Category Archives: Volleys of Food

Croissant – Le Bread Days Bakery Cafe

Croissant

People often think of France when they hear mention of the croissant, but Austria is the true country of birth for this famous pastry. Its Viennese, not French! … Another origin story comes from Vienna, where the delicious, flaky pastry was created to celebrate the defeat of the Ottomans by Christian forces in 1683.

Croissants are a tasty pastry made by folding sugary-buttery dough to create a layered look. The dough is then formed into a crescent shape with tapered ends and baked. This gives the croissant an appearance of order and structure

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Croissants are one of my favorite pastry to eat and they come in plain and other stuffing as well. In Le Bread Days their signature croissant is the Molten Salted Eggs Custard Croissant. This was introduce to me long time ago when everyone was talking about it but I never had the opportunity to try them until recently.

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Imagine warm, yellowish, gooey, aromatic molten egg yolk custard flowing out as you munch through freshly baked, golden brown croissant that is shatter-crisp at the outside, buttery at the inside. So yummy.

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We tried a few different types of stuffing and still the Molten Salted Egg Custard was the best tasting. Must try this croissant if you love all food which involves Salted Egg.

Le Bread Days Bakery Cafe
No.68, Jalan SS2/72,
Petaling Jaya

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Sri Lankan Cuisine – Lankan Cafe

 An authentic Sri Lankan cuisine with a tinge of Malaysian influence only at Lankan Cafe.

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A cozy place to enjoy delicious homemade food with friends and family.

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Mutton Puttu Kottu

This is my first time eating Puttu and I loved it.
It wasn’t as spicy and it reminded me of fried couscous. It was like a flavored fried rice with chunks of  mutton meat.
It came with a side of sweet chutney and some crackers.

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Iddiyappam – string hoppers

Sri Lankan recipes make copious use of strong spices and hell lot of chillies; resulting to dishes that are fiery, utterly delicious and rich in flavours such as this fish curry which made my tongue on fire.

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A must-try at Lankan Cafe is the Appam. The Appams are fluffy and chewy in the centre and crunchy on the edges. A light coconut taste fills your mouth with each bite. If you’re feeling a little bit adventurous, try the egg Appam with a sunny side up egg.

 

Lankan Cafe

388, 1st Floor, Jalan 5/59,

Bukit Gasing,

Petaling Jaya

Selangor.

Eat to your heart’s content when you are in Taman Eng Ann

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My father’s driving licence in early ’70’s when Taman Eng Ann was known as Eng Ann Estate where our family house was in No. 10, Jalan Merbok.

Perhaps Taman Eng Ann was one of the oldest if not the oldest Taman in Klang.

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These are some of my classmates since 1971 when we were in standard 1 from School 1 in Taman Eng Ann School and this year we celebrated our 46 years of friendship.

The school we were in was built in the early 1960s, started operating in 1963 and was previously called Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Jenis Inggeris Jalan Batu Tiga, Klang.
In 1967, the school was divided into School 1 and School 2 as to accomodate the increase in pupils.

Today the school is called S K (1) Jalan Batu Tiga, Taman Eng Ann, Klang.


Breakfast

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.

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This Hainanese coffee shop is bestowed with slightly more than half a century’s worth of legacy in Taman Eng Ann of Klang. It was known as Heng Lee Coffee Shop back in 1963. This is the only coffee shop which I still have memory of when I was still residing there until mid of 1973 when we moved out. At that time I was only 8 years old.

Breakfast here is an ensemble of thickly brewed coffee, tea or Hainanese Tea which in its essence should be renamed to ‘cham’ and not forgetting the half-boiled eggs with runny yolks to envelop the toasted breads sandwiching a cold slab of butter and ‘kaya’.

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Lunch

When people you greatly admire appear to be thinking deep thoughts, they probably are thinking about lunch.

