• Food,  Living

    Plate Culture (Review) @ Mun Wei’s My Hakka Kitchen

    A cozy home setting, friendly people and good home cooked food. Would I recommend Plate Culture to you guys? Read on to find out:

    I had not heard of Plate Culture previously. But perusing their website I was intrigued. They have a good variety of cuisines to choose from; all prepared by home chefs that open the doors to their homes.

    From traditional Hakka to Malay as well as Western cuisines are offered. Some even offer cooking classes for you to learn about the cuisine.

    PlateCulture aims at connecting people who love cooking and hosting with people who love eating.

    “Social Dinning At Local Foodies’ Houses”

    They operate in several countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.  It’s really simple to use, you just request a dinner on your chosen date, Chef approves, you confirm and secure your payment and head over on your chosen date to enjoy the PlateCulturing experience.

    My Hakka Kitchen

    I was invited to a PlateCulturing experience at Mun Wei’s (Yuki): My Hakka Kitchen.

    Yuki was previously a chef at a café that served fusion Italian food; however, she gave that up to be a homemaker and especially to care for her, now, 3 year old daughter.

    I asked her “why she decided to join plate culture and serve Hakka cuisine instead?”

    Yuki told me that she loves cooking and as she grew up on traditional Hakka cuisine, wanted to offer the opportunity to try it to others.

    She was introduce to Plate Culture by her brother who is a Western cuisine chef.

    Getting There

    Yuki’s home is located at Jalan Kuchai Lama and the dinner was at 7PM on a Tuesday, so any of you who are familiar with KL would know my issue here. The usual Jam. But I had expected it and had left for dinner earlier to arrive on time.

    Getting there wasn’t too much of an issue other than the short crawl along the Federal highway on to Jalan Klang Lama. Once in the housing area, it was a little confusing and there were two streets with the same name. But it didn’t take long before I found Yuki’s house.

    As I arrived, Ken (Yuki’s husband) open the door for me and welcomed me warmly, I walked in entering the hallway that lead up to the dining area. The kitchen was on my immediate right as I entered where I met Yuki.

    Upon meeting, Yuki asked if I ate pork, as she would be serving pork (it is traditional Hakka). Due to a lapse on my part and excitement, I had forgotten about asking about this earlier (sorry guys).

    After the initial meet Ken guided me to the dining area. The home was nicely decorated with a cozy dining area that was next to a little outdoor garden (as you can see in the photo).

    Ken is an interior designer and humored my curiosity on the subject. It was no wonder the home nicely decorated.

    Before long the food came.

    Food

    Yuki served up 5 dishes that followed with desert. Despite my earlier mistake, Yuki did her best to accommodate, which was really nice of her. But she also presented the dishes so I could take photos for you guys 

    The dishes served were; Stir fried roast pork (cooked with garlic and soy sauce till crispy), Fried fucuk crab balls (filled with squid, prawn and fish paste), a Hakka style Yong Tau Foo (filled with salted fish and mince pork), Ginger wine chicken, two veggie dishes and followed by dessert.

    The dishes were served along with a bowl of rice.

    As I ate, both Yuki and Ken entertain me with delightful conversation,  educating me on Hakka Cuisine.

    As far as I can tell you, is that the food was very well prepared. The veggie dishes were well seasoned and I tried the ginger chicken that was really delicious. The ginger gave a good ommph to it and the chicken was flavourful.

    Yuki uses free range chicken and only seek the best quality of ingredients.

    The stars of the dinner however, were the stir fired roast pork, fried fucuk crab balls and the Hakka style Yong Tau Foo.

    The dinner ended with desert. I was given warm sweet soy milk cooked with egg. And trust me,  I was surprised at how nice it was. It was well balanced and sweetness did well to balance out the saltiness of the Hakka cuisine. Though Yuki usually serves barley and fucuk with ginkgo nut for desert.

    Would I Recommend Plate Cullture?

    I really like the concept of Plate Culture. My first thought was to have dinner parties, where you and friends could choose a cuisine to try and have it there.

    If the experience I had at Yuki’s is anything to go by, with good quality authentic food, friendly people and a cozy home setting; I would definitely recommend you try out.

    Plate Culture Website: plateculture.com

    Mun Wei’s: My Hakka Kitchen

  • Food,  Living

    Malaysia’s Top 10 Theme Eateries

    It is a well known fact that we Malaysians love our food. Some food entrepreneurs have taken this love to the next level, with creative themes that give their cafes a unique identity. If you need some ideas on where to hang out this weekend, check out Malaysia’s Top 10 Theme Eateries, as voted by you!

    1) Chemistry Café+Lab

    Who said test-tubes and beakers wouldn’t be useful after school? This is one lab that isn’t just for science geeks. Located in Shah Alam, Chemistry Cafe is inspired by all the things you may find in a laboratory, which means you can expect your drinks to be served in scientific apparatus, and not cups. Food and cakes are also served at the cafe, which is open daily.

    FB: chemistrycafe | IG: @chemistrycafe

    2) Locahouz

    The next cafe takes us all the way to Malacca for a bit of a history lesson. Almost every hipster cafe you’d see nowadays would have vintage memorabilia scattered throughout their venues, but this one is truly special as the items here are rooted in the state’s history. So sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee in an old school kopitiam style cup, and take in the classic vibes around you, the Malacca way.

