Friday, April 18, 2014

Loong Deng Kee @ Tengkat Tong Shin & M Fragrant Salt Baked Chicken @ Sri Petaling

A couple of stops in the city & the suburbs for Chinese soul food, starting with Tengkat Tong Shin's Loong Deng Kee.

Bak kut teh & herbal broths constitute the intriguing specialities here, served out of enormous dragon-decorated pots.

A protein-rich, piping-hot portion of rib-heavy pork with intestines, sufficient for a light lunch, clocks in at RM10.

Fairly fragrant & flavoursome; could make for a satisfactory supper too, assuming Loong Deng Kee opens through late at night.

Add RM5 for rice & veggies; the free flow of chopped chillies & garlic is complimentary. 

Bouncy-smooth fish balls stuffed with meat in soup are also available.

Second stop: Sri Petaling, for M Fragrant's Ipoh-style salt-baked chicken. 

Meaty, tender & savoury but not unendurably salty; this also works for a fuss-free afternoon meal.

Inexpensive; a simple serving with rice & soup won't breach the two-figure mark (think it was RM8). 

Loong Deng Kee
50 Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, Kuala Lumpur
M Fragrant Salt Baked Chicken Cafe
A-14 Glass City, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Good Golly Miss Molly @ Millennium Square, Petaling Jaya & Cup Of Truth @ Campbell Arcade, Melbourne

Quick stop for caffeine at this cosy little new coffee shop in Petaling Jaya with a laid-back vibe & a fun name.

Sufficient space inside for working or chilling out, with a pleasant section outdoors too.

And of course, the coffee matters the most here.

The latte's enjoyably milky, the way we like it; ideal temperature for us too.

Rooibos tea is available as well ...

... plus a basic selection of cakes & the ever-brilliant Smooshie pure fruit juices.

Coffee Good Golly Miss Molly
G-005 Ground Floor, Millennium Square, Jalan 14/1, Petaling Jaya
Open noon-8pm (hmmm, forgot to check which days they close)

Bonus stop, Melbourne: In a city with hundreds of hyper-caffeinated hangouts, this one, called Cup of Truth might initially seem too frills-free to stand out. It’s literally a hole in the wall nestled in an underground train station ...

... barren of tables and chairs for customers, cocooned amid the drab corridors of a sunless subway and enlivened only by a nearby busker with a penchant for 1970s-era David Bowie.

But there are robust reasons why Cup of Truth enjoys an enviable demand for no fewer than 400 servings of coffee per day.  One of its founders, Courtney Patterson, is an award-winning barista who’s been featured prominently in public transport commercials. Its house-blended beverages, which include the likes of seasonal roasts comprising El Salvadorian single-origin beans, boast heady aromas that herald sip-worthy experiences. 

Plus, there’s a certain charm to paying for one’s coffee by simply slipping a five-dollar bill into a large countertop cup in front of the busy baristas and then scooping out an honest amount of change (which explains the outlet’s name).

Cup Of Truth
12, Campbell Arcade, Degraves St Subway, Melbourne

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nana's Green Tea Cafe @ The Gardens, Mid Valley

A matcha match made in Mid Valley: The first Malaysian branch of Japanese chain Nana's Green Tea Cafe has finally launched in Kuala Lumpur's Gardens Mall, more than a year after Singapore welcomed the inaugural Nana's outpost for Southeast Asia.

Nana's can get packed during peak hours, but it's probably worth waiting awhile for a table; the food is reasonably priced & relatively interesting. Comfort-food highlights include hot, soupy bowls of udon blanketed in fresh-tasting seaweed, spring onions & a poached egg (RM15.80 before taxes).

Salmon sashimi (top-notch, exceeding expecations) served over cereal-mixed 'millet rice' with sesame, nori, pickled ginger & pea sprouts (RM18.80). Other items on the menu include chicken karaage salads & beef hamburg in tomato loco moco sauce.

Ultimately though, it's the tea-based temptations that's supposed to lure customers. Choose from the simplicity of the Uji-Cha, the wild fragrance of the Karigane-Cha, the toasty-nutty flavour of the Hoji-Cha or the roasty brown-rice aroma of Gemmai-Cha. 

The selection of tea drinks & desserts is sweeping: We like the the matcha slushie, cold & creamy, topped with soft-serve vanilla ice cream (RM12.80).

Parfait-lovers should like this complex combo: First, green tea kanten jelly is scooped into the base with with matcha syrup, then piled on with layers of ice cream, corn flakes, red bean paste, whipped cream & warabi-moshi (bracken starch dumplings) dipped in kinako roasted soybean flour (whew!). RM19.80.

