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Moge Tee, PFCC Puchong

Update: A week after I posted this, the outlet closed. Guess I jinxed it lol.

You know how certain locations seem to be jinxed? Some people call it bad juju; in Chinese we call it bad fengshui. Think a business that can’t seem to prosper despite being in a high traffic area, or a shop that people always bypass, even though the adjacent ones do just fine.

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This corner lot at PFCC Puchong seems to be one of those locations. It was previously home to a cafe called Miss Paris and Toast; then another cafe. Both shuttered. Now Moge Tee, an established tea and snack chain known for its pancake souffles, has taken up residence – and while I’m hopeful it’ll break the ‘chain’, I’m not too optimistic, judging from how quiet it was on a Friday evening, when S and I came by.

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I tried Moge Tee’s pancake souffle at their SS2 outlet before, and it was among the best ones I have tasted, thanks to the addition of cheese, which gave it a nice balance between sweet and salty. Didn’t order the souffle this time though; went for the Mango Milk instead, while S had the Oolong Tea with cheese.

While Moge Tee also serves the usual bubble milk tea, they are better known for their range of fruit teas. The Mango Milk I had was okay, not too sweet, but the mango puree was quite stringy and fibrous. S’s Oolong tea with cheese was decent too but I wouldn’t say it was outstanding.

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Our snack of fried chicken took a long time to arrive. Avoid this if you’re planning to come here; the chicken had a texture like cardboard. Any random Alisan stall from a night market would have been better than this.

MOGE TEE (PUCHONG)

G-06,Ground Floor Tower 4 & 5@PFCC, Jalan Puteri 1/2, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

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N.Ice Ice Cream Shop @ Jaya One PJ

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I’ve walked past N.ice a couple of times while at Jaya One, but never got down to trying it. With how hot the weather has been lately, this was the perfect opportunity. The shop is pretty new, having opened in December 2020, and is apparently a spin-off of the streetwear brand NERDUNIT. Prices are quite steep though, so be prepared to shell out about RM15++ for a soft serve with all the trimmings.

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The shop is a small kiosk with a couple of seats and ice-themed decor.
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The ice creams have cool (pun intended) names like New Era, Bearbrick, Mindf*cked, Deconstruct and Restricted Area; and usually incorporate some sort of cereal plus cookies. I was going to drive so I wanted something I could hold and not make a mess. Ordered an ice cream milkshake instead.
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My Oreo Shake (RM15.90). It was nice and creamy, and the bits of ground Oreo added some crunch to it. It wasn’t particularly fantastic though, and the portion was quite small so it wasn’t worth the price, for me at least. The ice creams look like they fare better (bigger portion), according to videos online.

One thing to note though: While they tout themselves as ‘natural and nutritious’, I don’t see a lot of info online about what is in the ice cream apart from the ingredients listed (I don’t think cereal is THAT nutritious?). There’s also no mention as to how the ice cream is made; like if they make it in-house like artisan ice cream parlours, or if they’re getting it from a supplier. For the price N.Ice charges, I think I’d prefer homegrown artisanal brands like Inside Scoop because I know these are handcrafted and made in small batches with lots of love. That’s just my personal opinion though – you can always try this to see how you like it!

PS: You can get the ice cream at the NERDUNIT shop in Sunway Pyramid too.

N.ICE

100-P2.013, Level P2, The School @ Jaya One, 72A, Jln Profesor Diraja Ungku Aziz, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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Tau Foo Fah & Soyamilk @ Dao, Puchong Jaya

Back when I was still working at the newspaper, I did a business story on the gentrification of street food; ie, well-loved local hawker favourites such as popiah, oh-chien and nasi lemak being repackaged and sold in a ‘nicer’ setting (comfortable, with air conditioning), to serve a younger crowd. This was back in 2014, when the trend was just starting to emerge.

