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I have always wanted to add something new for my blog besides traveling which is cooking stuff.. Alright, for traveling post it had been back log pretty bad and shall be updating soon. I love cooking and used to cook alot while I when I was studying overseas. Since back, I have cook much lesser besides my great Maggie Mee meal for dinner. I guess I was lucky to be invited to this event which is something that is new for me and first of its kind too which is Philips Smart Kitchen Cooking Workshop. When I got this invitation, of course my reply would be YES. Something I have always looking forward too or maybe I watch too much Master Chef to have one to be completed as food blogger. Well, another task to put on a tick. Yay.

It was early Saturday morning and was given the kitchen address which is in Menara Axis in PJ. Not only that, we were told to bring some condiments, plates and stuff as there will be a food styling competition among other contestants in the class. This got me even excited as a night early I went to scout for what kind of stuff I can buy to decorate it. Sad to say, I find a lot of wastage and I end up empty handed to the event. ūüėÄ

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Upon me entering the room, we were greeting with a few tables and all the ingredients of cooking dish is being prepared and many Philips Kicthen items were being placed on the table.

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On that day, we were told that we are going to cook a few dishes and we have less than 2 hours to do that, and I was like already @[email protected], not sure how to cook that as the dishes for the day to cook are Nasi Briyani Gam Johor, Kuzi Ayam, Kacang Hijau Dessert and Coconut Fudge Slice. 4 Items in total, and of course the rest of us also panic including Cheng Yi himself. kekek.

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In Philips Smart Kitchen Cooking Workshop, of course we get a chance to play with their gadgets which is The Philips Airfryer, , The Philips Soya Bean Maker, and Philips Pressure Cooker.

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All of us getting ready at our station and of course I am delighted to be chosen same group with Cheng Yi, as many of us know he is a great cook and baker.

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Right before we start, we were greeted by the PR company themselves and of course our celebrity host Marina Mustapha, Celebrity Chef from Astro Awani.

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Then she told us, don worry, everything is very easy only. Just sitr and mix then you are ready to eat within 20-30 minutes. We were like haaa. . .Not only that, her bubble and funny character had made the whole session a great start already.

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Here we go, cooking on our first dish and follow step by step instruction by Chef Mariana. Cheng Yi is so serious and make it even more simple to cook as he cut so fast and dump everything into Philips Pressure Cooker.

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Oh yah, we are cooking off with Nasi Briyani Gam Johor for first dish.

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Anna also having fun as she is stationing herself to cook next dish.

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After we have add in all our ingredient for first dish, Chef came by to spot check on us are we in the right track or not, she can even smells the aroma of it and its really good to go.

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This is how it looks like and I really did not know that nasi Briyani is actually so simple to cook.

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Right after that we just press start and let it pressure cook for 20 minutes then biryani is ready and can be eaten. We were like whoa!!!!! so fast? its something very unbelievable for us.

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First item done within less than 10 minutes and we are already preparing to cook second dish which is Kuzi Ayam.

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Its another dish very easy too cook too as all the ingredient were prepared and just add on only with the instructions given.

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Add everything in and some spices to make it more aromatic.

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To make it less meaty, add on some cut carrots and tomato too. . .

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and finally add on the sauce and little oil to be prepare to go pressure cook!

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before it went to cook, it already smells so nice and we cant wait to taste it after that.

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While we get rid of  2 items and let the magic Philips Smart Kitchen pressure cooker do its magic, we move on to prepare the next 2 dessert in the list.

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Next device we will be playing is The Philips Soya Bean Maker and I really thought that its only meant to do Soya Bean only. For this third station we are doing  kacang hijau dessert. The whole process is as easy as cooking instant noodle less than 3 minutes.

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Prepare all the ingredient as usual then pour everything into the mixer and¬†press the “Five Grain” mode, and press START. Wahlahhhh ..¬† After 25 minutes, green bean dessert is done. ITs really as easy as kid learning ABC. Not only that, as this devices have other functions that you can prepare other items as well.

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This is what happens when you have all the smart kitchen equipment at home. That makes you have ample of time to do other stuff while cooking your meals and this is how Cheng Yi and Anna spend their time.

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After waiting for 30 minutes, yap, we prepare all those dishes less than 30 minutes and both of them still have time to play on their phone, imagine how simple is that. Then the time is right we need to release the pressured cooker steam out. Becarefull when you release it as do not direct put your face above it. You might get burn yourself. The pressure release is quite loud and let it be till its soften. Then you are able to open the cover and check on our dish.

