12 May 2015

Eat at 18, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Malacca.


It was a boring Sunday afternoon and I was watching cartoons (yes, I watch cartoons) when my aunt suggested that we go to this cafe near Jonker Street.

At first, I was puzzled as I don't spot anything like a cafe when she parked her car. Then, I noticed a small shop tucked in the middle of two other shop lots.





There are two small tables available outside. I just have to say that I absolutely adore the decor!






They have quite a lot of dessert choices and there are also food items that are not on the menu. Ask if they have any specials that day. :)



Turns out that they have a beautiful courtyard under the sun between two air-conditioned spaces. It was not too hot that day and they have small fans around too so it was cooling even without air-cond.

And the lighting that day was good so most of the photos came out awesome too.



I wanted to have breakfast but unfortunately they don't serve all-day breakfast so I had to do with desserts (I didn't have lunch again. welp.)



Lemon Frizz (RM 12.90)



My Hot Chocolate served with Chocolate Truffles (RM 12.90) was the bomb. It's also one of the house specialties.



So, basically, you just stir the chocolate truffles into the hot milk and the chocolate truffles will melt. It's awesome. The hot choc is not too sweet even after I melted the chocolate truffles. It's so sinful. -grins-

The only thing that I didn't really quite like.. well, it's quite hard to drink from the cup when the rim and the handle of the cup is covered in cocoa powder..



So we had this fine Cajun Chicken Salad (RM 28.90). 
The chicken was roasted perfectly. The smell of roasted chicken was so strong that I couldn't resist taking more than a few pieces. The salad itself was also fresh and crunchy. Just. Lovely.



Eat at 18's Dessert of the Day: Trifle (RM 12.90).
Jelly, custard, jam, whipped cream... what's not to like? However I find it lacking the wow factor.





And let's not forget the Fresh Baked Cookies with Ice-cream (RM 12.90).
Hot, soft, and chewy cookie topped with ice-cream, yum. I think I tasted a little raisin in it though. It went together pretty even though raisins are the last thing I'd expect to find in a cookie (at least they are not the black raisins which would mislead me into thinking that there are chocolate chips. now that's mean).


Food: 8.5/10
Ambiance: 9.5/10
Price: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Overall: 8.5/10

(based on personal experience)


Eat at 18 (at Opposite Place Guest House)
No 18, Jalan Hang Lekiu,
Malacca 75200
Website: Eat at 18 Website
FB Page: Eat at 18 Facebook page
Operating Hours: 8.30am - 6.00pm (closed on Tuesdays)





9 May 2015

Eat Me, Bangsar.


A few friends and I decided to go for a little food trip around Bangsar about 2-3 weeks ago (mainly at Bangsar Village Mall and the many shops at Jalan Telawi 1, 2, 3, etc.). After some research, Jac suggested that we stop by Eat Me, a dessert place next to KGB (Killer Gourmet Burgers) who shares the ownership.

Sorry, no DSLR shots for this post. Oops.





It's a small place with seats outside too but we prefer sitting inside as the ambiance is a little different from sitting outside. (and also cause I don't fancy smokers) So, we waited for about 5-10 minutes for a table inside cause the place was full.

They serve a variety of desserts including toasts, waffles and even durian cake! The artisanal desserts there are definitely photogenic.





There are many different types of coffee and chocolate to choose from, even combinations like lavender and white chocolate! (yep, definitely going to try that one the next time)



Mich's Nutella Chill Pill (RM 14.50).

A little too sweet, according to my friends. But it's something new for us as we've heard of coffee cubes but never Nutella. The words "CHILL PILL" are even engraved on the cube. How cool is that?





After scrutinising the menu for another 10 minutes, we decided to get some Japanese Ice Tarts (RM 8.90 for 2).

They are just about the size of your average cheese tarts and egg tarts. There are a few fruity flavours to choose from. We went with strawberry and passion fruit (the store totally ran out of chempedak. sigh.). The tart shells are crumbly and nice whilst the fillings are quite good too but somehow they looked a little different from the ones on the menu...



