The Hub Coffee Roasters is one of a hidden gem in this Taman OUG neighborhood. A roasters themselves that constant offer some other variety of single origin.  It is a small cozy cafe with only limited range of selection. For people around the area, it would be a perfect cuppa for your weekend or coffee cravings.

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I am in here for their Single origin series or at times take away their late.

There are a few region for you to choose from for Single origin and if you are not too sure, ask their friendly barista as they will usually ask you your profile preference before introduce you to their bean. To me is very subjective as I have a wide range of taste when comes to single origin and depends on my mood for the day.

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coffee roasters in kl

this is how they do their drip coffee. now I do have my mini drip and basic machine, I drink at home more now. HOwever they do have their beans. Will hunt it next.

cafe in kl

single origin coffee

As on that day, I prefer something acidic and with body. Their Ethiopian series is pretty spot on.

cafe in bukit jalil

They have quite a huge range of beans. Have fun in exploring for single origin beans available in KL.

The Hub Coffee Roaster

Not to sure where go to for your cafe hunting, then The Hub cafe in OUG gardens might be one of the place for you to consider. Small cozy area and at times you will have to wait for a table.


-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, love their single origin coffee range-Stamped-

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

61, Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3,
Taman Overseas Union,
58200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 012-808 8843

Operating Hours : 9am – 6pm

Healthy eating? What comes into your mind? Modern will say poke bowl. Older generation will say vegetarian. Well, both is also healthy for me. Another will be this Purple Cane Tea Cuisine in the Gardens, Mid Valley, which is one of my favourite restaurants. a restaurant cooking is infused with Tea. Not only that, trying to cater to a bigger market, it is Pork Free restaurant that they do not sell pork and beef.

With the festive season of Mid Autumn is just around the corner, celebrating this The Big, Bright and Beautiful Moon 《圓月溜溜》 Delivering a Plate Filled with the Gift of Fullness and Serenity.

mid valley

one of their moving item is also their HALAL mooncake which is love by many races. Prominents tea flavour which is not sweet yet flavourful.

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When you order a pot of tea, 2 pot will be served. This is how the way they filter their tea. First pour of tea water into the pot. Then let it sit for a while before pouring out. According to them, this is the best way to get the aroma out from the tea.

Exactly like how I was thought when I visited China.

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One of my all time favourite is their Double Boil Soup. Yup! Double boil soup serve in a tea pot. It is punch with flavour, easy to drink as I like it. I do not mind to have 3 tea pot of double boil soup. Recommended!

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What is in the teapot? as below. The amount of ingredient in it for such a small pot!

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I define this, a place where offer a kind of Taiwanese classic ambience with tea infusion food. Their mid autumn festival menu starts from RM 88 that can easily feed 4 pax. But there were 6 of us and I think it is just nice. 1 guy 5 girls.

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Simmered Chicken with Yam in Jasmine Tea Sauce.

the chicken is soft and the winning part is the creamy sauce. Fragrant and just syrup ontop of your rice is a perfect combination. 
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One of the signature for the restaurant is this Black Tea Curry Lions Mane Mushrooms. The curry is not too thick, yet you would easily need to bowl of rice for this. So easy to eat, super mild spicy with mild creamy. Instead of santan the replace it with Almond milk.

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Sweet and sour Sliced Grouper with Lychee Black Tea. Fried to perfection as it is crispy and a layer of fragrant which is just right.

tea cuisine

tea inspired dish

Stir Fried Mushroom

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One of their super in demand pudding. Grapefruit Rose Tea Pudding. Not your usual as it add ons with fresh handpeel pamelo from Ipoh into this. A bite with give you burstful of flavour.

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healthy option? defiantely one of my option to dine in. Their herbal egg is da bomb too!