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When chef came by to check on our nasi Briyani Gam, we got a praise from her and that really enlighten us up as I must say it really smells good and now we cant wait to taste it.

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It looks really plain now at the moment but the frangrant from pandan leaves and spices have added on makes us eager to try it on.

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Last but not least to prepare the last item we are using the Philips Airfryer and this really caught me by surprise. As I always knew that airfryer is to fried items without using oil or little and never know that this machine can actually BAKE!

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We were so lucky that Chef keep coming to our table and making it like her main cooking counter that attracted the rest of the bloggers to come over.

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JENG JENG JEnggggg!!! this is our final product and ready to be serve for you to eat. IT definitely look delicious and honestly it  taste awesome!! I have never really tasted the original one before but our cooking of Nasi biryani surely beats a lot of stalls out there. (sorry la, not to praise ourselves but it is really that good.) its also because of Chef special family receipt gravy to be added on.

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Now it taste good, and the finale stage is we have to do food presentation to compete with the rest as the the winner will walk away with great prizes.

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Drive by the motivation to win, we docorate it to be slightly modern with a little presentation of some spices being used to showcase that’s one of the ingredient being added on.

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Our Coconut Fudge Slice comes out with Valentine balloon inspired idea.

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and Kacang hijau Dessert is more like a little sampan to kick sail all the way ..

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From all of us  . .:D

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Of course we must camwhore a lot!

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Our final food presentation with apron being the table cloth . . hehe~

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Well, the winner was not us and runner up is Sidney’s team ..

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and the winner is . ..

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won by 3 leng lui’s. Who say pretty girls cant cook (from left Amanda, Sara – jewelpie.com,¬†Samantha –¬†eatzybitzy.com – one of my fav¬†cute bento¬†food design) ¬†– ¬†They are a clear winner in food presentation and we are impress too. Nevertheless, the other 2 teams also did pretty good and find that ours are very way behind . .

AT the end of the workshop, Philip Smart Kitchen items do really impress me. If I get a chance to own a nice kitchen, Philip Smart Pressure cooker will be a must get item for me. It is really a great cooking workshop for me and its my first time to do this. I am sooooo looking forward for next one already as really learn a lot, not only that all of us did had a lot of fun~

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I would like to thank Philip Malaysia for extending the invites to me and give the rest of us this Philip Soymilk maker as consolation to us~

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To the rest of you, if you are keen to cook some dishes with me, I will post up all the Recipe for you in my next blog post. STay tune!!!

Check out the video also on our little cooking workshop

It has been long long time since I last came to this coffee shop and I think the last round I came here was bout 12 years ago, during college time. Used to come here to have our breakfast weekly before class and since then did not really come over. Its one of a famous kopitiam, New Cathay Kopitiam known for breakfast that you will be spoil for choices, as the food here are pretty good.

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Till last holiday, went for hiking and came down, then my friend keep asking me where to eat and I mention why not go back to our old kopitiam and he mention good idea where he also did not go there for quite a while.

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As usual, I will order my few favourites in a shop and I am suprise to see that this Curry Mee stall is listed as one of a top 10 food to eat in a online guide and my friend told me that their business been so good that make them actually a star in this kopitiam. They also got feature in Penang Food Trail and Rasa Rasa Penang.

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All the classic food are available as you name it, most of the food you can get it here, from Char Koay Kak, HOkkien Mee, Char Koey Teow, Wantan Mee, and many more. . .

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Not only that, this kopitiam had gain its popularity to many tourist, as the table I am sharing, have Indonesians, Ipoh People and Thai people.

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Oh, one of my favourite Indian Apam as Penang version is slightly different to those in KL. Right in the middle we have an egg that makes it flavourful. I forgot to take pic of it. ūüėÄ

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 HOkkien Mee here are pretty good as the soup base are pretty sweet with prawn head taste and I always love mine to have lots of Chili to make it extra kick.

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Although Curry Mee are listed in food guide and online guide, I find that the soup flavour is pretty mild with coconut taste and the curry paste they have is slightly different. The squid sauce that make it slightly sweet that doesnt comes to my liking. I prefer other places but well,

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This is not Chinese Pan cake, but more like a modified version and used to be famous back in those days and now, I guess many prefer hawker food and I still find this pretty good,as its filled with Banana, raisins, egg and pair with my kopi kau just nice.. @ RM 5

If you are in Penang, you can put this kopitiam as one of your hunting ground for breakfast. . Wan TAn Mee here is quite another signature too. .

