Smoked Duck Caesar Salad gets our thumbs-up at Eatlicious Restaurant

Smoked Duck Caesar Salad gets our thumbs-up at Eatlicious Restaurant

I seldom give anything a “highly recommended” rating but the smoked duck at Eatlicious Restaurant deserves my highest appraisal.

They call it, “Smoked Duck Caesar Salad” (RM17.90) but I think it should be renamed “Miss Smoked Duck Universe” because it is a winner dish.

I do not know how they do it or what they use for the duck, but the moment the first piece reached my taste buds, I just fell in love with it.

As I told my wife after the food tasting session last night, to take the first piece of the smoked duck is like seeing a pretty girl and falling in love with her at first sight. The best part is: I want my one and only wife to enjoy the dish on our next visit since she missed it!

This is not just my feedback but at least, this was the way most, if not all eight ordinary food tasters, could say of this soon-to-be bestseller dish, if they can maintain the consistency.

I loved it so much so that I cannot resist but to set aside other reviews to do this one piece first. Maybe, I will just forget about the video clip that I was planning to do for the sake of getting the news out first before anyone does!

Although the restaurant located just beside Sunway University is barely one month old (they were officially open on October 10), the chef has been around in the food and beverage business for the past 20 years. That explains it!

They also have lamb shank priced at RM38.90, Baked Chicken Curry Cheese Rice (RM16.90), Chicken Wings (RM13.90) and Set Cheese Ball (recommended, price: RM15.90).

You can also try their Fried Oyster Mushroom (RM8.90) as a snack if you are a fan of mushroom. Targeting mainly at students, they also have Chicken Carbonara (RM14.90), which my six-year-old daughter, who is normally a small eater, finished to the last bit.

Explaining the concept of Eatlicious, manager Lee Ek who invited us here said their Chinese Herb Chicken Rice (RM11.90) and other à la carte dishes are to have a place where they can have at least a nutritious meal.

Their Thai Style Fish Chip also comes with rice and priced at RM13.90. According to Chan, a student had finished the whole lamb shank by himself, but most people would share the dish.

So far, the prices are reasonable but the only downside is that the restaurant is not open on Sundays due to lack of workers.

Eatlicious Restaurant is located at No 41, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway

Tel: 03-56118328

Business hours: 11 am – 10 pm
Closed on: Sundays

Waltzing to J&D Espresso

Waltzing to J&D Espresso

Next on our Waltzing Matilda food trail, we waltz over to J&D Espresso in Bandar Utama, where they claim to serve ‘bloody good coffee.’

Located at the Mini Oasis Centre at the traffic light junction between Lebuh Bandar Utama and Persiaran Tropicana, I admit having passed by the place umpteen times, but never thought that behind the façade of what appears like a pub is, in fact, a cosy place with some good Aussie cuisine for breakfast and brunch.

They are closed in the evenings, but for those who can swing there before 6pm, the one thing that I can recommend is their Porky Lasagna. J&D’s Lasagna is one of the better ones that I have tasted around town. It gets my thumbs up. Besides me, two other invited guests also gave it the thumbs up!

Memories

Although I was looking for a real good Quiche Lorraine the way I liked it, without that, the lasagna would do to bring back memories as a student who would order almost the same items every day for two weeks in a row at the university cafeteria.

For me, a quick lunch was either the Lasagna or Quiche, or sometimes the German Shepherd’s pie, for just a couple of Aussie dollars back in the 80s. I hope the next round when I visit J&D, they would have their Quiche; it is worth tasting it, if you have never tried it before.

For a start, since most quiche is still not that popular in Malaysia, let’s begin by learning how to pronounce the word. It is not pronounced as ‘kuey-chi’ or ‘quee-cheh’ but ‘[keesh]’.

The next time you visit J&D, ask for Quiche Lorraine and let us know how you like the taste.

It is impressive that one of the invited guests, Raquel Ho, a young lady who has lived in Melbourne for a number of years when she was young, said that she “really likes the pizza”. I never expected her to also say that she likes the fries the way it is prepared.

Although a pizza serving in Australia is unusually larger and rich in ingredients by comparison, J&D’s Aussie with an Egg Pizza (RM25) which features pork bacon, cheddar, mozzarella and fresh farm egg, is good to try out.

Several guests including 11-year-old Ariel Mak, also enjoyed the pizza as well. I was not so much a pizza type of person while living in Australia; therefore, I would not comment much except to say that the first time I had a real good Italian pizza was many years down the road when I was on a holiday trip to Melbourne.

