Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Dough! Bakery & Cafe

Happy Mansion is a familiar name to cafe-hoppers. Sometimes, I wonder if it is because of the cafes that bring happiness to the place or it is because the place is a happy place that attracted the cafes there.

From when the first cafe opened there, Happy Mansion progressively had more cafes popped up. One of them is Dough! Bakery and Cafe, which is known for its croissants and sourdough bread.

I visited on a Sunday with my usual makan kakis. We ordered a croissant and a waffle to share. The chocolate croissant that we tried lived up to its crispy and flaky name. Dark chocolate was in every bite, which left us feeling satisfied. We also appreciated the plate that it was served on.

Although the chocolate waffle looked really rich, it was not overwhelmingly so. We enjoyed it to its last drip of chocolate.

Despite it being late arvo, we still had a good amount of natural lighting. They had a few potted plants around, too, which added to its cosiness.

With the fragrance of good coffee and freshly-baked pastry, we quickly made plans to visit together again to try their main meals.

It gets really crowded on the weekends. We drove round the block four times before we found a parking spot. Be prepared. Also, as there are still people living in the low-cost flats above these trendy cafes, be respectful and not park in places where you ought not to.

B-G-7, Happy Mansion Block B, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
M: +6016-647 2775; E:
Daily 10:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday, September 10, 2022

The Ice Cream Bar Malaysia

There have been many local brands that make really impressive ice cream flavours in recent years and one particularly caught my attention when I realised their online presence, The Ice Cream Bar Malaysia. Why? Because I like eating ice cream and because they make ice cream that contains alcohol. Yumsss...

One night, the bestie and I made a trip out in search of dinner and set out to the nearest branch for dessert. We ordered a set of three scoops (note that ice cream with alcohol would cost more than "normal" flavours) - Bacardi Chocolate Crunch, Absinthe Frangelico and the classic Rum and Raisin.

My favourite was the Rum and Raisin, perhaps because I am familiar with that flavour. The other two flavours had their distinct tastes, but because I was less familiar with the two blends, I did not enjoy them both as much - this is not to say that they were not tasty.

The bestie and I quite often lament about how we lack a proper ice cream parlour where we live. Although The Ice Cream Bar opened a new branch in nearby Puchong, it is still not exactly right smack where we are. We sometimes talk about how we should establish one in our area to fill in the gap (cos if I am complaining about a lack of such a place, that would mean there would be other people like me, right?). Sometimes, our conversation on this topic would be so serious that we would talk about types of ice cream machines, types of alcohol and chocolate to mix in, even what furniture to have in our imaginary ice cream cafe.

So in the meantime, we shall just continue with the non-imaginary ones to fix our cravings.

The Ice Cream Bar Malaysia EFB | IG

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Suagu @1502A

Finally, there is a rooftop bar in SK! I remember I used to lament how we SKians have to travel to get to a decent bar but no longer, there is now one in our hood! With a catchy name like Suagu or rather, country bumpkin, it was easy to remember. 

Their entrance is located on the back lane of the complex of shops. When they first started, you could waltz straight through but now, you would need to make an appointment with them to secure your spot and for them to give you the pass code to the security door. I suppose it is a sensible security and safety measure for a place that is open till midnight and along a really quiet stretch, at that.

Be prepare to climb a really steep flight of spiral staircase. As they are a rooftop bar, you would need to climb pass three floors (hint: you definitely need that can of beer post-climb).

They offer a variety of craft beer from across the world and also drinks that are non-alcoholic.

I know the glass looks normal but I like the shape of the "bottom" (what are they called?). I find it to be a cute shape. Gotta get myself my own set of drink ware, as each home should have one set, ey, since there are 9.9 sales coming up...

They also offer skewers that are freshly grilled and other snacks, which you could enjoy with your drinks in their cosy open-air environment. 

They biggest selling point is the mesmerising sunset and nightscape over the new village of SK.

The only thing I have an issue with is that it is located along the main road of SK, where traffic is one-way. Therefore, if you could not find a spot to park the first time around, you would need to turn a big round and try again the next time.

1502A Jalan Besar, Kampung Baru Seri Kembangan, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia
T: +6012-549 2018
Tuesday to Sunday 6:30pm to midnight

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Engi Patisserie

As I was browsing Insta one day a long time ago, a (then) new account started to appear on my feed. From its name, it was hard to tell what type of cafe it was other than it served pastries. From browsing the pictures and captions, I deduced that they served Japanese-style pastries, or at least, someone there (perhaps the owner?) was trained in Japan.

The clean and simple atmosphere inside the cafe contrasted with the noisy atmosphere outside. I particularly liked how they had a signature futuristic-looking chandelier.


Instinctively, we walked over to the cake display first to have a look at what cakes are available (and whether they look as good as they do in photographs).

There are separate displays for breads and croissants.

On both my visits with different friends, we tried different things and all had their unique tastes, which we enjoyed. They did not just look good, they were tasty, too!

Ichigo (so aptly named)

Citrus tarte

Ferrero Rocher croissant (sinful to say the least)

Pistachio rose croissant

The barista did an adorable latte art on my matcha because he forgotten the order due to the crowd.

They also serve main meals - we saw other tables being served pasta and soup. 

Parking here, like in any part of Cheras, is a nightmare, so do pick your time and date wisely before visiting.

14 Jalan Nadchatiram, Taman Taynton View, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tuesday to Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Red Kettle

Located along the only row of shops in Taman Bukit Desa is Red Kettle. Their wood panel signage at the shop front and signature red kettle at the entrance welcome patrons. Also to welcome patrons is a whiff of freshly-baked pastry, which they display at the counter. Throughout the years, I have visited with family and friends for various occasions, and have tried different things.

They seem to have some Japanese elements infused into their menu. A memorable dish was their Porkie Mantau (RM24.90), which is a set of two deep-fried mantaus with grilled pork, cucumber, pickled vegetables, kimchi mayo, sesame and herbs. Small in size but packed full in flavour.

During a different visit, I had their Smoked Salmon Avacodo and Eggs (RM36.90), which was something I had quite frequently when I was in Sydney. Here, they serve theirs with a generous dollop of chia seeds.

Their signature Portuguese Egg Tart did not disappoint (RM5.50). We always start by sharing one and more than once, we ended up ordering more.

For cakes, they serve different cakes every now and then.

An interesting drink here is their Maple-Thyme Hojicha Latte (RM16.90), which you could have either hot or cold. Interesting blend of flavours, I feel this glassful of pure hojicha powder, maple thyme syrup and oat drink.

Also recommended is their Vietnamese Drip Coffee (no photo to show, sorry), which in 'kao'-ness I can still taste in my mouth.

Try to visit them during non-peak work hours, as there is the roadside parking is limited.

37 Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Bukit Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
T: +603 7988 0801; E: