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06 Aug, 2012

Kee’s Creampuffs

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

The average person (including ourselves) should not be able to resist two main things when it comes to food – snacks and sweets. So when we got the invite from Kenneth of Kee’s Creampuffs to sample a variety of creampuffs, there was not a chance that we would decline!

Kee's Creampuffs
As one might have guessed already, the theme of this post will be creampuffs! Kee’s Creampuffs is located in Subang, with a nearby landmark being The Summit Subang USJ shopping mall. Look out for the yellow shop on Jalan USJ 9/5Q and then walk in to treat yourself to some puffs.

Interior, Kee's Creampuffs
By way of background, creampuffs are light pastries in a ball shape and most commonly filled with whipped cream, pastry cream or ice cream. Kee’s Creampuffs was previously a fully home and online-based business, but they recently established their first outlet in Subang Jaya.

Interior, Kee's Creampuffs
The outlet in Subang Jaya comes with limited seating for those who would prefer to enjoy their creampuffs slowly while sipping a cup of coffee or tea. Coffee was priced at RM5.50 per cup and the various types of teas were RM5 per cup.

Display, Kee's Creampuffs
Needless to say, the main attraction at Kee’s Creampuffs is definitely the creampuffs. Various types of fillings are available to choose from, including amongst others vanilla custard, chocolate, coffee, mocha, and strawberry. The creampuffs here are made using no preservatives whatsoever, so we knew that whatever we got must be fresh. Therefore, we were advised that the creampuffs should be chilled and consumed within 2 days of purchase.

Creampuffs, Kee's Creampuffs
To start off, we sampled one of each flavour from the display. What we immediately noticed as a whole was that the filling of each creampuff, regardless of flavour, was not too sweet. This was a good thing in our books as it was sweet enough to please the taste buds, but not too sweet that we’d get tired of it after a few bites. The cream filling was thick and wasn’t runny which complemented the denser texture of the puff itself.

Creampuff, Kee's Creampuffs
The bestseller and also one of our favourites was the Classic Creampuff filled with vanilla custard cream. With a light, unimposing custard flavour, it was simply too hard to resist continuously stuffing more of these creampuffs into our mouths! We were eventually stopped by the lure of the other creampuffs which looked very appealing as well. The Mocha and Coffee flavours are both very enjoyable as well, with Mocha being the sweeter of the two.

Creampuff, Kee's Creampuffs
Pictured above is the Cookies & Cream Creampuff. However, our number one favourite has to be the chocolate-topped classic creampuff which had all the goodness of the original creampuff, but with added hardened chocolate on top! Special mention also goes out to the Strawberry Creampuff and Blueberry Creampuff, both of which had a distinct berry flavour as they are made with fresh chunk of their respective berries mixed in the cream.

Box of 25, Kee's Creampuffs
For such quality creampuffs, Kee’s Creampuffs has priced them very reasonably. The Classic Creampuff is priced at RM1.50 per piece when purchase less than 10 pieces and for purchases of more than 10 pieces, there is a 15% discount off the total price. The same concept applies for the rest of the flavours as well (categorised as ‘Premium Creampuffs’), but each individual creampuff will be priced at RM1.80 per piece instead. Pictured above is a box of 25, which was RM25 and RM35 for a box of purely Classic creampuffs and purely Premium creampuffs respectively. However, that’s not to stop anyone from mixing and matching the various flavours in one box. It’s definitely worth it to give them all a try!

Box of 25, Kee's Creampuffs
For those who already know what you want, it’s possible to just pick up the phone and order your various creampuffs. They’ll be fresh and ready for you to walk in and collect on the desired date. Those throwing a party can consider ordering creampuffs in bulk as well. These finger snacks will definitely be a hit and we’ve been told that Kee’s Creampuffs can cater for parties, weddings or celebrations in general.

We would like to extend our thanks to Kenneth for inviting us to the outlet and for introducing us to the joy of tasting some excellent creampuffs. For more information on Kee’s Creampuffs and for further contact information, do visit their Facebook page.