    FB: Locahouz | IG: @locahouz.b.c.d

    3) Hello Kitty Gourmet Café

    These days, even cartoon characters are worthy of cafes. Of course, with her cult global following, Hello Kitty is no exception to this. Nestled in Sunway Pyramid, fans of the pink-bowed feline can pretend they’re on a European escapade, as the decoration there certainly evokes such feelings. At Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe, you’ll also find a variety of food offerings which are of Western selections.

    hellokittygourmet.com.my | FB: Hello Kitty Gourmet Café | IG:@hellokittygourmetcafe

    4) Mamee Jonker House

    Malacca makes the cut once again, this time with a very familiar Malaysian snack – Mamee! Here, the infamous noodles are given a twist, in the form of well-loved local dishes like Bee Hoon Goreng and Curry Laksa. If noodles aren’t your thing, they even have classic Malacca favourites like Hainanese Chicken Rice. When you’re done tucking in, you can always head on over to their merchandise store where you can not only buy Mamee items, but see how the noodles are made.

    mameejonkerhouse.com | FB: my.mameejonkerhouse | IG:@mameejonkerhouse

    5) TOKB Café

    This cafe features a menu full of  Kelantanese flavours. TOKB actually stands for “Taste of Kota Bharu” and this is reflected in the food served there, which is reminiscent of cuisine from Kelantan itself, such as the traditional Keropok Lekor. But another attractive feature is actually the WWII inspired decor, which is in tribute to war heroes of that time. Camouflage lovers will certainly enjoy taking photos of the military artifacts and items available in the cafe.

    tokbcafe.com.my | FB: tokbcafe | IG: @tokbcafe

    6) Departure Lounge

    Frequent flyers, this one’s for you. Inspired by the airport lounges travelers wait in before jetting off somewhere, this place also has guidebooks for you to peruse over one of their famous brunch/breakfast type meals. Even the setting is somewhat reminiscent of an airport, with clocks showing the times in different countries. Explorers and adventurers will definitely have a soft spot for the interior here in this quaint Damansara Utama cafe.

    FB: CafeDepartureLounge | IG: @cafedeparturelounge

    7) M2escape

    The southern state represents here, for anyone who’s heading over to Johor Bahru looking for an interesting conceptual cafe. This cafe has a distinct Mickey Mouse theme going on, and you’ll definitely be seeing lots of nods to the world’s most famous mouse throughout their Mount Austin venue. Dishes feature classic Western and Asian items, as well as chocolate beverages and cakes.

    FB: M2escape | IG: @m2_escape_x_cafe

    8) Drums Café

    If it’s music that makes your heart beat faster, stop over at Drums Cafe in Johor Bahru. This cafe is inspired by the 24 Festive Drums, and these performances are very much tied to the Chinese calendar and are very symbolic and meaningful to the culture. The traditional drums used in the performances are seen all over the cafe, even functioning as tables, but lots of customers also frequent this place for the Ampang Yong Tau Foo, which is said to be delicious!

    FB: 24FestiveDrumsCafe | IG: @drumscafe

    9) Wheeler’s Coffee

    The Pearl of the Orient, Penang, is not to be left out in this list, with Georgetown’s Wheeler’s Coffee making the cut. Their theme is dedicated to bicycles, bikers and “bicycle art”, so cyclists can always make this a pit-stop on their next biking tour.  In addition to classic coffees and teas, they also have their own version of frappes, which should be a delight in the hot island weather. Meals like pizzas and pastas are served too, as are cakes, like their Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.

    FB: wheelers67 | IG: @wheelerscoffee

    10) Slurp Café

    Your inner child will definitely enjoy Slurp Cafe. Whether it’s The Caped Crusader or Son Goku you fancied growing up, you’ll find them here. When you’re done soaking up the cool atmosphere and taking pictures of their adorable superhero memorabilia, sit back and relax over a drink, or enjoy something to eat from their fusion menu, which has an East meets West concept, so you’ll see influences from local and international cultures.

    FB: cafeslurp | IG: @slurpcafe

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  • Food,  Living

    Iconic Dishes From Around The World

    The unifying qualities that good food can have is something that should never be underestimated.

    Here is an infographic on ‘Iconic Dishes From Around The World’.

    This article was brought to you by www.perfectstays.co.uk.

    We Malaysian love our food.

    And there are so many Malaysian Food Classics that no infographic can do it all justice!

    Here are some Malaysian food articles you may be interested in:

    The 8 Different Kinds Of Laksa And Where To Get Them In Malaysia

    Top 5 Nyonya Kuih Finds

    Best 10 Must-Eats On Jalan Alor

  • Food,  Living

    NESCAFE’s New Mountain Wash Decaffeinated Coffee

    NESCAFE has launched a decaffeinated coffee to join their ever popular coffee range. It’s called NESCAFE Mountain Wash  and we in Malaysia are the first to get our hands on it.

    The coffee was inspired by the traditions of a hidden village in Vietnam named Tri-An, where the beans are soaked for long hours to gently remove the caffeine.

    Here is a video overview on the story of NESCAFE Mountain Wash.

    The Review

    The Name

    The name strikes me as slightly odd. When you say “mountain wash” fast, it sounds like “mouth wash”. However, since the coffee range draws inspiration from the village in the mountains, I can understand the origins of the name.

    The Packaging

    The packaging is a nice, medium sized canister with an artwork of a mountainside scenery.

