Cafe discovery #13: Sangkaya Nuts About Coconuts @ Ampang Point

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I was drooling all over the place when my Instagram feed was mostly pictures of this beauty back in December 2014 when I was in London. I searched high and low for something similar in London just to ease the cravings but to no avail. When I got back in Kuala Lumpur, I was drowned by work and I got sick but the cravings were still there.

Finally a few weeks back, my mum and I got a taste of this kick-ass coconut ice-cream. To say that it was delicious is an understatement. It was everything I imagined it to be and more. Made purely from coconut milk, it is super creamy without any sickening after taste. The toppings help to add texture and it includes toasted desiccated coconut, oats, corns and peanuts. For four mini scoops of ice-cream in the husk of a young coconut with any 3 toppings, it will cost you RM9.90. If you dig deep, you will get some sweet coconut flesh to enjoy. This is the ice-cream for those chronic die-hard coconut ice-cream fans like me.  This, satisfied my cravings.

Sangkaya Nuts About Coconuts
Lot FM11 Ground Floor,
Ampang Point Shopping Centre,
Jalan Memanda 3,
68000 Ampang
Selangor

Good luck!

Love,
A

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Curry Puff from Ikea

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Day 72: Curry Puff from Ikea

Swedish meatballs would be the first thing people think about when it comes to Ikea food. I personally don’t understand the fuss with the meatballs. It does not tickle my fancy at all. However, there is one thing I absolutely love to eat in Ikea – their curry puff. The line to get these bad boys are constantly long, all day, everyday. At RM1.00 per piece, it is worth the long queue. Every piece is piping hot and when you bite the crispy pastry, you will get a creamy tasty mix of potatoes, chicken bits and hard boiled egg. All the flavours are well balanced and the pastry is not greasy at all. I always get the half dozen for RM5.50 and save some for my mum because she is obsessed with it as much as I am. Today, instead of coming home with any furniture or homeware items, I went home with a bag of curry puffs from Ikea.

Good luck!

Love,

A

Melur & Thyme @ Suria KLCC

Day 48: Melur & Thyme

Today my colleague and I went to Suria KLCC for lunch and we decided to go to Melur & Thyme. I have been here before a couple of times, but never at lunch time on a weekday. I was surprised the service was pretty slow. I had to wait 20 minutes for my food to arrive.

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Regular Salmon Crockets (RM23.00)

My friend’s food came first and she ordered the Salmon Crockets (RM23.00) and she let me have a bite. As you can see it was pretty much a fancier version of fish cake/fingers. It was such a disappointment that it was a tiny portion for a regular sized tapas. I thought for the price and the size there would be a lot of salmon hidden in the fingers. Nope I was wrong. They used tiny bits of smoked salmon to emphasized the smell of the fish and also the taste. It was pretty much 90% potatoes and 10% salmon which I thought was a rip off. However, the garlic dipping sauce that it came with was amazing. If they made that sauce themselves, they deserve a round of applause.

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Grilled Herb Chicken (RM29.00)

Once my friend was done with her meal, my food finally arrived. It annoyed me that our food didn’t come at around the same time so one had to stare at the other person eating. But I thoroughly enjoyed my Grilled Herb Chicken (RM29.00). The chicken breast was slightly dry but forgivable. The vegetables were steamed and seasoned well – they still had a bite to them. And the mashed potatoes were beautiful. They were the rustic but creamy kind where there are bits of the skin and its not too smooth that it melts in your mouth before you could enjoy it. Finally, the thyme sauce goes really well with the chicken and it was worth the wait.

Melur & Thyme
G03H-I Ground Floor
Suria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2181 8001

Good luck!

Love,
A

 

Nasi Goreng Tom Yam

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Day 37: Nasi Goreng Tom Yam

I love anything tom yam. The spicy and sour soup have been a favourite of mine since I was a child. Maybe I prefer it a lot spicier now than before. When I first discovered Nasi Goreng Tom Yam (Tom Yam fried rice) I thought it was genius. Combining the flavour of fried rice and added the amazing taste of Tom Yam using the Tom Yam paste, just brilliant.

