Monday, June 24, 2019

Leisure Tea Cafe, Cheras, KL (Vegetarian)

A couple of weeks ago, we visited Leisure Tea Cafe, a stall located in Pusat Penjaja Taman Bukit Anggerik in Cheras, which serves wholly vegetarian cuisine.The menu here consists of vegetarian versions of regular rice and noodle dishes such as curry noodles, asam laksa, chicken rice, nasi lemak, bak kut teh, and Hakka pan mee.

Their signature dish here is the Hakka lei cha, also known as "thunder rice". You may opt for white rice, brown rice or noodles to go with your lei cha (RM6.80 for white rice version, RM7.30 for brown rice version). They operate self-service here, so simply place your order, pay and bring your prepared food to the table to enjoy. The lei cha comes with a basil and mint smoothie (yes, that bowl of green liquid), which you pour over your rice before you enjoy.  The rice bowl itself comes with a variety of vegetables, salted radish, peanuts, tofu and sesame seeds. I instantly felt healthier when I finished my bowl.

On certain days, they do a limited amount of popiah (RM2.50 each) too. The popiah is wrapped in a homemade skin, like a thin crepe and then filled with stir fried turnip, jicama, French beans, carrot, lettuce, sweet sauce and chilli sauce. This was super tasty and we ended up having three portions.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 7.30am - 2.30pm; Fri 9am - 2.30pm; Closed on Sat.

Location: Leisure Tea Cafe, Lot 15, Pusat Penjaja Taman Bukit Anggerik, Jalan 34/154, Taman Bukit Anggerik, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Street parking available)

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

La Manila Cafe, PJ

The bright pink exterior of the La Manila Cafe caught our attention as we walked towards our lunch venue in PJ that afternoon. We ended up coming here for desserts after our lunch.

La Manila is a bakery-cum-cafe which has been around since the 80s. As we entered the shop, our eyes were immediately drawn to the display of cakes at the counter such as cream cakes and cheesecakes. The cakes are pretty reasonably priced too. Other than cakes, they also serve a variety of Asian and Western dishes such as Chicken cordon bleu, pasta, chicken chop, meehoon siam, chicken pie and more. Food prices start from RM10.90.

We had the Burnt cheesecake and Lemon meringue pie, both were pretty decent. Wish we had more space to try their other cakes, maybe next time!

Operating hours: Mon - Sat 9am - 8pm; Sun 9am - 7pm.

Location: La Manila Cake & Pastry House, 24, Jalan SS 24/13, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Street parking available).

Tel: 03-7804 5797

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake: Traditional Nyonya Kuih in Melaka

For those visiting Melaka, one of the must-try food is the traditional Nyonya kuih. And where better to get them than at the famous Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake, a shop located in Jalan Tengkera Pantai, Melaka. There are signs directing you to the shop, which is actually located within a housing area.

BabySumoKids on a mission!

Once you enter the building, you will see an area with local delicacies out on display. There is also an air-conditioned room next door housing all the kuihs such as onde-onde, ang ku kueh, kuih koci, apam balik durian, lepat kacang, apam bekua, kuih kosui, pulut tekan, Nyonya chang and more. Select and place your kuih in the basket provided and proceed to the counter to pay.

We got a packet of the onde-onde (RM5.30 for 10 pieces)- this was our favourite of the lot as the balls were soft and bursting with gula melaka.  The kids usually love ang ku kueh (called Kuih Koo here- RM4.30 for 3 pieces) but some reason they didn't quite like the green bean paste filling here which tasted very savoury. They come in three different colours (green - green tea, black - black sesame and red - food grade colouring).

We also got a few other kuih, such as kuih lapis, kuih koci, kuih seri muka and abu sago, priced at RM1 or RM1.20. All very yummy.

Enjoying the Nyonya kuih in our Peranakan-themed hotel room at Estadia Hotel Melaka

Menu at Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake, Melaka

Mission accomplished!

Masjid Tengkera, Melaka

Opening hours: 10am to 3pm. Closed on Thursdays.

Price: Total bill RM13.80.

Location: Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake, 72, Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2C, 75200 Melaka.

Tel: 019- 666 2907

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Recipe: Stir fried rice cake 炒白粿

Whenever we go for hotpot, my daughter would always get the rice cakes and cook it in the soup. Since she loves it so much,  I decided to cook rice cakes at home. So,  the next time I was out grocery shopping, I searched for dried rice cakes 白粿乾 and found it in Jaya Grocer. I've eaten this before in a couple of noodle restaurants (they call it fried pak ko)... so fingers crossed, hopefully the kids will like it!

This is a simple recipe - the only thing you need to remember is to soak the dried rice cakes for at least 10 hours before cooking, and just before cooking, blanch it in hot water to soften and also to remove excess starch. The rice cakes are stir fried with minced chicken (you can use pork too), cabbage, choy sum, mushroom and wood ear fungus, and seasoned with dark and light soy sauce. Thankfully, it was a great hit with the kids. Will definitely make this again!

Stir fried rice cake 炒白粿

Stir fried rice cake 炒白粿
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
Serves 2

150g white rice cake 白粿乾
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbsp cooking oil
100g chicken breast, roughly minced
3/4 tbsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 cabbage leaves, washed and finely sliced
1 stalk choy sum, cut into 1" lengths
4-5 dried Chinese mushrooms, rehydrated and thinly sliced
2 wood ear fungus, rehydrated and thinly sliced
1/2 tsp chicken stock granules
50ml water

1. Soak the dried rice cakes in room temperature water for 10-12 hours. Drain and set aside.

2. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Add the rice cakes and cook for 2 minutes, until they are soft and chewy. Drain and then rinse the rice cakes in cold water several times to remove excess starch. Set aside.

3. In a wok, heat oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes, until golden brown. Then, add the chicken and cook for about 3-4 minutes.Add the wood ear fungus and mushroom and saute for further minute. Add water, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and chicken stock granules and reduce heat to medium and simmer for 3 minutes.

4. Add the cabbage and choy sum and saute for about 2 minutes. Finally, add the drained rice cakes and toss to coat in the sauce. Taste, and season with more light soy sauce if necessary. Serve hot.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Instagram This #2: Street Art in Jalan Alor, KL

Jalan Alor is famous as a street hood haven in Malaysia. Did you know that you can also find some really cool street art here too?

For our second post of this Instagram This series, we bring you to Jalan Alor to explore the colorful street art in the area. Lots of great photo opportunities here, so go on and be a tourist in your own city!

We started off our street art walk from Ramada KLCC. You can find this giant mural on the wall adjacent to the hotel.

Most of the buildings here are painted in varying colours of the rainbow.  We like this section with a cool installation of floating clouds.

The buildings are painted with murals of trees and a stream (apparently there was a stream running here many many years ago)

More colourful buildings and birds. Look for "Graffiti alley" on google maps.

And butterflies..

Bubble-blowing boy (or is he blowing leaves?)

Some history on the "Lost Stream of Jalan Alor"

A fierce looking owl

Super pretty looking flat! Dragonflies flying in the sky... 

Hello kitty!

Bunnies painted on doors

This was one of my favourite streets... with this striking yellow background and cats

And this beautiful colorful mural of ladybugs and macaw

You can also get a nice view of KL Tower from here

See the clever tie-in of snails to the exhaust pipes.


A giant durian outside one of the stalls near Jalan Alor

Back to where we started, around Jalan Mesui

Location: Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur.

Nearest MRT: Bukit Bintang.

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