103 Coffee Workshop, Sri Petaling

Those who live in Sri Petaling are lucky because they don’t need to drive far to get to a good cafe such as 103 Coffee Workshop! Slide open the metal door and be greeted by the cozy cafe which is a great shut-in from the horrible traffic outside. One glance at the menu and you’ll be happy to know that they have a brunch, donburi and snacks menu! Yay for Japanese and Western fusion food! 😀
Flat white for my girl, Samantha who accompanied me to check this place out. After sipping some of her coffee, I think it’s nice with just the right amount of milk so you still can taste a bit of the espresso. Maybe it’s the help from the double espresso shots.
Flat White (double shots)- RM10

 

A mocha for me because I love my chocolate fix! It was bittersweet and thanks to the added cocoa, the coffee flavour was enhanced.
103 chocolate mocha- RM10

 

My late brunch that comes with a side salad with roasted sesame dressing! With that dressing I’ll eat any salad.
Maneki Onigiri- RM14.90

 

Crispy nori sheets with salmon furikake onigiri that has some cooked salmon pieces as filling too! Really tasty and the rice was cooked nicely.

 

You get two tamago halves and a spoonful of pickles too.

 

Samantha’s don looked and tasted yummy too! It comes with hot spring egg! The chicken was generously coated with teriyaki sauce and cooked just right so it is still juicy!
Teriyaki Chicken Don- RM14.90

 

Now this is added into one of my favourite chicken wings list because it crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside with a slightly spicy kick! Generous sprinkle of chilli powder on every wing! Plus, it’s great for people who only eats the mid wing! My mouth is watering even when I’m just typing it out!
Saku Saku Teba Karaage- RM12.90

 

The slightly spicy japanese yuzu sauce which you can dip you wings in or pour over to drown the wings, your choice! It’s tangy and sweet, I think it has some teriyaki in it too, that’s why it’s awesome!

 

Samantha ordered the Rose latte since we had a long yumcha session. One of the signatures and it should be famous with the ladies, smell the roses as you sip the crema and coffee and, it comes with a biscotti. A light and floral cuppa for people who loves roses and not strong coffee.
Rose latte- RM10

 

This tea is really fragrant, it smells just like one of my all-time favourite teas, Nymph of the Nile from Gryphon Tea Company but the not too overly floral. Tea lovers should come here and have a taste of this! I love it because it’s refreshing and the light floral scent!
103 signature tea- RM9

– Drinks start from RM5- RM18 while food starts from RM3.90- RM29.90.

I will come back to try their other dishes and drinks! Price is decent, food is good and service is good too! What’s your favourite dish and drink from this cafe? 😀

KL rates:
Food- 7/10
Price- Mid-range
Service- 6/10
Variety- 6/10

Boat noodles: Who’s docking and sailing away?

The boat noodle rage is still ongoing but with so many restaurants popping up and selling the same dish, will this competition help them thrive or will they go out one by one? I think only a few can reign supreme in this battle.

Boat Noodle , Jaya One (I guess it is Malaysia’s pioneer and the first branch was famous, located in Empire Damansara)
It was my first time there and I’m sorry to say it will be my last. I also apologize but I forgot to take pictures of the noodles there! The good thing about this chain is that it is halal so many people can have a taste of boat noodles, service is good too!

But I think that if you are not going for the authentic route, you have make it taste just as good too but sadly, the soup base is really lacking of flavour like there’s no depth or something’s just missing. There are two kinds of broth where you can pick the normal or spicier base in either soup or dry form with but you won’t be able to tell the difference between the non-spicy and spicy because both taste the same. I expected some tomyam soup for the spicy version but nope, it ain’t tomyam.

The desserts were mediocre too, I remember I had the bite-sized kuihs and a fruit salad which was nothing special.

KL rates:
Food- 4/10
Price- RM1.90 per bowl
Service- 6/10
Variety- 5/10
This is where I had my first bowl of boat noodles and I wouldn’t mind going back here if the service was better. Although the manager was there, he did not bother to come and greet his customers who were waiting to be seated. For me, that just shows how much he ‘cares’ for his business. Call me a critical person but I know they just opened and everything is still not well-prepared but giving a good first impression is key, in my books.
This is their menu.
The fish sauce and salt, chilli powder and green chilli sambal sauce you can add to your noodles.
The beau and I had to wait for an hour just for these small bowls. We ordered 2 dry and 2 soup of thai kuey teow noodles.
I like the soup base, it was sweet and packed with flavour. I would add a bit of the green chilli sambal sauce to give it a kick!
Pork boat noodles
I like that they gave a decent amount of pork meat. Would have ordered more but we couldn’t wait another hour for more bowls to come so we left.
KL rates:
Food- 6/10
Price- RM1.90 per bowl
Service- 3/10
Variety- 4/10

