Eat Drink KL: October 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Big Tree Bakery, TTDI: New Menu

From brownies to brunch: TTDI's Big Tree Bakery Cafe has carved a reputation for reliable baked treats since early 2019, but its kitchen is now ready to whip up warm cooking with a few twists for a complete meal. Start with creamy pasta, finish with cream puffs at this cheerful and cosy neighbourhood cafe.

If eggs help you kick off your day on a bright note, bookmark the BT Benedict with Smoked Salmon (RM28), a distinctive recipe compared to the conventional Eggs Benedict. The poached egg is sandwiched in a buttery croissant that's lightly torched to order, till it's extra crisp to the bite - a terrific textural contrast to the luscious egg, which drips into delicious smoked salmon and capers, with house-made chipotle mayo for a spike of spice. On the side, the chef’s choice salad makes for a balanced brunch; ours featured a buoyant medley of fresh rocket leaves, coral lettuce, romaine, pickled onions, croutons and cherry tomatoes in a zesty pomegranate dressing.

Pasta pleasure: Big Tree puts plenty of zing into its takes on Italian classics - the Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Smoked Salmon is tossed with capers for extra tang versus typical versions, rounding out an aromatic ensemble of garlic, chilli flakes, cherry tomatoes, shimeji mushrooms and parmesan (RM24), while the BT Mac & Cheese with Maple Beef Bacon is the ultimate gooey indulgence, loaded with melted mozzarella and cheddar with milk, cream and crisp panko breadcrumbs to complement the sweet-savoury beef bacon (RM22). By the time you read this, Big Tree Bakery will also offer Truffle Mac & Cheese, for patrons who want more earthy umami in their tummy.

There's plenty more to satiate the appetite, from the BT Big Breakfast with maple beef bacon to the BT Grilled Cheese sandwich, but if you're looking for something lighter and simpler but still nourishing, try the Pumpkin Soup, naturally sweet, served piping-hot, with a touch of cream and slices of garlic oregano toast on the side (RM12).

Time for dessert: Big Tree Bakery is known for temptations galore, including Belgian Waffles with a bit of a caramelised crunch, bolstered with blueberries, strawberries and the can't-fail combo of vanilla ice cream with maple syrup (RM15).

Big Tree Bakery's regulars are well-acquainted with an array of cakes and pastries. The ever-popular Basque Burnt Cheesecake is an irresistible highlight, indelibly soft and creamy - we nearly licked it off the plate (RM16). The Dark Chocolate Banana Loaf is for folks who prefer a firmer dessert, crusty on the outside with delectable dark chocolate fudge and house-made chocolate crumbs (RM9).

Big Tree Bakery's cupcakes are also great for nibbling on your own or gifting (RM14 for two or RM38 for six), with a total of 10 rotating flavours. We can't decide which we love best - the Nutella Red Velvet and the Ferrero Rocher are probably tops, but the Salted Caramel and the Chocolate Cheesecake (with salted caramel filling) come very close. Creative Malaysian-inspired cupcake flavours are well-represented too, from the Teh Tarik (vanilla with teh tarik custard) to the Pandan Gula Melaka (pandan base with gula Melaka custard, topped with desiccated coconut and gula Melaka bits).

For weekend escapades, be sure to check out the Cream Puffs, with a filling of fluffy diplomat cream folded in with salted caramel, concealed within choux pastry (RM9). Two exclusive cream puff flavours are available on Friday and Saturday, including the likes of Milo and Lotus Biscoff.

For drinks, Big Tree Bakery is debuting its Potter-inspired Butter Beer, rich in butterscotch and caramel, like a soda with a frothy, milky top - certainly magical for kids of all ages (RM16). The cafe also serves a quenching selection of mocktails, like the berry-esque BT Sangria (RM24; with wild berries, Ringo sparkling juice and mint leaves) and the fruity-fresh BT Sunburst (RM24; pomegranate and berry syrup with sparkling juice and mint leaves). 

