Sepiring, The Mines Seri Kembangan

Having the same ol’ hawker food for lunch everyday can get boring, so the colleagues and I drove out to The Mines for some food and chill. Since the prices looked reasonable, we went to Sepiring, a cafe that serves local favourites such as rice and laksa.

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Interior is modern, cosy and dimly lit for a comfy ambience. Place needs better ventilation as the mixed smell of food lingered in the air, and not a pleasant one at that.

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Set lunch comes with an iced peach tea.

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Colleague had ‘Rice Rhapsody’ (RM13.90); flavoured rice cooked with chicken thigh cubes and sliced mushrooms, braised Chinese mushroom, pak choy and shrimp dumpling soup.

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I tried their Curry Laksa (RM13.90), which came in a decent portion with taufu pok and chicken charsiew. The grilled chicken was sweet with a nice glaze, while the shrimp dumplings were sizable. Only qualms was that it seemed to have been soaked in soup for too log as the skin was soft and soggy. The curry broth was meh and kinda oily. Overall, it was an okay meal for the price, but wouldn’t go purposely to have it if am at The Mines.

SEPIRING 

Unit No. L1-91, Level 1, Mines Shopping Fair, 228 Jalan Dulang

Mines Resort City, Seri Kembangan.

 

Hot, Steamy Curry Laksa @ Ah Cheng Laksa, IOI Mall Puchong

There’s a very interesting story to Ah Cheng Laksa, a popular street food franchise that has made it’s way into shopping malls all around Malaysia.

The owner, Edmund, is a young entrepeneur in his 30s from Kedah, where his aunt (Ah Cheng) sold laksa:  a sour, fish and tamarind-based noodle soup that also includes ingredients like red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, mint, torch ginger and a whole host of other pungent, strong-flavoured herbs and spices… as well as hae ko (thick shrimp paste). While studying in KL, he found that he couldn’t find this excellent taste anywhere in the Klang Valley. So Edmund started his own shop at a hawker center and night markets, which became very popular with the locals.

The rest, as they say, is history.

I had my first taste of Ah Cheng Laksa at a food review for my old job at the paper. While I like their asam laksa, which is thick and rich, my personal favourite is their curry laksa, or curry noodles.

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Pick from a choice of thick yellow noodles, kuey teow (glass noodles), vermicilli, or mix them together. Steamy hot curry broth is ladled over chunks of tender chicken, long beans, a smattering of bean sprouts and tofu pok (beancurd). I like to add loads of extra cockles in mine.

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Fat, juicy cockles are really what makes this dish so divine. The soup is so creamy and flavourful you can easily finish the whole bowl without realising it.

The outlet is self-service, where you order at the counter and then collect your food when your number is called. Prices are reasonable and they have set lunches that come with a drink.

Ah Cheng Laksa 

G18B2, Ground Floor,

Old Wing, IOI Mall Puchong

47100 Puchong, Malaysia

Open: 10am – 10pm