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Delights at Miss Ellie Teahouse

If there’s a place that you should go to for respite & be filled with an afternoon of treats, it would have to be at Miss Ellie Teahouse, a classic Tudor-styled English teahouse. The teahouse is located in the heart of a housing area in Taman Melawati & having opened less than 6 months, they are already whipping out more than 2 dozen kinds of main course, pastries & desserts to accompany your tea! Stepping into this teahouse was like stepping into someone’s home, decked in wooden furniture from the British Colonial days with wrought iron shelves displaying their finest selection of teas complemented by the rustic wooden beams on the ceiling! And it doesn’t even look old.

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The thought put into this place to complement Chef Justin Wong’s culinary creations was a combination of his preference for offering top class whipped delights in a cosy ambience replicating a homey feel when one sinks their teeth into his delectable desserts! He spent a great deal of time in Australia studying culinary arts before continuing as a chef in their shores. After several years of learning the trade, he returned to supervise the church’s ”˜cafeteria ministry’ before deciding on opening his own tea house. Assisted by his mother, Nancy Wong, elder brother, Nigel & Auntie Helen, they embarked on a journey of keeping their hoards of foodie friends sated. With each dish served, one covets the next till just about every tooth is satisfied.

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Scones with strawberries & cream!

Starting the lunch course with Beef Casserole, it was followed by the creamiest of Creme Brulee & their signature Pandan Panna Cota. Staying a bit longer, the call of Scones was too powerful to ignore & we called upon Chef Justin to give us some of his classic concocted pleasures!

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Panoramic view from inside.

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Treats like these makes you want to have tea all day!

At Miss Elie Tea House, corners are created for you. Perfect if you are alone or when you need some privacy in this extra homey tea house. Even the washroom is decorated to make you feel like visiting twice.

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Everything is made with love!

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My favourite Créme Brulée……

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Unless you live in Taman Melawati, don’t trust your instincts to get you there. You need a GPS & Waze app preferably. They are located at 7 Jalan H3, Taman Melawati, Selangor, Malaysia & using Waze, by searching for Miss Ellie Teahouse using Foursquare connection. The GPS coordinates are GPS: N 03° 13.658’ E 101° 44.675’. Call them if your GPS fails – +603-41620113 or +6012-2055171.

They are found on Facebook at http://bit.ly/MissEllieTH. Like them for new stuff on the menu!

Butter Coffee & Drunken Noodles in Banting

Banting is a town near Port Klang that bridges coastal areas like Morib & Tanjung Sepat. On our way to Tanjung Sepat, one stopover that you should not miss is the Banting Butter Brew coffee & Rice Wine Mee Sua, situated side by side at a row of government-owned shoplot. The coffee brew has a legacy of 60 years, left behind by the keeper’s father of Hainanese descent. The specialty black coffee is brewed & then a dollop of butter is added to give it a creamy taste. They serve the usual fare of toast with kaya (coconut & egg jam) & butter & half boiled eggs throughout the day.

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Beside this shop is Wo Jia Restaurant & I ordered their special Rice Wine Mee Sua, vermicelli noodles in rice wine soup served with an egg poached inside. It was absolutely divine as the wine in the hot soup brought out the flavour of the vermicelli & egg. My friend ordered a Pumpkin Pan Mee, hand-pinched noodle with pumpkin in soup.

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This row of shoplot is located near the bus stop & parallel to a huge monsoon drain. Perhaps the authorities should look into beautifying the area that hosts delectable street food along this entire row of shops. The outdoor seating beneath the big trees is quite a pleasant experience. We forget that when we live in & around concrete jungles. I got the shopkeeper to relate his thoughts to my friend who could speak Mandarin so if you speak the language too, do watch the video!!!
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Banting Butter Brew is in a shoplot called Sin Guan Huat & right beside it is Wo Jia Restaurant. My entire meal for two only costs less than RM15.00. Unbelievable but true. You have got to try it yourself to see what value you are getting. You can find them on Foursquare or at the coordinates here:- N2.810275, E101.502419. Make this your definite stopover as the trade of his butter brew is dying since his son has indicated no interest in continuing his business. The very few heritage trades of Hainanese left in Selangor”¦”¦

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Passionately Prized Fruit Blended with Ice in Tanjung Sepat

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Led by the sound of ice being shaved, I drew near to where a stall sits underneath a huge ficus tree. A Vespa, two dogs lazing & a man was sitting at the table beside the stall. This man runs both the stall & the passionfruit farm behind it. The look of curiosity on our faces paid off, as my girlfriend & I were invited to see how this unique fruit is planted & harvested. The tendrils of the passionfruit plants climb the trellises that Mr. Khor had built & his two runners (dogs) aptly named ”˜Pai Xiang Kuo’ (Passionfruit in Chinese) & ”˜Sen Qi Kuo’ (Miracle Fruit) watch over them with great interest. The fruit starts out green & ripens to a rose pink hue that is ready to eat. He was cutting fruits for us as he gave us a tour! Yummy…..

