In Malaysia, it’s safe to say the general population practically live in the shopping mall, well nearly. It’s air conditioned, usually huge and full of everything you need to complete your day. 1 Utama is our most frequented shopping centre. It’s where I went on my first outing with friends (no parents!!) at the end of primary school. It’s where I shopped all through high school, caught our first movie at the cinema, tried Coffee Bean and Gloria Jeans, worked part time at the bakery and the list goes on. It’s the largest shopping mall in Malaysia and the fourth largest in the world. Lucky us. It’s a wonder I wasn’t broke. One of the anchor department stores there is AEON (formerly known as Jusco), a Japanese retailer. I used to love their food court for the affordable fresh sushi selection. It’s come a long way from my primary school days and I think the food court has changed about three times since then anyway. Now it’s huge with all types of cuisines represented, options from light snacks to heavy dinners. A fantastic variety really and the pricing is still reasonable. I went to visit the sushi counter and my has it grown! The place was packed so I couldn’t get a long shot but this is just a little sample of the sushi packs available. There’s unagi and sashimi to the left, inari and individual nigiri sushi to the right. That’s after a couple more sections of sushi packs each way. Donburi, salad and lunch bento boxes are also available.
|Ala Carte Sausage Platter – Bratwurst and Cheese|
|Pork Chop with Country Gravy RM27|
|Jucy Lucy RM18|
Jucy Lucy is one of our favourite burgers mainly because we like cheese so Mr. Foodie didn’t pass up the opportunity to order a Pork & Beef Jucy Lucy. The pork and beef pattie was well seasoned, cooked through and juicy with a gooey melted cheese core. Paired with onion relish, lettuce and tomato it made for one tasty burger.
|Coffee Stain Publika|
If you think the hipster cafe trend is just happening here you are sadly mistaken. We visited Coffee Stain by Joseph at Publika shopping centrie, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. The sole reason for my visit? Latte art. Except it was more like chocolate art. These guys do 3D coffee art and I have to see it for myself. They only offer it on iced chocolate as the other drinks are apparently not dense enough to hold that much froth in shape for long. It costs an extra RM5 for 3D coffee art and you have to wait for it, patiently. Mr. Foodie and I ordered iced chocolates with coffee art which cost RM15 each. Coffees come at around RM9-10 per cup so it’s no cheap feat for the locals. Since the exchange rate for AUD was 3 to 1, I could justify my iced chocolate with 3D art.
|Cat Family 3D Latte Art|
The coffees took a while to come out, I’m not sure why because our baristas here kill it with the morning pre-work line. Our iced chocolate took an understandable extended amount of time. For me, it was totally worth waiting for the cute kitties and lover bears! Look how amazingly 3D it is. Our table of 5 phones plus 1 camera took our sweet time snapping photos and it still didn’t collapse. Pretty cool stuff huh.
|Lover Bears 3D Coffee Art|
|Green Tea Latte|
Mum ordered a Matcha Latte which was smooth and creamy. We also got a couple of desserts to share, one a cheesecake which I’m pretty sure was Oreo but anyway, it was dense, cheesy, rich and oh so good. The warm Apple Crumble was even better. It had the right balance of sweet and tart with a lovely crunch from the crumble top.
|Photo Credit: Eiran Tan|
Marshall’s Burger originated from Penang and made its way down to PJ. My family said we must try it out so let’s cut to the chase. Pick your choice of burger and choose a side of steak fries or onion rings.
|The Cock Burger|
The Cock – Double chicken thigh, double streaky bacon, lettuce, onions, tomatoes
The Bison – Double beef patty, double cheddar cheese, double streaky bacon, lettuce, onions, tomatoes
The Hawaiian Piggy – Pork patty, pork ham, pineapple slice, lettuce, onions and tomatoes
Another burger joint we were taken to was Burger Junkyard in Kota Damansara on Jalan PJU 5/20D, PJ. This place doesn’t offer pork burgers and is halal but their menu has a great variety of chicken and beef burgers. It was a full house that night so we sat on the sidewalk outside hence the poor lighting. I tried my best with the pictures!
|Our order number|
|Formage Et Fungi RM18.90|
Formage Et Fungi (Chicken) – Swiss brown, Shiitake, white button and Portabella mushrooms cooked in a forest mushroom sauce
|Beef in Blankets RM18.90|
Brooklyn Burger – Chicken topped with beef bacon, smoked turkey ham, grilled pineapple, tomato, onions, fried egg and house aioli RM19.90
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