Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Just One Food - Cake Time Trucks

Cake Time operates a number of trucks (selling cakes, what else) all over KL and in some other states in Malaysia (like Penang, Ipoh and Melaka).  You can check out their schedules on their Facebook to see when one of their trucks will be "parking" near you.

It was my sister-in-law who brought to my attention that one of the Cake Time Trucks would be showing up in our housing area.  Since I've never tried them before + they're here, a stone's throw away....I thought, why not.

Banner showing the types of cakes on offer but not necessarily available on a given day.

But still loaded with enough varieties to make your choosing just that bit more difficult.  Here you have the Japanese Cheese, Pandanus Cheese, Nutty Cappuccino, Tiramisu Cheese, Mocha Marble Cheese, Berry Berry Cheese, Roselle Layer & Butter Marble.

The other showcase was filled Yoghurt Passion Fruit Layer, Raspberry Layer, Mint Chocolate Layer, Vanilla Milky Cranberry Layer, Pandanus Layer, British Layer, Mocha Walnut Layer & Chocolate Moist.  There were 16 types of cakes in total that day.

I made my selections and went on my merry way.

Nope, I didn't choose this...the Pandanus I was weary that the pandan layers in between may be too sweet as the pandan colour looked fake, too green to be made from real pandan juice (that's just my suspicion).

Most of the cakes are price at RM10 though some are RM12 like this Nutty Cappuccino.  I didn't choose this either though the word cappuccino attracted me but, alas, the nuts were held together with a sugar glaze...nope, it'd be too sweet for me.

I probably should have chosen this Arabica Walnut Layer as it had coffee and coffee cream but I also didn't. I would soon regret not choosing this.

At home, I unveiled the cakes and find that they're about 15 by 6 cm (or 6 x 2.5 inches), so it's quite a huge piece for RM10.  You can visualise the size as it fits into a standard plastic box (just like the ones we "tapao" our chap fan).

I chose the Vanilla Milky Cranberry Layer made with milk, cranberries, poppyseeds, mixed peel, butter cream and breadcrumbs....breadcrumbs? *scratch head*

I initially thought that the poppyseeds were actually real vanilla beans....ya, I wish! :P  I did enjoy the slight tang the cranberries brought to the cake.  Were those breadcrumbs sprinkled on top of the cake (as described)?  It could be since it tasted bland.  I thought they were coconut flakes at first.  That would have been better to bring a bit of fragrance and sweetness to the cake.

Next was the Japanese Cheese since the 'cake guy' mentioned that their cheesecakes are best sellers.

If you're one that doesn't like the smell and taste of cheese, you don't have to worry coz this one you can hardly smell or taste the cheese...wakakakaka...which doesn't necessarily mean it's a good thing especially where cheese lovers are concerned! :P

The Yoghurt Passion Fruit Layer was my next choice, made with butter cream and passion fruit and topped with peanut flakes.

The peanut flakes wasn't toasty nor fragrant.  It didn't even have a crunch to it and felt like it was past its prime.  It was hard to say if I tasted passion fruit.  There was a very, very faint hint of something zesty...and that was about it! >_<

My final selection was the Tiramisu Cheese.  I think I jumped at seeing the word 'tiramisu' being one of my favourite cakes.

Taste wise, let's just say I wasn't jumping for joy! :'(  There was hardly any coffee flavour and the cocoa powder was overly powdery, coarse and dry on the tongue and didn't have enough cocoa fragrance.

Overall, the cakes were nothing special but pleasant enough if you don't have high expectations.  It reminded me of those JJ Swiss rolls I bought from Ipoh where the flavours were almost indistinguishable as they weren't distinctive enough.

As for the positives, they were soft and airy and not too sweet.  The negatives, they were not as moist as I would have liked and some tasted almost bland.  If someone had gifted me these cakes (without telling me what they were), I probably wouldn't be able to make out the flavours from tasting them (other than making a calculated guess visually).

Possibly the biggest positive is the price.  For RM10, you get...not a slice of cake but a piece that's the size of a box! ^.^  That should account for something, right?  So, I can see the appeal of these cakes to some because of the portion size.

Actually, the cakes look great on their Facebook but the few I tried, the taste was just.....meh!  The ones that have some form of cream in between the layers (to offer more moistness and add some sweetness) are likely to be the better choices.

If you're after a good portion-sized cake that's light and airy, then go for it.  In the end, it's a question of whether you'd rather eat one piece of good cake for RM15 or a big piece of just-ok-tasting cake for RM10. The choice is yours.  I'm in the former they don't become wasted calories! :D

Monday, 15 January 2018

Favourite 'Cheap Eats' of 2017

Actually, finding good cheap eats in 2017 was more difficult than finding good cafes and restaurants.  Many ended in disappointment.  I think I had more misses than hits last year...but, then again, I also frequented the same shops and didn't actively look for new ones.

When I see crispy pork lard bits swimming in a bowl of pork noodles, I'm already sold!  A standard small serving here is not that small, I tell you (they even have a super-sized version "All In" for the very hungry).

Pair that with some fried snacks like meat roll, meatballs, dumplings, fish skin...and you're good to go.  Or how about some fried "chee yau char"?  They qualify as snacks too, don't they? :D

Other than the oily floor, this 3 decades old shop has been dishing out tasty chicken rice for years...poached and fried.  But their signature is the fried chicken rice yielding thin, nicely crisp and savoury skin (with no visible fat underneath) with juicy, moist and succulent meat.

And then they couple that with tempting side orders of Penang lobak and chicken liver...and yes, they're fried too! ;)  The fried chicken liver alone is worth a visit if you ask me.

If you're looking for a fully-loaded bowl of Penang Curry Mee, this one may possibly fulfill your expectation coz it's abundantly filled with ingredients of shrimps, cuttlefish slices, coagulated pig blood cubes, tofu puffs, bean sprouts, torch ginger flower and mint leaves.  The not-too-spicy broth is sufficiently creamy, fragrant and savoury with just enough santan flavour. ^o^

Eat that with their delicately textured Penang Otak-Otak with well balanced flavours and Penang Lobak that's freshly fried to order and you should be mighty pleased.

They started out specialising in pan mee (they still do) but it was their introduction of nasi lemak that got me hooked to this place.  For a Chinese-style nasi lemak, they did justice to the sambal.  You can have it with fried chicken or, better still, with luncheon meat...and they have quite a number of small bites that'll make your meal here a happy meal. ^.^

I've been eating at this place for the longest time but realised I've never included it in my cheap eats list.  I like the fish ball noodles here (this place specifically, not their halal AK outlets!) but I'd probably give their more premium items a miss.

Check out the various types of yong tau foo available but if you have to choose two, make that their golden brown, nicely textured Crispy Fishcake and Fried "Tau Pok" (bean curd puff) that is filled with the lovely fragrant aroma of added "yin sai" (Chinese parsley).  And oh, their White Coffee isn't too shabby either.

Apple Samgyupsal @ Taman Desa

This reasonably-priced BBQ meat joint is just what fans of Korean BBQ need with grilled meats over hot coals eaten with juicy, paper-thin apple slices.

It's not all about the meat here, their ultra-fresh salad with black sesame sauce (is just as good) and their all-you-can-eat banchan will fill you up if the meat doesn't! ;P

Go Noodles House @ Sunway Velocity

If you enjoy noodles in a soup that's subtle and clear, with a hint of Chinese rice wine, Go (to this) Noodles House.  Have it with their 'burstingly good' meatballs, grouper fish, frog, prawns, scallops, clams, pork belly, beef slice...whatever you fancy.

Don't forget their irresistibly addictive fried snacks while you're at it.  Possibly my favourite cheap eat of all....and that's because I'm a huge, huge fan of clear soup. ^o^

And that's my simple list of favourite 'cheap eats' of 2017. ^_~  You may like to check out my cheap eats list in 2016 here.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

C Wine & Bites @ Damansara Kim

Of late, my friends have taken a liking to wine and enjoy a glass or two with dinner.  We had already made plans to come to C Wine & Bites @ Damansara Kim to chill, chat and sip some wine after dinner somewhere else.

Unfortunately, that dinner at Tujoh Cafe @ SS2 PJ ended up massively disappointing as it was a spur of the moment thing when we couldn't snag a table at our original dinner venue! T_T

Anyway, that one is done and dusted...and we were eager to see what's in store for this one.  Located just above farm to plate, fully stocked shelves of wine greet you on the right when you come through the door.  If you're well versed with wines and know exactly what you want, you're welcome to make your own selection.

Since we aren't (well versed with wines, I mean), I came with a specific wine in mind which I read about on a blog.  My friends and I have not tried rose wine before, so we wanted to do just that.

I basically chose La Vie en Rose Cotes de Provence @ RM146 a bottle based on how theyumlist described the wine.  Just so you know, they sell wines by the bottles here.  The only wine you can get by glass is their house pour.  So, if you're one of those (like me) who can only drink a glass (maybe two tops), then please bring enough people with you to share a bottle (or share the cost)...haha! ;D

That's our rose chilling in the ice bucket :)

I have to say this is the wine I enjoyed the most from the few wines I've tried (my friends liked it too)...and I have theyumlist to thank for recommending this. 

This one felt brighter and more refreshing...and it was also much smoother and easy to drink compared to any of the red and white wines I've ever drunk before this (some of which I actually found hard to drink).

So, for non-drinkers who had never really liked wine (or even found some difficult to drink), this would be a great introduction to drinking and enjoying wine, this rose wine (from France) specifically.

