A Marketing graduate with a passion for food- she eats, cooks and lives. Started off as a new year's resolution in 2018 to explore the digital world and it progressed into a newly discovered pathway- content writing. This is my journey.
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Ok and here’s another one for the book!
Ola Lavanderia Cafe is located alongside the Jonker Street. It takes a bit of a walking and head-tilting to look for this hidden gem. I was brought here after reading some good words about the coffee and croissant.
This industrial-concept cafe is quite small yet cozy. Truly aesthetic! The ambience itself is welcoming but we also love the affable owner, Sam.
Little did we know, they also provide a dormitory behind the cafe and I heard it is quite cheap, too.
Back to the main reason why I was here. They only have a few selection from the menu but it is sufficient for patrons to stop by for a quick recharge. I ordered the Croissant with Butter and Jam and Iced Coffee while Azim went for the Croissant with Scrambled Egg and Iced Chocolate.
The coffee was good; price and taste wise. Nothing to complain about the Iced Chocolate, too.
My favorite part would be the croissant.
Hands down, the best croissant I have ever had!
It even topped the ones I had at Marriot and Hatten Hotel.
The croissant was buttery, flaky and hold that deep golden brown color. It was soft and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, just like how it should be. The sweetness and buttery flavor was what won me over.
Another one of their signature is White Gula Melaka Cheesecake. It took me a while to process what was happening in my mouth but as I tried figuring it out, little did I know, I finished the entire thing. And, I rarely finish a cake. It was sweet, tangy and every bite asked for another.
Another infamous, though the place is a pretty hidden, little cafe located in Jonker Street- The Daily Fix. Famous for their Signature Salted Gula Melaka Coffee and variety of unique pancakes, they are rated #6, by Tripadvisor, out of a thousand plus restaurants in Melaka.
As I mentioned, the place is a little hidden because it is located behind a souvenir shop so keep your eyes on for a shop called Next KK Sdn Bhd. Even if you did not manage to look around for the said shop, worry not because A- they also put up a small welcome board in front of the souvenir shop and B- its Grab pick-up point so it is all good.
As you walk through the souvenir shop, you will be welcomed by a vintage themed cafe and if you are lucky, you would not have to wait for long.
When I saw their signature drink written on the board, of course I had to try it. Once I gulped their Signature Salted Gula Melaka Coffee only then I knew why people were raving about them. In my personal opinion, I would go for The Daily Fix’s Salted Gula Melaka than The Stolen Cup’s. Even if someone were to blindfold me and asked me to drink it, I’d recognize it straightaway.
There are plenty of unique pancakes to choose from and being a coffee junkie, of course I had to order their Espresso Pancake. Azim, obviously, went for Durian Pancake. Both are included in their best-sellers list so I had my expectations.
The Espresso Pancake is stacked mini yet quite thick pancakes serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a double-shot espresso. Also, some ground walnuts to add some texture. It is basically affogato poured all over a stack of pancakes.
I love how the sweetness of the vanilla ice cream and the bitterness of the espresso combined; added with fluffy pancakes. I enjoyed it, at least for the first 5 minutes because I poured the whole espresso onto the pancakes and made it soggy after the next 5. Lesson learnt!
Azim’s Durian Pancake was definitely to-die for. It took us a while but it was so worth it. The pancakes were stuffed with durian and when you slice through it, you can see the durian stuffing oozing out and making its way to touch the plate. It was such a beautiful view.
Since my first visit was to my liking, I decided to go for a second visit but this time, to fill up my tummy during dinner time.
My eyes were caught on their Spicy Tomato Pasta because; A- I love spicy food and B- I have never had spicy tomato sauce before. It was one of the spiciest pasta I have ever tasted and delicious, too.
Azim opted for their Creamy Carbonara which, at the end, I took over to finish. The spaghetti is served with mushrooms, chicken ham,crunchy smoked duck and topped with poached egg. It was an indulgent and tantalizing meal.
Since we were greedy, we ordered truffle fries on the side. The truffle scent lingered around even after we finished. They must have been generous with the truffle oil. The fries were rich with earthy flavor which makes me want to go back there now and order another three of this.