For a good plate of rice that is real spicy and full of fragrant herbs, I always go to Calypso Restaurant in Taman Melawati for their Nasi Goreng Tom Yam. I literally only eat their Tom Yam there. Its good to note that if you cannot handle spicy food, maybe stress to the waiter to make it less spicy.

Whenever you are around the area, give it a go!

Calypso
293G Jalan Bandar 11
Taman Melawati
53100 Kuala Lunpur
03-4105 5705
Good luck!

Love,
A

Restaurant Discovery #5: Wondermama

Day 36: Wondermama @ Bangsar Village 1

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There are plenty trendy eateries and bars in Bangsar now. It is always a joy to head there just for lunch or dinner. Most times, you won’t be disappointed. Today, I wanted to try something I would not normally go for- fusion food. I am not one to enjoy fusion food as I always think why mess with what is already good on its own and try to make it better because most times they fail.

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I met up with a friend in Bangsar and we went to Wondermama for lunch. As I walked in, I was digging the shabby-chic decoration; the old school yet contemporary interior made the whole cafe look very trendy. A dessert bar just by the door displayed many choices of kuih that was on offer. We were seated right in front to the dessert bar.

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Kuih Lapis and Kuih Seri Muka (RM1.50 each) 2 for 1 after 2pm Daily

The waitress came to our table and asked us if we wanted to try their kuih selection as it was on 2 for 1 offer after 2pm. One slice of kuih was RM1.50 which I think is reasonable for a fancy cafe. We opted for the kuih lapis and kuih seri muka. Both were decent. I was shock to see the bottom of the seri muka blue instead of white but it didn’t add any extra flavour to the kuih. The glutinous rice was overcooked and was very sticky and melts in your mouth. The green coconut milk pandan bit was nice. The kuih lapis was decent – wasn’t too sweet or anything and it had the right texture and colour.

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Spicy Salmon Mini Naan Pizza (RM17.90)

To start, we ordered the Spicy Salmon Mini Naan Pizza (RM17.90). The salmon chunks that were scattered on the naan bread were beautifully marinated and seasoned. The fish flaked off perfectly as you sink your teeth in the pizza. I doubt the naan bread was cooked in a tandoor oven or even homemade but nonetheless it mimicked a pizza base well as it was crunchy and flaky. The cheese were coating all the bits and bobs of the pizza generously. Greens came in a form of rocket leaves and it added peppery taste to compliment the spiciness of the salmon and the cheesiness  and creaminess of the pizza drizzled with herb mayonnaise. Although the price is a bit high for something so small, it was a gorgeous dish that I will definitely come for again and again.

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Nyonya Laksa (RM14.90)

For my main, I ordered the most talked about Nyonya Laksa (RM14.90). My picture above did not do the dish justice. It was vermicelli noodles with sliced cucumber and fried egg, fish cakes, prawn, cockles and tofu soaked in Laksa gravy. The laksa gravy was thick and full of flavours. It was nothing short of delicious. You can taste the authenticity of the dish with every bite. The cockles were fresh that it didn’t make the dish smells funny and it didn’t overpower the flavour of other ingredients. It lived up to the hyped and amazing reviews. Wondermama got the Nyonya Laksa on point! The portion was huge which made up for the above average price.

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Special Seafood Maggi Mee Goreng (RM14.90)

My sister had the most expensive Maggi Goreng of her life today when she ordered the Special Seafood Maggi Mee Goreng for RM14.90. To justify the price, this dish did come with a huge amount of seafood almost as much as the noodles. However, due to the heavy amount of seafood, the flavour of the noodle dish that was made with Wondermama’s special homemade spicy sauce instead of the usual curry powder that came in a packet with the Maggi Mee was overpowered by the fishy smell and taste coming from the scallop. The dish was very greasy so do remember to toss it before you eat it. For the amount that they charge, this dish was a disappointment. My advice? Give it a miss when you are over at Wondermama.

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Seafood Tomyam Fried Rice (RM17.90)

Just like the Maggi Goreng, this dry dish was served in a bowl which baffles me a little bit. Were they running out of clean plates? Anyhow, my friend ordered the Seafood Tomyam Fried Rice. The tomyam flavour was very mild, close to none. This dish had a lot of anchovies in it and that made the dish a tad salty. Chopped bird eye chillies were combined together with the rice to make it spicy. Don’t worry, this was not tongue burning spicy. My friend said that she enjoyed it even though it was slightly too salty.

