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From Soong Kee's meaty and firm beef balls swimming in flavourful soup to Ngau Kee's tender beef tripe, tendon and stomach, we've rounded up a list of the best beef noodles in KL. We're sure you won't have any beef with our list, but if you do, let us know where your favourite is in the comments.
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Already a haven for sweet tooths, MadHatter Desserts is the latest dessert spot in Damansara Uptown. It was opened by MasterChef Asia Season 1 finalist Marcus Low, who was dubbed the ‘dessert king’ by judges for his talent in making distinctively enjoyable treats (despite having no professional culinary training prior to joining the show). Before opening shop in Damansara Uptown, Marcus was selling his cakes online and through pop-up shops; even then, there was already a high demand for his cakes. The brick-and-mortar serves his creations in clean and simple surrounds – white walls with plenty of natural light flooding in, alongside wooden tables and chairs. This is quite a contrast with the tendency of other dessert shops and cafés that place too much emphasis on making their spaces Instagram-worthy (so much so, that it sometimes deflects attention from the quality of the food). Here, it’s pretty clear where the focus lies. Marcus is known for two things – his hats and his knack for experimentation when it comes to desserts; hence the name MadHatter Desserts. Most of the desserts are the results of his experiments, which are usually a combination of French culinary techniques and local flavours. For example, the cakes are an interpretation of the French entremet cake – a small multi-layered cake. We say go for the watermelon-assam version – a multi-layered dessert of vanilla sponge cake and assam-infused curd, which is brushed with assam water and topped with a watermelon
As befitting a kiosk that proclaims to be Southeast Asia’s first vegan ice cream bar, Kind Kones certainly feels and looks the part. The calm 12-seater dessert bar located on the basement floor of 1 Mont Kiara has a clean, almost stark-white look that invites curious passers-by to wander in and ask the obvious question: ‘Can vegan ice cream really taste good?’ Well, the short answer is yes, it can. But not in the same way that dairy ice cream tastes. To make vegan ice cream, Kind Kones creator and owner Serina S Bajaj needed to replace the dairy base with almond, cashew or coconut milk. This resulted in an ice cream that’s lighter and more delicate than dairy ice cream, with a curious (but pleasing) aftertaste depending on the base ingredient. Its dark chocolate ice cream, for example, has a lingering coconut flavour, while the cashew milk flavour carries through in the jackfruit ice cream. Aside from being vegan, the ice cream is made without refined cane sugar or corn syrup (it uses coconut sugar, maple syrup or agave instead), artificial preservatives, stabilisers, emulsifiers, colouring or other synthetic additives. This means that the shelf life of the ice cream is only three to four days, but on the other hand, there’s also way less guilt and calorie-counting when you’re going through a pint of it. Kind Kones has been in the works for over four months before its August launch, during which Serina – who also owns Raisin’ The Roof – developed over 20 flavours that inclu
The Dark Gallery
Located inside MyTOWN Shopping Centre is The Dark Gallery, a chocolate boutique and café specialising in artisanal dark chocolate desserts. The decor here is simple but chic – thanks to a warm brown palette accented with hints of gold – and you’ll also find an informative plaque with illustrations of the chocolate making process along one of the walls. The Dark Gallery is the place to be if you love chocolate, dark chocolate especially. The selection here includes an enviable collection of single origin variants sourced from different countries such as Madagascar, Ecuador, Venezuela and more – think a 64 percent Madagascan, 66 percent Ecuadorian, 70 percent Dominican, and 72 percent Venezuelan. To get a taste of how each variant differs from the other, get a single origin platter. Each tasting platter consists of at least three items of varying cacao percentages, and you can choose either the platter of hot chocolate shots, chocolate pastries, dark chocolate ice cream, or if you want to try everything, the chocolate medley (which has a scoop of ice cream, a hot chocolate shot and a pastry). A handy infographic describing the origins and flavour profiles of the chocolate used in each item accompanies the platter. After you’re done familiarising yourself with the intricacies of dark chocolate, get one of The Dark Gallery’s signature desserts. The Chocolate Rhapsody – three scoops of signature dark, milk and white ice cream on a bed of chocolate soil surrounded by chocolate m
As a professional food stylist, photographer and community manager for food discovery app Burpple, Trisha Toh is never short of recommended places to eat in KL. We asked her for her top five, and this is what she told us. Continue to follow Trisha's food discoveries on her Instagram.
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