Hubby and the kids love satay, so we decided to check out Xiang Ji Satay House when we were in Melaka recently. We arrived at the restaurant around 5pm; parking was a breeze and the restaurant was not too crowded, so we were served really quickly.
There is a menu on the wall, listing out the different types of Hainanese satay that they serve, including satay chicken, pork, intestine, pork liver (RM0.90 each) and otak-otak (RM1.10). Ordering is simple - just let them how many sticks of each that you want. We went for both chicken and pork, which were cooked to order on the charcoal grill.
You can also watch them threading on the meat onto skewers at the front of the restaurant.
The satays here at Xiang Ji Satay House had a nice lean to fat ratio; they were tender, juicy and flavorful. I especially loved the pork satay, which comes with alternate chunks of meat and thin strips of fat. The fats were nicely crisp, as they get grilled over the hot charcoal embers.
The peanut sauce is awesome too; they include pineapple into their sauce which gives it an appetizing zing. They will serve nasi impit, cucumber and onions to your table based on the number of diners, do note that these are chargeable. Hubby loved the satay here so much, he declared it as one of the best satays he's eaten in Malaysia.
Operating hours: 11am to 8.30pm daily.
Price: Total bill RM41.60 for 4 pax, including drinks.
Location: Xiang Ji Satay House, 50, Jalan Portugis, 75200 Melaka. (Street parking available - opposite SRJK Pay Teck)
This July, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara present The Craftsmanship of Gold, a specially curated program of arts, gastronomy, and wellness expressed through gold. Gold has always been associated with the power, beauty and cultural elite since the history of ancient civilization. Its brilliance and permanence that neither corrode nor tarnish for eternity continue to appeal to humans for many centuries and millenniums.
As part of this initiative, in partnership with Aureo Gallery, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara will be showcasing the world's only gold paintings by renowned contemporary South Korean artist, Kim Il Tae in the hotel's sprawling lobby between 2 July 2019 and 1 September 2019. He is widely recognized as a pioneer artist who developed a distinct method to paint with pure 24k gold and oil on canvas. Kim Il Tae’s artworks today have been met with worldwide critical acclaim. Amongst the prestigious collectors of his artworks are Prince Michael of Kent of the British Royal Family, PSY (Korean celebrity), Zhou Xun (Chinese artist) to name a few.
Sip on tea and enjoy the exclusive Taste of Gold Afternoon Tea, by pastry guest chef Guillaume Destouches from Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. As its name suggest, the Taste of Gold Afternoon Tea gives you a taste of French treats dressed with gold effects to complement Kim Il Tae’s masterpieces. The Taste of Gold Afternoon Tea is available daily from 15 July to 14 August 2019 at Le Bar Cocktail & Stories from 3pm to 5pm, priced at RM128 for two persons.
We had the pleasure of sampling the Taste of Gold Afternoon Tea, which came beautifully presented in an elegant three-tier stand. This includes Chef Guillaume's specialty, the Hazelnut with milk chocolate cube, with a hazelnut cream with chocolate almond coating as well as the Pistachio and raspberry charlotte (my personal favourite!). In keeping with the gold theme is the Chocolate eclair with a cookie topping, dipped in dark chocolate and sprayed with edible gold. The set also comes with fruit tartlet, red velvet club sandwich, avocado sandwich, smoked salmon croissant, raspberry and hazelnut macarons as well as a pot of TWG tea for two.
Gold has been touted for its wrinkle-fighting and radiance-boosting properties for centuries. Guests can now book the Glow like Gold with the Gold Rejuvenating Facial at the award-winning So SPA. Pure luxury that instantly rejuvenates and tighten the skin, giving it the perfect tone and texture, the 60-minutes facial treatment uses natural ingredients such as pure honey, cucumber as well as a gold mask, combined with French technique. The facial also helps to smooth and plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin look smoother, feel radiant and glowingly alive. The luxurious gold mask pampers skin of all types for the lift needed to look extra radiant and refreshed. The Glow like Gold with the Gold Rejuvenating Facial is available daily from 2 July 2019 until 1 September 2019, priced at RM360.
Chef Guillaume Destouches will also be sharing his contemporary French desserts via these other culinary delights, until 14 July 2019.
Location: Le Bar, Lobby Level, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, No. 6, Jalan Damanlela Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking available in DC Mall)
Recently, we were at Tropicana Avenue to run some errands and come lunchtime, we decided to check out Koyaku Japanese Dining & Grill.
The restaurant interior was quirky, with one wall covered in cardboard boxes, posters and masks, while the other wall was lined with sake bottles and Japanese snack boxes. There are also large Doraemon (and friends) statues at the restaurant entrance.
