Eat/Drink

  • Phase Two takeaway: For a simple, satisfying lunch, get the charcoal roasted duck rice from PJ SS2's De Champion Duck

    3 weeks ago

    Phase Two takeaway: For a simple, satisfying lunch, get the charcoal roasted duck rice from PJ SS2's De Champion Duck

    PETALING JAYA, Sept 24 – Some days, I just want a simple, quick lunch. I had read quite a bit about De Champion Duck's stall at SS2 as friends have been promoting it on social...

  • Impossible Foods to roll out meatless pork in HK, Singapore, US

    3 weeks ago

    Impossible Foods to roll out meatless pork in HK, Singapore, US

    HONG KONG, Sept 23 ― Impossible Foods is rolling out its meatless pork product in Hong Kong in October and Singapore later in the year as it tries to bolster its footprint in...

  • ‘Espresso’ yourself: How to stop worrying and start drinking coffee (the way you like it)

    3 weeks ago

    ‘Espresso’ yourself: How to stop worrying and start drinking coffee (the way you like it)

    COMMENTARY, Sept 23 — Some of us can’t fathom starting our day without a cup of coffee. Our daily dose of caffeine, be it a kopi O kaw at your neighbourhood kopitiam or a...

  • Treats and tradition in Tehran’s oldest, tiniest teahouse

    3 weeks ago

    Treats and tradition in Tehran’s oldest, tiniest teahouse

    TEHRAN, Sept 22 — With his trimmed beard, red scarf and bronze-coloured waistcoat, Kazem Mabhutian serves a steady stream of customers in the smallest and oldest teahouse in...

  • Phase Two takeaway: Relive your childhood memories with this Salak South New Village 'bak kwa' bun

    3 weeks ago

    Phase Two takeaway: Relive your childhood memories with this Salak South New Village 'bak kwa' bun

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — Whenever I see a stall selling bak kwa buns, I have to stop and get one. That simple combination of a hot dog bun with the BBQ dried meat, pork floss,...

  • Hakka meets Hakata at Fusion Man Noodle in Kuchai Lama, with a bowl of ‘vinegar belly ramen’ and more

    3 weeks ago

    Hakka meets Hakata at Fusion Man Noodle in Kuchai Lama, with a bowl of ‘vinegar belly ramen’ and more

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 – For those of us who grew up in Chinese households – particularly Hakka and Cantonese families – there’s nothing more warming than a bowl of zhū...

  • Phase Two delivery: Plump, delicious 'chai kuih' and 'kuih angku' from Subang Jaya's Life N Bites

    4 weeks ago

    Phase Two delivery: Plump, delicious 'chai kuih' and 'kuih angku' from Subang Jaya's Life N Bites

    SUBANG JAYA, Sept 20 — I came across Life N Bites on Facebook just at the right time. I had been looking for a new supplier for chai kuih so I decided to give this home-based...

  • Rock-bottom prices and hearty, home-style fare: Welcome to Paris' 'bouillon' restaurants

    1 month ago

    Rock-bottom prices and hearty, home-style fare: Welcome to Paris' 'bouillon' restaurants

    PARIS, Sept 18 ― Dishes of yesteryear, rock-bottom prices and all in pleasant surroundings, that's what's on offer at Paris's famous bouillon restaurants. These relics of...

  • Phase Two takeaway: Get a bowl of good-for-you greens from Petaling Jaya Section 2's Popo Thunder Tea

    1 month ago

    Phase Two takeaway: Get a bowl of good-for-you greens from Petaling Jaya Section 2's Popo Thunder Tea

    PETALING JAYA, Sept 17 — When I am feeling a little down and in need of a health boost, I tend to reach out for a bowl of green happiness like lui cha. There's something...

  • ‘Ghost kitchens’ boom in Asia as Covid pandemic sparks huge demand

    1 month ago

    ‘Ghost kitchens’ boom in Asia as Covid pandemic sparks huge demand

    TAIPEI, Sept 16 — In an industrial unit on the outskirts of Taipei chefs are plating meals that will never be served in a restaurant: welcome to the world of “ghost...