Ok, enough with the wine already....let's get to some of the scrumptious bites that are available for your wine pairing.  The menu isn't extensive with just 3 light bites and 5 items from their grill.  Basically, we just ordered everything on the menu which didn't require pre-ordering.

Starting with the Sun-Dried Tomato Bruschetta @ RM15 (for 6 slices), there was nothing to fault.  The grilled bread was rubbed with garlic and brushed with olive oil, then topped with sun-dried tomatoes and melted cheese, and grilled to crispy perfection.

The other well received bruschetta was the Roasted Mushroom Toast @ RM15 (for 6 slices) with each slice of bread topped with a thick slice of juicy eryngii or king mushroom and a sprinkling of parsley.  What is there not to like...simple deliciousness of nibbling on crispy baguette with meaty mushrooms :)

The final item from their bites menu was the Spicy Chicken Wings @ RM20.  The four pieces of well seasoned chicken wings (drumette + wingette) were beautifully scorched to render them oh-so-juicy-&-smoky....absolute yum! ^o^

The Spiced Iberico Pork Skewers @ RM43 comprised of 3 sticks of fragrantly well charred and flavourful chunks of Iberico pork interspersed with deliciously grilled onions and red, green and yellow bell peppers.

The grilled Norwegian Salmon @ RM38 was perfectly cooked with a still pinkish centre and an utterly crispy skin.  The skin was so, so, so crispy you could hear the crunch when your knife went through it.  Not only that but the salmon was very fresh too (we were more than satisfied after the disastrous salmon we had earlier).

We loved the Spicy Chicken Wings so much that a second helping was in order.  Tinged with just a slight spiciness, the wings were devoured just as quickly as the first.  Finger licking good, I could easily eat all of it on my own.  

If you find the menu too limited, they allow you to order from the restaurant downstairs (since C Wine & Bites is co-owned by farm to plate's owner).  In fact, you can have your dinner upstairs if the restaurant is full and order anything from the restaurant's menu.

You'd be amazed at just how a small but capable kitchen can produce such palatable dishes.  Yours truly was nosy enough to check out the kitchen and found out that they use a salamander (or a salamander broiler to be exact) to produce that restaurant-quality charring.  And all this while I thought a salamander is a lizard-like creature.  Hey, I need a salamander in my kitchen....and I don't mean the lizard kind...kekeke! ;)

cin cin!

My Personal Opinion

This more than made up for our 'not-so-happy meal' earlier.  Definitely a good place for some light bites (even dinner) with a good selection of wines as accompaniment.  The menu may be short and simple but with an eye on taste and quality.

You know what, I'm slowly starting to appreciate wines...some wines at least.....and that's me taking baby steps....haha! ;)

If you need a place to chill....sip on some good wines...and snack on some good (albeit limited) finger food, you know where to go.  

C Wine & Bites
First Floor 4A Jalan SS20/10
Damansara Kim
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 019-223 6328

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

How about a 2018 Calendar Featuring.....Cookie?

Cookie:  Happy New Year everyone!
Have you been wining and dining throughout the holidays like I have? ;)

A special shout-out to those who wants to see more of me in 2018! *blowing kisses*
Your wish is my command.

Normally around the end of the year, my mistress master would be confronted with many pet calendars that she's tempted to buy.

But why would she?  When she's got the real! ^_~

Hey, I think I'm good-looking enough to be featured in calendars.  Sadly, I've not had any offers come my way.  But if I had, these would probably be my 10 best shots for a 2018 calendar.....what do you think?

Mr January
I'm no aristocratcat (or any special breed)...I'm just a domestic short hair but a handsome one at that *self-praise mode on* :P

Mr February
Who wants to be my Valentine?  But we can't have kids coz my master made me a "eunuch" already! :D

Mr March
I'm too sexy for my.....fur?  Too sexy for my fur.  So sexy it hurts ;P
This can be a shot for the Playboy Playcat magazine...kekeke!

Mr April
Peekaboo...I'm adorable even without trying! ;)

Mr May
I like to be the centre of attention...even to the point of disturbing my master when she's writing her posts.

Mr June
This is a good spot (on top of my master's car) for people (or, in my case, cat) watching...must be on the lookout for those nasty male cats.

Mr July
When I'm photographed outside (with enough light), my fur is a beautiful pristine white & light brown (they're my true colours) ^_*

Mr August
Tall and regal....I'm the king of the jungle this neighbourhood :)

Mr September
This was the slim me before I put on a bit of weight lately...must cut back on those snacks! ^.^

Mr October
My master says I'm giving her the evil eye...maybe I am. >_<

Mr November
That's me in the prime of my youth (taken more than 4 years ago).  The blurry photo, taken with my master's chiplak phone then, didn't do justice to the cute me, don't you agree?

Mr December
Tis the season to be jolly + it's my birthday! ^o^

Would you like a calendar.....featuring me?

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