紫藤茶原 Purple Cane Tea Restaurant
LG, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm

Tel: 03-2283 6090

I have rarely hit into buffet spread as my capacity of eating it is no longer there. However there are a few ones that I would give exceptional. Like this new buffet spread in Kurata Japanese Fine Dining in Parkroyal Hotel offering shabu-shabu and sukiyaki buffet that offers great spread and especially the quality of sashimi served with pricing as :

  1. Chicken Sukiyaki option, priced @ RM68 per person
  2. Australian beef + Chicken @ RM88 per person
  3. Angus beef + Chicken @ RM128 per person

If customer show this poster (below) to Kurata Japanese Fine Dining ‘s team, they will enjoy our Australian beef buffet at RM68 per person.


For lunch, Kurata Japanese Fine Dining offer two options for shabu-shabu and sukiyaki lunch buffet from 12pm – 2:30pm :

  1. Australian beef + Chicken @ RM38 per person
  2. Chicken Sukiyaki & Spicy Miso Hotpot @ RM38 per person

Meats such as Chicken and Australian beef are refillable. Sashimi is not refillable. Side dishes are not refillable. It is all subjected to 10% service charge and 6% SST.

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Kurata Japanese Fine Dining is newly renovated and operating just about 6 months in the hotel is gaining its popularity among Japanese diners.

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These are part of the menu, as this Japanese Buffet in KL is offering order from the menu instead of a whole long line of food offerings at the table. They are prepared fresh from the kitchen as you order. Full menu click here

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If you are a good drinker, then you have an option of topping up with RM 100 to enjoy free flow drink.  From 4pm – 10pm (with 2 hours limit)

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There are 3 different types of soup base available:

  1. Sukiyaki – this is bent towards more sweet base
  2. Spicy miso – personal favourite with recommended
  3. Shabu Shabu Original – one of the best option too

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What you can help yourself are these sauces and condiments from the table right in the middle. Including Green Tea too.

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For different package as mention the only difference are: Agnus beef where the quality of meat is nicer and for Australian beef it is also pretty good enough for me (on the right)

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There are plenty of sides that you can order and just do order those you can finish. Try to avoid food wastage. Edamame to start off with.

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and of course how can we miss out the sashimi. They even serve maguro for sashimi, that is where I ate at least 10 pieces. Salmon Carpaccio and Salmon Sashimi are all pretty good too. Fresh and the cut is pretty generous.

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For Sushi, it is pretty good too. I had

  1. Salmon Nigiri Sushi
  2. Spicy Salmon Nigiri Sushi
  3. Seared Salmon Nigiri Sushi
  4. Tamago Nigiri Sushi
  5. Inari Sushi
  6. Spicy Salmon Nigiri Sushi
  7. Crunchy California Roll

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  1. Nanban Fried Chicken with Tartar Sauce
  2. Agedashi Tofu
  3. Kaarage Pepper Chicken Wings – this is recommended as goes so well with beer or sake
  4. Teppan Grilled Spicy Chicken

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Grilled Sanma Saury with Japanese Salt


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Some healthy option which is the chef special : Tofu Salad

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Of course we do have our drinks too. I had a few high balls and a few bottles of Cold Sake to go along. It was indeed quite a satisfying dinner.

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The only little problem to find this outlet is you have to walk through this buffet spread restaurant to reach Kurata Japanese Restaurant.

Indeed for RM 68 + buffet spread is quite a good value for me. As easily we eat in any of the Japanese restaurant with gathering, you will be spending around RM 50-RM 80 per head. With this, it is a buffet spread that every one gets to enjoy.


Lower Lobby, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 03-2110 0226

operating hours:
Lunch : 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10pm

Recently I read about this place The Farm FoodCraft that serve fresh produce from their farm to table that located at  The Sphere, Bangsar South.

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a place that is currently quite well known among my friends for healthy eating and was recommended to pay a visit to this place to check them out. Love the vibe of this place, high ceiling, nice glass walls that give you lots of natural lighting that makes it perfect for picture taking.

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Indeed going to be a nice place for a brunch and catching up with your friends.

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Food and drinks menu are pretty direct as it is only a front and back.

