July 28, 2018

15 Street Food to Eat at Malaysia Boleh!

Affordable Malaysian Hawker Dining Shoppes at Four Seasons Place KL

Malaysians are blessed with plenty of good eats always. Adding to the list of good eats in our metropolitan city is Malaysia Boleh!

Located at the newly open Shoppes at Four Season Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Boleh! is a non-halal food court that rounds up some of the best street food from all over the country in one place. The new food haven has more than 20 classic street food that is a sure crowd pleaser, especially the working crowd in the city.

Owned by Singapore’s Fei Siong Group, Malaysia Boleh! had a grand opening recently and was attended by many VIPs including Singapore Deputy High Commissioner Mark Neo and other local celebrities.

Malaysia Boleh! food enclave has had its first success in Singapore and is now making its mark in the country where all the food originates.

The auspicious opening ceremony was also graced by the famous Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance troupe for a big bang celebration.

The food enclave has a modern theme, showcasing Malaysian local cartoon mural, white washed walls, mosaic floors, minimalist white table settings, lighting made from bird cages and fish traps and more. It’s nicely air-conditioned and bright, making dining comfortable.

Food at Malaysa Boleh! is very affordably priced. Many dishes start from RM8 for a hearty bowl of street food. Although there are more than 20 dishes available, here are our top 15 street foods to try…

In no particular order, one simply must-try the Yong Kee Char Kuay Tiao (RM9). Expect a good hit of breath of wok with slivers of soft rice kuay tiao well-seared and flavoured with soy sauce and chili paste. Additions of bean sprouts, chives and prawns are much expected as it gave the kuay tiao its delicious texture.

The Penang Fried Oyster (RM12) is also sublime. Starchy bits along with egg and plump baby oysters are best savored with the chili sauce on the side.

Pudu Barbeque Roast Duck + Char Siew Combo (RM15) is a good choice when one cannot decide which roast meat to try. Succulent roast duck and glistening crystal char siew is nicely roasted, make it delicious on its own or with rice and noodle.

Malaysian’s ultimate street food of nasi lemak is also available here. Made famous in the street of Pudu during late night, the Pudu Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken Drumstick (RM9.50) has fluffy coconut tinged rice with spicy and sweet sambal that goes well with the crispy fried chicken.

The Hee Koh KL Wanton Mee (RM9) is sufficiently satisfying with springy soy sauce and aromatic oil laced noodles served with pieces of roasted char siew and plump wantons.

For the full lardy flavours of unctuous crispy lardons, order the KL Hokkien Mee (RM12). A dark hodgepodge of dark soy sauce braised thick noodles with pork slices, prawns, cabbage and chu yau char, this plate of noodles will always be a crowd favorite at any time of the day.

Another good eats that has many queueing up for is the Penang Carrot Cake (RM8). Cubes of rice cakes fried with lots of preserved choy poh and garlic, flavoured with soy sauce and chili and finished with egg is so yummy.

One simply can’t go wrong whether you opt for the Pork Porridge (RM9) or Pork Kuay Tiao (RM9). Both are cooked well with lots of porky delights and flavored with a delicious porky note.

The addition of gelatinous curry braised pork skin is what gave the Jalan Imbi Ah Yen Curry Mee (RM9) its signature flavour and texture. There’s also poached chicken, beancurd puff and long beans in this bowl of slurp-ilicious curry noodle.

Simple and familiar flavours in the Le Qi Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken (RM10) makes this classic a constant favorite for many that ultimately enjoys a tasty poached chicken on chicken oil laced rice.

The Claypot Chicken Rice (RM10) also makes a solid one pot wonder with well-marinated chicken pieces along with Chinese sausage slices cooked on rice in claypot. Aromatic from the finishing touches of more soy sauce and wine with sprinkling of scallion, the rice is delicious, especially the bottom crispy bits.

Ban Mian evokes homecook flavours like no other. Springy and doughy noodles made from scratch, cooked in soup or dry style and topped with minced meat, shredded black fungus, crispy anchovies and blanched vegetables sums up Yoko Chilly Ban Mian (RM9) in one word… yum!

Calling all Penang asam laksa lovers! Though the Penang Asam Laksa (RM10) is not the best but one is assured that this bowl is pretty decent when it comes to that pungent sourish asam laksa flavour in the city.

The Penang Prawn Mee (RM10) is also worth a try with noodles in tasty prawn stock topped with poached shrimp, pork slices, boiled egg, kangkong and crispy aromatic fried shallots.

Last but not least, the Penang Road Chendol (RM3) is absolutely divine! Make sure to order this dessert to finish your meal at Malaysia Boleh! For a mere RM3, the sweet icy dessert has a rich gula melaka that makes this one of the better chendol in the city. Must-order!!

There’s still more good eats at Malaysia Boleh! besides those mentioned. Make your way there for a taste of many affordable street food all housed in one comfort location…

B1-01B, Shoppes at Four Seasons Place,
145, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/MalaysiaBolehKL/

Business Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm.

