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I have heard quite many bloggers rave about this cafe Antipodean, and wanted to pay a visit at their Bangsar Branch, hunting parking around the area is a pain in da ass. After rounds of hunting we gave up. Then found out that Antipodean have another outlet in downtown KL which is at Menara Tan & Tan.

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It was Sunday and head for the event for Somersby Brunch Club that taking place at this cafe. To my excitement I am keen to try the food there especially on their brunch.

With Bangsar Babe, Rif and Anna along for brunch.

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Love the cafe ambiance here. A typical foreign cafe area that many love to hang out especially during summer if they have outdoor area. Definitely not applicable in Malaysia.

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What to order? You can view on their giant chalkboard menu on the wall.

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Quite a huge chunk of deserts to hunt for.

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Well, since they fall into the catagory of Shortlisted for best coffee in Time Out KL, wasnt the best I have tried so far. Still above average.

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In Malaysia, if you drink alcohol for breakfast or lunch, many people will stare at you like you are from another planet or alien. Its just different culture we have here. For me, it doesnt matter as long as I have great friends around, alcohol drinking will starts to kick in. This would be my first time tasting this Somersby Apple Cider that had been rated as one of the favourite drink by a few girl friends of mine.

A drink that is all rounder, easy to drink with apple taste is pretty visible, slightly gassy and perfect that you can drink it at all day long.  For a 4.5% of alcohol, you wont feel it when you have down 1 bottle. The kick will only kicks in when you down at least 4-5 bottle. Then you will be starting to float around. 😀

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Its a unique brunch whereby we have 2 great host in da house with Chelsia Ng and Jeremy Teo. Entertain us with their entertained with their humor and kitchen musical.

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Below is the video of their kicthen musical performance. Apologize for my shaky hand on that day . . . 🙂

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It was a event open to public and patrons were giving samples of Somersby and special bottle price for that day.

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Love this Exotic Fruit Salad with Yoghurt, Honey and Mint. A simple fruit salad that pairs very well with the dressing and some cider. I find it more cider added in it taste much better, that still did not over power the sweet taste of honey. 😀

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Then we got ourselves for All Day Breakfast @ RM29.

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Then after sharing of one plate, we decided to order another plate with extra sausage. Scramble egg and bacon were decently prepare.

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Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes, Green Beans and Balsamic Vinegar @ RM28. Dressing of Balsamic vinegar, definitely stood out in taste along with fresh green beans, just that, the chicken breast find it slightly dry for me. Overall still good.

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Eggs Marlborough with Salmon. Salmon are pretty salty to my liking and luckily it was covered well with the runny yolks. Love the bread as its crips and eat along with the yolk is just something simple and nice.  RM32

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Kiwi Style Lamb Burger with brie and egg

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Lemon Meringue Pie & Chocolate Cake

Antipodean cafe definitely a big hit to many people, and pricing of the breakfast set surely will keep me away.

Location:
Antipodean Cafe
Menara Tan & Tan,
Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161-0752


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Along the highway as I always travel back and forth, by trailing away Nibong Tebal small town sign board along the highway as it was last round that I was heading back to KL by following my best friends Ian, both he and his friend decided to bring me to dine in this small little town. They told me that you will be surprise what they can offer for that kind of cheap price. Cheap as in SERIOUSLY CHEAP. *doubting.

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Nibong Tebal is actually located at Penang, Mainland and I rate Swee Garden Seafood restaurant is a hidden gem in the town as a place that famous among local that is about 10 minutes drive away from the toll exit to reach here. Which is pretty easy to drive here by recognizing a huge flyover to make  a turn.

Was told by both of them have to reach here freaking early to avoid massive huge dinner crowd that many dining tables will spill out to the road side as we reach around 5.30pm to have a very early dinner before heading back to KL.

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AS early as 5.30pm there are quite a number of families are already dining here.