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My friend try out their Mushroom Pan Mee @ RM 27. Pan Mee tossed in creamy mushroom sauce and dash of truffle oil. Never knew pan mee can be uplifted to a new modern dining. Clever cooking. Not too creamy and light enough for a quick lunch.

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Read a few comments mention that their Curry Beef Lasagne @ RM 25 is recommended. Decided to give it a try. A combination of beef, potato and onions with garden salad on the side.

Indeed this is pretty good as I finish the whole piece by myself. Layer of Paper thin  dough to stack it up. Cook to perfection as the layers is soft, nice mince beef and cheese is just right. -Recommended

Would advise some of you to share this portion as it could be too much for you, unless you are like sort of a cheese lover.

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Asam Boy Smoothie @ RM 18 – Young Mango, Asam Boi, with housemade pickled papaya and mango. Indeed a perfect drink for our hot weather for a thirst quencher. (just a bit on the steep side)

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can give it a try as I have friends told me good and bad. Well, If you are in for the ambiance and some healthy eating, then this could be one of your options.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6.5/10, not too bad. nice ambiance tho !!!~-Stamped-

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

The Farm FoodCraft
The Sphere, G-01 & G-02,
No.1, Avenue 1,
Bangsar South,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2242 0964

Business hours: 10.30am till 10pm daily.

It seems that after bubble milk tea, China hotpot is next big thing. There are tons of China malat hotpot in the market and the latest one that currently making a huge hype is this authentic Xiao Long Kan Hotpot 小龙坎老火锅 from Chengdu is now officially landed in Fahrenheit 88, KL smack right in the heart of Bukit Bintang. Where shopping is just right at your door step. One of a new mala hotpot in KL.

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Just walk downhill from the road in between Sephora and Uniqlo, then you will see a long queue right in front of the shop. That is them in the street. One of the only shop that have a classic China heritage kind of frontage.

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The set up is exactly like the one I visited when I was in Chengdu 2 months back. With 2 huge chairs and a dragon head frontage and if you are the cashier area, you can see the amount of awards that they have won over a short period of time.

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They have this cute game character on the wall as you walk up to the levels. There is no lifts for customers.

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Love the seating ambiance, as each of the seating pavilion comes with different drawings. From the historic 3 Kingdom character that represent the heart of Chengdu.

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For the hotpot, we were recommended on 3 of their signature. Of course the original or authentic Malat soup, Tomato soup base and I had the pork bone soup. (I was told that their mushroom soup win over the pork bone soup – have yet try but will try it next visit)

The style of dipping the ingredients into the soup from chef recommendations:

Malat soup comes with a few level. Some of you that could not take spicy then it is best advise to start off level 1 or 2. those of you that are used eating malat and would like to try the authentic’ness of it, start with Level 3 onwards.

  • best to only dip with all the ingredient of pig/beef spare parts and meats
  • Chengdu customers do not drink soup like us. Soup base level 3 and above is more like towards drinking oil. The meat goes it is more for dipping for fragrance of malat oil.

Love the tomato soup base as it is sourish enough to my liking, slightly creamy from the beating of tomato and the thin layer of oil on top, is fragrant of the soup. Must order if can.

  • dip mostly with vegetable to enjoy the sweetness and fragrant of the soup base after that (if you were to drink it)

Pork bone soup – we start of with the prawns and the whole pot is punch with the fresnhess of the prawn shell flavour. then after that we just pour in the rest of meat or veggie that we are looking at. Base on our ingredient and soup base, best to refill max 3 times of soup to enjoy maximum flavour of the soup base from all the meat and vegetable.

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In China hotpot, my damage for bill never comes in 2 figure. Always ended up 3 figure per head. Here is my order and guess what? I have a new favourite dish in Chengdu and now they have it here. The green Bamboo slices is my new favourite and a must have item.

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A mixture of their special sauce and condiments comes with additional RM 5 per head. 

