Frisson Coffee Bar (Damansara Uptown)

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Popped by one of Damansara Uptown’s latest breakfast/brunch openings for lunch yesterday. Bread and eggs seem to be the main focus of their offerings.

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Attended by friendly staffs that introduced us to the menu. Price was slightly on the steep price at first glance, we were honestly hoping that the taste would make it up. So, our journey begins.

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Scrambled on Oversized Bruschetta (RM18.90). This is one comfort food at its best, absolutely love how the fluffy eggs complimented the bread so well. The bread is a real stand out here.

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Croissant Ala Fusion Chicken (RM 24.90) – one of their best seller to date. Spiced chicken prepared along scrambled eggs and tomatoes on Croissant Bread. A unique twist that brought about a wonderful burst of flavours, absolutely love how each ingredient complimented each other so well. I can eat this again.

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Cheezy Parmo Omelette (RM18.90) – scrambled eggs with ham alongside toasted bread.

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Baked Breakfast in a Pot (RM25.90) – Baked eggs with vegetables, potatoes, carrots, capsicums and brinjals mixed well with tomato sauce and topped with cheese. Like how the overall offering did not come over as overly sour.

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Coffee is offered here as well, slightly too burnt for my liking (just a personal preference).

All in all, food is great here ūüôā Top picks will go to Croissant Ala Fusion Chicken, Scrambled on Oversized Bruschetta and Baked Breakfast in a Pot.

Address: 71-G, Jalan SS21/1A, 47400 Petaling Jaya.

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Flingstones Cafe (SS15, Subang Jaya)

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Looking set to differentiate themselves in the cafe scene in Subang with their artsy details (read: pretty tiles and interior) is new entrant Flingstones Cafe.

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Located strategically in front of Taylor’s College, it will not be long before it becomes a regular hangout for students in that area. Again it may be a double-edged sword, everyone knows about the infamous jam in that overly congested area. Weekends may be a good idea for cafe-hoppers.

Coming back to the interior, the pretty abstract tiles will be a sure Instagram worthy hit.

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Details that would perk your interest.

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Solitude time with art is readily available with their high tables.

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At the moment, only drinks (coffee and non-coffee) and cakes (ie: gula melaka cake) are available. A pretty decent cup of latte goes at (RM 10).

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Address: Jalan SS15/8, 47500 Subang Jaya.

Ante Kitchen & Bar (Publika, Kuala Lumpur)

Spent the first night of 2015 at Ante Kitchen & Bar over a real pork feast, and it was a real good one to start off the year!

Located on the ground level of Publika, Ante is an all day dining cafe/restaurant offering brunch right up to dinner. Business was definitely booming that night, seems that the place would be buzzing during the weekends/public holidays for dinners. Reservations is recommended if you are going in groups.

(p/s: please pardon the bad lighting, it is really time to get a flash)

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We started off with Chunky Mushroom Soup (RM 13), and 2 salads.

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Wild Funghi Salad (RM 24), made up of a variation of sautéed butter mushrooms.

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But the real winner in the salad category would be this Garden Duck Salad (RM 25). Served with smoked duck slices along with grilled marinated watermelon cubes, which was then tossed with their special brandy orange reduction sauce. Personally I am not a fan of duck, but this one sealed the deal for me.

Then came the much-anticipated pasta, something that I have been looking forward to try when I knew about this appointment.

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The “Real Bacon” Carbonara (RM 28). Served in real creamy carbonara sauce with streaky pork bacon, it definitely lived up to our expectation.

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A unique twist to their pasta offering is this Char Siu Curry Cream (RM 32). Sweet pork belly on curry linguine along with oyster mushrooms and eggplants. It does taste as good as it looks ūüôā

Then came the meat.

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Pork Diane (RM 38) is their take on the classic French dish – Pork Loin pan-seared with mushroom and wine sauce, then served on a bed of roasted potatoes and green peas.

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The Hogger Pork Ribs (RM 89) came in the form of charcoal grilled ribs glazed with their house-made BBQ sauce. The meat was real tender and succulent, this was one real enjoyable ribs for sharing.

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Crispy Pork Knuckle (RM93) is their 1kg special, oven roasted until it was real tender with cracking skin to boot. It takes almost 8 hours of preparation time for this dish to be served.

We ended our night on a sweet note with their Bailey Dark Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu and Vanilla Mille Crepe. The latte is great here as well.

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I am definitely glad we came here for our first dinner for 2015, it sure was a real good feast. Not forgetting the company as well ūüėČ

Address: A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A year that was – 2014

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May 2014, the month that I have decided to begin this journey.

48 posts later, it has¬†been a truly enriching one. That process of putting your thoughts together and typing it out can be a struggle sometimes (hello writer’s block). But I have been constantly learning through writing. Going through the first few posts still makes me cringe sometimes, but I do hope that I have¬†improved along the way.

Since it is the last day of the year, I guess a little appreciation and gratitude will go a long way. A big thank you to my family and friends for being my rock and supporting me throughout this wonderful journey. But really, my sincere thanks would go out to the blogging community and readers for dropping by; not forgetting your inspiring kind comments. Thank you for constantly being my main drivers to write and photograph better.

