Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hello from COLOMBO!

World Trade Centre, the Cargills building and tuk tuks

Hi guys, I am currently on a 3-month work secondment to Colombo, Sri Lanka. More updates and insights to this Paradise Isle soon!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fat Spoon @ Damansara Uptown

Fried Ulam Rice- RM11.90; Nasi Goreng Kampung

Fat Spoon is another one of the latest offering in D'sara Uptown (it's about 4 mths old now). Besides being notorious for the parking, Uptown is also a food hub in PJ. There are dozens of food outlets out there which I have not tried, but Fat Spoon was one of the few which I have tried from a friend's tipoff that they serve good coffee. These days, either food has be to really really good or the ambience have to be really fantastic to attract people to your outlet... Fat Spoon has the quality of the latter, though the food didn't hit the highest note, it was comforting to say the least.

I love the deco here- old rustic charm, mish & mash, dangling kitchen ware, antique wood cabinets, stained glasses, classic classroom blackboard, chinese teacups... does it sound like your grandma's home? But that's exactly the point! We all want to feel like we are eating at our grandma's home once in a while... it's nostalgic! And it's like being in a scrapbook that came to live!

I had the Fried Ulam Rice and I love it! The fried rice was infused with the flavours of ulam. Ulam is the Malay style of salad usually eaten raw or with sambal belacan, cencaluk, budu or sometimes with rice. While the fried chicken was on the dry side, the flavour was good. It's an excellent value for money lunch meal. My lunch friends enjoyed their meals too...

Fresh Orange Juice- RM7.90; Fat Spoon Hot Choc

Ironically, I didn't have any coffee here but was distracted to have The Fat Spoon Hot Chocolate instead... very rich in cocoa taste. I also had the Fresh Orange Juice which is by far the freshest (so good, I think they squeeze it with hands!) no-added ice or sugar.

The only 'miss' about here is the long waiting time for food to arrive... unless you work nearby, or have all the time in the world for lunch, Fat Spoon is most recommended.

Oh did I mention about Peter & Jane books as menu?

Fat Spoon
73, Jalan SS21/1A,
Damansara Uptown,
Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7728 3323
(same row as Hon Kee Porridge and +Wondermilk)
Check out their Facebook page here

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Typica Cafe... not your typical cafe

Know Your Coffee Beans

Do you know that if you smell too much off perfumes (especially after sniffing on so many test samples looking for the scent that best suits you), sniffing coffee bean in between test bottles 'clears up the air', literally. I have always enjoyed coffee, but I am not really a fan of black ones (shamelessly, I quite like the 3-in-1 coffeebags). Usually I will get a latte or caramel machiato from Starbucks on the way to work as I feel a little bit more motivated with a dash of caffeine in my system.

Cream cheese cake- RM10; Aroma Blend- RM16; Local Blend- RM25

Lately, however I have started taking this caffeine beverage a little more serious, though not at the level of buying a nespresso machine yet! I'm beginning to explore the vivid styles of making a cup of coffee, but most often than not, I'd rather leave it to the experts to brew me a good one. Recently we found Typica Cafe at Shaw Parade and while the place is typically small (sorry, there's no room to host a party here) but it appears to be well equiped with tools and coffee experts. I overheard that the proprietor learnt the trade from Taiwan (correct me if I'm wrong?) and she was having some coffee tasting/ discussion with a few others while I eavesdropped.

We tried an Aroma Blend and another local blend, and boy it wasn't cheap! At RM25/cup for the local blend and RM16/cup for the Aroma blend, it could buy me 3 bags of instant coffee! I am no good when it comes to explaining the taste and I suppose, coffee, like whisky and tobacco, taste different to each individual tastebuds. The cheesecake was very nice as it reminded me of what mom used to make too... the speciality of the cake is that it doesn't go through baking, merely refridgerated. I also saw that Typica offers Kopi Luwak, which is the most expensive coffee in the world- at RM180/cup!

Have your coffee and drink it too!


Typica Cafe
Ground Floor,
Shaw Parade,
Jln Changkat Thambi Dollah,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2145 0328

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]
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