Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bubble Bee Cafe @ Petaling Street

Bubble Bee is building buzz in Chinatown for its egg waffles, served fresh and warm in playful varieties. This cosy cafe's 'Bubble Wrap' selection includes the likes of green tea-flavoured egg waffles with green tea gelato, red beans and chocolate sauce, infusing a Japanese flourish into a Hong Kong dessert. For RM13, it's certainly worthwhile; other choices include stuffings that range from almonds, walnuts and pecans with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce to Oreos and M&M's with chocolate gelato. Be sure to also check out the 'mail art' exhibited at this space, and feel free to send your own cute postcards that can be purchased here.

Bubble Bee Cafe
139 Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 9am-6pm. Tel: 016-228-9881

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Fai Koh Roast Duck @ Puchong

Fans of roast duck might like to flock to Fai Koh, a new stall in Puchong that's reputedly run by a Hong Kong-born-and-trained chef with nearly four decades of professional experience in preparing fresh, flavoursome fowl.

Duck done deliciously: Gorgeous from every angle, Fai Koh's top temptation hits the spot for meat that satisfies in terms of both taste and texture. While every roast duck enthusiast has a personal favourite place in the Klang Valley, it wouldn't be surprising to see people in this part of Puchong swearing by Fai Koh. Half a duck costs RM30, while a whole duck is RM58.

Roast pork, chicken and char siu are also available; the siu yok is competent and the chicken is smooth, but the star on this platter is the char siu, beautifully balanced in its sweetly mellow flavour, with lovely levels of caramelisation and melt-in-the-mouth succulence.

It's clear that Fai Koh takes pride in these efforts; everything on the table tastes honourably executed, from the rice to the soup, making for a lunch that seems worth returning for.

Fai Koh Roast Duck
Restoran Tiam Hao Yun,  12, Jalan BPU1, Bandar Puchong Utama, Batu 14, Puchong, Selangor. 
Open Tues-Sun, 9am-3pm. Tel: 017-387-1352



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Monday, February 26, 2018

Caffe Marini @ Crema, Italy

Movie buffs might want to bookmark the northern Italian small town of Crema, where many scenes from Call Me By Your Name were filmed. Follow in Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer's footsteps and have a bresaola pizza with red wine or pistachio pastry with espresso at Caffe Marini, with a view outside of Crema's cathedral.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Kasbah @ Bangsar

This Kasbah rocks: Named for the walled citadels of North Africa, Bangsar's excellent new restaurant captures the essence of classic cuisines that span the breadth of Marrakesh to the Mediterranean. Steered by Algerian-born manager Emir, Moroccan chef Achraf and their friendly team, Kasbah offers an authentic voyage through a spectrum of cooking with lush textures and comforting flavours, served in a charming setting that evokes the enthralling medina of a historical Berber city like Essaouira.

Moroccan and Algerian specialities are the highlights: Commence with the kemia (RM28), a mezze-like selection of salads and small plates that include the Moroccan zaalouk (tenderly grilled eggplant with onions, garlic and cumin) and Algerian mechouia (capsicum with tomatoes and olive oil), presented in lovely little tajine pots that bear Kasbah's own engravings.

We like how the food is gorgeously spiced; a Maghrebian soup like harira, brimming with lamb morsels, vermicelli, chickpeas, parsley and coriander (RM16), proves well-nuanced and balanced in every respect, a testament to the kitchen's capabilities, complemented by Algerian semolina flatbread. A refreshing change from the typical menus that rule the roost in KL.

Main courses come in more tajines, comprising savoury, slow-cooked stews with heaps of soul, like chicken cooked with lemon confit, potatoes, green olives, garlic and coriander, a genuinely restorative recipe, reaching the table hot and hearty (RM25).

The star of the selection is the Royal Couscous (RM35), layered with succulent lamb, chicken and merguez sausage meat, laced with cumin, harissa and chilli peppers - constructed for sharing but entirely delicious enough to devour on one's own.

Pastas, pizzas and paninis are also available; wine is not, but bring your own (corkage is RM40). All in all, Kasbah is easy to endorse if you enjoy food that telegraphs the taste of a sumptuous heritage founded on family traditions.

Kasbah Kuala Lumpur
100 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 11am-11pm. Tel: 03-2202-0206


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