Apologize for the long hiatus because guess what – this food blogger was busy getting married! I guess, a two-months break was overly sufficient but hey, I got lots of treasures for you foodies. I went to Melaka the other day- you already know how fond I am with that favorite city of mine- and there are a bunch of new cafes and restaurants in the area that I can not wait to share with you guys.
The Stolen Cup is located along the heart of Melaka- Jonker Street. Famous for their coffee and brunch, I went there with an average amount of expectations. This open-concept cafe turned out pretty good that I had to visit it again for the second time, in two days.
On our first visit, Azim and I went there for brunch. Azim ordered TSC Big Breakfast with their Signature Gula Melaka Latte and I went for their Granola with Americano.
TSC Big Breakfast is well, big. It serves with breakfast sausages, sauteed mushrooms, some beef bacons, creme fraiche scrambled egg, baked beans and a sourdough bread. I would have to say that their sauteed mushroom was definitely a killer. Beef bacons were crispy, the eggs were creamy and sausages were being sausages. However, baked beans were mediocre.
Just a quick baked beans tips to those who do not like the scoop-out-of-the-can-and-reheat baked beans, do your tummy a 5-mins favor- chop some cloves of garlic, throw them in a hot pan with some olive oil in it, then put in those baked beans. I promise you, it will taste ten times better.
I opted for Granola just because. It is a baked homemade granola with honey glazed nuts and chia seeds with fruits, greek yogurt and an earl grey infused milk. Everything was good then gradually, the taste started to build up as I poured in the infused milk. One word- genius!
I was pretty much enjoying my Americano. On the other hand, Azim’s Signature Gula Melaka Latte could do another teaspoon of Gula Melaka then it is good to go.
During my first visit, I was eyeing their Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese or Scrambled Egg which led to my second visit the next morning.
I had their Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Egg. For this dish, you get to choose either cream cheese or scrambled egg to eat your salmon with. You can also pick your base; sourdough bread or croissant. I would obviously pick croissant over any thing, any day.
The dish consists of pink smoked salmon slices paired together with creamy scrambled eggs and capers- giving it the right salty flavor and to add, a bunch of crunchy fresh wild rockets were bundled on top of the croissant for that nutty taste.
Hands down, one of the best I have ever had.
Another one for the book is Black Truffle Fettucine. The main star was of course, the truffle. As simple and elegant as it could get. If I were to be a meal, I think this would be it. I would settle for being Black Truffle Fettucine for the rest of my life. Perfectly cooked fettucine in parmigiano-reggiano cheese with the right amount of black truffle- I mean, you can never have too many truffles, can you?
To finish, I washed everything down with Americano(again) while Azim had their Iced Chocolate. Though, he only drank half of it because “someone” took the other half. It was not my fault because the Iced Chocolate was rich and indulging. Their secret is they are using 54.5% Callebaut Belgium Dark Chocolate which is now I urge everyone to buy.
Looking at Thai food enthusiasts- I have found a hidden gem located in Putrajaya. Baan Kanom Jeen had previously made its mark in Empire Damansara and now, they are venturing into a new area.
Baan Kanom Jeen is famous for its signature dish- Kanom Jeen, which is fairly self-explanatory. This restaurant serves an array of unusual Thai food and by “unusual”, I mean they do not serve the everyday-Thai-nosh we often found in Thai restaurants here in Malaysia. For a person who never stepped a foot in Thailand, I had no idea what Kanom Jeen is. Thanks to this eatery, now I can experience a little bit of Thailand 10-minutes away from home. This restaurant could actually give a wider recognition on this traditional Thai recipe especially to those who are unfamiliar with Thai delicacies.
Kanom Jeen or Khanom Chin is somewhat like our local laksa but with rice vermicelli instead of glass noodles. Kanom Jeen single set (RM12.90) consists Kanom Jeen, boiled egg, anchovies, fried chicken skin with some vegetables and green herbs on the side. You can choose one gravy from a selection of four; Chicken Green Curry, Namphrik, Namya and Chicken Yellow Namya. I opted for the sapid Chicken Yellow Namya without knowing that it would be super spicy. This fiery gravy even got me all teared up.
They also have Kanom Jeen Large Set (RM45.90) which can feed a group. It comes with a larger serving and all four of those abovementioned gravies. If it is still insufficient, there is a list of add-ons for you to pick out from.