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Fried Lala with Ginger is something that is fried simple yet infuse with chinese wine in it make it very addictive with hint of some spicy from ginger and fine slice chili.

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Asam Prawns is a big fat juicy prawns that well prepared and marinated. I whack nearly half of it.

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Simple fried veggie nothing much to shout about.

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Signature Crispy Fried Pork Knuckle 

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A portion that most of the table would order or I would say must not miss. Deep fried to perfection that the skin is very crispy, yet the meat in it is still soft and the amount of fats in between is just nice. This is not German Pork Knuckle therefore they do not serve any gravy along as this is Chinese Cross over cuisine. Just serve along with pickled shallots and tomato slices. – Recommended!

Total Damage we had for the dinner is about RM 75 for 3 pax which I would rate it reasonable cheap and not as ‘very’ cheap as my friend mention since its located in this small town, as also since we have a huge chunk of Pork Knuckle and some seafood along its decently price in this small town.

Surely I would not mind to recommended for you to drive all the way here to try it out for travelers also.

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10,  pretty good for a small town operator~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
SWEE GARDEN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
No 1, Jalan Punai,
14100 Nibong Tebal,
Seberang Perai, Penang, Malaysia.

Telephone : 604-5934768

Business Hours : Dinner only, from about 5.30pm onwards.

GPS Coordinates : E100 28′ 39.2″ N5 10′ 8.0″

Christmas is around the corner and many people are gearing up to prepare and cater to this happy celebrations of the year as you can see malls already filled with decorations and what is lacking is only food! As for this round, we are very happy to get specially invited for a home cook hearty meal preparation.

Ann is a entrepreneurial lady cum self learn chef had turn her home into a place to specialize cater for private functions that her intention is to create quality food instead of quantity food. You can expect the best from her few signature dish in her list and usually what customer do is that they give her a budget and just ask her to prepare all her signature dish.

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What is well prepared for us for the night is all oven baked specialties. Baked potatoes with capsicum .

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Baked Tomato . .

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Star of the night is this huge Pork Roll that had been specially hand pick by the chef to cook the best for us.

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Roast to perfection with the skin is so crunchy even with the knife cut thru it, it had a huge crack sound eccoed in the room and every one is just staring at it, just waiting to get a taste of it. Aroma of roast pork filled the room that makes every one even more hungry. The meat is so soft, juicy and the skin is crispy with a bit saltiness where it is suppose to be.

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For just 1 Pork Roll, it is enough to cater for 10-12 pax and depends how you cut it. It cost about RM160 per roll and have to book in advance.

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Next, we were showered with Lamb that had been slowly cook in the oven with her own special herbs that ensure the taste soak inside the meat.

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Such a huge chunk of meat and after cutting it, the meat certainly does not look dry and the smell of the oven baked lamb meat when she cut it off smells wonderfull

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This gravy is one of the secret to make the lamb even more nice.

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The homemade sauce is perfect that is not too thick, filled with a bit black pepper taste that pairs very well with the lamb.

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This is my great dinner for the night with juicy lamb and soft meat pork  . . .

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And lastly to get the satisfaction kick in, we get to enjoy Lemongrass drink which is just perfect to end the meal . .

After this meal, I certainly know that where to get one of the best prepare homecook meal and also knowing where I can host my private functions in the future. She only cater 20 pax max in one session, so that every one able to enjoy her food. The best part is, not only you need to go over to her private kitchen, you can also hire her to your place and cook provided you meet all her kitchen requirements on the order you place on the day!

Certainly, this is one of my recommendation for food if you want something unique . ..

Her signature dish currently for Christmas is Turkey, which is highly recommended by some of her friends. Do try out if you do order.

Facebook: Ann Roast Pork (orders are also accepted through this page)

3 Days advance reservation needed (depends on Availability): please contact Ann – 016-3313007

Pick-up address: Vista Kiara @ Mont

Kiara Delivery: RM10 for orders of 2 pieces and above
Menu/prices: Roast Turkey minimum 6kg RM350, (Christmas Season Only)
Roast Pork minimum 2kg RM160, 
Roast lamb minimum 2kg RM250
Other information: Alcohols is not used in the preparation of the food; payment by
bank-in and fax the payment slip.

