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15 Mar, 2012

Pick Me Up

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

Recently we were invited to sample the various offerings at a new dessert outlet in the Kuchai Entrepreneur’s Park called Pick Me Up which was established not too long ago, in December 2011.

Interior, Pick Me Up
Located on one of the main roads in Kuchai Lama, it was very easy to find. Look out for the café on the row opposite Wing’s Café and Mr D.I.Y. The café itself was bright and very welcoming, perfect for a casual hang-out spot with friends and family.

Ice Cream Burritos, Pick Me Up
We tried many items from the menu that night and also one item which will soon be on the menu. To start, we had two types of Ice Cream Burritos – Mango and Banana. Both were priced at RM5.50 per roll. The soft pancake-burrito wrapped around sweet vanilla ice cream and crushed peanuts made for a delicious treat. Ours were stuffed with fresh mango pieces or banana pieces in addition to the ice cream. We enjoyed the burritos very much, but we personally prefered the banana over the mango.

Fruity Tower, Pick Me Up
Pick Me Up has a unique creation in the form of the Fruity Tower, priced at RM12.90. The top layer consists of blueberry shaved ice, followed by mango shaved ice in the middle and strawberry shaved ice at the bottom. In between these three layers was some vanilla ice cream to hold it all together. At the bottom, around the bowl, there were fresh mango piece, taro balls, pearls and nata de coco. Designed to be shared, the medley of flavours provided us with a diverse and enjoyable experience all in one bowl.

Taiwanese Tower, Pick Me Up
This was not in the menu when we were there, but we were told that it was going to be introduced very soon. Known as the Taiwanese Tower and priced at RM12.90, this was the Taiwanese version of the Fruity Tower. The top layer of the tower was grass jelly ice, followed by palm sugar ice in the middle and soya milk ice at the bottom. In between each layer was a bed of red bean. Barley, taro balls, pearls and sweet potato pieces can be found at the bottom and around the tower. We personally enjoyed this tower more than the Fruity Tower and would enthusiastically recommend it if you pay a visit.

Chilli Chic Quesadilla, Pick Me Up
A break from sweets led us to a couple of Pick Me Up’s savoury items. The Chilli Chic Quesadilla was priced at RM8.50. The minced chicken was soft and cooked until full of flavour. The taste of Cajun spice was prominent  and left us wanting more!

Chilli Fries, Pick Me Up
Another good item for sharing would be the Chilli Fries. For RM8.00, we got a plate of fries along with minced chicken chilli on the side. Slightly different from the Quesadilla, this was served with melted cheese on top. It was a joy to eat the fries with the quality chicken chilli.

Frozen Yoghurt, Pick Me Up
If one does not fancy the ice-based desserts, Pick Me Up offers frozen yoghurt as well. A bowl of frozen yoghurt comes with 3 toppings of your choice for RM6.50. In this instance, we had cornflakes, toasted oats and strawberry sauce as our toppings. It’s hard to go wrong with frozen yoghurt and the one from Pick Me Up lived up to our expectations.  The portion was generous for the price. Fans of froyo, be sure to look up this establishment!

Nutella French Toast with Peanut, Pick Me Up
To round up the night, we tried the Nutella French Toast with Peanut, priced at RM5.50. We enjoyed the French Toast very much. It was not a combination of Nutella and Peanut Butter, but instead two separate French Toasts.  The Nutella French Toast was sweet and rich. The peanut butter French toast balanced the sweetness out to perfection. These two combined were sinfully delicious, but we would gladly eat more of it any day.

Nutella French Toast with Strawberry, Pick Me Up
Another variation was the Nutella French Toast with Strawberry, also priced at RM5.50. The strawberry French toast was nice, but we still preferred the peanut variation over this one.

As a whole, Pick Me Up has nailed the food aspect spot on. We genuinely thought the food was really good and enjoyed our time there. We would like to thank the friendly owners, Annie and Jared, for having us over that night. We look forward to coming back soon and we’d recommend Pick Me Up as a dessert place worth checking out. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

Café Information
35, Jalan Kuchai Maju 8
Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03 – 79814983

12 Mar, 2012

Bijan Bar & Restaurant

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

We decided to go for something a little different the past Valentine’s dinner, so we paid a visit to Bijan for some fine Malay cuisine.