Here’s wishing you a great 2015 ahead, and of course a better year for my beloved country – Malaysia as well. It has been a really tough year for all of us, but we are grateful for the love and support received from our fellow countrymen and also from all over the world. It is¬†heartening to see that love is all around us.

Happy New Year!

Cheers,¬†Audrey Tho ūüôā

Travel Eats (Laos)

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I had the opportunity to travel to Laos for a week recently (pardon the slight hiatus), and it was definitely one of the most fascinating¬†trip that I have ever been on. It is really hard not to be won over by the many breathtaking scenery¬†that Laos has¬†to offer –¬†from the boat ride along the Mekong River (you may see elephants if you’re lucky) to Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang (no surprises why Luang Prabang was named one of UNESCO’s Heritage Site.

Vientiane – the main capital of Laos still maintained a heavily influenced French culture, a legacy of the colonial period. It was a pleasant surprise to see the legacy surviving well – from the street signage to the wide availability of freshly baked baguettes on the streets.

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Coffee is the fifth largest export of Laos Рnamely Arabica & Robusta. Robusta is mainly used for regular coffee which is usually sweeten with condensed milk. Coffee stalls are a common sight on the streets, a cup of hot coffee goes for 5,000 kip (USD 0.60) and an iced coffee would go for 10,000 kip (USD 1.20).

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This is the size of their iced coffee, pretty standard across the city and it is usually really sweet (a tad too sweet for my liking). Hence you might need to request for less condensed milk to be added on. Putting that aside, their local coffee is definitely one of the best coffee that I have ever tried.

Wondering around the city by foot was a food happy hunt. Street food usually ranges from (10,000 kip to 25,000 kip; USD1.20 РUSD 3.10). We discovered awesome Banh Mi (baguette with grilled pork) that we just had to go back again, even if it means waiting outside the shop at 6.45am before our flight home.

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Cafes are widely available along the streets of Vientiane – Le Trio Coffee is one of them.

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To give you a little glimpse of the scenery in Vientiane, this is one of the many postcard worthy moments taken on top of Phousi Hill.

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We then flew to Luang Prabang (north of central Laos), and time stopped at this beautiful place – Kuang Si Waterfall.

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A night out at the night market, we stumbled across a little lane and discovered their street food (BBQ meat)

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Thank you Laos for pleasantly surprising me. Hopefully this post would give you a little insight of this¬†beautiful country, definitely a hidden gem ūüôā

Oinkz (Section 17, Petaling Jaya)

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In the¬†area of Section 17’s morning market, pork burgers comes to live in the¬†late evening. Located a street away from the outdoor evening hawker stalls, lies Oinkz (located inside Sin Loong coffeeshop).

I was secretly craving for burgers, and I wanted something non-conventional.¬†Naturally, homegrown non-conventional burger breeds¬†such as¬†¬†“Burgerlab” and “Burgertory” will pop¬†up, but I wanted something that is a cross breed between their offerings and our Malaysian version of “Ramli” burgers. So here we are today at Oinkz – staying true to their brand name, pork burgers were their main offerings.

We started off with appetizers while we waited for our mains.

Deep Fried Mushrooms (RM5) – Oyster mushrooms fried with tempura.

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Bowl O’ Fries (RM5)

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“Hambo” (RM12) was on our recommended list for¬†our first visit here. It was made up of pork patty with bacon, eggs, cheese, caramelized onions and fried mushrooms.

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“The Chuck Burger” (RM11) is pretty similar to the “Humbo” burger, minus the caramelized onions.

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Heat lovers would want to give “aPorkalypseNow” a try. Made up of spicy pork patty with cilipadi, egg and bacon, and topped it off with hot sauce. Love every bite of it, but I’ll definitely request for a spicier version the next time¬†round ūüėČ

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You may opt to combine your mains with a set of fries & a drink at RM4, handgloves were provided as well to minimize the mess ūüôā

With much ignorance to the calories that comes with the above, it was definitely one of the best cheat meals that I’ve had for the longest time. We love how juicy the patties were, and I was really sad when I was done with half of my burger.

Anyhow, I am looking forward to my next visit. Cheers to awesome pork burgers – priced reasonably¬†ūüôā

Lebanhmi (Restoran Hock Hin, Subang Jaya)

I might have a slight obsession with Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) after sinking my teeth in my first one from Obanhmi (Damansara Uptown). It might be a mini quest of mine to continuously hunt for one, even better if it was priced cheaper.

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Unexpectedly discovered one today in a neighbouring coffee shop. In an area that I have spent my elementary school years in, I was obviously over the moon today with our discovery.

Similar to the one offered in Obanhmi, the baguette was chewy with a nice hint of crustiness. As we always love our food with a nice kick of spiciness, we requested for chilis to be added in Рdefinitely a great punch to the overall offering paired with grilled pork.

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Reasonably priced¬†at RM 6 each, I am already looking forward to my next visit. Paired it with a cup of local coffee, a great meal at less than RM10. How can I not love our Malaysian coffee shops? ūüôā

 

Restoran Hock Hin
44, Jalan SS 19/6, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
(same row as Sri Melur)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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