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One of the best things to have on a breezy night is a good bowl of herbal soup, and for that, the number one trusted place to be has got to be Keong Kee Herbal Soup in Pudu. In fact, I had an ex-housemate that would bug her boy friend to drive her all the way from PJ to the heart of KL whenever she had the craving for these home-made soup.

Keong Kee Herbal Soup, Pudu
Keong Kee Herbal Soup, Pudu

The restaurant, or stall I should say, is located on a semi open air area under a zinc roof that has rudimentary weather protection, there are no walls or air conditioning, but it is well lit and has ceiling fans serving the customers to counter the tropical heat.

Pudu Keong Kee herbal soup, today we had terrapin soup, chicken wings ginseng soup, and braised lamb. Old school old taste all in RM 35. #kyeats #herbalsoup #terrapinu #pudu #nonhalal

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The menu at Keong Kee is not a large one, and resides only in the memory of the waiters. For the two of us over dinner, we ordered a portion of stewed lamb, a plate of “oily vegetable”, ginseng chicken soup, and a bowl of terrapin soup. Yes, terrapin, or freshwater turtle.

2 soup, vege, stewed lamb
2 soup, vege, stewed lamb

Service was rather prompt, and quality of these soup were really as good as their reputation, the herbal taste were strong, with the meat in both soup dishes as well as the stew cooked to a very soft, tender texture. We really enjoyed it. (the vegetable wasn’t overly “refined” though..).

Dinner came to RM 35 for two pax, pretty cheap for what you get. So if you’re up for some good old fashion double boiled soup in the city, this is surely a place to check out.

ginseng chicken soup & terrapin soup
ginseng chicken soup & terrapin soup

Keong Kee herbal soup, map

Address:
Keong Kee Herbal Soup
Changkat Thambi Dollah,
Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.140476, 101.712528
Tel: 03-2142 0304

RM460++A few weeks ago I was invited to one of the more unique wine pairing dinners in town – Salon & Delamotte Champange Tasting Dinner at Nadodi KL. Being just a stone’s throw away from my office, the location was perfect, and with proper champagne & wine from Salon & Delamotte? I couldn’t say no.

Salmon and Delamotte Champange tasting dinner at Nadodi KL
Salmon and Delamotte Champange tasting dinner at Nadodi KL

Interestingly, Nadodi also offers something I have yet to try in so many years of writing about food – fine dining Indian cuisine. More specifically, southern Indian cuisine in a fine dining setting.

The dinner was a bespoke 11-course menu called 11-mile journey priced at RM460++ by Nadodi, they also offer the 13-mile journey dinner at RM 490++.

Had to pleasure to attend the Exclusive Salon and Delamotte Champagne Tasting Dinner at Nadodi last night. 11 course of exquisite modern interpretation of Indian cuisine with excellent pairing of Salon and Delamotte champagne and wine. . Had the pleasure of sharing the table with sommelier @pakillo_galdeano and Mr Hiroki Kuwabara. @lky64 was an excellent host as usual. . Thanks to @kampungboycitygal for the intro & @wxingyi for coming with. 😋 . #kyeats #liveandloveme #nadodikl #delamotte #salon #wine #champange

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As for our drinks for the night. We have Salon – creation of Aime Salon, from the region of Côte des Blancs. The wine from Salon is always of a single harvest, single cru, single grape variety and of the best vintages. Hence the resulting champagne is perfectly balanced and among the most sought after.

A neighbour of Salon, Delamotte too is from Côte des Blancs and sources its grapes from the same region. Delamotte produces non-vintage Brut, Blanc de Blancs and Rosé.

In attendance at the dinner was Didier Depond, president of Champagne Salon and Champagne Delamotte.

cone, manga, and pillow
Cone, Manga, and Pillow

Three exquisitely prepared starters to kick off the night. Cone was sambar & onion chutney, Manga made from mango patchadi & pistachios, while Pillow consists of beetroot and cheese.

While presentation is rather modern, there’s undeniable underlying tone of Indian cuisine, Cone had a spicy note to it, Manga balances sweetness of mango with pistachios, and Pillow the richness of cheese often found in Indian dishes.

We had Delamotte Blanc de Blancs non vintage with these, an delicate wine with subtle fruitiness and floral character.

shell shock - Hokkaido scallop + sodhi
Shell Shock – Hokkaido scallop, sodhi. Tiano & Noreno Malbec 2010 Magnum

Shell Shock was Hokkaido scallop with sodhi (coconut milk curry), an unfamiliar mix of taste to the usual scallop preparation, but one that worked out well.

We had Tiano & Noreno Malbec 2010 Magnum, with less than 800 bottles left in the world, a gracious gift from the President himself in this session. The wine is powerful, full-bodied, and has a delicate acidity with a touch of French elegance. It was one of our favorites of the night for sure.

Go Bananas, Salon Le Mesni 2006
Go Bananas, Salon Le Mesni 2006

Go Bananas is one of the iconic dishes at Nadodi, the dish is made with the stem, fruit and flower of a banana tree. We had Salon Le Mesni 2006, a champagne with a finish that is clear, aromatic, round and well balanced.

heads up, Delamotte Blanc de Blancs
Heads Up, Delamotte Blanc de Blancs

Heads Up, a seafood dish with coral trout, head curry espuma, and lemon flat rice. The trick to eating this to stir it up and scoop up the mix, the contrasting texture of creamy curry and those crunchy rice was quite an experience.

Crabs Day Out
Crabs Day Out

Crab’s Day Out is Nadodi’s play with Alaskan crab meat with rasam (you should be familiar with this at banana leaf rice places). Not quite as exquisite as I thought it’d be, but something with a little bit of acidity was welcoming after mostly creamy dishes.

Sorbet & Peek-A-Boo - lobster ishtu, dry coconut
Sorbet & Peek-A-Boo – lobster ishtu, dry coconut

We had a sorbet made from Delamotte Rose NV as palette cleanser, can’t get more luxurious than that.

Then came Peek-A-Boo, our lobster dish of the night. Lobster ishtu (Kerala style potato with coconut milk) with dry coconut. I liked the way they prepare the lobsters by cooking it only just very so slightly, retaining the natural taste of the crustacean. The whole thing too is wrapped by very thinly sliced scallop skin, my favorite dish of the night.

Billy - pepper crusted lamb, drumstick curry
Billy – pepper crusted lamb, drumstick curry

Billy – our red meat of the night, consists of pepper crusted lamb with drumstick (moringa, not chicken drumstick…) curry. The lamb was perfectly cooked too, with the peppery crust seasoned how it should be. I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

Nomads Globe - country chicken biriyani, egg plants
Nomads Globe – country chicken biriyani, egg plants

Nomads Globe, our main for the day consists of country chicken briyani and egg plants in peanut masala gravy. A competent dish in its own, but I thought one that perhaps sit a bit lower than the two dishes preceding it.

Filtered Kapi, and the great people I shared table with
Nomads Globe – country chicken biriyani, egg plants

Overall the experience was certainly positive, with good food, great wine & champagne, and certainly excellent company with Paco Galdeano, Hiroki Kuwabara san, and Xing Yi.

Check out diineout.com for more of exclusive champagne and wine pairing such as these. Thanks Wei Zhi for introducing me to this event!

 

map to Nadodi KL

Address:
Nadodi
Lot 183, Jalan Mayang,
Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.160381, 101.711203
Tel: 017 367 0200

 

Being from a somewhat typical family in Penang, I’m no stranger to Nyonya style cooking, this is mostly due to the fact that Baba-Nyonya cuisine shares many similar recipes to Penang Hokkien dishes.

So when we were at Baba Nyonya Restaurant in Avenue K, I had certain expectations on what they should be able to cook up.

