Eat Drink KL: February 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Tenggek Burung Cafe, Bukit Keramat

Perched in a bungalow on a residential hill, Tenggek Burung Cafe is the closest thing to a highland cottage retreat within a 15-minute drive of KLCC.

Tenggek's take on laksa Johor makes for a satisfactory lunch, drenched in fish gravy that's a little lighter than usual but no less tasty, prepared with Asian noodles instead of spaghetti (RM15.90).

The cafe bakes its own desserts - cranberry scones might seem like a natural selection (RM8.90; with butter and jam but no clotted cream), though the pengat durian cake is our best bet, a dense, creamy cake poured over with hot, richly aromatic pengat durian for a decadent-textured indulgence (RM16), downed with bottled kombucha in tropical flavours like mango or pink grapefruit.

Tenggek Burung Cafe
2,  Lorong Bukit Keramat 4, Jalan Bukit Keramat, 54000 Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Sat, 11am-630pm. Tel: 03-4252-6221

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Friday, February 28, 2020

FY Lunch & Break, Taman OUG

Sarawak laksa fried rice? FY Lunch & Break's nifty novelty promises rice tossed in Sarawak laksa paste - the laksa flavour is subtle, so this resembles regular fried rice but with peppery-sweet nuances, fair enough for RM9.

For the OG Sarawak laksa, a substantial bowl clocks in at only RM9.90, complete with chicken, prawns and sambal belacan, sufficiently aromatic to make it a worthwhile meal. If you're here for a weekday lunch, the laksa plus a herbal beverage can be ordered in a set for RM10 - worth bookmarking if you live or work around OUG.

FY Lunch & Break
12, Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, Taman Overseas Union, 58200 Kuala Lumpur. 
Open Mon-Wed, Fri, 9am-3pm, 530pm-9pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-9pm.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Er Lou Cafe, Petaling Jaya

Sarawak laksa with a sprinkling of grated cheese? In any other restaurant, this might be a gimmicky novelty, but we can trust Er Lou Cafe's Kuching-born founder Jasmine to do justice to her home state's heritage. The cheese adds a mild milkiness to this mellow bowl that's made extra-notable with Er Lou's house-rolled smooth noodles, available in a choice of thin or thick strands (RM18.90).

Sarawak cuisine also comes to the fore in noodles fried with generous portions of cangkuk manis vegetables, with a spinach-like flavour and tender, leafy texture (RM12.90) - very tasty vegetarian-friendly noodles that we'd happily enjoy again, downed with lemongrass or lime cucumber beverages.

Er Lou (Second Floor) Cafe
7A, Second Floor, Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

T42, Bukit Jalil

Welcoming vibes, wholesome cooking: T42 is a terrific fresh face in Bukit Jalil.

T42's lei cha is lovely - fresh textures galore, courtesy of long beans, sweet leaves, black-eyed peas, pickled radish and peanuts, flooded with mint basil soup over steamed rice; for RM15, this might be the neighbourhood's most soul-satisfying bowl, heartwarming in its earthy, natural flavours.

T42's flagship linguine is tossed in a bunga kantan sauce that's thickened with tomatoes, carrots and sage for a clear, aromatic tang, blessed with a bounty of large prawns for a striking-in-crimson platter (RM25).

Banish thirst with vibrant-hued sparkling-water beverages that come with cubes of house-made jellies crafted with flavoured teas - L.I.P. (Love in Provence) is layered with fresh passion fruit, blue pea extract and lavender jelly (RM13), while Ms. Rosie blossoms with Oshadhi-brand rose water, lychee syrup, rose buds and rose petal jelly (RM13).

42, Jalan 17/155c, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon, Wed-Sun, 12pm-9pm.

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Vientiane Street Food, Laos

From spicy sausages to smoky skewers, crisp spring rolls to crunchy insects, Vientiane's nighttime street food scene throbs with temptations for every palate.

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