Fast forward seven years later, and such establishments are now the norm rather than the exception. Some of these, like Dao, are generational businesses, updated to suit modern times and palates. Founded by three siblings from Ipoh (their father is the owner of Woong Kee Dessert, a famous traditional tau foo fah shop in Ipoh), Dao draws from the siblings’ family recipes to bring soymilk-based desserts — with a twist — to KL’s urban folk.

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The Puchong branch is not their first; they also have outlets in SS15 Subang, Damansara Jaya and Kuchai Lama. S and I were in the neighbourhood recently when we walked past so we got some items to go.

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Of course, given the setting, the prices are slightly higher than what you get from the usual roadside stalls/ tau foo fah vans. A regular bowl of tao foo fah (Dao spells it as ‘dao fu fah‘) will set you back RM4.20, with a choice of ginger, brown or white sugar syrup. Aside from beancurd and soymilk, they also serve dao bing (shaved ice) and soymilk-based ice cream.

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Ready-to-eat gelato tubs.
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Dao uses Canadian soybeans, which are sourced locally from wholesalers, according to an article by Discover KL.
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The cafe’s interior features nostalgic elements and murals, with a modern touch.
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S got the tau foo fah. I was still feeling full from our yumcha session, so I bought a 500ml bottle of soymilk with white sugar. It comes in a slim bottle with minimal packaging. At RM5.30, it’s almost double of what you can get from roadside stalls, but this is to be expected. Tastewise, it was good — not too sweet, and the ground soybeans had a great fragrance — but I probably won’t get it to go next time. If I’m paying a premium, I want to enjoy the environment as much as the food.

DAO DESSERTS (PUCHONG)

4-G, Jalan Kenari 18, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47170 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM (closed Wednesdays)

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Online Cake Delivery by Cake Together

The fam and I aren’t big on birthday celebrations – we rarely even get cakes – but my colleagues in Singapore were kind enough to send me one when they heard it was my birthday. Thanks, guys! They used a service called Cake Together, which is like a marketplace for bakers. There are over 100 to choose from and they provide deliveries around the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru and Penang.

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My colleagues ordered a five-inch Chocolate Mudcake from Little Collins, a cakery and cafe in Mont Kiara KL. It arrived at the stipulated time. Aside from the cake, the delivery also included a few bottles of Nescafe.

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The cake was beautiful. I was expecting it to be very sweet, but it was just right. It was everything a good chocolate mud cake should be: thick, moist and chocolatey. The cake was also very tall, so despite being five inches there was more than enough to share between our fam of four.

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Highly recommended!
The cake looks exactly like pictured. Some places have this ‘for illustration purposes only’ disclaimer and what you get is a disappointment lol.

The Cake Together website is very easy to navigate: you can browse according to category, including flavours, cake types (brownies, cupcakes, puffs, etc.) or cakes for special occasions. They also offer halal-certified options, as well as vegan and gluten-free cakes.

You can get same day delivery if you order before 4PM. The order will arrive within four hours. Alternatively, you can order in advance and set the date and time you’d like for it to arrive. Very convenient!

The Chocolate Mudcake from Little Collins is affordable at RM55. Depending on where you stay though, the delivery will cost more: to deliver to my place, the charge was RM25, which is almost half the price of the cake. That’s the price of convenience, I guess.

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Hong Kong-style Desserts @ Lou Gai Fong, Bandar Puchong Jaya

Hey guys! I hope you’re all keeping safe. After a lull of sorts, coronavirus cases have spiked again in Malaysia to over 400 cases at the time of this writing. Most of them are from the election which was held in Sabah recently. For some unfortunate reason, our government did not impose a mandatory quarantine for returnees to West Malaysia, and since people can’t be trusted to home quarantine themselves, it resulted in several clusters. It doesn’t help that we have reckless and irresponsible politicians abusing their privileges and power, getting slaps on the wrist for breaking the rules. If you can’t lead by example, how can you expect the rakyat to follow?