Another one of their specialties that is worth remembering is the fluffy egg. Green Bachelor’s Rice (RM12.90) or as the locals would call it, nasi bujang, consists of jasmine rice, green chicken curry and their infamous fluffy egg. I will just leave a photo down below to prove the point.
After a couple of sharp intake of breath, I washed everything down with their playful signature double-flavoured drinks- Thai Iced Dirty Tea and Thai Iced Muddy Tea (RM9 each). My personal favourite would be the former one which is a combination of Thai Tea and Coffee. Nevertheless, I would not mind another sip of the latter- a mix of Thai Tea and Thai Green Tea. Oddly tasty.
Plus point for their Hot Cha Nom (RM8) because what’s teh without tarik? Very Malaysian *giggles*.
Surely, there will be a next time and I can not wait to devour almost everything on the menu. On my next visit, I determine to gorge on their Sangkaya Bread with their specially made dips – Thai Tea, Green Tea and Pink Milk dip.
After a two-month hiatus, it feels great to be back- writing. I have been occupied with wedding preparation. Nevertheless, I still got the time to visit some new restaurants nearby.
Before I start, don’t forget to wish my website a very happy first anniversary! I can not believe it has been a year since I got involved with (food)writing and still, loving it.
The hidden gem that I am about to write is famous for its authentic Japanese cuisine, Miyagi Restaurant. The restaurant is located in Bandar Baru Bangi and I assumed because of its location, it is underappreciated. It deserves more spotlights of its own. Their extensive menu comprises of dishes from freshly made Sashimi to abundant Teishoku. Normally, Authentic Japanese restaurants cost a pretty penny but here, the price is reasonable. All and all, I would sum it up as good quality food, great ambiance, albeit the place is a tad small, and attentive servers.
This was my first time and I had no idea how the portion would be. Plus, I did not even do my research or read any review beforehand. Azim and I opted for Teishoku dining- I ordered Sashimi To Tempura Tei and Azim went for Tori Teriyaki Set. I could guarantee that you will never leave this place with an empty tummy because they are super generous with their food portion- I could not even finish mine because I was so full from my bountiful Teishoku.
My Sashimi To Tempura Tei (RM35) was huge- the set includes Sashimi, and Tempura served with rice, miso soup, Chawan Mushi, pickled radish, an appertizer and fruits. As you can see from the picture above, their Sashimi were cut at a proper thickness and they tasted just like it should- clean like the ocean.
The Prawn and Vegetables Tempura that it came with were crispy and the batter was as light as air.
Now, onto my favourite- Chawan Mushi. Their Chawan Mushi reminded me of my previous visit at Koyaku Japanese Dining & Grill at Taman Desa. It is so hard to get a nice Chawan Mushi in town but this one will be my go-to spot if I ever crave for a nice and warm Chawan Mushi.
Azim, as usual, went for anything chicken. Their Tori Teriyaki Set (RM25) comes with rice, miso soup, Chawan Mushi, an appertizer and fruits. Azim complimented the Tori Teriyaki but he said it could use a bit more sweet soy sauce so he improvised on his own. (Read: What have I done to the innocent man? JK)
On a serious note, it was definitely a good experience for me and I will be coming back especially for the Chawan Mushi.
My website is two months away from reaching a one-year anniversary and I couldn’t be more happier. This blog is a part of my life and I have learned so much since it started. This time, a year ago, I was so lost and didn’t know where I was heading. Now, I’m happy to say that I have got my direction and ready to pave it.
Okay, lets start!
If you’re familiar with the revamped building in Taman Desa, Faber Tower, you would know there are a few good restaurants located in it- Macaroni Food & Coffee is one of them.
I have been there a few times since I worked in the building but I think it’s time I put it in my blog because people deserve to know good food (at least, the ones I had *wink*).
Macaroni is located at the ground floor right at the middle entrance. Even if it does not located at the entrance, you would still find it amyway because it is the only restaurant with a retro and vintage interior. How retro? I won’t tell you but there’s vespa and canned lightings. To those who love a good selfie, there’s a photo spot for you guys as well. Also, I think comic lovers will love this- there are hanging photos of Marvel and DC for you to take photos too!
