Monday, April 13, 2015

Kopi XOXO & The Gorpis @ Bangsar

Visiting Bangsar's new Kopi XOXO isn't for everyone. Parking can be a lost cause. Service may seem distracted & disinterested. And you might need to wait two to three hours (!!!) for the menu's main attraction: The Gorpis, currently considered the Klang Valley's tastiest pisang goreng cheese.

Kopi XOXO has a nice vibe, but that's not necessarily the reason it's a crowd magnet. Sightings of beloved local actors & singers are rampant at this celebrity-run cafe - an incentive for some customers to linger over Bubur XOXO (RM14.90; congee made tasty with peanuts, ikan bilis, salted egg, kangkung & more) & Teh Misai Kucing. Skip the kopi - not Kopi XOXO's forte.

Another explanation for why Kopi XOXO is often packed: Everyone's waiting for their order of The Gorpis' goreng pisang cheese. A bit of background: The Gorpis is a group of entrepreneurs whose four-month-old business selling cheese-topped banana fritters has become a humongous hit; their main base is a simple roadside stand in Kota Damansara for takeaways. Kopi XOXO is the first cafe where The Gorpis is available; it probably won't be the last.

Here's The Gorpis in action at Kota Damansara, operating 1:30pm-6pm (except Mondays & Fridays). The wait here is long too, stretching to two hours on weekends, but the cost is lower - RM7 for eight pieces in Kota Damansara versus RM8 at Bangsar.

The wait may seem insanely long, but we're sure The Gorpis would be happy to make these fritters faster if only it could - the folks insist the bananas are fried to order in not-too-large batches & ultimately take more time to complete than plain fritters. They're clearly a hard-working bunch, braving both rain & shine in their labour.

Ripe bananas coated in crisp batter, blanketed in a blizzard of grated cheese. The Gorpis features four flavours: Original Cheese (our favourite, for its clear-cut sweet & savoury balance), Cheese & White Choc, Cheese & Choc, plus Cheese & Strawberry. The best thing about them might be their crunch, which endures long after the fritters have turned cold. Caveat: they might not be served piping-hot in the first place, though they likely will be at least a little warm. Worth the wait? Debatable.

Kopi XOXO & The Gorpis
3 Jalan Riong, Off Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Turn left on the lane before the Petronas station. Open 1230pm-930pm, except Mondays

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27 comments:

  1. Adoi!!! That poor kid, looking so miserable. The parents so engrossed in their gadgets - the sign of the times! :(

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    1. Suituapui: i had a suspicion that the concerned long-time schoolteacher in you would be drawn to that! :)

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    2. Teochew porridge looks so good! I'd want more salted egg...and century egg too though.

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    3. Suituapui: ya, i would love some century egg too. salted egg maybe, but the anchovies and peanuts already provided enough salt for the rice porridge, i think :)

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    4. What?????! 2-3 hours wait for pisang goreng? I wonder if I can find someone else willing to queue and tapau for me :P

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    5. Baby Sumo: heheh, maybe can try GoGet.my ... they're a local errand-running service :D

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    6. The best pisang goreng in klang valley..??? Common... the gorpis guy had copy from the really best one from gombak.. they shoot picture..n take the idea from the gombak stall n claiming that they are the first inventor.. hahaha.. very lawak...cheap story..

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    7. The best pisang goreng in klang valley..??? Common... the gorpis guy had copy from the really best one from gombak.. they shoot picture..n take the idea from the gombak stall n claiming that they are the first inventor.. hahaha.. very lawak...cheap story..

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  2. Even the pisang goreng is super good, 2-3 hours wait is too long for me! I pass..... :P

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    1. CK: ya, i placed the order and went elsewhere and came back to collect the pisang after two hours :)

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  3. I love the British phone booth!!! :)

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    1. Linda: it's definitely a cool part of the decor! :D

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  4. While it sounds delicious - I'm not keen on waiting 15 minutes, let alone 3 hours! No thank you. Lost customer for sure.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i hope they look into ways to speed things up without hurting the quality of the food :)

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  5. Err.... 2-3 hours for more calories? No thank you.

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    1. Ken: heheh, there are other stalls that also serve pisang goreng cheese without a wait ... you can try those :)

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  6. 2 - 3 hours wait....nothing is worth waiting that long!!! 2 hours wait at the roadside stall is even worse. If theirs are fried to order, why aren't they served piping hot?

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    1. Contact.ewew: i'm not too sure, but it seems like the process of grating the cheese on the fritters also takes quite awhile, and the bananas cool down a fair bit during that time :)

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  7. The modern twist of 'pisang goreng'!
    I had it in Seremban too. RM5 if I'm not mistaken.
    Was told the recipe adapt from Sabah.

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    1. Melissa: ya, you're right i see there were stalls in sabah that were already selling goreng pisang cheese a few years ago! :)

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    2. Excuse me.. for your information.. those pisang goreng cheese is origin from indonesia.. n landed first in sabah n sarawak.. after 2 years then johore n kedah.. by the way the first n the best in selangor is started in sri gombak n the buisness already run for almost 3 years n now the gorpis clamming that they ate the best n the first started.. hurmmmm

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  8. You didn't really sell it to me...I don't think I'd wait three hours for anything edible!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: you're right, it's a real test of patience indeed! :)

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  9. 2 hours wait for pisang goreng, hmm...... no thanks, haha!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, need a lot of patience to get this goreng pisang! :)

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  10. somehow I don't think u pixelated the girl's face completely. LOL! Goreng pisang cheese looks yum.. i want! ;D

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    1. Ciki: heh, you're right, i missed the mark for that ... hopefully the goreng pisang cheese will hit the mark for you tho! :)

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