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Mukha Cafe, TTDI


My motto, really.

Sometimes the power of word of mouth is a force to be reckon with. A quick chat with another cafe’s owner on good coffee brought me here to Mukha. Located on the quieter side of TTDI, imo, parking was easier in the evenings and the crowd more relaxed.

Mukha is actually the name of a seaport town in Yemen, and apparently the owners studied there, hence the Arabian influences in the menu. Currently the menu is somewhat limited but they do offer some daily specials so check the board. They also offer shisha for those interested.

Stepping in, I liked what I saw. Black walls doubling as the menu chalkboard, red bricks, wooden furniture etc can only be summed up in one word – cozy. And given the rainy evenings lately, the warm ambience was comforting. And with a coffee table piled with Nat Geo mags and wi fi, could easily spend hours here sipping away at the aromatic cuppas.

Despite their most talked about drinks being the Arabian tea and coffee, Gahwa and Shahi, it was the coffee that called out to me. Between me and my friend, we had the Flat White (RM7) & Long Black(RM5.50). If flat whites are available at any cafe, I would automatically order that to a latte even if both are prepared in the same way, with the only major difference being the ratio of milk to espresso. Satisfying cuppa indeed.

We also shared the Creamy Pumpkin Soup (RM9) which is served with a dollop of sour cream and mint leaves and Arab toasts. The soup is very creamy indeed, but lacking in the sweetness of the pumpkin for me. But the toast when dipped into the creaminess of the soup was comfort food indeed.

The Big Breaky (RM13) with eggs cooked any way, mushrooms, beef bacon, baked beans and Arab toast seems like a good deal.

The Baked Eggs (RM10) takes about 15 minutes to be served so if you’re feeling exceptionally ravenous, do order something else. But the eggs, baked with roasted tomatoes and shredded cheese was cooked perfectly, to the consistency I love. They have the option to add other ingredients, at an add-on charge so I opted for the mushrooms. Tastewise it can be a little bland for some, but nothing a good shake of salt and pepper can’t fix.

The Gulf Rice (RM16) was Mukha’s take on our Briyani rice. I must admit that I wasn’t wowed by the Basmathi rice with chicken cooked in briyani spices & served with papadom. But given the strong competition of briyani restaurants out there, this does pale in comparison in terms of flavour.

The one thing I noticed a lot of patrons ordering was the Steak Sandwich (RM15). When I asked for it, they asked if I wanted to upgrade it to The Lot instead, by adding an egg and beef bacon? Sounds good! Served with sweet potato curls and a yoghurt dip, it was quite delightful to tuck in to this. The sweet potato chips are a tad oilier than I’d like but the steak sandwich does do itself justice. Dare I even say the best thing we had so far in Mukha?

A meal isn’t complete without dessert. And so far we have tried their Affogato(RM6) & Banoffee Pie (RM8.50). Mudcake with ice cream was our initial choice but as it had sold out, we went for the Banoffee Pie which was highly recommended by them. We did like it, as the sweetness of the toffee cuts through the crust. However I’m glad we were sharing as the sweetness was cloying after a while. But still, quite memorable.

The affogato was served with the espresso on the side, which I appreciated. Rich, creamy and strong.

Some of the food may not have hit the spot for us but overall, I love the vibe this cafe exudes. And yes, to return for the coffee and desserts. The baristas are friendly to boot too so that’s another plus.

Mukha Cafe (www/fb)
No. 15, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : Mon – Thurs 12pm-10pm, Fri 2pm-12am, Sat 12pm–12am. Closed Sundays.

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Typica, Shaw Parade KL

Have heard of friends raving about Typica for some weeks now and when a friend suggested going there for drinks, jumped on the invitation.

I really wasn’t expecting Typica to be tucked away in a corner of Shaw Parade. In fact I think the whole establishment can only seat about 20 pax at one time. but the decor is simple yet inviting. Putting “recycled” furniture to good use, old larders, kopitiam chairs etc are scattered around. I must admit, it was charming indeed. Somehow it fitted with the fact that Arabica Typica coffee plants are the base from which many other coffee varietals have been developed, back to the source if you must.

The people behind Typica are big on coffee brewed using a siphon coffee maker, which is supposed to brew the “purest coffee”. The range of coffee beans offered is a lot but unless you’re an avid coffee drinker, perhaps it’s best to consult the baristas on the type of coffee that suits your palate. The ice drip coffee here is also highly recommended.

I didn’t go for any of the highly recommended drinks coz personally, I am not a black coffee person. I prefer to have it with milk so I had the Rose Latte. The rose taste was so subtle that I couldn’t really taste it. But as for the latte, it was smooth and milky and i finished it off all too soon.

My friend had the Soyacino, which substitutes milk with soymilk or soya bean.

Cakes are available at RM10 apiece. Our choice, yam cake & mango cake. I was really looking forward to the yam cake and I thought the coconut shavings were an unexpected topping to the cake that layered yam paste with soft spongey cake atop a crumbly base. Light yet fragrant with the yam’s aroma, it was delightful. The mango cake was very yummy too with the light mousse sandwiched in between and topped with fresh fruit. However, I found the bits of pumpkin seeds unnecessary as I don’t think it did much for taste.

Typica is indeed a cosy, homey cafe that one can wile away lazy afternoons and with the wide variety of coffee served, you’re indeed spoilt for choice. As all coffee are laboriously prepared upon order, waiting time here is definitely longer than your average chain coffee joints. But sit back, relax and soak in the atmosphere and literally smell the coffee!

Typica 豆原 (www)
GL-08, Ground Floor,
Shaw Parade
Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

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Macau Sweets.

