Thursday, March 31, 2016

Xiao By Crustz @ Happy Mansion, PJ Section 17

Good vibes, good desserts: After nearly seven years of nurturing her craft with home baking & corporate catering, young pastry chef Koh Xiao-Ly has launched her own patisserie with her sister - it's a lovely parlour in Petaling Jaya's Section 17 (with a distinctive seating space that caters more to couples than clusters), focusing on petite but elaborate French-inspired creations that illustrate its friendly founder's flair & finesse. This is one place to check out for well-crafted sweets.

Xiao specialises in selections of gateau-style cakes & tarts that will evolve from time to time - highlights from her current Magnificent Seven include Le Cerf, layered with hazelnut dacquoise, moelleuex au chocolat & milk chocolate chantilly cream on a crispy-crumbly base, topped with a deer-shaped thin chocolate slice (RM16), one of the many photogenic concoctions that'll show up on social media in the weeks to come. If you're searching for a sumptuously nuanced dessert, try Goma Goma, an eclair with pleasurably nutty accents, irresistibly punctuated with creamy sesame ganache & hazelnut mousseline (RM13).

We like how some of these reveal unexpected complexities; La Vie En Rose is a delicately modulated, floral-fruity treat - sable breton shortbread cookie crust crowned with pate a choux dough stuffed with raspberry jam & sandwiched with rose chantilly (RM16). Also worth trying: Le Citron (RM16; an ensemble of the good stuff - sable, madeleine, vanilla lime mousse, house-made orange marmalade) & Earl Grey (RM15; a tea devotee's dream - sable, Sacher sponge, Earl Grey bavarois & ganache).

We have mixed sentiments about Pa Macha; the pate choux & luscious green tea creme diplomat work well together, but the final component of passion fruit jelly feels too dominantly tangy - it's interesting to sample though (RM12). The only one we'd skip is Le Fruit (RM13), a fruit tart with creme patisserie, vanilla mousse & almond cream, which tastes relatively nondescript compared to everything else here - but it's nevertheless still notable for its use of mint planted in Xiao's own garden. Wash down with Yuzu or Lime fizzy beverages (RM9) & purchase a jar of house-made peanut butter or mango jam to bring home. Xiao By Crustz is a labour of love, & it's done well enough that it deserves a following. Expect to hear more about this place.

Xiao By Crustz
B-G-6, Happy Mansion, Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open Wed-Fri, 3pm-10pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-6pm

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

HALE Restaurant @ Menara Hap Seng

Hale & hearty: This joint offers healthier forms of fast food at fair prices - burgers with oven-baked Australian grass-fed beef patties in wholemeal buns (RM11.90), mixed red rice with green curry chicken & pineapple salsa (RM12.90), pasta with grilled chicken & house-made pesto sauce (RM12.90), muesli yoghurt with green apples (RM6.50), cinnamon rolls with reduced-sugar cream cheese & almond flakes (RM6.50) & oregano ginger tea (RM4.50). Meals are prepared to order for a tasty lunch.


HALE
Lot 1-20, First Floor, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Sat, 7am-9pm


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Peninsula Chinese Cuisine, Hong Kong Street Chun Kee & Boon Signature Recipe

Peninsula Chinese Cuisine in Ara Damansara specialises in banquet-style dining at predictably steep prices - at RM35, its roasted crispy pork belly can safely be skipped, while the fried rice with morsels of Parma ham & smoked duck is competent without being compelling (RM45). Forgo the pork chop, mismatched with a cloying, artificial-tasting strawberry glaze (RM42).

Peninsula Chinese Cuisine
Lot 10, 3rd Floor, Evolve Concept Mall, Pacific Place, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-7832-6273

No harm, no foul from this PJ offshoot of a Singaporean family of restaurants: Chun Kee's prawn sauce chicken, crispy soft shell crab with pork floss, sliced snakehead fish bee hoon soup, herbal chicken & sliced fish hor fun might not exactly be the sort of stuff that inspires fervent sonnets, but it won't be a lunch that unleashes feverish brickbats either. Easy meal to finish.

Hong Kong Street Chun Kee Restaurant
 G-37 & G-38, Oasis Square, Oasis Village, Oasis Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Tel: 03-7832-6828

Boon Signature Recipe formerly operated a Kota Damansara outlet, serving decent wantan noodles with roast pork & chicken, char siew & curry chicken. Its founder can now be spotted selling the signature siew yok at KL's neighbourhood night markets.

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