Location:
Kedai Kopi New Cathay
Lorong Kucing off Jalan Burma
10350, Pulau Tikus, Penang

Operating Hours : 7am – 1pm

GPS: 5.432376, 100.309504


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[update: Jan 2014 uncle and auntie had moved. dont know where they are now]

How many of you often crave for food? I often crave for a few food and Curry Mee is one of it. In Klang Valley/ Selangor area, it is definately very hard to find Penang Curry Mee and one which is the nearest to Penang few years ago is Lorong Seratus Tahun in SS2. After they have converted to HALAL status, I no longer go back to that shop anymore. The different between Penang Version and KL version is Penang soup base is more towards coconut taste and KL version is more towards curry chicken ..

 

Well, the auntie previously did their business at a kopitiam behind KFC and now they have move to Millennium Eighty Six still inside seapark. thanks to Bangsarbabe as I borrow her pics. . :D, the sipek good in food hunting, introduce us this auntie which is from Penang that cook authentic Penang Curry Mee. We used to dine alot and now she move we also follow along.

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a simple stall that locate inside the shop which is next to the kopitiam coffee making stall.

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This picture was taken at the old stall in Seapark but I did not retake the new one at the new stall as the most important is the curry mee still the same.

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They have a few condiments that is available in the stall as it depends on what you order.

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This is the thing that you must not MISS. A bowl of simple Penang Curry Mee @ RM4.50 for small bowl and RM5 in big bowl. The auntie is really generous on the portion.

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This simple Penang Curry Mee is the killer that often makes me crave for it. A bowl that comes along with tofu puffs, prawns, cockles, cuttlefish and best of all got pork blood, mine this round I add on with Pork Ball (RM0.80 additional each). The important is the soup base that hint of coconut, a bit clear, sweet that the auntie use alot of prawn heads to cook the soup and with a hint of pandan too. Then the chili that given separately, as I prefer mine to at least add on 1 spoonfull of chili to make it super chili red and spicy.

Anyway, if you do crave for Penang Curry Mee, I rate this by far the best and its a MUST TRY! The auntie also used to serve Koey Teow Soup and Penang Hokkien Mee (prawn Noodle) which is good too, as currently this is her new location, she will bring back her signature soon. Do watch out if you do go . .

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Not only that, my friend introduce me the WEstern food next to the curry mee stall and I must say its a bomb.

2 huge slab of Pork chop that cost only RM10, definately very fresh piece of pork meat being slowly grill on the pan and drench with rosemanrry black pepper sauce is just very satisfying. Another thing to aim for in this coffee shop. РHighly recommended.

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 10/10, SIPEK good..highly recommneded -Stamped-

‚ÄďWarning‚Äď This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Restaurant Mellenium Eighty Six
Jalan 20/22,
Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.108099, 101.623983

Operation time:
Monday – Sunday : 7.30am – 2.30pm


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Right after the movie, we walk back to Pavilion as my car park there because that I do not want to be jam at Convention Center due to PC Fair on that day.

Felt that its still a bit early and before heading off, got to know that my favorite desert shop now had open at Pavilion and went to try it out.

Located directly infront of Padini, here stood a nice stall which caught by my surprise that they operate it here as I always thought that it would be around Forever 21 area or Food Republic.

A nicely build up desert stall which is very different compare to their branch at SS15.

Menu is not the same as they do not have light snacks here, due to their location at Pavilion that are not allow to cook.

Snowflakes under ‘Grass Jelly Version’ that have pearls, red bean, peanut and I add taro balls.

Then pour upon the given milk base to add in extra flavour. Just love how they did their blended smooth ice that just melt in my tongue.


