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Irresistibly Fluffy Bomboloni — Sugar and I, Subang Jaya

It was just another day, mindlessly scrolling on social media.

And then I saw it. A post on bombolonis.

They looked sublime. I had to have them.

A bit of Googling later, and the Moo and I were on our way to Subang, to get some scrumptious bombolonis from Sugar and I.

To the uninitiated, bombolonis are Italian stuffed doughnuts, bursting with filling and fried to golden perfection. The outside is usually dusted with granulated sugar, giving them the appearance of a soft, powdery ball. It may sound simple, but I can assure you that they taste absolutely divine — at least to anyone with a sweet tooth.

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Sugar and I was founded by a pair of siblings, who started baking as a hobby before pursuing it full time. Bombolonis are their signature, but they carry all sorts of desserts, from swirly cinnamon rolls and mouthwatering cakes, to airy Japanese cream puffs.

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Cakes in a myriad of flavours, including Vanilla Burnt Cheesecake, Ferrero Roche, Walnut Carrot and Salted Caramel Burnt Cheesecake. Each slice goes for between RM10 to RM14.90.
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Sugar and I boasts a brightly lit space with a cheerful, whimsical interior. I especially like the floor tiles!

At the moment, Sugar and I only does takeaways and delivery.

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Moo loves cinnamon rolls, so I got one for her and stole a bite. The texture is a bit firmer than the ones you get from Cinnabon, but it tastes good all the same.

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Of course, the stars of the show were the bombolonis. They’re fluffy, and when you press them they kind of ‘bounce’ back like a baby’s cheek. Cue cute aggression, or as the saying goes in Malay: ehhh gerammmmnyaaa.

I got a box of 10 — six which I gave to my aunt, and four we kept for ourselves. The doughnuts come in five flavours: Nutella, Niko Neko Matcha, Cookie Monster, Lotus Biscoff and Strawberry Custard. The Nutella is their signature, but I didn’t get that for my own box because I’m not a big fan of Nutella (blasphemy, I know!)

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If you don’t pinch your bomboloni, are you even eating it right? jk.

I ended up trying two flavours; the Cookie Monster and the Strawberry Custard. If you like gooey, chocolatey goodness, I recommend the former. I was surprised at the sheer amount of filling in the doughnut. I come from the JCo / Big Apple doughnut generation (back in the late 2000s to early 2010s, when there was a doughnut craze in Malaysia), and I’ve seen how the fillings became less and less through the years — so it was nice to finally sink my teeth into a real stuffed doughnut that isn’t 3/4 bread.

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I made the mistake of putting the bombolonis in the fridge for after-dinner dessert. The Strawberry Custard kind of hardened a little lol. The taste was still superb though — not too sweet, with just the right amount of milky and eggy — and again, lots and lots of filling. Since the pastries are freshly baked, I think it’s best if they’re enjoyed on the day itself (easy to do coz you won’t be able to stop at just one. lol).

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Got coffee as well. I like the glass bottle, very decanter-esque.

Overall, I was thrilled with my bombolonis — and will definitely make a return visit when I’m able to (Subang isn’t that far from Puchong, but yours truly is an old lady and doesn’t have much energy to travel these days). If you want to get them delivered, they’re available on beepit. Prices are reasonable.

SUGAR AND I

110, Jalan SS14/1, Ss 14, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 11AM – 7PM. Closed Mondays.

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Is This The Best Tonkatsu in Malaysia? – Tonkatsu by Ma Maison, Main Place USJ

There are two things that make me want to blog about a restaurant pronto. 

a) The food is so bad I had to rant to dispel the psychological trauma caused; and

b) The food is so good I can’t contain the excitement lol.

Thankfully, Tonkatsu by Ma Maison at Main Place Mall, USJ is the latter.

I’ve been having an intense craving for tonkatsu (aka Japanese breaded deep fried pork cutlet) since last week…and I finally succumbed to temptation on Tuesday night. Popular opinion on Google suggested I head to Tonkatsu by Ma Maison.

The brand, founded in Tokyo in 1976, was started by one Akinori Terazawa  – who after failing to find the perfect tonkatsu, set out to make his own specialty outlet. To date, they have 16 outlets across Japan, five in Singapore and three in Malaysia.

The original in 1 Utama was too far from my workplace, so I decided to head closer to home where they have a branch in Main Place Mall, USJ.

The outlet was rather quiet (maybe coz weekday night) and service was friendly and efficient. The outlet looked classy, with light grey walls and matching dark furniture, decorated with subtle Japanese/porky touches – a pig in a chef’s hat hanging rom the wall, scrolls with Japanese writing, a glass window kitchen at the back.

Every table had a tray of sauces: sweet and spicy sauce, sesame dressing, soy sauce, roasted sesame and salt. Traditionally these sauces/condiments are eaten together with the tonkatsu.

After much pondering over whether to get the small (160g) or large, I decided to go the whole hog (lol) and get the Jumbo Rosu Katsu (250g) (RM32.90) – a humongous slab of breaded pork loin, deep fried to crispy golden perfection. All their sets come with a side of either white/brown rice, pickles, shredded cabbage, miso soup, radish, hot/cold roast tea and a dessert after. Considering their generous portion, I think it’s very value for money.

Kicking things off with the radish ball, drenched in soy sauce for flavour. Cold and mushy, this made for a great starter to clean the palate and whet the appetite.

I usually hate cabbage, but this was fresh and didn’t have that yucky, earthy aftertaste – it was refreshing, especially when topped with roasted sesame and the dressing. The mustard was crazy and nearly knocked me out (or at least my throat and nostrils) with its pungent aroma so I gave that a pass.

Now let’s get on to the real star, shall we?

OMG I cannot. Even. Begin. To describe this.

Look at that juiciness. That tenderness. The wonderful balance of lean and fat, all enveloped in a crispy outer shell of bread crumbs and crunchiness. Since the cutlet was fried in vegetable oil, it didn’t have that cloying greasiness that often happens with deep fried items. Sometimes pork is notoriously hard to get right coz cook it too much and it gets dry and tough, but there was no such problem here. Firm without being tough, soft in all the right places – just a beautifully done pork cutlet. The sauces complemented rather than overpower the taste of the meat.

As testament to its deliciousness, I finished the whole 250g jumbo portion all by mahself.

#noregrets 

PS If you’re a big eater, good news: FREE rice and soup refills!

Speaking of soup, the miso wasn’t the thin sht some cheap Japanese joints here give you. This came chock full of veggies and ingredients, including onion slices, mushrooms and konnyaku. To round off the meal was a jelly with a hint of honey.

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison certainly did not disappoint, and I’m wondering if their outlet in 1U is even better. Will pay a visit when the next tonkatsu craving hits! 🙂

Food: the tonkatsu gets a 10/10.

Ambience: 9/10

Service: 9/10 – servers were courteous and attentive.

TONKATSU by MA MAISON (USJ Branch)

Lot 2F- 2nd Floor, Main Place, 19, Jalan USJ 21/10, Usj 21, 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Open daily: 10AM-10.30PM

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Review: Kar Heong Chicken Rice SS14, Subang Jaya

I think when mentioning chicken rice in the SS14/15 area, Kar Heong Restaurant needs no introduction. First timers to the shop might not be impressed with its simple, no frills facade, but trust me – the food is worth it.

Patrons can enter from either the front or the back of the resto. Front displayed rows of roast chicken, duck, charsiew (swert basted roast pork) and siew yuk (roast pork) hanging in slabs from hooks. The inside was cramped: a cluttered mix of celebrity/food pictures and Chinese calligraphy paintings. If this was an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay would have berated their dull and unappetising apple green walls and given them a makeover (cue owners gasping at uplifted interior).

Coming back to the food though, it’s hard to find fault. Their signature is, of course, their chicken rice – done either roasted or steamed. It can be hard to pull off good chicken rice because the chicken tends to be dry and tough, but Kar Heong does it just fine. Moo had the steamed version, which had tender, juicy meat soaking in a light soy sauce + fragrant sesame oil. Instead of overpowering the meat with saltiness, the sauce brought out the sweet/savoury flavour which was great when eaten with the accompanying ‘yao farn’ (rice cooked in fat). Also came with a soup.

Was really hungry so I got two sides – roast chicken (wing) and siew yuk (roast pork belly). One great thing about eating here is that they let you choose the part of the chicken, be it the thigh, drumstick, etc. The chicken didn’t have a crispy skin coz I think they prepared it way earlier, but it was still tasty all the same, and the texture inside was, again, tender and juicy. Roast pork had crunchy skin and the fat was melt-in-the-mouth, although people like my brother would probably not like it coz ratio of fat >lean.

Pricing was below RM10 for two sides!

Added on shrimp dumplings for RM1 each. The wontons were sizable and the shrimp was fresh and juicy on the inside. Soup wasn’t much to shout about, just salty.

KAR HEONG CHICKEN RICE RESTAURANT  

60, Jalan SS 14/2, Ss 14,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Open Daily from 9 am- 9pm
Tel :+60 16-328 7022