Where To Eat

Mikey’s Original New York Pizza

by Edwan S., on Tue, June 24, 2014

"Pizza in KL just got serious.."

Unlike burgers, pizza hasn't really hit its boom... yet. Is it because they're harder to make or get right than burgers? We're not sure ourselves. However, there are some good independent pizza places in the Klang Valley. These are restaurants that have dedicated people making their own, home-made style pizzas. Often they taste better too compared to the usual 'delivery' pizzas from you-know-who-they-are.

Mikey's Original New York Pizza in Bangsar is one such place. It's a Mat Salleh owned place, as proprietors Michael Helfman and Andrew Belucci hail from the USA and have been making pizza since the 90s.

Welcome to Mikey's!

A dearth of good pizza restaurants was what prompted them to open up their own in KL. Ever since they started earlier this year, Mikey's has been getting some good buzz on social networks. The restaurant is clean and stylish, easily echoing an American-Italian eatery with its chess-board floor and brick walls decorated with old-timey posters and pictures.   More »

Foodsters' Blog

Nasi Lemak @ Al-Rafi Bistro

by Edwan S., on Mon, June 23, 2014 - 2:28:51 AM, 0 comment
Quickie Review
Nasi Lemak Mondays is back! After a few weeks of intense burger-stuff, it's back to Malaysia's all time favourite nasi dish. This time, try one from a Mamak shop..

One of the best things about nasi lemak is that you can eat it at any time of the day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper. There's bound to be some place selling nasi lemak. Of course you can count on the neighbourhood Mamak shop to have their own as well. Over a World Cup screening, I tried the Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng (RM7) at Al Rafi Bistro in Shah Alam.

I must say I was surprised as I rarely have good nasi lemak at Mamak shops. But this nasi lemak had wonderfully aromatic nasi, laced with onions and ginger and nutty with coconut milk. The deep red sambal is not too spicy. That perfectly fried 'telur goyang' is a highlight. Sambal, runny yolk and nasi is a killer combo. The Ayam Goreng is good: freshly fried, with a shatteringly crispy crust and juicy, flavourful meat inside. Just about excellent with some hot teh tarik. Definitely one of the better Mamak nasi lemaks I've ever tried. My only complaint is that it's pricey (of course...) and it looks, well, meh.

Al Rafi Bistro Seksyen 13
47-87 Jalan Badminton 13/29
Tadisma Business Park
40100 Shah Alam, Selangor  Continue reading »

Food Shows

I Eat Burgers Thanks Everyone!

Directed by CK Chun, Hosted by FriedChillies, on Fri, June 20, 2014 - 5:43:29 AM

You guys were AWESOME! True Blue Burger Fans! 18K people, 28K burger portions in 12 hours all gone.Friedchillies.com hosted the I Eat Burgers event on 7th June 2014 at Padang Timur, PJ

What to Cook

Cili Padi Spiked Walnuts

by Edwan S., on Thu, June 19, 2014

World Cup season means a lot of rowdy folk in front of TVs watching the game. More often than not, they’d be snacking. So why not make this spicy, savoury spiked walnuts? It’s delicious and far better than junk food. Goal!

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Foodsters' Blog

Bingsu: A Korean ‘ABC @ Caffebene

by Edwan S., on Wed, June 18, 2014 - 2:13:21 PM, 0 comment
Quickie Review
Caffebene is a coffee chain-store that hails from South Korea and just opened two outlets in Malaysia: one in Sunway Pyramid and another at Solaris Mont Kiara. We first got wind of it on social media. People were sharing pictures of something called a 'bingsu' (or bingsoo, or patbingsu). They looked yummy so of course we checked it out.

Clockwise from top: Cookies'n'cream, Strawberry and Coffee..

So what's a Bingsu? Well, the full name 'patbingsu' actually means 'red beans with ice'. So in all actuality, a bingsu is a Korean ABC! That's not putting it down though because they're quite excellent. Caffe Bene has three varieties: strawberry, coffee and cookies'n'cream. They all consist of shaved ice with a butt-load of sweet red beans. The toppings of course are what differentiates the flavours. Strawberry Bingsu is loaded with strawberries in stewed, chopped, syrup and sorbet form. Very refreshing. The Coffee Bingsu has a dollop of really delicious coffee gelato, cocoa crunch cereal, nuts and a dash of espresso (I think). Cookies'n'cream Bingsu is of course jam-packed with Oreos and cookie bits. The red beans paired well with all the flavours, I must say. Coffee is my favourite.

For RM12.90 you get a 'small' bingsu but I don't know why they call it small: they're huuuuge,…  Continue reading »

Foodsters' Blog

A #Throwback To I Eat Burgers

by Edwan S., on Tue, June 17, 2014 - 10:39:12 PM, 0 comment
Makan Musings
Even though I've worked in the food and beverage industry on many fronts (service, kitchen, management, etc), it never fails to amaze me when I find someone or a bunch of people who are passionate about food. And I'm not just talking about people that go, "I like to eat this," or "I like to go here to eat that."

No, no. I'm talking about people who deeply, truly believe in the craft and people who would obsess about the food. People who, regardless of day or night, rain or shine, would line up for up to an hour to get a taste of something that maybe they've heard about or read about. People who spend decades doing one thing but doing it right and people who shrug off the doubt of others and just went for it.

"It's burgers, of course I came!" was the statement of the day.

I met exactly these sort of people at I Eat Burgers. In fact, I met 18 000 of these people. You might accuse me of tooting our (Friedchillies') own horn, but honestly the event was fantastic and our whole team was gobsmacked at how passionate these people are about their burgers. I'm talking about those thousands of burger fanatics.

This patty grilling on a roaring fire holds the power to unite!

It was a hot sunny day. In fact the temperature peaked at 42 degrees celcius…  Continue reading »

What to Cook

Spicy Chicken Soup with Macaroni

by Edwan S., on Mon, June 16, 2014

This soup is spicy: literally! A fragrant mix of coriander, cumin, cardamom and star anise perfumes the soup. Cili padi gives it a jolt of heat, all while the chicken and macaroni soaks up those wonderful flavours. One for a rainy night.

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