Café Information
30-G, Jalan USJ 9/5Q
Subang Business Centre
47620 Selangor
Tel: 017 – 301 9688

02 Aug, 2012

Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh (宝香绑线肉骨茶)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food

Bak Kut Teh is always an excellent tummy warming option during the rainy season. Over the past few months, when the weather was cold or rainy, this option always came into our minds and one of our favourite places to have Bak Kut Teh is Pao Xiang, as they always offer consistently good Bak Kut Teh which is reasonably priced.

Interior, Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh
One of the reasons for choosing Pao Xiang was because the Sri Petaling branch was located near our place. Parking might be a bit hard to find in this area but we suggest parking in The Store’s car park which is usually empty.

Bak Kut Teh, Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh
Pao Xiang is well-known for their string tied meat. We’ve tried that once, on our first visit, and it was very good. It was said that the method reduces fat in the meat and retains its chewiness, juices and tender textures to absorb more essence of the herbal soup. However, on our usual visits, the photo above would usually be what we order for dinner.

Claypot Bak Kut Teh, Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh
Since there were only two of us, we will usually order the Claypot Bak Kut Teh (瓦煲肉骨茶) for single serving. Priced at RM13.80, we found it reasonably priced and it was served with generous pork ribs, pork belly, mushrooms, Tau Fu Pok (dried bean curd) and Fu Chuk (bean curd sheets). We usually opt out for the intestines and chose to have more meat instead. The traditional herbal soup was delicious, it was flavourful but not too thick or bitter. We enjoyed the soup a lot but our best choice would still be Yap Chuan, which we posted not too long ago.
Other than that, we will also order a small serving of Dry Bak Kut Teh (干肉骨茶) to share. Priced at RM12.50 for a single serving, we enjoyed this dish a lot as well. Although we found Yap Chuan’s version more delicious, Pao Xiang’s was quite good and they served thicker pork pieces which had a better bite to it.

Tau Fu Pok, Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh
Since we like Tau Fu Pok a lot, we would usually add on an additional bowl of Tau Fu Pok for RM5.

Yao Char Guai, Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh
And we also love to have Yao Char Guai (Chinese crullers) with Bak Kut Teh, which we will also add on for RM4.

Overall, we enjoyed eating at Pao Xiang a lot. The location is close to our place and the food is consistently good, worth checking it out if you’re a  Bak Kut Teh lover! Do check out their website and their active Facebook page for more information!

Restaurant Information
No. 21-G, Jalan Radin Bagus
Bandar Sri Petaling,
57000 Kuala Lumpur.
016 – 259 3309

30 Jul, 2012

Koon Kee Wantan Mee (冠记)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food

It has been ages since we were last at Petaling Street, otherwise known as Chinatown. Thus, we decided to head on over not too long ago to check out the food and the shops.

Koon Kee Wantan Mee
Running through the well-known food in Petaling Street in our heads, we simply couldn’t decide. It didn’t help that we were starving, so when we came across the famous Koon Kee Wantan Mee, our minds were made up!

Wantan Noodles, Koon Kee Wantan Mee
We ordered 2 plates of the wantan noodles and pictured above is the Char Siew Wantan Mee. The noodles here were nice and springy and the sauce for the dry wantan mee sauce was unique compared to many others. Emphasising less on dark soy sauce and maybe slightly more on sesame oil, it had a stronger sesame taste which was very enjoyable! The char siew on the other hand, were not anything special.

Wantan soup, Koon Kee Wantan Mee
The wantan noodles came with a small bowl of soup with wantan (Chinese dumplings). The wantan did not have anything special about them as well, but served its purpose well enough as an accompaniment to the noodles.

Ice Kacang
Following on from the wantan mee, we were not satisfied yet and felt like having some dessert. My better half brought me to the Madras Lane stalls inside the Petaling Street wet market for some ice kacang / air batu campur which she has had for many years. Priced at RM2.50, the ice kacang was delightfully sweet and cooling on a warm day. This bowl of ice kacang was so good that we felt one bowl wasn’t enough!

Overall, Petaling Street is always good for some long-established quality food. We tried the Air Mata Kucing as well which was a winter melon drink with longan and that was top class! A mini food excursion in Petaling Street is always enjoyable from time to time!