My auntie and I were staring at two “small” pizzas that we had ordered, which turned out a much bigger portion or as big as our “large” pizza here in Malaysia. Both of us had a tough time to finish the two small pizzas although they tasted great!

Fish and chips brought back memories of student days. During the summer vacation, when I had more free time, I would take a walk to the nearest milk bar at Morton Street (in a suburb known as Clayton, Melbourne) to pick up some fresh milk. I would then pick up my favourite packet of fish and chips from my favourite shop operated by a Greek couple.

For only A$3, I could get a nice big packet with a big slice of fish and lots of chips to have a sumptuous meal. Sadly, there is no way I can expect to taste the same favourite fish and chips, although I did try to look out for the same shop on another visit to Melbourne.

So, when another invitee to the food tasting session, Sid Fong told me that he really likes the fish and chips at J&D, I told myself,

“Yes, I have done my job at introducing what a good dish the fish and chips really is!”

Although it is simple, the Vodka battered Fish and Chips (RM29) has brought delight to Sid’s taste buds. I wonder if it is the vodka, the batter or the dory which is served with herbed fries and salad.

Expatriates who miss their Aussie morning breakfast can try out J&D’s Big Aussie Brekky (RM34), where one can choose either the sunny side up, poached or scrambled egg. The plate comes with it pork bacon, smoked garlic sauce, cherry tomatoes, mushroom medley, baked beans, artisan bread and crispy mushroom croquet.

I picked “sunny side up” as it reminded me of how much we have failed to appreciate the sun, especially after being in a few days of gloomy winter days in Melbourne, where the weather is unpredictable and everyone in Melbourne knows that you can have four seasons in one day. The sunny side up also has a tale to it, because it reminds me of a phrase very popular during my Grandmother’s era,

“The sun is shining on your backside. You are still not awake yet!”

Now, about the Gourmet Pork Burger (RM25) which was another guest, Rich Joseph’s favourite. As Rich said, most people may think that the burger looks small, but it can be very filling indeed.

Besides the Aussie cuisine that I sought for, J&D also has its own creation. A more recent one is their Bacon and Eggs Pancake (RM25) which I kind of enjoy, as it is basically a fluffy pancake. I can actually do without the poached egg, but I would not barter the pork bacon, mushrooms and herbed spinach.

For most part of the day, I noticed that one or two older people walk into the café but it is mainly the young and upcoming professionals who come here because of the ambience, and I suspect, also for the food as well.

Check out the earlier restaurants on our Waltzing Matilda food trail: Bonfire. There are more to come. For more Australian outback songs, tune in here. Also, to read my article on the Waltzing Matilda Food Trail, click here.

J&D Espresso is located at
Oasis Business Centre BU11, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya Tel: 03 78869693/ 017 3133931

Business hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Whatsapp:  017-313 3931

The other articles on our Waltzing Matilda food trail series:

Nostalgia of food from Australian Outback

Nostalgia of food from Australian Outback

Exactly thirty years since graduating from a university in Melbourne, Australia, I am still feeling nostalgic about the Australian outback.

Not that I had spent a lot of time in the outback, but the bush songs such as the Waltzing Matilda still ring fresh in my mind.

That’s when I learnt fair dinkum Aussie colloquialism used nowhere else except Down Under – words such as ‘the swagman’, ‘tucker bag’, ‘billabong’ and jumbuck.

And the usual Australian greeting, “Good day (pronounced as ‘gud’die’) and questions that sometimes we would make fun of when asked by the bank teller (cashier), “How’d you like it?”

I once cheekily told the teller, “Of course, the more money you can give me, I would love to have more!” What she meant was: “How would you like your withdrawals? In what denominations?”

When I heard “denominations” (which meant, in notes of ten dollars, twenty dollars or fifties), I would answer with a smile: “I am a Baptist” or sometimes, “I am a Methodist.” In Australia, the Methodist Church has become part of what is known as the United Churches; therefore, most Australians would not know the meaning of Methodist

Those were the good old days and the mesmerising memories of student days in Australia! And of course, the time that we spent in a farm, where we had kangaroo meat for barbeque for the first time.

The visit to an old gold mine in Ballarat with the Wulffs (now deceased) and having our lunch there was a great outing for me as an Asian student. The humble couple, whom we called Mr and Mrs Pellings (deceased) were great hosts, too and I particularly liked Mrs Pellings home-cooked food!

What better way to explain to my children about my Australian stint than to let them go on a Waltzing Matilda Food Trail themselves.