    The Coffee

    The taste is very similar to that of other instant coffees by Nescafe. I like that it wasn’t as sweet and had a lighter body.

    I was suprised by the smooth texture, making it extremely easy to drink.

    The coffee has a nice smell to me(maybe because of the familiarity). Let’s just say you would know that it is from NESCAFE

    Effects

    I drank the coffee at night (11 PM) to test potential caffeine effects. Well there was none. I had no problems falling asleep that night. Since caffeine in general has little effects on me. I tested with my brother and he had no problems sleeping that night either.

    I took another cup in the morning (10 AM) and the coffee woke me up sufficiently (without a caffeine buzz).

    Price

    The Mountain Wash range retails at RM 14.84 for a canister of 12 sticks or RM 14.85 for a bag of 15 sticks.

    This is more expensive than NESCAFE’s Original instant coffee which retails at RM 13.99 for a bag of 30 sticks.

    Conclusion

    I did not expect too much the NESCAFE Mountain Wash, since it was a decaffeinated coffee, but they have done a good job overall. It is a decent  alternative to the regular instant coffee.

    I would recommend that you try this coffee out for yourselves.

    You can find out more at:  www.nescafemountainwash.com.my

  • Food,  Living

    Top 10 Trending Food Trucks in Malaysia

    Today, a new generation of street food lovers is lining up at food trucks like never before. On top of conventional brick-and-mortar restaurants or street stalls which already made Malaysia a food heaven, Malaysians now have another lip-smacking choice! Just like restaurants, they produce high quality and delicious food but with their on-the-wheel advantage, it also means that these mouthwatering food trucks can be at any time near you! Or even in the compound of your house if you want them to! But one thing for sure, the aroma of food truck cuisine will soon waft through downtown streets of Malaysia, especially in the Klang Valley. Let’s check out the Top 10 Trending Food Trucks that you should flock to!

    1. La Famiglia Food Truck

    We bet you have never tried Pastas cooked by the Italian Mafias. To be precise, top-notch-yummylicious pastas. Introducing you the one-and-only unique La Famiglia.  An Italian mafia themed food truck, La Famiglia is the pasta specialist you should be glad if they are parked around your neighborhood. And don’t worry, if they are mafias, they would be the friendliest ones you will find. In fact, the founders of La Famiglia came from vastly different backgrounds such as banking, construction and animation.

    Often spotted at Dungun in the daytime & heads to Subang (SS15) at night, La Famiglia gains traction and reputation in recent years making them the crème de la crème of food trucks.  This success is largely built from their passion and dedication of serving perfecto pastas. Oh and their inexpensive price of food makes a difference too!

    Facebook: Vivalafamiglia | Instagram: the_famiglia

    2. Flaming Wheels

    The Flaming Wheels is a purpose-built-kitchen-on-wheels offering healthy quality local and international cuisines at affordable prices. From the sexy outlook of the truck to the best quality of food, Flaming Wheels is a one-of-its-kind food truck you will just sit there and admire. Focusing its location on participating universities in the Klang Valley, Flaming Wheels is not just about on-the-go food experience, but their thoughts towards a noble cause wins the hearts of many. Did you know that Flaming Wheels was established with an ambition to provide support and raise funds for Make-A-Wish ® Malaysia?

    Remember to order chili beef nachos and Moroccan lamb stew from the Flaming Wheels next time they park around your vicinity. Not sure when they will be around? Why not install their App “Flaming Wheels” from the AppStore & Play Store for easy viewing of their locations, menu and weekly discounts!

    www.myflamingwheels.com | Facebook: Flamingwheelskl | Instagram: flamingwheels

    3. Burger Giler Power

    While most of us are familiar with burger stalls set up around the streets of Malaysia, we hardly come across one that moves around on-the-wheels. Burger Giler Power is one such on-the-go burger truck that you will often see at Taman Melawati, in front of Espresso Lab from 5 to 10pm. Barely into its first year of business, Burger Giler Power has quickly gained their fan base especially those around Taman Melawati with its signature mouthwatering gourmet burgers.

    Can’t picture the goodness? Imagine charcoal buns, homemade patties, and fresh ingredients combine with juicy sauces. That’s right! It is their signature gourmet burgers we are talking about and just to name a few, do try out their Classic Cheese Burger, Cajun Chicken Burger and The Chief Burger. At the sideline, crispy mushroom and chicken broccoli salad are worth trying too!

    Facebook: Burgergilerpower | Instagram: Burgergilerpower

    4. The Laughing Monkey Cafe

    Hate it when you have to look for car park just to have a cup of coffee? Feel annoyed when you have to walk some distance during lunch time just to buy a coffee? Look out for The Laughing Monkey Café! A truck which is dedicated to providing you with affordable, rich, freshly brewed coffee and delicious sandwiches at your doorstep. And trust us, it is easy to spot the Orangey cute little truck of The Laughing Monkey.

    Warn you! You would be wrong to think that coffee served from a truck will not be any good. The Laughing Monkey’s coffee (and hot chocolate) would top the coffees of many brick-and-mortar cafes out there. And why not when they will come to your doorstep? The Laughing Monkey Café was founded when two colleagues, Kelvin & Justine were caught in the rain while they were walking some distance from their office just to get a coffee.