Macaroni serves a wide range of food selection from brunch to dinner. Obviously from the name of the restaurant, it serves variety of Italian dishes and at that time, I had been craving for spaghetti for two days. Honestly, I am not a fan of spaghetti and only good spaghetti will do it for me. Otherwise, I will be cranky as hell. So I tried my luck at Macaroni and yes, they managed to get on my good side.
I ordered a Trio Platter which I thought I could finish. The Trio Platter consists of Macaroni Pesto Cream topped with Parsley and Grana Padano, Prawn Aglio Olio and Fettucine Mushroom Alfredo.
The Macaroni Pesto Cream is a dream for pesto aficionado. It tasted very green and herby. Mildly creamy from the Grana Padano cheese giving it a vibrant contrast.
The Prawn Aglio Olio is one of the simplest yet easy to mess it up and I must say, they did not. One bite and you would know it’s an Aglio Olio. The prawns were meaty and fresh. No complaint!
Fettucine Mushroom Alfredo was the star between all three. At first I thought there was not enough sauce but I thought wrong. It was one of the creamiest alfredo I have ever had and I just love it. It was like eating fettucine in a pool of cream though it did not look like it. I really need to stop judge a book by its cover.
Azim also had the alfredo; Spaghetti Chicken Mushroom Alfredo which he also finished- in 5 minutes.
The Deep Fried Onion Rings was ordered for appertizer but we never finished until dessert. We had to pack it home because I love Onion Rings and theirs are too good to leave even two of them there. Also, did you see the size of it? I mean, come on.
The Onion Rings are served with three type of dippings- thousand island, tartar sauce and honey mayo. Being a fan of Fish & Chips, of course I’ll prefer the tartar sauce over anything else.
Previously when I was here, we had their signature which were the Baked Mac & Cheese with Seafood and Salmon Mac & Cheese. Insanely cheesy in a way that I like it. However, for the Baked Mac & Cheese, I wish they let it stayed a little bit longer in the oven because it was very lightly baked. Maybe it was just my luck but still.
All and all, Macaroni would still be one of the restaurants I’d go to for a quick Italian fix.
I know I have previously made a post on VCR but I think it deserves a sequel just because. The food are just, lets just say, fit for a king. Again, I went for a good brunch but this time I brought along my man. He has been wanting to go for a visit since my previous VCR post.
It was around 10am when we arrived and the place was three quarter filled. There were only three small empty tables left- which can only fit two for each. Forget to mention, VCR is a self-service caff and since there were only those tables left- and with people keep coming in from the entrance, I had to bustle to the counter to browse and order in 10 seconds and went back to reserve a spot. It was like a marathon! However, I don’t think that usually happened. Previously, I was seated first then the attendant will get us the menu. So, you know, we can have the time of our life browsing the menu. I think it was just the peak hour and everyone was all wrapped up. No biggie.
Here comes the food talk!
Azim went for VCR Big Breakfast which I think is their signature. The Big Breakfast is literally, big. It’s like a bundle of happiness served on a plate just for you. Lets face it, we all know what should be served on a plate of a big breakfast and how it is going to taste. Yet, VCR manages to make their meal distinctive by guaranteeing the taste of each dish will be spot on- even the eggs. I kid you not! So, what he had were scrambled egg served on top of sourdough toast, mixed salad which Azim finished eating them all up- and he doesn’t like veggies, chicken chipolatas which I loved because who doesn’t love a nicely cooked sausages, grilled tomato, tender and comforting mushroom fricassee, flavorful beef bacon was added on because Azim was being greedy, turkey ham which you can still taste it in your mouth even if you go to the moon and back and home made stewed beans. His plate was literally squeaky clean after 15 minutes. If that doesn’t define a good big breakfast, I don’t know what is.
Me, on the other hand, was being experimental and ordered Scandinavian Breakfast. For 10 seconds, I just looked at one thing I felt like having, gravadlax- lets just say cured salmon for my convenience.
Not related but don’t you think gravadlax sounds like another airport terminal for you?
