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Over the CNY period my family and I went over to Aman Suria to meet up with a couple cousins for lunch. At the time was also a period when my dear friend Suanie kept talking about Kesom Kafe and their nasi kerabu basically every few hours, so I decided it was a good venue for us to gather for lunch.

Cafe Kesom, they could use a bigger sign board tho
Cafe Kesom, they could use a bigger sign board tho

Well, to start, it took me a couple go-around to locate Kesom. See, the restaurant is located right below blook warehouse (same owner apparently), whose signboard is about 10x bigger than the tiny little yellow-on-white Kesom board located behind some plants.

It’s like they purposely want to make it difficult.

now that's what I call a sumptuous lunch
now that’s what I call a sumptuous lunch

Once inside though, the treasure hunting effort paid off.

Kesom is tastefully decorated like a modern cafe, but carries some of the most traditional Kelantanese dishes prepared properly and served on wax paper akin to roadside stalls in the East Coast, all for asking price that is more than reasonable.

pulut inti, mee siam, nasi dagang, nasi kerabu
pulut inti, mee siam, nasi dagang, nasi kerabu

The nasi kerabu (RM 8) and nasi dagang (RM 7) were both delicious and packed with all the traditional ingredients you’d expect these dishes to have. The blue rice, chopped greens, meat floss, sambal, and even telur masin were all there. It was superb.

some centerplates to share
some centerplates to share

Additionally, they also offer quite a few dishes for sharing. Ayam goreng berempah (RM 7.90) was crispy and crunchy, gulai ayam kawah and tempe were all rather delicious as well.

For those who likes traditional Malay kuih, I’d also recommend their pulut inti.

good times with family & relatives
good times with family & relatives

After lunch at Kesom, I somehow understood Suanie’s obsession, and while I won’t have the same nasi kerabu 5 times a week, I think anyone who love this traditional Kelantanese dish should pay Kesom a visit.

map to Cafe Kesom

Address:
Cafe Kesom
F-46-G, Jalan PJU 1/45,
Aman Suria,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.120915, 101.596749
Tel: 03-7886 6559

Prawn mee is only called prawn mee if you’re in Klang Valley, which is a bit funny since it is a dish that is originated from Penang, and up North we always called it Hokkien mee. It is unfortunate that Hokkien Mee is referred to something that looks like a plate of greased up worm instead of this glorious bowl of some of the finest creations from the Hokkien clan.

Heng Lee kopitiam at Sungai Way
Heng Lee kopitiam at Sungai Way

Anyway, today I want to introduce to you one of my latest hawker find, the prawn mee stall at Sungai Way, first made aware to me by one of my instagram followers. A hawker stall at Heng Lee kopitiam located right opposite Sungai Way morning market on the main road with the entrance from Federal Highway.

glorious bowl of Penang style prawn mee
glorious bowl of Penang style prawn mee

For RM 6, you get a bowl of prawn mee with all the proper ingredients such as prawn, boiled egg (a whole egg in this case), pork slices, kangkung, bean sprout, your favorite noodle/meehun, and even a few slices of fish paste which I don’t really care much about. The chili paste here is pretty decent, but the stand out part of this dish would be the broth, which I thought was really on point.

One thing to note, this stall serves Penang Laksa instead of prawn mee on Wednesday, something which I thought is a bit of a funny dish for breakfast, but whatever rock your socks. Give it a try if you’re a fan of these dishes.

One of my go to morning prawn mee these days, at the kopitiam opposite sungai way morning market. Proper Penang style with all the ingredients I love. #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #sungaiway #petalingjaya #malaysia #prawnmee #hawker

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map to Heng Lee kopitiam, Sungai Way

Address:
Heng Lee Kopitiam (opposite wet market)
611 Jalan SS 9a/1,
Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya
Selangor
GPS: 3.086479, 101.620678
Hours: breakfast

We don’t always go to Kota Damansara thanks mostly to the fact that traffic is quite horrendous due to the on-going MRT construction, but when WeiZhi & Lex asked that we join them for a steamboat lunch review at Gourmet Definition Steamboat, we immediately agreed.

Gourmet Definition Steamboat at Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara
Gourmet Definition Steamboat at Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara

The reason is two fold – the two fellas behind KBCG are good friends, and secondly, the photos from what I can find about Gourmet Definition Steamboat looked mighty promising.

we tried both the spicy and signature golden soup
we tried both the spicy and signature golden soup

Located at the main strip of Sunway Giza, Gourmet Definition has quite a “fresh” and new look to it that’s unlike any other steamboat places in town. The restaurant manager and part owner explained to us that great expense and thought was put into the planning and renovation stage of the restaurant, to ensure a comfortable dining experience, and most of all, top notch cleanliness standard.

I felt that they definitely achieved these goals with white marble tables, good air conditioning, and above all, prompt service (they even change your plates from time to time).

the deluxe set menu A for 4 pax at Gourmet Definition
the deluxe set menu A for 4 pax at Gourmet Definition

We were served the Deluxe Set Menu A for the four of us (RM 238 promo, usual RM 328), and it came with the following items:

  • signature golden soup or heat reducing preserved egg & parsley soup
  • King’s water prawn (4 pcs)
  • sliced pork
  • handmade three treasure meatballs (fish, pork, octopus, 4 pcs each)
  • tiger prawns (4 pcs)
  • sliced grouper (8 pcs)
  • Hokkaido scallop (4 pcs)
  • green mussels (4 pcs)
  • deep fried fish maw
  • golden crispy beancurd skin
  • stuffed beancurd puff & brinjal
  • signature chicken wings (4 pcs)
  • high-fiber organic green platter
  • Japanese udon, vermicelli, fresh eggs
  • free signature Ling-zhi premium drinks (1 jug)

plum juice, iberico pork slices, signature chicken wings, beancurd, brinjal, fishball
plum juice, iberico pork slices, signature chicken wings, beancurd, brinjal, fishball

There are only two items we tried here that’s not in the set menu – the HUGE imported fresh oyster, and the extra flavor of soup (the spicy one). Everything else is as listed above.

the fresh oyster was absolutely delicious, and huge!
the fresh oyster was absolutely delicious, and huge!

But enough with the listing of ingredients, the important question is, are they any good?

The answer is a resounding yes. Fresh ingredients with pork bone infused herbal soup base, it is actually not easy to go wrong here.

My favorites were the iberico pork slices, those red roe in the river prawn’s head, the homemade fish balls, and also most definitely those huge oysters. Those chicken wings too were pretty spot on as well.

Haze, Weizhi, Lex, & KY
Haze, Weizhi, Lex, & KY

Prices at Gourmet Definition is on the higher side, but the ingredients, service, and dining experience more than equal what you’ll see on the bill. If you’re up for some top notch steamboat, this place should be on your radar screen.

map to Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara

Address:
Gourmet Definition Steamboat
Unit A-13A & 15, Sunway Giza,
No. 2, Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU 5,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Selangor
GPS: 3.150799, 101.581231
Tel03-6151 8638
Hours: Lunch & Dinner daily

If you were to tell me 10 years ago that salad can make a healthy, hearty, and really delicious meal, I’d only believe you 1/3. After all, salad are for girls who wants to look demure and polite having meal in public, right?

Well, Chai Bar proved me wrong.

Chai Bar at Oasis Square, Ara Damansara
Chai Bar at Oasis Square, Ara Damansara

One of the Chai Bar’s co-owner, Dennis, is a close friend of Haze. So to be honest, we’ve heard of the concept and already been to the pre-tasting events before the restaurant was even opened.

It was a concept that isn’t completely new, salad bars such as these are already quite popular in Singapore and other countries.

salad isn't just lettuce with thousand island sauce
salad isn’t just lettuce with thousand island sauce

The concept is simple, choose from some 70 different ingredients such as freshly washed and cut vegetables to beans, cheeses, nuts, pickles, and roasted vegetables. Plus, you also get to add smoked salmon, shrimp, poached chicken or grilled beef (just in case you think salad is only all about greens). To complete the meal, pick from some 15 different dressings.

Voila, you have yourself an awesome healthy meal.

chicken rice, superfood, steakhouse, sombrero
chicken rice, superfood, steakhouse, sombrero

For the review session we tried 7 different salads with some from their “fab 10” selections, basically ten different mixes of salad for those who doesn’t want to scratch their heads choosing your own combination from 70 different ingredients. These salads are priced from RM 16-20, a very good value for what you get in my opinion.

Chicken rice came with spinach, red rice, onions, cucumber, bean sprouts & poached chicken and dressed with Sesame Soy. Here the chicken is cooked sous vide so even though it’s breast meat (my least favorite but healthiest option), it was still very juicy and rather delicious.

Superfood had mixed leaves with sweet potatoes, beets, avocado, dried cranberries, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds & quinoa dressed in peanut sauce. A mixture of all the healthy ingredients you can think of. Very nice texture to munch on.

Steakhouse is a salad for the men, I mean, steak, kan? Baby spinach with baby potatoes, tomato, caramelised onions & grilled beef. I like the dressing in this one – blue cheese! If you’re not a fan of blue cheese, you can always opt for another dressing.

If you like a little bit of Mexican, try Sombrero. Mixed lettuce with 3-bean mix, corn, tomatoes, onions, mixed peppers, cheddar cheese, tortilla chips & grilled beef. This salad is dressed with avocado and topped with salsa.

bibimbap, caesar, california girls
bibimbap, caesar, california girls

Fancy Korean style salad? Baby spinach with red rice, cucumber, carrot, mushrooms, bean sprouts, hard boiled egg and grilled beef. Sweet Gochujang. Sprinkles of kimchi makes for a bowl of Bibimbap.

Caesar, the most common of all salad, turned out to be our favorite. The sous vide chicken that’s lightly grilled was superb, and the Green Goddess dressing compliments romaine lettuce, croutons, onions, hard boiled egg, beef bacon, Parmesan cheese and grilled chicken really well.

According to Dennis, California Girls is one of the most popular salads with the ladies. A bowl that’s inspired by Japanese cuisine, with mixed lettuce, red rice, avocado, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, hard boiled egg, pickled seaweed & kaori-hako. Wasabi Mayo. Dusted with roasted seaweed and ebiko. I thought the ebiko was a really nice touch.

refreshing drinks at Chai Bar
refreshing drinks at Chai Bar

Juices goes for RM 7.50 and smoothies RM 8.50. We had kaffir lemonade, watermelon & mint, and of course I went for avocado. They complements the food well, and I think make for good afternoon “snacks” on their own too.

KY, Haze, Dennis (co-owner), Cheesie & Junya
KY, Haze, Dennis (co-owner), Cheesie & Junya

Chai Bar is really a trailblazer for salad in this side of Klang Valley, I really hope they thrive and open up more restaurants, and hopefully one near my workplace. Good job Dennis!

map to Oasis, Ara Damansara

Address:
Chai Bar
G31, Oasis Village
Oasis Square Ara Damansara, 

2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A, Petaling Jaya
GPS: 3.114834, 101.574750
Webchaibar.my
Tel03-7832 3138

Sometimes all you need is some simple comfort food, and for me, sometimes that comes in the form of a bowl of good bitter gourd noodle soup.

While running around trying to sort of stuff for our new home and somehow missed lunch in the process, I found myself at around Ara Damansara, and recalled that someone mentioned once about a stall at Restoran Do Re Mi 123 that offers bitter gourd soup, so I took the turn to investigate.

Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam at Ara Damansara
Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam at Ara Damansara

Restoran Do Re Mi 123 is a medium size kopitiam located at the “busiest” commercial centre in Ara Damansara on an island surrounded by major roads going in and out of the residential area. Parking is usually not too challenging, and the restaurant offers quite a selection of different hawker fair that any KL folks will be familiar with.

bitter gourd mee suah, with egg
bitter gourd mee suah, with egg

The noodle soup stall offers bitter gourd noodle, pork noodle, fish ball noodle soup, and “imperial” noodle.

For RM 5 you get a bowl of soup with your choice of noodle (I choose mee suah) laden with reasonable amount of pork slices, fish cake, bitter gourd, and even tomato. It was quite well balanced and not overly salty. Another RM 1 gets you an egg just to make it closer to a balanced meal.

A simple comfort food I don’t mind having a couple times a week.

map to restaurant doremi 123, Ara Damansara

Address:
Restaurant DoReMi 123
Jalan PJU 1a/20b
Ara Damansara
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.119897, 101.579194