*Non-Halal

Pan Mee no longer is a stranger to most of us and even some of you guys loving it with the original taste especially with the hand kneaded it out from the flour as that would be the authentic style, that I like  Ah Tee or Jojo Pan Mee. As now, more people are eating healthily, and I got so surprise that when I heard about this shop, House of Ceggo Food Station that located inside Taman Desa it’s a must go for me to try it out, with their unique preparation of soup base and cooking style of Pan Mee.

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This shop is not hard to be located which is directly inside the whole stretch of shoplot.

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To me, the first feeling is more like those Hong Kong style cafe as what we seen in TVB with those push door and glass panel with two big chinese wordings on the glass panel.

 

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‘Lemon Grass Drink’ as I never really like the taste of the lemon grass but suprisingly the taste is not that strong as it taste quite fragrant and I end up having two glass of it.

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As I mention with those Hand Peeled or Hand Kneaded is one of the authentic way to prepare this Pan Mee but as the picture shown in the menu for the types of Noodle available, its quite cute for its description.

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‘Fried Sui Kau’ Deep fried with solid mince meat, mix with small chunks of water chestnut, and some finely chopped spinach is good, crispy on the skin and dip with chili sauce is always the best.

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We start off with ‘Aunthentic Pan Mee’ which you can order with Hand Peel which is hand peeled from a big chunk of flour or

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Flat Rolled noodle as shown in the pictures.

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Next that got served, which really caught my interest is the ‘Tomato Pan Mee’ with most of the ingredient added on are the same which is anchovies, mince chicken meat, fried Tau Kee and the most important is the tomato soup base. Rich in flavor that create a bit thick milky taste and the noodle is perfectly cook, I just love it as it had the similar taste like Spaghetti Bolognese but appear in soup version – Recommended

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‘Ma Lat (Extra Spicy) Pan Mee’ that we got deceived by the fiery red colour of it and thought that it would be extremely spicy, but it turns out to be a bit of sour and spicy level which is not that Spicy to me and the rest.

 

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Another star of the night is ‘Pumpkin Pan Mee’ that I have always love pumpkin soup but now it had add in noodle and its not that milky and thick in taste as the soup serve purely in the restaurant as this had some modification that makes it blend very well with the soup base and the noodle. – Recommended

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If you are yam lover then you would want to miss their ‘Yam Pan Mee’ that used huge piece of yam cook inside the soup then cut into pieces to serve along with noodle and you just imagine, the yam fragrance and the soup did taste a bit ashy from the long boiled yam in the stove. Good Soup base I would say.

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Opt for something healthy or you dont feel well on that day, ‘Spinach Pan Mee’ is the one you are going after with finely chopped spinach that blend with flour and it is more like 80% pure of veggie in it that serve along with authentic soup base.

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‘Curry Chicken Pan Mee’ after shooting and it was gone in seconds. Thick Curry Chicken that pour upon the dry noodle that mix with black sauce just mix it very well, chicken is soft and juicy.

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‘Loh Pan Mee’ cook in the form of thick soup base, that do not taste very salty and a bit like shark fin soup taste but if you eat it pure the taste would not be that good, the trick is add in vinegar, it will pull up the taste and we add in the available vinegar given to us and finish fast.

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On that night it was Lionel Birthday and Sunny had prepared a Passion Fruit came for him.

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Lionel the happy guy for the night~ and of course it was a great discovery for us that we found a new nice place to eat and certainly I am going back for more that I would be recommending this place, as it is very reasonable in price starting from RM5.50 – RM9 per bowl.

