Wednesday, 4 March 2015

LA/PA @ Bangsar

Hey everyone! Sorry for not updating frequently these days (I really try though). Hope you all celebrated Chinese New Year well and ate to your hearts' contents! I was in Penang again for Chinese New Year and managed to explore even more new places. Should I do a blog post about it? Let me know if you're keen in the comments :)

Have you heard of this food app called Burpple? No? I suggest you download it now and start following all those hungry foodies! Before I continue, please note that Burpple did not pay or ask me to mention them whatsoever. I am genuinely telling you about how great this food app is when it comes to looking for food and also sharing the ones your recommend! I'm typically a little lazy to write extremely long reviews these days like the ones on my blog unless there is something I have to say. Other than that, do check out more of my favourite places on my Burpple profile HERE.

Three Burpplers and I met up in Bangsar a few weeks back to catch up because it truly has been a while since we all first met last October. LA/PA (pronounced as "lapar". For non-Malaysians, it means "hungry") is one of the newest places to makan in Bangsar so naturally we collectively decided to meet there.

As usual, parking was a nightmare so I parked at Bangsar Village II to skip the tedious, endless rounding and rounding.

Here's are some quick snaps I took of the menu. We went during brunch so we ordered 4 out of 5 items of the "Breakfast" section along with a cup of coffee each. The coffee was pretty ... meh. Nothing to shout about.

Provencal French Toast [RM19.90] of dark rye loaf seasoned with herbs de provence made with kale, basil pesto and feta cheese.

Fair warning to those who are appealed by its name, this is a savoury dish and may come off as oddly otherworldly to some.  I was impressed at the seasoning but thought it would go better with the conventional pasta. One of the Burpplers didn't fancy it considering french toasts are normally served sweet here in Malaysia. Nevertheless, it was a great thing we tried it for a new experience. The price is a downside because of its puny portion. 

Bread Basket [RM12.00] of assorted house-made breads served with garlic herb butter, spiced brown sugar & raisin butter and Bonne Maman jam. 

This is something definitely worth ordering if you're not particular about a wide variety of flavours. For that price and that amount of bread and spreads, it's a great breakfast right there. I love garlic so the garlic herb butter was a bliss to my tastebuds. 

The only fault with this was not with the dish but rather the kitchen. Our spiced sugar & raisin butter had a plastic wrapping around it. Luckily, one of the Burpplers decided to investigate it before consuming (we thought it was gelatine!). The waitress briefly apologised, took the entire dish back to the kitchen and returned with all the spreads replaced. We discussed if we should ask for a refund but decided to just let it slide.  

Pancakes & Orange Quinoa Compote [ RM19.90] of fluffy buttermilk pancakes served with spiced orange and quinoa compote, Indonesian long pepper and vanilla bean whipped cream.

The picture looks as unenthusiastic as I was when I took my first bite. The presentation made it a bit hard to grab a good picture of all 3 pieces of pancakes (or maybe I'm just a horrible photographer). Photo composition aside, they were just average pancakes lacking the fluffy texture to live up to its description in the menu. They were not all fluffy, based on what reviews are saying. They were more like a cross between fluffy and chewy. Some may like it, but sorry I don't. The quinoa was a redundancy on a plate and the orange could be just the wrong type or the wrong fruit even. It's sad to say that none of us enjoyed this over-priced breakfast. 

Duck Eggs in Purgatory [RM21.00] made with Australian spinach in creamy garlic sauce, a dash of paprika and served with baguette.

Another garlicky type of food, but this one saved me from leaving with a disappointing brunch in my stomach. It tasted so good and well flavoured even though the eggs were a wee bit overcooked. Very satisfying dish! 

Maybe they're trying out new flavours, maybe they're trying too hard to add a twist to the classic. But one thing's for sure, it'll be a while till my next visit.

Address: 15, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: 8.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. every day
Contact no.: +60322014395

Friday, 6 February 2015

Food Trail: Klang Bak Kut Teh

* BKT - Bak Kut Teh

Here are the tales of the BKT trail I did with two friends earlier this month.

What you need:
  • A car (because this is no walkabout trail)
  • Up to a car full of people craving for BKT
  • 3 hours of your precious Saturday morning (excluding traveling time to meet at the first point and departing from the last point)
  • RM40 per person
  • A hurricane of hunger 
  • Bring your own tea leaves if you prefer

* * * *

#1 B. H. Bak Kut Teh

Address: Jalan Batu Unjur (off Jalan Young), Pandamaran, Klang

Located along Jalan Batu Unjur, this restaurant serves individual bowls of BKT rather a huge pot for sharing. According to another Klang friend, this is the authentic way of serving Klang BKT.