    Facebook: TheLaughingMonkey | Instagram: laughingmonkeycafe

    5. Curbside Cantina

    Serving up tacos and other Mexican treats, Curbside Cantina is a Mexican influenced food truck that you’ll find it quite interesting, well at least not just another food truck serving you the conventional western cuisine. While this colorful truck does not really have a fixed spot (perhaps Bangsar would be the best catch), their creative menu of good food is their best selling point. Look, Chilli Con Carne with Papadums, Cemita Burger, Chicken Quesa Tacos, Steak Tacos, Beef Cubano Sandwich and Churros are not the ordinary words you will see else-trucks.

    Also be rest assured of the standard of Curbside Cantina as Curbside Cantina is an extension of a catering company called Cantina Moderna. The founders & team have been in the catering scene since 2006 and even ran a restaurant, Pink Sage, from 2008 to 2011. Now, go catch this Cantina On-The-Go.

    Instagram: curbsidecantinakl

    6. Cowboys Food Truck

    Launched on 7 Dec 2014, Cowboys Food Truck is one of the newcomers with their Texas-inspired western barbeque dishes.  Founded by 2 “cowboys” – Ku Azharul Nizar bin Ku Abdul Rahman and Christopher Tang, and a “cowgirl” Chong Rhu Jan, who are all pretty much in love with barbeque food.  Cowboys’ menu illustrates the influence of Nizar’s years in Dallas, Texas.  Combined with Christopher’s F&B experiences gained in Australia as well as Ru Jan’s assistance in marketing and promotion, the idea of Cowboys Food Truck was conceived to serve the most authentic American-style barbeque food around the neighbourhood.

    If you’re a fan of barbeque food, don’t forget to try out their speciality – Flame-grilled Chicken Wings which comes with choices of Garlic Parmesan or Spicy BBQ.   Also look out for the Chuck Norris platter which consists of sliced smoked beef brisket, crispy buttermilk fried chicken chop and Chuck Norris certified delish wings.  Better still – try both!  You’ll also never get bored of their menu because they are creative enough to rotate their menu items every single day!  Do catch them around Subang Jaya or follow their Facebook and Instagram for location updates.

    Facebook: cowboysfoodtruck | Instagram: cowboysfoodtruck

    7. Little Fat Duck

    They’re called “Little Fat Duck” but don’t let that confuse you as they don’t actually serve any duck.  They are one of the pioneers of a new dining craze that is sweeping through the city of Kuala Lumpur.   They offer affordably priced yet hearty French and Italian Cuisine for on-the-go diners and urban hipsters.  Surfaces on most nights at Subang SS15, you’ll see crowd building up from 8:00pm onwards.  Nevertheless, there is a makeshift dining space by the street provided for their customers because the waiting time can go beyond 15 minutes at peak hours.

    The aglio olio is a must-try! Pasta served with a choice of chicken or beef, and a generous seasoning of chilli flakes and Italian herbs gives a perfect spicy rendition of the classic Italian fare.  For mains, you wouldn’t want to miss their tender chicken confit and grilled fish. The former consists of a whole chicken leg served atop mashed potatoes while the dory fillet is grilled to perfection with a generous serving of Hollandaise sauce and mashed potatoes. And yes! They serve desserts too! The simple yet delicious homemade milk puddings will definitely remain unforgettable to you.  Overall, the affordable yet delicious Italian and French fare from a food truck has proven to be a big hit amongst college students and professionals within the city.

    www.littlefatduck.com | Facebook: littlefatduckmalaysia | Instagram: littlefatduckmalaysia

    8. The Boys Food

    The boys are taking over the kitchen to bring you pastas, sandwiches, burgers, and hotdogs hot off their mobile kitchen.  They will impress you with their new crispy chicken burger, sloppy fries, and the most-awesome double cheese burger – Jimmynator!  How could you resist The Boys’ temptation when you see so many scrumptious meals sitting on the plate before you?

    Believe it or not, their foods are selling at RM5.00 on average. We know, right? Unbelievably cheap!  They usually found camping out in Dataran Wangsa, so hop on over for late night gourmet snacking by the street and we ensure you will not regret staying up late or putting on extra calories over these yummiest-food-ever!

    Facebook: The-Boys-Food | Instagram: theboysfood

    9. QGastro Truck

    Serving one of the best pastas and tortilla on wheels, QGastro Truck will make sure you taste the freshest, delicious and reasonably priced Western food in town.  If you’re planning to chase the QGastro Truck food truck down, let us just tell you that it’s going to be easy peasy to do so. The shiny black truck is always located behind BHP Taman Melawati (open car park) from 8pm onwards daily except Mondays.   Remember to try out some of the creative menus such as Sambal Prawn Pasta, Aglio Olio Special, and Chicken/ Beef Wrap if you are near the neighbourhood.

    Instagram: qgastrotruck

    10. Babarittos Food Truck

    Babarittos Food Truck was founded by a young entrepreneur, Hafiey Mughnie Amran, who loves street food since his time in college.   With the idea of simple, fast and affordable, Hafiey set up his business right after he completed his studies in the field of aircraft engineering.

    Based mainly outside the PV16 Condominium in Danau Kota, Setapak, Barbarittos are known for their burrito wraps and nachos among their selection of mixed western dishes. What you want to go for here are their gourmet burgers and juicy burritos, all hot off the stove! Other than operating daily in Setapak, they also offer catering services at other locations on weekends.  With their healthy and high quality meals, they have gained a following, regularly going to events where they sell up to 500 burittos a day!  Definitely well deserved to be one of the top 10 trending food trucks in Malaysia!

