Morganfield's

Special thanks to Morganfield's for extending this food review invitation.

Morganfield's, home of Sticky Bones, is one of the best places to savor barbecued pork. The restaurant chain is inspired by scrumptious pork ribs of the American Midwest. At present, Morganfield's has more than a dozen locations in major shopping malls across Malaysia and abroad. Today's lunch lands us at Morganfield's outlet in Sunway Pyramid.
The dining section of Morganfield's is combination of a family restaurant, a drinking establishment and a sports bar. To present a homely appearance, the restaurant is designed with wooden panels over red brick walls. Wooden tables and chairs provide the right setting for casual dining. Diners who prefer to bask in natural light can also opt to be seated outside the restaurant's main entrance.
The Carnivore (RM179.90) is crafted to feed the most devoted meat-eaters that has ever roamed the face of this planet. This sharing platter consists of pork ribs, chicken, sausages, corn bread, grilled corn on the cob, garden salad and French fries. The Carnivore is the best option to satiate everyone's endless craving for meats, especially those from the swine.
Hickory Wood-Smoked Ribs, or "Sticky Bones" in Morganfield's parlance, is the bestselling food here. Served as part of this platter is a full slab of succulent spare ribs - roughly 11 bones in total. There are 4 flavors to choose from: Hickory BBQ Spare Ribs, Garlicky BBQ Spare Ribs, Smoked Peppercorn Spare Ribs and The Naughty Spare Ribs. Today's choice is the Hickory BBQ Spare Ribs, which is Morganfield's signature recipe.
The slab of spare ribs is basted with sweet-tangy Hickory BBQ sauce, and then smoked with hickory to impart the wood's distinctive flavor. Cooked to perfection, the flesh remains fairly tender and juicy. In fact, pork peels off the bones almost effortlessly. Delectable to the last morsel, there is no shame in getting your fingers sticky while indulging these bad boys.
As for chicken, The Carnivore includes a half-bird portion of either Herb Roasted Chicken or Tequila Spiked Chicken; we are having the former today. Mushroom gravy is served on the side. All in all, I feel that the chicken can benefit from a stronger marinade as the center is quite bland.
The platter includes 2 types of pork sausages: Herby Hog and Spicy Devil. Stuffed with premium ground pork, the sausages are grilled to perfection. I particularly enjoy the Spicy Devil sausage as it presents a tantalizing twist of spiciness in the mouth.
Homemade cornbread muffins serve as carbohydrates. Compared to regular wheat muffins, they are noticeable rougher in texture. Meanwhile, sweet corn kernels punctuate the muffins sporadically. Also included are 3 pieces of grilled corn on the cob, glazed with garlic butter and gently grilled such that the kernels remain fairly juicy.
The meat-heavy platter is somewhat balanced with a serving of fresh garden salad. Comprising of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, onions, corn kernels and croutons, the garden salad goes reasonably well with Morgan's house dressing. Meanwhile, I feel that the serving of French fries is saltier than it ought to be.
Moving on, Morganfield's limited time Glamb Burger (RM34.90) consists of a 160-gram chargrilled lamb patty glazed with Jack Daniel's barbecue sauce. Seasoned to perfection, the patty's sharp pungency makes this lamb burger gratifying to the last bite.
Other ingredients in the Glamb Burger are crispy pork bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes, lettuce and cheddar cheese. Sandwiched between two halves of a sesame bun, the burger stack is held place with a steak knife. Side dishes are coleslaw and sweet potato fries. This promotional burger is offered until 30 September 2017, so hurry if you do not want to miss this delectable treat.
Morganfield's bar is where cocktails, mocktails and shooters are prepared. For staunch drinkers, the bar stocks a reasonable collection of spirits and wines. In addition, Morganfield's also serves draught beers such as Connor's, Kronenbourg and Hoegaarden.
Waikiki (RM14.90) is named after the popular Hawaiian beach. Served chilled, the drink is a blend of pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, milk and ice. Also included are tangy chunks of pineapples. Blue Curaçao at the bottom provides an alluring bluish hue for aesthetic appeal.
Sizzling Mango Iced Tea (RM14.90) is a glass of mango-flavored sweet tea. The most distinctive feature of this drink is a whole chili pepper dipped into the drink. Fortunately for me, the tea is not as spicy as it appears because chili seeds have been removed from the fruit.
From the same promotional menu as Glamb Burger comes Pineapple Lemonade (RM15.90), a mocktail with a tropical twist. Made from lemon-flavored soda, sweet and sour mix, diced pineapple and agave syrup, the drink is an effective thirst quencher. Similar to Piña colada, the Pineapple Lemonade is garnished with a pineapple wedge and a pineapple leaf.
Raisin Cooler (RM16.90) is another carbonated drink flavored with Monin wild grape syrup. Suspended in the drink are mashed red and white grapes that lend their fruity sweetness. There are two straws in the glass; ostensibly one for stirring and another for drinking.
Overall, Morganfield's is one of the best places to enjoy barbecued pork ribs. Food portions are enormous to ensure that each customer's stomach is filled to the brim. The sharing platters also allow larger parties to savor more types of food in one go. Meanwhile, the drinking crowd should be satisfied with the wide range of alcoholic beverages that Morganfield's has to offer.
Name: Morganfield's
Address: OB.K8, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-5612-9028
Business hours: 11:00am-1:00am
Website: http://www.morganfields.com
Coordinates: 3.07325 N, 101.60843 E
Directions: Morganfield's is located at the northeastern corner of Sunway Pyramid. The mall provides multilevel parking.