Not into green tea? There's still the Azuki Latte, a nice blend of milk with red beans (RM8.80), natural-tasting & not too sweet.

Nana's Green Tea Cafe
Lot 231A, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur

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This is a catalogue of insights into what inspires our contemporary culinary craftspeople, from Elsie & her sister Jennifer's experiments with tong yuen at home to Eugene & Emrys' escapades with hand-crafted sodas in Tokyo.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mikey's Original New York Pizza @ Telawi, Bangsar

As Ol' Blue Eyes once crooned, start spreading the news: A slice of The Big Apple has surfaced in Bangsar, a safe harbour for huddled, hungry masses yearning to breathe free & binge on hot, hearty pizzas.

For weeks, we've plagued Mikey's Original New York Pizza with phone calls & text messages on when it would finally open, following postponements because of missing pieces in its customised pizza oven. Mikey's marks a collaboration between native New Yorker Michael Helfman & Andrew Bellucci, a former New Jerseyan who began making pizzas in the 1990s. Helfman lured Bellucci to Kuala Lumpur with a mission to serve the sort of pies that Helfman has missed throughout his five years in Malaysia.

Mikey's pizzas will likely satisfy cravings, straddling the fine line between thin & thick for its excellent crust, crisp but simultaneously tender & easy to fold, light but luscious. First-timers can start with the classic, topped with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato sauce, olive oil & grated Grana Padano cheese (RM8.88 by the slice).

Mikey's Favorite, topped with kitchen-made meatballs, roasted peppers, caramelised onions & garlic. Customers can order this & other pizzas here by both the slice (RM10.88 for this one) & the entire 18-inch pie (RM69.88).

On a diet? Fuhgeddaboudit! Andrew's Favorite (RM10.88) is a four-cheese pleasure that's worth the calories, crowned with cheddar, mozzarella, ricotta & goat's cheese, plus black pepper, olive oil & garlic.

Mikey's plans to launch delivery services soon, starting with Bangsar before expanding between KL Sentral & Damansara Heights, so residents can conveniently pick up the phone & order the Pizza Rustico (RM12.88 by the slice), featuring goat's cheese & roasted garlic partnered with mortar-&-pestle-made pesto.

Game for a challenge? Masochists can try the 9-1-1, call-the-fire-department pizza; it's ferociously fiery, so folks who can finish the whole pizza (RM88.88) will have their photos placed on Mikey's Hall Of Fame Wall. We surrendered after barely two bites.

Here's our favourite: The Tony Soprano, a meaty creation of meatballs, pepperoni, sliced steak, roasted peppers & roasted garlic with mozzarella. RM15.88 by the fairly filling slice; two will certainly suffice for some customers.

Not into pizza? Not a problem: Mikey's also offers breaded, boneless buffalo chicken wings, coated in a seasoned butter hot sauce & served with house-made blue cheese dressing, carrots & celery. As much of a notch above mass-market chicken nuggets as the pizzas here are compared to what the massive pizza chains sell.

 Waffle fries here are assigned in name by borough _ The Bronx, Staten Island, Queens & Manhattan. We placed our bet on Brooklyn (RM12.88), smothered in cheddar cheese & paired with beef gravy.

Hero sandwiches, the menu's final component; the Shrimp Parmigiana features four prawns with marinara sauce (RM19.88).

 Thirst-quenchers: Budweiser (but of course), the milky-chocolatey New York Egg Cream soda & Half-&-Half lemonade.


Walls lined with memorabilia seek to put patrons in a New York state of mind without needing to hop on the Hudson River Line, hamstrung though by a soundtrack that swings from the Chairman of the Board to Cypress Hill. Be warned: These photos make Mikey's look empty, but they were taken before the outlet officially opened for business. This place could be crowded at night.



Mikey''s Original New York Pizza
17 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Open for dinner on April 16, with lunch operations commencing thereafter, seven days a week. Tel: 03-2202-0080



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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 is a catalogue of insights into what inspires our contemporary culinary craftspeople, from Elsie & her sister Jennifer's experiments with tong yuen at home to Eugene & Emrys' escapades with hand-crafted sodas in Tokyo.


This resource will be continuously updated with new listings, so bookmark the following permanent link & check back regularly to find out what's fresh: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses


Also, take a look at the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, completely redesigned with a revamped look, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for April-June 2014, including more than 30 new entries for this quarter. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.publ.com/Eat-Drink-KL-100-Favourites-Apr-Jun-2014 (Link expires June 30, 2014; see blog entries after that date for new link).