July 25, 2018

Kampachi @ Plaza 33

Teppanyaki by Chef Ambon Ruslan

For a sensory and sizzling dining experience of Japanese cuisine, catch Chef Ambon Ruslan’s fiery teppanyaki action at Kampachi from now till August 15. Available at Kampachi at Plaza 33 or Kampachi at Troika, diners are in for a sumptuous treat of teppanyaki set menu from Chef Ambon.

Renowned for fine Japanese cuisine, Kampachi has always been a popular dining hotspot for authentic Japanese food. With several outlets spread out in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Penang, each Kampachi restaurant is set in a class of its own.

Gorgeous modern and contemporary ambiance injected with Japanese design and materials, Kampachi offers a Japanese fine dining experience with elegant ambiance and exquisite Japanese food with an amazing list of Japanese sakes and wines.

Kampachi at Plaza 33 is beautifully spacious and elegant. Diners can opt to dine in the main dining area, sushi bar or one of the many private rooms available. There is a teppanyaki corner as well where Chef Ambon will showcase his teppanyaki culinary actions.

With two Teppanyaki set menus available, one can select from the option of savoring 4-courses or 7-courses set menu. To personally catch Chef Ambon in action, reservations are highly recommended.

Chef Ambon kicked off the teppanyaki course with some flaming action as well as his showcase of the art of juggling and flipping utensils. Impressive and a great ice-breaker to start the meal, Chef Ambon has certainly mastered this skill well. I could barely take my eyes off his notable skills!

One can also opt to savor the teppanyaki with the extensive list of sakes ad wine available. For our first course, a chilled sake of Benten Musume Kimoto Junmai was recommended.

As we watched our first course being prepared on the hot teppanyaki, the aroma of the dish was certainly tantalizing the air and our nostrils with much delight. Chef Ambon’s take of a hot salad was unique as we watch our lettuce being charred on the hot grill.

Beautifully presented, the Hot Caesar Salad with Anchovies and Egg tasted as lovely as its presentation. The smoky charred aroma on the crisp lettuce, now warm, was such a delightful take on a salad. A thick and creamy Caesar house dressing married the warm lettuce with fluffy scrambled egg, anchovy and generous shavings of parmesan cheese deliciously.

For the next dish of Grilled Salmon wrapped in Foil, Chef Ambon seared the salmon before wrapping up all the ingredients in a foil to be baked on the teppanyaki. 

The aroma that first escaped from the package was heavenly. Fragrant with a citrusy note, the salmon was moreish with soft and creamy leeks, tangy cherry tomatoes and the light citrusy soy-based sauce. While the fish was nicely cooked, I prefer mine slightly under done as a matter of personal preference.

Chef Ambon proceeded to then sear two neatly trimmed lamb racks on the hot grill for the next course.

Cooked perfectly, the Grilled Lamb Rack & Vegetables with Chef Crafted Sauce was delicious and succulent in every bite. Served with sautéed vegetables and mushrooms, the lamb had a lovely smoky aroma which is further enhanced by the rich sauce. Do let Chef Ambon know your preference of lamb doneness just like I did.

We had the lamb paired with warm artisanal Fusozuru Junmai Nigori sake. This unfiltered sake is simply marvelous on the palate. A cloudy appearance enhanced the creamy note with light sourness that lingers beautifully in the mouth. This sake paired so well with the meatly lamb rack.

To end the savory courses, the Japanese Clam Miso Soup hit all the right spots of much comfort pleasures. The essence of the clam paired so well with the miso, making the soup deliciously moreish. The clams were also tender and yummy.

Together with the Crab Meat Fried Rice, our teppanyaki meal was pretty much faultless and pleasurable. A solid breath of charred and garlicky notes, the fluffy rice was well-studded with sweet crab meat and egg.

The finale of Chef Ambon’s meal was his Signature Pancake Ice Cream. Dessert was superb!

Thin pancake enveloped a block of vanilla ice cream filled with crunchy bits and finished with whipped cream and strawberry was the perfect ending to our teppanyaki affair. Our dessert was accompanied by Yamada Jyuro, Japanese plum wine that has a juicy fruity plum sweetness.

Chef Ambon’s Teppanyaki is available for lunch and dinner with options of 7-courses (RM288nett) and 4-courses (RM188nett). This promotion is available till 15 August 2018.

DO also look out for Kampachi coming Kanpai! with Sake Masters from Japan, taking place on 3 August at Plaza 33. It is an exclusive Drink-All-You-Can sake event with some of the finest artisanal Sake and delectable mini-buffet for pairing.

P1-02, Level 1 Podium, Plaza 33,
No. 1 Jalan Kemajuan,
Seksyen 13,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +60 3 7931 6938
Fax: +60 3 7931 8294

Business Hours:
Monday – Saturday Lunch         12.00pm – 3.00pm
Monday – Sunday Dinner           6.00pm – 10.00pm (Bar: 11.00pm)
Japanese Buffet                        Every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
    12.00pm – 2.30pm