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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!

Day 3 – Seafood & Gluttons in The Mountains at Awana Genting Highlands, My Selangor Story 2011

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Dinner was lavish. Seafood was brought in & the spread was more than what we could stomach for a week. The restaurant is called Pasar Ikan Bakar, translated to mean Grilled Fish Market. Decorated with low tables & Thai triangular-backed cushioned mattresses on colourful hand-woven straw mats, it was one big, cosy dining area. When we were told of a night walk, we thought we’d better stuff ourselves. It was difficult to hold back given the choicest foods in the spread! We became gluttons at sight of the seafood!

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Calamari/squid, fresh prawns & flower crabs on a bed of shaved ice!!!

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Cosy settings at Pasar Ikan Bakar

We even had the in-house band entertain us with songs throughout dinner which I thought was utterly fabulous! The singer had a wonderful voice & it filled the place with an ambience that’s indescribably good! Maybe my protruding tummy at the end of the meal & the triangular backs of these mattresses caused me to be at ease at all times. It felt so good to have someone serenading you over your meal, just like in a hotel except that I was in the middle of the jungle in Genting Highlands. Bliss! With bloggers like Andi Kus & Shaleh, I couldn’t stop laughing the whole night. Goofing around was never this fun until I met them! I don’t think there is another jungle lodge that’s as elaborately comfy & vibrant as this place!

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Andi Kus & Shaleh with muka-muka masing-masing!

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Posting the yummy seafood for you to see again!

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Salad bar!

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We even have pickled nutmeg & such!

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A fruit rojak bar!

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A sambal counter!!!

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The in-house band entertaining us!

This wasn’t all, Amelia Tan, the organiser gave a rendition of the same song in the most soulful manner, enough to melt any man’s heart. The video is on my Day 5’s posting.

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I had two helpings of this portion!

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We were served supper too!

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Spoilt silly for choices.

This is definitely the place for companies to bring their employees for team building. Where else can you get such great food to bring out the devotion in your staff? After being fed supper, we all turned in. In the stillness of the night, the symphony of frogs croaking sent me rolling onto my mattress & planning yet another escape route for the obstacle course the next day…….

Pasar Ikan Bakar is at Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort and is open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. For bookings, call +60361013015 Ext: 53020 or 7605 between 9am – 5pm.

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The next day, the gruelling challenge begins…..

Reminisce Cafe – Timeless Delights by Hotel Chefs

The spacious café decorated in yesteryear’s objects, serves a delectable array of dishes that rivals any hotel in town. A check with its owner & founder, Ernest Soon & his partners (former chef of Hilton Hotel & Concorde KL) Chef Law & Chef Lau, they decided to make their specialties available to all, rather than just the elite few who visited the restaurants in the hotel they used to work in. The concept of Reminisce is one that brought the three partners together, showcasing a venue of what they grew up being accustomed to such as rollerskates, old typewriter, old biscuit tins, comic book, Chinese checkers, toy cars, transistor radios, collection of saga seeds & virtually objects that they loved.

Nestled towards the corner lot of the boulevard outlets in Mid Valley, Reminisce Café caught my attention with its simplistic, no fuss interior while the white tables & a mix of black chairs gave an instant pick-up to the khaki-coloured walls. Accented by uniquely framed items, the highlights of the menu leaves patrons desiring for more.

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Braised Pork Belly Reminisce-Style with Toasted/Steamed Buns (RM19.90)

Serving non-halal dishes, Reminisce Café prides itself in whipping up local street food into great-tasting dishes to be had any time of the day. I became a faithful customer the moment I sunk my teeth into their Chee Cheong Fun (Penang style). There’s nothing like a bowl of cold Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera to go with this timeless pecking.

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Authentic Penang-style Chee Cheong Fun (RM3.90)

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Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera (RM5.50)

I kept going back for more as the variety on the menu could keep me sated for the entire year. For a quick lunch, I opted for the Honey Glazed Pork Belly served with Steamed Rice set, where my meal comes with a drink & dessert of the day.

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Honey Glazed Pork Belly served with Steamed Rice only (RM12.50)

Not quite done, I was pleasantly surprised by the Steamed Lor Mai Kai which sealed in all of the marinated goodness of this dimsum dish. Mashed into a bowl, the glutinous rice had to contain the chicken & mushroom flavours as it was being cooked. Don’t leave Reminisce Café without sampling this dish. The chefs really know how to bring about the goodness in this simple dish.

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Steamed Lor Mai Kai (RM5.50)

What is tea time without Yam Cake??? Served with accompanying sweet sauce & sambal, the chefs prepared it light enough to have two helpings.

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Traditional Yam Cake (RM5.50)

The Dry ”˜Pan Mee’ with Minced Pork, Fried Anchovies & Pork Balls was as fragrant as the accompanying vinegared-chilli dip. I have always loved noodles that were hand-prepared as the consistency of the flour is what makes it special.
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Dry ”˜Pan Mee’ with Minced Pork, Fried Anchovies & Pork Balls (RM8.90)

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The exterior of the venue for smokers.

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Interior of Reminisce Café.

Whatever your occasion may be, drop in for a drink & snack on some timeless street delights. You will be treated to street culinary specials that you thought could never taste this good….

If you work in the vicinity or are in Mid Valley Megamall, the cafe is located at Lot G(E)-019, next to Brotzeit Bar a few doors away from Maybank at the Boulevard. Contact +603 2201 8168 to book a table or to cater to your function or write to reminisceplace@gmail.com. They can be found on Facebook too:- http://www.facebook.com/Reminiscecafe