Of course, coffee is available too, with the Latte as the standard-bearer (RM12). Big Tree Bakery’s house blend is a dark roast of beans from Guatemala, Vietnam and Laos, for caffeine fans who prefer coffee that has a bitter kick but less of an acidic punch.

Cold-pressed juices from Jussu Juice are available for a wholesome beverage to balance out the dessert decadence (RM12 each). We went with a mix of apple, spinach, passion fruit and kale, as reviving as a springtime morning.

Chilling out here is a relaxing affair, especially for art lovers. Near the entrance is currently an exhibit by local artist Haron Mokhtar, an alumnus of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, like Big Tree Bakery's founder. The cafe's name is a nod to the institution's renowned rain tree.

All in all, Big Tree Bakery is a cool choice for customers who appreciate some playful imagination in their cafe fare. These offerings are also available on delivery services like Foodpanda and Oddle. You can also order via Whatsapp - all the links are available on the bio of Big Tree Bakery Cafe’s Instagram page at @bigtreebakerykl.

Many thanks to Big Tree Bakery for having us here.

Big Tree Bakery

32, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm. Tel: 019-977-8233

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Cookay Corner

Loaded with chocolate chunks and walnuts, stuffed with oozy Nutella, Cookay Corner's palm-sized cookies offer bliss in every bite. Gently crisp on the outside, gooey-chewy inside, the Signature Jumbo is inspired by epic NYC cookies, baked for gigantic chocolate-loving appetites (RM30 for four pieces).

Cookay Corner will officially launch on 1 November 2020, for pick-up in Bandar Sunway or deliveries (order at least one day in advance). Many thanks to Cookay Corner for this preview.

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ChickPeace Home-Cooked Meals Delivery

If you crave rice paired with spicy side dishes that taste like Mamma made 'em, choose ChickPeace.

We sampled a few of ChickPeace's freshly home-cooked meals for delivery, feeling the burn with the Lemak Cili Padi Ayam (RM12; served with rice and vegetables of the day). Creamy and fiery all at once, the blaze of the chillies penetrates deeply, from the thick gravy through the tender chicken, perfect for heat-seekers.

Biryani with Prawn Sambal is another tasty temptation; the rice is mild-mannered with dried spices while the sambal is sweetish, packed with plenty of crustaceans, rounded out with an egg and earthy dhal for a flavoursome lunch or dinner (RM18). Other protein pairings for the biryani include fried chicken, mutton masala or tenggiri curry.

Can't go wrong with ChickPeace's Nasi Lemak. Our set came with more prawn sambal, plus sambal ikan bilis, as well as crisp nuts and anchovies, cucumber and hard-boiled egg - all the fragrant ingredients in the familiar ensemble that most Malaysians enjoy (RM12). Chicken sambal, chicken curry, mutton gravy and fried tenggiri are also available as accompaniments.

Many thanks to ChickPeace for this sampling. To order: WhatsApp 012-930-0344

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Sneaky Burgers, Damansara Jaya

Love sneakin' up on you: These might be our favourite pork burgers in PJ, a pleasant surprise hidden in a new first-floor restaurant that's currently only open for takeout and deliveries on safety precautions.

The star ingredient, the house-made pork patty, earns the spotlight - thick and moist, fresh-tasting and meaty-textured, unmistakably porcine, like a cross between a modern burger's chunky patty and a classic Chinese steamed minced pork patty.

We had ours in the Sneaky Mother Porken Burger (RM28.80; the priciest burger here, with the basic pork burger starting at RM9.90), sandwiched not only with the pork patty but a deep-fried chicken thigh, double bacon, double cheese, lettuce, pickled gherkins, caramelised onions and Sneaky sauce (of course, we added an egg too, for RM2). 

The result: Pure pork-and-poultry pleasure, more succulence than we can sink our teeth into. With everything going on in this burger, it proved more well-balanced than we might expect. Honest-quality, well-prepared ingredients from top to bottom, from the buns to the meat - let's give 'em something to oink about.

Sneaky Burgers
33A, Jalan Mewah SS22/11, Damansara Jaya, Selangor. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-10pm. Tel: 010-2144801

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