I must admit, Wondermama had a few dishes that they successfully tweak to modernised it and made it better. I say, keep it mostly authentic and add just a tiny twist to make it interesting and you’ll have an amazing dish. If you try to change too much what is already loved by Malaysian, it might not be enjoyed by many like the Maggi Goreng. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal in Wondermama.

Ambiance: 8 out of 10
Food: 7 out of 10
Service: 7 out of 10
Price: $$

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G6, Ground Floor, 
Bangsar Village 1 Shopping Centre,
No. 1, Jalan Telawi Satu,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel No : +603-2284 9821

Good luck!

Love,
A

Honey Mustard Chicken

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Day 8: Honey Mustard Chicken

As it is the weekend, I took control of the kitchen and let mumsy rest. So, for dinner today I made a simple Honey Mustard Chicken dish for the family.

Ingredients:

  • chicken (any cut is fine, on or off the bone)
  • dijon mustard
  • onion (finely chopped)
  • garlic (finely chopped)
  • honey
  • thyme
  • chicken stock
  • milk
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Steps:

  • Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper.
  • heat up a large skillet on a medium heat, drizzle some olive oil and add the chicken skin side down. Brown for 5 minutes until golden and crispy.
  • Remove chicken from the pan and add the chopped garlic and onion and cook until soft and translucent.
  • in a bowl, mix the mustard, honey, chicken stock and a splash of milk. Add the mixture into the pan.
  • leave on medium heat until the sauce is reduced to half and add some thyme. Put in the already golden and crispy chicken and cover with lid until chicken is cook through.
  • Serve immediately with a side of rice/potatoes/pasta and salad. ENJOY!

Good Luck!

Love,

A

Restaurant Discovery #2: F.I.Q’s Gastronomy

Food, Innovation, Quality is what the acronym stands for. Interesting concept of serving fine dining food in a casual environment. Opened in February, F.I.Q’s is in an unfamiliar area of Subang that my dad was so amaze we found it. Ample parking space all around. As you walk in, it has this industrial decor – red bricks, white walls with ageing wood benches, chairs and tables and colourful cushions. They had an open kitchen, with half brick wall separating the kitchen and the dining area. Still warm and cozy and customers can witness the chefs hard at work preparing the dishes.

The menu is very ambitious to say the least. Looking at it, seems like they promise to serve you food with new interesting combination of flavours that you would only expect to get in a fine dining restaurant. But can they deliver?

Lets jump to the food review!

First, to drink, I ordered the mocktail F.I.Q’s Mojito made with mint leaves, sweet basil, sugar, lime and Sprite. As you can imagine, it was OVERLY SWEET! Why add sugar when you use Sprite? Sprite is sweet enough. It could also do with more mint. I ordered a glass of water and gave the Mojito to my sister.

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F.I.Q’s Mojito (RM11.00)

For our appetisers we had the Roasted Gnocchi which was served with crispy mushrooms, capers raisin emulsion, herbs walnuts and powdered olive oil. Straight away Heston Blumenthal came to mind. The gnocchi was fluffy but dense in the best way. So smooth it melts in your mouth but still have a bite to it. You can taste that it was probably made with 90% rich buttery mashed potato instead of having loads of flour in the mixture. The capers raisin emulsion was interestingly good. It had a rich flavour to compliment the gnocchi. Mix everything on the plate together and you get an explosion of flavours with different textures to stimulate your appetite.

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Roasted Gnocchi (RM20.00)

We also ordered the Crunchy Calamari which as usual, disappointed us. I don’t know where to get good fried calamari. They were overcooked and really tough although the batter was really crunchy and seasoned really well. It came with this aioli and that was good. Calamari had a sprinkle of paprika and it goes well with everything. If only the calamari didn’t taste so much like rubber…

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Crunchy Calamari (RM14.00)

Mac & Cheese was listed under their starters menu which was a bit of a surprise but it did state that it was “light”. Creamy cheese sauce which wasn’t too heavy which is why they said it was “light”, chewy macaroni and crunchy beef bacon. Do I have to say more? It was nicely baked with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top to add to the crunch. It was definitely light enough to be a starter. Thumbs up to that!

