Friday, March 27, 2015

The Guac Truck & Wheeloaf

Checking out two more food trucks worth waiting by the street for, starting with the Mexican-themed Guac Truck.

Burritos (RM12), tacos (one for RM7, two for RM12) & nachos (RM10) with a choice of beef, fish or chicken, made to order & served warm. We really liked our beef burrito - fresh & flavourful, chunky with bits of rice & beans & pretty much everything a burrito needs. The fish tacos were a little less successful - the thickness of the tortillas overshadowed the taco's fillings, & a better-quality fish deserves consideration. The chicken-&-salsa nachos were fine, but on hindsight, beef would've yielded a tastier, creamier topping. Douse with complimentary hot sauce to up the pleasure level. The Guac Truck's on Lorong Rahim Kajai 14 at TTDI after 8pm on some nights & on Jalan SS21/1A at Damansara Uptown on other nights.

Also an encouraging option for comfort-food bites: Wheeloaf, a 'mobile gourmet bakery' for paninis & cheese sandwiches.

Wheeloaf's paninis are a pleasure, warm to the touch, crisp to the bite & creamy to the chew. Go for Gargasm Madness (RM12.90), gorgeous with grilled chicken, garlic confit, lettuce & cheddar cheese. For sandwiches, The Great Dan (RM9.90) is a good one, thick with pulled beef, BBQ sauce, capsicum & mozzarella cheese. The truck wheels into Damansara Uptown, also on Jalan SS21/1A, on most evenings; stalk 'em on Facebook & Instagram to be sure for their 'bready to go' goodies.

The Guac Truck

Wheeloaf


The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, RM0.20 will be channelled to a different charity every month.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for January-March 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
This link expires March 31, 2015. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
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Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kanok House @ Taman Desa & Sawadee @ Sri Petaling

For Thai temptations with plenty of pork, this new restaurant in Taman Desa could become a neighbourhood favourite.

Some recipes could benefit from fine-tuning though - 'khao kha moo' (RM10.90) is perennially crowd-pleasing, though Kanok House's rendition of stewed pork leg rice might work better with meat that's a touch more tender & broth that's more complex.

From grilled pork neck (RM15.90) to spicy-sour pork rib soup (RM10.90) to 'larb moo' minced pork salad with noodles (RM14.90), everything is competently executed, but much of the cooking currently seems neither nuanced nor punchy enough to leave a lasting impression.

Our favourite order at Kanok House is this bigger-bowl version of boat noodles (RM7.90), an easy-to-enjoy meal of smooth noodles with slices of pork & liver in clean-tasting but flavoursome soup - a serving that's suitable & sufficient for a light lunch.

Service is pleasant & efficient; bring a bottle if you can, since there's no corkage fee so far.

Bonus stop for suburban Thai eating: Sawadee, one of the numerous F&B newbies on the now-bustling streets of Sri Petaling.

Sawadee is more about snacking, with options like pork skewers & pork rinds. Pork leg rice is sometimes available.

Fans of boat noodles may want to give Sawadee a shot - the recipe here proves tasty enough to please, with options of not only the typical noodles & bee hoon, but instant noodles as well for a thicker bite & a more satisfying chew. RM1.90 per bowl, which also comes in a creamier/milkier coconut broth variety.

Kanok House
25, Jalan 5/109f, Plaza Danau 2, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur

Sawadee
27 Jalan Radin Bagus 3, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, RM0.20 will be channelled to a different charity every month.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for January-March 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
This link expires March 31, 2015. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Eat Drink KL Official Mobile App For iOS & Android


It's here! By restaurant lovers, for restaurant lovers: The new Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available for iOS & Android, connecting restaurants with customers & promoting a positive spirit of community.




Starting 2 March 2015, every restaurant featured on this app will reward users with a 6 percent discount off their receipts, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long, with no advance bookings required. In return, users will share photos of their experiences at these restaurants, creating a new community of food fans across the Klang Valley.

For every transaction made through this app, 20 sen will be channelled to a different charity every month. The funds will be completely contributed by the restaurants. Our first charity for March is the Dignity For Children foundation, which works to help underprivileged Malaysian children break the cycle of poverty through education.

The app offers something for everyone who enjoys eating out. Besides a photo feed that's fully powered by users, it also provides a news feed of the latest promotions & highlights at your favourite restaurants.

And if your shared photo receives the app's highest number of likes from other users on a specific month, you'll receive an extra reward: A complimentary meal worth up to RM100 at any restaurant featured on the app. From Japanese & Thai to French & Spanish, plus plenty of cafes & coffee bars, you'll find it all here.