According to Jiawen, churros taken from the top looks totally unglam and somehow like an octopus. LOL



So here's a not-so-octopus shot. Eat Me at Bangsar is well-known for its Churros (RM 13.90).

It was my first time trying churros and the closest food I could think of is a doughnut. It tastes like a doughnut but it is much more crispier. There are a few dip choices, including dark choc and salted caramel (read a few reviews after and I decided that I will try the salted caramel the next time).



So, this is our favourite of the day: A cute grass rabbit with a sparkling love-shaped thingy on its head. HAHAH I don't know why but it's adorable so here it is on this post.

Will probably drop by again with the DSLR ready. :3

Food: 8/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Price: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Overall: 8/10

(based on personal experience)


Eat Me
23, Jalan Telawi 2, 
Bangsar Baru, 
59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Operating Hours:
CLOSED ON TUESDAYS
2.00pm - 11.00pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs)
2.00pm - 12.00am (Fri - Sun)







7 May 2015

Nadeje, 3 Two Square.


Long story short, I received an email from Nadeje inviting me to re-feature their awesome mille crepes!
Thanks for the opportunity guys.  :)

The sad thing is, I still don't own a car nor a P license after so long (oops) so I had to ask my mom to fetch me to the 3 Two Square Nadeje outlet. I wanted to go to the Malacca outlet as I was at Malacca the previous weekend but it was a crazy holiday weekend with unbearable traffic so.. here I am!



3 Two Square located at Seksyen 19, quiet and a little bit out of the way in my opinion. However, according to Aaron (who's good enough to let me try some mille crepes hahah), people would still go to 3 Two Square for their cakes. Perhaps it's because it's easier to look for a parking spot there.



The outlet at 3 Two Square is quite small and not ideal for large companies. That said, it's a nice place to enjoy the afternoon over a slice of cake and some coffee. They've started selling macarons recently too.
They have a simple minimalistic interior, with white, black, and, blue as the main colours.

Take note though, if you're looking for a place for lunch or dinner, they don't serve hot food at this outlet. :(  So I had cakes for lunch. Ohwell.


-It's tedious work being short but you have to get top view photos and trying to not stand on the chair for the extra height. Sigh.-

Nadeje, famous for their mille crepe cakes, is more focused on the quality of their cakes rather than the quantity, which is why I like their cakes so much. Their cakes are freshly-made every day and are transported all the way from Malacca. I was told that the ingredients used are imported from Japan even though it is pricier that way. Also, mille crepes are cheaper at Nadeje compared to some other cafes and shops.

Now, on to the highlight of this post.. the cakes!


We have the Raspberry and Cream Mille Crepe (RM12.90), a seasonal cake in conjunction with Mother's Day (which happens to be this weekend).

Somehow this cake looks feminine to me, with the pink and the white chocolate decoration on top, suitable for moms. Also, the berry flavour is not very strong, which is to my liking. 

I offered mom some as an early mother's day gift but to my amazement (after living with her for a bit more than 18 years) she told me she's not a berry person. I really need to up my game.


Here's the Original Mille Crepe (RM 11.90), on the top of the must try list. 

Evenly spread cream between layers of crepe and also the taste of the crepe itself lingering on the tip of my tongue is just heavenly (nope, I am not exaggerating nor bluffing. It's really that nice).

On the side note, mom likes this so maybe I could get this for her birthday or Mother's Day next year. Hmm.


Mango Yogurt Mille Crepe (RM 11.90).

There's a thin layer of mango puree-thingy  (sorry I'm unfamiliar with the exact term hahah) on top of the cake which surprised me as I thought it was something sweet but it turned out to be the sour type. Other than that, the mango yogurt cake is enough to satisfy my yogurt craving.


Next up, Tiramisu Mille Crepe (RM 11.90). 

