Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fabulous Food Discovery 2016: KopiClub, Sungei Wang Plaza

Looking for an affordable yet scrumptious food for lunch around Bukit Bintang area? You gotta drop by Sungei Wang Plaza or also known as 金河广场 in Chinese. This infamous mall had brought us memorable experience for the past 39 years and unveiled a brand new look in 2013 after its refurbishment completed.

Today, Sungei Wang Plaza is a one-stop destination providing you with trendy, chic and wide selection of retail outlets. Sungei Wang Plaza had just launched their Fabulous Food Discovery 2016 campaign yesterday to promote and create awareness about the hidden culinary treasure inside this infamous mall. During the launch, bloggers were invited for a food trail to discover and sample delicious food from 10 food outlets in this 5 hours event. Thanks to the PR team of Sungei Wang Plaza for the invitation and I must say that it was a very fruitful and memorable experience to me.

 Fabulous Food Discovery 2016, Sungei Wang Plaza


Our first stop for the Fabulous Food Discovery 2016 is a place which whipped up delicious home cooked  food - food which reminds us of our childhood days - our very own local delicacies, KopiClub. KopiClub serves good coffee and delicious food that you'll craved for more.

Located on the concourse floor of the mall, the interior of the restaurant is being set up to resemble the traditional kopitiam atmosphere with its back-to-back seating arrangement on traditional wooden storage bench with a giant wood piece as backing. Oh well, I'm not so sure of the correct name of this 'chair or bench' but indeed it's a great piece of furniture to 'store' your items because that mini plank of wood which you put your butt on can be lifted up and there's a storage place inside there. And that ceiling lantern lighting adds to the nostalgia feeling too - we use electricity now, no more candle lights in handing lantern.
p.s. I saw them lifting the wood okies. Brilliant idea for storage! 

As they are a restaurant serving local Malaysian cuisine, you can be expected to find local breakfast items such as roti bakar with soft boiled eggs, nasi lemak and mee goreng as well as local favorites fit for all-day dining which includes fried rice aka nasi goreng, noodles such as laksa and fried kuey teow - and Western fare such as sandwiches and chicken chop ala Malaysian style. 

As for the drinks, they serve strong and bold local coffee which gives a kick in your mouth. Be sure to try one of these signature drinks - local Teh Tarik, 'Kopi Ping', 'Kopi Soya Cino Ping' and the 'Kopi Api or also known as Kopi Rose Syrup Ping' when you're dining here. If you're not into coffee, fret not because they do serve a full page of other drinks which includes fruit juices, teas, soda water, soft drinks and other local favorite drinks too. 

As for me, I chose to sample the Kopi Ping (RM4.10) which is one of their house specialty drink. Kopi Ping is also known as iced coffee for the local Chinese community where the word 'ping' refers to 'ice' in Mandarin. Their Kopi Ping is good where you can still taste the boldness in the coffee which gives you a kick even though there's ice in there. I usually love to have my cup of local coffee in its hot state because the ice will normally dilute the taste when we order cold ones. But not here in KopiClub because you can have an iced coffee but without feeling the 'icy' part  - something we often jokes about iced drinks but without ice! And yeah, you can still see the think layer of froth floating on this cup of Kopi Ping! Yum. 

By the time we were busy sipping our coffee away, we could already smell the aromatic food aroma coming from the kitchen. And I kicked off my first meal of the day at KopiClub with some must-have Malaysian delicacies. 

The usual breakfast fare - Roti Bakar Kaya Butter (RM2.90) with Soft Boiled Eggs (RM2.90/2 eggs). A simple local food that gives utmost satisfaction to your hungry tummy in the morning. I usually dipped my bread into the runny egg yolks instead of munching them separately. I would prefer if there's more 'kaya' and butter spread on the bread as it would create a strong savory sweet sensation on your tongue. 

