Thursday, 28 August 2014

greyskymorning, SS13

So I sailed away into a grey sky morning...


This is my current favorite coffee hangout spot at the moment. Considering the fact that I'm based in Subang Jaya, it is so convenient to drop by for a coffee fix without having to participate in the horrendous search for parking.


greyskymorning carries strikingly familiar elements of a few existing cafes (i.e., Podgy & the Banker, VCR and Rekindle) in the concept of its interior design - a refreshing change from the typical dimly lit, small, and cozy settings.

Sipped cappuccino [RM9.00] and a slice of chocolate peanut butter cake [RM11.00]. 

Coffee is the primary attraction on the menu alongside cakes (from the similar cake supplier to Rekindle in SS2) and smooshies (a refrigerated fruit juice blend in bottle) as of now. 


Flowers in tiny bottles present on every table. Where's the fault in that?

Food/coffee photographers will have a bliss here. These are some of the other shots I took:

When the evening sun greets coffee.

Loving the gypsophila against the grey wall. 



Happy visiting! (: 
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Information

Address: EX8, No. 3, Jalan SS13/4, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Closed on: Mondays
To visit their Facebook page, click here.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Grandeur Gallery Café, Le Rozell French Café and Crêperie & TBC Café @ Kota Kemuning


The long overdue tales of café hopping with my lovely friend, Kimm, in an area known for its never ending trail of roundabouts: Kota Kemuning.


Grandeur Gallery Café


The bar counter and cake display.

One of my favourite spots to snap photos.

The setting is quite dim in the gallery section where paintings are hung up on the black walls. 


It was a late Saturday morning and there was no crowd, probably because it's quite well-hidden and not to mention facing an empty land opposite. According to Kimm, the locals (hereinafter referred to as people who reside in Kota Kemuning) go there to fly their kites. 

Cappuccino.

Tiramisu (Kimm's recommendation) - this is only available on weekends! Notice the sponginess of the slice which suggests that it's very light and not too filling.

Address: 22-2, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla BE 31/BE, Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam.
Contact no.: +60355255568
Email: grandeurgc@gmail.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ggc.kk


Le Rozell French Café and Crêperie 


A spacious restaurant serving both sweet and savoury crêpes run by a French lady who was ever so kind to spend a couple of minutes chatting with Kimm and I. 





La Campagnole of shredded duck confit, pan-seared mushrooms with cream, honey, and topped with chives. If you're visiting for the first time, I suggest you go with this!

My favourite of the lot (and Kimm's too) goes to the panna cotta topped with rose syrup. It is so smooth and a great relief from the savoury dish earlier.

We also tried the mille-feuille which reminded me of the vanilla slice I used to have in Melbourne. This was quite filling after the panna cotta and savoury crêpe. 


Address: 35-1, 8 Jalan Anggerik Vanilla BE, 31/BE Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam.
Contact no.: +60351314092
Email: lerozell@hotmail.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Rozell/468373496598311


TBC Café


Kota Kemuning's newest café on the bandwagon which was packed full upon arrival at lunch time. There is no way you'll miss this bright yellow place when you drive along the roads across. 

Took this in a rush which explains the tilt. They have a pretty cool door that spins 360 degrees!

They use PULP's Throwback blend for their coffee - so glad because it's my favourite blend! Very satisfied with the outcome.

Kimm ordered tea. Love the cup and lid!

Highlight of the visit: Espresso maple bacon sandwich topped with scrambled eggs served with a side of fries and coleslaw. Now let that sink in for a bit.


Address: 2-39-1, Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla, Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam. 
Contact no.: +60163178180 


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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Kee's Creampuffs, Subang Jaya

Hello everyone!

Quick update: So I just recovered from stomach flu; not fully but enough to consume small portions of primary meals. Nearly 10 days of fresh hell, the experience was perfectly horrid as nausea came and tormented me even when I decided to re-hydrate myself with water. That was the reason behind my sloth-like sleeping hours and surprisingly sleepless nights from feeling nauseous in the middle of the night. I suppose the bright side of this was a weight loss of 2kg within less than a week. Not sure if I put it on again - nope, not checking.


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Cappuccino [RM7.50]

Earlier this month, I was invited to a cream puff tasting session by Kee's Creampuffs (thank you, Katherine for the invite and André for accompanying me!). Since I haven't had cream puffs in a while, I thought it'll be great to give this a go.

Their spread of 15 flavours of cream puffs is impressive; including the classic original flavour. Alongside cream puffs, they also have a variety of cakes and the usual tea and decent coffee.


Setting



The menu chalkboard (and André).

View of the cafe from the entrance.

Their display of cakes and cream puffs.

Cozy side table seating for anyone in the mood for a tea time setting.


What went into our tummies


Yes, I'm a coffee person but I decided to order English Breakfast tea [RM6.50] that very afternoon. Don't question.

André's iced mocha [RM9.50].

I decided to have a cappuccino (pictured at the beginning of the post) at the end of the session because I had some room to spare - and it was pretty decent! They handcraft their coffee rather use am instant coffeemaker so I'm glad.

Katherine explaining the flavours to us. It's amazing how she remembers them in their exact orders without referring to notes or whatever!

These three are my personal favourites:

Looks like the original, eh? This one's durian [RM2.50/pc] and it tops my list with no surprise. 

Chocolate banana [RM1.80/pc]. They also have chocolate but I'm a fan of bananas so it made a significant difference.

The gougère [RM5.00/2 pcs] is a unique savoury cream puff which was a relief from the 14 sweet flavours. This is a cheese cream puff - made with a blend of parmesan, mozarella and cheddar cheese, toasted, and served with sour cream infused turkey ham bits topped with a sprinkle of parsley and thyme. The sour cream somehow goes very well with the toasted cheese puff and the flavours were just right. Honestly, this can pull off as an atas appetizer.