    Facebook: Babarittos | Instagram: babarittosmy

    The compilation of this list was made from the accumulation of public votes. To view the result of the Top 15, download Pollbook on App Store/Google Play. Thank you for reading.

    This article was brought to you by www.tallypress.com, an online ranking magazine that revolves around the hottest topics in Malaysia.

  • Food,  Health & Fitness

    Top 10 Healthy Food Deliveries in Klang Valley

    There are many food deliveries out there, but not all of them are healthy. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to go healthy, then we highly recommend you to check out and try these 10 Healthy Food Deliveries in Klang Valley. The pictures of their food will make you drool not to mention when you taste their food.

    1. The Lean Canteen

    The Lean Canteen is a healthy-meal service that was created by food lovers for food lovers, who are also looking to stay healthy while keeping up with a busy schedule. The Lean Canteen believes good nutrition is one of the main pillars of a healthy lifestyle along with regular exercise.

    The Lean Canteen works closely with a nutritionist and a qualified chef to ensure each generous meals average around only 500 calories. Their flavorful meals are freshly prepared from a centralized kitchen, vacuum-packed to ensure freshness and are then delivered to pick-up point/straight to your doorstep!Doorstep deliveries: Mondays & Wednesdays.

    Contact details: Aina (012-2086440) | theleancanteen@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/theleancanteen

    Instagram: theleancanteen

    2.  The Lunch Club Asia

    The Lunch Club offers one fresh, made-to-go lunch special weekly. Each carefully crafted with top quality ingredients, layers of flavor and texture. Every meal is designed with the busy executive in mind conveniently packaged to be eaten out of the box and to be enjoyed cold or at room temperature (no heating required!)

    Join The Lunch Club by picking up this week’s special from any of the cafe partners:

    • 3 Little Birds, Desa ParkCity
    • Artisan Coffee Bar, Bangsar Village II
    • Epique, Empire Damansara
    • Sugar Rush, Pusat Bandar Damansara

    Deliveries orders will resume in January 2015 & Subscription services will be launched soon

    Contact details: fresh@thelunchclub.asia

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelunchclubasia

    Instagram: thelunchclubasia

    www.thelunchclub.asia

    3.  Dah Makan

    Dah Makan started when two hungry techies met a young talented chef and talked about how simple it should be to eat well everyday. Today Dah Makan delivers health gourmet lunchbox in KL for hardworking office-goers, gym bunnies and instagramming foodies.

    Dah Makan’s lunchboxes are made with the freshest ingredients, crafted with love in a secret kitchen and delivered straight to you. Dah Makan guarantees 100% satisfaction or your money back. We also like its well established website where you can check out their menus, place order, make payment, subscribe to package and find out other necessary information.

    Contact details: 014 3279 972 | jessica@dahmakan.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/orderdahmakan

    Instagram: dahmakan

    www.dahmakan.com

    4. DISH by ili

    Giving equal measure to entertainment as well as her food, Ili has now left her full time job to go forth with her passion of providing a food service for people.

    Allow Ili to provide wholesome meals in a Tiffin carrier which she delivers to your door every Tuesday and Thursdays or for any kinds of food related workshops, cooking classes, events and gatherings that promises great tastes, big laughs and insightful exchanges.

    With every dish inspired by her heritage, travels, people she has met, musical taste and love for all things zany, be sure to savour every crunch, slurp and gulp when Ili takes charge of the kitchen, providing her company with warm, wholesome, fuss free food made from scratch and a lot of love.

    Contact Details: 017 230 9955 | dishbyili@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/dishbyili

    Instagram: dishbyili

    5. Chopstick Diner

    Eat your veges like your mum once told you to. This is Chopstick Diner’s philosophy and hence how Chopstick Diner wants you to eat healthy for lunch they cater for on every Monday to Friday. Covering most of the prime KL and PJ areas, Chopstick Diner prepares all lunchboxes freshly before delivering them to you.

    Originally a recipe website, Elaine Ho, the founder transforms Chopstick Diner into a salad delivery service. Yes Salad and Chopstick Diner is really good at it. Do check out the website for more wonderful recipes you can make yourself at home. Corporate catering is offered too.

    Contact Details: 013 6303886 | admin@chopstickdiner.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/chopstickdiner

    Instagram: chopstickdinerlunchbox

    www.chopstickdiner.com

    6. The Naked Lunch Box

    The Naked Lunch Box gives you an option to eat CLEAN at your office during lunch! Say no to cheap, oily and dirty fast food and The Naked Lunch Box is here to make healthy food available, reasonably priced and delicious.

    The Naked Lunch Box delivers on every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday and prefers office orders only. They also cater for small meetings and other office events too with a variety of vegan, paleo and raw delicious recipes!

    Contact: thenakedlb@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/tnlbmy

    Instagram: thenakedlunchbox

    7. The Rebellious Chickpea

    The Rebellious Chickpea delivers from Monday to Friday, offering healthy and delicious food to those who want great taste and still be mindful of what they eat. At RM 16 per meal, The Rebellious Chickpea has variety of menu and a Surprise Me Wednesday, of which you do not get to know the meal upfront.