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Pan Mee, literally means flat noodles. With the help of a noodle flattener, the dough can be extruded to flat noodle strands – thick or thin. The strands of noodles are then cooked in a boiling broth and served together with all the other essential ingredients.

In this stall this young lad offer something which is not common – the charcoal and pumpkin pan mee. I prefer the charcoal done in the dry version and the pumpkin with broth. Yummy!


Dinner

My favorite thing is to have a good dinner with friends and talk about life.

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The Chicken Rice is served with sliced cucumber, homemade chili sauce and pounded ginger and dark soy sauce. There are different variants of rice as well, including the aromatic ‘oily rice’ and the rice balls. Chicken rice must be accompanied with a bowl of soup and we ordered additional chicken gizzards and livers. As for the chicken itself we opted for the free range chicken.


Supper

After dinner we wait for a while and after supper we walk for a mile.

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Mamak culture

You can’t claim to have been to Malaysia if you have not visited a Mamak stall. The Mamak Phenomenon is the hottest, and probably the longest lasting “cultural” scene in the country. To see and understand the true meaning of “melting pot”, you’ve got to pop by at the Mamak stalls when in the neighborhood.

The term ‘Mamak’ is widely used to describe Indian Muslims. Its known to be a confluence of Indian and Malay culture and is derived from the Tamil word for maternal uncle, or ‘maa-ma’.

Typically the locals including Chinese and Malays sometimes call the Mamaks, “Ah neh”, which means brother as a mark of respect. The Malays, address them as “Bang” which is the short form of “Abang”, meaning brother.

The Mamak culture is extremely popular among young adults and teenagers who find it a safe place to hang out with friends during the night and also because it is quite affordable. The modern Mamak stalls have a cafe aspect, which are furnished with decent seating arrangement and televisions which lets them catch the latest programs or live matches as they dine.

Most Mamak stalls start their business at about 5 PM and remain open till midnight, and the ones that are similar to cafes usually operate 24 hours a day.

This Mamak stall beside 99 Supermart in Taman Eng Ann is one of the oldest here.

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This Mamak stall serve some delectable delicacies like Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng, Mamak Rojak, Thosai, Indo-Mee, Ayam Goreng, Teh Tarik and more.


 

Medan Selera Taman Eng Ann

A convenient place to indulge in a wide range of good quality and tasty street food at a low cost. A fantastic food court where you can get anything from a snack, a desert to a full meal predominantly Chinese Malaysian dishes.

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This place is usually super packed with hungry people during peak hours.

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2 of the most popular stalls – the Popiah and Yong Tau Foo stalls.

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Popiah, Asam Laksa, Curry Laksa and Kedondong Juice.

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Basically there are more items here that are good like the mixed fried noodles, Char Kueh Teow, Chicken Rice, fried banana fritters and such, Beef noodles and much more.


 

Bak Kut Teh

How can I blog about the good food in Taman Eng Ann without mentioning Bak Kut Teh at all. Fortunately we have a fantastic restaurant offering just that.

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I like the dry Bak Kut Teh which were prepared with dried chilies and cuttlefish with the addition of fried shallots to give it a boost of aroma. It’s also a lot spicier as well.

As for the soup version I prefer them to be in the bowl rather than in the claypot as to maintain the original taste of the thick aromatic spice broth. As for the meat choices if you order the ribs and big bone you can never go wrong.


 

Chee Cheong Fun/Yong Tau Foo

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Chee cheong fun, or rice rolls, are one of the most accepted and loved Chinese dishes in our nation. Chee cheong fun are essentially steamed rice rolls that are served with a savoury or sweet sauce. The Cantonese version (or Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun) is usually filled with either prawns or mince. Our local version, instead, is hollow but served with sesame seeds and a prawn pasted based spicy-sweet sauce.

Yong tau foo is of Hakka origin where fish paste is used as stuffing in tofu, bitter gourd, brinjal and fresh chilli.

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The selection of Yong Tau Foo here is among the biggest I’ve seen anywhere. There’s green chili, brinjal, bitter gourd, fuchok, pork skin, various types of fishball/meatball, deep fried stuff, tofu, cuttle fish, and even kangkung, spoilt for choices really.

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This is a family run business and so you can rest assured that the quality of food is consistent and taste great all the time.


 

Taman Eng Ann is a food heaven for food lovers and when you are there just find the first place available to park your car as parking can be a difficult chore. On the plus sign every eatery are only a stone throw away from each other.

Bon Appetite!

Rice and Noodles – Seremban Har Jie Roasted

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What I find unique about this place is that it’s the only place that serves, White Chicken, Roasted Chicken, Roast Pork, Char Siew AND Roasted Duck all under one roof – one stall. This is what I rarely see. Goes well with your rice and noodles.

 

Seremban Har Jie Roasted

No 26, Jalan Pekedai U1/35,

Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park,

40150 Shah Alam,

Selangor

Wanton Mee – Annie 1 Kopitiam n Restaurant

 

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The Menglembu Wanton Mee 萬里望驰名云吞面 is one of Annie 1’s signature dish. The egg noodles here are flavorful and thicker with a springy texture. Best of all, the wanton noodles here have no alkaline taste. You can choose what you want to have your noodles with – char siew, wantan, sui gao, braised chicken feet, curry chicken, braised pork trotter, or stew spare ribs. Menglembu, by the way, is a small town in Ipoh, Perak, hence you will also find Ipoh white coffee, chee cheong fun and curry mee here.

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I had the Dry Wanton Mee with char siew and wanton. I liked the texture and taste of the noodles – very yummy. The BBQ pork (char siew) is also pretty good, slightly lean with a nice caramalised glaze.

 For sharing we had the curry Chee Cheong Fun which was nice and smooth.

 

Annie 1 Kopitiam and Restaurant,

20 Jalan SS21/58,

Damansara Utama (Uptown),

47400 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor

Pokè Fish Bowl – Mich’sology

Mich’sology is soon to be open in Ardence Labs in Eco Ardence, Setia Alam in January 2018. Founder Michelle Lee said the whole eatery concept is based on her mutual love for healthy and simple cuisine. All of her suppliers were carefully vetted and chosen to ensure freshness for her customers liking. Recently I attended her food tasting and the simplicity and freshness of her dishes blew me away. The food portion was not too small and not too big just fitting for a healthy portion. Thumps up Michelle for your passion in serving others with a healthy cuisine.

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Pokè, the traditional Hawaiian dish made of raw fish cut into small pieces, was spelled poké, with a diacritical on the e. Poke is a word—poké and poki are not. You don’t just change a word to sell it better. A word has meaning. Hawaiians have gone to their entire lives explaining to visitors that it’s called poke (“poh-kay”), not “pohk.”

The new poke bowls incorporate many new ingredients and they’re definitely health-oriented.  Select as many mix-ins, sauces, and finishes as you want!

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Salmon Pokè Bowl

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Tuna Pokè Bowl

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Greek Yogurt Bowls for breakfast or anytime of the day.

The bowl is filled with yogurt topped with all kinds of vibrant fresh fruits, nuts and crunchy granola. There were so many options and you can definitely try them all! The yogurt was rich and creamy and the perfect balance to the sweet fruit and decadent granola. You can also top it up with fresh milk which is unusual but nevertheless a great option.

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Stay tune for the official oppening

Korean BBQ – BBQ Ma Eul Cup Bab

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In Korea, rice ball is called as jumeokbap. Jumeok literally means ‘fist’ and bap means ‘cooked rice’.
Spicy rice ball is a combination dish of steamed rice, spicy sauce and seaweed flakes which serves in a korean big bowl at the beginning. A pair of transparent sleeves is prepared for you. What are you going to do with the sleeves? Yeah! The best part of enjoying this dish is to get your hands rolling in the bowl. The rice ball is so delicious.