Bijan Bar & Restaurant
Located on Jalan Ceylon in Kuala Lumpur, the restaurant was easy enough to find, though parking was not very convenient. We got there quite a bit earlier than our reservation, but we were attended to by the friendly staff who showed us to our table.

Bijan Bar & Restaurant
The restaurant was set up perfectly that day. The setting was romantic and the restaurant dimly lit. Rose petals littered the floor which accentuated the Valentine’s occasion.

Cucur Bijan, Bijan Bar & Restaurant
We started off with the Cucur Bijan for RM10. This was made up of crisp-fried vegetable fritters of tofu, sweet potato, tempe matchsticks with bean sprouts and spring onions. Served with Bijan’s homemade peanut and chilli sauce, this crunchy treat was an appetising start to our meal!

Sotong Hitam Manis, Bijan Bar & Restaurant
We ordered several dishes to be eaten with rice. One of it was the Sotong Hitam Manis, priced at RM32. Cooked with chilli paste, lemongrass and squid ink, this dish was dark in appearance. While it may not look like the most appealing thing around, don’t let that fool you. The best way to describe it would be like a more refined ‘sambal sotong’. Delicious and spicy, we liked this dish a lot!

Rendang Itik Bijan, Bijan Bar & Restaurant
Another dish we had was the Rendang Itik Bijan. For RM58, we were served a juicy and deep-fried marinated duck leg topped with Bijan’s aromatic rending sauce. Think duck confit with rending sauce, but done to perfection. The duck was tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Coupled with a quality rendang sauce, we found this dish to be really enjoyable with rice!

Pucuk Paku Goreng Tahi Minyak, Bijan Bar & Restaurant
Our vegetable of the day was the Pucuk Paku Goreng Tahi Minyak, priced at RM18. The wild fern here was stir-fried with chilli, caramelised coconut and shrimp. The result was a savoury dish with just a little hint of sweetness. This was one of our favourites that night.

Quality food with a romantic setting, we couldn’t have asked for more for a nice Valentine’s dinner. It is no wonder why Bijan is one of the leading restaurants when it comes to Malay fine dining. More information on the restaurant’s menu and contact details can be found on its website.

Restaurant Information
3, Jalan Ceylon
50200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 20313575

10 Mar, 2012

Ochado (茶の道)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

We are huge fans of bubble tea. Even when we were in the UK, we were constantly searching for good bubble teas in London or any Chinese restaurants. When we came back, we were delighted to find many bubble tea places mushrooming in KL – Chatime, Gongcha, Yippee Cup, to name a few.

We first found out about this place from our blogger friends. Ochado was highly rated among them. Located in Tokyo Street in Pavilion, we found this place easily. The bubble tea place was located next to Oyaki, a place which we love to stop by for a snack.

Ochado was constantly busy, fortunately service was quite fast. There were a couple of counter seats available for patrons while waiting for the tea to be served.

Roasted Milk Tea, Ochado
Similar to other bubble tea chains, Ochado has a large variety of drinks to offer. Our all-time favourite is their Roasted Milk Tea (茶の道烤奶茶). Priced at RM4.90 for a regular size, we topped it up with pearls for an extra RM1.00. The tea quality was excellent, it was freshly brewed and rich in flavour. The pearls on the other hand was nice and chewy, smaller in size compared to the other bubble tea chains but still of superb quality.

Okinawa Milk Tea, Ochado
We also tried their Okinawa Milk Tea (沖縄黑糖奶茶) for RM5.90 with added pearls. It was very good as well but we somehow prefer their Roasted Milk Tea as the tea aroma was stronger and richer.

On our previous visits, we also tried their Okinawa Matcha Milk Tea with Azuki Beans (沖縄抹茶奶) which we thought was very good. Another intriguing drink that we wanted to try is their Pop Eggs Milk Tea, Ochado only serve 50 cups each day and they ran out of the Pop Eggs when we were there. Oh well, more reasons to visit next time! Do check out their Facebook page for more information.

Café Information
6.33.00 & 6.34.00, Level 6
Jln Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

08 Mar, 2012

Yut Kee Restaurant (镒记茶餐馆)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

Having heard about the famous Hainanese coffee shop, Yut Kee, for a long time, I only got the chance to sample it during work one afternoon near Sheraton Imperial Hotel. We had lunch there and I thought it was so good that we should visit the place and blog about it!

