Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Whip Up @ Pudu

Plated desserts that reveal playful secrets, served in a cheerful, creative cafe. 'A For Apple' features fruit morsels & sponge cake cloaked in white chocolate mousse, shaped & shaded to resemble a full apple, surrounded by lime jelly; 'Softcore Symphony' showcases dark chocolate mousse with a bruleed centre, crowned with crunchy caramelised almonds & raspberry sauce; 'Do You Want To Build A Tiramisu' deconstructs the Italian classic, so you can assemble your own version with a tray kit of ladyfingers, espresso & mascarpone - each concoction is tasty & textured, ideal for the young at heart. There's more, with fun monikers like The Battle For Peace-tachio, Go Limango & Cheese Please, at wallet-pleasing prices of below RM20 each.

Whip Up KL
270, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Pudu, Off Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 9am-10pm. Tel:  016-254-1351

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Zao @ Petaling Jaya

The Zao of Zen: This calm new cafe is a white-walled haven for daytime dreamers, open purely for breakfast & lunch (starting at 6am on weekdays!), specialising in freshly grilled sandwiches, with no fewer than 10 varieties packed with fun combinations.

 Green eggs (basically a vegetable-laced omelette) with baked pumpkin (RM10) & pork loin with mashed avocado & peas (RM18) might be the top sandwich temptations, with pleasing flavours that bridge the chasm between East & West. Each sandwich comes with a side of the day, all assembled to order, so there could be a 10-minute wait for your food. Wash down with Zao's own cold-pressed juice (can't resist a beetroot beverage) or house-made hot brown sugar ginger tea.

Zao: Breakfast Anytime
50G, Jalan 19/3, Petaling Jaya. Open Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri, 6am-3pm; Sat-Sun, 8am-4pm. Tel: 011-2828-9173

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Home-Cooked Bak Zhang by Hakka Tale

Catering & delivery service Hakka Tale is offering two types of kitchen-made bak zhang for this year's rice dumpling season, prepared by a matriarch with decades of experience (both in restaurants & at home) in Hakka cuisine. The traditional favourite of savoury meat bak zhang (咸肉粽) comprises pork, chestnuts, mushrooms, salted egg yolk, dried shrimp & black eyed peas, while the sweet incarnation  (鹼水粽) conceals a centre of red bean paste. We enjoyed both - they tasted fresh & tender, well-balanced with capably cooked stuffings. The savoury selection clocks in at RM7 apiece, while the sweet ones are RM3 each.

There's a minimum order of 5 pieces for either type. For orders of at least 10 pieces, Hakka Tale can customise your bak zhang (for example, with a choice of leaner or fattier meat). Orders can be made a couple of days in advance, but customers can also call 019-2287865 to check if existing stocks are available. Many thanks to Hakka Tale for this seasonal treat.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Makanhouse @ Bangsar

Bangsar's new hive for local fare brings the neighbourhood together for everything from nasi dagang to fish ball noodle soup in a community-spirited setting filled with rustic touches & fun flourishes (take a seat on the swing or the repurposed bathtubs).

Check out the nasi campur selection, then pile your plate with ayam goreng berempah, beef rendang, sambal ikan bilis with tempoyak & petai, sambal sepat nanas, salted egg, ulam & Malaccan Eurasian favourites like devil's chicken & pei chi salad (each add-on costs between RM2-RM7). The Malaccan influence also prevails in the Nyonya curry laksa (RM10), though the menu stretches as far as the east coast too with the nasi berlauk gulai ikan tongkol Kelantan. Service is friendly & fuss-free.

Makanhouse
5 Jalan Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Currently open for lunch; will operate for dinner eventually.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Dark Gallery @ MyTown Shopping Centre, Cheras

Discover the dark, indeed: Scoops of single-origin chocolate ice cream & glasses of hot chocolate, presented in tasting flights that constitute a canvas of cocoa, showcasing Madagascan, Dominican Republic & Venezuelan varietals for an exploration of chocolate in contrasting shades of fruitiness, bitterness, acidity & intensity (RM21 for the ice cream, RM15 for hot chocolate).

For a more casual but equally enjoyable treat, the Chocolate Rhapsody (RM28; dark, milk & white choc ice cream with choc soil, meringue, tuille, mousse & shavings) is a true chocolate indulgence. Dark fantasies might also be fulfilled by the 66 percent Ecuador dark choc tart (RM14) & milk choc macaron laced with Earl Grey (RM4.50). The Dark Gallery casts a new, relatively refined light on the chocolate experience, allowing for an appreciation of cacao in a nuanced, thoughtful fashion.

The Dark Gallery
L1-K-007, MyTown Shopping Centre, Jalan Cochrane, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

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