  • Missing the taste of Melaka? Why the flavours of my hometown are never far away

    1 month ago

    Missing the taste of Melaka? Why the flavours of my hometown are never far away

    COMMENTARY, Sept 16 — The toothsome strands of yellow noodles are topped with bouncy fish balls, sliced fish cake, slivers of foo chuk (bean curd skin rolls) and chopped spring...

  • Phase Two delivery: Delightful creations that are a blend of Asian and Western from KL Desa Sri Hartamas' Kuké Desserterie

    1 month ago

    Phase Two delivery: Delightful creations that are a blend of Asian and Western from KL Desa Sri Hartamas' Kuké Desserterie

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 — It's always refreshing to see how creative bakers get with their sweet treats. This husband-and-wife team behind Kuké Desserterie has created unique...

  • 'Bling-bling' chef shakes up gastro world at Paris palace

    1 month ago

    'Bling-bling' chef shakes up gastro world at Paris palace

    PARIS, Sept 15 ― Jean Imbert has one of the trickiest jobs in France ― not only taking over from the country's most decorated chef at one of its fanciest restaurants, but also...

  • Caviar-infused vodka? L’Orbe delivers luxury in a bottle

    1 month ago

    Caviar-infused vodka? L’Orbe delivers luxury in a bottle

    PARIS, Sept 14 — As surprising as it is refined, L’Orbe vodka is infused with caviar for a unique flavour. This collaboration with La Maison Nordique was made possible thanks...

  • Denmark’s Noma restaurant wins third Michelin star

    1 month ago

    Denmark’s Noma restaurant wins third Michelin star

    COPENHAGEN, Sept 14 — Copenhagen restaurant Noma, one of the world’s top eateries, yesterday picked up a coveted third Michelin star. The new entry on the restaurant in...

  • Enjoy ‘omakase’ Malaysian style at Eat and Cook in Bukit Jalil, KL

    1 month ago

    Enjoy ‘omakase’ Malaysian style at Eat and Cook in Bukit Jalil, KL

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Fresh prawns from Sabah, beautiful specimens. Cooked medium, never well done. The heads of the crustaceans slowly cooked to release their precious oils...

  • Phase Two delivery: Take a delicious journey into Thai food by ordering from PJ Section 17's Homm Homm The Project

    1 month ago

    Phase Two delivery: Take a delicious journey into Thai food by ordering from PJ Section 17's Homm Homm The Project

    PETALING JAYA, Sept 13 — Started in January this year, Homm Homm The Project showcases home-cooked Thai recipes from Isan-born chef Piyanat Yowabut (or Gugs as he is better...

  • Greek winemakers delve depths of underwater aging

    1 month ago

    Greek winemakers delve depths of underwater aging

    NAOUSSA, Sept 12 — Winemakers in northern Greece are diving into the unknown by plunging hundreds of bottles of their wine into the depths of the local river. Far from the sea...

  • Fine dining for one: Home alone with 'foie gras' and mangosteens

    1 month ago

    Fine dining for one: Home alone with 'foie gras' and mangosteens

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — For some of us, staying home alone for an extended period of time can be trying. “Torturous” I hear a few of you suggest. Perhaps more precise, in as...

  • Phase Two delivery: Have fun with PJ's No. 81 Mochi's Mochi Moments Kit

    1 month ago

    Phase Two delivery: Have fun with PJ's No. 81 Mochi's Mochi Moments Kit

    PETALING JAYA, Sept 10 — Thinking out of the box is often needed when you're faced with obstacles while doing business. That's how No. 81 Mochi — a stall selling mua chee in...

  • Rise and shine: How to enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast

    1 month ago

    Rise and shine: How to enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast

    TOKYO, Sept 9 — Bored of buttery croissants? Done with greasy fry-ups? Cereal? Too dull. A smoothie? Too sweet. One of those “Big Breakfasts”? Too heavy. Rise and shine —...

  • Phase One takeaway: Hit up Cheras Taman Maluri's Restoran Hou Kai Fong for smooth poached chicken rice, fish noodles and pork noodles

    1 month ago

    Phase One takeaway: Hit up Cheras Taman Maluri's Restoran Hou Kai Fong for smooth poached chicken rice, fish noodles and pork noodles

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 — It's not often you find a coffee shop that serves a few good items under one roof. This definitely makes takeaways easier too if you have a family with...

