Slappy Cakes

Sunway Pyramid West is a section of the shopping mall that is accessible by walking through Padini Concept Store. Located along the skywalk to Sunway Clio Hotel is a pancake house called Slappy Cakes. This brand originated in Portland, Oregon in the United States.
Breakfast Special is served from 8:30am to 11:00am every day. There are 5 options on the breakfast menu; our choice is the Classic Pancake (RM9.00). The pancakes have pleasant fluffiness especially while they are still warm. As per tradition, the pancakes are served with honey and butter.
Interestingly, there are only 2 pancakes on the plate even though the menu clearly shows 3. As the usual disclaimer goes, "All pictures shown are for illustration purposes only."
Breakfast Special comes with either black coffee or hot tea I opted for the former. As for taste, I feel that Slappy Cakes' choice of coffee beans leaves a lot to be desired.

Address: SPWF001, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-5650-5125
Business hours: 8:30am-10:00pm

Naughty Nuri's

Naughty Nuri's Warung has four restaurants in Klang Valley. The closest outlet to downtown Kuala Lumpur is located in Life Centre. The eatery is packed with customers during lunch hours, thanks to the large number of offices in the vicinity.
The restaurant's dining section has a welcoming ambiance. Wooden tables and rattan chairs present an exotic Balinese charm. In addition, rattan ornaments and warm lighting hang from the ceiling.
The Tiki bar stocked with a wide variety of alcoholic beverages including beers, martinis, mojitos and sangrias. For customers who need some privacy, an exclusive dining section is available. There is also a section of the restaurant where Balinese handicraft is sold.
Naughty Nuri's specializes in Balinese barbecued meat especially pork. For this month, the restaurant offers 50% discount on a selected menu of signature dishes. This promotion only applies on weekdays and before 3:00pm.
The most popular dish at Naughty Nuri's is the Signature BBQ Spare Ribs (RM24.50). This pork dish is a must when visiting for the first time. The half rack of juicy pork ribs is marinated with flavorful spices from Bali, and then grilled over fire while being basted with savory sauce. Using the word "gratifying" to describe this dish would be an understatement.
Another crowd favorite is Nasi Goreng (RM12.50). Seasoned with special dark sauce from Bali, the fried rice is cooked with mixed vegetables, onions and chili peppers. Roasted pork belly, fried egg and prawn crackers are also added. The overall taste and aroma are mouthwatering indeed.
BBQ Satay Lilit (RM13.00) is marinated with lemon juice, pepper, shallots and other spices. Unlike regular satay, BBQ Satay Lilit is wrapped around lemongrass stalks. This helps to impart a distinctive aroma to the skewered pork. In fact, the Indonesian word "lilit" means "to wrap".
Nuri's Punch (RM28.80) is a mixed fruit punch that contains lemongrass, lychee, pickled plums and mint leaves. This is one of the two drinks that is served in a large jug; the other is Lemongrass Ginger Fizz. The 50% discount does not apply to drinks.
Naughty Nuri's is one of the best barbecue franchises in town. Not only is the food superb, the restaurant's ambience and hospitality are commendable too. Although the regular menu is quite pricey, the restaurant offers special promotions from time to time. In fact, I am eager to try the Snout To Tail Buffet on Sunday noon.
Address: Lot G-05, Ground Floor, Life Centre, 20, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 019-300-7221
Business hours: 11:00am-12:00am