    Contact: therebelliouschickpea@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheRebelliousChickpea

    Instagram: therebelliouschickpea

    8. Eat Clean KL

    Eat Clean by Khairena offers and delivers wholesome yummy home cooked food, a healthier alternative at reasonable prices. Eat Clean KL places emphasis on using only fresh produce, organic products, olive oil, minimal salt, No Sugar, No saturated fat, No icky oils or MSG.

    Eat Clean KL advocates healthy living, eating a healthy diet and as cliche as it sounds, your health is your wealth.  Delivering to Damansara Heights, Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara and Bangsar, Eat Clean KL variety of menu encompasses Asian Fusion, Barbeque, Burgers, Chinese, Delis, Greek and Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Soul Food, Thai, Vegan and Vegetarian.

    Contact: 0132576988 | eatcleanKL@gmail.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/eatcleankl

    Instagram: eatcleankl

    9. Healthy Lunchbox

    Eat fresh, eat clean, eat simple, Healthy Lunchbox is the way to go for healthy meal. Delivers to KL City & Damansara, Healthy Lunchbox lets you know how much calorie their menu of the day contains, typically nothing more than 400 calories. The good thing is they also deliver to you on weekends if you go for their 7 meals package. How great is that when someone feeds you with healthy lunchboxes throughout the week.

    Contact: Farah 0193987091 | hlunch2you@yahoo.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/healthylunchboxkl

    Instagram: healthy.lunchbox

    10. BigC Healthy Food

    BigC says eat the best, leave the rest. Delivers from Monday to Friday for lunch time in Central KL, BigC home cooked meal is appetizing and healthy. BigC usually informs their Menu for the week upfront and weekly package is also available if you decide to let them cater you for 5 days in a row. We say why not? When they are yummy!

    Contact: Cyrus 0147312541

    Instagram: bigchealthyfood

    This article was brought to you by www.tallypress.com, an online ranking magazine that revolves around the hottest topics in Malaysia.

  • Food,  Living

    Cooking & Baking With Coca-Cola Zero!

    There’s a lot of talk these days about eating healthier, especially in reducing our sugar and calorie intake.

    This isn’t necessarily for weight loss purposes but for an overall healthier lifestyle. A lot of hidden sugars are found in our food and drinks that we consume. Drinks, in particular are a big culprit of those additional unwanted calories. If you’re a fan of flavoured drinks other than drinking plain water, you’d want to be aware of the calories that could creep up on you, so, stay hydrated wisely with the right kind of drinks.

    It is also important to read your food labels to know what you’re consuming. This way, you’ll also find that you are more aware of the ingredients in your food and that you can catch any hidden calories in the nutrition information.

    Coca-cola zero is a great drink for quenching one’s thirst if you’re in the mood for something that tastes good and that’s also refreshing. However, besides being a great drink, it’s also an excellent ingredient to cook or even, to bake with.

    If you’d like to incorporate something a little different in your cooking or baking regime, try out the following recipes below:

    1. Oregon Coke Zero-yaki Marinated Chicken Thighs

    This recipe is delicious eaten with a side portion of rice, or a baked potato or even with aglio olio pasta. If you’re going carb free, then have this with a huge portion of vegetables. It’s versatile and easy to make. If you want to make it more child-friendly, omit the red pepper flakes, if you so wish.

    2. Coke Zero Sloppy Joes with Shredded Chicken

    Sloppy Joes are quintessentially American and there’s no doubting its growing popularity in other parts of the world, including at some restaurants here. Popular with both adults and children alike, it’s a breeze to make and you can also make larger batches of it, portion and freeze them for another day when you’re too busy to cook. An ideal recipe for busy people.

    3. Coke Zero Clemson Bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Shrimp

    For those who like shrimp, this recipe is a cracker! Once again, it’s not complicated to make and it’s one meal you can do quickly. If you can’t find jalapeños, then improvise by using chillies instead or even bell peppers for something a little sweeter and which will then not be spicy, making it child-friendly.

    4. Coke Zero Lubbock Spicy Marinated Steak Sandwiches

    Steak sandwich lovers will rejoice with this recipe. It’s quick to do, except the only time that this meal needs is the marinating time for the steak. Don’t compromise on marinating time because the longer you leave your steak to marinate, the better it will taste. So, the wait is definitely worth it!

    5. Coke Zero Chocolate Cake

    For those who have a sweet tooth, we didn’t leave you out. You can have your dessert with lesser calories so you won’t feel so guilty when you indulge! This chocolate cake recipe uses margarine instead of butter, uses low fat buttermilk and thus, it has a lighter calorie content. Buttermilk can be bought at some supermarkets here but it can be expensive. Have a go at making your own buttermilk with this recipe here – it’s easy to make, cheap and you won’t have to get store-bought buttermilk ever again!

    Sources: Spark Recipes, Cook Off Before Kick Off & Food Network

  • Food,  Living

    Offpeak.my Launches New Mobile App Offering Up To 50% Dining Discounts!!

    A few months ago, Offpeak.my was launched bringing us an option of having great discounts when dining out.

    Since their launch in August last year, they have slowly increased their partner restaurants on the website and they now have more than 250 partner restaurants. Not bad for a brand that’s just 6 months old. Offpeak.my basically provides a platform for restaurants to offer discounts to customers during their non-peak hours. Hence the name, ‘Offpeak.my’. Perhaps not totally ideal for some of you but it’s been so far received well and having an option to eat out for less is always a good thing in our books!

