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.






Friday, October 18, 2013

Croatian German Food - Dusseldorf

We started off with sparkling water with a slice of lemon. A refreshing start. The weather was 15 Celsius and the sun was shining. We were off to a great start that Saturday working up a great appetite with the weather and the promise of good Croatian food.

We had a mixed grill platter with sausages, bacons, pork and chicken chops and steaks. The smell from the grill sent tremors down out aching tummies. What is worse? The anticipation of the act or the act itself? The food was flavourful. No holds bar when it came to spicing and 'herbing' up the tender and fresh cuts.

I got to experience their cabbages. It is almost legendary when one travel around Europe esp. Eastern, one gets lots of this variety of vegetable. This one came sour. Obviously vinegar was added. It blended quite well with the mains, in fact even enhance our ability to eat more! Bon appetit!




In response to the many Asians coming, look there was a plate of French fries with spice rice! Or was it part of their diet. I thought not.
The seafood platter was obviously not their strength. But it was still good despite the modest serving. Malaysians kind of think of their good food as big portion, cheap, tasty and should be serve quickly.
Another modest serving of meats but with lots of cabbages and mashed potatoes.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sunrise Duck Restaurant - SEA Park

Is this one of the best roast duck around? Twice I was there on a Sunday and these roasted fowls ran out by 2pm. Some say it may even happen at 12 noon. The reason why we got there just before 2pm and were not turned away was because we had called before hand and ordered our 2 roasted ducks. The ducks were flavourful and the meat texture was chewier than I expected. I had some really 'soft' roasted ducks to the extent that it felt like those mass production chickens whose meat kind of disintegrate when chewed.

The ducks were progressively kilned so the chance you get one that is freshly roasted no matter when you arrive. Get there early or else wait it out for your table. The skin was surprisingly not up to mark. it was kindly of leathery. Got me to think if it is worth going. But then the duck is not just the skin. After all it is not Beijing duck where the skin comes with a big premium. Here we go for the meat to quench the carnivorous appetite.





Monday, October 14, 2013

Breadfruits - Desa Seri Hartamas

Fresh and quality are not only synonymous but also symbolises this incredible cafe. Fresh and healthy bread sourced from a well-known bakery in Bangsar. Only the best qualifies for a part in this food show. Look at the colour and the presentation. The sausage was the one of the best, showcasing a balance between savouriness, texture and taste. Didn't see any oil or flour. Even the rocket garden herbs are so peppery and bitter.

A wake-up call for the senses and a testimony of their relentless search for the best components to make their food an art. The scrambled eggs was the best I have eaten in texture consistency. Bear in mind it's made from free-range eggs! I went for with such gusto that I forgot my salt and pepper.In addition there were the sauteed mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.  The prices are also value for money and include a drink. I had a wild honey passion fruit.

Wild honey, yes, gathered from the wild. A best-selling version of the coffee is the Wild Honey Latte. Try the next time sans any sugar source. There is no need anyway and that brought out the best out of the latte.

Tip: Check out their fresh fruits esp the Passion Fruit. A hot seller. Buy some home to flavour your beverage esp tea. 2) The bottled Wild Honey at the side. It's for sale. The adjective 'wild' is important. Gathered from the wild by the indigenous people.





Address: 17, Jalan 26/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, PJ.
Tel: 03 6201 0090

Friday, October 11, 2013

German Roast Knuckle - Dusseldorf, Germany

I thought it will take some time for me to eat the real thing. After numerous outings in Western and Chinese restaurants in Malaysia lapping up their interpretations, I got to sample the originators of this sinful meaty dish. How authentic can it get by eating a sumptuous German Roast Knuckle in Germany!

On my first night in Dusseldorf, we hit the streets and enjoy a leisurely walk along the Rhine working up a great appetite while soaking up the unpolluted air and  the great scenery laid before us. We were spoiled for choice along this food street with lots of various Germanic and other types of food, most notable Turkish. We were not here for Turkish, maybe another time another season we will do Turkish in Turkey motherland.

Our roast knuckles in Malaysia were always pre-cooked and re-heated in the oven or put into a cauldron of oil as orders came along. My roast knuckle here came fresh of the rotisserie. It was well-marinated, juicy and tender. Not one part was overdone and therefore rendering that part chewy and leathery. What more can I ask for?






Thursday, October 10, 2013

Foong Yit - Taman Bukit Sri Bintang, Kepong

Once in a while you get the best of the best seafood. Ironically, it was recommended by the 'captain.' When the captain recommends a dish, one need to hear it with a healthy dose of skepticism. Reason is, recommendations maybe an occasion to get rid of raw materials that may be expiring or for new stock to come in. But not so here, we heard with the heart and took it to heart. Viola, we got the freshest and the most succulent lala that we have ever eaten. 

Check out the meat. It was thick and smooth. Biting into them and feeling the texture confirmed they were of the highest quality.

Another great dish was the pork roast knuckle, Chinese style. As with most pork knuckles served in Western or Chinese restaurants, it was prepared beforehand and reheated in the oven or over oil.


And our regular dish. Crabs - styled according to our moods and fancies on that night. Seafood here is fresh!

Address: 36, Jalan 3/36, Taman Bukit Sri Bintang, Kepong
Tel: 03 62761385
Business Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm and 5:30pm - Midnight.