"THE breakfast place to be in Kota Bharu"
We woke up and smelled coffee... in Kota Bharu. And where else would we be except for that most famous of kopitiams in Kelantan: the family run Kedai Kopi White House. Everyone in KB comes here for their fix of old school coffee and kaya toast. It's an institution and a local treasure. This place is old, and it looks it, too. But don't for one second think that's a bad thing. Nostalgia is a huge part of the appeal of White House. All the retro trinkets and signs bring you back to days gone by. I remember my mom telling me the place has been around since her childhood days... so that harkens back to the 60s. That's a long time for one place to be running any business. They must be doing something good then.
"The accidental burgerman"
Bobby’s behind-his-house burger joint seems to be many things. The local takeout for one, a neighbourhood hangout and of course a bustling business. Manning the grill almost single handedly, on a weekday Bobby finishes 8 packs of buns (a pack contains 40 buns) easy and it goes beyond 11 packs on weekends. His patties are grilled in a slew of olive oil. Sometime back he noticed that many of his customers left their burgers unfinished, finding margarine grilled patties a little too much to take. “Once I experimented with olive oil, I saw there were less leftovers so I stuck with it,” he explained. However, fear not. Like any good burger seller he douses his burgers with enough oil to fry it; and with grease from his patties what you get is still your much-loved street burger, sloppy to the point of madness.
"DAMN GOOD BURGERS"
Do you know a junkie? As in, a real junkie? Wipe those creases of your forehead, we're talking about burger junkies! We got to know about three burger junkies who wanted to share their love for all things burger over at Kota Damansara*. And these are not your run of the mill burgers, either. These are burgers made with care and attention, totally the way a burger lover would. And best of all, everything over at this place is made fresh, from scratch. More »
"Fresh fish off the boats!"
Hazard another 14km from teluk kemang into a place called Ikan Bakar Cahaya Kemang in Pasir Panjang, you will be rewarded with a scenic view and great ikan bakar place run by Kak Suzana. Her stall is not in the Medan Ikan Bakar Pasir Panjang but rather just before the medan, just at the fish markets of Kampung Telok, and yes, besides the fishing boats next to the river. Can you already imagine this scene?
"VEGETARIAN FOOD THAT ROCKS!"
I always like some form of animal protein in my meals: beef, chicken, shrimp, whatever. So I admit, going to a vegetarian restaurant wasn't really on my bucket list of must-do things in Kuala Lumpur. Me and vegetarian food? Please lah!
... But oh how wrong I was.
Tucked away in Lorong Kurau in the heart of Bangsar is The Ganga Cafe and Deli. The cafe has been around for a few years. In November 2013, the husband and wife team of Mr. Prabodh and Mrs. Meeta took over the operation.
"Previously, the menu was so extensive and so many things was on it," said Mr. Prabodh. "So when my wife and I took over, we decided to simplify a bit lah. The current menu is smaller, but we think it's better focused." Mrs. Meeta is the chief cook and most recipes are her own. She is assisted by two North Indian and two South Indian cooks. All of them are friendly and English speaking, and often double up to serve customers as well.
"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.