The EDKL app is a self-funded, independent initiative by a tiny team of Malaysians. Users can now use the app at the following locations. We'll add many more venues in the weeks & months to come, & will continue updating this list on this page as well as on the mobile app:

BANGSAR
KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers
LA/PA
Mercat
Piggy Tail
Rendez-Vous

BANGSAR SOUTH
Nexo
Thirdwave

BUKIT BINTANG
Boat Noodle (Berjaya Times Square)
Kafe Vietnam Express (Berjaya Times Square)

CHERAS
Boat Noodle (Ikon Connaught)

CITY CENTRE
Cherry Bomb (Menara See Hoy Chan)
Drift Dining & Bar
Hubba Hubba (Bukit Ceylon)
Tujo (Ascott, Jalan Pinang)

DAMANSARA PERDANA
Boat Noodle
Cat In The Box
Epique
Friendscino
Mosano Coffee
Sevencups
Talent Lounge

DAMANSARA UPTOWN
Ecole P
Epicuro
Swich Cafe

KLANG
Boat Noodle (Klang Parade)

KOTA DAMANSARA
3 Bags Full
Bmon Cafe
Burger Junkyard

PETALING JAYA
Boat Noodle (Jaya One)
Go Thai (SS2)
Kitchen Creatures (Centrepoint, Bandar Utama)
Strangers At 47 (Section 17)
The Bee (Jaya One)
Vvaffle (Jaya One)

PUBLIKA / SOLARIS DUTAMAS
Ante
Boat Noodle
Swich Cafe
The Bee
The Red Beanbag

PUCHONG
Agape Love Your Food
CAFFEine
Kafe Vietnam
Porcupine Place
Ticket To Korea

SHAH ALAM
Boat Noodle (Gamuda Walk)

SUBANG
AMPM Cafe
Brooklyn B Bagel Bakery & Cafe

TAMAN TUN DR ISMAIL
Chequers
D Legends
Frisky Goat
Pickle & Fig
Quar/Tet
Torii

OTHER AREAS
Foodlogy (Viva Residency, Sentul)
Hubba Hubba (Menara CIMB, KL Sentral)

Thank you to all readers & restaurants for supporting us on this initiative. We hope you'll have fun exploring the app & its features, & enjoy exploring the featured restaurants.

Here are the THREE easy steps to redeem your discounts at restaurants. Simply (1) TAP, (2) SHOW, & (3) UPLOAD.

1. TAP on the "Activate Discount" button on the restaurant's app profile page, which will take you to a discount coupon page. No advance bookings are required; you only need to activate the discount when you are already physically at the restaurant.



2. SHOW the discount coupon page on your phone (example below) to your server or cashier, either when placing your order or requesting your receipt. The cashier will deduct a 6 percent discount off your receipt before payment. It's as simple as that!



3. On the discount coupon page, tap on the button to UPLOAD your own photo of the restaurant or the food/drinks that you ordered. This photo will be publicly viewable by other users. You must also upload a separate photo of your receipt for administrative purposes; your receipt photo will be private & not viewable by other users. Please complete this final step - otherwise, you cannot activate further discounts, & we cannot channel any contribution to charity for your transaction.

Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Dope Alley @ SS15 Subang & Krathong Thai @ Sri Petaling

Kicking its way into Subang, Dope Alley strives to serve Thai fare that packs a punch; this strikingly spruced-up restaurant was conceived by two enterprising college buddies who're now balancing their studies & the effort of running a full-blown business.

'Dope' is supposed to allude to the addictiveness of the food here - the restaurant hopes its customers will turn into faithful fans of offerings like these boiled cockles, served with a spicy dip (RM6.90), & salted egg 'som tum' green papaya salad (RM8.90).

'Alley' applies to the bustling backstreet behind the restaurant, where patrons can sit outdoors & snack on 'sotong bakar' (RM7.90 for 100 grams) while savouring live acoustic performances by local bands on most Friday & Saturday nights.

The menu's wide-ranging, with something for every occasion, whether you're looking for light nibbles (crunchy-sweet fish satay clocks in at RM5.90 for 10 sticks, representative of Dope Alley's cost-conscious prices) or a complete meal (one-plate rice meals like 'nasi goreng daging serai' start from RM8.90). Beef & chicken boat noodles are available, with a salty-thick broth.

Distinctive desserts are sold under an umbrella brand named 'The Patternists' - build your own customised ice cream; start with a choice of base (mango pudding, Oreos, Coco Crunch cereal or wafers), have it mixed with a fruit flavour (raspberry, blackcurrant, banana, mango, orange), then top it with M&Ms, chocolate chips, chocolate rice or almonds for a total of RM7.90 per serving, washed down with Thai milk tea, teh o ais longan & kedondong asam.

Bonus suburban stop for Thai temptations: Krathong, an evocatively outfitted outlet in Sri Petaling's Glass City F&B space.

Krathong Thai's extensive repertoire runs the gamut from chicken feet kerabu (RM12) to chicken & coconut milk tom yam soup (RM22), prawns with asparagus & cili belacan (RM16) to Thai steamed fish (seasonal price), all capably but not compellingly prepared, perhaps a case of quantity over quality. Plum, pineapple, tomato & tamarind juices help douse the heat of the food.

Dope Alley
AG-5, Jalan SS15/4D, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 12pm-12am. 

Krathong Thai
Glass City, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, RM0.20 will be channelled to a different charity every month.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for January-March 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
This link expires March 31, 2015. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my