  • Cyberpunk ramen and minimalist ‘daifuku’: How spacegrey secretly became the coolest tiny café in SS2, PJ

    1 month ago

    Cyberpunk ramen and minimalist ‘daifuku’: How spacegrey secretly became the coolest tiny café in SS2, PJ

    PETALING JAYA, Sept 7 — The soft afternoon light suffuses the monochromatic walls of the coffee shop; a  tender flow both warm and cool. The concrete surfaces offer a...

  • Phase One delivery: Satisfy your cravings with Cheras' Uncle Soon Apom Balik

    1 month ago

    Phase One delivery: Satisfy your cravings with Cheras' Uncle Soon Apom Balik

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 — When it comes to apam balik for takeaway or even delivery, I am quite wary since it tends to be best eaten hot from the pan. However, good reviews from a...

  • Amid flavour fatigue, why mooncakes still matter

    1 month ago

    Amid flavour fatigue, why mooncakes still matter

    COMMENTARY, Sept 4 – It’s that time of the year again. No, not Christmas. Not Halloween, not yet. The Dragon Boat Festival was over two months ago; just enough time has passed...

  • Phase One takeaway: Support KL's Madam Choo Homemade Recipe for her Hainan and Nyonya food

    1 month ago

    Phase One takeaway: Support KL's Madam Choo Homemade Recipe for her Hainan and Nyonya food

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 – If you visit the iconic Yut Kee Restaurant here, you will notice a makeshift stall at the entrance run by an elderly lady who is known as Madam Choo....

  • Phase One delivery: Tuck into these Johor eats like 'mee bandung', laksa Johor and 'kacang pool' from PJ Section 6's Kecur

    1 month ago

    Phase One delivery: Tuck into these Johor eats like 'mee bandung', laksa Johor and 'kacang pool' from PJ Section 6's Kecur

    PETALING JAYA, Sept 1 — If you're missing a taste of Malay eats from Johor, hit up Kecur to satisfy your cravings. Previously at Sungai Penchala, they now operate from home at...

  • Kopitiam classics reinvented: How a 'family' in PJ puts their own passionate spin on nostalgia

    1 month ago

    Kopitiam classics reinvented: How a 'family' in PJ puts their own passionate spin on nostalgia

    PETALING JAYA, Aug 31 — Smoked mackerel kerabu paired with avocado. Soy chicken glazed with gula Melaka. A greasy and so sedap homage to the ultimate Malaysian street food: the...

  • Phase One takeaway: Get extremely good 'char siu wantan mee' from PJ Damansara Uptown's SBay Wantan Mee for just RM7

    1 month ago

    Phase One takeaway: Get extremely good 'char siu wantan mee' from PJ Damansara Uptown's SBay Wantan Mee for just RM7

    PETALING JAYA, Aug 30 — When you're stuck at home, you find food in weird ways. A friend had raved about SBay Wantan Mee after her apartment's group buy introduced her to it. I...

  • Japanese giant wants soy sauce to be the ‘ketchup of India’

    1 month ago

    Japanese giant wants soy sauce to be the ‘ketchup of India’

    MUMBAI, Aug 29 — Every dish tastes better with a dash of soy sauce, even dessert: that’s the ambitious pitch of Japanese food giant Kikkoman, hoping to persuade Indians to use...

  • Warm your spirits on rainy evenings with this ‘ginger mother duck’ stew

    1 month ago

    Warm your spirits on rainy evenings with this ‘ginger mother duck’ stew

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Rainy days and rainy nights. Lovely in the beginning, when the cool weather is what we need after months of heat and humidity. But past the first week or...

  • Phase One delivery: Enjoy this juicy roast duck from Pandan Perdana's Chef Sim for RM35

    1 month ago

    Phase One delivery: Enjoy this juicy roast duck from Pandan Perdana's Chef Sim for RM35

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — One of the food items that I seem to see a lot of during this lockdown is roast duck. Usually I ignore the posts but this particular roast duck from Chef...

  • Do a good deed: Buy the Dignity Merdeka meal and a hand-painted tiffin carrier to support underprivileged children

    1 month ago

    Do a good deed: Buy the Dignity Merdeka meal and a hand-painted tiffin carrier to support underprivileged children

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 – For the Merdeka celebrations, Dignity for Children Foundation launched their Merdeka meal set available from now till September 19. For the past 21 years,...