It brings me back great memories of all the delicious yummy Australian cuisine that we had had in the homes of our host parents. The church we attended had many host parents who would take us into their hospitality to share a meal together. Sometimes, we would bring a plate (another colloquial Australian which means bring a dish) to share a meal together.

For this coming Waltzing Matilda Food Trail, in order to avoid getting into copyright issues, I decided to get our wonder-boy-turned-young-man, Colin Ng Soon Beng to play me the Waltzing Matilda after listening to the way it is played

Incidentally, Colin’s skull surgery was carried out successfully in Australia when he was a child, with the support from public donations.

I have known Colin since he was ten years old, but now, he is a young man. Unfortunately, as Colin’s mother, Janet Ooi told me, Colin can only improvise as part of the song had a very high note that would need the violin to produce.

Despite being born blind and with multiple disabilities, Colin is an accomplished musician with a Bachelor of Music but he is hardly known these days. I hope by our collaboration, with him providing the background video to my food video clips, I can help him to gain some prominence, and along with it, get invitations for some paid performances.

Janet, who is now a single mother since her husband passed away a few years ago, is dependent on Colin as the sole breadwinner. This is one young man whose music will truly mesmerise anyone. He can listen to a piece of music once; thereafter, he can play the whole piece back to you.

An avid car enthusiast since he was young, Colin can also listen to a vehicle passing by and tell you, “This is a Proton Aeroback 1.3 made in 1988.” Or, you can ask him, “Colin, what photocopying machine is this?” and he will respond with the brand and model of the machine.

For the Waltzing Matilda Food Trail, let’s start with Bonfire at The Starling Mall in Damansara Uptown which serves ‘modern Australian’ cuisine which is cooked using a custom-made woodfired oven. The ‘smoky smell and taste of perfectly charred meat, seafood or vegetables’ is what makes me nostalgic of Australia where barbeque is still very popular.

Clients can choose from any kinds of meat – the Whole Red Snapper, with Sweetbasil and coconut Beurre Blanc; Rack of Lamb with Mediterranean Salad; Squid Two Way – Otak-Otak Stuffed Squid & Charred Squid with Fresh Pineapple Salad; Pineapple Glazed Beef Short Ribs, served with grilled pineapple; and Mediterranean Baby Spring Chicken, served with cumin, fennel and coriander.

The other articles on our Waltzing Matilda food trail series:

Bonfire Restaurant

Bonfire Restaurant

On our Waltzing Matilda Food Trail, let’s start with Bonfire at The Starling Mall in Damansara Uptown.

Touted as a ‘modern Australian’ restaurant serving cuisine which is cooked using a custom-made woodfired oven, Bonfire first caught my attention, when I saw the bunting.

It was the description on their website which describes the ‘smoky smell and taste of perfectly charred meat, seafood or vegetables’ which made me feel nostalgic of Australia where I had my first experience with barbeque some 30 years ago.

Although nowadays, BBQ stoves use charcoal, I am sure many of my fellow Australian university alumni would agree with me that there is nothing like a rank of lamb or the red snapper that is properly grilled in a woodfired oven, especially when it is done by an experienced chef and served with the right sauces that you cannot find in the supermarkets.

Therefore, the Big Bonfire Platter which can serve up to four pax each platter is my first recommendation for their main course for dinner. It reminds me of ‘bringing a plate’ (meaning each person brings a dish for a shared meal) in Australian colloquialism.

The Big Bonfire Platter comes with a choice of three meats at RM175 (or two meats at RM135). The platter is for four adults.

For the Wagyu Skirt Steak which is served with Piquant Sauce, there is an additional surcharge of RM20.

It is a great platter to order, especially when fellow Australian alumni plan a get together. You can never go wrong with something on the platter which will suit someone’s taste buds.

Although a lover of lamb chops and barbeque beef, I still love their woodfired garlic and capsicum. Because most people do not know how to appreciate the woodfired vegetables, I get to enjoy them.

In between, especially on a perpetually hot “summer day” right here in Malaysia, the Peach and Lemon Tea Cooler (RM25 and available only during lunch hours) is a thirst quencher that cannot be resisted. I must add that when you take woodfired meat, a glass of red wine is also a great pairing.

Although we could have brought our own bottle of red wine, with a corkage charge of RM60 per bottle, I think it is more worth it to take it from their wine stock as they do serve the Woodfired Shiraz at RM160 a bottle from the well-known Australian winemaker DeBortoli and the French Gerard Bertrand Cab Sauv (RM140 per bottle). Alternatively, for their non-alcoholic drinks, try their tea spritzers.