Then my friend order the ‘Taufufa Series’ with their very own signature Taro Balls and this is serve warm. Love the taste of it which had a clear soup base which is very refreshing as my friend was sick that day which is good. The taro balls never dissapoint us as its still the same as the main branch, chewy like buble gum.
They event have new flavour- coconut base ice series. Taste good on first few mouth, then I start to feel geli after half way. Too much cooconut for me yet my friend just love it.
Never got bored of the desert from this shop and had a brief chat with the friendly owner that they are planing to open more branches soon. So look out~

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 10/10, Very good, fav desert!!!!~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Snowflakes
Lvl 4, Pavilion shopping mall.
(Directly infront of Padini Concept Store)

Its been a while since I last had my Thai meal and this round decided to head Imperial Chakri Palace. According to my friend, he mention that how did the word Imperial Chakri Palace came about was they hire a lady chef from Thailand and she used to work in the Thai Palace Kitchen as a cook and then was brought in my this company to make a royal type cuisine here. That is how the name Chackri Palace Royal Thai Cuisine came about.

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Not only that, the restaurant had gain its reputation over the years had they had been going strong for more than 10 years with improvise taste and food that had attracted many locals and foreigners back to this restaurant. Consistency is they main key for them to win back many loyal customer, afterall this restaurant serve HALAL Thai Food.

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The whole ambiance been decorated with royal colours as yellow is the usual, that provide comfortable dining . .

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Fresh Coconut @ RM10.50

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Mieang Kam is one type of traditional food to start off with as appetizer. Serve along with 7 types of ingredient and what you need to do is take a piece of leave follow by spreading the shrimp paste which is a must as its thick and aromatic, then sprinkle with all the ingredient that you like. @ RM19.90

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For me, I have added everything the have then roll it and stuff the whole thing in your mouth under one bite. Taste? Just perfect.

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Yam Ma Moung, I would call it Kerabu Mango Salad. Finely slice marinated mango with some added chili, peanuts. Usually being order along for us to open up our appetite with the sourish taste and hint of spiciness at the end. @ RM18.00

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Chakri Four Seasons @ RM39.90 –¬†Thai fish cake, spring roll, sweet and spicy chicken, mixed fruit salad and crispy prawn

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Super star in there, is the fish cake as its stuff with spices and the homemade fish patty is just soft nicely fried.

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Tom Yam Talay is known as one of their signature dish in the restaurant, as the clear version is actually Bangkok style. As always the clear version is lighter in taste and just nice for those who cant really handle spicy soup as its more towards sourish. RM10.50

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Gai How Bai Tuey known to us as pandan leaves fried chicken @ RM21

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Khow Ob Sapparod known as pineapple fried rice that serve for 4 [email protected] RM55.00

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Gaeng Keaw Wan Gai Рthai Green Curry as I find that its a bit too milky for me as the rest quite like it. @ RM21.00

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Broccoli Phad Head Hom a simple stir fried vegetable with oyster sauce and garlic that pair with my pineapple fried rice well. @ RM26.00

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One of my¬†favorite¬†dish for the night is¬†Gung Phad Choo Chee fried to perfection with peanut sauce, mild spicy along and gravy is a bit thick to my liking as the shrimp is fresh and one of a unique dish of thai I came¬†across¬†and I ate most of this by myself. ūüôā – Recommended if you love peanut gravy.¬†@ RM20.90

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Pla Nueng Ma Now Рsteam fish with sauce of clear lime, chilli and garlic @ RM68.00

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Another favourite of mine for the night is¬†Phad Thai Gung Sod –¬†Fried Thai noodle with prawns, crushed peanut and chilli powder as I know not many places can cook this well, as I have learn to eat in Thai that taste of it head towards more on a bit sweet and sour then add myself with chili flakes to tone the spiciness up. The noodle is flat, well fried and chewy as my liking.¬†@ RM18.90

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Ai Tim Tab Tim Krobhomemade red ruby water chestnut, sago, jackfruits and vanilla ice cream, served with icy coconut milk in fresh coconut shell @ RM15.00

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Best of all all their food are healthy. NO Added Msg, Low Cholesterol Oil, NO coloring and No preservative.

Location:
Imperial Chackri Palace
Lot 417B, Level 4,
Suria KLCC Shopping Centre,
Kuala Lumpur City Center,
50088 Kuala Lumpur, MY

Tel : 03-2382 7788 / 0128
Fax : 03-2382 0269

How  many of you will turn down a review or when a friend ask you to eat vegetarian or organic food? For me, I its a new discovery, cuz often on the month of Nine Emperor festival its very hard for me to locate nice organic or vegetarian place in KL as not as widely celebrated compare to Penang whereby alot of vegetarian stalls are set up every where. Chef Lim Organic Kitchen.

