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📌 Gula Cakery, Kota Kemuning [halal]⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

📷 In frame: ⁣⁣⁣
Burnt Cheesecake ⁣ ⁣⁣

✨: Gula cakery is a great, cozy neighbourhood spot to get a good sugary fix of cake and sweets. The bright and cute interior + the staff who wear the brightest smiles never fail to lift my mood. ⁣
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💬: However, I wasn’t so much of a fan of this burnt cheesecake. It was way too sweet for my liking, and did not have the melty centre and firm edges I look forward to in a burnt cheesecake. I feel it was more of a crustless new york cheesecake. ⁣


Nonetheless, I love the fact that they’re a family-run business and can always trust to receive great hospitality every time I visit! ⁣

📌 Gula Cakery, Kota Kemuning [halal]⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

📷 In frame: ⁣⁣⁣
Burnt Cheesecake ⁣ ⁣⁣

✨: Gula cakery is a great, cozy neighbourhood spot to get a good sugary fix of cake and sweets. The bright and cute interior + the staff who wear the brightest smiles never fail to lift my mood. ⁣
⁣⁣
💬: However, I wasn’t so much of a fan of this burnt cheesecake. It was way too sweet for my liking, and did not have the melty centre and firm edges I look forward to in a burnt cheesecake. I feel it was more of a crustless new york cheesecake. ⁣


Nonetheless, I love the fact that they’re a family-run business and can always trust to receive great hospitality every time I visit! ⁣

📌 Yamabuki, Kota Kemuning. [non-halal]⁣
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📷 In frame: ⁣⁣
Curry Udon with Fried Chicken Katsu⁣

✨: It’s really hard to decide on the star of the dish. Every element was amazing in its own right. Starting with the fried chicken cutlet, it was perfectly cooked, retaining all its flavourful juices within a light, crispy outer coating. When paired with the steaming curry and chewy udon, satisfaction fills every mouthful. The Japanese curry was uniquely tangy with a mild spice level, just the way I like it. The housemade Sanuki udon, on the other hand, can be said to be the best I’ve had in Malaysia. It’s just the right thickness, with the perfect bite and flavour. The noodles are made from Japanese imported wheat flour, which I reckon explains why they’re so good.⁣

💬: If only the food was prepared with a pinch less salt (my family all thought their dishes to be a little too salty), Yamabuki would be flawless. ⁣


Incredibly happy to have uncovered a good Japanese gem in my neighbourhood! ⁣

📌 Gold Chili, SS15. [halal]⁣⁣
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Boneless Chicken Set [RM12]⁣
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✨: Gold Chili’s rendition of the beloved Malaysian cafeteria staple involves a silky, luscious coating of butter and condensed milk over crispy yet juicy fried chicken. The fragrant flavours of curry leaves and the sweetness of the rich, dairy elements of the dish meld perfectly. A spoon of steamy white rice and a bite of sauce laden meat creates a simply heavenly mouthful. ⁣
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💬: As much as it’s good, I wouldn’t travel to the area for the sole purpose of having a meal at Gold Chili. Would definitely consider going there if I were nearby though. ⁣
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Do you like Malaysian style butter chicken (aka 奶油鸡)?⁣

Been searching for Tsukemen, or dipping ramen, in Malaysua ever since my unforgettable meal at Fu-Unji in Tokyo, which serves up a bonito fish based broth tsukemen. ⁣

📌 Mitsuyado Seimen, Starling Mall. [non-halal]⁣⁣
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📷 In frame: ⁣⁣⁣
Marutoku Tsukemen [RM32.90]⁣
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✨: Mitsuyado Seimen specializes in a yuzu and pork based broth tsukemen. The thick dipping broth comes with cubes of tender pork submerged within it, and as I opted for the Marutoku Tsukemen, my meal came with an additional side of flame-kissed charshiu, stir-fried vegetables, and a ramen egg. The noodles, with just the right amount of bite and thickness, are definitely my favourite part of the dish. I’d recommend getting the noodles cold over the hot option for optimal bounciness. And I have to mention the ramen egg! It’s hands down the most perfect ramen egg I’ve encountered in Malaysia. I wish I had gotten a photo of the perfectly runny centre. The char shiu was perfectly seasoned, tender, and with a smoky flavour. ⁣

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💬: However, the broth is really, and I mean really OILY. It’s evident even from the photo how the oils pool on top of the broth. So it's no surprise that midway eating, the porkiness and richness gets overwhelming and cloying. I’m assuming the yuzu is supposed to cut through the richness but it didn’t quite do it. ⁣
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Though I enjoyed my meal at Mistsuyado, I wouldn’t find myself craving a bowl. ⁣

Been searching for Tsukemen, or dipping ramen, in Malaysua ever since my unforgettable meal at Fu-Unji in Tokyo, which serves up a bonito fish based broth tsukemen. ⁣

📌 Mitsuyado Seimen, Starling Mall. [non-halal]⁣⁣
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📷 In frame: ⁣⁣⁣
Marutoku Tsukemen [RM32.90]⁣
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✨: Mitsuyado Seimen specializes in a yuzu and pork based broth tsukemen. The thick dipping broth comes with cubes of tender pork submerged within it, and as I opted for the Marutoku Tsukemen, my meal came with an additional side of flame-kissed charshiu, stir-fried vegetables, and a ramen egg. The noodles, with just the right amount of bite and thickness, are definitely my favourite part of the dish. I’d recommend getting the noodles cold over the hot option for optimal bounciness. And I have to mention the ramen egg! It’s hands down the most perfect ramen egg I’ve encountered in Malaysia. I wish I had gotten a photo of the perfectly runny centre. The char shiu was perfectly seasoned, tender, and with a smoky flavour. ⁣

