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.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Food Trail @ Damansara Uptown

- Inspired by people who have done numerous food trips all over the place. -


Here's what you'll need:

1) 5 hours of your precious time.
2) Good company - in your terms. A small party of 3 is excellent for the sake of seating convenience.
3) A relatively big appetite. Don't be fooled by the idea of walking around being quickly burning off what you have eaten.
4) Money. About RM35 - RM40 per person should be sufficient in this case.


A tip that will most probably save your lives:
Control yourselves and do not get ambitious at each stop.


Ready, set, go!
p.s. link to the map of this food trail available at the end of this post


Stop #1: Village Park


Yup, no surprise that this is a part of the lot. I can finally say that I have had tasted their nasi lemak. The place was swarming close to 11.00 a.m. and you'll need luck to get a table. Fortunately for us, Carmen managed to get us a spot.

Nasi lemak with fried chicken [RM9.00]

It took ordering through 3 waiters to finally get this dish to our table. The way the rice was done wasn't up to standard (a little towards the dry side and not fragrant enough) but the sambal did some justice. The fried chicken had a gingery hint to it which complimented the rice. In all honesty, I had set some expectations for this place but this turned out to be rather ordinary to me. 

If you wish to have a classic Malaysian breakfast of roti bakar and soft-boiled eggs, you can get them here as well. Might I suggest a cup of kopi ais to accompany them; something I ordered to kick start my day.

Information

Address: 5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact no.: +60377107860
Opening hours: 7.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Mondays - Saturdays) & 7.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. (Sundays and Public Holidays)

Ratings (out of 10)

André (A): 7.5
Carmen (C): 8.0
Emily (E): 7.0



Stop #2: Ecole P



Located along the same row as Village Park, Ecole P is a restaurant designed for you to reminisce about your primary school days. 

Upon entry, you'll see a whole bunch of your childhood candies, chocolates, biscuits, etc. available for sale.

Anyone's school canteen had cups like these? Mine had styrofoam cups though.

This is the most classic one of all, methinks. I'll let you figure out the significance of the clock. 
Hint: We did not visit at 10.10 a.m. 

This drink is called the Pokemon [RM8.90] which comprised mango, pear, raspberry, lemon, orange and passion fruit juices. It's technically a punch and there were too many competing flavours in one drink. T'was refreshing, nevertheless. 

Chicken chop fried with goldfish biscuits batter [RM16.90] served with a nicely done side of mashed potatoes and mushrooms along with a sour-ish fruity salad. The concept is pretty clever but we found the chicken chop quite ordinary. 

Despite the friendly owner and atmosphere, I personally don't plan on returning knowing that there are cheaper and more filling options around Damansara Uptown. I still, however, recommend that you try this place out at least once because it's not often one discovers such a nostalgic environment.

Information

Address: 19M, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact no.: +60377329711
Opening hours: 11.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Closed on: Thursdays

Ratings (out of 10):

A: 5.0
C: 5.0
E: 5.5

Stop #3: Annie 1 Family Restaurant


We stopped by here to try only one dish: their dry wantan noodles with char siew. 


[RM6.50] The char siew was pretty amazing and no complains about the noodles. We only found the boiled cabbage, instead of the typical field mustard leaves, a little out of place.

We arrived at lunch hour only to find one table indoors available in the entire double shop lot restaurant. For the sake of lighting, we decided to sit outside anyway.

Information

Address: 18-20, Jalan SS21/58, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Opening hours: 7.30 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Mondays - Fridays) & 8.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. (Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)

Ratings (out of 10):

A: 6.0
C: 7.0
E: 6.5

Stop #4: Obanhmi Shop


One of the most talked-about places in Damansara Utama serving Vietnamese sandwiches.  

Fresh bread ready to be eaten - the reason behind the mesmerizing smell of the restaurant.

We ordered the BBQ pork sandwich [RM10.50] which was pretty good thanks to the Vietnamese chili sauce. The portion is huge for one person considering the thickness of the bread (not my kind of bread, unfortunately) and the amount of filling it holds. I love the beautiful colours of the ingredients and how they compliment each other so well.

Topped up RM5.00 for a iced Vietnamese coffee and this was superb. Now I understand the hype over Vietnamese coffee.

Can't say much about how authentic this place is but it certainly has a different feel to it judging from its significant flavour in the food. Also, be prepared for ingredients to be falling out of your sandwiches.

