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Fatty Mok Hakka Yong Tau Foo has been a place that I have been visiting with my parents since young. The restaurant is located in Salak South Garden, which was convenient for us because it was rather near my place.

Restoran Fatty Mok Hakka Yong Tau Foo
The restaurant has been in operation for more than 37 years. It is one of the more well-known eateries in Salak South Garden. The establishment originally started out as a small stall, gradually expanded to become a restaurant today. It is now run by two Mok brothers, who took over the business from their father, who was affectionately known as Fatty Mok.

Interior, Restoran Fatty Mok Hakka Yong Tau Foo
The restaurant was rather packed during dinner time. However, service was speedy and efficient.

Yong Tau Foo, Restoran Fatty Mok Hakka Yong Tau Foo
Fatty Mok is known for their yong tau foo, and for us, these are one of the must-order in their restaurant. The restaurant serves 15 types of yong tau foo. We had their tau foo (豆腐), foo chook (腐皮), fried tau foo (炸豆腐), brinjal (茄子) and foo chook roll (腐卷). Their tau foo was my all time favourite, it was soft and silky, coupled with the fish paste stuffing dipped in their home made sweet sauce, the combination was excellent! We also enjoyed the fried tau foo, it was soaked with the intensely flavourful broth which was cooked with more than 10 types of herbs and spices. Every type of yong tau foo had their own specialty and deliciousness.

Curry Mee (咖喱面), Restoran Fatty Mok Hakka Yong Tau Foo
One of our regular orders was their curry mee (咖喱面). It was definitely one of the best versions of curry noodles we have had, the curry was very thick and fragrant and it was filled with lots of cockles, fried bean curd, smooth poached chicken and deep fried pig’s skin. The curry mee is simply one of the best we’ve had and it was consistently good.

Dry Fried Meat Noodles (干捞炸肉面), Restoran Fatty Mok Hakka Yong Tau Foo
We also tried their dry fried meat noodles (干捞炸肉面) that day. Again, our bowl of noodles was served with generous fillings of fried pork and black fungus. The noodles were delicious, evenly coated with black soy sauce which gave it a nice flavour, but we somehow prefer the curry noodles more, perhaps it was caused by our own passion for spicy food.

The total bill for this meal came up to RM18.50 with two drinks. We are unable to provide a price breakdown for this post since the prices were not stated on the menu. Overall, we thought the price was reasonable and the food was of superb quality. We were rather impressed with their website as well, menus and articles about the restaurant can be found online. Do check it out if you’re a fan of Hakka yong tau foo!

Restaurant Information
AS-27, Jalan HangTuah 3
Salak South Garden
57100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 7981 4888

08 Feb, 2012

Antipodean Café

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Breakfasts|Western Food

In conjunction with Christine’s birthday a while back, we decided to have breakfast in a popular breakfast joint in Bangsar.

Interior, Antipodean Café
Antipodean Café is usually crowded in the morning and it was indeed crowded when we were there. It is an Australian-style café, serving one of the best coffees in town!

Cappuccino, Antipodean Café
A cappuccino was priced at RM8 and worth every penny!

All Day Breakfast, Antipodean Café
An All Day Breakfast was priced at RM18 and came with toast, bacon, a choice of chicken, beef or pork sausages, baked beans, scrambled eggs and grilled tomatoes. We found the bacon and scrambled eggs to be very good. We definitely appreciate it when a food establishment in Malaysia uses proper bacon in all its bacon-y goodness. The only let down was the baked beans which we found to be too sweet.

Big Breakfast, Antipodean Café
Another suitable breakfast option to consider is the Big Breakfast which was also priced at RM18 and came with toast, bacon, a choice of beef, chicken or pork sausages, mushrooms, scrambled eggs and hash browns.

Croissant Scrambled Eggs with Bacon, Antipodean Café
We also tried the Croissant Scrambled Eggs with Bacon. For RM18, a generous serving of scrambled eggs was topped with bacon and served on a croissant. The quality scrambled eggs here along with the bacon are definitely a winning combination!

Smoked Salmon Omelette, Antipodean Café
For RM20, we tried the Smoked Salmon Omelette. We think that by now we’ve established that the eggs at Antipodean Café were good, but coupled on with some fresh tasting smoked salmon, we find this item even harder to resist!

Chocolate Crumble Marble Cake
What birthday would be complete without a cake? Here was the excellent Chocolate Crumble Marble Cake baked by Ai Wei!

Antipodean Café is a good bet for good breakfasts and even better coffee! Definitely one worth waking up early for! For more information, do visit their Facebook page.

Café Information
20, Jalan Telawi 2
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 22820411

06 Feb, 2012

Haven Café

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Breakfasts|Western Food

Back during Christmas time we had a Christmas gathering with Chris & Christine, Lex & Wei Zhi and Ai Wei. We met for brunch at Haven Café, located on Jalan Ampang Hilir.

Interior, Haven Café
Situated off the busy Jalan Ampang, the café has its own compound where a peaceful environment can be experienced. Big glass paneling ensures that the café is brightly lit and comfortable.

Interior, Haven Café
Right beside the seating area is a small grocery area where one can buy various organic products.

RAW Coffee, Haven Café
We started off with drinks in the form of a Long Black, priced at RM8. Haven Café uses RAW Coffee for all their coffee beverages and the result was a quality cup of coffee for our visit!

Immune Booster, Haven Café
We also tried one of their fresh juices, a combination of guava, orange and lime, known as the Immune Booster. Priced at RM12 per glass, we thought it was a little too sour for our tastes.

Garlic Bread, Haven Café
To whet our appetite, we had some garlic bread for RM6. With a strong garlic scent and taste, these were some really good garlic bread!

French Toast, Haven Café
Since there was a number of us there that day, we ordered many items to share. First up was the French Toast, priced at RM12. The french toast was made with free range eggs and served with butter, organic jam and raw rainforest honey. It was very soft and fluffy and pleasantly sweet, best when eaten warm!

Fluffy Pancakes, Haven Café
Another gem in the fluffy category was the Fluffy Pancakes. For RM12, we got a stack of traditional pancakes served with butter, organic jam and raw rainforest honey. This was something we really enjoyed, similar to the French Toast above!

Grilled Free-Range Chicken Sandwich, Haven Café
We had the Grilled Free-Range Chicken Sandwich for RM18 as well. The sandwich consisted of warm free-range chicken, organic greens and a tangy orange dressing.

Have It Your Way, Haven Café
For a more traditional breakfast item, Haven Café has something they call “Have it your way”. Priced at RM18, one is able to choose 3 typical breakfast essentials to be served with bread. On that day, we chose to have fresh mushrooms, poached free range eggs and turkey ham. We liked the mushrooms, but thought that the turkey ham was not great.

Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie, Haven Café
If you’re a fan of pies, then you might want to consider getting the Chicken and Mushroom Pot pie, priced at RM18. The pie was a medley of kampung chicken, mushrooms, mixed root vegetables and cream sauce in a puff pastry.

Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie, Haven Café
We liked the pie very much and thoroughly recommend sopping up the flavourful cream sauce with the puff pastry!

Christmas Presents!
It wouldn’t be Christmas without presents, so here we go!

Cheese Cake
Adding to the festivities, we celebrated Chris’ birthday as well with a homemade Japanese Cotton Cheesecake by Ai Wei.

All-in-all, we enjoyed the food and coffee at Haven Café and most importantly, the company! For more information, visit Haven Café’s website.

Café Information
12, Jalan Ampang Hilir
55000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel:  03 – 42523100

02 Feb, 2012

Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Bakery

After hearing recommendations from our friends and colleagues about this place, we decided to visit Ficelle for brunch with Ai Wei, Ting Fang and her boyfriend for my birthday celebration.

Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie
Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie is under the same management as Levain Boulangerie & Patisserie. Those who have been to Levain will find similarities in these two places in terms of their interior, menu and food.

Display, Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie
Reservations were not allowed to be made on weekends. But fortunately there were seats available outdoors and the café was not as busy as Levain.

Interior, Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie
There were a number of breads, sandwiches and desserts to choose from. Other than that, they also serve mains like salad, soup, pasta and pizza.

Variety of pastries, Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie
Being bread lovers, we could not resist so we ordered a variety of bread to share. Priced at RM3.30, the Peanut Chocolate Crunch, the one with the eyes, was not only cute, but also delicious, very chocolatey and nice! Priced at RM2.50, RM5.80 and RM2.00 respectively, the Chocolate Danish, Apple Pie and Chocolate bioche were good as well.

Mini Tuna Sandwich, Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie
Our friends also ordered a Mini Tuna Sandwich, priced at RM6.00 per box.

Chocolate Corone, Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie
We had a Chocolate Corone priced at RM2.20. The sweet bun was filled and topped with chocolate and icing sugar while the inside was filled with chocolate custard cream. The chocolate was rich and moist but not overpowering at the same time. It was good until the last bite.

Chocolate French Toast and Choux à la Crème, Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie
Priced at RM4.80, the Chocolate French Toast, the bread hidden behind, was one of my favourites. It was a rather unique French toast made with chocolate log bread.  It was not very sweet and the bun was fresh and fluffy, exactly how I like my bread to be. In front of the French toast, we had a Choux à la Crème, more commonly known as profiterole. Priced at RM2.00, we enjoyed this light cream puff a lot, it was simple but at its best!

Walnut Cream Cheese and Durian Donut Custard, Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie
Priced at RM3.50, we also find the walnut cream cheese a nice savoury bun to eat. Similar to other buns in Ficelle, the cream cheese bun was light but also rich in taste, definitely something that we would order again! The durian donut custard hidden behind was good as well. Priced at RM2.50, the durian custard was rather light and mild, suitable for those who prefer it sweet and mild.

Overall, we liked this place, we will definitely return for more quality breads in the future! For bread lovers, we would highly recommend you to visit this place! For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

Café Information
Lot 11 – 0 -12
Jalan 3/109 F
Danau Business Centre
Taman Danau Desa
58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7983 0211

30 Jan, 2012

The Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Western Food

In the month of January, we were kindly invited by the Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar for a food review on their 2012 Valentine’s menu. Together with Chris and Christine and other fellow bloggers, we attended the review. We drove to Bangunan Ming Annexe after work, even with a GPS, the building was rather difficult to locate and it took us a while to arrive there.

Interior, The Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar
The restaurant serves classic Western and Asian cuisine. However, we understand that the restaurant will undergo a renovation in this coming March where they will be serving modern European and classic Malaysian food in a modern restaurant within an old area. The restaurant at the moment was very dimly lighted, romantic and quiet, a perfect place for a romantic candlelight dinner on Valentine’s Day.

Strawberry Bellini, The Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar
Speakeasy’s Valentine’s menu consists of a five course dinner with one bubbly cocktail, priced at RM150 per person. We started our dinner with a glass of Strawberry Bellini each. The cocktail was sweet and nice, with a light hint of alcohol taste, we find it suitable for the ladies.

Fresh Canadian Oyster and Sydney Rock Oyster Shooter, The Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar
Our first course of the night was the Fresh Canadian Oyster served with pernod pickled fennel and moluga caviar and a Sydney Rock Oyster Shooter drowned in a basil infused very bloody Mary. The Canadian Oyster was absolutely delicious, it was very fresh and silky smooth, the pickled fennel gave it an extra appetising taste, making it a great start for our dinner!

Double boiled free range chicken and mushroom consommé, The Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar
Next up was the double boiled free range chicken and mushroom consommé served with chicken and scallop terrine, enoki mushroom and tempura baby asparagus. The consommé was one of our favourite courses, it was intensely flavoured with chicken and scallop essence, making it naturally sweet and addicting. Another bonus point about the soup was that it was light, so it didn’t fill us up for the dinner.

Home tea smoked salmon, The Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar
Our third course was the home tea smoked salmon served on purple potatoes slices, Alaska crab crème fraiche, ikura pearls and organic petit sprouts. This was probably our favourite dish during the night. The smoked salmon was so soft and flavourful, coupled with the crème fraiche and ikura pearls, the salmon had a melt-in-your-mouth effect, which we both fell in love with.

Pan Seared Halibut, The Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar
For our mains, we had a choice of Pan Seared Halibut or Red Wine Braised Ribeye. We had one of each. The Pan Seared Halibut was perched on rainbow zucchini spaghetti, topped with spicy tomato and orange chutney and rockmelon champagne nage. It was a nice and simple dish, the fish was fresh and delicious when eaten on its own. We personally enjoyed the zucchini spaghetti a lot, which provided a nice crunch to the dish.

Red Wine Braised Ribeye, The Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar
The Red Wine Braised Ribeye was served on a truffle scented mash and topped with seared foie gras, grenadine onion marmalade and merlot glace. The foie gras was well done, though it lacked that ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ sort of texture that would have made it perfect. The braised rib eye was a pleasant change from your typical seared steaks, but note that the texture of the rib eye was tougher than that of seared or grilled steaks. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable experience especially when coupled together with the sweet onion marmalade and the merlot sauce.

Chocolate Rose, The Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar
Finally, we had our Chocolate Rose as our fifth and final course. Very delicately presented in a rose shaped tart, the dessert was served with passion fruit and lime infused honey dew. It was very beautifully presented, unfortunately we thought it was a bit too sweet to our liking.

Overall, we would recommend this place to couples for a quiet and romantic Valentine’s dinner. We enjoyed the ambience and the songs played during the night and the food was very good too. Special thanks to Mr Ramesh and Mr Nelson Kok for hosting us with warm welcomes and excellent food! Hurry up and make your reservation for Valentines Day if yo haven’t done so!

Restaurant Information
Ground Floor, Bangunan Ming Annexe
No 9, Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2078 8830

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