We had the Koyaku Set Lunch, with over 28 different sets to choose from, ranging from sushi, sashimi, robatayaki, noodles, teppanyaki and more. All sets come with miso soup, rice, chawanmushi, pickles and dessert. Prices start from RM20 per set.
The Sashimi Set (RM30) comes with four types of raw fish, namely salmon, tuna, butterfish and kampachi. The sashimi was fresh, I especially liked the fatty salmon belly and kampachi.
The Salmon Teriyaki (RM25) set was pretty good value for money. Two nicely grilled salmon fillets in a delicious glaze.
The Saba Set (RM24) was nice, though we found the fish to be on the small side. For dessert, they serve fresh fruits (melon and kiwi).
Taste by Champignons is the latest brainchild of Chef Gary Chang, the chef-owner of award-winning modern European restaurant, Champignons at Oasis Square. Located in EkoCheras Mall, Taste by Champignons is a restaurant-cum-cafe which opened in May this year.
Chef Gary Chef has over 15 years of culinary experience around the globe, including Switzerland, London, Dubai (opening team of The Atlantis), Macau and Malaysia. He hopes to showcase hotel-quality food, all made using quality ingredients and served at affordable prices through his restaurants. In December 2017, he opened his first restaurant, Champignons and in May this year, Taste by Champignons.
The menu at Taste features breakfast favourites, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, pasta, grilled items, mains, tapas and pizzas. They also offer a weekday set lunch from 12pm to 3pm, with the menu changing every two weeks. Diners get to choose a main course along with a starter (soup or salad) and beverage, with prices starting from RM18.
Start your day right with the Taste Big Breakfast (RM28), a delicious ensemble of two eggs (omelette or fried), homemade pork sausage, streaky bacon, sauteed mushroms, pork bolognaise, grilled tomato, baked beans, hash brown and country bread. My favourites were the juicy pork sausage, which is made in-house using select cuts with a nice balance of lean and fat, as well as the yummy mushrooms and crispy hash brown. A simple dish, very well-executed.
For the health conscious, the Garden Salad (RM13) is given an interesting, refreshing twist with an orange dressing, roasted nuts, garlic-cheese croutons and tea-soaked raisins. You can also opt to add on smoked salmon (RM6) or streaky bacon (RM4) for a more wholesome meal.
One of the chef recommended dish here is the Squid Ink Pasta (RM38) with fresh seafood such as salmon, squid, prawns and mussels, along with cherry tomatoes, button mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and basil.
We also had the Grilled Homemade Burger - diners can choose from Australian beef (RM28), Spanish pork with sage (RM22) or Crispy red snapper (RM18). We went for the pork burger, which comes with a juicy patty made from Iberico pork, served with sauteed onions, lettuce, cheese sauce, tomatoes and grilled bacon. You can add-on French fries or sweet potato fries for just RM3.
For desserts, head on over to The Champignons Cake Shop which is located next to Taste. In fact, we've already eyed up a couple of their amazing looking desserts before we entered the restaurant as they're all beautifully displayed in the cake counter at the front.
Helming The Champignons Cake Shop is Group Pastry Chef, Kingsley Kwoh, who previously honed his skills in five-star hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur and Mandarin Oriental Macau. He specialises in French pastry and here at The Champignons Cake Shop, you can find his incredible creations. Currently he is showcasing his "Summer Collection" which includes fun, cute-looking desserts such as the Gelato, Coconut and Flamingo as well as his signature desserts, the Elderflower and Chocolate Hazelnut. There are also a selection of macarons, cookies and croissant which you can enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.
Not only are they amazingly intricate, we were blown away by the taste and texture of each individual dessert too. These dainty French delights were well-constructed and beautifully put together.
Matcha latte (RM12), cappuccino (RM10)
The Apple (RM16), features green apple mousse, fresh green apple compote cooked with orange juice, almond crunch, lemon chiffon and a Sable biscuit base and is shaped exactly like a green apple.
Elderflower (RM18), the signature dessert, features elderflower mousse, guava compote, strawberry and pink guava jelly with vanilla genoise and biscuit. What a work of art!
The Coconut (RM18) gives out all the holiday vibes, with a cool coconut, complete with a chocolate straw and mini umbrella. Drawing inspiration from the pina colada, this creation features coconut mousse, exotic compote (passion fruit), pineapple, banana and mango), coconut Gianduja, coconut sponge, lime zest and a touch of dark rum.
A la carte menu at Taste by Champignons
Operating hours: 10am to 10pm daily.