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Mac & Cheese (light) (RM15.00)

As for main course, my Spinach Risotto served with pan fried chicken breast, carrot puree and fried onions failed to impress. When I ordered risotto, I was expecting a rich creamy dish with almost a porridge- like consistency yet each grain still holds its shape and texture. Instead, I got an undercook risotto that was too salty to even consume – bare in mind I like my salt. I couldn’t take another mouthful so I returned the dish and politely asked if they can prepare me another one minus the extra salt. About 10 minutes later, came out my new risotto. Lets give it another go. It was still a tad undercook, not as bad as the first one, and it was still salty but edible. It was not creamy and it didn’t have that porridge-like consistency that I was looking for. The carrot puree helped to sweetened the dish and reduced the saltiness. The pan fried chicken breast was actually delightful. It was crunchy on the outside but manage to keep its moist on the inside.

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Spinach Risotto (RM25.00)

As usual, I had a taste of everyone’s food. Sharing is caring! My sister ordered the Roasted Chicken served with loaded mash potato with bacon bits, chives and almond, mix greens (which was just lettuce), roasted mesquite gravy and soft rolls that they made themselves. Loaded mash potato was not that loaded. It was just a spoonful of potato puree and it was smooth and creamy with crispy bacon and almond to add a bite to it. The chicken was probably a minute overcook. It was still moist but you can tell that if it stayed in the oven a second longer, it would’ve been dry. The gravy tasted like your usual roast gravy with a touch of barbecue sauce. They proudly advertise that they make their own bread and the bun was in fact soft and fluffy but we didn’t see the point of it being apart of the dish.

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Roasted Chicken (RM27.00)

I managed to convinced my mum to order the Salted Beef Fettuccine. I must compliment the chef on the pasta as it was made and cooked to perfection. Oh did I mention that they try to use all fresh ingredients and that they make their own pasta too? Yes! Handmade pasta has to be the best thing ever and it was! it was really good. The fettuccine was cooked with basil oil, tri herbs and chilli flakes served on a bed of 150 gram of beef brisket. All of the flavours complimented each other well. The pasta balanced the saltiness of the beef and the chilli flakes added heat to the dish. 150 grams of beef was a tad much for the tiny amount of fettuccine it came with. Ended up having to eat the salted beef by itself and it was well, salty!

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Salted Beef Fettuccine (RM27.00)

Pan Fried Seabass served with chinese kale, miso carrot emulsion, maldon sea salt and apple raita was Dad’s choice of main course. You can taste the freshness of the fish and it was cooked perfectly as the fish flaked off from the crispy skin beautifully. The miso carrot emulsion didn’t go well with the fish, it didn’t enhanced the flavour of the fish in any way. The tartness and sweetness of the green apple cubes coated in yogurt was an added crunch to the dish. It was a good dish according to dad as he cleans his plate but I must say when he fed me the greens on the dish, salt overdose took over the chinese kale. The fish was a pretty thin slice and it was small too. Didn’t fill up the big guy at all.

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Pan Fried Seabass (RM26.00)

I was beyond disappointed when the lovely waiter told me they don’t have the Baked Alaska that I was excited to devour. So we ordered the Smores instead. the Smores came in a jar with the crackers at the bottom, followed by marshmallows on top, then chocolate ganache and more marshmallows at the very top. It looked amazing. But it was so difficult to reach the crackers at the bottom without making a complete mess. Chocolate ganache was too thick but it didn’t taste too chocolaty which I like. The tiny marshmallows were probably just quickly blow torched so it didn’t melt on the inside. Disappointed yet again!

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Smores (RM10.00)

All and all they have a good concept to start with but there are still rooms for improvement. I am pretty sure they are working on their menu still and are planning to bring out more exciting experimental flavours for us. So will I come again to F.I.Q’s Gastronomy? Yes I definitely would give it another go. There’s a lot on their menu I would like to try. Have you been to F.I.Q’s?

Ambience: 6 out of 10

Food:  5 out of 10

Service: 7 out of 10

Price: $$

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FIQS Gastronomy
34 Jalan SS19/1D, Subang Jaya
Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-1030pm.

Tel: 03-5613-0473

Good luck!

Love,
A