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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 2 – Wining & Dining at Golden Palm Tree, My Selangor Story 2011

As every discerning traveller needs to refuel, the Pummkin needs to be fed well to perform the activities to follow. Breakfast started with getting to know one another through food. The Malaysian way has always been about thinking & talking about the next meal while you are having your present meal. At the heart of Golden Palm Tree, lies the buffet spread that spills over from Bila Bila to Buloh Bar. I had my fill of fresh salad & cherry tomatoes topped off with 2 tubs of yoghurt with berries before having my bacon, bangers & eggs. The spread & variety were good but somehow, something was lacking but I couldn’t place a finger on it.

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Part of my diet consists of yoghurt, fruits, salad & bread……before my indulgence in bacon, bangers & egg!

Our assigned dining area for lunch & dinner was at the alfresco rotunda, Sepoi Sepoi cafe at the beachfront, serving a delectable array of Malaysian snacks, noodles & local delights. I managed to savour 3 kinds of dishes, mainly the Hainanese Steamed Chicken Rice, the Mee Goreng Mamak Style & the all-time favourite Nasi Lemak. The portion was huge & chefs were at hand to whip-up the dishes as you order them. A great stopover for anyone returning from Smiley Beach to get into the lobby, which is at the base of the ‘trunk of the palm tree.’

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Mee Goreng Mamak, Nasi Lemak & Hainanese Steamed Chicken Rice!

Celebration Dinner.

The most pleasant surprise came in the form of an invitation from Golden Palm Tree’s management to join the Malaysian Night dinner that evening, which was to be held at the grand ballroom with a capacity of 1,400 pax. A cultural performance of tribal dance entertained the diners with their Bornean Bamboo Trap & was skilfully executed by natives from Sabah & Sarawak. The dancers went on to invite guests onto the stage to teach them how to dance to the beat of the drums, averting the bamboo stick knocks. Foreign guests were so thrilled with this participation & soon the crowd was cheering them on.

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The terrace of the ballroom was decked with a row of hawker stalls. The buffet spread that lined these stalls were filled with trays of Malaysian cuisine ranging from Beef Rendang to barbecued seafood. There were a bevy of chefs standing by a wok of stir-fried shellfish that made my mouth water just by looking at the varied kinds of clams in there, a wok filled with curry chicken & a wok filled with fried chicken. There were about 20 different kinds of dishes synonymous with Malaysian cooking & there was a bar counter serving alcoholic beverages in the form of beer, red & white whine. I had one glass of white wine to go with the seafood that was generously dished out by the chef. What pleased me further was the dessert island counter decorated with trays of sugary bakes, chocolate mouse, puddings, jellies, tarts & puffs! I had to convince myself that dieting starts (again) the week after MSS 2011! Heaven! And separate counters for ice-cream & other delightful servings of sweets. I like this version of Malaysian Night but I don’t know how my waistline (or the absence of it) would be able to take it after a week.

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Terrace outside the ballroom.

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The wok of mussels.

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My plate of clams, prawns & mussels!

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The selection of goodies for after-dinner!

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Trays of jellies, puffs, mousse & tarts!

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Goblets of sago

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More tarts!

Though there were 24 bloggers in total plus another dozen from the official support crew & organiser, the ballroom was one big party of happy guests celebrating a triumphant year with the most lavish dinner buffet ever. For a luxury resort, anything less would not live up to its name. We were entertained by the spontaneity of those who were called to the stage to happily jive away. If this Malaysian Night is not a regular feature yet, then it would go very well becoming one. The management could even suggest a batik themed night to go with it & have professional photographers take pictures of them to be printed on the spot & presented to them as a souvenir. The resort could very well start selling some exquisite batik dresses & shirts to complement the gala night. After all, people who go on holiday are prepared to spend & what better way to spend on than to buy wearables? You might even want to hire make-up artists for the night to make them look like a princess for the evening! You may even spark their spouse’s interest to give their relationship a boost & have them come back for this specific event annually. If they are having the time of their lives, wouldn’t you feel good to have been a part of it? It would be a night to remember for the chefs who will delight in seeing empty trays, waiters who will get tipped & managers who will receive the compliments first. It would be a night of wine & dine for the whole resort to celebrate in, only at Golden Palm Tree……

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Our next destination was a challenge. See what we went up to the mountains for on the 3rd day….

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