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Brunch & Japanese Fare @ Buranchi, Bandar Puteri Puchong

I’ve driven past Buranchi a couple of times before, but never tried it until recently. Suprisingly, it was the Moo who suggested we grab lunch there (she isn’t keen on dining out because of the high number of coronavirus cases here in Selangor).

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Buranchi is Japanese for brunch, a fitting name for a cafe that specialises in all-day breakfasts and Japanese and Western fusion cuisine. Expect items such as sausage puffs, omu curry rice, yakiniku don, potato salad, ramen and udon. They also offer a selection of coffee and cakes.

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The interior is bright and cheerful, and you’ll find cute touches like these Japanese daruma dolls all around the premises.

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Honey Coffee (RM9) for a caffeine boost.

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Moo’s Chazuke (RM13) had exquisite presentation.

Chazuke comes from the Japanese ocha (tea) and zuke (to submerge), and usually comprises rice topped with various condiments such as pickled vegetables and wasabi, and a dashi/tea/broth that is poured over the rice. The one at Buranchi is served with a side of grilled saba (mackerel). It’s a simple meal that is not too heavy, which is probably why it’s popular with the ladies.

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I prefer robust flavours, so I got the Tonkatsu Ramen (RM17), which is one of the cafe’s specialties.

I was very impressed with the quality of the ramen. The noodles were al dente, and it was served with slices of crunchy bamboo shoots, ajitsuke tamago (half-boiled egg) and nori (seaweed). The star was definitely the pork bone soup, which was rich, savoury and full of porky goodness (I emptied the bowl, lol). While I remain devoted to Menya Shishi Do, I think Buranchi’s version is not bad at all for its price, especially if you’re stuck in Puchong and can’t drive all the way to PJ to have your ramen fix.

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To round off the meal, the Moo and I shared a Sea salt Chocolate Mousse (RM10). It was smooth, creamy and luscious; the chocolate was not too sweet and still had a hint of the astringency you get from dark cocoa, while the slight amount of sea salt helped to balance out everything – sort of like the principle of salted caramel.

Buranchi certainly impressed me with its service, quality and price, which is reasonable for the setting. Will be making a return visit to try out other dishes!

BURANCHI

72A-G, Jalan Puteri 5/5, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 830AM – 4PM (closed Mondays)

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Review: Alibaba Kopitiam, Taman Putra Prima Puchong

Hey guys! This will just be a short post to show that I am still alive lol.

Between working my 9 to 6 job, being stuck in traffic for at least three hours a day, doing my part-time job after regular work hours, and entertaining the bf who’s visiting Malaysia for three weeks, I wish there were more hours in a day.

IfI wasn’t doing the part time job I’d have a bit of a breather, but I need the money. Took my car for repairs recently; and my phone’s LCD screen is leaking because I dropped it. And that’s another few hundred gone from the pocket. Sigh. Adulting is so hard.

But I digress.

The fam and I had lunch at this coffee shop called Alibaba (odd name, I know), tucked deep within the commercial area of Taman Putra Prima. Not sure if bad feng shui but the place has always been quiet, even though there are so many housing estates within.

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Pretty empty for a weekend.

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The eatery serves up a mix of local and Western dishes.

Moo had the lontong, a dish consisting of rice cakes that were rolled in banana leaf and boiled, before being served in a sweet-savoury coconut-milk based soup. The version here was a bit too sweet for my liking, but if that’s your cup of tea, it isn’t too bad.

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Bro and dad both had the chicken curry with nasi kunyit. The curry was, again, a tad too sweet for my liking, but the flavours were there and the chicken tasted fresh and was cooked well.

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My grilled chicken chop came served with salad, fries and a mushroom sauce. Decent chicken chop, albeit small in size. Fries were the generic frozen type.

All in all, an okay place to have a relaxing lunch since it isn’t crowded, and the prices are not too steep.

ALIBABA KOPITIAM 

18, Jalan PP 2/4, Taman Putra Prima, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 9AM – 10PM

Phone: +603 8051 8913