    Previously, you were unable to access the offers on the website from your mobile phone. Fortunately for us, the brand has launched its Offpeak.my Mobile Apps, for both iOS and Android, which offers up to 50% dining discounts at their partner restaurants; making it easier to access discounted dining at your fingertips.

    The Offpeak.my App is available free on the Apple App Store for iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android devices. The App lists more than 250 restaurants outlets and the good thing about it is that it also helps to be a reference to answer the all important question of what to eat. The App also locates dining offers near you, and even assists you with directions to the restaurants – how cool is that?!

    By simply clicking on the restaurant’s address, customers can locate restaurants through their smartphone and tablet devices. This function is now available on the newly launched Offpeak.my Apps and on the website. Although it’s a site where it offers dining discounts during non-peak hours, we’re glad to find out that it also offers discounts that are available throughout the day from breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea-time to even supper (depending on the dining offers offered by individual establishments).

    The brand is slowly growing its horizons and although majority of their partner restaurants are mainly in Klang Valley area, they’ve also got 7 in Penang, 2 in Perak and 1 in Pahang, with more to come hopefully soon in the near future.

    Advance booking options for online restaurant reservation service for restaurants are also available. Making it easy for you to plan your dining out. Another bonus to this is that it also allows you to book your dining discounts without having to commit your credit or debit card details, and no advance payments are required. Booking confirmations will be sent instantly via email and upon arriving at the restaurant, customers can present their confirmation email to the restaurant staff.

    If you’ve not tried it out yet, give it a go. It’s been so far a relatively good experience for us and we look forward to more to come.

  • Food,  Living

    Best 8 Romantic Dinner Picks For Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is this Saturday and when it comes to spending quality time with your partner in life, well, there’s nothing quite like it.

    There may be some of people who may not take to this particular celebration because they don’t want to get caught up in the commercialism of the day. Some of us on the other hand, would just like to bask in the sentimentality and soppiness of it all. Either way, there’s no right or wrong, because loving someone and having them love you in return is quite frankly one of the greatest things in life. Ever. So, that alone deserves to be celebrated

    So if you’re one who’d like to do something special with your loved one this Valentine’s Day, here’s a list for you.

    The Best 8 Romantic Dinner Picks For Valentine’s Day:

    1. Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

    This beauty of a place spells romance in the most elegant way. The team at Cantaloupe have come up with two different kinds of mouth-watering Valentine’s Day menus this year. You’ve a choice of either a Sunset Valentine’s menu at RM400++ per person or their Valentine’s Day menu at RM500++ per person, this Valentine’s Day.

    See more details on their Valentine’s Day menu here. The combination of delicious food with one of the most spectacular views of our city will definitely set the mood for a night of full romance! For enquiries or reservations, please call +603 2162 0886

    2. Cedar on 15, Impiana Hotel Kuala Lumpur

    Cedar on 15 is a hidden gem in the city centre. Located at the Impiana Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, it doesn’t scream super poshness which may put some people off. It has just the right amount of style and decadence to make it an ideal place for that Valentine’s Day dinner. It’s also fairly reasonably priced for the quality of food and some people say that it serves some of the best steaks in the city.

    Start off with their Love Potion Cocktail and move on to the food. Top food picks are the Grilled Black Angus Loin or the Wagyu on Himalayan Salt Block. The Valentine’s menu is available only on February 14th from 6:30pm to 10:30pm and is priced at RM488++ per couple with wine pairing and at RM388++ per couple without wine. For enquiries and reservations, please call 03 2147 1111 ext 3711/3320 or email at cedaron15@impiana.com

    3. Svago

    We recently rediscovered this restaurant. Svago is located a floor above from Limoncello in Suria KLCC. Fine Italian dining is the thing here. With views overlooking the KLCC fountain, and being tucked away from everything else, it’s the right place to spend a romantic meal for two. The menu generally consists of refined Italian entries, and if you’re a live music fan, you’re in for a treat because here, you’ll be given the live music treatment every night from 7:30pm onwards.

    The Valentines Day Menu is priced at RM 428++ per couple including your choice of red or white wine. The mains in this menu sound heavenly with a choice of beef tenderloin served with tuffle port wine sauce and mashed potatoes or prawn tempura over carbonara udon noodels with spicy flying fish roe. For enquiries or reservations, please call +603 2163 3188.

    4. Villa Danieli

    This is one is an oldie but a goodie nonetheless. Declare your love with your loved one with delectable meal at Villa Danieli, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel Kuala Lumpur. We’ve never had a bad meal at this restaurant and we’ve always felt looked after when we visit this place. This year, the chefs have come up with an irresistible menu for the day of love – the Red Hot Valentine’s Day 5 Course Set Menu. It is priced at MYR488++ per couple (Food Only), with an option to top up an additional MYR200++ per couple for wine pairing.

    Enjoy partaking in these Italian delights, such as sous vide veal tenderloin with spinach-asparagus puree, seared tuna with truffle potato mousse. And for dessert, it cannot get more decadent with their rich ricotta cream and berries compote in white chocolate shell. Perfect way to end a romantic meal for two. For enquiries or reservations, please call +603-2717-9900 or make reservations online here.