⁣⁣
💬: However, the broth is really, and I mean really OILY. It’s evident even from the photo how the oils pool on top of the broth. So it's no surprise that midway eating, the porkiness and richness gets overwhelming and cloying. I’m assuming the yuzu is supposed to cut through the richness but it didn’t quite do it. ⁣
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Though I enjoyed my meal at Mistsuyado, I wouldn’t find myself craving a bowl. ⁣

📌 Gold Chili, SS15. [halal]⁣⁣
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📷 In frame: ⁣⁣⁣
Boneless Chicken Set [RM12]⁣
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✨: Gold Chili’s rendition of the beloved Malaysian cafeteria staple involves a silky, luscious coating of butter and condensed milk over crispy yet juicy fried chicken. The fragrant flavours of curry leaves and the sweetness of the rich, dairy elements of the dish meld perfectly. A spoon of steamy white rice and a bite of sauce laden meat creates a simply heavenly mouthful. ⁣
⁣⁣
💬: As much as it’s good, I wouldn’t travel to the area for the sole purpose of having a meal at Gold Chili. Would definitely consider going there if I were nearby though. ⁣
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Do you like Malaysian style butter chicken (aka 奶油鸡)?⁣

📌 Yamabuki, Kota Kemuning. [non-halal]⁣
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📷 In frame: ⁣⁣
Curry Udon with Fried Chicken Katsu⁣

✨: It’s really hard to decide on the star of the dish. Every element was amazing in its own right. Starting with the fried chicken cutlet, it was perfectly cooked, retaining all its flavourful juices within a light, crispy outer coating. When paired with the steaming curry and chewy udon, satisfaction fills every mouthful. The Japanese curry was uniquely tangy with a mild spice level, just the way I like it. The housemade Sanuki udon, on the other hand, can be said to be the best I’ve had in Malaysia. It’s just the right thickness, with the perfect bite and flavour. The noodles are made from Japanese imported wheat flour, which I reckon explains why they’re so good.⁣

💬: If only the food was prepared with a pinch less salt (my family all thought their dishes to be a little too salty), Yamabuki would be flawless. ⁣


Incredibly happy to have uncovered a good Japanese gem in my neighbourhood! ⁣

📷 In frame: ⁣⁣⁣
The Atlantic [RM27]⁣⁣

✨: The only thing I’ll give credit to the Red Beanbag is their perfectly poached eggs.
Otherwise, I found the dish I got rather lacklustre. ⁣

💬: The element I anticipated most -- the smoked salmon, lacked flavour and was presented in thin, sad strips. Also, despite the unconventional use of french toast over the traditional English muffin, the former managed to be drier. The mushrooms and spinach too failed to add any elements of salt or acidity I was anticipating in the dish. Overall, I was disappointed. ⁣
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I hope I’ll be compelled to re-visit, but as of right now, I don’t see myself going back anytime soon.⁣

[pork-free but alcoholic drinks served]⁣⁣

📷 In frame: ⁣⁣⁣
The Atlantic [RM27]⁣⁣

✨: The only thing I’ll give credit to the Red Beanbag is their perfectly poached eggs.
Otherwise, I found the dish I got rather lacklustre. ⁣

💬: The element I anticipated most -- the smoked salmon, lacked flavour and was presented in thin, sad strips. Also, despite the unconventional use of french toast over the traditional English muffin, the former managed to be drier. The mushrooms and spinach too failed to add any elements of salt or acidity I was anticipating in the dish. Overall, I was disappointed. ⁣
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I hope I’ll be compelled to re-visit, but as of right now, I don’t see myself going back anytime soon.⁣

[pork-free but alcoholic drinks served]⁣⁣

📷 In frame: ⁣⁣ Fishhead Noodles with Fried Halibut and Fish Paste (Beehoon; Milky Soup) [RM13.90]⁣ ⁣

✨: Mr Fish Fishhead Noodles boasts a great portion size at great value.
For RM13.90, my bowl of milky bee hoon (rice noodles) came with a big portion of fried halibut and fish paste. With the meal, you get a free (but VERY SWEET) green tea too. ⁣

💬: Taste-wise, it isn’t much to shout about. The soup tasted watery and lacked the tangy, appetizingly refreshing kick that typically cuts through the broth’s richness. ⁣


I reckon my best bet for a bowl reminiscent to that from my childhood would be Woo Pin Fishhead Noodles. Any recommendations for good fishhead noodle places? ⁣

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📷 In frame: ⁣⁣
Brown Sugar Boba Milk [RM12.50]⁣

✨: I was expecting to be disappointed, but I was enlightened by the brown sugar fresh milk gods as soon as I took a sip of Xing Fu Tang’s rendition. The milk was light and refreshing, with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s the complete opposite of one of their competitors that start with an ‘A’ and end in ‘Y’. As for the pearls, I personally enjoyed the mochi-like texture of the pearls, but I understand some people prefer harder and chewier pearls. The drink had a subtle fragrant hint of cream cheese as well (not exactly sure if it’s actually part of the ingredients list). From my description of the drink, it’s no surprise that I was reminded of Haagen Dazs’ cream cheese mochi ice cream (that is bomb.com). Taste aside, a trip to Xing Fu Tang really is an experience in of itself. You get to see the live cooking of the pearls in brown sugar, the blowtorching of the drink’s brown sugar topping, and have your fortune told by randomly picking out a fortune stick (hence the name Xing Fu Tang, which translates to ‘happy/fortunate place’). ⁣

💬: Of course, the one downside of Xing Fu Tang is its crazy long queue! The line stretched across multiple shops when I visited, but perhaps it’s gotten better now. ⁣


I’d definitely recommend Xing Fu Tang and would actually find myself craving a cup! As not that big of a bubble tea person, this is a big statement. ⁣

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