Ah Mah

Special thanks to Ah Mah Traditional Homemade Egg Sponge Cake for extending this food review invitation.

Ah Mah Traditional Homemade Egg Sponge Cake (阿嬷老字号古早味现烤鸡蛋糕) has taken Klang Valley's F&B landscape by storm lately. Currently, there are nearly 30 outlets in Malaysia including the one at Sunway Giza Mall. Ah Mah's cakes are inspired by Castella sponge cake from Tamsui (淡水) in Taiwan, which is in turn derived from a Castilian cake called Pão de Castela. This is not surprising as Tamsui was a former Spanish settlement in the 17th century.
Ah Mah's recipe has been adapted to suit the local Malaysian palate. The bakery uses natural ingredients only; no coloring or artificial preservatives are added. Its main ingredients are eggs, milk, flour, canola oil and sugar. Water is not added to the batter, so the cake's moisture comes from eggs and milk only. It is also interesting to note that no pork or lard is used. In fact, most cakes are suitable for ovo-lacto vegetarians.
As freshness is key to the cakes' appeal, Ah Mah produces new batches throughout the day. The cakes are baked in a convection oven for around 90 minutes (depending on flavor). Once done, the parchment paper is removed and each batch is cut into 8 equal pieces.
The Original Egg Sponge Cake (原味鸡蛋糕, RM13.00) is very fluffy especially when the cake is fresh from the oven. Ah Mah's cake is much lighter than regular sponge cake. In fact, its softness is very similar to that of chiffon cake. Sweetness is kept minimal in order to draw attention to the taste of eggs.
Next, the Cheese Egg Sponge Cake (起司鸡蛋糕, RM18.00) is similar to the Original version but has layers of molten cheddar cheese inside. In addition, the cake is showered with heavy sprinkles of parmesan cheese. Unlike the Original flavor, the Cheese version tastes better when chilled.
New and seasonal flavors are introduced from time to time. The Chocolate Egg Sponge Cake (巧克力鸡蛋糕, RM18.00) is the most recent addition to Ah Mah's menu. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate provide this cake's appealing color. The cake is also intermittently punctuated by chocolate chips. I feel that the cake's chocolate aroma is at the zenith when it is still fresh from the oven.
Ah Mah Traditional Homemade Egg Sponge Cake has been selling like hot cakes (pun intended) recently. Not only are the cakes great as snacks, they also serve as presentable gifts. Most of Ah Mah's outlets are concentrated in Klang Valley, but the brand has been expanding its presence in other cities nationwide.
Name: Ah Mah Traditional Homemade Egg Sponge Cake (阿嬷老字号古早味现烤鸡蛋糕)
Address: Sunway Giza Mall, 2, Jalan PJU 5/14, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-7620-1477
Business hours: 10:00am-10:00pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/iloveahmah
Coordinates: 3.15091 N, 101.59130 E
Directions: Ah Mah is located at Sunway Giza Mall, right next to Baskin-Robbins. There are parking spaces at the Basement Level of the mall. In addition, there are also street parking spaces along nearby roads.

