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While Klang Valley is one of the best places for those of us who eats out, one has to admit that it is not usually easy to find something that’s genuinely healthy.

It’s easy to find food that’s delicious (that’s what this site mostly concentrates on), and also cafes that offers cool concepts and beautiful dining environment/experience (those “instagrammable” spots, anyone?), so when I was contacted by MEDIFOODS to check out their unique proposition, I was pretty eager to take a look.

MEDIFOODS Lifestyle Cafe, Damansara Kim
MEDIFOODS Lifestyle Cafe, Damansara Kim

The founder of MEDIFOODS is actually a licensed pharmacist, you wouldn’t have guessed it, but it is not a surprised when you really look at the name of the restaurant, right?

What the founder aim to do is to provide delicious food that is also healthy in nature – by the way of preparation and carefully crafted ingredients. For example: non-GMO, MSG free, vegetables from own farm, etc.

FIT meal - 2 protein 1 vege, or 2 vege 1 protein
FIT meal – 2 protein 1 vege, or 2 vege 1 protein

In addition to these food, they also offer consultation on food selection and choices if healthy lifestyle is what you seek. Like I mentioned above, founder is a pharmacist, and often there’re also nutritionists in house.

I was there a couple weekends ago to check out their FIT Menu – where you can choose from either 1 protein + 2 vege (RM 16.90), or 2 protein + 1 vege combo (RM 18.90). The set is also served with a base of Medifoods rice (parboiled basmati), multigrain brown rice, or quinoa + millet (extra RM 2.00)

fish, steamed egg, and chicken dishes
fish, steamed egg, and chicken dishes

So, what are you choices of these protein and vege? And most importantly, are they any good?

There are four different fish dishes (farmed raised organic tilapia) – ginger steamed fish, deep fried with ginger, steamed with soya sauce and fried ginger, steamed with assam sauce. Three chicken dishes – steamed with minced ginger, green curry, and with herbs. A couple egg dishes in Chinese style omelet and steamed egg, as well as a four different tofu and mushroom dominated dishes.

I found that the tastes aren’t overwhelming and generally a little bit more subtle in nature, while retaining natural sweetness of ingredients, very.. comforting.

tofu and egg dishes, basmati rice, multigrain brown rice, or quinoa
tofu and egg dishes, basmati rice, multigrain brown rice, or quinoa

There’s also over half a dozen different vegetable dishes to pick from as well. I particularly love my bitter gourd with egg, but there’s also bok choi, choi sam, mixed vege, brinjal, and so forth. If paired it with tofu or egg as your protein choice(s), you can easily have a rather delicious set of vegetarian meal without resorting to those “fake meat” dishes, something I find rather contradicting at times.

which one is your favorite vegetable?
which one is your favorite vegetable?

As for the base, I’d suggest trying out quinoa and millet, both of which offers higher fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants. But if you are a true Asian who can’t live without rice, there’s they are also available.

The FIT Menu is available daily, if a healthier hot meal is what you look for, this is a place to check out.

salad bar and noodle soup station
salad bar and noodle soup station

On weekends, MEDIFOODS also offer their signature Healthy Breakfast Buffet in the morning.  Essentially a buffet spread specifically curated to contain healthier options in the all you can eat format.

At RM 21.80 per person, here’s what you get:

A salad bar with over 20 different ingredients from green peas, cherry tomato, roast pumpkins, cons, to eggs, spinach, and salad greens.

meehun, pizza, fried rice
meehun, pizza, fried rice

A noodle station, as well as fried meehun, pizza, and fried rice.

angku, chai kuih, pumpkin cakes, radish cakes, fried fuchuk spring roll
angku, chai kuih, pumpkin cakes, radish cakes, fried fuchuk spring roll

A variety of traditional kuih, pumpkin cakes, radish cakes, fried spring roll, as well as santan free nasi lemak with their home-made sweet/spicy sambal.

oat embryo milk, bread, onde-onde
oat embryo milk, bread, onde-onde

Bread, onde-onde- oat embryo milk, and free flow coffee and tea. There’s also porridge and two different types of tongsui to choose from.

The buffet is really the option to go if you have a good appetite, not willing to scarify healthy eating, and want a good value all at the same time.

spoiled for choices
spoiled for choices

Other than Damansara Kim (address below), MEDIFOODS is also presence at the following locations:

  • Bangsar South – Ground Floor, Tower 1, Avenue 3, The Horizon
  • Subang Jaya – 61, Jalan SS 18/6, Ss 18, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
  • SS2 – 11A, Jalan SS 2/30, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

maps to MEDIFOODS Damansara Kim

Address:
Medifoods
37, Jalan SS 20/11,
Damansara Kim,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.134634, 101.626955
Tel: 010-950 8290

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Flavors of Chile

December 2, 2011 12 Comments

Chile is the longest north-south country in the world, stretching over 4,630 kilometres “top” to “bottom”, but only as wide as 430 kilometers at the thickest region east-west. Situated on the west side of Andes and right next to Pacific ocean as well as the presence of Atacama dessert allows Chile to have a remarkably wide range of climates and thus, a huge selection of agricultural resources as well.

According to my colleague who is from Peru, a neighboring country to Chile, it is also a prosperous and stable country, something that can’t be said for many South American nations. If not for the usually prohibitive airfare, I am sure it would be a fantastic place to visit, perhaps some day…

Flavors of Chile
Kiwi fruit isn’t just from Australia and New Zealand

In the mean time, we got to attend the “Flavor of Chile” event held by the Embassy of Chile in Malaysia. It was a treat of gastronomical adventure at Westin Hotel, KL. This was actually a two day event that gives Malaysian businessmen a chance to discover Chile’s wide variety of high quality products, according to ProChile director Felix De Vicente.

South American food is something of a mystery to me, prior to this dinner, if you ask me anything food related from the region, I’d probably just say Argentinian steak (from Gaucho Grill), Chilean wine, and Chilean sea bass.

and it was a grand party, with my favorite people too
with some of my favorite people – fatboybakes, cumidanciki, haze

During the course of the event, I got to know more than I bargained.

There were video presentation in between every dish, with quality of production that makes most travel programmes look amateur. The clips introduces different places in Chile and what it has to offer, as well as plenty of airtime with Chef Carlo von Mühlenbrock – a guy who looked more like a rockstar than a chef – explaining how the ingredient is grown/catch and his method of preparation.

And then the very dish is served. Brilliant.

Quinoa Timbale with avocado and Chilean King Crab
Quinoa Timbale with avocado and Chilean King Crab

The first starter was Quinao Timbale with avocado and Chilean King Crab, paired with Sauvignon Blanc. This was the first time I had quinoa, a grain that is high in protein balance set of amino acids, and it was delicious. It has a crunchy texture, a bit sourish, and undoubtedly perfect with a couple slices of king crab and the wine.

Pablo Neruda's Conger Eel Chowder
Pablo Neruda’s Conger Eel Chowder

Next was Pablo Neruda’s Conger Eel Chowder. Eel? Chowder? This was not something that was expected, but perhaps it had something to do with our familiarity with unagi – a very narrow view of eel.

This eel was more like a cross between scallop & sea bass, subtle yet delicious, with the broth and other seafood in the bowl, it was a wholesome chowder for sure. We had Chilean Chardonnay to wash it down, which was of course, lovely.

Smoked Salmon and Mussels with Coriander Spiced Barley
Smoked Salmon and Mussels with Coriander Spiced Barley

The main dish was Smoked Salmon and Mussels with Coriander Spiced Barley. A generous slab of smoked salmon sitting on bed of barley, accompanied by a couple mussels.

This was another good dish, but the texture of barley that doesn’t come in a dessert or drink was a little too foreign for me. The dish was served with Vina Cono Sur Pinot Noir.

Southern Chile berries sorbet with fresh fruits, and the wine
Southern Chile berries sorbet with fresh fruits, and the wine

The dessert was Southern Chile berries sorbet with fresh fruits. A sweet ending to the wonderful dinner. Due to my allergy to kiwi, this was the only dish I did not completely finish. The sorbet, made from pureed Chilean berries, were excellent.

The dessert wine Late Harvest, however, were a tad too sweet for my liking. It would probably be great if served at almost freezing temperature at a smaller dosage, but alas, this was an event with hundreds of peopld, one can’t be asking too much.

Chilean Chef Carlo von Mühlenbrock & Haze
Chilean Chef Carlo von Mühlenbrock & Haze

It was a lovely night punctuated by a visit of the famous chef to our table and did a autograph on Haze’s drawing of his dishes. The drawing later appeared on a Chilean newspaper too. 😀

So now, when will I be able to go there.