Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sarawak Noodles @ Hou Wong Kopitiam, KL

We love Sarawak laksa, so a couple of weeks ago, we visited Hou Wong Kopitiam in Jalan Ipoh to to satisfy our cravings.

When we arrived at the restaurant, we only spotted a pan mee stall. But they still had the banner outside the shop showing "Sarawak Noodles". We panicked, thinking "oh no, is the stall shut today?" Turns out their stall / kitchen is at the back and someone will come take your order at the table.



The menu, stuck on the wall inside the restaurant.

We decided to order 1 Sarawak laksa (RM6.50 for small) and 1 Kolo Mee  (RM5.50 for small) to share. Other Sarawak delicacies you can find here include kuey teow goreng, mee goreng, zhou cai fen gan, tom yum big head prawn, mee Dawai and kueh chap (available on weekend only). 

First impressions when the food arrived was that the Sarawak laksa looked authentic. And it certainly did not disappoint in the taste department either. The soup was really tasty (we drank it all!), and the bowl consisted of thick beehoon, sliced omelette, beansprouts, and two prawns. 





For the Sarawak kolo mee, we were asked if we wanted the "red" or "white" version. We went for the red version. Again, this was a delicious bowl of noodles - thin egg noodles topped with minced pork, char siew and pork lard. This was served with some pickled red chillies and a bowl of clear soup.


Since we came all the way here for breakfast (and we had some tummy space left), we thought, why not order another bowl of Sarawak laksa to share. Do remember to squeeze in the lime as it really enhances the taste of the soup.



We will be back!

Opening times: 7.30am to 2pm daily. Check their Facebook page for off days.


Price: Total bill RM22.60 (including drinks).

Location: Sarawak Noodles, Hou Wong Kopitiam, No. K-5, Batu 4 1/4, Jalan Ipoh, 51200 Kuala Lumpur. (Waze: Hou Wong Kopitiam). Street parking available.

Tel: 012-558 8817

GPS Coordinates: 3.197979, 101.678983



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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Organic Wellness Lunch @ Mandarin Oriental KL

Healthy eating leads to healthy living. From now until 28 October 2016, diners can enjoy an Organic Wellness Lunch, specially crafted by the chefs at Lounge on the Park, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur.

"We wanted to have a special menu to accommodate our health-conscious guests, as well as to encourage others to embark on healthy eating. It becomes almost necessary for us to offer a menu with quality organic produce filled with great nutrition. Most of us have lifestyles that makes it difficult for us to eat the right food that our body needs and we hope that this initiative will get people excited about eating right and healthy," said Matthias Kindl, Director of Food & Beverage.



Upon arrival, we were ushered to the Wellness Island, located at the centre of the lobby lounge. The chef on site will prepare and explain each dish as they are presented to you. For this Organic Wellness Lunch promotion, diners can choose to have the 8-course Wellness Menu (RM148 nett) or Wellness Bento (RM90 nett - a bento box created for those who want to have a quick lunch).

Hubby and I enjoy our juicing every morning, so we were excited to try out the Organic Wellness Menu. We left feeling deeply impressed with the creativity and uniqueness of the whole experience.

To start, "The Detox Juice", a concoction of apple,celery, baby spinach and cucumber is served along with root vegetable crisps.This is followed by Compressed watermelon 'sashimi', with marinated cucumber, fennel and celery. This dish gets its name due to its resemblance to tuna sashimi. Compression intensifies the flavours and colours of the fruit.





Next, the chef makes khubz right in front of our eyes. Khubz is the Arabic word for bread, and usually refers to flatbread or pita.

To make the khubz, he firstly pipes pre-prepared mousse into a hot stone bowl. He tells us that the hot stone has been preheated in a 300°C oven. Then he covers up the bowl and leaves it to "bake" for 3-4 minutes. And voila - the buckwheat khuz is ready! Not only was it fascinating to watch, the bread was soft, fluffy and delicious too, served with almond butter.

Buckwheat khubz baked in hot stone, served with almond butter


Video here for those interested




I was pleased to learn that for this promotion, the chefs are using locally sourced vegetables from Cameron and Genting Highlands ;) This is the Tian of raw butternut squash and spinach, with Genting Highland tomatoes served with cashew nut romesco sauce. The tomatoes have been soaked in vanilla bean syrup, giving it a fragrant and sweet aroma.




Another fun dish to eat here was the fresh harvested lettuce. Diners will be presented with a head of lettuce each and are encouraged to harvest their own lettuce tableside. The lettuce sits in a bowl filled with edible soil made of pumpernickel. Cut up the lettuce into small pieces using the scissors provided and toss it with the forest farm vegetables, edible flowers, herb vinaigrette and sourdough crostini. So interactive and fun!




Watch this video of us having fun harvesting our own salad



Next is the yellow peppers and turmeric soup. The chef will pour the soup from a teapot into a bowl filled with soy flan base and top it with fresh herbs and herb oil. The soup was rich and creamy, with strands of saffron in it.





The Josper grilled leeks and asparagus was my favorite dish from the menu. A beautiful, soft and creamy poached egg with crispy shallots sitting atop garlic fumet is served alongside the grilled vegetables.




Hubby liked the next dish best - baby peppers stuffed with cous cous and tomato stuffed with ratatouille, tofu croquettes, and a mushroom jus with peas and shimeji. Loved the umami-ness of the mushroom jus.




The memorable meal ends with a creamy avocado ice cream, with fresh mango, coconut espuma, kalamansi gel, and gula melaka and a cup of freshly brewed organic tea.





Only eight seating available from Mondays to Fridays (12pm to 2.30pm) for the Organic Wellness Lunch, so do make your reservations in advance by calling +603-2380 8888 or email mokul-lotp@mohg.com



Price: RM148 nett for the 8-course Wellness Menu.

Location: Lounge on the Park, Lobby Level, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2179 8883

GPS Coordinates: 3.15568, 101.7120

Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/kualalumpur/fine-dining/lounge-on-the-park/



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