Location: Taste by Champignons & The Champignons Cake House, Lot G31 & G32 Ground Floor, Eko Cheras Mall, Batu 5, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking rate RM1 per entry on weekdays, RM2 per entry on weekends).
Tucked away on the first floor of Empire Damansara's Heritage Lane is Nippori, a charming Japanese restaurant with a cosy, relaxed ambiance. This hidden gem is run by the Fukuzato family, with a menu focusing on lovingly prepared Japanese home-style food.
We were warmly greeted by the service staff and led into the cosy, quaint restaurant. There are tatami seats with round tables at the front of the restaurant, with lots of natural lighting flowing in through the large windows or tables through the back of the restaurant to cater for larger groups.
The food is freshly prepared everyday using quality ingredients, with no MSG or artificial flavouring added. From the a la carte menu, diners can choose from various appetizers, salads, sashimi, makimono, sushi, handroll, Japanese sandwich, wafu pizza, grill, deep fried, rice and noodles. Nippori also offer great value for money set menus, with prices starting from RM30.
To start, we had the Thick cut trout sashimi (RM38) which came with five impressively thick slices of salmon sashimi. The salmon trout is air-flown in from Norway three times a week to guarantee freshness of the produce. Absolutely luscious!
Nippori-style Caesar salad with homemade dressing (RM28)
The set menus are highly popular with their guests as they offer a complete meal with main(s), chawanmushi, miso soup, rice, salad, nimono, tsukemono and fresh fruits.
One of the recommended sets is the Grilled salmon and chicken karaage set (RM48). This came with two pieces of salmon fillet, which was nicely grilled so it was still moist with crispy skin. I love chicken karaage, and this is possibly one of the best I've tried in KL - the chicken was so juicy and the skin was deliciously crisp.
Another bestseller here is the Deep fried fish tartar and salmon sashimi set (RM48). The batter was nice and crisp, and the fish was topped with Nippori's special Japanese tartar sauce. This set also comes with five thick slices of salmon sashimi.
We also had the Unagi hitsumabushi and salmon sashimi set (RM65) which arrived in a two tier bento wooden box. The staff kindly explained how to enjoy this dish - we were to remove of the unagi and rice to the empty serving bowl and pour hot tea over and eat it chazuke-style. Baby D loved this and proceeded to finish the whole portion of the unagi rice. This set also comes with salmon sashimi.
Nippori is also doing a Hambagu promotion currently. Hambagu is Japanese-style hamburger, usually eaten with white rice. We had the Original Japanese hamburger rice set (RM38), a juicy chicken burger with Nippori's homemade Japanese-style BBQ sauce and a sunny side egg on top. Nippori is also offering hambagu with cheddar cheese sauce, white cheese garlic sauce and cheese lava red sauce (tomato).
Honey peach soda (RM13), Kyoho grape soda (RM12), Yuzu soda (RM12), Strawberry frozen (RM13)
Reservations recommended, book your table online here:
Over the weekend, we visited Royal Canton in DC Mall, KL to check out their latest promotions as well as refreshed dim sum selections.
We started off our meal with the 3x3 dim sum platter, which features nine different types of dim sum items nicely presented in a wooden box. Perfect for those who want to try a variety of dim sum here without having to order a full portion everytime. The dim sum varieties may vary on a daily basis but rest assured that they will always be of similar quality, made with high quality ingredients. Royal Canton prides themselves with serving their customers only freshly made dim sum (never frozen), with no preservatives or artificial colouring used in their dim sum.
During our visit, we had the Ma lai gao, Siew mai, Steamed char siew bao, Har gao, Baked Portuguese egg tart, Wu kok (taro dumpling with pork), Salad prawn dumpling, Dried scallop, spinach and shrimp dumpling and Lao sa bao (salted egg custard bun). Every component was well-made and served hot, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Available daily for lunch, now priced at RM23 (normal price RM33).
Other than dim sum, Royal Canton also offers an amazing selection of a la carte Chinese dishes. Our Lala King aka Baby D was delighted when the Steamed lala steam in superior soup (RM18/500g) arrived at our table. The lala clams were fresh and sweet, cooked in a deliciously spicy superior stock with ginger and cili padi. Both the kids had two bowls of this.. yum!
BabySumoKids also shared a basket of siew mai (pork and shrimp dumpling with fish roe) (RM9.50) as well as the Stir fried Australian Black Angus beef with Cambodian kampot pepper served on a hotplate (RM48 for small). Superb dish - the beef was tender and loved the peppery, fragrant Cambodian kampot pepper.