Restoran Tuck Cheong

Today's breakfast at Pudu lands us at Restoran Tuck Cheong (德昌饱饺茶餐室), an old shop within a cluster of low-cost flats. Occupying the ground floor, the shop has indoor and outdoor dining tables. The vast majority of customers here are locals.
This eatery operates in the morning only. The shop mainly serves dim sum (点心), most of which are steamed types. Only limited quantities are prepared daily, so some dim sum types may be sold out earlier in the morning.
From its limited menu, we started with Fried Egg Meatballs (炸鸡蛋肉丸, RM3.40), Tofu Skin Rolls (腐皮卷, RM3.40) and Pork Rind Rolls (猪皮卷, RM3.40).
Next are Siew Mai (烧卖, RM3.40) and Spare Ribs (排骨, RM3.40). These dishes are fairly common in dim sum meals.
In term of baozi (包子), Lotus Seed Paste Bun (莲蓉包, RM2.00) is a popular type due to its sweet filling.
Salted Egg Siew Mai (咸蛋烧卖, RM3.40) carries a mild hint of saltiness from salted egg yolk.
Fish Balls (鱼蛋, RM3.40) are served with chopped scallions. The mouthfeel of the balls is particularly succulent.
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Restoran Tuck Cheong also serves Rice Bowls (盅仔饭) and Glutinous Rice & Chicken (糯米鸡). Since today is Friday, we are not able to taste them this round. Overall, today's breakfast is fairly satisfying.
Address: 29, Jalan Kancil, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: N/A
Business hours: 6:30am-10:00am, closed on Mondays


Special thanks to Pacari for extending this product review invitation.

Pacari is a premium brand of chocolates from Ecuador. Founded in 2002, this family business uses Arriba Nacional cocoa beans, which only grow in the Andes. To maintain its chocolates' quality, Pacari oversees the entire production process from tree to bar. Cocoa beans are directly sourced from small scale farmers to prevent exploitation by middlemen.
The word "pacari" means "nature" in local Quechua language. True to its philosophy of naturalness, Pacari only uses natural ingredients and its chocolates do not contain any artificial additives. Cocoa trees are also grown through organic and sustainable farming practices.

Pacari's flagship product is the Raw Organic Chocolate 70% Cacao (RM30.00). This single-origin dark chocolate is processed from beans grown in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Meanwhile, Esmeraldas Organic Chocolate 60% Cacao (RM27.00) hails from Esmeraldas, Ecuador's cocoa heartland.
Andean Rose Organic Chocolate 60% Cacao (RM27.00) is infused with geranium roses to present fragrant aroma. Meanwhile, Cuzco Salt & Nibs Organic Chocolate 70% Cacao (RM30.00) is intermittently punctuated by pink salt and crushed cocoa beans. Passion Fruit Organic Chocolate 60% Cacao (RM25.00) takes advantage of tangy fruitiness of the passion fruit.
Pacari has been awarded the World Best Chocolate for every year since 2012. Its chocolates do not contain any milk, soy or gluten. In fact, Pacari's products are 100% vegan. Most flavors are available as 50-gram bars.

Pacari Malaysia's online shopping portal accepts payment by credit card or bank transfer. Delivery fee is waived for orders above RM100.00. Further enquiries can be directed to the Malaysian retailer at

Name: Pacari
Address: 7-5, Jalan 8/146, Bandar Tasik Selatan, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-6177-4465
Business hours: N/A
Coordinates: N/A
Directions: N/A


Special thanks to Monroe Cafe & Restaurant for extending this food review invitation.

1926 Heritage Hotel Penang is a boutique hotel along Burmah Road (Jalan Burma). It is just before the junction with Jalan Imigresen and is across the road from Jalan Chow Thye.
Monroe Cafe & Restaurant is one of the two eateries in this hotel; the other is Hainanese Delights. Monroe combines elements of a restaurant and a cocktail bar. Its casual ambience presents a suitable setting for dining with family and friends. There is also a small stage where live bands perform on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The restaurant pays homage to Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962). Throughout the dining section are several murals of the American actress including the famous white dress scene from the film The Seven Year Itch. The dining section also contains retro elements like an antique radio receiver, film camera, film projector and typewriter.
Monroe's food menu is predominantly Western with a handful of local Asian dishes. The recipes are crafted by the proprietor himself, who has great passion for cooking long before opening this restaurant.

