Such a late entry. :( Our deepest apologies as we've been tied up with work, events and being sickly (twice).
Hopefully the entry for June wouldn't be too delayed. Please bear with us as we prep upcoming entries on Seoul as well. With the current MERS scare, do take precaution if you choose to go to SKorea but otherwise, reading about the sights and possible eats helps :) (akan datang okay?)
KL Artisan Roast
We accompanied our parents to KL (they had a few weddings to attend over a weekend) and decided to cafe hop whenever we could. Can't really recall the exact locations but a google search might help. :) We've checked (online) to ensure that the cafes had halal food from halal suppliers or are Muslim owned.
First up, Artisan Roast. The cafe was serious about their coffee; so much so the coffee is not served with sugar. Nope, they just don't do sweetened coffee, straight up unadulterated. (milk is okay though. :P)
The coffee was lovely. Not going to try and pass off as a pro but it was robust and a pleasure with the cakes and pancake. The savoury pancake set we ordered was simple yet such a treat. The pancake had a muffin-y taste and texture to it, which I love, so puffy, dense and wholesome. Good stuff!
Although you have to drive to get there and its away from the popular Damansara area, we would recommend heading there for tea// brunch. :)
KL The Good Batch
Located at cafe hotspot Damansara Uptown, The Good Batch stands out by being classy. Whilst not exactly a spot to go if you're looking for a coffee-centric cafe, it does offer some really good meals.
The Good Batch felt more like a restaurant than a cafe and prices are slightly higher than most. However, you'd be assured of really good service and beautiful plating. A good place to head to for a date if you're looking to impress, or to bring company/parents/friends who tend to be more critical ;) (provided they are not cheapskates either)
KL Feeka Coffee Roasters
Oh how I love Feeka.
One of the few cafes located within KL city itself, the cafe provides great coffee, a wide variety of cakes (sometimes pies too) and delicious affordable meals. This was the second time we came and the food had always been good. Do check out the duck sandwich and the steak which were wonderful.
There are various seats to choose from (al fresco too) and the lighting is good. The cafe seems to have a large expat following and most tend to be chilling around with their laptops. Servers are warm and friendly and it can get quite busy during peak hours.
JB Chaiwalla & Co
Finally got to check this container "cafe" out. Word of caution though, the flavours are rather sweet (sweeter than what I can endure) so you may have to adjust the sweetness accordingly. Works pretty much like ordering bubble tea, where you choose the base drink, the flavour and toppings (if any).
Despite the amazing branding and marketing, we were hoping for a better cuppa. Maybe we chose a bad combination that day, but we're open to give it another try to see if the coffee would fare better.(We had a mango smoothie during our visit)
The brownies were really good though, so dense and moist!
Another thing to note is that they are unable to handle large orders / peak hours effectively, so do be prepared to wait. There was only one guy before us ?(who ordered 5 cups) and we had to wait at least 30mins for our cup. :(
So while we're still awaiting for more food joints to go halal, we tried out one of the not so new places, Wing Zone, for some chicken fix. With lots of sauces to choose from, it can be quite a blind-risk to take, since you may or may not like your chosen flavour.
So far I've been quite lucky. Has the Smoky BBQ and the Garlic Parmesan both times I came, and they were pretty good. Hubs tried the Nuclear Habanero and whilst it was not as spicy as we thought it would be, there wasnt much flavour either, just some tang. All in all, pretty good value for money, make sure you choose a good sauce
786 Char Kway Teow
We're pretty sure youd have heard of this elusive stall. If you haven't yet, it's the latest to-try dish of the year.
A chinese Muslim has opened his own stall selling authentic Char Kway Teow withn a hawker center located in Redhill. Simple, moist and so so delicious, the vegetables are so fresh (more important to me than the cockles hehe)!
Do check it out when you can, preferable off peak hours as the waiting time can be really long if there is a long queue.
Siam Kitchen is not new to the halal scene in Singapore, but I've never had the opportunity to try their ala carte dishes. That is, until a Groupon deal came up :)
The Massaman curry was the bomb and that fish (omg), succulent and tasty hitting sweet sour and spicy all at once.
My only let down was that I preferred their older version of the Mango salad, which was less sweet, tangier and had fish strips on top.
Green Snapshots Trail (Telok Blangah)
As part of their SG50 initiative, Blangah Rise Primary School has adopted the Green Snapshots Trail as their community project, where primary school student docents provide informative insights into the history and greenery found along Telok Blangah Hill Park.
We joined many other participants to try out the trail for the launch and provide some feedback. The students were confident and shared interesting facts along the way. If you stay around the area do search up the project and sign up for the few guided trails and support our young docents!
There will be some walking but not that much :)
Vintage Clean Up
Over two weekends, we went by Telok Blangah to clean out grandmother's vintage stash. It was a loooong battle but amidst the humidity, heat, dust and pain from squatting, digging and cleaning some great finds were found :)
These are just a few of the vintage servingware we saved. Hubs and I managed to keep some lovely porcelain pieces and we even found some darling vintage materials.
Looking forward to another clean up session cause we've still got some cabinets to check out!
And that wraps up the highlight for May 2015. It's been a hectic birthday month and the body can barely take it (we fell sick twice!) But we're looking forward to more adventures and more experiences ahead :)
In the meantime, have a blessed Ramadhan everyone! Don't be naughty ya.
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I realise time goes by preeeetty fast sometimes. And as a means to be a bit more productive and to keep this blog corner slightly "happening", say hello to monthly Random Bites!
I shall try to share with you stuff I did, see, cook, try, make etc etc. Things may get quite random but that shall be the beauty of it! (or pretty much an excuse, but I promise photos!) Since I don't have instagram (or maybe I made an account but it's probably collecting dust in the internet) why not make use of some photos here ye.
This April seems to be much eating going on (there goes whatever non-existing diet) so hope you enjoy the foodstuff images! :)
JB Tapioca Chips
There's this secret tapioca chips supplier of mine in Johor which produces the BEST tapioca chips E-VER. What makes this stuff so good? Well, I've personally been to the very small factory and its a community effort where they wash, peel and fry these BY HAND. They use fresh oil and machinery is only used to slice the tapioce really thinly and coat them with tasty (albeit with MSG I bet) seasonings.
My favourite flavours are the BBQ Chicken, Tomato, Black Pepper and Lightly salted string ones. Other flavours available are Sweet sambal, Dry chilli, Curry and Corn (if you're adventurous)
So I managed to get the dad to drive all the way in the middle of nowhere in Johor (heh) to get my fix. This is the stuff of dreams. I'm thinking of selling these in bags for the Aidilfitri festive season, so if you'd like some drop me a note (comment, email, fb..)
JB IT Roo Cafe
So after getting my tapioca chips stored in the car boot, the stomach wants food. :P
We stopped by It Roo cafe, a place I've been longing to try since reading online reviews from Singaporean and Johor bloggers. After what seemed like torturous eternity (I swear the temperature was like 40 degrees celsius that day), we caught sight of the cafe amidst other historical shophouses.
SO. OLD. SCHOOL.
From the seats, to the walls and decorations to the plates... It felt like time stood still. And I'm not hallucinating (Really!) cause from old newspaper clippings on the walls you can see that truly, almost nothing changed. Maybe the cashier?
Proclaimed as "The Best Chicken Chop in Johor", I can;'t vouch for its truthfulness but it really was something! You choose your chicken fried or grilled with mushroom or black pepper sauce. Crispy, so tasty and juicy, don;t think I had anything like it in Singapore before. (stop salivating, kayos)
Other than the chicken, I loved the way they did the potatoes. tt thin crispy skin mm mmm. If I'm not wrong, the chicken chop only costs RM12/15 :) Other items on the menu included Mix Grill, Lamb Chop, Fried Rice etc etc. One word, YUM.
I love bread. I really do.
Recently, I found out of this newly halal bakery D'Pastriez which ironically showcases more of their bread than pastries but not that I'm complaining. :) They have a few branches but I checked out the one at the new OneKM mall.
Made with natural yeast (fermentation of fruits) the breads here are really different. Think soft and chewy! Would have loved those rustic style crusts but you can always pop them in the oven/ toaster at home.
With interesting flavours like blue mountain coffee and chocolate, swiss chocolate, multigrain, herbs etc me likey. Worth a try if you've been eyeing non-halal counterparts!
Free samples are always good :D
I've been anticipating 4 Fingers' halal since all my non Muslim friends kept raving about it. We hereby proudly state that we nommed it within 3 hours of them putting up their halal cert! :P Sorry not sorry.
Baked Doughnuts trials
I've always wanted a doughnut pan. ALWAYS. so cute, so circular... and those doughnut holes!!! Omo. (ok please pardon my hyperventilating on such a random thing)
The sister in law was so sweet to get me a mini doughnut tray! We're experimenting to come up with a good baked doughnut recipe and hope to bring on exciting flavours and vegan options, so do keep a lookout!
These darlings will have to be self-collected though as the icings would definitely melt. Alternatively, you could order above S$150 and wed send them over to a local address ;D
Home cooked Korean meals 'montage'
Funny how once you eat Korean it's hard to go back :S Enjoy the pics of our Korean home cooking below!
And yes. I do wish I could open a cafe and serve you guys these original / authentic and HALAL korean dishes and banchans. Our current halal korean options really are limited.
(We've been encouraged to consider kickstarter but really unsure of the take-up)
Make of the month: My "office" pillow
It's been a while since I made, drew, create, sew, crafted.. you get my drift. In an effort to be more productive in this area, I shall also aim to make something each month.
Since work has been piling more and more, my back too has been aching horribly. Granny sewed me a pillow but I couldn't bring the hello kitty covered thing to work just like that, so a trendy pillow cover is in order! :D Out comes the pins, needles, sewing machine...
A rather good job if I say so myself! (with some if not more guidance from Mummy cos I'm just so out of practice) :D
That about sums up my April. For May, do look out for the upcoming offers in the shop and interesting blogposts coming up! <3
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