    5. Tamarind Springs

    Tamarind Springs is truly a romantic place to spend a memorable occasion with your loved one. It’s tucked in the heart of the city and when you get there, it may just take your breath away. Its rustic feel has been well loved by many over the years and you almost feel like you could be on a holiday at this place because it doesn’t feel like you’re dining in the city. So if you’ve not yet tried Tamarind Springs, do give it a go. Known for Indochinese cuisine, it’s great for those who don’t feel like having western styled cuisine.

    The Valentine’s Day menu at Tamarind Springs is a five-course Indochinese dinner priced at RM480++ per couple. Their offerings this Valentine’s Day are pan seared scallops on butter-fried red cabbage with passion fruit sauce, grilled salmon served with asparagus and kiwi sauce as well as deep fried soft-shell crab on a bed of minced chicken and basil leaves. For more enquiries or reservations, please call +603-2144 8370.

     

    6. Sitka

    Sitka is probably one of the newer ones in this list. It’s been getting decent reviews since their opening and has been gaining popularity slowly but surely. This Valentine’s Day, Chef Christian Recomio at Sitka has created an intriguing menu. One of the things we love about Sitka is their mantra in being a sustainable farm-to-table restaurant. It’s nothing to look at aesthetically compared to some other fancier establishments but not everything has to be fancy to be good. It’s simple and approachable, which to us, is a good thing.

    If you’re the type that appreciates good food but the environment or ambience isn’t a main factor, then this is a place for you. Their Valentine’s Day menu is RM190++ per person. Tantalise your tastebuds with their duck terrine paired with kimchi puree, onion jam and toast and roast sea bass with shao xing wine, mascarpone and wild herbs. For more enquiries or reservations, please call +603-2011 1117. Alternatively, you can make reservations via text message or WhatsApp on +6014-9688 949.

    7. Torii

    Another relatively new comer to the F&B scene but one that has also made waves since their opening. If you’re looking for something a little different, that is celebrating with delicious yakitori, check out Torii! Its unpretentious vibe is welcoming and as for their extensive list of whisky, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice in that department.

    Torii’s Valentine’s Day menu is priced at RM149++ per person. The Valentine’s Day menu starts with a yummy cocktail, then proceeding to a flurry of Japanese dishes – clear sea bass consommé, bonded unagi and foie gras, tuna tartare and a choice of either mentaiko pasta or Torii fried rice. If you’re stumped on where to go this Valentine’s Day, try something a little different with a Japanese theme and come here.

    8. Mezze Bar & Bistro

    Mezze needs no introduction. We love its warm ambience with it not being overtly fancy. And it has always had great food each time we visit so it’s no surprise that for Valentine’s Day, the team of chefs, Chef Yves Renou and his team are going all out to impress. Their Valentine’s Day 3-course menu is priced at RM140nett per person (inclusive of a choice of drinks: chilled juice, soft drinks, coffee or tea). Spoil yourselves with their sous vide poached egg or prawn quiche to start your meal. Followed by choosing between the pan-fried red snapper fillet, duck confit de cannelloni, and slow-cooked sous vide beef short rib with celeriac puree for your main course. Ending that glorious meal with chocolate tofu mousse cake with chocolate couscous base or plum armagnac clafoutis served with vanilla bean ice cream.

    Located in Medan Damansara, it’s not that difficult to find, although we’ve to say that parking there can be a bit of a nightmare. Be prepared to park further away if you go at peak dinner times. But honestly, for good food, what’s a little distance? It’ll give you both a chance to take a leisurely walk to Mezze and work up an appetite. For more enquiries or reservations, please call +603-2095 0122.

  • Food

    [Recipe] Flat Belly Brownies

    There are times when chocolate is the only answer. But don’t let chocolate ruin all your efforts in keeping to your diet and fitness regime. With this recipe, you’ll be able to get your chocolate fix without the guilt!

    This sweet solution to a serious craving for chocolate comes from the Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook. The good thing about these delicious morsels is that they contain a trio of MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids)—healthier fats that can help you lose weight.

    Canola oil replaces butter to reduce saturated fat, the use of chocolate chips supply the rich chocolatey flavor without the excess sugar and the addition of walnuts add in the satisfying taste and crunch. If you compare this baby to the typical brownie, this is way better for you! For one, this slimmed-down version has 35% fewer calories, 86% less sat fat, and 56% less sugar. How awesome is that?!

    Great time to start baking and oh, if you do bake some, please send some our way

    Recipe for Flat Belly Brownies

    WORK TIME: 10 minutes
    TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes
    SERVINGS: 8

    ½ cup all-purpose flour
    ⅓ c unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
    ¼ tsp baking powder
    ⅛ tsp salt
    ⅔ cup dark brown sugar
    ¼ cup canola oil
    1 large egg
    1 large egg white
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    ¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
    1 cup chopped walnuts

    1. HEAT oven to 180°C. Coat 8″x 8″ or 9″x 9″ baking pan with cooking spray.
    2. COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in large bowl.
    3. PUT sugar, oil, egg and egg white, and vanilla extract in small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Pour into flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts (batter will be stiff).
    4. SPREAD batter in pre­pared pan. Put in oven and bake 20 to 22 minutes or until firm at edges and wooden pick inserted off center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Place pan on rack and let cool completely. To serve, cut into 8 bars.

    NUTRITION (per serving) 305 cal, 5 g pro, 31 g carb, 2 g fiber, 22 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 73 mg sodium

    Source: Prevention