The Coffee Bar, Bandar Sungai Long

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Situated at the centre of the Sungai Long prime area, near UTAR but with limited car park slots, a nice place to have coffee and food. A simple relaxing place to hangout with nice coffee. I visit this place on 2 occasions and I would be back for more!

They serve western food, mainly waffles, spaghetti, salad and other main courses. I find some of the descriptions on the dishes hilarious, introducing the food with a little touch of excitement and “obvious, right?”. Or maybe it depends on your tone when you’re reading it. ^^

Just one particular note, I noticed that some of the tables were not level (coffee may flow out a little) and some chairs were shaky. Just becareful.

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Vanilla Latte (RM10.90)

I would love to recommend trying their Latte. I was taken by surprised of the smoothness of the froth milk which brought to me a satisfaction of having this cup of latte. Of course the strength of the coffee was also to my liking at it was not too strong but yet there is a nice coffee taste, although mine has a dash of vanilla syrup. You can rehydrate from your coffee with free plain water served.

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The Honey Bee Waffle (RM12.90)

Waffles! On the first page of the menu. You can have it sweet or savoury, we went for the sweet one.

At first cut, excited and happy with the sound of the crunch and YES, it is crunchy! It has a pungent taste similar to Chinese egg cake 鸡蛋糕. However, it leaves an after taste (if eating the waffle on its on) which can be covered by the fresh fruits, vanilla ice cream and drizzles of caramel sauce.

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Tossed Mixed Salad (RM6.90)

A typical salad with rather good portion of varieties. It’s served with lettuce, cherry tomato, capsicum, croutons, onions, and sprinkles of cheese powder. There is no need to mix the vegetables as its name says it all, tossed-mixed-salad, it is has been tossed mixed for you. Anyway, there is no space for you to tossed mixed it.

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Chicken Bolognese (RM7.90)

Minced chicken in bolognese sauced cooked with spaghetti and topped with cheese powder and parsley. I liked that the sauce is not too overwhelming with thickness nor too disappointing with watery sauce. It was good enough for me to finish to the last bits.

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Vegetarino Creamy (RM7.90)

Tried the red, try the white! This dish’s name got me tongue twisted. Simple creamy mushroom spaghetti with the sprinkles of cheese powder and parsley. Nothing fancy but has an appetising taste. Not like some creamy spaghetti which gives you the “I had enough” feeling. This is one that I do not mind going back for.

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Midnight Chocolate (RM11.90)

The cakes in the chiller are not in the best attracting display but it does contains moisture of cakes. Unable to see clearly of each cakes outlook and texture, I went for the safest flavour. A typical chocolate Mille crepe. Fortunately this cake did not pull my midnight gloom out on a bright day. *Haha, trying hard to blend cake’s name with my descriptions.* The happiest thing to happen when you eat mille crepe is that it cuts easily with your fork and does not collapse easily. Tick-tick, woohoo!

Note: WIFI password on the receipt.

 

Overall rating: 7/10

Location:
47, Ground Floor,
Jalan SL 1/3, Batu 11,
Bandar Baru Sungai Long,
43000 Kajang,
Selangor, Malaysia.

Operating hours: Everyday 10.00am – 10.00pm

Website: www.thecoffeebar.cafe

Thirdwave Cafe, Nexus, Bangsar South

New exploration at Bangsar South brought me to this place.

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This place is not decorated fantastically but it has different corner which can suit your mood or taste but what got me excited was the food. Let’s head right to it!

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Retro Scotch Egg (RM26.00)

I personally love this and would recommend it. It’s presented with runny yolk egg wrapped with chicken minced meat lay on shredded beets and carrot, and creamy mashed cauliflower, topped with a little alfalfa sprouts. The minced chicken is a little salty on its own but is balanced up with the cauliflower. Well combined dish!

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Avocado Smorrebrod  (RM23.00)

Smorrebrod is a Danish open sandwich which usually served with dark brown rye bread topped with your selected toppings. Mine is topped with half Australian avocado and dash of matcha powder, and poached egg, toasted nuts and feta cheese. A simple but rather filling dish.

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Darling’s egg (RM23.00)

It looks like a very simple “I-also-can-cook” dish but never judge a book by its cover. Chicken salami served on a bed of rocket leaves, accompanied with 63C eggs and crispy polenta. What you don’t see is the homemade tomato and French rose sauce. The sauce is a plus ingredient! Crispy polenta is cornmeal and the texture tasted like potato. Nice!

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Thirdwave Big Brekkie (RM35.00)

A large plate of many things: scrambled eggs, buttered toast, portobello mushroom, half avocado, Halloumi cheese, artisanal sausage, charred cherry tomatoes, and smoky beef bacon. If you don’t take beef, please inform the waitress. Sausage has a choice of chili beef or herbed chicken. Very full meal.

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They also have outside seating.

Overall rating : 8/10

Location:
Unit 1-11, Level 1 Nexus, Bangsar South
7, Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603 2242 2126

Operating hours: 10.00am – 11.00pm

Micro-computer mini rice cooker

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Another mini rice cooker product from IDEAHOM. After more than a year from my last purchase of the 1.0L mini rice cooker, now I’m upgrading to 1.5L for more capacity for 1-4 person depending on what you want to cook and the volume of the ingredients.

This model comes with the cooker, non-stick coating inner pot, stainless steel steam box, spatula, measuring cup, porridge micro-pressure device, and power cable.

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Similar to the older model, its power socket is covered by a silica gel cover. It would reduce any water to enter the power socket.

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There are many types of mini cooker in the market and I like this type that works like a normal-sized rice cooker and does not require you to keep adding water to steam/cook. This model also comes with micro-computer that could switch to 4 different modes : cook (c), congee/porridge (p), slow cook (b), and keep warm (H).

