Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lavender Cakes - www.lavender.com.my

So they brought back a gem from Johor Baru. Lavender cut their teeth in Johor and their factory is located there too. Most of their outlets are there but they have a few in Klang Valley. Besides bakery and confectionery products, they have incorporated the other half of their premise as a bistro, a part of their business model.
This loaf of a Layer Cake or Kuih Lapis in Malay epitomised the flavours and varieties of products that is on offer. At least 600 items were on designed for the fortunate customers. Repleted with the smells and the tastes of the mysterious Eastern spices, this product is a cannot put it down attraction. Probably the five spice powder was all there but cinnamon seems to dominate a bit more. And cinnamon is irresistible both in the beverage, cakes and breads with the right amount.

Kuih Lapis has a strong tradition in Indonesia and its chief influence was probably from the Dutch who ruled the spice-laden Indonesia for about 350 years before getting their independence 71 years ago. In fact alot of visitors to Indonesia never fail to take home from the shelves this famous cake. You can read more here on the Bandung's Layer Cake.









Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tak Fook Crabs - Aman Puri, Kepong Perennial Favourite

This crab restaurant is a perennial favourite of the locals. Where can you get crabs at half the market price? Admittedly the size is small but can we just imagine these are hairy crabs? And we can take our time to savour each and tiny bits of meat available from within its shells. The crowd favourite is packed during weekends and peak dining hours. Compounding the problem is the time taken to consume these crustaceans. No wonder some restaurants refused to serve these tables 'cloggers' where the dish can cause serious bottlenecks in the restaurant. Translating it means loss of revenues.

I enjoyed the food in the couple of times I was there. No serious complains and dislikes. The food is above average and they have a good varieties despite having a 101 ways to serve the crabs. Yes, an exaggeration but then seriously they are serious about crabs. But then you can eat all the crabs all the time so they make your money when you go for the regular dishes.

We had this one-stick pork ribs. Succulent and tender. A good start. If you like caramelisation and with lots of meat, this is it.
Marmite Crabs. Another caramelisation dish. Perhaps not so smart but then no complains after all how many time do you get to eat crabs.
Salted Eggs Crabs. Not as good as it was the last I ate.
Lapping it all up, that is with the mantou mopping up the gravies. Mantou was deep-fried to perfection. Don't miss it!
Address: 2 - 2A, Jalan Desa 1/3, Desa Aman Puri, Kepong
Tel: 0362723346

Monday, October 21, 2013

Szechuanese Hot and Spicy - Chuan Xiang Lou, Mentari Sunway

If you want food flooded and baptised in oil here is the place. I can recall 2 Chinese styled food that have the license to do so - Yunnanese and Szechuanese. The amount of oil is horrendous and look so yucky unless you are from the 2 provinces. My only thought is the oil is there for a practical and cooking reasons rather than culinary.

Oil is used to preserved the heat and keep food warmer especially during cold months. Lots of oil in times past was a reflection of wealth and also hospitality especially cooking for guests. Oil has a way of texturising the food making it smooth. Or when oil is spiced and infused with chilis and peppercorns if widens the spectrum of taste and pleasure in having it. Quite a satisfying meal if you like spicy food.
Fish fillet in oil bath. The dry chili and peppercorn infused oil did the trick of imparting a 'sheen of great taste' to the bland but otherwise fresh fillet. No oil no taste.
The chili and peppercorn oil left behind.
Saliva Chicken. What's in the name? Me suppose to salivate a this dish. More of the same oil. The oil is aromatic and certainly removed any 'chicky' smell if there is. Well the peanut was a good add, giving it a crunchy texture. 
Oil again but then the great stuff was eaten.

This is an excellent dish and very common among Chinese in China. A common vegetable but this time with a twist, again with dry chilis.

Address: 3A, Jalan PJS 8/10, Dataran Mentari, 46150, PJ

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Gin Shui Tei Japanese Restaurant - Tropicana Golf & Country Club

Located near the Lobby, it is still quiet enough for a nice relaxing lunch after the hustle and bustle of attending an event. It was a great respite, a place to wind and slow down. The service was quick and the food creative and bold. Club fare may not need be boring and bland. There is incentive enough not to wander off to Ara Damansara or NZX for better fares.