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The Botanist, Cyberjaya

The Botanist, Cyberjaya

June 15, 2019

Green thumbs, gravy-smeared fingers: This family-run cafe is well worth the trip to Cyberjaya, serving excellent bao burgers and selling eco-friendly products in a lush tropical setting.Three types of baos are available (RM12 each), built with handmade black sesame buns - the Mumu Rendang is lip-...

The Heritage, Bukit Damansara

The Heritage, Bukit Damansara

June 14, 2019

With a founder and a chef who are both Hainanese, the Hainanese chicken chop, Hainanese lamb stew and Hainanese fried noodles form the ideal introduction to The Heritage, which seeks to highlight the Malaysian Hainanese community's colonial-era culinary legacy. The chicken chop, prepared grilled ...

Porkville, Petaling Jaya

Porkville, Petaling Jaya

June 14, 2019

Porkville's playful porcine riffs on crowd-rousing recipes might make for a fun meal: Babi penyet hogs the limelight as a twist on Indonesia's familiar chicken original, featuring tender deep-fried pork, smashed and smothered with sambal penyet (RM16); nasi lemak babi is memorable for its rich, s...

Okinii, Petaling Jaya

Okinii, Petaling Jaya

June 13, 2019

From the first slurp of the spoon to the final swoop of the chopsticks, a ramen meal at Okinii seeks to soothe and satiate. The effort poured into the Chicken Miso Ramen is exemplary, with eight hours of boiling for the chicken broth, laced with red miso and loaded with no lack of noodles, plus a...

The Ganga Cafe, Petaling Jaya

The Ganga Cafe, Petaling Jaya

June 12, 2019

Nearly six years after wife-and-husband team Meeta and Prabodh Sheth took over The Ganga Cafe in Bangsar, turning it into the neighbourhood's hub for hearty, soulful South Asian vegetarian fare, there's now a second Ganga in town, bringing the brand's beloved chapatis and chaats, briyani and bain...

Whymsical Whisk, Damansara Kim

Whymsical Whisk, Damansara Kim

June 12, 2019

Keto comfort fare comes to the fore at Whymsical Whisk: Local favourites are reinterpreted through low-carb, high-fat philosophies, resulting in char kuey teow constructed with reduced-calorie konjac flat noodles (RM18; the noodles furnish a pleasantly smooth, full-bodied bite, albeit in a rec...

Kanteen, Tropicana Avenue

Kanteen, Tropicana Avenue

June 12, 2019

No mere cafeteria, Kanteen serves up a cheerful spread of contemporary and classic crowd-pleasers. The soft-shell crab croissant promises plenty of crunch for your cash, made punchy with a salted egg cheese sauce (RM26), while the nasi lemak ayam rempah is the perennially popular pick, the can't...

Saigon Avenue, Tropicana Avenue

Saigon Avenue, Tropicana Avenue

June 9, 2019

With founders who reputedly hail from Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Avenue does delicious justice to the Vietnamese culinary repertoire: The pho bo is hearty and heartwarming, brimming with beef tenderloin, shin and meatballs (RM17), while the banh mi stuffed with barbecued beef is robustly flavourful...

Ate Tea Cafe, Happy Garden

Ate Tea Cafe, Happy Garden

June 8, 2019

To eat at Ate Tea Cafe: Burnt cheesecake. To drink: Bubble tea. KL's trendiest dessert and drink make for tantalising teatimes at this bright, buoyant neighbourhood venue. Ate Tea Cafe80, Jalan Rukun 2, Taman Gembira, 58200 Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 12pm-12am. Tel: 03-7971-7161

Hong Kong 97, Bangsar

Hong Kong 97, Bangsar

June 7, 2019

Trying to bring a bit of Tsim Sha Tsui to Telawi, Hong Kong 97's temptations span century eggs striving to channel the creaminess of Yung Kee to bowls of pan-fried luncheon meat with instant noodles. Braised beef brisket and tendons with radish make for a comfortingly fork-tender, fuss-free meal ...

Corner 13, Puchong

Corner 13, Puchong

June 7, 2019

A Taiwanese-inspired braised pork rice bowl (RM13.50; served with vegetable soup) and Chinese steamed buns stuffed with Vietnamese-style lemongrass grilled pork (RM12.50): This cosy cafe brings flavoursome bursts of East Asia to this little corner of Puchong.Cafe Corner 132, Jalan Bandar Tiga Bel...

White Rabbit Cafe, Overseas Union Garden

White Rabbit Cafe, Overseas Union Garden

June 6, 2019

White Rabbit Cafe isn’t afraid to have fun with its food - its big breakfast platter is transformed into a titanic basket, filled with four sliders thickly stuffed with turkey ham, pork bacon, pork ham and fried eggs, alongside scrambled eggs, chicken hot dogs, hash browns and baked beans (RM29.9...

Foi Mom Hainanese Chicken Rice, Kuchai Lama

Foi Mom Hainanese Chicken Rice, Kuchai Lama

June 5, 2019

For chicken rice fans, this new kopitiam stall might be worth a stop if you live or work in Kuchai Lama; from the smoothly poached version (RM5.50 for rice with thigh meat) to the savoury roasted rendition (RM15 for a meat-only portion of drumstick and thigh), the chicken is tender and tasty enou...

Blacc Pearl, Old Klang Road

Blacc Pearl, Old Klang Road

June 5, 2019

For a fuss-free lunch or dinner, RM10 gets you either a Malaysian or Mexican meal at Blacc Pearl - a plate of char kuey teow (complete with prawns, squid, fish cakes and tiny cockles) or a basic taco (with fillings such as savoury dried minced beef). A few extra ringgit will afford you other dish...

NEA Fine Bake, Kota Kemuning

NEA Fine Bake, Kota Kemuning

June 4, 2019

Young Malaysian patisserie talent Barcspain Nea's new cafe promises a parade of French pastries and other freshly baked pleasures in a soothing space that's worth the travel to Kota Kemuning for fans of teatime treats.True to his training, which includes a stint in France, Barcspain leans heavily...