J&G Homemade

Special thanks to J&G Homemade for extending this product review invitation.

If you have been to Kedai Kopi New Cathay (新国泰茶室) in Pulau Tikus, you might have seen a stall which sells yam cake. The yam cake is supplied by J&G Homemade, a home-based business which also takes orders from the general public. Apart from New Cathay, J&G Homemade also has a collection point in Jelutong.
Yam cake (芋头糕) is not actually made from yam, but from taro; taro is often mistaken as yam in Malaysia. The yam cake is denser than radish cake (萝卜糕) and is made in a similar way - by steaming. Besides taro, other ingredients are rice flour, dried shrimps, fried onions, red chili and scallion.
There are two types of sauces that typically go well with yam cake. The sweet brown sauce is J&G Homemade's own blend of doubanjiang (豆瓣酱). Meanwhile, the red chili sauce carries a respectable punch of spiciness. J&G Homemade's yam cake is priced at RM28.00 and RM42.00 for a small tray (20 cm x 20 cm) and a large tray (26 cm x 26 cm) respectively.

Glutinous rice (糯米饭) is another homemade product from this home kitchen. Raw rice needs to be soaked in water for several hours prior to cooking. Water is drained and rice is cooked by steaming. Then, rice is fried in a wok with ingredients like Korean oyster mushrooms and dried shrimps. Compared to regular rice, glutinous rice is quite filling. The retail price is RM35.00 for 500 grams and RM42.00 for 1 kilogram.
Other dishes offered by J&G Homemade are Pumpkin Cake (金瓜糕) and Creamy Fusion Spaghetti (中西奶油意大利面). The food is entirely pork-free. To place an order, contact J&G Homemade by phone (019-480-1781), email (ling060703@gmail.com) or Facebook.

Name: J&G Homemade
Address: N/A
Contact: 019-480-1781
Business hours: N/A
Website: https://www.facebook.com/jghomemade
Coordinates: N/A
Directions: N/A

Hamidou Roll

Special thanks to Hamidou Roll for extending this food review invitation.

Mat Toh Yau Dessert & Food (乜都有清补凉糖水) is a drinks and desserts shop in Jelutong. Located at the intersection of Jalan Penaga and Lorong Ipoh, the shop is within walking distance of Jelutong Market (Pasar Awam Jelutong).
Hamidou Roll (哈咪豆) is one of the stalls in front of Mat Toh Yau. Founded in 1992, this home-based business specializes in local street snacks. Originally nameless, Hamidou Roll was branded so when the current proprietor inherited the business from her parents. The Hokkien word "hamidou" is based on a random suggestion from her 5-year-old son.
The signature item here is Penang Chicken Lobak (槟城五香鸡肉卷, RM1.80 each, RM20.80 per dozen). The fried rolls are made from chicken seasoned with five-spice powder (五香粉), which is an inherited family recipe.
Seasoned chicken is wrapped in tofu skin (豆腐皮) and then deep-fried until the rolls become crispy. Unlike the traditional recipe, the rolls do not contain pork. The snack can be eaten with sweet chili sauce and mayonnaise
Hamidou Roll also sells Curry Potato Puffs (恋爱香辣角, RM1.80 each, RM20.80 per dozen). Made from flaky pastry, the puffs are stuffed with curried potato. Potato filling is quite packed, so one puff alone is quite filling as a snack.
Besides selling at Jelutong, Hamidou Roll also vends its wares at several night markets across Penang Island. Larger orders (in frozen form) can be placed by phone or WhatsApp at 016-784-2813. Hamidou Roll also takes online orders on Facebook. Each box of 12 pieces is priced at RM20.00. Shipping is free for 3 boxes and above.
Directly behind Hamidou Roll's daytime stall is another one that serves Western style breakfast. Bread, hash browns, ham and omelette are some of the breakfast foods sold here.
Roti Special (RM6.50) consists of two slices of white bread with grilled sausage, ham, bacon and onions. The entire sandwich is wrapped in omelette. Sweet chili sauce, mayonnaise and Thousand Island dressing are provided as condiments.
Name: Hamidou Roll (哈咪豆)
Address: 22, Jalan Penaga, 11600 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 016-784-2813
Business hours: 7:30am-11:00am, closed on Mondays
Website: https://www.facebook.com/HamiDouRoll
Coordinates: 5.38981 N, 100.31238 E
Directions: Mat Toh Yau Dessert & Food (乜都有清补凉糖水) is located at the intersection of Jalan Penaga and Lorong Ipoh in Jelutong. Hamidou Roll is one of the stalls in front of the shop. Most people park their cars along nearby roads.