26 Jul, 2012

Marutama Ramen (まる玉らーめん)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

Not too long ago, we read numerous positive comments about Marutama Ramen and decided to join the ramen craze and give them a visit.
Located on the first floor of the Fahrenheit Mall, the restaurant was relatively easy to find, mainly because the mall was rather small.

Interior, Marutama Ramen
The restaurant was rather quiet on a Saturday afternoon. We took the window seat as it was quieter in that area.

Marutama Ramen, Marutama Ramen
As written on their menu, Marutama Ramen is the pioneer of chicken soup for ramen in Japan. Their soup was cooked for five hours daily and it takes one chicken to make two bowls of soup. We were intrigued and can’t wait to find out more about its taste! After looking at their menu, we ordered Set C from their set menu which was their Ramen Torigohan Set. Priced at RM22, this set comprises of one bowl of Marutama Ramen (まる玉らーめん), Chicken Rice, Pickled Radish and a cup of green tea. The chicken soup ramen was served with a slice of roast pork, seaweed and spring onions. We took a sip of the soup and we liked it. The broth was thick, flavourful and very savoury, it went well with the noodles which was thin but springy and al dente. I personally liked the seaweed which came with it, it was simple yet delicious!

Chicken Rice, Marutama Ramen
The Chicken Rice which came along with the set was quite good as well. My better half enjoyed eating the rice a lot. It was another simple but flavourful dish. The serving of the set was big and enough to fill our empty stomachs.

Aka Tamago Ramen, Marutama Ramen
We also ordered an Aka Tamago Ramen (赤玉子らーめん) which was priced at RM24. This mildly spicy ramen broth was made with seven kinds of groundnuts mixture. It was served with chicken meatballs, seaweed, spring onions, pickled radish, coriander, lemon and a seasoned egg. We thought this ramen was excellent, we liked the meatballs a lot, and the broth was thick and delicious, overall it was a very good bowl of ramen.

Gyoza, Marutama Ramen
Other than ramen, we also ordered a plate of Gyoza (餃子) for RM10. The chili oil coated dumplings were moist and delicious which was good as a side for a ramen meal.

Overall, we enjoyed the food in Marutama Ramen. Even though our best ramen choice would still be Menya Musashi, we will still revisit Marutama to try more of their delicious ramen, maybe one of the spicier ones since we like spicy food!

Restaurant Information
Fahrenheit 88
F1.27.01, First Floor
Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03-21411573

24 Jul, 2012

SS2 Pisang Goreng (炸蕉黄)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert|Malaysian Food

When someone mentions banana fritters (pisang goreng) in the Klang Valley, a few big names come to mind. One of those big names is the SS2 Pisang Goreng shop. Banana fritters are a classic Malaysian snack in which a banana will be coated with batter and deep-fried until the outside is nice and crispy while the inside remains soft.

SS2 Pisang Goreng
The van from which it operates will be parked outside Nasi Kandar Pelita in SS2 in the afternoons every day except on Mondays. Pisang Goreng SS2 is very easy to locate with another major landmark nearby being McDonald’s.

Various Fried Goods, SS2 Pisang Goreng
A wide variety of fried goods and snacks are available here. Popular items include the banana fritters, sweet glutinous rice cake layered with sweet potato & yam, mashed banana balls and deep fried sweet potatoes.

Various Fried Goods, SS2 Pisang Goreng
We have tried the sweet glutinous rice cake layered with sweet potato & yam (番薯芋头夹年糕) pictured above on the top left corner. It was an excellent snack to munch on, with a good amount of sweetness. We also tried their curry puff before which was a good choice for something more savoury.

Banana Fritters, SS2 Pisang Goreng
Of course, the main star that keeps us coming back for more are the Banana Fritters (炸香蕉). The batter on the outside has always been crunchy yet thin and the banana on the inside was sweet without a texture that is too soft. These are probably our favourite banana fritters in the Klang Valley to date!

Overall, you simply cannot go wrong with SS2 Pisang Goreng! The fried goods here are assured to be good and they are bound to satisfy all cravings! For more information, do visit their website.

Stall Information
(In front of Nasi Kandar Pelita)
Jalan SS2/64,
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 010-225 6070

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