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Best way to enjoy the dipping Sauce is with a mix of scallions, Xiang Chai, chopped garlic and chilli with Xiao Long Kan secret “Xiang You 香油” aka fragrant oil. (original way)

To some of you that used to add in vinegar and oyster sauce is another way to tone down the spiciness level of the meat. (where I am used to mix this 2 in)

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First round of ordering, ordered mostly Xiao Long Kan Signature Dish. Their XLK Spicy Chili Beef 双辣牛肉 @ RM38/full – best to dip into malat soup.

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My new favourite, Sliced Bamboo shoots @ RM 8 love the crips texture of it. There a few ways to eat this.

  1. Eat it raw
  2. Best to dip it for 3 second and eat
  3. 9 second (my friend favourite style) – where it is soft.

Shrimp Paste 手工虾滑 @ RM38

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Rose Meat Ball 手工玫瑰丸子@ RM26 – hand crafted signature meatball. dip the whole thing into the pot and was told best to eat along with the rose petal too. To enjoy the flavour of it.

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Pork Brain if you are up for it. Have to cook in a metal basket for at least 15 minutes and a bite of this give you a creamy texture.

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Brown Sugar Glutinous Rice Stick 红糖糍粑 @ RM13 – a must order item for me as love the texture of the muarchi goie’ess with brown sugar is just perfect. Do not take a huge big bite when it is serve as it is pippin hot.

Fried Crispy Meat 现炸酥肉 @ RM16

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We went slightly crazy as we hit for the extreme level of Malat Pot. For a trio pot, I think the extreme level might not be suitable as it is too concentrated and spicy level is max high. I would prefer it if it is only 2 soup base pot. Bigger volumme of soup and more equal. I think this would be perfect.

The rest as below are the normal items that usually I would order for my hotpot.

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Australian A5 Beef @ RM90/full

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A must have item for me – Duck Intestine 冰球鸭肠 @ RM28 (do not over cook this as 1-3 minutes is perfect) and also Pig Intestines  @ RM12, Sliced Kidney 手工猪腰片 @ RM16 – Which i forgot to take picture.

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Bean curd roll and Pork Blood 清肺猪血 @ RM10

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Fresh White Prawns 深海明 – 6 只 [email protected] RM52

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Vegetable Platter @ RM20

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Beef Slices

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Enjoying my malat hotpot.

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If you have yet to taste any Authentic taste of the soup base, do request that you want to have authentic malat pot for best experience of the soup.

Xiao Long Kan Hotpot KL
Lot 03, Block D,
179 Fahrenheit, 88,
Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

(5 minutes walk from Bukit Bintang MRT station)

Operating Hours: 2pm – 2am

Tel: No booking available at the moment.

Was told Jalan Ipoh is pack with food. Slowly discovering this area as my office is just around the area. One of a stall that was introduce by my colleague is this famous Jalan Ipoh Curry Mee at Taman Million. Only operate right after 7.30pm, you will see the stall is flock by their regulars. The stall had been operating more than 15 years and still growing strong.

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Not easy for you to find this stall as you could easily miss it as they operate infront of a shop lot and also in a small row of a food strand in the middle of the road.

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They sell a few fried and soup items only.

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their gandum, not too bad, slightly sticky. RM 1.50

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This is their famous curry mee. To me it taste like vegetarian curry mee. Taste is slightly mild, fragrant of coconut milk and a curry leave. A simple bowl of curry mee KL version. The set back is there is not much ingredient. comes with only taupok, siham and fish cake. @ RM 6


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Fried Noodle is a bit blend for me but my colleague like it. For a simple street food in KL, this might be one of your simple comfort food.

Taste is quite subjective as they are here for 15 years with a reason. Definitely it suits the locals here.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6/10, u can try it out!!!~-Stamped-

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

Jalan Ipoh Curry Mee
513, 497, Jalan Tiong,
Taman Million, 51100 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours:
7.30pm – 1am (till finish)

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