Street Sushi

Special thanks to Street Sushi for extending this food review invitation.

Chit Chat Corner is a food truck park at the corner of Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia) and Chulia Lane (Lorong Chulia). Street Sushi (道寿司) is one of the several food trucks here. As the name implies, Street Sushi specializes in sushi (寿司) and other Japanese street food. Its menu is entirely pork-free.
The proprietor-cum-chef of Street Sushi has worked as a Japanese chef in Singapore for many years. In Japanese restaurants, the term "omakase" (お任せ) means "leave it to you (to decide)". To handle omakase orders, the chef needs to be innovative in improvising seasonal ingredients and should be familiar with each customer's palate.

Even when operating Street Sushi, the chef sets unusually high standards that are unheard of in the food truck business. For instance, he insists that each piece of sushi must be made to order. Even when dealing with fast-moving items, he refuses to prepare them upfront in bulk because the sushi pieces will not be at their freshest.
Seafood Temari (シーフード手まり, 6 pieces for RM17.00, 12 pieces for RM31.00) is the best way to sample the food here. Compared to regular nigiri (握り) sushi, temari (手まり) uses rounder rice balls. Each order consists of a variety of sushi. Customers can request for specific types, but generally it's better to leave this to the chef.
The chef's choices today are:
- Salmon (サーモン): A fresh slice of salmon over a clump of vinegar-laced rice.
- Squid (イカ): Aburi (炙り) style, garnished with fish roe (とびこ).
- Unagi (ウナギ): Prepared from raw fish, seasoning is based on the chef's own recipe.
- Mackerel (サバ): Too salty for me, not sure whether this is intentional.
- Quail egg (ウズラの卵): Deep-fried with a coating of crispy crumbs, rested over a cucumber ring.
- Scallop (ホタテ): Aburi (炙り) style, pleasantly juicy due to its freshness.
Next, Sushirrito (寿司リトー, RM12.00) is a recent addition and has yet to be listed on the regular menu. It is essentially a very thick roll of sushi rice with fillings like sweet omelette (たまご), crab stick (カニカマ), pickled daikon (沢庵), cucumber, tempura crumbs (天かす), sesame seeds and cheese sauce. The rice roll is wrapped in seaweed (海苔) using a bamboo mat called "makisu" (巻き簾).
One might be inclined to think that such a thick roll will make Sushirrito too dry and bland. But this assumption cannot be any further from the truth. Even eating the Sushirrito without any condiments is quite palatable. Of course, the flavor is significantly improved with some wasabi (山葵) and soy sauce (醤油).
As for vegan sushi, Inari Maki (稲荷巻き, RM4.00) contains no animal products like egg or milk. The main ingredient is sweetened tofu called inari (稲荷). Inari is named after the titular Shinto god who is believed to love eating this food. Compared to other types of sushi, Inari Sushi has more gentle taste.
Sushi Cups (寿司カップ, RM10.00) are not on Street Sushi's menu as these are something that the chef just created on the fly. While being fried in oil, seaweed is shaped into cups by gently pressing the center of each sheet with a toothpick. The rice toppings are cubed salmon, cubed avocado and fish roe. Sushi Cups can be eaten with pickled ginger (ガリ) and wasabi.
In response to popular demand, Street Sushi also sells Chicken Shawarma Sandwich (RM8.00). It is rather odd to see Japanese and Middle Eastern food under the same roof. Anyway, the chicken is first marinated thoroughly, and then cooked on a vertical rotisserie.
As the chicken becomes cooked, the outer layer is shaved off to allow the next layer to become cooked. Chicken slices are fried again to enhance flavor, and then wrapped in homemade tortilla bread. Cheese can be added for RM3.00 more. The beef version of shawarma is also available.
Chit Chat Corner has several colorful wooden tables next to the side fence. But most people still prefer to eat while standing anyway. This casual setting allows passersby to sample food from different food trucks. Besides Street Sushi, the other food trucks sell burgers, Korean food, coconut ice cream and coffee.
Name: Street Sushi (道寿司)
Address: 1, Lebuh Chulia, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 012-916-6387
Business hours: 5:00pm-12:00am, closed on Tuesdays
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Streetsushipenang
Coordinates: 5.41809 N, 100.33701 E
Directions: Chit Chat Corner is located at the corner of Chulia Street and Chulia Lane. Street Sushi is one of the food trucks here. There are limited street parking spaces along both roads. For more parking, try the further end of Love Lane.