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The timer has been pre-set for you being cook rice at 30 minutes, porridge at 60 minutes, slow cook for 90 minutes and keep warm for up to 12 hours. The maximum time for the cooker to be kept warm is 12 hours after which it power offs automatically.  The green and red indicator on the left and right would serves to inform you whether it’s cooking (red) or done cooking (green). Every time you change the mode, you will need to press on/off to restart the mode.

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The non-stick inner pot is a high temperature spraying aluminium alloy Japan Daikin coating, and the cooker has 3D honeycomb heater plate which heats up fast and evenly. So becareful if it’s not covered.

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Additionally, this model comes with a porridge micro-pressure device which helps to store the vaporized steam water instead of dropping all over the table which I find it untidy on the older model. To keep it tidy, I lay a piece of cloth under the cooker to absorb any excessive dripping or water splatter if you overfilled the cooker.

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It also comes with a user manual for some simple references like volume of rice and water for rice or porridge.

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Details of the product
Rated voltage : 220V – 240V
Rated Frequency : 50Hz – 60Hz
Power : 300W
Rated capacity : 1.5L
Net weight per box : 1.4kg
Product size : 178 x 166 x 216mm

Price : RM148

For more information, you may visit Ideahom Centre at their website or here’s the product page.

Kitchen Inn, Glen Waverley, Australia

Glen Waverley is a place that has many Asian food restaurants, typically Malaysian food. Some may say that this place is like a Malaysian town. To me, I’m not sure about that but surely very Asian. You will feel more of being in Asian country than in Australia.

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For Sarawakian, you may want to stop by this place where they serve Sarawak hometown food and also some dishes more famous from other parts of Malaysia. This is closest to home when you’re far from home. The owner is from Sibu, Sarawak.

Also, a specialty of this shop is their noodles are handmade here. So the noodles may not be the same as how it is back home but they are good as well.

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Kolo Mee (A$8.50 Regular, A$10.00 Large)

A typical food that most people will try when in Kuching. It doesn’t come with the curly Kolo Mee you have in Kuching but their handmade noodle, topped with minced pork, BBQ pork, vegetables, shallots and spring onions, mixed with sauces and pork oil. The taste is rather close to how it is back home. It’s rather good when source ingredients here are different from home.

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If you order Kolo Mee + Special soup, it comes with a rather big bowl of soup with pork ball, pork stomach, vegetables and spring onions, at a special deal of A$12.00 for regular and A$14.00 for large.

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Kampua (BBQ Pork Noodle) (A$8.50 Regular, A$10.00 Large)

It’s the first time I hearing this name and it’s recommended by a Sarawakian friend being a Foo Chow dish. It serves with handmade noodle, BBQ pork, spring onions and shallots, mixed with sauces and pork oil. I do not know how it originally taste back home but to me it tasted rather similar to Kolo Mee, yet still good.

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Sarawak Laksa (A$10.90)

Another typical-to-order dish in Kuching, the Sarawak Laksa. I was told that their laksa paste is from Sarawak. So, I had to try it. This time it’s not handmade noodle but meehoon similar to what we have back home, with chicken pieces, sliced fish cake, shrimps, beancurd puff, egg slices and bean sprout. Taste? Very close to home but I still feel something missing. I’m not sure whether it’s the taste of dried shrimps. Have a try!

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Foochow Fried Noodle Soup (A$9.50)

Another Foochow dish I have not tried before. Fried handmade noodle cook in soya sauce soup together with pork slices, sliced fish cake and vegetables. It’s not a surprising taste as it’s soya sauce soup which tasted similar to many stew noodle in soya sauce but a little dryer than this. The fried noodle is rather nice though.

Overall rating: 7/10

Location:
Shop 3, Village Walk,
O’Sullivan Road, Glen Waverley,
Victoria 3150
Australia

Operating hours:
Monday : Close
Tuesday – Friday : 11.00am – 9.30pm
Saturday – Sunday : 10.00am – 9.30pm
Public Holidays : Refer notice

Tel: +41 3 9886 3062

Other outlets:
469, Elizabeth Street,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +41 3 9328 2562

Pho Chu Le Vietnamese Restaurant, Springvale, Australia

There are a few locations in Melbourne has nice authentic Vietnamese food such as Footscray, Richmond and Springvale.

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This day, I’m here at Springvale. If you see this arch, you have come to the right place. No, we are are not at Chinatown. The arch at Chinatown will me smaller.

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There are a few Vietnamese restaurants but I’m usually brought to this one.

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These are the standard supplementary condiments and toppings that is given.

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Pork / Chicken Spring Roll

You can either order 10 of each or a mix of 5 each. It’s crispy on the outside and meaty on the inside, accompanied with lettuce and mint leaves on the side. It goes well with the sour sauce that the provided.

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Pho Ga (Rice noodle soup with chicken) (A$10.00)

If you’re not used to the Western portion, it’s really big as compared to what you get in Malaysia or Singapore. Its smooth rice noodle with chicken breast meat topped with onions, spring onions and shallot swimming in tasty soup. I love the soup which gives a happy tingle to your mouth. Definitely a “want-more” if your stomach could have more.

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They serve numerous types of pho, Vietnamese rice noodle with beef or chicken, soup or dry, and other side dishes. Pho bo (Rice noodle with beef) would be the most authentic of pho. If you take beef, you should try that. “Special” would mean other than meat, it also comes with some other parts of the cow or pig.

Overall rating : 9/10

Location :
Shop 51, 268-274 Springvale Road,
Springvale, Victoria, 3171,
Australia

Operating hours : Every day 8.30am – 9.00pm