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The meat are all fresh and well-presented.

If you love to eat bbq but you don’t like to cook? No worry, the staff will cook for you on your table.
How if you like to eat but don’t wish to cook on your table? No worry, there is another service provided by the shop whereby they will cook it for you at outside. In a meanwhile, you can actually eat on a clean table without having bbq smoke coming out from the bbq hot plate on your table.
There are two ways to eat the bbq meat.
1 – wrap the meat with vegetables and eat.
2 – dip the meat with melted cheese and eat.
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Side dishes – I believe everyone who love Korean food would definitely love their side dishes. Basically, there are slightly different side dishes will be served everyday. I love their Kimchi very much as it comes with the original Korea Kimchi taste.

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Soju is the best known liquor from Korea.  It is distilled, vodka-like, rice liquor with high potency and often flavored similarly. It is smooth and clean in taste, which makes it easy to drink in combination with various Korean dishes. The main ingredient of soju is rice, almost always in combination with other ingredients such as wheat, barley, or sweet potatoes. Soju is clear-colored and typically varies in alcohol content from 10% to 25% proof. It was first known to have been distilled around 1300 A.D.

Soju is the Korean equivalent of the Japanese sake.

BBQ Ma Eul Cup Bab

No.48, Jalan SS21/58,

Damansara Utama, Uptown

47400 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor

Afternoon Tea – The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

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tbwl at the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

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the art of a luxury hotel experience

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Afternoon Tea

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A truly elegant and refined space for a leisurely afternoon spent partaking in the time-honored ritual of Afternoon Tea. Indulging ourselves in three elegant tiers of freshly baked scones, petite gourmet sandwiches, quiches, pies and desserts accompanied with a perfectly-steeped pot of The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur Blend. The tea was so nice that I lost count of  the number of cups I drank.

The ambience is enhanced by a quartet that plays soothing melodies.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

168, Jalan Imbi,

55100  Kuala Lumpur

Sarawak Laksa – Restoran Aunty Christina Laksa

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Aunty Christina was only operating a small stall inside a Kopitiam in Lucky Garden in Bangsar for many decades and I have eaten her Sarawak Laksa many times already.

Only recently she moved her business to her own premises in Sea Park which I finally got a chance to locate her restaurant and once again eating her awesome Sarawak Laksa. The menu was pretty simple and another thing that caught my eyes was the special dish of Hakka Abacus Seeds which I could not resist to make an order. Being a Hakka myself how can I not eat them. The Abacus was just as awesome and full of flavors.

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I believe this is a closely knitted family business as everyone was so friendly and busy at the same time. I managed to get a glimpse of Aunty Christina in the kitchen busy preparing and cooking her dishes. All hands on by herself.

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Sarawak Laksa

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Hakka Abacus Seeds

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Restoran Aunty Christina Laksa

26, Jalan 21/19,

Sea Park, 

Petaling Jaya,

Selangor

Nasi Lemak – Brilliant Nasi Lemak House

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Easy to find just look out for CIMB bank and the restaurant is next to it.

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I need to taste all in one go so I ordered the platter which consist of Deep Fried Chicken, Stuffed Sotong and Sambal Udang.

Once a while it’s good to move away from the original Malay Nasi Lemak and go to the Chinese version of Nasi Lemak.

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Brilliant Nasi Lemak house started in Kepong back in July 2010. Over the years, they have expanded their business to have branches in Puchong, Damansara Utama and Kota Damansara. Bukit Tinggi in Klang was opened in Oct 2015. Their nasi lemak set is their best seller with side order choice of pork rendang, chicken nyonya, stuffed squid and shrimp. Their sambal is tasty, moist, spicy and with nicely diced onions in them.

 

Brilliant Nasi Lemak House

20 Lorong Batu Nilam 4B,

Bandar Bukit Tinggi,

41200 Klang,

Selangor