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In the last few years, coffee culture in Malaysia experience quite a significant growth.

As I recalled, even just five years ago when I had to go to Le Passione Cafe at Hartamas for a cup of decent (and non-starbucks, non-coffeebeans) coffee. But now, we have plenty, and it’s great!

Cosans Coffee at Subang Jaya SS15
Cosans Coffee at Subang Jaya SS15

One of the many home brewed cafe chains that sprung up in recent years is Cosans Coffee, and my brother’s friend happened to be one of the persons behind it, which is why you’re reading this today.

I met my brother and a few others at the branch of Cosans Coffee at Subang Jaya a few weeks ago. The cafe is situated at a corner lot with tasteful design that took cues from English architecture, and a chilly air conditioning fitting for hot drinks. I remember when I studied at this part of the world over 1.5 decades ago, the most glamorous shops weren’t a quarter as neat as this one.

love the latte, with my brother Win Sern
love the latte, with my brother Win Sern who’s a medical doctor

Cosans apparently take pride in their process of making coffee (you can find out more details in their website), but what I do know is that their latte tastes as good as anywhere I’ve tried. The milk silky smooth, and the coffee positively strong and aromatic. That’s all I ask for in a cup of coffee, and I like their version here.

In addition to latte, they serve a full range of espresso based drinks, including macchiato, espresso, flat white, cappuccino,  mocha, and so forth. Prices of these drinks RM 7 to RM 14. Oh, they have affogato too.

sandwiches at Cosans, they pack a punch
sandwiches at Cosans, they pack a punch

Additionally, what sets Cosans apart from many other cafes is the sandwiches and salad they serve. The sandwiches are priced at RM 18-20 but they are absolutely loaded. I tried the blackcurrant smoked duck and would not hesitate to order again, the New Zealand beef steak sandwich too is something to reckon with. Two sandwiches here is probably enough for 3 person with average appetite.

Salad starts from RM 10 to RM 15, and there’s a selection of cakes to go with your caffeine. I haven’t tried these so to be honest, I wouldn’t be able to comment.

So if you’re around Subang looking for a place to chill out and possibly have a meal with some good coffee, Cosans is worth stopping by.

Address:
Cosans Coffee
30, Jalan SS 15/4,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.075284, 101.5875
Web: http://cosans.com
Tel
03-5612 9600

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with Transitions lens on a cloudy day
with Transitions lens on a cloudy day, while walking back from LRT station after work

A note to those who may wonder why Transitions lenses, including this pair of Transitions® Signature™ lenses in this picture has a tint when it is cloudy, this is due to the fact that UV light penetrate clouds, and hence activating the lenses. This way I’m still protected against the harmful rays even on a cloudy day.

When our office first moved to The Intermark, I was quite a bit bummed. Yah, the office was way modern and wonderful, with sophisticated elevator system that only comes with open, close, and emergency buttons (everything else is via tag and touch screen outside the elevator), but compared to Bukit Bintang where there are plenty of awesome food, where should I eat?

That’s where Jaya Grocer comes in, and I’m just glad that they opened up for business just a couple weeks after we moved in.

Jaya Grocer at Intermark, check out the price of the grapes
Jaya Grocer at Intermark, muscat at RM 163.75, kycho grapes at RM 149.90

Jaya Grocer is located at the basement of Intermark’s main building, directly under Double Tree by Hilton hotel. It is the first Jaya Grocer in KL city, and directly managed by the 3rd generation descendent of the original Jaya Grocer. In a way, that makes this outlet slightly different from the others in PJ, but in a good way.

The outlet carries a  lot of premium brands directly imported from overseas. If you want to spend over RM 150 on a small box of grapes (specifically Muscat of Alexandria or Kyoho grapes from Japan) or almost RM 200 on some Japanese green melon, you can.

There’s also a huge selection of organic produce, a whole section that sells various types of cheese, frozen smoked duck breasts, imported canned tuna/salmon, and many other “exotic” stuff you don’t normally see.

yeap, you can get the blue and green fairies here, and many other imported goods
yeap, you can get the blue and green fairies here, and many other imported goods

If you’re a fan of alcoholic drinks, you’ll find the selection of liquor, wine, and beer at Intermark’s Jaya Grocer as one of the more complete ones in the country. There’s a wine dispenser for tasting, many different types of imported beer, wine from several regions, and even “mythical” brands of hard liquor such as Absinthe – blue fairy with 53% alcohol and the green version with a whopping 68% alcohol. Probably good enough to use as antiseptic.

Other than that, there’s also a section that sells liquor in sort of an ala-carte basis. Various types of cognac, rum, and even single malt whisky sold in flasks of 200 ml or more. If you want premium liquor in small doses, such as the Scotch Highland Single Malt Whisky (29 years old, 43% Vol. Teaninich Distillery), it’ll be RM 186/200 ml. Other fancier liquers include those with tiramisu, latte macchiato, mango, and passion fruit flavors. You even get to have a taste test before purchase.

Anna enjoying the pork sandwich from hamky panky
Anna enjoying the pork sandwich from hamky panky

Like the outlet at Empire Mall, El Fresco is presence here as well. Purchase your beef/salmon and they’ll cook it for free provided you purchase a side dish (RM 7.90 or so). There’s Wagyu, Angus, and more.

However, other than Fresco, Jaya Grocer at Intermark also operates a non-halal food court right next to the supermarket. On this session we sampled a few dishes from each of the three operating stalls (with 1-2 more to open soon).

Hamky Panky has juicy, tasty sandwich (RM 13.80) in the menu. First you choose your bread, then the fillings (English ham, turkey, black forest, roast beef, roast lamb, roast pork, pork patty etc), then pick any add ons, and finally choose the sauce of your choice. We tried the roast pork and roast lamb sandwich, did not disappoint. I even packed the leftover lamb sandwich for breakfast the next day.

Lam's kitchen serves up your typical roast/bbq pork, roast chicken, roast duck too
Lam’s kitchen serves up your typical roast/bbq pork, roast chicken, roast duck too

Lam’s Kitchen serves roast pork, bbq pork, roast chicken, roast duck, and more. Their menu is pretty extensive but mostly involves rice or noodle with the previously mentioned meat. We tried their bbq pork, roast pork, and roast duck. I love the roast duck and roast pork, and think that their bbq pork (chasiu) is average. I do like their chilly sauce and oily rice though.

restaurant sun huat kee with their signature pork ball noodle
restaurant sun huat kee with their signature pork ball noodle, KY & Haze

The third and final stall we tried was the Sun Huat Kee pork ball noodle, originally from Lucky Garden at Bangsar. Since we’re having a lot of other dishes, we ended up only sampling the pork balls in soup, which tasted pretty good to me. I’ll have to try the dish one of these days, tho I believe I’ve had the Bangsar version a few years ago and liked it.

map to the intermark

Address:
Jaya Grocer
The Intermark
Lower Concourse,
348, Jalan Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.16154, 101.71996
Webjayagrocer.com/intermark

Fa Ying at Paradigm Mall is the new foray into modern Thai cuisine by the same people who run Rama V at Jalan U Thant.

If you aren’t exactly a Thai historian, the name Fa Ying (means Princess) might sound a bit bizarre for a Thai restaurant. According to the owner, Fa Ying was the name of the playful sister of Rama V, the revered Thai King who was credited to the modernization of Siam. Since this outlet serves a “playful” interpretation of Thai cuisine to the sister restaurant Rama V, hence the name Fa Ying.

Pretty neat, I thought, but maybe adding “Thai restaurant” at the back of that big sign board bight help a little. 😀

Fa Ying Thai Restaurant at Paradigm Mall
Fa Ying Thai Restaurant at Paradigm Mall

The restaurant is located at The Boulevard at Paradigm Mall, the semi-outdoor area under the office block with a set up that’s not entirely unlike the “covered alfresco” area at Pavilion. It’s pretty much open air while still sheltered from the harshest of elements.

Fa Ying also spot a full bar, serving liquor, cocktails, and beer
Fa Ying also spot a full bar, serving liquor, cocktails, and beer

For those likes some proper drinks to go with Thai food, Fa Ying is definitely a place to go. Spotting a full bar, the restaurant serves a variety of cocktails, beer, and other drinks.

Some of the drinks we tried were:

  • Mango Thai Pandan RM 21
  • Thai Tom Yam RM 21 (funny name..)
  • Mojito Selection RM 24
  • Lemongrass Basil and Mango Sparkler RM 13

They also serve a fishbowl drink called Marquessa (RM 100) that comes with dragon fruit, cucumber, Absolut blue, burnt orange peel, white wine, and soda. It’s like a potent Thai version of Sangria.

While not an expert in cocktails by any means, I did enjoy their drinks.

lamb, fish, and seafood sate
lamb, fish, and seafood sate

Lets move on to the food.

We sampled three types of Thai satay here. The lamb satay (RM 20) was flavorful but without the overly strong “lamb” taste that some people dislike.

Fish satay a tender and soft, while the seafood satay with prawns & mussels were refreshing and went very well with their sourish sauce.

minced beef in cucumber, watermelon salad, pomelo salad
minced beef in cucumber, watermelon salad, pomelo salad

Minced meat in cucumber (RM 12) looked a bit like sushi but carries the distinctive Thai taste. The cucumber provided nice contrast to the meat, without the requirement of steamed rice to complement the meat. I’ll wouldn’t mind this as beer food.

For those who loves to go green, watermelon salad (RM 12) and pomelo salad (RM 16) will do the job just fine.

grilled scallops served with spinach and manow sauce
grilled scallops served with spinach and manow sauce

Our favorite appetizer of the day goes to this beautifully presented grilled scallops with spinach and manow sauce (RM 19). The scallops were perfectly seared, and the sourish manow sauce provided just the kick to complete this seafood experience.

I also think that this dish offers excellent value.

spaghetti with river prawn, Thai green curry pesto
cod fish with manow, spaghetti with river prawn, Thai green curry pesto

Codfish with Manow (RM 42) provides a choice for those who loves this buttery fish, I find no fault in the execution of this dish, except that it’ll probably leave some room for dessert.

Spaghetti with Thai green curry pesto (RM 22) and spaghetti with river prawn (RM 32) are among the two pasta dishes offered here, both were a bit spicy and definitely not masking their Thai origin. I find the experience a little strange, but perhaps it’s something you get used to.

roast duck sandwich, grilled tenderloin with green curry
roast duck sandwich, grilled tenderloin with green curry

My favorite main dish goes to the roast duck sandwich (RM 20). It was simple yet brilliant, and I wonder why it took so long for anyone to come up with this. It was utterly delicious and I would go back to Fa Ying just to have this. (btw my colleague Sheng had this and gave his approval as well)

Lastly, we also sampled their grilled tenderloin with green curry mushroom (RM 42). Perhaps I’m spoiled by those high grade beef at Prime, but for less than RM 50, the meat was decent.

Thai desserts at Fa Ying
Thai desserts at Fa Ying

Like most Thai restaurants, Fa Ying serves a variety of traditional desserts. I liked the fried banana fritters with vanilla ice cream, and their mango with sticky rice was pretty good as well. Each of these dish comes with half a strawberry, leaving the trace of the “playful” nature of Fa Ying.

Pearl, Reiko, Evelyn, Suan, Haze, KY, Audrey, Owner
Pearl, Reiko, Evelyn, Suan, Haze, KY, Audrey, Owner

We had a pretty good session at Fa Ying, and it is definitely a place I’ll revisit (if not just for the roast duck sandwich!). Mention ‘PRINCESS’ as password and get 10% off food bill before 1st of February 2013.

If you are looking for Thai food with a bit of a twist at a place with nice ambiance to bring a date, this would be a sweet choice.

map to Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya

Address:
Fa Ying Thai Restaurant
The Boulevard, Paradigm Mall
Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya
Selangor
GPS: 3.108806, 101.59564
Tel: 03-7451 2933