"Chilling out couldn’t get any better than this..."
Kedai Kopi is already something of an institution for the folks in Shah Alam, and with good reason, too. We sat down for a bite with owner En Zamzam Abd Latiff and talked of customers, culture and kopi.
“When I was younger, my mother used to ask me to call for my dad to come home from the local kedai kopi. Coffee shops have gotten slightly more complex since then – all concepts and names and branding. I wanted something simple and reliable, a place where people can remember, come and relax - no fuss.”
It seems like a casual sentiment to espouse, but keeping in mind that En Zam is a passionate old timer chef (one of the first batch of chefs to heat up the kitchens of PWTC, Subang View and MIC) it’s understandable that he wants to keep his personal touch on things. The best part of the food is that they are all cooked from scratch in the kitchen, with no MSG, and the dishes are priced reasonably. More »
"WHAT THE HECK IS A PIZZA BURGER?"
Splash, Merry Go Round, and Flame Thrower might sound like the name of theme park rides – and it’s probably where the founders of Mr. Junior drew their inspirations from when they opened up a burger stall six years ago. Having discovered a knack for kitchen experiments, the brothers found a burger patty recipe that tickled their taste buds and decided to develop their talents. They opened a home based burger delivery service and from there it grew to a small stall lodging on the premises of another restaurant, before continuing to open outlets in Shah Alam and Kelana Jaya.
We should tell you early on that the best part of the patties is that they are 100% homemade beef and chicken. This means that the goods are completely free of preservatives, and are made of real, raw meat flavored to the Junior standards and recipe. The sauces are made fresh every day, so you’re ensured a good batch upon ordering. Patties come in interesting squares instead of your standard circle.
The menu is pretty simple – six original burgers, all with special names and themes. The first, Mr. Junior Original, will have you appreciating the crumbly texture of the patty, chewy and with a good thickness and salted flavor, served with veggies and a dash of chili sauce. The Flame Thrower cooks up a chockfull of spiced meat that will leave your tongues steaming for water, a great zinger to fuel an all-nighter.
The most popular burger in the clan is the Pizza Burger. We don’t understand how the concept of combining two extremely good comfort food - Pizza (!) and Burger (!!) - has not taken over the world yet, but safe to say that Mr. Junior does justice to both deliciously. A meaty beef patty enveloped in gooey, warm mozzarella cheese, drizzled with a tomato based pasta sauce. The sauce lightly recalls a Bolognaise flavor, heavy on tangy tomato yet sweet. The combo definitely brings to mind thoughts of devouring pizza but nope, you’re actually chewing on a good, solid burger.
"The force is strong with this burger..."
When I met Jimmy for the first time, he was all smiles and was more than ready to tell me his journey into the burger industry. But instead of opening up a physical shop, he just decided to plunge into the business and see where this flow would take him. It's just him and his wife, and they got tired of waiting for funds to come in and do it like how everyone else is doing it (not that there is anything wrong with the way others do it). As a result of this, Jimmy delivers the orders of his customers himself. He and his team (his wife), process all the orders a day in advance and cook the burgers fresh before delivering it to you. That my friends, is dedication in its purest form.
Yummylicious is well known for a few of their burgers which me and my gang ordered. Jiro ,Vader,Yoda, Chilli Crab and Royal Swiss Mushroom. The Jiro and Yoda are our favourites by far.
I could probably write a long prose on why the Jiro is so delicious but space is limited during these tough times. It is the main actor in a blockbuster, like Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception. It has a 2-inch thick patty that covers almost 30 ingredients from all around the world, dressed with some really crunchy and fresh lettuce, encapsulated by 2 very firm but soft buns. The Jiro is huge. You could taste the teriyaki sauce and mushroom head in each bite as the burger patty tenderly crumbled in your mouth. The rich avocado sauce added depth and dimension to the flavour of the meat as the fresh tomato bits exploded in juiciness each time a bite was taken. It was an orchestra of sorts, where all the flavours blended in harmony.
The Yoda burger on the other hand was like a delicate lover whispering sweet nothings in your ears. The freshness and authenticity of the shrimp could be tasted as you sink your teeth into this delightful burger. The tartar sauce is rich, which more than blends in and compliments the basil leaf that adds a surprising twist. The buns are green tea buns, so green tea lovers take note. The shrimp patty literally just melted in my mouth (and my heart). This was an unexpected as we were all Vader fans. Strong with the force, this one is. More »
Off Changkat Bukit Bintang, away from the vibrant nightlife, lies a quieter street: Jalan Mesui. Near the end of this street is a place out of time; a place where, when you step in, you’re taken to a life from ‘ago’. Welcome then, to Limablas Restaurant.