To be honest, I am not that much of a tiramisu expert though. I've had some terrible tiramisu crepe elsewhere a year or two ago and that was the last time I had tiramisu. There's a faint hint of alcohol in the cake too for flavouring purposes but most people can't pick up the scent (or were my senses extra sharp that day?).





And my favourite of the day, Green Tea Mille Crepe (RM 11.90). ♥

The matcha powder on the cake is fragrant and balanced out the mild green tea layers. The red beans are also fresh and even though I'm not a fan of red beans, I was still enjoying them together with the cake. I even managed to finish most of the cake by myself!



Cakes and coffee go well together so I got a cup of Creme Brulee Latte (RM 10.90) before remembering that I was there to try some cakes. Oops.



The whole cakes at Nadeje are available in three sizes: 1kg (RM 89), 1.5kg (RM 129) and 2kg (RM 149 )
If you're travelling a distance, you could get a cooler bag from them at an affordable price of RM 7.50 for a small one and RM 9.50 for a larger one. An ice pack will be included on purchase. That way, you won't have to worry that the mille crepe will melt when you're stuck in a traffic jam, which happens frequently around KL and PJ.

It was a nice experience overall. Two people sharing FIVE slices of cake will not happen again any time soon even though the cakes are superb. It's just too much to handle. I should stick to sharing one or two slices of cake after a meal.  :x

Check out my previous trips to Nadeje Plaza Mahkota and Nadeje Sunway Giza. More posts coming up and a vacation in the near future (yay)! That reminds me.. I have yet to write on my March trip..

Food: 9/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Price: 8.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Overall: 8.4/10

(based on personal experience)


Nadeje 3 Two Square
B-01-01, Dataran 3 Two Square, 
Jalan 19/1, Seksyen 19, 
46300 Petaling Jaya, 
Selangor.

Tel No.: 03-7960 0025
Operating Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 am
Website: Nadeje website 
FB Page: Nadeje Facebook Page





6 May 2015

CAFFEine; Setia Walk, Puchong.


I've heard a lot about CAFFEine; from my friends who live in Puchong (mainly An Shi) but I didnt have a chance to try it during my previous food trip to Setia Walk which featured TipSy Brew O'Coffee and Big Spoon (I learnt from their FB page that they have more variety now).

Anyway, back to the topic. I was having a little stroll at Setia Walk that afternoon and decided to try CAFFEine; out after watching the new Avengers movie two weeks back.





It is a cozy place, suitable for a gathering among friends and a little catch up. Unfortunately, I was there alone, again. People are probably thinking that I'm a loner every time I do this. Read: Seeking foodie companion. Hahah.
So here's a quick post.



I ordered an Electro Choc (RM 15), a hazelnut chocolate coffee. The name intrigued me and as I was having a cold then, I figured that electrifying myself with some coffee would be nice. Hah.
The coffee art is also quite different from the usual and I like it (maybe I could request for something else the next time?)

Also, on the table was their Whiskey Salted Caramel Mille Crepe (RM 12.50). Presentation-wise, it's adorable! Just what I needed to brighten my day. I like art on my food too. :3  I should probably practice drawing on plates, hmm.
Even though my senses are a little down that day, I could still taste the crispy almond on the top of the cake. Of course, caramel is sweet but not over the top.



So, even after I finished the mille crepe, the plate and the art is still photogenic enough. Hence, a casual shot. :D

Will definitely give it another visit, as long as it's not alone. Eating alone is super boring in the long run despite the online posts suggesting otherwise. Meh.
(An Shi, are you reading this?)

Food: 7.5/10 (will def try more next time)
Ambiance: 8/10
Price: 7/10
Service: 8.5/10
Overall: 7.8/10

(based on personal experience)


CAFFEine;
G-09-1, Level 1, Block G,
SetiaWalk, Persiaran Wawasan,
Pusat Bandar Puchong,
47160 Puchong, Selangor

Tel No.: 03-5879 0033

Website: CAFFEine; website 
FB page: CAFFEine; Facebook page
Operating Hours:
1.00pm - 11.00pm (Mon - Fri)
12.00pm - 11.00pm (Sat - Sun)





30 Apr 2015

What to Eat in Penang?