Zab Zab Boat Noodle , Kuchai Lama
My cousin told me about this other boat noodle restaurant that’s in the same vicinity as Kuey Tiew Reua. First thing that’s better? The prompt service! They were fast and polite. It’s air-conditioned which is tres important on hot afternoons! You can choose to vermicelli or thai kuey teow with their two different broths:

Thai style pork soup. I like how it’s not too rich and with additional condiments, it can be as spicy or more salty if you’re into that. I wish the amount of crispy pork lard is more consistent though.
Tomyam soup. The first boat noodle place I found that has a tomyam based soup and I love it! It’s not too spicy so you can still add more chilli powder to make the spiciness to your liking. Also, you can order a plate of pork chips to add more crunch to your meal!
I had 7 bowls of noodles which just fills me up nicely but I could eat more. 😛
KL rates:
Food- 7/10
Price- RM1.90 per bowl
Service- 7/10
Variety- 7/10

Sawadee Boat Noodle , Sri Petaling
Yes, you can finally get boat noodles in Sri Petaling! It’s about time too, with the new shop lots that’s about to turn this area into a foodie destination. This recently opened establishment is located at the new shop lots opposite The Store, same row with a chicken restaurant.

Their old menu. The owner told us that they will start selling street food such as BBQ skewers, mango sticky rice and coconut jelly on the next day when we went last week so if you go now, you’ll be able to try their new items!
The beau and I ordered 2 bowls for each category of noodles in the traditional boat noodles and the original boat noodles. This here is the original broth. Also my Samsung S3 camera went cray after I took this picture, hence, the distorted picture.
Kuey Tiew.
Thai instant noodles. The owner taught us to add a bit of chilli powder and red chilli sauce to eat boat noodles the right way. Be warned about the green chilli that’s also on your table because that one is really spicy!
Vermicelli noodles. I think I prefer to have the original broth with this noodles. It absorbs more soup so there’s more flavour!
Pork chips!!! Also RM1.90 per bowl for a decent amount.
In traditional boat noodle soup. The difference? The broth was made with coconut milk.
I think this version is not bad but not many people will be fans of the creamy and a little sweet aftertaste from the coconut milk, like the beau. But he loves the original soup and to him this place serves the best.
KL rates:
Food- 6/10
Price- RM1.90 per bowl
Service- 6/10
Variety- 6/10

Overall, I like Zab Zab Boat Noodle and Sawadee Boat Noodle. Both places offer different broths and the service is great. In Zab Zab’s case, you have to go early to avoid the long queues while at Sawadee, you won’t have queues. However, both places have parking issues so may the force be with you if you’re planning to go during peak timings.

So which is your favourite boat noodles restaurant? Let me know in the comments below so I can check out the ones I have not tried! 🙂

illy Coffee Workshop and a clutch?

Surprisingly, coffee is still trending these days and after working on my coffee article for female Magazine Malaysia (September 2014 issue) which you can take a look below, I grew more interested about the beans. I worked hard researching and interviewing fellow coffee enthusiast which I think some of you might find familiar. 🙂 To be honest, I’m more of a tea person but sometimes, you just need coffee to function.

So last month, I won a pair of invites to a illy Coffee Appreciation Workshop, thanks to TimeOut KL! I invited my dear friend, Shad to come along and we made our way to Università del caffè della Malesia , fancy schmancy name!

Each of us got a cup of coffee of our choice before the workshop started. I went for the latte which was really nice and smooth! Then, we were given a little intro about illy, coffee and how to distinguish good and bad coffee.

 

They made a couple of really bad espressos and good ones to let us guess which is good or bad. You’ll know it’s bad when you get a burned or a super sour taste and that taste will stay in your mouth for a long time unless, you brush your teeth or something. It won’t even be drinkable because it was so bad but apparently, most cafes around here serve really bad coffee according to the experts. Also, Malaysian’s palate prefers a bit of bitterness in our coffee too.

 

Then, it was our turn to make a latte. They showed us how to work the coffee grinder, espresso machine and how to froth the milk to form latte art! I was in charge of the espresso and Shad is in charge of frothing the milk. The machine was really intimidating and, the milk steamer scares me.

 

Our work! I did the leaf and Shad did the heart! Not bad for our first time, huh? I have a new found respect for baristas who are really passionate in their work, it’s not easy juggling so many orders and trying to brew a perfect cuppa every time.

