The last time I was in Kim Ma Restaurant, I remember vaguely a restaurant that was very traditionally Chinese in décor, with the obligatory lanterns hanging all over it. Yes, it has been that long. All that had changed now. Kim Ma has just gone through quite a massive refurbishment. I love the new look. Its understated elegance in muted shades of bronze and gold is amplified through the majestic-looking shiny beams criss-crossing the ceiling in some auspicious-looking patterns. The warm … [Read more...]
Archives for May 2014
Have a Popiah Party at home!
Popiah is such a Malaysian thing that not many people know that it actually originates from China. Some say it’s from the Fuchien province while some claim it’s from the Teochew (Chaozhou) side. From China, its popularity has spread to the rest of Asia, so that’s why popiah nowadays is found not only in Malaysia but also in Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar. Of course there are various interpretations of this springroll in the various countries and are called by … [Read more...]
Sushi Hinata – indulgent Omakase and other set meals
Forget ramen and teppanyaki – you won’t find them on Hinata’s menu. Here in this little Japanese restaurant tucked in a row of eateries at the St Mary Residences, the simple menu features mainly sushi and sashimi and some obligatory tempura, chawan mushi and miso soup. Helmed by sushi specialist, Chef Oritsuki Hideaki, Hinata’s offerings are of premium quality as their fish and seafood are imported directly from Tsukiji Fish Market and Fukuoka Market. Fresh stocks arrive every Tuesday and … [Read more...]
Las Vacas @ Mont Kiara is now serving Breakfast!
Las Vacas, well-known as a specialty butcher shop and also for their steaks, has started serving breakfast in their Mont Kiara outlet since 1 May 2014. We were there on the very first day when their breakfast service was launched. Sitting under their red awning (which casts a red glow on everything underneath!), we checked their breakfast menu and decided to go for one of their house signatures – the Wagyu Karubi & Eggs (RM28) and their Norwegian Benny (RM18). Wagyu karubi are … [Read more...]
Taste Enclave @ Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur
Taste Enclave opened in Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur several months ago – a food atrium comprising 16 stalls and 4 mini restaurants serving a variety of local and international cuisines. These outlets are specially hand-picked by the management of Taste Enclave who have taken great measures to select only the finest food ambassadors to be part of this food atrium. Located on the 2nd level of Avenue K, Taste Enclave occupies 17,500 sq ft and a seating capacity for 550 diners. Stepping into the … [Read more...]
10 Classic Porky Favourites at Xin Cuisine @ The Concorde, Kuala Lumpur
One of my favourite Chinese restaurants in the city – Xin Cuisine at The Concorde Kuala Lumpur has just launched more porky dishes in their menu. Already a firm favourite among lovers of classic Chinese dishes, Xin Cuisine has now endeared itself deeper in their hearts with new delicious pork dishes since April. When their Chinese Chef Wong Pak Seng teams up with Barbecue Chef Kou Kim Hai, you can expect a repertoire of dishes that are bound to delight. Combining their expertise, they have … [Read more...]
Seafood feast at Crab Factory, SS2 Petaling Jaya
Don’t expect pretty table linen or cutlery when you eat at Crab Factory, simply because there’s none. The whole setup in this restaurant is focused on being simple and rustic. The exposed brick wall, the utilitarian wooden tables and metal chairs, the exposed ceiling beams give it a functional and practical theme, much like a factory. The whole idea of this setup is from the owner’s experience of communal dining in Louisiana where the backyard Crab Boil is somewhat like our steamboat or … [Read more...]
Auntie Chan’s Noodles House, Kota Kemuning – fab home-made fishballs & more!
Despite the name, you won’t find Auntie Chan in this restaurant. Instead, you will find Auntie Chan’s daughter, Shirley, who’s the one running the show here. An avid and passionate cook, Shirley explains that her mother used to operate a stall in Penang selling her famous duck meat koay teow th’ng. She recalls how her mother used to patiently fan the charcoal stove to boil the stock used for the noodles. It took hours and hours of boiling to achieve the right depth of flavours in the soup. … [Read more...]
The Gastro Project celebrates Mother’s Day
The Gastro Project is the kind of restaurant that you’d be very comfortable to bring your family for a lazy weekend lunch; it’s also the kind of restaurant you’d love to bring your sweetheart for a cosy dinner. The restaurant oozes charming style and warm cosiness at the same time. Black and white checquered floor, bench-like upholstered sofas, warm lighting … all these exude a welcoming vibe the moment you step into The Gastro Project which is located in that quiet “restaurant row” locale in … [Read more...]
MamaYu Nasi Kukus @ Midvalley Megamall
Fancy some fluffy fragrant steamed rice with spices-clad fried chicken? The MamaYu kiosk in Midvalley Megamall serves “Nasi Kukus” (steamed rice) and Ayam Goreng Berempah (spicy fried chicken) as its main items. Owned by a couple of young entrepreneurs, the recipes for both these specialities come from one of their Kelantanese relatives. What’s more interesting is that authentic Gulai Kawah and Gulai Kerutuk, both Kelantanese in origin, are served with the rice. Besides the … [Read more...]