We arrived considerably late at 9.30 a.m. to find the big pot of goodness already almost empty.

The veggie-less bowl of soup had a powdery texture, probably because it is the last bit of soup before the end of the pot. Ai Lin said this one is more herbal than the usual ones around which is great for me, personally. Nevertheless, it was a great start to the day with not too much soup and hence, not overly filling.

One minor downside: there wasn't any youtiao (a type of Chinese fried breadstick) in sight. But I guess that's because there's already a lot going on in that small bowl so there is no need for youtiao.

#2 Ah Soon Bak Kut Teh

Address: 17, Persiaran Pegaga, Taman Bayu Perdana, 42000 Klang

This pot required sharing and had a more smooth, oily texture to it. It is served with fresh, green lettuce and had straw mushrooms.

You can tell from the picture that its texture is thick, smooth and clear sort of. Also, I forgot to grab a picture upon its arrival which explains why the pot is not full. On a personal note, I would rank this the 3rd based on its soup because it's just too ... smooth.

This is located not very far from the first stop.

#3 Weng Heong Bak Kut Teh

Address: 28 - 30, Jalan 5, Kawasan 16, Taman Intan, Klang

Bias: it was the second time I've been here and it still lives up to its standards despite being located next to the more "well-known" BKT just door (which I have not yet tried). 

I'm not sure how else to describe this besides that it somehow all 3 of us preferred this BKT, of course judging from the soup. To be even more specific, it was like the perfect balance of flavors and texture compared the the first one which was too powdery and the second which was too smooth.  

As it was our third and final stop, we felt obliged to order the dry BKT as well - a relief from the same flavors we've been having all morning.

All in all, we managed to visit 3 places in 3 hours, which sounds like a rush but go at your own pace by all means! :)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Singapore: The Beast @ Jalan Klapa

A bit late to the party but Happy New Year! (at least on this blog considering it's the first post of 2015)

2 months ago, which backdates to 2014, I was in Singapore for a short trip and had the opportunity to attend Burpple's Tastemakers' Meet-up at The Beast. Honestly, it was no ordinary dinner - it was a feast.

Upon arrival, we were served lemonade [$6] and iced tea [$7]. 

We were told to mix the two because that's how it's best consumed. Personally, I liked them separately.

Magic Hat, an American craft beer (not part of the meet-up) [$14].

Bar Bites

Homemade corn bread [$6]

Pulled pork sliders [$16]

Bacon mac & cheese [$9] - yes, this is listed under the right category.

We also had Jack & the Beast Stalk [$12] which I have no photo of because we walloped it all. I have no clue what 'secret seasoning' is in that dish but it was so lovely with a thirst-quenching drink. 

Plates // Mains

Chicken & waffles [$20]. It looks deceivingly dry but I can assure you the tenderness of the chicken with bourbon maple butter sauce does a lot of justice. 

Blackened pork collar [$24] with beans mashed potatoes, thyme and garlic cream sauce. Where is the wrong in that?

And the highlight of the mains goes to ...

The Beast Burger [$125] which, I quote, "adequately feeds 2 stoners or 4 adults." 

Here's for the sake of comparing its size to my iPhone 4S. 

Honestly, after feeding 6 people with everything before this arrived, I wasn't sure how we were going to finish it - and we unfortunately could not. The size of it was just overwhelmingly alarming. 


Bourbon pecan pie [$12] - one of the best pecan pie's I've had.

Peach crumble [$12]. To describe this dish, I shall not "compare [it] to a summer's day" because thou art so achingly beautiful in that stone cold plate. It felt as if the textures and flavours were dancing in felicity on my tastebuds.

Bacon maple glazed donut [$5/piece].  

I'll let this picture describe the whole experience to you.

You can tell we took a while to take the photos. Time and ice cream wait for no one. 

* * * *

That's a wrap!

Thank you for this amazing dinner, Burpple! I never felt more full.

Burpple is available in Malaysia. Download the app and like their Facebook page HERE

Address: 17, Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329
Contact no.: 6295 0017
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 5.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight, Friday – Saturday: 5.00 p.m. – 1.00 a.m., Sunday: 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Prices in this entry are listed in Singaporean Dollars (SGD)
* This event was by invite only and courtesy of Burpple (including the additional lighting for photography because they are awesome like that)
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