For starters, Wild Mushroom Soup (RM15.90), Fresh Tomato Soup (RM13.90) and Fresh Carrot Soup (RM13.90) are all excellent choices. Cooked from fresh ingredients, one can taste the wholesome goodness that fresh food has to offer. The soups are drizzled with cream for aesthetic effect. Each bowl of soup comes with a slice of garlic bread.
Oyster Mornay (RM30.00 for 3 pieces, RM54.00 for 6 pieces, RM96.00 for 12 pieces) is another interesting delicacy. The oyster is baked on its shell and is covered with spinach and Mornay sauce. The gratinated crust prevents the oyster flesh from getting too dry. By the way, Mornay sauce is made from cheese and Béchamel sauce (flour, butter and milk).
For something more local, Chicken Satay (RM12.00 for 6 skewers, RM20.00 for 12 skewers) is a safe bet. Chicken is marinated with turmeric and then grilled over fire. Thanks to the lovely marinade, the satay is succulent indeed. As per tradition, satay is served with cucumber and shallots.
Moving on to main dishes, the Mediterranean Lamb Shank (RM46.90) is served with homemade brown sauce infused with red wine. The lamb shank is quite tender and presents pleasant mouthfeel within each chew. This dish is served with mashed potato, diced vegetables and carrot curls.
At Monroe, mashed potato is painstakingly made by hand as opposed to instant, processed ones. During dinner service, mashed potato is replaced with mashed sweet potato. The vibrant purple color is a welcoming sight. Mashed sweet potato has similar texture as mashed potato but the former is slightly sweeter.
The Grain Fed Rib Eye Steak (RM62.90) is grilled just about right; I can still taste the beef's juiciness without feeling too raw. The steak is served with mashed potato and grilled diced vegetables. Extra grain mustard sauce is provided in a separate cup.
Chicken Mushroom Roulade (RM30.90) is made from chicken thigh rolled with mushroom filling. After braising, the chicken roulade is served with Monroe's specialty sauce. Side dishes are roasted baby potatoes, baby-cut carrot, mashed potato and blanched spinach.
Taking a detour to seafood, Grilled Garoupa Fish (RM53.90) is cooked just right. It is crucial not to overcook the fillet as the grouper's flesh is susceptible to dryness. The fish is served with mustard and white wine sauce.
Fried Laksa Spaghetti (RM19.90) combines Italian pasta with asam laksa's seasoning. The fusion is similar to Johor laksa. This fusion dish contains hard-boiled egg, shredded cucumber, pineapple, onion, red chili, bird's eye chili (cili padi), ginger flower and lemon wedge.
Moving on to desserts, Strawberry Tart (RM15.90) boasts its creamy texture and pleasurable sweetness. On the side is a scoop of matcha ice cream with whipped cream. Chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup and rainbow sprinkles serve as decoration.
The coffee drinks, Cafe Latte (RM11.90) and Cafe Mocha (RM12.90), are reasonably good. Meanwhile, non-caffeinated beverages include milkshakes, Italian sodas and fresh fruit juices. Monroe also serves alcoholic drinks.
Food prices quoted above are based on à la carte orders. The pricing is substantially more affordable when the dishes are ordered as part of a set lunch or set dinner. Set lunch is served between 11:00am and 2:30pm daily. The meal comes with soup, dessert and a choice of drink (coffee, tea or fruit juice). Finally, it is interesting to note that Monroe is a pork-free restaurant.

Name: Monroe Cafe & Restaurant
Address: 227, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 012-407-6699
Business hours: 11:00am-10:00pm (Tuesday-Friday), 7:00am-11:00pm (Saturday-Sunday)
Coordinates: 5.42386 N, 100.32061 E
Directions: From Union Primary School, drive along the one-way Burmah Road (Jalan Burma) for approximately 200 meters. 1926 Heritage Hotel is located on the left just before the intersection with Jalan Imigresen. Monroe is at the front section of the hotel. Parking is available in front of and at the side of the hotel.