 

We also got an important warning from the experts, NEVER EVER ORDER COFFEE THAT COMES WITH 3D LATTE ART!!! I got told off by him because I asked if he could do 3D latte art.
So why we shouldn’t order that? Well, coffee is best taken hot so by the time, the coffee reaches your table with the pretty art on top, the coffee would have lost it’s freshness and the crema would be dry, so basically, you’re getting dry and cold coffee. If you want a cup of coffee that wouldn’t go bad after sitting for too long then opt for the cold options.

 

He made these so fast! Super cute designs too!

 

Shad told me to pretend that I’m enjoying coffee in the highlands.

 

While she drank to the hardworking coffee farmers!

 

Overall, it was an interesting workshop! I learned some really cool tips and tricks which I can’t wait to test out when I’m checking out cafes!

 

Group shot with the other participants! Shad and I were the lucky ones to hold the empty coffee tins. 😛

On another note, if you are looking simple and chic clutches that is just the perfect size, do check out Hashtag Malaysia ! I got this lovely clutch from them and I love it! I have my eye on the neon designs too! Better get a few before it’s gone! 😉

 

It comes with a detachable chain strap too that’s not too heavy too!

 

Two years and more to come! (at Fuego, Troika Sky Dining)

Been battling with flu and cough since last week and there’s seems to be no sign of it getting better, plus, my right eye had a mild infection which started on Monday but thankfully, it’s getting better. The beau and I celebrated our 2 years anniversary on 12 October and after debating on where to eat and etc, we decided on Fuego, Troika Sky Dining. The weather was not forgiving so we had to run through the rain just to reach for the other block where the restaurant is located, hopefully the Troika management can do something about it like build a shaded walkway.

Service-wise, Troika Sky Dining is one of the best, upon reaching we were ushered to Claret Wine Bar to wait while our table was being prepared. I have been to Fuego once for a cocktail shoot for the magazine I was working with before and during that time, it hasn’t officially open yet so I was curious to see if there was any improvements to the layout and such.

After we were brought to our table, I can say that nothing much has changed, it’s still a semi-outdoor dining and the tables were pushed back to the shade because there was a drizzle so as the wind blows, we get some natural facial mist (rainwater). Who knew it would drizzle the whole night? Also, my apologies for the bad pictures, it was dark and we only had a candlelight to shine on our food.

Drink of the day, Passion fruit caiprinha – RM38
I think they’re pretty generous with the alcohol over here because you definitely feel the kick after a few sips of this refreshing drink. More alcohol than passion fruit juice.

Starters

Stuffed Jalapenos – RM25
Nothing much to rave about for the jalapenos but I like the cheese they used to stuff it, it mellows down the heat from the jalapenos and gives a nutty aftertaste even without the addition of the crispy exterior.

 

Smoked Snails in the Jar – RM30
Can I just say that this was a bit of a disappointment? Looks great with the smoke was trapped inside but it tasted bland with a strong garlic flavour. I thought the smoke would give this dish an edge, taste-wise. I presume it’s suppose to be a cold dish as well? Snails were not overcooked but this dish just didn’t meet my expectations.

Main

Rare French Beef Flank (±500 gr) – RM125
The beef almost hit the medium-rare mark, which will put its name to shame if it did. Was it a bloody and yummy feast? Not really, it was just mediocre in the blood department and taste. It was chewy and you need a lot of sauce to enjoy the meat. Portion-wise, it was enough for us both because we are big-eaters.

 

According to the menu found on their website, it is coated with Peaty Whiskey Salt Rub, Yuzu & Black Pepper Sauce. The sauce lacked some depth, like there’s something missing in it or else it would have been better. I think some juice from the meat will make it better?

 

Pressed Potato – RM20
The beau picked this as one of our sides for our main. It’s a nice starchy addition to sort of cleanse our palate to eat more meat. I like the black olive tapenade on top!

 

Portobello Mushroom – RM25
I think this side was our favourite dish because them lightly grilled portobello heads mixed with the crumbled feta cheese and lemon yoghurt was just yum in our tummies! I guess I never tasted mushroom that has not been washed with water (We just love washing every single vegetable before cooking it hence, our mushrooms already absorbed some water pre-cooking.). For mushroom fans because it’s light and creamy and you get the real mushroom flavour with no water.

Dessert

Can I just say that this was basically the winner of the night? Like this dessert is hands down winner to us!!!

