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Sepiring, The MINES

I haven’t written a food review in a while because I haven’t found a place I really like until I stumbled upon Sepiring at The MINES recently.

The first page of the menu says: Proud of our colourful heritage, our menu carries an exciting variety of recipes from all corners of Malaysia. It is this harmonious blend of flavours that make us all ‘uniquely Malaysian’.

And then, on the next page is a menu of pasta selection. Hmmmmm… am I the only one wondering from which corner of Malaysia pastas are from?

I decided to go for something truly Malaysian, so I ordered Nyonya Nasi Ulam with Ayam Percik and Durian Cendol.

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Restoran Al-Arafah, Seri Kembangan

I checked out Restoran Al-Arafah about a month ago. I ordered mushroom soup (of course), mandi lamb and Arabic tea. Apparently, Arabic tea is Lipton tea plus mint and some spices. Hmmmm….

The mushroom soup tasted like instant soup. No big deal. You’re not missing anything big if you don’t order this. The tea was very bitter. Even after I added sugar, it was still bitter. The mandi lamb was quite good, but I think the one at Balqis Restaurant is better. The bill for my meal was RM26.

My verdict:

Kesom Cafe

Kesom Cafe is reputed to serve the best nasi kerabu in town. A cafe with that kind of reputation is worth a check out.

My friend and I arrived at around 12.15 p.m. and the place was almost full. This is a cafe that serves traditional east coast, Malay food and many of its patrons were non-Malays — a tell tale sign that the cafe serves seriously delicious food.

The basic nasi kerabu cost only RM8. The add-ons chicken curry and sambal petai tempe tofu were RM6 and RM3.50, respectively. The serai pandan drink cost RM3.50. I actually don’t like petai much, but I didn’t notice the petai in the sambal tempe initially, so….

The way to eat nasi kerabu is to mix everything (except the sambal) on the plate (in this case, tray) together. I’m happy to report that Kesom Cafe lived up to its reputation — they do serve the best nasi kerabu in town. The ulam (salad) was fresh and crunchy.The right balance of all the ingredients made it, oh so, delicious.

The chicken curry was perfect, with the right balance of spices. The sambal petai tempe tofu was also good even though not outstanding. The only thing disappointing was the serai pandan drink — it was almost like drinking plain water.

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Serai, Petaling Jaya

I lunched at Serai in Section 14, Petaling Jaya. The menu, which consists of local and western dishes, is on the pricey spectrum.

We ordered seafood iced lattee (RM13), minted calamansi soda (RM13), seafood tomyam (RM22), nasi ambang (top right – RM24), nasi kerabu (bottom left – RM23) and banofee pie (RM14.80). Food at Serai comes in very generous portions.

The tomyam was very delicious. The taste was different from the tomyams I’ve had before, and it was a curious kind of different. I’m not sure but I think the lemon grass flavour was stronger than usual and that made it different.

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Coffee Culture, Putrajaya

I wasn’t too hungry the first time I went to Coffee Culture, so I ordered chicken wings (RM15.36) and hazelnut latte (RM12.64). The chicken wings were VERY delicious. Yummy. Finger lickin’ good. If you go there, you must order this.

I was very impressed by the chicken wings, so I went again for lunch. This time I ordered the beef burger and a coconut latte (sorry, I lost the receipt and I don’t remember the price). The burger was slightly burned on the outside and the overall taste was just OK. It was just a beef burger — nothing special. After the superbly delicious chicken wings, I had high expectation for the burger and I was severely disappointed. I was crushed!

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