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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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While char kuih teow, laksa, and cendol gets all the attention in Penang, one of the must-eats for me is actually the humble old apong. Specifically, the stalls offering these tiny apong that have been operating at Jalan Burma right outside Union Primary School for decades.

Apong Guan, Penang
Apong Guan, Penang

There are only two of such stalls on the island as far as I know, both offering very mini sized apong made with plenty of eggs, flour, ripe banana, corn, and some other secret ingredients (I think the guy will sell you the recipe for a handsome fee).

I’ve wrote about Apong Chooi back in 2011, so now let’s look at Apong Guan, arguably the more “famous” of the two.

Each Apong now goes for RM 0.60, up from RM 0.35 8 years back, and seven for RM 1.00 maybe two and a half decades back when I first got my motorbike license.

Apong Guan will usually have a small crowd surrounding the stall on weekends, an exercise in patient in these hot climate to be sure. The reward though is definitely worth it. The apong is sweet from the ripe banana & corn, savory from its egg, and perfect in every way. I suggest you order enough to lasts the afternoon, and eat them while hot!

RM 0.60 each for this goodness, must-eat if you're in penang
RM 0.60 each for this goodness, must-eat if you’re in Penang

Apong Guan has been in operation for some 50 years, with no heir apparent in sight, so if you’re longing for something uniquely Penang, this is a stall not to be missed.

map of burma road, penang

Address:
Outside Union Primary School,
Burma Road, Penang
GPS: 5.423212, 100.321988

When it comes to Indonesian food, none is more famous than Ayam Penyet, essentially a flattened deep fried chicken served with tempeh (made from fermented soya bean), tofu, and those oh-so-addictive sambal.

Ayam Penyet Mak Maya, Kampung Baru
Ayam Penyet Mak Maya, Kampung Baru

My first ayam penyet was at Waroeng Penyet just over a decade ago, and it was love at first taste. I’ve been on a look out for ayam penyet stalls in its most “pure” form ever since, for a lack of a better word.

A hunt that led me to Ayam Penyet Mak Maya at Kampung Baru, my current favorite.

Mak Maya is located at Kampung Baru, directly opposite to one of my favorite Nasi Padang restaurant. The restaurant itself is a bit of a time capsule from the 80s, with plastic chairs and laminated table.

I always order mine with extra sambal
I always order mine with extra sambal

What sets Ayam Penyet Mak Maya apart from other such stalls is their sambal. The sambal is prepared “fresh” on the spot by grinding fresh ingredients to the paste form we’re familiar with.

The result was expectedly excellent, spicy, aromatic, and pure. I love it.

ayam or ikan keli for you?
ayam or ikan for you?

Other than ayam penyet (chicken), they also have ikan kembung (Indian Mackerel), and ikan keli (catfish) deep fried in the same style.

These are served with deep fried tauhu, tempeh, and a slice of raw cucumber, cabbage to go with plain rice. The sambal of course ties everything together to make a plate of super satisfying lunch.

if you love it spicy, you'd love it here
if you love it spicy, you’d love it here

If you want a good meal of ayam penyet in the heart of KL city, this is one to check out.. before Kampung Baru is eventually being redeveloped.

ayam-penyet-mak-maya-kampung-baru-map

Address:
Ayam Penyet Mak Maya
58, Jalan Raja Muda Mus
Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.164533, 101.708807

Been hearing about this Bangkok lane Mee Goreng that’s at USJ (that would be UEP Subang Jaya as the official name) for a while now, so I decided to check it out last week.

Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng at Restoran Ehsan Maju
Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng at Restoran Ehsan Maju

For those who aren’t familiar with the background, there’s rather well known mee goreng located at Bangkok Lane in Georgetown. One that I’ve had quite a few times in Penang, and while it wasn’t my favorite, they do offer a very competent plate of this Indian dish compared to others on the island.

Of course, here in Klang Valley Penang style mee goreng is hard to come by, my previous favorite at PJ SS5 ceased to exists after the owner passed on, so to be honest, I haven’t had proper mee goreng outside Penang for years.

mee goreng with sotong
mee goreng with sotong

The stall at Restoran Ehsan Maju in USJ 2 is essentially a ‘branch’ from the same stall in Bangkok Lane, Penang. The menu is pretty simple, there’s mee goreng with or without sotong (squid), mee rebus (wet version) in the same two variety, and rojak – essentially their mee rebus without noodle.

mee rebus and rojak available too
mee rebus and rojak available too

So, how does it taste?

I would say it’s pretty spot on, except for the huge KL style portion, it is pretty consistent with what they offer in Penang. There’s decent flavor and all the ingredients are there. The fried shallots could be improved, and those sotong are a bit too bland (I’ll order without that next time). Other than that, definitely a more than acceptable “Penang style” mee goreng.

Will go again.

bangkok lane mee goreng usj2 map

Address:
Restoran Ehsan Maju
21, Jalan USJ 2/2c, Usj 2,
47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.057507, 101.591064

While the breath of Japanese cuisine kept advancing in Malaysia, there’s a segment of this food that alienate majority of the population here in Malaysia. See, you can find sushi, sashimi, and yakotiri that are suitable for most everyone to consume for the most part, but when it comes to proper Japanese ramen, the pork free or halal version proved to be a bit of a challenge to locate.

Kogura Chicken Ramen, Lot 10
Kogura Chicken Ramen, Lot 10

The good news is, we now have Kagura at J’s Gate Dining in Isetan KL.

Kagura Chicken Ramen is hailed from Tokyo with the name of Seimenka Kaguraya, and even back in Tokyo, the recipe has always been pork-free and lard-free. Rare but still pretty popular at the same time.

There’s a selection of different soup base and ingredients, ranging from RM 12.88+ to a maximum of RM 22.88+. When it comes to proper Japanese ramen at these type of set up, I’d say they’re very competitively priced.

While the base is chicken, there’s a choice of shoyu, miso, and “rich” soup. They also serve gyoza, fried rice, and a limited choice of tempura (menu below)

Kagura Chicken Ramen
Kagura Chicken Ramen

So how do they taste like?

We tried the “rich” and shoyu ramen together with their dumplings, and I gotta say that the soup base rivals the pork based ramen, with a slightly less greasy note. They also did a good job with the chicken base chasiu, but I do feel that the texture of pork chasiu is still superior. Overall though, this is a more than decent version of ramen that certainly did not make me regret having it for sure.

The dumpling though was sort of average, I guess perhaps it’s the lack of fatty bits that failed to bring it to my expectation.

fancy some dumpling to go with your ramen?
fancy some dumpling to go with your ramen?

Skip the dumpling unless you are way too hungry, otherwise, this ramen is fit for anyone who loves ramen, even if you’re not specifically avoiding pork for whatever reason.

Happy eating!

map to Lot 10, KL

Address:
J’s Gate Dining
Level 4
Lot 10 Shopping Mall
Jalan Bukit Bintang
GPS: 3.146462, 101.711758
Tel:  03-2110 6850
Webwww.js-gate.com