I think another quarantine is unlikely. The country’s economy is simply unable to bear the cost of such a move. That being said, I’m going to be staying at home more and eating out less: so that’s a plus for my pocket, I guess?

But I digress.

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A couple of weeks ago, the fam and I went to Chinatown (cases were still in the double digits then so we felt it was okay to go out), and on the way back home we stopped for a tea time break at Lou Gai Fong in Bandar Puchong Jaya. The Cantonese name literally translates to ‘old timer’ or ‘those who have lived in a neighbourhood /community for a long time. The shop specialises in Hong Kong-style char chaan teng (kinda like HK version of kopitiams) items as well as traditional Chinese desserts (tong shui).

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The exterior has an open kitchen, designed to look like street stalls. Air- conditioned seating is available on the inside.

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The interior is inspired by Hong Kong-themed deco, and features a scene of the island’s famous Cheung Po Chai (a traditional Chinese junk), amidst a backdrop of the Victoria Harbour and its towering skyscrapers. The other wall boasts an almost floor-to-ceiling scene of HK’s night scene and iconic neon signages. Bird cages hang from the ceiling – a tribute to HK’s bird gardens, where elderly folk often bring their songbirds out to the park for display / contests (although sadly, this culture is slowly disappearing).

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In HK, Char chaan tengs are the common man’s go-to, offering reasonably priced food in a casual setting. As such, they dish out fast, tasty and affordable meals for office workers, labourers and everyday salarymen, where they can pop in quickly for a filling lunch. At Lou Gai Fong, they serve typical char chaan teng dishes like tomato egg fried rice, luncheon meat and egg rice, stewed pork rice, noodles, waxed meat with rice, and more

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Since it was tea time, we decided to order some traditional desserts instead. Moo had the white fungus dessert with longan. It came with three boiled quail eggs.

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Pop’s had the curry fishballs. Curry fishballs are a staple of food culture in Hong Kong, originally sold from wooden pushcarts as an inexpensive street snack. They are first boiled, then deep fried, giving them a golden brown coating and extra crispness. Although the portion at Lou Gai Fong is small, the flavour is great, especially the curry which has been tweaked to suit local tastebuds (more spice).

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It’s rare for us to see places selling tong yuen outside of the Winters Solstice Festival, so the Bro and I both had tong yuen. They came in a spicy ginger soup that warmed the belly immediately. I enjoyed the chewy texture of the glutinous rice balls too.

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Bro had a slightly different version; ie bigger balls lol.
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Verdict: The tong shui is decent. Prices are average for a resto of this setting. Service is quite slow. It took awhile for our orders to come to the table, despite the shop being empty.

LOU GAI FONG

25, Jalan Kenari 4, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 7AM – 1AM (daily)

Hilton Kuala Lumpur Celebrates The Mid-Autumn Festival with Royal Midnight Mooncake Series

The Mid-Autumn Festival is an important festival in Chinese culture. Also called the Mooncake Festival or the Lantern Festival, it is also celebrated in a few other East Asian countries, where it is known as Chuseok in Korea and Tsukimi in Japan. The festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese Lunar calendar, when the moon is believed to be at its fullest and brightest. Like the Lunar New Year and Winters Solstice, it is a time of reunion for families, where they gather to watch the moon. The moon’s round shape also symbolizes unity and togetherness, as no matter how far apart loved ones are from each other, they can gaze upon the same moon in the night sky.

Mooncakes are an integral part of the Mid-Autumn Festival. In Malaysia, malls are often chock full of stalls stacked high with mooncake boxes in the days leading up to the festival. Traditional flavours like lotus paste, red bean and black sesame are always popular, but there are also modern creations like tiramisu, chocolate, durian and many more.

Drawing inspiration from these stories, Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s mooncake series, “Royal Midnight”, appreciates the fine art of simplicity and serves as a tribute to the beauty of traditions. Featuring a lunar medallion and silver embroidered clouds on a navy blue sheen fabric, the luxurious mooncake box doubles as a jewellery case.

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The box is so pretty – it’s a work of art on its own!

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Received a box from Hilton KL for work and shared it with colleagues. Brought home the traditional Baked White Lotus Paste. Its eerything a good mooncake should be – not too sweet or greasy, and definitely not cloying. But as with everything, eat in moderation – a baked mooncake can contain as much as 800 calories!

Chynna Special 2020

This year’s signature, the Bulgarian Blush (RM38 nett), comprises custard cream cheese, Bulgarian Rose petal Jam and pine nuts, enclosed in a delicate baby pink snow skin.

Traditional Baked

Enjoy the traditional season with our array of mouthwatering halal-baked mooncakes.

  • Baked White Lotus Paste – RM35 nett
  • Baked White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk – RM38 nett
  • Baked Lotus Paste with Single Yolk – RM35 nett
  • Baked Pandan Paste with Single Yolk – RM35 nett
  • Baked Red Bean Paste with Almond Flakes – RM35 nett
  • Traditional-Style with Five Nuts Mix – RM38 nett

Snow Skin

  • Heavenly Gold – Snow Skin with Pure Premium Musang King Durian – RM56 nett
  • Blue Moon – Snow Skin Amaretto Lotus Paste with Blueberry Cheese Feuillantine – RM35 nett
  • Flower Drum – Snow Skin Lotus Paste with Soft Custard Egg Yolk – RM35 nett

Gift Boxes

  • Royal Midnight Traditional Baked – RM258
  • Royal Midnight Snow Skin – RM268
  • Christy Ng’s Crimson Red/Royal Purple Traditional Baked – RM158
  • Christy Ng’s Crimson Red/Royal Purple Snow Skin – RM168
  • Lunar Charms Traditional Baked RM138
  • Lunar Charms Snow Skin– RM148
  • Heavenly Gold Package – RM318

2020 Mid-Autumn High-Tea at The Lounge

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Indulge in a Mid-Autumn high-tea for two consisting of bite-sized Chinese delights by Chef Lam, and traditional and snow skin mooncakes, complemented by Dilmah’s Natural Rosehip with Hibiscus Tea. The high-tea is priced at RM236 nett for two and isa available from 18 July to 4 October, weekdays from 12.30PM to 5.30PM.

All mooncakes are available for purchase at the hotel lobby or online at www.takehome.hiltonkl.com from now until 4 October 2020. For more information, call +603 2264 2264.

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This Dessert Cafe in Puchong Serves Up Pillow-Soft Souffle Pancakes

First popularised in Japan, souffle pancakes are a gift to mankind.  (Okay, I’m exaggerating. But not by much).

Bouncy, airy and soft as clouds (insert more adjectives here), these delectable creations are made with less flour and uses egg whites that have been whipped to a meringue, which is then gently folded into the batter. This gives the pancakes their signature fluffiness, and makes them airier and lighter than regular pancakes. Thanks to their popularity, you can find many cafes serving them here in the Klang Valley. One of these spots is Souffle Dessert Cafe in Bandar Puchong Jaya. There’s always a long queue on weekends, so come early or if possible, go on a weekday.

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The space is small and it can get very noisy when there’s a crowd. Unless you’re here on a weekday, probably not the best place to chill and relax. Like many cafes these days, this one has a slightly industrial vibe, with a partially exposed ceiling and sleek wooden furniture, accentuated by a shelf full of plants and knick-knacks.

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The pancakes are all the same flavour, but they are served with different accompaniments. The Original (above) is simply two pancakes stacked on top of each other, topped with fresh cream and a dusting of powdered sugar, paired with butter and maple syrup. You can opt for other ‘flavours’ such as Chocolate, Strawberry, Seasonal Fruits, Mango, or Matcha Red Bean. 

