Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bunn Choon, Petaling Street, KL: Egg Tarts

After breakfast here, we wandered around Chinatown to explore the area. The aroma of freshly baked pastries led us to Bunn Choon.

They have several types of Chinese pastries on offer here such as kaya puff, siew pow, ham dan so, almond tart, wife biscuit and more. Since we just had breakfast, we went straight for the egg tarts. 

We were told that the next batch of traditional egg tarts would only be ready in 17 mins so we went for the last traditional egg tart (RM1.90) as well as a bamboo charcoal sesame egg tart (RM2). Personally, we liked the traditional one more but both had a lovely, flaky crust. I'm sure it would taste even better if it's straight out of the oven. Worth trying if you are in the area!

Right behind the counter, you can see the ladies making the egg tarts as well as the ovens they're baked in.

 Don't worry, it's a sesame seed on the egg tart and not some unidentifiable object LOL

This lovely mural, on the walls of the building in one of the backlanes. 

*Please note that the egg tarts are only available from 10am onwards.


Opening times: 8.30am to 5pm. Closed on Mondays.

Location: Bunn Choon, 153, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Nearest MRT: Pasar Seni (exit Entrance A, walk 250m towards Jalan Balai Polis).

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Hotel Review: Impiana KLCC Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur in the Golden Triangle stands Impiana KLCC Hotel. Boasting partial views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, this deluxe business hotel boasts a total of 519 rooms and suites. It is the only hotel in Kuala Lumpur that is connected via a fully air-conditioned Sky Bridge to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Twin Towers and the city’s premier shopping complexes in KLCC and Bukit Bintang.

Our first impression was that the Club Deluxe King room was spacious and modern. The room was well-appointed, with a comfortable king-sized bed, LCD TV, coffee/tea making facilities as well as a bathtub and separate shower in the marble bathroom. Guests can also request for extra pillows from the pillow menu.

Turndown service - chocolates and fresh fruits

Club Floor guests receive complimentary access to the Club Lounge, located on the 15th Floor. Open daily from 7am to 11pm, guests can enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea (3pm - 5pm) ,as well as daily evening cocktails with canapes (5.30pm to 7.30pm). I enjoyed having my breakfast here, as it is pretty quiet and relaxed, plus the staff here are attentive. The selection of light bites provided during afternoon tea and evening cocktail are pretty impressive with quite a wide variety, so it is definitely worth getting a room category with access to the lounge. Best of all, you get a great view of the Twin Towers from one of the large picture windows in the lounge.

Love the view!

Breakfast : a variety of pastries, eggs cooked to order, nasi lemak, dim sum and noodles.

Afternoon tea

Evening cocktails

A wide variety of canapes, hot food and cheese is available

Wine, liquor and beers

Desserts and fresh fruits

Night view

The infinity pool (1.3m deep) located on Level 4 also comes with a view of the Petronas Twin Towers. There is also a fully-equipped gym and the award-winning Swasana Spa on this level.

The hotel's dining options include the all-day dining restaurant, Tonka Bean Cafe & Deli as well as a rooftop restaurant and lounge, Cedar on 15. The latter is helmed by German Chef Romano Kreutz, who brings with him over 10 years of culinary experience in top hotels such as The Kempinski Hotels and Movenpick Africa. The modern, contemporary restaurant offers weekday lunches and is a great place for sundowners and a romantic meal come night.

Outdoor dining area, which views of the Twin Towers

Some of the dishes which we tried from the Lunch Menu include the artistic Appetizer a la' Nicoise (RM33), a deconstructed version of the classic nicoise salad, with 40-degree Sous Vide tuna, snow peas, confit potato and tarragon creme.

My personal favorite was the Rich Fish Broth (RM38), with accents of lemongrass and chilli along with cod fish, gyoza and dill. Light and flavorful.

For those who would like a taste of Germany, you can get currywurst or the Honey Bee (or bee sting) cake with apricot sorbet and vanilla creme.

Room rates start from RM252 per night, please click this link to check out the Room Offers.

Check-in time 2pm, check-out time 12pm.

Location: Impiana KLCC Hotel, 13 Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2147 1111


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Monday, October 29, 2018

COCA Restaurant, Bangsar Shopping Centre: Contemporary Thai Hotpot (Suki)

COCA Restaurant, famed for their Thai-style steamboat makes a comeback and reopens in Bangsar Shopping Centre after a 7-year hiatus in Malaysia .

Founded in 1957 in Surawong, the restaurant group is the pioneer of the "suki" trend in Thailand and now spans three generations. COCA has evolved over the years with its vibrant interior and extensive menu selections, while staying true to its roots of offering the freshest ingredients and good value for money as its core principals.

Now, the COCA brand has a presence of over 30 outlets across the region, with plans to open four restaurants in the next three years in Kuala Lumpur, starting with the new premises in Bangsar Shopping Centre. New owners of the COCA Franchise in Malaysia, Jannio Sun and Elizabeth Thea Lee used to have their dates at COCA restaurants and thanks to their love for the brand, they brought the brand back to KL and are determined to see it grow in Malaysia.

The new outlet in Bangsar can seat approximately 100 diners, featuring two private rooms inspired by a solarium and semi private dining areas for families and large groups. The menu offers Thai-Cantonese cuisine, along with COCA's signature hot pot, famous suki sauce and a new Southern Thai soup base designed exclusively for the Malaysian diners.

Before the main event, we sampled a few of their appetizers, namely the Crab cakes (RM24), Signature fish cakes (RM24) and the Spicy deep fried chicken wings (RM23).

The crab cake was loaded with crab meat, which is seared and then served with a creamy curry mayo. Lovely and moist!

These Thai fish cakes were superb; love their bouncy texture, each bite bursting with flavour from the various herbs used.

The chicken wing lover in me approves of these tom yum Thai-style wings, which are well-marinated and juicy with crispy skin. The herbs lends a lovely fragrance to the wings. They're slightly spicy, so the Thai iced tea with milk is the perfect pairing with these wings.

You can also find Thai favorites such as grapow beef or chicken, khao mun gai (steamed free range chicken) as well as claypot crabs with glass noodles. 

There also various noodle and rice dishes, including this Khao Klook Kapi (RM26), with a spectacular array of flavours and textures on one plate. Originating from Central Thailand, this is typically eaten during lunch and features fried rice with shrimp paste, omelette, young mango, shallots, cucumber, long beans, chillies, dried shrimp and sweet, sticky chicken pieces. A vibrant, delicious plate of goodness!

 Of course, one must never leave COCA without trying their signature hotpot. Diners can choose from three types of soup: chicken, Southern spicy soup or tom yum. For the meat, seafood and vegetables, you can order them individually (per plate) or go for the Suki Set which has been carefully selected and served in a huge steamer basket.

We had the Meat Combo Platter (RM98) which comes with imported Australian beef fillet, NZ lamb fillet, chicken fillet, premium beef balls, homemade chicken balls as well as a selection of vegetables, tofu, beancurd sheets, corn, mushroom and glass noodles. The staff will place all the ingredients for you in the soup of your choice, so all you got to do is wait for the ingredients to be cooked and enjoy!

We also tried the signature COCA fish glue / paste (RM23) and juicy shrimp wontons (RM15), absolutely worthwhile additions to our steamboat experience here.

We had the chicken and tom yum soup, one mild and one spicy to suit both mine and Hubby's tastebuds. I love the spicy, sour tom yum... so appetizing!

Perfect for a rainy evening.. my favorites were the beef, lamb and beef balls.

COCA's suki sauce which you can customise to your taste, with more lime, chilli and garlic. I loved dipping all my meats and balls in this sauce.

For dessert, try the signature dessert - the Patanko served with condensed milk. Patanko is similar to the Chinese's cruellers (yau char kwai); here at COCA they are made fresh to order, so they're lovely and crisp everytime.

Special weekday Lunch Set menu

Opening times: 11am-3pm; 6pm - 11pm.


Service: Good.

Location: COCA Restaurant, TK1, Level 3, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandar Raya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2011 3575


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