Interior, Yut Kee Restaurant
During the weekend, we went there during a late afternoon and still found the restaurant quite packed. We were not surprised given that Yut Kee has been around for more than 80 years and their reputable food items such as Roti Babi, Roti Bakar, Hainanese Pork Chop, Kaya Roll etc. are still nostalgic and loved by many.

Tea and Coffee, Yut Kee Restaurant
We started off with our drinks. We had a coffee and tea each, both priced at RM1.50. We loved how our drinks were served in the traditional green flower motif cups. Both tea and coffee were thick and fragrant, just the way we like it.

Roti Bakar with Kaya and Butter, Yut Kee Restaurant
Feeling extremely hungry and greedy that day, we ordered a lot. Believe it or not, we managed to finish everything including another order of Horlicks and also two slices of Kaya Roll. First, we sampled their Roti Bakar (Toast Bread) with kaya and butter (烧面包面包肉). Priced at RM2.40, we found the kaya extremely delicious, it was so sweet and we can eat it on its own. And needless to say, we wiped the plate clean with the toast!

Roti Babi, Yut Kee Restaurant
Next up we had their very well-known Roti Babi (面包肉). Priced at RM8, this shredded pork bun, stuffed with shredded pork, onions, carrots and crab meat was delicious as a snack. We personally love the bread, which was dipped into egg batter and then deep-fried until golden brown.

Pork Chop, Yut Kee Restaurant
As for our mains, we had a Pork Chop (猪扒) priced at RM10. Covered with heavenly delicious gravy and served with potato wedges, onions, carrots, corns and green peas, we found this pork chop excellent as it offers the best of both worlds – the east and the west. No wonder it remains as one of their best-sellers ever since they were established.

Belachan Fried Rice, Yut Kee Restaurant
Finally, we had a Belachan Fried Rice (马来占炒饭). Priced at RM6, this plate of shrimp paste fried rice went beyond our expectation. It was aromatic, spicy and flavourful, exactly how fried rice should be! We will definitely order this again and highly recommend our readers to try it out!

Before leaving, we also bought a box of Kaya Roll (旦糕) to take home. Two rolls of Kaya Roll were priced at RM9, which we thought was very reasonably priced. They were soft, fluffy and fragrant with their homemade kaya. It was so good that we finished them so quickly at home. We would highly recommend anyone who loves Hainanese or local food to try this place out! We love it and we will be back for more!

Restaurant Information
35 Jalan Dang Wangi
50100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2698 8108

06 Mar, 2012

Moorthy’s Mathai Restaurant

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Indian Food

We’ve always enjoyed mamak food, so when we read about Moorthy’s Mathai Restaurant on Chris & Christine’s blog, we decided to give it a try.

Interior, Moorthy’s Mathai Restaurant
Unlike most regular mamaks, Moorthy’s was very brightly lit and very clean. The inside was air-conditioned and very comfortable to be in.

Maggi Goreng, Moorthy’s Mathai Restaurant
We started off dinner that night with a plate of Maggi Goreng for RM4. We found the maggi goreng here to be quite good. An abundance of cili padi in and around the noodles made for a spicy and flavourful treat!

Nasi Goreng Kampung, Moorthy’s Mathai Restaurant
We also tried the Nasi Goreng Kampung for RM4.50. A milder taste compared to the maggi goreng, but we still enjoyed it. Again, the generous amount of chilli in the fried rice added an extra kick which we definitely approve of.

Roti Kaya, Moorthy’s Mathai Restaurant
Dessert that day was a Roti Kaya, priced at RM2. With kaya on the inside and a serving of condensed milk on the side, this was definitely a winning combination. The roti was freshly made and best eaten fresh, we would come back for this roti kaya for sure! The only gripe we had was that we thought it could have had even more kaya on the inside.

A very good experience overall and a new food place on our list that we would go back to. We’ll be looking forward to try their banana leaf rice and briyani! The next time any of you are in Brickfields, be sure to pop over to Moorthy’s!

Restaurant Information
78, Jalan Tun Sambanthan
50470 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 016 – 3719894

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