Location:
Restaurant House of Ceggo Food Station
15, Plaza Danau 2, Jalan5/109F
Taman Danau Desa, 58100 K.L
(Behind Hong Leong Bank)
(Next to the Korean Mart)

Tel: 03 – 7981 9822
Joel : 012 3796 756


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There is another hidden jewel in Kuchai Lama that just got discover recent which introduce by that Karen which is her turf for food. This makcik which only operate in the afternoon that did draw quite a number of crowd to her small simple stall which locate in front of Cili Padi junction.

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This would be the malay apom balik version which you can always get at Pasar Ramahdan.

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Her normal recipe would be just with kacang and the way how she sprinkle the kacang on it, its just not the cheap skate type, cover the whole piece with kacang and end up with small chunk of butter.

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This would be my version which is a must to add on Corn onto my ‘Apom Balik’ and told her that I want a bit more crispy.

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As I always order it and eat in front while its hot, crispy on the whole piece with the butter melting and dripping from the other end till I have to open my leg kang kang a bit so that don drop on my clothes. Its simply delicious on how this simple apom can be.. Surely Its in my recommendation list as RM0.60 per piece for normal 1 and RM0.70-RM0.80 for add on corn.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10, Good ah~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Apom Balik
In front of chili Padi Restaurant
(nearby Shell station)

Just found these pictures back and nearly forgot about it. Wok café seems to be quite famous and been visited by a lot of bloggers, that created my curiosity on their food quality, as it has been given thumbs up. The shop is also famous with mostly Penang Hawker variety which recommended by most of the blogger.

Then so coincidently my friend from pg came down and known the chef of the café as she told me that they are good friend. Of course gladly I am taking them there which is not too hard to locate.



The shop is decorated in a very classic Nyonya style filled with wooden chair and marble tables which I rate it as a kopitiam style.

So our pesta makan starts.
‘Hokkien Char’ Filled with wok hei, yet pour in the sambal given just add in the extra taste. RM8

‘Char Koey Teow’ Me and my friend enjoying as it was fried to perfection, yet filled with si ham, and prawns. I would prefer if it was a bit more spicy. RM8
‘Otak Otak’ It is soft, with a big piece of fish chunk in the middle but I have eaten a better one. RM4
‘Ju Hu Char’ Was a complimentary by the chef to my friend, which we always take it and wrap with the veggie an eat. A bit sweet in taste but I prefer my grandma’s style which is abit salty.
‘Roast Pork with Garlic’ We enjoy this dish, which is quite a bit sweet and salty, yet the fats of the roast pork are just what we prefer. RM16
The ‘Lorbak Set’ ss one of their signature, is quite big in a roll, fried till crispy on the outer layer filled with meat but I prefer other stalls. RM8

‘Kerabu Mango’ Sweet and sour create sensation on our tongue which is one that I would recommend. RM8
‘Sotong KangKung’ It is quite watery after got served, which they did not dry out the kangkung enough, the shrimp paste have to be added in with some of the chili added to bring in the kick. If the shrimp paste is a bit thicker it would be even nicer. RM10

‘Sago gula Melaka’ RM 3.50 Find it too sweet with the floating layer of santan and thick layer of gula Melaka.
‘Mango Cendul’ Unique in the name which I have not tried before, but just not my taste which the mango doesn’t go along with cendul and gula Melaka. RM3.50
I would say that the service was prompt as the dad were seated next to us which is the cashier, and the dad got quite surprise that 3 person of us eating so much, which is me and another 2 girl.

As overall, I don think I know how to enjoy eating Nyonya food but I would surely return for the Penang Hawker food.

Remarks: please go there early to avoid disappointment which is the signature like Hokkien Mee and Curry mee already finish. Be there b4 8.30

-= Ka Ching =-
Food Rating 6.5/10, Okay Lah~-Stamped-
–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-
Location:
The Wok Cafe
26-G, Jalan Pju 5/21,
The Strand Damansara,
Kota Damansara
47810 P.J Selangor
Tel: 012-2750396

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