Penang is a well-known heaven for foodies like me (well, in my opinion a true foodie doesn't only goes to cafes but they are also willing to throw away all the comfort of a air-conditioned space for good food). And, it's part of me as my grandparents and my dad used to live there so it's one of my go-to places during school holidays.

So, I've been to Penang quite recently and here are some of the wonderful dishes this beautiful state has to offer. I made up this list as a guide for tourists (I guess most locals would not need it hahah). Reminder: This is just a brief guide as most of the hawker stalls or food courts in Penang sells most of them. And, just because I love to share.


1. ASSAM LAKSA




The most sought-after food in Penang - the Assam Laksa (not to be confused with Curry Laksa)

A spicy and sour fish-based soup, complete with noodles (well, I could go on and on, but, try it). It's a mixture of Chinese and Malay cuisine and apparently it's ranked 7th out of the World's 50 Most Delicious Food by CNN (yep. I just Wikipedia-ed that).

Personally, I feel that most Assam Laksas in Penang lack flavour (that's because I grew up eating the best), the main reason being the food is so commercialised that hawkers or owners are stingy with the fish in the Assam Laksa soup or just because their recipes are not that perfect.
Again, this is one of the times where I wish I had learnt cooking from my grandma.. :x


2. HOKKIEN MEE






Hokkien Mee, a.k.a. Hae Mee, is also known as Prawn Mee in other places such as KL. It's hot spicy chilli noodles with prawns and pork with egg. You could request for bee hoon (vermicelli noodles) too.

My all-time favourite Hokkien Mee stall (Super Hokkien Mee) is located in a coffee shop called One Corner Cafe. Address shown below:
No. 1, Jalan Burma, 10050, George Town, Pulau Pinang

Be warned though, it is only open in the morning and you have to go there earlier, say 7am.. as it sells out very fast and the owners are not to be rushed. Some said that their attitude is not that good but in their defense, wouldn't you feel irritated and annoyed if someone keeps asking you the same question over and over again while you're standing so close to a stove?

I used to wait about 40mins for a bowl of Hokkien Mee even though I went at 7am a few years back. That's crazy, considering it only needs a few minutes to serve up a few bowls. It's a lot faster nowadays and less spicy (it was spicy, yes, but I couldn't stop eating it as it is just so delicious!). However, you could always request for extra chilli if you feel that the chilli they provided is not spicy enough.


3. CHAR KUEY TEOW



Another of Penang food which is favoured by both locals and tourists alike, the Char Kuey Teow (fried kuey teow).

The fried flat noodles could either be spicy or non-spicy, depending on your preference. It usually comes with prawns, egg, bean sprouts, and cockles (I guess that's how siham is translated then). Sometimes they serve it on a banana leave for that extra taste. Apparently, frying flat noodles with duck egg is delicious but the sauce used at most stalls are not that satisfying. 

I do, however, have a favourite fried kuey teow stall in Penang but I didn't get to visit it this time (maybe I will do an update soon).
The said fried kuey teow stall is located at Kafe Heng Huat (they only serve fried kuey teow). Again, address below:
108, Lorong Selamat, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang

Be warned, though, I heard that the prices shot up to RM11 per plate April this year whilst it was RM7 when I first visited. Also, the stall owner is also a feisty one but what can do, her fried kuey teow is good. 
There was an incident a few years ago when my grandma bought back some fried kuey teow from the stall but it tasted slightly different so I asked her about it. She was surprised and told me the owner went out for a while and the assistant fried my plate of kuey teow. Proves that I'm quite good. Hah. (OK. Enough self-gloating for now.)


4. CENDOL




Next up, the Cendol is a Teochew dessert made from jelly noodles.

It's cooling, it's refreshing, it's not too sweet, it's smaller and easier to finish compared to Ice Kacang (shaved ice).