After getting the pancakes to jiggle a bit for Instagram, cutting into these beautiful babies felt blasphemous. Unlike regular pancakes which are much denser, the texture is more porous and airy. The pancakes here are not too sweet, so it goes well with the rest of the sweeter accompaniments like the syrup and sauces. As each dish is made to order (the pancakes deflate if you leave them around for a long time, so you can’t prep them in advance), expect a wait of at least 20 minutes.

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Moo’s Matcha Red Bean, which came drizzled over with matcha sauce and azuki beans. The matcha lends the dessert a slight bitterness, which balancsd out the sweetness of the azuki beans and the pancake itself really well.

There are plenty of other places serving Souffle, but if you’re around Puchong, Souffle Dessert Cafe does not disappoint! They also serve waffles, coffee and tea.

SOUFFLE DESSERT CAFE

CS-1F-7, 1st Floor, Kompleks Kenari, Jalan Kenari 19a, Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong, Selangor 
Opening hours: 3PM – 12AM

Where To Get Waffles in Puchong: Shelove Waffle Cafe, Bandar Puteri Puchong

(Update: This cafe is permanently closed.)

Waffles are incredibly versatile. They come in a variety of flavours, from buttermilk and chocolate to pandan, and you can have them plain with syrup, or spruced up with ice cream, fruits and other toppings. You can also have them savoury, paired with fried chicken, salmon, eggs… the possibilities are endless.

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While Puchong has no shortage of cafes serving waffles, a good place to have them is at Shelove Waffle Cafe at Bandar Puteri Puchong. Located on the second floor of a shop lot just above a car repair store, this simple establishment is spacious and best of all, it’s usually quiet in comparison to other places so you don’t have to queue up or worry about social distancing. The Moomins and I came here during the Awal Muharram public holiday, after a failed attempt at going to Souffle Dessert Cafe (place was too crowded and had a one-hour waiting list).

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The interior is spacious and tables are spaced far apart. Unlike your typical hipster/Instagrammable cafe, shelove feels more homely, with simple decor.

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One unique thing about the cafe is that they double as a metaphysics centre of sorts. There are several books and items related to divination, including dice and tarot sets, and they even offer consultation services. Unfortunately the instructions for the tarot are all in Chinese, which I cannot read. insert sad face 😦

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The menu is massive, easily 30 items and above. Their specialty is, of course, waffles of both the sweet and savoury variety. They have pretty names, like Lavender Romance (buttermilk waffle over strawberries, blueberries and earl grey lavender ice cream), Sunday Breeze (pandan waffle over coconut icre cream, shredded coconut and coconut biscuits) and Butterfly (green tea waffle topped with matcha ice cream, banana, strawberry, marshmallow, matcha meringue, blueberry and golden syrup).

Moomikins decided these were too heavy for a quick afternoon bite, so she ordered plain waffles with a dash of syrup. If you want to build your own waffle, you can do so by choosing a flavour and different toppings / ice cream. The waffles here are nice and fluffy. Crispy exterior, pillowy soft insides. Not too sweet, which is great.

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I, on the other hand, was starving because I had brunch around 11 and it was already 4pm lol.

Ordered a waffle with grilled chicken and a fried egg. It was filling enough to last til dinner. The batter for the waffles was actually the same as the sweet kind, but it actually balanced out the saltiness of the chicken quite nicely – and they also added a splash of syrup to bind all the elements together. If you like savoury waffles, the cafe offers items such as their signature Crispy Honey-Mustard Fried Chicken Waffle, Smokey BBQ Pork Burger Waffle and Nachos Nachos (nachos style buttermilk waffle over crispy chicken, nachos cheese and tomato). Aside from waffles, they also have mains like pastas and rice dishes.

Pricing for the waffles vary. My grilled chicken waffle was Rm12.90, but the premium items cost about RM20++.

SHELOVE WAFFLE CAFE 

25, Jalan Puteri 4/1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: Tues – Fri (11AM – 10PM), Sat – Sun (12PM – 11PM). Closed Mondays