[Update Jan 2014: close Down]

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Nevertheless, I had the opportunity to visit Chef Lim Organic Kicthen, and how to turn down? I am a food lover in many ways as I always enjoy my meal and learn to eat and dine accordingly. As fore say by many people, organic and vegetarian food will head towards very mild or near tasteless food as one of the reason its healthy food. Never meant to be alot of taste, eat light and simple.

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Chef Llim Organic Kitchen open its door to public since last year September 2011 at The Scots Garden, Old Klang Road and it had starting to gain popularity among organic lover and slowly public are accepting the taste of it after learning the way to eat it and the benefits of eating healthy.

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A place that well lit up with some English interior to be spill upon.

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Many people have the perception that organic food would be expensive including myself too. When I see the price of the menu and what is being offered I find it very reasonable.

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One of the reason that Chef Lim Organic Kitchen gaining its popularity among many vegetarian and monks are the¬†fundamentals, freshness and healthiness are assured, long serving PURE vegetarian food where no egg and ‚Äúfive pungent spices‚ÄĚ eg: garlic, onion, chives, spring onion and leek is used in food preparing.

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Fruit Tea (Large) @ RM17.90 with a few types of fresh fruit being cut and blend then serve warm is something new to me. As mention by the chef is good for digestion and alot of customer prefer it hot. They do serve cold too . . Love the taste of it~

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Brown rice @ RM2.00 per bowl  that I often take during my meals on vegetarian. Surely it taste very bland and not aromatic as those white rice often eat at home.

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Cukawamee @ RM6.90, one of the reason its green colour that many people ask and thought its colouring but its not. Its the effect of  being soaked in sugar syrup and the duration makes it green.

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Golden Beancurd – Large @ RM18.90 –¬†beancurd that mixed with pumpkin, and ridge gourd

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something unique in the soup that add on some extra flavour is this dish . .Coconut Tomyam @ RM17.90

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Herbal Mushroom Soup – Large @ RM18.90

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One of my favourite is this Basil Leaf Mushroom – Large @ RM18.90 that had been stir fried till the flavours blend in pretty well . .

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Another of my favorited is Kapitan Fish РSmall @ RM14.90 that is well cook with the gravy is just perfect, not too spicy yet hint of sour at the end of the taste, clever to use eggplant, ladies finger and some other vegetable to make this curry mixture out.

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Yam Basket @ RM18.90

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Lo Han Chai @ Large @ RM19.90

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Kam Heong Mushroom – Large @ RM18.90 as mushroom had been carefully slices and deep fried first then follow by pan friend with kam heong till all the aroma blend well. Some of you might not like the taste yet the crispiness is there.

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Very seldom you will see organic food preparing Italian food because of the ingredient involve yet this caught us by surprise that their Classic Cabonara @ RM14.90 turns out to be good too, with a bit milky creamy texture, spaghetti is springy.

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This would be one of my highly recommended dish for organic or vegetarian as Fruit Pizza @ RM19.90 being baked to perfection with its slight thin crust of every bite with crips, dressing on top just match the taste of the fruits being finely cut and added on. One of their top seller.

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Hawaiian Pizza @ RM21.90 topped with capsicum, tomato and pineapple.

One of the reason their pizza turns out to be top seller as the cheeze being carefulyl source and imported from Australia and it turns out to be cheezy awesome!

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Craving for meat then Grill Beef Steak might be one of your selection as again, being well deep fried and special ingredient from the chef to make the texture taste good! @ RM22.90

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You will be surprise on the taste that how the chef did this desert without egg and milk. Mango pudding @ RM5.90

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This is what happens when there are 2 groups of people, as all being the guys are being busy by capturing all those nice food and as for the girls are all on a table to discuss on recent issue. . :p

If you are ask me where to get nice organic food, this restaurant certainly now being added into one of my recommended list.

For the dishes that had been cook out, I am totally impress by the chef little experience and most definately is because he is super young to be able to cook this kind of organic meal out!

Remark: please do note that this place is not suitable for people who have strong taste bud as you will find this place near tasteless, for vegetarian and organic lover, this place would be a recommended restaurant!

*quite surprise that they are HALAL outlet!

Location:
Chef Lim Organic Kitchen
Lot 2-47, 2-48 & 2-49,
The Scott Garden, 4 1/2 Miles,
Jalan Klang Lama,
58100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-7982 3395 / +6017-6534565

Business Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily

Website: http://www.cheflim.com.my

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