Anyway, I ordered the cured salmon which comes with dishes that names I couldn’t pronounce but I can tell you this; it was one of the most refreshing breakfast I ever had. The combination is very new to me and refreshing. The cured salmon were fresh and it paired well with capers. It gave out this nice sharp flavor to it. Ugh, I’m drooling. It also comes with Skagen, which is somewhat like prawn cocktail but more refreshing and tangy, topped with Ikura, which is salmon roe. Real nice texture! Another dish was Ni-Tamago or lava egg. As usual, I leave anything related to runny egg yolk to Azim. Not to forget, dill-flavored pickled cucumber and rye toasts to eat everything with. I love how everything complements each other- though I’m fine without the lava eggs. I really did love my breakfast it was just so refreshing and clean. One more of the word refreshing and I will go scrub my mouth but it’s true!
I will definitely come again to experiment more.
After we finished our meal and took all the photos we (or I!) needed, we decided it’s time to leave and give other incoming patrons our seat. We were on our way back to the car when I saw a pretty pavlova on a cake display at Meet Joe. I had to stop and stare for a few seconds. Azim, being a good man he is and knowing how to make me extra happy, asked me to sit and he went to the counter to get me the pavlova.
Meet Joe, formerly known as OJO Coffee, is located a few shops away from VCR, Bangsar and I love the cosy and wood-themed concept it offers with a quiet ambience. Also, you can get a very instagram-worthy pictures!
Anyway, Azim came back with the pavlova and, this is his words, a surprise. The surprise were chocolate truffles from Cocoraw! I literally did smile from ear to ear.
So the pavlova was okay. I like the fact that it isn’t too sweet but the meringue was quite hard. I felt like I was eating Eton Mess rather than pavlova. I also love that they put in pomegranate seeds together with the berries.
Those chocolate truffles were amazing. Azim ordered two flavors for us; Salted Gula Melaka and Raw 70. I love them both but Raw 70 has this intense bittersweet flavor which I have extra loves for. I really wish I did pair them up with a cup of coffee. Oh well, next time.
It’s October which means only one thing- Halloweeeeen! I am a fan of halloween because A, halloween candies and chocolates are the cutest and B for the costume party. It’s not like I’m going anywhere this year but still, I love seeing my instagram feed with cute and freaky outfits.
Anyway, lets talk food now.
So I went to Savini, one of the infamous Italian restaurant in town, located at The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak. Entering the place, you will be welcomed with an elegant and classy restaurant setting. Just like Alto Sky Lounge, Savini also offers a separate cigar and bar lounge for patrons comfort.
Without wasting any more time, Azim and I were browsing through the menu looking for something to gorge. Azim opted for an Italian dish and said something I used to say; what’s the point of you going to an Italian restaurant and have something else? Sigh, I take full responsibility on this one. Anyway, he ordered a Beef Lasagna and I chose to settle with Angus Beef. Note that for the meat, you can choose your portion size according to the meat weight selection.
I was awestruck when my Angus Beef arrived. I mean, my plate was really a work of art! My beef medallion was perfectly cooked- medium rare and served with velvety mashed potato. The beef when paired with their truffle sauce was lip smacking.
Apologize for not having the picture of their lasagna but Azim went straight into it right after it was served. For the record, the lasagna was meaty and cheesy, just how it should be.
To end the night with a sweet note, I had the Savini Chocolate Cake with Lavender Gelato. The chocolate cake was average but I was loving the lavender gelato. It gave the right earthy flavour to it.
Azim’s dessert was the star, I kid you not! He had the Creme Brulee with a Raspberry Sorbet. First off, a thin brownie base is a genius move. It gave a taste and texture sensation to it. Second, raspberry sorbet added a great sweet-tart flavour to the combo.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience and I really hope I’ll go back- with a more refined palate of course- and get another taste of their dishes.
Today is the last day for the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge and I have to say, it feels so good to share and spread quotes that are meaningful and inspiring.
Today’s quote is one of the most popular quotes of all time and never gets old.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
I nominate three bloggers below for the challenge:
Okay, so I just realized my previous post was dated on 5th September when I actually posted it yesterday. Just to make it clear, it was on my draft since 5th Sept so I guess that’s what happened.
Today’s quote is about friends and it hits me hard.
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri Nouwen
I nominate three bloggers below for the challenge: