim
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7496-7222
Business Hour: Tues- Sat : 5pm- 1am, Sunday : 12:30pm-1am, Monday Closed
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/lockerandloft
Tel: 03-7496 7222
GPS: 3.135152,101.629063

 

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Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

No need to scratch your head when it comes to dining in Melawati Mall. The choices are so diverse one is spoilt with the wide selection. Scratch your head deciding what to order instead when it comes to the dishes that represents the heritage of Malaysia. The best of cuisine that is truly unique as a heritage of Malaysia is probably the Baba Nyonya dishes. Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili offers the wide selection of rich spices and herbs with dishes prepared upon order for their diners to ensure the freshness of each dish.

 

Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

Combining Chinese wok and claypot into local rempah, Chef Rimong made sure that the rich culinary flavour is delivered in their Peranakan dishes. Homey and comforting, the dishes were packed with flavours we are all familiar with. The dishes are not the only thing that’s capturing the heritage of Malaysia. . The interior and paintings on the wall is equally as heart-warming. Check out their batik prints on their menu. Every piece of menu has a unique piece of batik cloth on it. From the piping hot and savoury spicy claypot of Assam Pedas to the Sambal Petai Prawn and the kangkung Belacan, these dishes were delicious and goes fantastic with some white rice.

 

1Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

And just for the love of fried egg, the Cencalok Omelette is with no doubt on my “repeat order” list. The edges were crisp and textured just nice to balance the soft fluffiness of the egg. Also on the frying mode and the add-on-to-the-mains list is the Chicken Lobak. It could be good for nibbling but above all is Ayam Goreng Berempah that got my attention. Inside the meat was tender and juicy albeit looking a little dry. But hey, don’t let this fool you because it was delicious.

 

2.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
3.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

But if you love Peranakan dishes, the Chicken Pong Teh is not too shabby when it comes to generously portioned serving size. Serving hot in a claypot, the pieces of chicken submerging at the rich gravy will be a lovely companion for the white rice. And speaking of claypots, the fish is equally astounding and to be very honest was beyond my expectations. But nothing beats having a completely balanced meal with their vegetable dishes. I love the Kangkung very much- it was young plant and cooked to perfection at the correct timing to not ruin the texture of the green and still having that little bit of crunch in every bite. Plus, it wasn’t greasy despite the load of chili. Thumbs up for this one.

 

4.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
5.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
6.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
7.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

Lastly, don’t forget to treat yourself a little better sometimes for the most perfect meal isn’t complete without the desserts. Serving on the dessert menu is the Banana Fritters and Cendol. Myself is more of a fan or the later instead of the first but if you like breaded deep fried bananas, there is no reason to not order it.

 

8.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
9.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

This stop at the outlet here in the Melawati Mall was part of the Foodieville event organized by the mall and I also have the review on the rest of the participating fnb outlets for the occasion. Click HERE to read more about the rest of the restaurants in the mall.

 

Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili is located in Melawati Mall at:
100.1, L3 Jalan Sabah, Taman Melawati,
53100 Ampang, Selangor
Business hour: 10am – 10pm daily
Phone:+60 3-4161 6313
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sambalchillirestaurant/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelawatiMallOfficial/
GPS: 3.21066,101.7484403

 

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Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

The Bawang Assan Longhouse Village is one of the oldest Iban settlements in Sibu that welcomes tourists to experience their culture and heritage. To get to the village, one can choose to travel by road or the boat and we travelled on the river for the serenity and beautiful riverside views as we cruise along the longest river in Malaysia- the Ranjang River. The Iban is the largest community with Christianity being the main religion and visitors to the longhouse gets to experience the culture and their style of living. The group of us from the AirAsia Bloggers Community took a boat ride from Rejang Esplanade and saw the most beautiful sunset before we savour the delicious dinner prepped by our host.

1.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
2.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
3.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
4.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

Upon arrival, we received the delicious welcoming drink- Tuak. Tuak is the local term for rice wine and it is used in every ritual and festive and is a deeply rooted culture in the Iban tradition. This traditional alcohol drink is made from the fermentation of rice using yeast and enzyme naturally available in ragi. Every household has their own recipe for tuak and we sampled a real delicious one here.

5.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
6.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

Upon greeted with the welcoming dance and drinks, we get to spend time mingling with the locals and later savour the delicious meal prepared by Aunty Erin. One dish that is exceptionally delicious is the stuffed bamboo. This traditional dish called Pansuh is prepared by stuffing the choice of meats with tapioca leaves and perpetually turning the bamboo at the fire to cook them evenly. The thicknesses of the bamboo rely on the type of meats and there is usually no additional water into the bamboo. This cooking method seals all the flavours inside the bamboo and so every bite of meat is succulently juicy and deliciously tender.

7.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
8.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

Vegetables is a must especially when Midin is only widely available in Sarawak. Here we are being served fresh and humble vegetables and I must say, I love all of them. You’ll see this on the menu at most of the places in the state and with that being said, pineapple is also the best fruit the locals will serve because the land is blessed to produce super sweet pineapples.

11.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
9.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
10.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
12.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

Also a must have is their Kuih Chuan- a crunchy delicacy similar to the kuih lubang (aka kuih Loyang) at the Peninsular commonly seen during the Chinese New Year festive. This one is slightly thicker and had a more textured bite but I’d say it’s about 85% close to the kuih Loyang from the Peninsular.

13.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
14.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

It was a lovely experience to learn a whole lot of history and culture of Iban people through culinary. Bear in mind that the locals are probably one of the friendliest people you will ever meet so just enjoy all the time and the serenity of the place. Watch this appearing on my vlog in future posting.

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Food Culture of Sibu, Sarawak

Sibu, Sarawak has never been the on my top 10 list but it should have been for the charm of the beautiful cultural diversity and the insight of the heritage and tradition of this gorgeous state. The experience has transformed perspective on people as I experience the cultures during my visit, when I decided to jump on board as a part of the air asia blogging community. Being the world’s number 1 low cost carriage, now everyone can fly. And, AirAsia flies to Sibu, Sarawak daily with 44 flights per week so planning a trip to Sibu really is really breezy.

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Getting out of the comfort zone and keeping an open mind, here’s your bucket list when visiting this beautiful state. The state is unique and not only does it hold a plethora in traditional cultures and ethnicities, it is showcasing an emerging of unfold opening of the tourism economy. From visits to pepper farms and the journey to the long house, to the making of Mee Suah (popular and Kompia (a bagel – like pastry cooked in stone oven), Sibu will be a state that would have you mesmerised over the unique food and differences of food culture, whilst having you reminiscing and missing the friendliest and nicest people you will ever meet.

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Visiting the pepper farm at Bintagor.

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Meeting the host of our dinner at the long house.

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Understanding the making of mee suah, as well as savouring the Fuchow Red Wine Mee Suah (RM 6)

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Watch the making of Kompia and savour the freshly baked “local bagel”.

It is no secret that Sibu is well known for their authenticity of Fuchow dishes so whether it’s fine dine or just a quick snack that you’re after, there is much pride and honour in the preserved heritage. Also not to be missed is the culture of Melanau ethnic-one of the earliest settlers on this fertile land and helped growing it into what it is today. Here’s a guide to show you a good cross section of the most represented this city has to offer. We had the most authentic Melanau feast in the most comfortable and relaxing dining ambiance by the river side, featuring the highlight of the day – the si-et (silk worms). Yours truly had them both stir fried and alive and with that, one more “check” on the bucket list. And if anybody is keen to know what live silk worm tastes like? They tastes mildly sweet, creamy tart dominant and textured slightly similar to wet pudding. They maybe exotic but certainly not scary at all.

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Have fun at the Fisherman restaurant (with 32 years history and running by the 2nd generation now)

Despite the different beliefs and religions don’t be surprised to come cross Melanau family with members of the family embracing Islam and Christianity. These East Malaysians over here are very tolerant of each other and are absolutely proud of their tolerance, it certainly warms my heart learning and knowing that that there is so much we could learn and embrace amongst people. A quick stroll at the night market where vendors come together with every stalls putting up the best of their offerings pretty much reflects the civility when it comes to respecting one another. Pork maybe non halal but it is not unusual to see all parts of pork delicacies at the stalls. While the halal vendors put on their grills and firing up their barbecues, watch the non halal vendors skillfully showcasing the knife skills as they chopped and sliced their way through every part of the swine. This one got us all super excited with the assorted offerings at every single booth.

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The vibrant Night Market is located at Jln Market, between Jln Lintang and Jln Bengkel. It sets up every afternoon around 5pm and operates until 10pm or sometimes later.

Next up on the next posts, some of the detailed food reviews along with the fun that comes with it.

Here are some of the details from the highlights in this post:

The pepper farm that is passionately operated by a 70 year old Mr Sia with close to approximately 600 trees, these vine plant is one of the major produce of Sarawak.
Location : near Bintangor , Sarawak
GPS location : 2.111275,111.705225

Savour the red Wine Mee Suah at:
55, Jalan Pahlawan 7, Sibu, Sarawak
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pagesUncle-Bakery/

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