To end my Macau posts, will be talking about the end to a meal, the sweets, or desserts!

Yee Shun Milk Company, or Leiteria “Eason” as per their signboard, is well-known for their steamed milk puddings in both Macau (where it originated) and Hong Kong. The more well-known branch is the one situated at Senado Square but we spotted this quieter shop along Avenida de Almeida Rebeilo and headed in. The facade is inviting as rows of their chilled milk puddings are displayed in glass chillers.

Double layer steamed milk puddings or 双皮燉鮮奶 is basically a milk and egg white mixture that is steamed until it’s of a pudding consistency with a thin layer on its top. Silky smooth in texture, it tastes slightly eggy with a light milky aftertaste. One can opt to have it served warm or chilled.

I opted for a dollop of red bean topping so that it wouldn’t taste so plain. Even though it was a nice accompaniment, the creamy taste of the milk pudding could hold its own.

Yee Shun Milk Company 義順牛奶
381 Avenida de Almeida Rebeilo 新马路381号
Macau.

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Another dessert shop that we visited was Gelatina Mok Yi Kei, a corner shop at the end of Rua Do Cunha in Taipa Village that specializes in ice cream, jelly etc but is most well known for its durian ice cream. There are various flavours and if you’re not sure what to go for, their signature ones should do.

The ice cream was very creamy and rich but started to melt a tad too quickly. Hehe. That’s bird nest jelly in the other cup and I reckon that the ice-cream is the better bet between the 2 variations.

Mok Yi Kei is also well known for their sawdust pudding, or Serradura, a famous Macanese-Portuguese dessert which we didn’t manage to try due to insufficient tummy space. Hehe.

Next to the shop was this park where the old market used to be. Great just sitting there, eating out desserts and soaking in the atmosphere. Macau’s truly picturesque and I’m already looking forward to going back!

Gelatina Mok Yi Kei 莫義記大菜糕榴莲雪糕
end of Rua Do Cunha
Taipa Village, Macau.

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Sulaiman’s Famous Cendol, Pudu.

During a recent walkabout around the Pudu market (半山芭) area, we were brought to this cendol stall in some alleyway off Jalan Pudu. Only after we were seated, we noted that many locals ordered their cendol in cantonese! Yup, the Indian uncle manning the stall speaks Cantonese. Heh.

The Cendol Kacang (RM1.10) is your usual plain cendol with a serving of kidney beans. The beans were soft and flavourful without being too mushy. And the cendol easily glides down one’s throat. The ratio of gula melaka and the coconut milk here is perfect, resulting in a refreshing, fragrant yet not too sweet dessert.

My favourite however, is the Cendol Jagung (RM1.20). Somehow the dollop of cream corn accentuates the flavours.

Great dessert during these hot days indeed. He also has Cendol Pulut, with glutinous rice and a special version .

Sulaiman’s Famous Cendol & Rojak
Mobile Stall next to Restoran R.S.S Maju,
Pudu Market Alleyway (Jalan Pasar?)
Pudu, K.Lumpur.

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Ngor Kee 鹅記渣咋, Hong Kong.

After dinner at Mido, we went down Nathan Road (which by the way, is really long, spanning over a few MRT stations!) in search of dessert. Entered this chinese dessert specialty shop, which seems to have originated from Macau. They serve a variety of hot and cold desserts, from to fu fah (豆腐花), sai mai lo (西米露), liong fun (凉粉) to tong yuen (湯圓) etc.

But their signature dessert is the Portuguese dessert Ja Ja (HKD 14), or Cha Cha which is a sweet Mixed Bean soup dessert. Different types of beans incl. red bean, green beans, kidney bean, chickpeas etc is cooked with yam, sago and other ingredients to come up with this nutritious dessert. Coconut milk and coconut strips (椰絲) are also added for that aromatic rich touch. Quite similar to our Bubur Chacha, but this features beans more than the yams or sweet potatoes.

I opted for something less rich and went for the Cincau with Milk (牛奶凉粉 @ HKD 11). Refreshing and light combination.

For the even healthier option, one can have fresh fruits with the cincau (鲜果凉粉 @ HKD 17).

Ngor Kee Ja Ja 鵞記渣咋
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Hong Kong

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Just Heavenly Cakes

Having heard tonnes of Just Heavenly‘s cakes, decided to pop by to try it when I was in the neighborhood. The friend I brought along with me left a very happy girl indeed. Chose the following from the counter;

1. Baked Lemon Cheese with Passion Fruit Coulis

Baked Lemon Cheese with Passion Fruit Coulis

the bite-size lemon cheese sat atop a chocolate coated biscuit and was drizzled with passion fruit coulis. it wasn’t too sour but i found the taste to be a little powdery. the biscuit was a nice touch.

2. Banana Cream Pie

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This was really good! I love the crust which tasted digestive-biscuity. a layer of chocolate coats the crumbly crust and is topped with custard, cream and the sliced bananas. sprinkled lightly with icing sugar. quite a delightful dessert to polish off.

3. Sticky Butterscotch

Sticky Butterscotch

Now this actually had squiggly swirls all over it before we agreed to have it microwaved for 15secs and this is what we ended up with. but despite the glob, it tasted heavenly! the warm cupcake base went perfectly with the butterscotch. finished this quickest. if only we could lick the plate clean…

my only thought was why we were asked to dine and pay at the opposite chef&brew? it felt a little awkward as there was no communication between the staff of both places and the captain of chef&brew was not particularly receptive of us. still, this is not going to deter me going back for more desserts!

Just Heavenly Pleasures
G1.05 & G. 1.06 Epicure
Jalan Medan Setia 1
Bukit Damansara
Kuala Lumpur

Closed on Sundays

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