Meanwhile, the adults tackled one of their signature dishes, the German-style Crispy pork knuckle (RM38 for medium, RM76 for large). WOW was the first word that came out of our mouths as we took our first bite - super crispy crackling with juicy, tender meat. Even better than the ones we previously tried in Germany. We were told that it is first marinated, steamed and then deep fried before serving. The pork knuckle is served with a spicy, tangy dipping sauce. Great with a glass of cold German beer (they serve Weihenstephan here). Hubby is a happy man!
Not to be missed here are their flaky, buttery Baked egg tarts too! We also love their Deep fried fresh prawn and beancurd roll (RM9.50), Ginger soup sesame tong yuen (RM8) and Mango sago with pomelo (RM10).
Download the free UDS app and enjoy 6% cashback on your next dining at Royal Canton or any of the other restaurants managed by Globalfoods (Hanare, Royal Canton, Golden Valley, Harley's). You will also get RM5 off on your first bill.
Opening times: Lunch: Mon-Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM, Sat & Sun 10:30AM - 3:00PM, Dinner: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: Royal Canton, Lot L2-03A - L2-2-07, 2nd floor, DC Mall, Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM3 for first 2 hours, RM3 for subsequent hour)
Tofu is a good source of protein, so I try to incorporate it into our meals whenever possible.
This is a variation of another tofu dish which I have posted here on the blog before. For this version, I have used minced pork as well as prawns and Chinese mushrooms. Garnish it with some garlic chives (or spring onions) and viola, you have a complete meal right there! I love this so much that I can have just this with rice for dinner. So yummeh!
Tofu with minced pork, prawn and mushrooms
Tofu with minced pork, prawn and mushroom Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from here Preparation time: 5-10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Serves 3-4
Ingredients 1 piece silken tofu, cubed 150g minced pork 3 prawns, peeled and diced 3 Chinese or shitake mushrooms, rehydrated and diced 2 tbsp cooking oil 1-2 tbsp mushroom sauce (or oyster sauce) 1 tsp ginger wine 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 3 garlic chives, finely chopped (or spring onion)
1. In a wok, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 1/2 minutes, until lightly browned.
2. Add the minced pork and mushrooms, and cook for about 4-5 minutes, until the pork is cooked through. Season with the mushroom sauce and ginger wine, and taste.
3. Finally, stir in the tofu and prawns cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the garlic chives and give it a quick stir. Serve immediately.
We discovered Hometown Vietnam Kitchen while we were at Taman Connaught recently. This little shack is operated by a Vietnamese owner/chef, with a menu serving Vietnamese food such as pho, spring rolls, rice and noodle dishes.
I had the beef pho (RM8) which came with all the right components - the noodles, beansprouts, Thai basil, and a generous amount of beef. The soup could be better but for the price, I thought it was passable. For best pho in KL/PJ, see here.
Hubby had the Fried pork noodle (RM7.50) which was pretty good. I enjoyed this more than my pho, as it was nicely seasoned and had plenty of wok hei. The noodles were like Cintan curly noodles, stir fried together with beansprouts, carrots, onion and pork fillet. I would order this again for sure! The Iced Vietnamese coffee (RM4) was excellent too - super caramel-ly and thick.
Hometown Vietnam Kitchen menu
Operating hours: 7am to 6pm daily. Closed on alternate Mondays.
Price: Total bill RM19.50.
Location: Hometown Vietnam Kitchen, Jalan Cerdas 1, Taman Connaught, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (opposite 99 Speedmart / Beans & Yogurt - paid street parking available).
This trip to Melaka, we introduced putu piring to BabySumoKids. Putu piring is made from rice flour with a gula melaka filling, steamed and then coated in freshly grated coconut.One of the most famous places selling this delicacy in Melaka is called Putu Piring Melaka, located on Jalan Tengkera.
We arrived just after 6pm, so there was no queue at all. There is no signboard outside the shop but they have a small banner inside with the stall's name, opening times and price clearly stated. It's located next to a Sports Toto shop. A friendly couple operates this stall; the wife steaming the putu piring while the husband does the packing.
We got five pieces of the putu piring, and after we took our first bite, we wished that we had gotten more! During this trip, we tried a couple of places which sold putu piring and the ones here from Putu Piring Melaka certainly trumps the rest.
Eaten hot, it was soft, feathery light in texture with a delicious combination of sweet-salty flavours (sweetness from the gula melaka and saltiness from the freshly grated coconut). So so good!
Operating hours: 6pm to 10pm daily. Closed on Sundays.
Price: RM1.20 each.
Location: Putu Piring Melaka, 252, Jalan Tengkera, 75200 Malacca City (limited street parking available).