As Contemporary Australia is a melting pot of cuisine with British and indigenous origins, and a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian influences, Bonfire’s Seafood Bouillabaisse (RM26) is something that I would strongly recommend to those who love seafood soup. My son, who is passionate about it, decided to finish every bit of the French-style seafood soup.

You can read the innocent comments coming from this nine-year-old connoisseur by reading his foodie blog. This is my little attempt to launch him into the world of writing and gastronomy.

The ambience at the restaurant is a great place for small gathering, especially when fellow Australian alumni groups need a place to just enjoy the nostalgia of their stay in Australia.

According to its co-founder, Lee Poh Peng, they will also be open for Christmas Eve and Christmas lunch, with some special Christmas menu in the planning stage.

Both Poh Peng and her sister, Ai Peng graduated from Melbourne University. They came out with the idea of Bonfire after visiting Porteno Restaurant in Surry Hills in New South Wales.

Before you reserve a table for the gathering, go and check out their food first. They also serve ala carte.  

For more Australian outback songs, tune in here. Also, to read my article on the Waltzing Matilda Food Trail, click here.

Bonfire Restaurant is located at G-032, The Starling Mall, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama (Uptown), Petaling Jaya.

Business hours:
Sun – Thurs: 11 am – 12 am
Fri – Sat: 11 am – 1 am
Kitchen closes 9.45pm everyday
Tel: 018-9198226

Bonfire website: www.bonfire.net.my
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BonfireDamansara

Bonfire Restaurant

Just the Chettinad Dining Experience

Just the Chettinad Dining Experience

For the uninitiated, the Chettiars are famous not only as money lenders; they do have their well-known cuisines that give a truly Chettinad dining experience.

Most of us may think that Indian restaurants are all the same, but like the Chinese, we our Cantonese-style, Hakka-style, Hailam-style, Foo-Chow style, and Malay restaurants, we have cuisines ala Minangkabau, ala Kelantan, ala Terengganu and so on. The Indian cuisines are also varied based on their geographical origins.

There is the Kerala-style, Hyderabad-style, and in Malaysia, to taste the Chettinad cuisines, Anjappar Restaurant is the right place to visit.

The first Anjappar restaurant was started by its patriarch, Anjappar in Chennai in 1964.

Today, with over 70 outlets around the world, Anjappar prides itself as a pioneer in popularising the Chettinad cuisines. In fact, for most Chettiars in Chennai, the name Anjappar is synonymous with the Chettinad cuisines.

I must admit that although I have been a fan of Indian and Mamak food, I have not really been able to differentiate the different style of cooking until I did the food tasting at Anjappar.

Here, one should start with the somewhat spicy Crab or Nandu Rasam (RM9.00), which is a great appetizer to begin the meal with.

According to one of the invited guests, Dr Tapash Rudra from Calcutta, the rasam is good for

“any kind of mental stress as it is able to relieve oxidative stress.”

For starters, they have both Gobi 65 and Onion Pakoda. Onion Pakoda (RM9.50) or some call it Onion Bhaje is also an Indian snack used as a starter for most Indian meals. Gobi 65 is basically cauliflower (or ‘sayur kobis’) deep fried using the same ingredients used for Prawn 65 (RM24) which is one of their signature dishes.

I asked the restaurant founder’s son, Kandawamy Anjapparwhy the reason why the number 65. “It’s a secret recipe that my father came up with,” he said.

“He did not know what to call it, so he just called it 65 as it was also the number 65 dish that he had created. Since then, he has used the secret recipe not only for the prawns, but for other dishes as well.”

Since I am a fan of Kebab from the moment I tasted my first Souvlaki as a student in Melbourne thirty years ago, Anjappar’s Chicken Garlic Kebab (RM20) definitely attracted me. Although it is done differently, the kebab tastes good.

Their chicken dishes can come in different cooking styles as Ginger Chicken Dry (RM17.00), Chicken Manchurian Dry (RM17.00) and Special Chicken Dish (RM19.00).

For those who love Masala, their Fish Masala (RM18.00) is best eaten along with white rice, but I find that it also goes well with the naan. Individual guests who visit the restaurant can also do with just their briyani rice served with either chicken or mutton. On its own, the briyani rice can be really a heavy lunch.

As this has been a family restaurant for over half a century, Anjappar also has dishes that cater to the taste buds of children. For the children, I would recommend their Chicken Lollipop (RM17.00) and Fish fingers (RM22.00).

