Eat Drink KL: August 2023

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Kuki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

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TTDI's Kuki is impressively immersive, enveloping patrons in atmospheric zen.

The menu at this modern Japanese vegan restaurant is remarkably distinctive, including seafood-free sushi like the Aka Nasu (draped with avocado, tomato, aojiso katsu and shio kombu), Wild Kinoko (mushrooms, fried garlic and black garlic vegan mayo) and Umibudo Ensaladang Lato (sea grapes, mango, lime, onions and coriander).

Our favourite fare here is rooted in tradition, served with soulfully sophisticated flourishes - wild yam dango with thick coulis, Japanese spinach, lotus and leeks, as well as ochazuke with fermented sencha tea leaves, sesame seeds, agedama and nori. 

The kitchen also infuses European flair into offerings like the crispy layered russet potatoes with olive oil and salt, plus gnocchi with green pea pesto, Japanese pumpkin, sweet basil, pine nuts and lemon.

Drinks are unique too - you'll find zero-proof interpretations of cocktails like a Fuji apple daiquiri and an umeboshi negroni, alongside Japanese-inflected kombucha made with mugi.

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Unit 1-8, Menara KEN, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Serunai Nasi Lemak, Petaling Jaya

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PJ's latest challenger in the nasi lemak sweepstakes is a contender - Serunai Nasi Lemak's rice is full-bodied in flavour and fragrance, with a selection of satisfying sides like hot-and-fresh, crackly-battered fried chicken, succulent and savoury to the last bite, and sweetish tempeh, all tasting like quality produce, seasoned and cooked with confidence. 

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Serunai Nasi Lemak
43, Jalan SS 23/15, Taman Sea, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Nasi Lemak Shop, Bandar Utama

Bandar Utama's new Nasi Lemak Shop does justice to its signature dish - the rice is aromatic with lemongrass, the ayam goreng features a whole tender chicken leg. Add-ons like sambal sotong ensure that everyone leaves with satiated bellies.

Nasi Lemak Shop
G10, Oasis Business Centre BU4, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Le Yu Fang Private Kitchen, Cheras


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Le Yu Fang Private Kitchen blends together the most distinctive dimensions of a private kitchen into a delicious destination: A chef whose cooking conveys a sense of character. Personalised service that ensures an evening to remember. An intimate venue where families and friends can come together and truly enjoy themselves.

Chef Ho commands the kitchen, bringing three decades of experience to the table. Now in his 50's, Ho has worked in top Chinese restaurants in the Klang Valley since the 1990s. He has earned victories in cooking competitions such as the Malaysia Culinary World Cup 2006 and Culinaire Malaysia 2009, and is capable of creating a variety of Chinese recipes on request.

Le Yu Fang specialises in Cantonese cuisine, focusing on the food's naturally vibrant colours and vivid flavours, crafted with top-quality ingredients through a blend of Eastern and Western techniques of preparation.

Fun fact: The name Le Yu Fang loosely translates into the kitchen's philosophy, promising a place with pleasurable food and music, complete with karaoke-equipped facilities.


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This cosy hideout is discreetly tucked on the upper level of a Cheras shop-house, with multiple private rooms open solely to guests by advance reservations.

Besides its food, what makes Le Yu Fang Private Kitchen unique is its confidence in pairing a wide variety of wines with its menu. The kitchen is affiliated to Vino, a wine bar located below, so you can easily pair your Chinese dinner with bottles from the extensive selection.



With a menu that's completely customisable to the customer's preferences, there's much to explore at Le Yu Fang Private Kitchen.

The Portuguese-Style Cheese-Baked Crab is a sumptuous, satisfying starter, perfectly matching savoury, succulent crab meat with creamy melted cheese, without tasting too heavy or cloying on the palate.

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The Emperor Claypot Shark's Fins proves bold and intense, courtesy of premium ingredients in every sip of this memorable soup.

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The Grilled Lamb Rack is alluringly aromatic with herbs like thyme. This is the juiciest meat to sink our teeth into - meticulously marinated for one full day to preserve the robust original taste of the red meat in its full-fleshed glory. 

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The German Pork Knuckle is a crowd-pleaser, proving the kitchen's competence beyond Chinese cuisine. With irresistibly crispy skin, harbouring a mouthwatering mix of luscious meat and fat in a beautiful balance, this will be a smash hit especially for pork enthusiasts.

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The Lobster Medallion is another East-meets-West marvel, presented ravishingly, constructed with whole live lobster flesh with a pristine purity, enlivened with fruits and sensuous sauces.



The Poached Fish is also a should-try for fans of live seafood - the hybrid grouper is gently poached in a fragrant broth that's built with top-tier ham and aged chicken meat. The result leaves a potent impression, luxurious in both taste and texture.

Finish with an elegant dessert of Blended Pineapples and Mango with Lime, smoothly spotlighting nectarously ripe tropical fruits to perk up the palate after an epic culinary journey.

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If you're having dinner at Le Yu Fang, chill out at Vino Wine Bar & Restaurant downstairs after your meal to enjoy a night of wining and dining.

Le Yu Fang Private Kitchen
233-1, Jalan Mahkota, Maluri, 55100 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012-521-3233