The following are other flavours we tried:

[RM1.60/pc]
Classic

[RM1.80/pc]
Blueberry (made with fresh blueberries)
Lemon (which was quite strong)
Cookies 'n' Cream
Chocolate
Choco top (quite memorable)
Green tea (quite bitter but they're adjusting the flavour)
Hazelnut
Coffee (they use Nescafe)
Strawberry (made with fresh strawberries)
Peanut (which has a very local touch to it. Reminds me of ba chang kuih)
Mocha


The amount of half cream puffs I ate could probably last me a year or so but I'll definitely come back for the durian and gougère!



Information


Address: 30-G, Jalan USJ 9/5Q, Subang Business Centre, 47620 Selangor.
Contact no.: +60173842813 or +60380819897
CLICK for Facebook page

* Kee's Creampuffs does catering in bulk for parties, weddings, events, and re-sellers.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

[Recipe] Breakfast in a Jar

"Do you cook, Emily?" is a question posed relatively often to me - occasionally coming with a judgmental/doubtful look upon the face.

I don't cook at home. Mom does aplenty and she's wonderful at it. When I was in Melbourne, however, the kitchen was deemed my best friend as a means of survival and feeling content (therapeutic cooking, I suppose). "Crisis delectably averted," as Nigella Lawson would put it.

Instagram featured @tumblinbumblincrumblincookie not long ago and this girl, Lin, is so brilliant not only with her spread of healthy recipes for breakfast but also how neat her picture compositions are. Her breakfast in a jar, in which she named Bircher Muesli (recipe here), caught my eye and the thought of trying it out has been crossing my mind ever since. 

Just recently, a friend of mine, Helen, whom is also part of this "Breakfast Jar Club", told me how she couldn't stop eating the contents of the jar in her car on her way out. To paint a picture of the extent of this, she wished the traffic light stayed red longer as she consumes away (what even?!). Helen sent me a link (here) to a recipe and that finally got me down to doing it after weeks of "thinking about it". I'm amused at myself on how much effort it takes to make me do something so simple which requires minimal washing up.

For someone who doesn't cook, this is a piece of cake to do. So if you're a lazy creature like me, time to move your lazy bums and get started on this beautiful mess. No baking, grilling, steaming, frying, boiling, etc etc etc required.

The ingredients I used are not exactly the healthiest or most nutritious options because I made use of what I already have at home to avoid wastage. 

What you'll need:
  • 3 tablespoons of oats (I used instant oats though rolled oats would be better based on what I've been reading)
  • 5-7 tablespoons of Greek yogurt (to your own preference)
  • 1/4 cup of milk (skimmed milk works too)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey (to your own preference, also try to avoid processed ones)
  • A handful of Post's Raisin Bran (or any healthy cereal - Koko Krunch doesn't count)
  • A jar with a lid (get a Mason jar or one with a cork lid like mine from Daiso)
Suggestion: add about a handful of a crushed granola bar rather the Post Raisin Bran for texture. I didn't have granola with me so ... :(

You may add in any type of fruits you like. I chose these three because I had them on hand:
  • 1/4 fresh mango (the sweeter the better)
  • A bunch of dark grapes (remove the seeds for your own peace)
  • 1 small banana (ripe or slightly overripe)


Start off with an oats base. The milk goes all the way down thanks to our friend gravity. You want the oats to soak up all that dairy goodness.

Place a layer of sliced bananas and top it with Greek Yogurt.

Add in the mango pieces. Couldn't help but to have some myself!

Add another layer of Greek yogurt and pop in the grapes. Look at how it's already creating purple stains on the pure white yogurt. 

Add in the honey.

Finally, pour the milk in.
 
Hang on, where does the raisin bran come in?
See that ample amount of space between the contents of the jar and the lid? That's where this cereal goes. Only do this immediately before you eat. If you choose to use granola, layer it along with the rest of the ingredients overnight. 

Not of the best presentation but here's what I popped into my fridge tonight. It looks messy, I know. You'll be thanking the universe in the morning, probably. 

To see the outcome, visit my Instagram (and follow!) tomorrow morning - in about 12-15 hours from this time of posting.
Cheers
(:

Monday, 30 June 2014

Kedai Makanan Yut Kee, Kuala Lumpur


I was meant to write about this before exams but time did not permit. Though I read on Timeout much earlier that they were set to relocate in early June (yes, I'm slow), I thought it'll be nice to leave a piece of this place on my blog just for keepsake.


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Located at the corner of Jalan Dang Wangi and Jalan Kamunting, Yut Kee has been a significant part of many KL foodie journeys serving traditional Hainanese cuisine for several years.

My parents and I reached at precisely 7.45 a.m.. By then, tables were already occupied by cyclists who stopped by for their post-cycling session (I thought we were early!).


Kopi peng. Not to miss at every kopitiam trip. Just look at how kao (thick) it is!



Toast with kaya and butter (above) and soft-boiled eggs a.k.a. the dynamic duo.


Steamed bread rather toasted. Still a fan of toasted bread, though!


Roti babi! Wasn't too fantastic...

... and then this made the little difference to its flavour. The table next to mine were told, "you do not eat my roti babi without LP sauce!" by the restaurant auntie.


Hainanese chicken chop which increased by RM1.00 from the last time I saw the menu (RM9.50 now).

I guess the only downside of this trip was that we were served cold food (bread & eggs) which was a major turn off. Other than that, it was great to have experienced dining at one of the oldest coffee shops in Kuala Lumpur one last time before they relocate. 


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Stay tuned for my Penang trip post! Cheers.