The Ais

Special thanks to The Ais for extending this food review invitation.

The Ais is a supplier of homemade ice cream to several local restaurants around Penang. It used to operate from a kiosk inside ie Organic at Pulau Tikus. Several months ago, The Ais moved to this modest shop at Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia).
While the ground floor has only several small tables, there is substantially more dining space upstairs. The walls of the upper floor are decorated with colorful paintings - amateur artwork of the proprietor's daughter. By the way, use caution when ascending the flight of chairs because it is quite steep.
Ice cream is sold in single scoop (RM6.90) or double scoops (RM12.90) portions. Several flavors are considered premium due to higher cost of ingredients; these premium flavors cost RM8.90 and RM14.40 respectively. Customers can also opt for a waffle cone for RM1.50 more. Ice cream is also sold by the pint - at RM29.00 and RM32.00 for regular and premium flavors respectively.

As for dine-in customers who prefer something more filling, go for a serving of Double & Waffle (RM15.90). These Belgian waffles come with 2 scoops of ice cream. Premium flavors only cost RM1.50 more, which I highly recommend that you go for.
The waffles appear dry when eaten directly, but they land on a sweet spot when consumed with ice cream. The dish is garnished with granola, dried cranberries, raisins, marshmallow and icing sugar. The actual presentation varies by the choice of ice cream flavors.

Avocado is one of the few ice cream flavors that contain neither milk nor eggs, making it ideal for vegans. This flavor takes full advantage of avocado's natural creaminess. Made from Australian avocados, it is one of The Ais' premium flavors. For a limited time, a pint of Avocado ice cream is priced at RM26.00, which makes it even cheaper than regular flavors.
I am also fascinated by Redwine Cranberry, which is another premium ice cream flavor. Alcohol actually lowers the melting point of ice cream, making the preparation process quite tricky. I love the soothing coolness that the ice cream bestows upon the tongue, as well as red wine's bitter-sweet aftertaste that follows. This flavor is recommended for people who enjoy alcoholic ice cream.
Snow Bath (RM10.90) is presented as a small cup of kefir with a scoop of Snow White ice cream on top. Made from sorghum wine (高粱酒), the distinctive taste and aroma of the ice cream is tantalizing instead.
Meanwhile, kefir is a fermented milk drink. The culture, which is produced in-house, consists of a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Lactose in milk is mostly broken down to lactic acid and ethanol. This makes kefir is a good milk substitute for people with lactose intolerance.

The Ais has more than 40 different ice cream flavors in its recipe book. To maintain freshness, only 16 flavors are prepared at any given time. In addition to those introduced earlier, other bestselling flavors are Matcha Oreo, Horlicks Kit Kat, Charcoal Cheese, Seasalt Caramel and Rum & Raisin. Occasionally, there are also seasonal flavors like Durian.
The Ais believes in giving a helping hand to those in need. A substantial amount of the eatery's proceeds is donated to an orphanage in Thailand.

Name: The Ais
Address: 473, Lebuh Chulia, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-261-0427
Business hours: 2:00pm-10:00pm (Sunday-Thursday), 2:00pm-11:00pm (Friday-Saturday), closed on Mondays
Website: https://www.facebook.com/theaisblessings
Coordinates: 5.41955 N, 100.33339 E
Directions: From Penang Road (Jalan Penang), turn onto Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia). The Ais is approximately 100 meters on the right. Street parking is available along Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia) and Leith Street (Lebuh Leith). There is also a private parking lot next to The Ais.