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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

Sarawak Laksa seems like the flavor of the year, so before the end of 2017 I decided to give yet another highly recommended Sarawak Laksa place a try – SALTed at Mutiara Damansara.

SALTed, Mutiara Damansara
SALTed, Mutiara Damansara

As it turns out SALTed does stand for something – Sarawak Authentic Local Taste Extra Delicious!

The restaurant is located quite deep within Mutiara Damansara, and while it is perhaps only 5 minutes away from IKEA and Curve, you can’t really get there by walking from the big furniture shop.

SALTed stands for Sarawak Authentic Local Taste extra delicious, and yes I went for the RM 15 special laksa Sarawak with big prawns and cuttlefish. Worth it! At Mutiara Damansara. #kyeats #porkfree #salted #sarawaklaksa #mutiaradamansara @saltedswk

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The Sarawak laksa comes in three different versions, basic (RM 6) comes with chicken stripes but no prawns, original (RM 9) comes with normal prawns, and special (RM 15) gets you some cuttlefish as well as three pretty large size sea caught “meng har” (明虾) prawns.

Special version of Sarawak Laksa with extra prawns & cuttlefish
Special version of Sarawak Laksa with extra prawns & cuttlefish

I went for the “special” and happy to report that the dish definitely did not disappoint. The broth was thick and flavorful, and the seafood perfectly compliments the meehun and all other ingredients. I also enjoyed the pretty hot sambal as well. Will definitely put this in place in my list of recommendations (which I need to create, I think)

simple menu at SALTed
simple menu at SALTed

Other than laksa Sarawak, the restaurant also offers kolo mee, belacan meehun, and mee Jawa Sarawak. .My mission was only for the laksa, so no I did not try any of these dishes.

map to SALTed, Mutiara Damansara

Address:
SALTed
30-1 Jalan PJU 7/16a,
Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.159828, 101.602412
Tel: 03-7733 4566
Hours: 10 am to 3:30 pm

The name Isetan The Japan Store is often associated with very high end products as well as rather expensive price tags, but thankfully when it comes to their lower ground floor food offerings, the quality is still there, minus the overly crazy price tags.

The other day I took a detour and check out one of their many food stalls house within the departmental store’s grocery area and checked out Shoya Sushi Bar.

Shoya Sushi bar, at Isetan the Japan Store, Lot 10 KL
Shoya Sushi bar, at Isetan the Japan Store, Lot 10 KL

Shoya Sushi Bar takes up only maybe some 100 sq. foot of area and offers a relatively small menu consists mainly of sushi platter, hand rolls, and sushi don. A sushi don is priced from around RM 26.50 (Special Bara Chirashi Don) all the way to RM 90 (Omakase Shoya Kaisen Don), with nothing exceeding 3 digit price point.

Shoya sushi bar at Isetan The Japan Store KL. Small selection in the menu but taste is on point and value is pretty good. Makes for a good quick meal option #kyeats #halal #sushi #salmon #isetan @isetanthejapanstore @carolkoh

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We tried the Salmon and Salmon Ten-Don (RM 35) which came with four pieces of raw salmon as well as another four pieces of tempura salmon on a bowl of sushi rice. The salmon tempura required a little getting used to (slightly soggy texture), but the raw seafood was pretty fresh and tastes rather good.

Salmon and Salmon Ten-Don
Salmon and Salmon Ten-Don

I also decided to try one of their more expensive options on the menu – Chef’s selected sushi (special) priced at RM 85.

What came was a collection of sushi that really is right up there with some of the more expensive Japanese restaurants in terms of quality. There’s fatty tuna, tuna, squid, ikura, amaebi, salmon, yellowtail, mackerel, and tuna belly roll. I felt that this offers quite a good value despite its asking price.

Chef's selected sushi (special)
Chef’s selected sushi (special)

If you find yourself in Bukit Bintang craving for some good sushi, this place should be in your short list.

map to Lot 10, KL

Address:
Shoya Sushi Bar
Lower Ground Floor
ISETAN The Japan Store KL
Lot 10 Shopping Mall
Jalan Bukit Bintang
GPS: 3.146462, 101.711758
Tel:  03-2141 7777

In Malaysia, when the weather is hot, the answer is always Cendol or Ais Kacang, and today, we’re going to talk about one of the better Cendols here in Shah Alam – Cendol Pak Akob

Cendol Pak Akob, Seksyen 16 Shah Alam
Cendol Pak Akob, Seksyen 16 Shah Alam

Located outside the mosque at Shah Alam Seksyen 16, Cendol Pak Akob is no stranger to the locals and students of UiTM, the huge university nearby.

Cendol Pak Akob, perfect for this hot afternoon. With tapai of course. #kyeats #cendol #shahalam #halal

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The cendol is operated from one of those original food truck that’s been around for decades (one where the operator stands by the side instead of INSIDE the truck). Thankfully, they also prepared a number of tables and chairs complete with giant umbrellas for your convenience.

cendol is always perfect for hot weather
cendol is always perfect for hot weather

Pak Akob offers basic cendol (RM 1.50) with a few additions:

  • Cendol Pulut (RM 2.50)
  • Cendol Tapai (RM 2.50)
  • Cendol Jagung (RM 2.00)
  • Cendol Pulut Jagung or Tapai Jagung (RM 2.50)

love my cendol with pulut or tapai
love my cendol with pulut or tapai

Of course, you can also mix & match from the above “extra” ingredients as you wish. My favorite is tapai, the fermented glutinous rice that carries a slightly sourish taste that matches really well with the sweet nature of cendol.

On a hot day just after you have a good meal of bak kut teh in Klang, this is definitely a place worth checking out.

cendol-pak-akob-map

Address:
Cendol Pak Akob
Persiaran Selangor
Seksyen 16, Shah Alam
GPS: 3.060802, 101.507710
Tel: 012-604 0757
Hours: after lunch

Ask anyone about Apple Strudel, and chances are they’re going to be talking about the famous Corica Pastries in Perth. Yeap, they do serve up an awesome apple strudel (I was fortunate to have a chance to try thanks to Val back in the years), I recently found that you can get an equally mean version of this delicious pastry right here in Klang Valley.

Fruity Cake and Bakery, Klang
Fruity Cake and Bakery, Klang

More specifically, the relatively old and unassuming looking pastry in Klang by the name of Fruity Cake and Bakery.

Best apple strudel in town, at this unsuspecting old school cafe bakery place Fruity Bakery & Cake. #kyeats #applestrudel #klang #cafe

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Fruity Cake & Bakery is no stranger to the locals, the shop has been in operations for decades and serve mainly pastries, cakes, coffee, and a few selected Western dishes such as spaghetti, chicken chops etc.

I’ve been to this place a few times, and to be perfectly honest, the coffee is subpar, the Western dishes looked like it was from the 90s, and the interior decoration fits for a sitcom set up from 20 years ago.

best Apple Strudel I've had in the country
best Apple Strudel I’ve had in the country

What is really awesome tho, is their apple strudel.

A portion goes for RM 6.75 and if you want the whole big box (around 5 pieces?), that’ll be close to RM 30.

It is worth every single cent tho! The pastry is crispy, and the filling is just done perfectly. It doesn’t really play second fiddle to the version at Perth in my opinion, I liked it just as much.

If you’re a fan of this pastry, make a plan to visit Klang.

map to Fruity Cake and Bakery, Klang

Address:
Fruity Cake & Bakery
107, Leboh Turi,
Taman Radzi,
41200 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.026957, 101.427942
Tel03-3373 1071