 

Leche Frita – RM25
This beauty right here is Deep Fried Milk Croquettes, Coconut Pudding, Lime Jelly, and Fresh Mango. Now imagine all those components together in your mouth. It’s so good to the point that I would order another plate of it if I had space in my stomach and I wouldn’t wanna share it. Actually, I would go to Fuego just for this. If licking the plate is not frowned upon, I would have done that too.
All in all, Fuego is a great place to catch up with some drinks and snacks while looking at the city view. Was the food worth the money? Not really. For me, I would go back for the Leche Frita and maybe try more of their tapas. I already tried their guacomole, which was alright, the special point is that they don’t use tortilla chips, they use deep fried plantains instead.

OOTN

I’m wearing a romper from Something Borrowed, oxford shoes from Jeffrey Campbell at Bazarro.KL, and mirror clutch from Jaspal.

Thank you for the gift too, my dearest beau, I’m sorry we had to exchange the bracelet to this purse instead, I have skinny wrists so buying bracelets is a challenge! It’s already stuffed with loads of nonsense but very little ka-ching. Must control thy spending!

 

My 10 Favourite Food in Turkey.

Another I miss something post. I miss Turkish food a lot! You can’t get good ones in Malaysia and some places selling them are overpriced too. I don’t mind going back to Turkey to just eat. Someday, I will have my own private jet and I could just fly to Turkey to eat or visit anytime I want. A girl could always dream. 🙂

I think I love almost everything I ate there so it was very hard to choose the 10 nicest ones! I surprised many people there like my host families and friends because a petite girl like me can finish a plate of Iskender kebab, ask for more rice (OMG I WAS SO HAPPY WHEN I SAW RICE THERE! Can’t live without rice. XD) and basically just eat so much. I did gain some weight from that trip which is good cause I need the weight!

My 10 Favourite Food in Turkey(not in any order)

This is Sulu Kofte, meatballs in carrots and potatoes broth. SO GOOD! My host mums’ made it for me and I always go for 2nd servings. I miss my host mums’ and their cooking. 🙁

This is called Manti. It’s something like ravioli and its covered in yogurt and some spices. The best one that I had was somewhere in Besevler, Akin and Bugra brought Anya and I there and it was like a buddies date because my buddy was Akin and Anya’s buddy was Bugra. I miss those two boys, they were the few of the nicest people that I have ever met in Turkey.

This one is called Gozleme. It has minced meat and spices inside and usually you roll it and then you eat it. It’s like a thicker version of a Roti Canai and with filling. Beside it, is a drink called Ayran, which is plain yogurt mixed with water and salt.

This soup is called Corba and it’s so good omg,just thinking about it makes my mouth water!Those white stuff are like noodles and it’s like a vegetarian soup. I had this almost every once a week at my workplace over there.

Omg,this one is like one of the most awesomest things that have ever eaten in my life! This is called Dolma cause it does not contain meat inside, the one that contains meat inside is called Sarma.It’s rice cooked with herbs and wrapped with grape leaves and it is kept in a container filled with water and usually people will boil it when you want to eat it because it taste better when its hot and it is eaten with yogurt. I have never ate so much yogurt in a span of 1week in my life.

This is a traditional baked rice with herbs and spices and pieces of beef. You can get this in Beypazari.

This is Cigborek! It’s deep fried pastry that contains minced meat inside! SO SO SO GOOD! Mouth-watering also!

Akin brought me to this very famous place which sells the AWESOME Cigborek above! Many local celebrities dined there before and it is located in Eskisehir, which is just an hour train ride from Ankara.

Really good roast chicken and….

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RICE!!!!!!!!!!! XD The way they cooked their rice is different than the Asian people where we use steam to cook our rice or a rice cooker. They will first cook the uncooked rice with oil on a pan then they will pour boiling water onto the rice and let it simmer on low heat until cooked.

I don’t know the name of the dessert on the left but the one on the right is called BACLAVA!!! *throws confetti around* I LOVE THEM BOTH! One of my host mums’ made that dessert on the left and IT SO AWESOME TOO OMG!!! Her family and her neighbour has always made a gathering every once a week to catch up and share gossips so I was really happy that I get to join them and meet new people and eat awesome food too. 🙂

I saved the best for last. May I present to you one of the most AWESOMEST dessert I have ever eaten in my entire life! THE KUNEFE TOPPED WITH TURKISH ICE-CREAM! Omg, the sweet cheese-like thing underneath the crispy things which I think is coconut. I had this on the last day before I left Ankara thanks to my dear buddy, Akin. 🙂

Every dessert fan or anyone who has a sweet tooth must add this to your list of MUST have desserts to eat before you die. So where can you get this super awesome delicious must eat dessert? Well, you can get it in any MADO ice-cream shops all over Turkey! You would be happy to know that they even opened a branch in MALAYSIA! I never got the chance to visit MADO in Malaysia yet but I heard from my Turkish friends that it’s just as good as the one you can get in Turkey. 🙂