Limablas is a small, maybe 25 seat restaurant specializing in Peranakan classics. The seating is spartan but comfy, and the whole restaurant is made to look like a period-piece set; you’ll see old school telephones, a rickety bicycle, old-timey posters and various other retro knick-knacks adorning its walls and shelves. It really does seem like you’re in one of those small, family-run kopitiams in Jonker Street or Penang! But the place is young; only about ten months old.
The terrific Gerang Pedas Pari
The menu is not that extensive, and features all time Peranakan favourites. Experience though, has taught me that restaurants that have smaller menus tend to excel more than ones with hundreds of dishes. My colleagues and I eventually settled on the Pai Tee (RM1.50/piece), Ayam Pongteh (RM15), Gerang Pedas Pari (RM25), Sambal Bendi (RM12), Sambal Petai Udang (RM25), Telur Cincaluk (RM9) and the sambal belachan (RM2). We had this with rice, and for refreshments, Longan and home-made Peranakan Ginger Ale. More »
"Meet some cool cats who can cook!"
Kulcats’ chefs are derived from various respectable culinary backgrounds, with experiences in Holiday Villa Subang and a number of other restaurants around Kuala Lumpur. The union of their talents offers a fusion food menu, and as mentioned by one of the co founders, the dishes are presented with twists of Barrio flavour, and all food is delivered in generous portions to encourage sharing, interaction, and basically a good time. Truly, the portions per plate seems almost for two, and since the menu’s filled with a long list of offers, we’ll give you the top dishes to taste.
Firstly, there’s the pizza. There’s a whole selection to choose from, but we were recommended their ‘Meat The Kulcats’. Handmade thin crusted dough, with a hint of salt, baked to light, crisp bites. The slices are slathered with tangy Pomodoro sauce and drizzled with gooey Mozarella. The pizza’s meat part comes in with its hefty toppings of spiced pepperoni, turkey ham and beef bacon, topped with a sprinkle of herbs. You can really taste the tomatoes and garlic in the sauce, and the pizza does the trick to aid your hunger issues with its flavorful bites.
Besides that, Kulcats also has burgers and sandwiches. Its ‘SloppyCats Burger’ though, includes a sloppy slap of chili corn carne, pickled jalapeno and jalapeno mayo. If you’re one to dig a mildly spicy zinger, then this one’s for you. The minced beef in the corn carne provides just the right level of chewiness to its lightly sour and peppery slop, and the jalapeno adds an extra kick to the cheddar and onions in the burger. Worth noting is the home made beef patty. It’s evenly spiced, and the patty crumbles quite easily upon contact. The burger buns can be quite dry, but the moist patty and heavy sauce makes up for it nicely.
As far as main courses goes, Kulcats’ selection ranges from teriyaki salmon, sirloin steak, to pan seared sea bass. But our eyes fell immediately upon its signature Kulcats Lamb Chop. The dish came in with two big lip-smacking shoulder chops, with side servings of salads and fluffy mashed potatoes. The chops are thick and tender, if a little chewy. But the seasoning that goes into the dish is deliciously done. It’s douse of sour and tart balsamic glaze is set off by the sweet rosemary in the sauce, completing the dish with moisture and aroma.
"100 kilograms of rice a day!"
Imagine going through 100 kilograms of rice each day. ONE HUNDRED KILOGRAMS. That’s a whole lotta rice! Yet, that’s exactly the amount of rice Nasi Lemak Ujang corner goes through in a day. Read that right? A DAY. That means 700kg of rice a week, at least! With good reason, though. This unassuming stall, which has been in operation for 30 years (and now with branches too!), was started at Medan Selera Taman Greenwood by Pn. Juairiah Mohd Sharif, and is now run by her amiable daughter, Pn. Nora. That’s some longevity, huh?
So what makes the nasi lemak special? It’s the rice, naturally. The rice is soaked, par-cooked by steaming, cooled, then steamed again before the coconut milk is added. The result? A crumbly, fragrant, deliciously coconut-ty and nutty rice that pairs wonderful with their range of lauk.
The soft, fragrant lovingly cooked rice More »
"Good food at reasonable prices..."
Warung Rindu has been around for more than 18 years. This place used to be just opposite the commuter station which then gravitated into the empty lot beside Jalan Kubur several years later. At this seemingly unknown place except for regulars and locals around Pantai Dalam, Pak Ya serves one of the best night nasi lemak this side of town. Nothing fancy at Warung Rindu here. Just simple steamed nasi lemak (kukus), sambal ikan bilis, cucumber slices and small piece of scrambled egg, all served in a plastic plate.
The rice is the steamed just nice, not too glutinous and not too ceroi. They don't serve ikan bilis goreng but their sambal has chunks of ikan bilis which compensates for this. The sambal has a small kick which I am sure sambal lovers will like. More »