Information:

Address: 33, Jalan SS21/56b, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact no.: +60377328540
Opening hours: 9.30 a.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Closed on: Monday

Ratings (out of 10):

A: 9.0
C: 9.0
E: 7.5

Stop #5: Fat Spoon


We were stuffed full like teddy bears primarily from Obanhmi despite only ordering one sandwich. Thankfully, we still had room for desserts. Wait, what am I saying?! There is always room for desserts. 

It was a hot day but we were in need of something to flush our system. Hence, green tea [RM7.00] it was. They have free refills so why not? #TypicalAsian

Durian crème brûlée [RM15.00]. I love durians and I'm perfectly fine with crème brûlée but this was a complete rip off because of its tea-cup size of serving and price. 

This was the saviour of the day; cempedak spring rolls served with ice cream [RM12.00]. The warmth of the spring rolls and cempedak filling complimented the ice cream well although I personally prefer having the spring rolls simply by themselves. 

Information:

Address: 73, Jalan SS21/1a, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact no.: +60377283323
Opening hours: 11.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. // 5.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. (Tuesdays to Sundays) & 11.30 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. (Fridays to Sundays)

Ratings (out of 10):

A: 5.5 (3.0 for durian crème brûlée, 8.0 for cempedak spring rolls)
C: 5.0 (2.0 for durian crème brûlée, 8.0 for cempedak spring rolls)
E: 5.0 (2.0 for durian crème brûlée, 8.0 for cempedak spring rolls)


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All in all, we have covered the following the following cuisines: 
Malaysian, Western, Chinese, Vietnamese, Nyonya


Parking tip: I am a newbie when it comes to food trails but I can tell you that I was in dilemma trying to pick a parking spot. Especially when your first and last location are miles in between, the primary encounter would be, "Do I walk far now or walk far later?" My advice: "Walk far now." Why? You have energy now, use it. By the end of the day, you'll be exhausted, stuffed with goodness, and would want to head to your car ASAP.


Thanks for reading and have a good day!
Click HERE for the map of all 5 locations in this trail.


Special thanks to Carmen and André for being a part of the plan, contributing your calorie counts and your great company.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Kum Chuan Coffee Shop: Hawker Food @ SS13, Subang Jaya

Yes, you read it right. Hawker food. I thought it was time to be blogging about my true blue Malaysian side.

Being half Penangite and faithfully paying annual visits to the Pearl of the Orient, I've appreciated hawker food for as long as I can remember; much thanks to my parents who exposed me to local cuisine. So just FYI, my foodie journey doesn't strictly evolve around cafés and coffee (:


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Time of visit: 8.15 a.m. (peak hour) on a weekday 

Kum Chuan Restaurant is a coffee shop in SS13 which has been open for quite some time. I've made several visits here before and was never particularly disappointed.

Here's the must-order for any hawker food breakfast/lunch/dinner/supper. A cup of goodness a.k.a. kopi ais (to my non-Malaysian readers, this is our version of coffee and milk).

This was pretty darn good. I'd say it's kao enough (kao - thick, bold in flavour, has "body" ... you get the idea). In all honesty, I could have gone for seconds.


As for food, these are the 3 main dishes you should order:

Curry laksa with slices of char siew. One of my foodies mentioned that this has less coconut milk than the one she typically has. I thought this was quite well done! Bear in mind that this is a KL version of curry noodles which is different from the Penang version. 

Wantan noodles with char siew. I do recommend this if you're the type who goes for a slightly sweeter and more flavourful version of wantan noodles. The noodles were well mixed in the sauce before serving.

Hakka noodles. Verdict from my Sarawakian friend: this is close to authentic. Note: close. Still a dish I recommend trying out at this place! 

And of course, no hawker food breakfast is complete without the dynamic duo to accompany all the dishes you've ordered above: roti bakar (toasted bread; typically served with kaya and butter) and soft boiled eggs/half-cooked eggs. 
Yes, I still had room in my tummy for these so you can imagine my monstrous appetite. 


The best seat in the house? Under the tree/umbrella outside. That's where you'll get to experience the hawker food ambiance. 

Note: All dishes mentioned above are less than RM5 each. Sorry, I didn't get down the exact prices. #IrresponsibleFoodBlogger

Special thanks to Hanny & Aric, two foodie friends of mine, for accompanying me!


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Address: Corner of Jalan SS13/1A, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Closed on: Sundays
Opening hours: 7.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.


Stay tuned for my next post on a food trail done in Damansara! Have a great day, everyone (: