Shah Alam is perhaps the unsung hero of foodie towns. People mention KL, PJ, Subang and even TTDI a lot when they talk about great eating towns or cities but seldom is Shah Alam mentioned. But in actual fact, Shah Alam is bursting with great cafes, stalls and restaurants. There's something for everyone so here is our favourite makan spots in Shah Alam,… More »
"A beacon of chicken rice awesomeness!"
Chicken rice (kai fan!) is a firm favourite of a lot of us and you can find all kinds just in the Klang Valley alone. The Hainanese style is of course one of - if not the most - prominent. But it's quite tricky to find a really good one that is halal. This is where Kopitiam Chicken Rice Guys in Shah Alam have stepped up, and boy is it an excellent version. Best of all, chicken rice isn't all that's delicious at this place.
Firstly there is a sweet little farm in the corner of Kuang that does free range chicken. I spent an idyllic afternoon there eating quite possibly the most delicious chicken I’ve ever had. It’s so good that you want to slurp all the juices at the bottom of the pan. The farm, Uncle Rani's Chicken Farm, does things a bit differnetly than normal intensively… More »
We eat millions - MILLIONS
- of chicken every year in Malaysia. No wonder though; chicken is easily the cheapest meat on the market and is generally one of the easiest to cook. It's mild flavour and texture lends itself well to a plethora of dishes and recipes. Kids love 'em, adults love 'em, we love 'em. So here are some of our favourite recipes… More »
"Sambal hotness is an 8/10!"
Shah Alam is actually pretty vast. In this vastness, therefore, it's logical to think that great eating spots are all over the state capital of Selangor. Drive away from the city centre and towards the more industrial areas and you might find yourself in Section 27. Here is a roadside restaurant selling a unique kinda ayam penyet. And it's mighty good!
"Food, art and bicycle loving action..."
Here's a #throwbackthursday of one our favourite reviews, Grafa Cafe..
Inspired by business combinations in international stores, founders Fadli Hj Rosli and Halyza Halim sought no time to combine three things they loved most – riding, art, and good food. Grafa began as a fixed gear lifestyle store and design studio, with a small café at the side. Only recently did they expand the café into a full-blown designer restaurant. "This is a place where people can come and forget that they're in Subang," said Fadli.
Taking the combo inspiration further they teamed up with Williams (the all time popular foodie hangout in Kelana Jaya) for inspiration and a helping hand, so Grafa Café was born. Recipes are the same to give the familiar quality of good cuisine, but the cafe does have their own special stuff! The result is a funky restaurant with a menu that boasts both local and mixed cuisine in plus size portions. Perfect for a chilled out food loving session.
From lunch to supper, Grafa Café is usually buzzing with friendly conversations and acoustic music. Food here comes in generous portions and the menu offerings are promising. They have a range of western grill items like house specialty Grafamama’s Grilled Lamb Chop, served with creamy white gravy, mint sauce, with a side of mashed potatoes. It comes as two pieces of lamb, tender and light, a portion big enough for two people to share. The mashed potatoes can be a little clumpy but nevertheless tasty. The Chicken Chop offers a crunchy chicken breast with a deliciously thick black pepper sauce on the side.
There's also the Boyfriend Steak Sandwich, a messy, meaty meal of steak strips, chicken ham slices, with cheese and onions. The steak strips are marinated to a fine flavour of barbecue and are very soft to eat. Together with light, crispy onion rings, this dish makes for a tasty appetizer.
Try too the Nasi Goreng Ketam. It’s an aromatic serving of spicy seafood, a taste as familiar as tom yam. The rice is a little zesty and goes nicely with the soft shell crabs, though the whole dish may a little hot for some. Each mouthful is a flavourful trip, and will definitely fill an empty stomach.
Many of us have a dream. You know: the one in your head where you leave all your current pursuits behind and go to pursue, regardless of the many trials and tribulations. Unfortunately not many of us have the opportunity or means to actually go for it. For the ones that do, however, it can pay off big time. This is the story of Hui Ming, Ice Cream Maker... More »