Baba Nyonya, Avenue K
Baba Nyonya, Avenue K, with my dining partners

The restaurant is located at the same level with the LRT station, with an interior decor that is pretty tastefully done, catering to mostly 2-4 people per table, though larger crowd can be arranged, to a certain extend.

Baba Nyonya restaurant at Avenue K, asam pedas, terung, chicken pongteh, and ayam masak merah rice set. What’s your choice for lunch/dinner? #kyeats #avenuek #halal #klcc @avenuekmy @baba.nyonya

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The menu offers quite a variety of dishes, with selections from individual noodle or “daily plates”, as well as ala-carte entries to be eaten with steamed rice with a group of your favorite buddies, which was what we mainly did when I find myself with a few colleagues at Baba Nyonya a couple weeks ago.

proper meal for three, with poultry, fish, and vegetable
proper meal for three, with poultry, fish, and vegetable

We sampled one single dish in the form of Ayam Masak Merah, and three shared lauk of terung belado (RM 16.90), chicken pongteh (RM 26.90), and asam fish pedas claypot (RM 35.90) over dinner.

The ayam masak merah is a dish you can enjoy over lunch and comes with loads of those sauce that has a good balance of sweet and spicy taste to it, there’s also a spring role to get you started.

terung belado, chicken pongteh, ayam masak merah, asam fish pedas claypot
terung belado, chicken pongteh, ayam masak merah, asam fish pedas claypot

Asam fish pedas claypot was our favorite among the three shared dishes. The fish retains some crunchiness while not overly fried, with the asam pedas broth brings forth a good kick, perfect when mixed with steamed rice.

The terung too was proper, soft, tender, and packed with flavor. However, we did agree that the chicken pongteh was pretty average, or perhaps just overshadowed by other offerings from Baba Nyonya during this session.

The experience at Baba Nyonya Avenue was certainly a positive one, I think I’ll be heading over for lunch one of these days to check out more of their individual dishes.

map to Avenue K

Address:
Baba Nyonya
Lot UC-1, Upper Concourse,
Avenue K,

156, Jalan Ampang, 
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS:  3.159257, 101.713610
Tel: 03 2181 5544
Web: www.babanyonya.co

Continuing with our food exploit at Avenue K, the mall that’s connected by KLCC via underground LRT station, we sampled the food offered by Tokyo Pastry, a Japanese themed restaurant that offers mostly Western menu inspired by Japanese style cooking, or is it?

Tokyo Pastry, Avenue K
Tokyo Pastry, Avenue K

Situated at the mezzanine floor, the restaurant got its cue from  European style bakeries in Japan, with the menu that has very little resemblance to traditional Japanese cuisine that we are familiar with.

You certainly won’t find sushi, sashimi, ramen, or takoyaki, but if you’re looking for burger, spaghetti, latte, and cheese cakes, this is a place to check out.

a full meal for two at Tokyo Pastry
a full meal for two at Tokyo Pastry

The restaurant is often quite busy over lunch time on working days, but if you want to enjoy a quiet meal here, the best time is during dinner or over the weekends, when the mall isn’t swarmed by office crowd.

salmon salad, spicy mushroom spaghetti, Tokyo burger, pan seared chicken
salmon salad, spicy mushroom spaghetti, Tokyo burger, pan seared chicken

We started with their salmon salad (RM 22), pretty generous amount of gravlax wrapping chopped mango & greens make for a rather healthy start of a meal, or a meal in itself if you want something light. This is probably the go-to healthy choice for the dieting hipsters, but I do quite like it.

Spicy mushroom spaghetti (RM 19) is a pretty straight forward pasta dish with a few types of mushroom in a spaghetti that comes with a bit of a kick, mainly for the pepper used.

Tokyo Pastry at Avenue K, Japanese inspired western food in the city. With cakes and coffee too. . #kyeats #halal #cakes #avenuek #salmon @tokyopastry

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Tokyo burger (RM 20) comes with that green tea infused bun that looks a bit radio active but tasted rather good with its generous slab of chicken cooked with teriyaki sauce. There’s a small side of salad and fries too.

If you want more protein in your meal, the pan seared chicken (RM 23) may just do the trick.  A big slab of chicken seared with chef’s homemade sauce, plus some vegetable and potato. Simple and pretty satisfying.

matcha mitsu, Japanese cheese cake, tiramisu crepe
matcha mitsu, Japanese cheese cake, tiramisu crepe

Granted, I didn’t have the chance to to try the pastries above, however, as the name suggests, Tokyo pastry pride themselves in their cakes and crepe, the matcha mitsu (RM 16), Japanese cheese cake (RM 13.95), and tiramisu crepe (RM 14.95) all looked the part and I trust that they are up to the challenge in taste department.

raspberry lychee soda, latte, espresso & milk
raspberry lychee soda, latte, espresso & milk

Tokyo pastry also serve up more than competent coffee. The latte and espresso with a side of milk that I tried were as good as any. For a bit more refreshing taste, the raspberry lychee soda should suffice as well.

map to Avenue K

Address:
Tokyo Pastry
M-20 & SAC-M-1,
Mezzanine Level, Avenue K,
156, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS:  3.159257, 101.713610
Tel: 03-2181 7660
Web: www.tokyopastry.com

When it comes to street food in Malaysia, most people often cite Penang right off the bat, but for those who likes something perhaps more comforting, Ipoh street food is a great alternative. If you’re in KL looking for a taste of what Ipoh has to offer, Avenue K’s Ipoh Market Street (non halal) should be in your short list.

Ipoh Market Street, Avenue K
Ipoh Market Street, Avenue K

Walking out from KLCC LRT station, take a right turn and keep walking towards the end, you’ll find Ipoh Market Street on your right. The diminutive entrance opens up into a pretty decent size dining hall with a menu filled with a good selection of dishes hailed from the city that was famous for tin mining.

Late lunch at @ipohmarketstreet and I’m choosing breakfast dishes because who can resist these eggs and toasts? #kyeats #avenuek #eggsandtoast #softboiledeggs

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One thing to note – Ipoh Market Street at Avenue K is a non-halal restaurant.

Ipoh curry mee
Ipoh curry mee

The signature dish here is the Ipoh Curry Mee (RM 11.90) that comes with chicken stripes, roast pork, mint, lime, and your choice of noodle. I thought the broth does pack a punch and the inclusion of roast pork made everything that much better. Definitely satisfying for someone who wants a jolt over lunch, I liked it.

Ipoh white coffee, market street soft boil egg on toast
Ipoh white coffee, market street soft boil egg on toast

The soft boil egg on toast (RM 4.90) was my favorite dish over the tasting period. In fact, I went back a week later to specifically order this and savior it slowly. Perfect soft boil eggs on perfectly toasted bread, as simple as they are delicious.

The Ipoh white coffee (RM 4.50) here is one of their specialty, and always with proper thick foam too. If you like full bodied creamy coffee, this would definitely satisfy.

Ipoh caramel custard egg, spicy chili crispy pork fried rice
Ipoh caramel custard egg, spicy chili crispy pork fried rice

Ipoh caramel custard egg is something that seems sorta out of place at this “kopitiam” style restaurant, but I thought the dessert was more than decent, like most dishes we tried here.

Other than noodle dishes and light meals, Ipoh Market Street also serve “tai chao”, or hot wok style of meal from 5-10 pm daily. We only managed to try their spicy chili crispy pork fried rice (RM 11.80) and it was pretty decent, though I’d want to have the portion to be a bit smaller so that the pork to rice ratio is higher tho, but for those with a big appetite, it is definitely not a bad thing.

 

map to Avenue K

Address:
Ipoh Market Street
UC-3 
Avenue K Avenue K, 156, 
Jalan Ampang, 
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.159257, 101.713610
Tel03-2181 2623