Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hoppers KL @ Pudu

Here's something we don't see everyday: Contemporary hoppers - pancakes inspired by South Indian & Sri Lankan traditions, infused with Malaysian flavours - representing a family passion of sisters Sugania & Nishalni Naidu, who grew up relishing their mom's appams & hope to spread the love for these crepe-like creations made with fermented rice batter & coconut milk.

Hoppers is a bit off the beaten path, occupying a former lawyers' office in Pudu - you'll still see remnants of that legal legacy, with constitutional textbooks artfully scattered across this two-storey premises by POW Ideas, the creative architects who've worked on design-savvy KL eateries like Merchant's Lane. Hoppers will be yet another social media magnet, with nifty touches like retro Bollywood posters raised over the entrance & a colour palette that exudes freshness, buoyed by lush tropical leaves.

A bar upstairs, H by Hoppers, is set to open in September; it was still a work in progress when we visited, but this looks to be a lovely lounge, where customers can find a comfortable corner to sink back on cushy rattan chairs & sip on summery cocktails.

Batter up: The stars of this show remain the hoppers - start with the savoury interpretations, available as plain pancakes or with an egg baked at the base, complete with elaborate toppings. The combination of slow-roasted chicken rendang, sambal ikan bilis, groundnuts & cucumbers is an unmistakable homage to the nuances of nasi lemak (RM13), while the cauliflower fritters with cashew nuts, garlic, curry leaves & mint yoghurt evoke a gently spiced Indian recipe (RM13). These tasty bowl-shaped hoppers come with a thick, fluffy-moist centre, surrounded by a wispy-thin, crisp edge. The toppings prove enjoyably well-balanced, flavourful & satisfyingly textured. More hoppers will be available by next month - expect ensembles like chilli-&-lime-dressed crab with pea shoots, radish & beetroot yoghurt, with an emphasis on locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

Sweet hoppers hit the mark too, with distinctive medleys like perfectly ripe mangoes with toasted black sesame seeds & coconut milk (RM9), desiccated coconut with Gula Melaka poached in coconut milk (RM8) & Milo ganache with peanut crumbs & Horlicks condensed milk (RM11), each a treat for our inner child. Most customers will easily polish off a plate on their own, since the hoppers taste surprisingly light & wholesome. Wash down with mint-infused water, Cameron Highlands tea with Gula Melaka & milk, or MIK Kefir's entire range (we like the Sweet Basil Peach). You'll be hearing much more of Hoppers very soon.

Hoppers Kuala Lumpur
76 Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. Currently open daily, 11am-6pm. Tel: 03-2022-0832
A colonial-era shop-house by the road in between UTC Pudu Sentral & Hospital Tung Shin. 

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Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake: The Gardens Mall Grand Opening

Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake marks the Grand Opening of its newest tenth outlet this Friday, 26 August, 2016; dessert enthusiasts can head to The Gardens Mall for exclusive promotions from the purveyors of these popular cheesecakes, made with top-flight cream cheese, eggs & milk.

This Friday, customers can purchase the Uncle Tetsu Signature Cheesecake for RM10 only at The Gardens Mall (usual price is RM21 per cake). Session 1 starts 10am till 2pm, while Session 2 is from 3pm till 7pm (until all 300 cakes allocated are sold). Each customer is entitled to purchase one Signature Cheesecake on Friday at the promotion price of RM10 per cake. Expect a supremely fluffy, surprisingly sumptuous 16-centimetre cake, baked on the spot, fresh & warm. 


The celebration continues from August 26 till August 30, with other products - such as the Uncle Tetsu Chocolate Cake & Uncle Tetsu Kurimi Cheese Tart - available at a 20 percent discount for five days, all day long, at The Gardens Mall (excluding the Uncle Tetsu Cheesestick). Follow Uncle Tetsu at The Gardens Mall for updates: facebook.com/UncleTetsuTheGardensMall

Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake's latest branch location: Lot LG-K27, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pho King @ Restoran WDS, SS2 Petaling Jaya


Our favourite Vietnamese home cook now has a venue where customers can get a good lunch filled with genuine Vietnamese flavours: Pho King is a stall that runs five days a week in a popular SS2 kopitiam, serving pho & more amid a sea of Malaysian chicken rice, chee cheong fun & char kuey teow.



 Pho King showcases the work of Vietnamese-born Hoa, who's been running a private kitchen called Cute Ball Kitchen with her Malaysian husband Teoh in their PJ home since early 2014. This new stall represents their effort to bring some of Hoa's cooking to customers in a convenient & affordable form, while maintaining her painstaking insistence on top-notch standards. Work for the signature pho starts a day in advance, with Hoa using beef bones & oxtail to build a recipe that shines with slurp-worthy rice noodles in a light, sweet broth, completed with tender meat & lots of aromatic herbs. RM12, a reasonable price for a bowl that relies on Australian beef for a fuss-free, pleasantly satisfying midday meal.



Other platters continue to channel the comfort-food essence of Vietnamese street fare.  The classic bun cha is hearty & fulfilling, with savoury grilled pork partnered with vermicelli, fresh herbs, vegetables & dipping sauce for an appetisingly nourishing ensemble with a lively balance of tangy-sweet flavours. RM11.50; bonus points for the use of antibiotic-free pork.



Our ultimate favourite is a dish we first encountered at Cute Ball Kitchen & were thrilled to have again - braised pork belly, as sumptuously caramelised as ever, indelibly luscious & deliciously warming, brimming with rich, clean flavours, served with rice & kitchen-made pickles. RM11.50; this one makes us really happy. Note though that the braised pork is a rotating dish available only on some weekends, along other specials such as fresh summer rolls. Thanks to Pho King for having us over.


Pho King
Restoran WDS PJ (formerly Chow Yang), Jalan SS2/6, Petaling Jaya. Currently open Wednesday-Sunday, 1030am-230pm.
Follow updates on facebook.com/phokingkl


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Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, at least RM0.10 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

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Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
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If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
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