Overall, it is a good dining experience for those who have never tasted the Chettinad cuisines.

Anjappar Restaurants in Malaysia are located at three different places:

Address: G56, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +6(0)3 2288 1508/+6(0)3 2288 1509
Business hours: 8AM-11PM

 
Address: No.35, Jalan 14/20, Seksyen 14, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +603 7932 1508
Business hours: 9AM – 11:30PM

 
Address: 136, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 2273 3812
Business hours: 9AM – 11PM

STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in all sorts of gastronomical delights – Western, Middle Eastern and Asian.

Der Backmeister simply means The Master Baker

Der Backmeister simply means The Master Baker

When Oliver Rollar decided to call it a day in the corporate world, his passion in the bakery business took off to where he is today.

With the help of a baker friend of his from Cologne, Germany, Klaus and his wife Monika, Oliver and three other partners managed to set up the bakery in July, 2015.

“The Adolphs were kind enough to spend three months with us to set up the kitchen and help out with the Front of House,” he said.

“In Germany, Klaus and Monika have a lot of experience operating four bakeries, a hotel and a restaurant. Monika herself, for example, has 45 years of experience in total!”

Soon, Der Backmeister was up and running and both Malaysians and expatriates can now be proud of having a German bakery right here at Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

Whenever they crave for a hearty German meal – especially Monika’s delicious goulash soup, a stew of meat and vegetables – they can waze their way to Der Backmeister.

Der Backmeister is now pretty busy during weekends and public holidays with four bakers working hard to produce fresh bread for a never ending string of customers who know how to appreciate what a real solid loaf bread is – the way it is done traditionally.

Once they love and crave for Der Backmeister’s wide range of bread, they would no longer touch the factory-produced soft and fluffy ones. From the strudels, pretzels, brezel, buns and Currywurst to the different kinds of bread made from sourdough, Der Backmeister does have a wide range to choose from.

Name it, they have it – the Whole Grain Honey Spelt (RM23), Walnut Bread (RM18), Farmer’s Housewife (RM15), Pain De Campagne (RM15), Bavarian Spelt (RM23), Pumpkin Bread (RM15), Cranberry Loaf (RM15), Opa Klaus Bread (named after Oliver’s friend Klaus, RM20), Tea Bread (RM15) and almost anything including Oliver’s own “innovation” of Roti Curry Rendang (a sandwich).

There is also a story behind the Curry Rendang sandwich. “One of my customers had to rush back home one day when she suddenly realised that she had put her rendang on slow fire,” he said. “Because I told her that I love rendang, she later gave me some of her rendang. It was delicious but I could not eat it without the bread. So, that’s how the Roti Curry Rendang came about.”

When Oliver offered us to try his Roti Curry Rendang, I immediately responded, “Yes, why not?” I have not regretted and I would strongly recommend everyone stepping into Der Backmeister to at least try it. To me, it is a great combination.

Being a lover of all kinds of seeds and nuts, I could not resist to try every kind of bread that was served on the table. The Big Backmeister, which is a mixed platter of salami, meatloaf, ham, cheese, butter, jam and eggs, is for those have a big appetite. The platter comes with different kinds of bread and buns.

In fact, my 9-year- old son managed to capture each type of bread on the shelf using his phone-camera and has since posted them on his new blog on food. I am encouraging him to start writing and taking his own photographs.

There were four of us for the food review and we thought there was too much to finish initially, but everything was so good that we had nearly nothing left by the time the session was over. The most important thing was everyone was happy with the food served.

My primary schoolmate who then went to the same secondary school and later to the same university in Melbourne, K.K. Yaw happened to fly in from Perth and he was able to join in the food tasting session.

This, in fact, is more than a food tasting session for him. It is an experience that I know he would bring back to Perth, and when he comes back in December, I trust he has already put Der Backmeister on his diary.

To be honest, a sumptuous meal here cannot go without a cup of either cappuccino, latte or as Oliver himself puts it, his favourite expresso. You need some room for that!

Der Backmeister Is located At:

Address: 40, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2856 0613

Business hours: 8am – 7pm, Closed on Mondays

 

They have another outlet at:

Address: KPJ Ampang Puteri Hospital, 1, Jalan Mamanda 9, Ampang, Selangor

Tel: 03-4265 0222

Business hours: 7:30am – 9:30pm, daily

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derbackmeister/

Website: https://www.derbackmeister.com/

Waze location: https://www.waze.com/location?h=w283befwn

STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in all sorts of gastronomical delights – Western, Middle Eastern and Asian.