The most famous one has to be the one on Penang Road. It has opened a few branches as the main one in Penang is a roadside hawker stall but I even spotted an outlet in Putrajaya's iOi Mall.

(The one in the picture was also at an outlet inside Sunshine Farlim Shopping Mall in Penang.)


5. PENANG ROJAK




Penang Rojak, is some kind of salad made up of fruit and veggies. Obviously, it's nothing much like Caesar salads or any of the western salads. Normally, it's cucumbers, pineapple, taupok, you char kway (youtiao), bangkuang (I guess it's called jicama or something according to Google) and covered in prawn paste, sugar, chilli, etc. It's usually a little spicy but sweet.


6. PASEMBUR



Pasembur, another type of Malaysian salad. The main difference is while rojak is mostly made up of fruits and vegetables, pasembur has also prawns, crab and octopus as well as other seafood. To be honest, I didn't try this until about 2 years ago. Oops.
It's also sweet and spicy but the sauce is quite different from the rojak's. I prefer this to rojak though. :3


7. LOH MEE




Loh Mee, noodles served in a starchy soup with pork and egg (and some chilli on the side too but you could always request a bowl of noodles without the chilli). It's even more fragrant when you mix in some fried onion. And, yes, I like the combination of both noodles and bee hoon. Hah.

Oh, and the original one also comes with beansprouts but I'm not a beansprout kind of person.. so, yeah. My fav go-to place for Loh Mee is at the Bee Hooi Restaurant:
415, Jalan Burma, Georgetown, 10350 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang


8. LOH BAK



Penang's Loh Bak is also not to be missed. It's marinated pork rolled in soybean sheets, then deep fried (left of the picture). It is delicious when it comes to the fried fats though..

Anyway, you get to pick from an array of other snacks such as prawn fritters and fried tofu. You get a chilli and a starchy dip too.


9. MEE UDANG






Even though I had my first Mee Udang on my most recent trip to Penang, I love every moment of it. It's a Malay version of prawn noodles. The soup is made from tomatoes and chillis so it gives it that sweet and sour but spicy taste. And those prawns, oh my.. They are so fresh and juicy!

My grandpa recommended Ayu Mee Udang (which is where the two photos above are taken):
936B, Lengkok Kampung Masjid Satu, 11920, Teluk Kumbar, Penang, 11910
Tel No.: 04 649 3881

It may be a little out-of-the-way and pricey to some (about RM15 per bowl), considering that it doesn't have air conditioning and stuff, but it is worth the price. Plus, you get to experience the traditional Malay restaurants so why not? :D



10. APOM





Apom is a type of sweet pancake best served while hot. There are many variations to it but the one I'm used to has a little corn in the middle of it. I have to say that this is one of my favourite snacks in Penang. <3


11. CHEE CHEONG FUN



Chee Cheong Fun in Penang is a little different from the ones in KL or Hong Kong as the rice noodle rolls are much, much simpler. Therefore, the key to a good Chee Cheong Fun in Penang is the rice noodle itself and the prawn paste. Of course, it is also served with chilli (like everything else in Penang) and some sweet sauce. 

Once again, the fragrance of fried onion and sesame seeds sprinkled on top of the Chee Cheong Fun brings a certain flavour to the snack.


12. NUTMEG JUICE



First of all, there are two types of Nutmeg Juice in Penang, one is white in colour and the other one is in red. The red one is sweet and more like a nutmeg syrup whilst the white one is a little bitter and sour. I prefer the white one though. You should try it if you havn't!

Most places in Penang serve nutmeg juice, both warm and iced.


13. WAN TAN MEE



People don't usually go to Penang for Wan Tan Mee, but there are some notable stores there.
Two of my favourites.. the stall at the front of Fettes Park Market though.. (unfortunately I was not able to get an address for that)

and the stall at New Cathay Kopitiam:
425, Jalan Burma, Georgetown, 10350 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang


14. CAFES?




Last but not least, there are a number of cafes blooming in Penang, so why not give them a try too?



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