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The name “Passion” in “passion flower” refers to the passion of Christ. The name was given by missionaries because the parts of the flower seemed reminiscent of the torture (the Passion) of Christ prior to his crucifixion.

  • The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
  • The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (excluding St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
  • The flower’s radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns.
  • The 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).

Very interesting discovery even though I feel that the 12 apostles should always remain as twelve because after Jesus rose from the dead, He went to Peter & asked him if he loved Jesus, 3 times, in a manner that would allow Peter who had denied Christ 3 times, to redeem himself & be restored by Jesus. The symbolism of this flower that bears such a marvellous tasting fruit is truly great! The flower is not to be an object of worship neither should it be idolised. God made all things good for mankind & passionfruit happens to be exceptionally delicious!

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Pai Xiang Kuo

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Sen Qi Kuo

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We ordered a cup of ice-blended passionfruit puree & it was the best drink I’ve ever had! The fresh, tangy & sweet fruit was the best thirst quencher for the afternoon stroll. You can take home some passionfruits at RM12 per kilogram or RM3.50 per cup of ice blended goodness. I should’ve bought 2 kilos. Escorted out by Pai Xiang Kuo & Sen Qi Kuo, I thanked Mr. Khor for taking us on a tour of his farm while explaining how the plant flourishes as the good leaves are pruned.

Watch the video here!
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Mr. Khor’s bonding session with Pai Xiang Kuo who seemed to enjoy these moments with his master!

You can reach Mr. Khor at +6019-3776616 to make appointment for a visit to his farm or his stall at Qinren Qiao Fruits Farming at No. 19. Jalan Bawal 12, Taman Mutiara, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor. Bring a treat for Pai Xiang Kuo & Sen Qi Kuo when you visit!

GPS Coordinates:- N2.657982, E101.556631

Superb Mee Goreng Rojak by Aunty Zainab & Hamid – Selangorlicious

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Mee Goreng is a local favourite fried noodle dish, usually garnished with sprigs of beansprouts, strips of carrots, leafy vegetables & diced chicken with soy sauce seasoning but at Hamid Mee Rebus Penang, the authentic Penang-styled Mee Goreng is the standard thoroughfare seasoned with pasembur (rojak) sauce, tauhu (beancurd) & kelapa rojak (coconut condiment)!

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When Dian brought me to Taman Melawati, we were hunting for bookbinding supplies & she recommended me to have this awesome Mee Goreng for tea break. A business operated by mother & son, the Mee Goreng had potatoes, tauhu (beancurd), kelapa rojak (coconut condiment), beansprouts, shaved shallots, half a lime & lots of goodies! As I watched Aunty Zainab in action, she put in what she had from the pots of sauces that she had prepared. Watch how she tosses the noodles in the whole frying process in the video included!

The exterior is lined with a row of other food vendors, and being slightly elevated from the street, you would miss it if you hadn’t known what goodness laid within. The last stall by the roadside, Hamid Mee Rebus Penang serves both Mee Rebus (Noodles in Hot Sauce) & Mee Goreng plus drinks to quench your thirst. A panorama picture is included for your reference & a map to help you find it in Taman Melawati. You should look for it under Google Maps or Foursquare to conveniently navigate yourself over for a tasty, sizzling hot plate of Mee Goreng Rojak at Hamid & Zainab’s stall!

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Venturing Selangorlicious-ly

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Salivate, if you must but if you are not tantalised by the subject that I’d be bringing you over the next 2 weeks, you are missing out on life. Not your usual go-to-be-seen food joints, the stalls & eateries are run by folks with legacies. Evident in their coarse hands & years of toil on their faces, these vendors you have patronised over the years have given their daughters dance lessons, tuition for the boys & the little pleasures in life to substitute for the time spent earning a living. These are the vendors who go to the market in the wee hours of the morning to get the freshest supply of ingredients to whip up a good bowl of something for you. These are your neighbourhood familiars who recognise your eating preferences & know your favourite drink. Join me as I search for gastronomical joints that have closely-guarded recipés kept for generations. As they stir up their best, let’s give them mores reasons to stay in business for two generations more!

My quest in the Selangorlicious entries would be to show you fuss-free eateries, unpretentious settings that serve street food & to appreciate them like a true Malaysian, you need to discard all uppity to come in your most comfy attire to savour whats served. I appreciate your Armani’s or Versacé’s when you’re out with me but I’d rather you not mess up your fine threads & slurp as loudly as you like when you are at it.