Done with the bread and we came to the local mains. Of all dishes, the Nasi Goreng Ayam Berempah (RM14.20) was the top one of my own must-try list in this restaurant. All because their fried chicken aka the fried ayam berempah is that great! Crunchy and flavorful coating on the outside and juicy on the inside; stir-fried with curry leaves which leave an impression that this is the eggy (you might know what I'm saying) curry leaves dish which created quite a storm nowadays. It might not be the eggy dish that you wished to be (salted egg chicken again meh?), but this dish is more than that. The chef had crafted this dish diligently that somehow, you'll be wait for more ayam berempah

The ayam berempah is served alongside local fried rice and some local style vegetable dish. The fried rice is good - but I prefer it to be a little spicier (more sambal perhaps) to have the kick (just some personal preference because I love spicy food). The local vegetables is a good companion to the rice and fried chicken by providing some crunchy freshness to your palate. I would relate this side dish to the local kerabu dish because there's some resemblance in them - except that this side dish's vegetables are all cooked and uses chopped cabbage as the lead. 

The next item that you gotta try is their Tom Yum Special (RM14.80) and is served with either a choice of rice or mihun (rice vermicelli). You need not go to a Thai restaurant to get a bowl of good tom yum soup because the tom yum soup at KopiClub is equally good. A perfect tom yum soup is not entirely about how spicy or sourish the soup tasted; but it's about the perfect combination of the four key elements, spicy, salty, sour and sweet. A good ratio of these elements gives you a bowl tom yum that makes you say 'oh la la!'. That's how KopiClub cooked their Tom Yum Soup; and served with generous amount of chicken, prawns, mushrooms and assorted vegetables. Nothing is better than a bowl of piping hot tom yum soup to start my day!

If you're not into some spicy food, their Nasi Ayam Goreng Panas (RM12.80) is a good choice too. You'll be served a fried chicken whole leg which is marinated with some house special sauce along side a bowl of white rice and local styled fried vegetables. As the name of the dish presented itself, 'panas' means 'hot' and you need to eat it while it's still hot because it tasted better at that temperature. I love their fried chicken because it's well marinated and yes - tasted great when it's still hot. And you can also top up RM3 bucks to add on the Sotong Kunyit to your meal. The Nasi Ayam Goreng Panas & Sotong Kunyit is only priced at RM15.80. It's delicious with huge portion and goes light on your wallet. 

No to chicken or squid? Pick the Nasi Indo Siam (RM12.80) which comes with marinated fried whole mackerel (ikan kembung - correct me if I'm wrong), stir-fried ladies fingers, a bowl of white rice and kicap special dipping sauce. The fried mackerel is delicious when you eat it with their kicap special sauce and this a mixture of Malaysian/Indonesian cuisine. Kicap special sauce is quite usual in Indonesian cuisine and is also associated with Malay cuisine too - the sweet soya sauce. 'Kicap' means soya sauce and the main host here is the sweet soya sauce and is mixed with chopped bird's eye chilies, small sized red onions, some lime, light soya sauce and a bit of sugar to form the sauce. Belacan is sometimes added into the sauce too. Therefore, you will have a combination of sweet, savory and sourish taste in one bite. And I really do love onions - it gives some texture to your palate. 

If you're not into rice that very dining moment, you can order their KopiClub Mee Goreng Mamak (RM9.90); the usual fare of yours when you're feeling like going for mamak food. What's better than a plate of mee goreng mamak and a cup of teh tarik? And your plate of mamak styled fried noodles is upgraded with presence of prawns, a generous chucks of chicken meat, leafy greens and bean sprouts. Don't forget to squeeze that half lime on to your noodles before you eat it - don't throw the lime away. After squeezing it, I usually dump the lime into a glass of warm water and drink it to end my meal. You'll feel less sinful that way. hehe! 

The food at KopiClub is delicious and affordable (with huge portion that your tummy will be satisfied too). They also have a special set where a plate of Nasi Ayam Goreng Panas plus a drink (either Kopi Ping or Teh Ping) is only priced at RM13.50 -which means you only paid RM0.70 extra for that cup of great drink! It's a really a good deal that you should consider when visiting Sungei Wang Plaza. 

To locate KopiClub in Sungei Wang Plaza, walk straight to the center concourse from the mall's main entrance. Walk down the stairs and you'll see the mall's main stage in front of you. Then, turn right and walk towards the row of retail outlets on your left. KopiClub is located at the end of the alley.

For convenience, do refer to the map below. This is the floor plan of Sungei Wang Plaza, Concourse level.
From the information counter, do follow the dotted lines to locate KopiClub.

That was one first stop of the Fabulous Food Discovery 2016. There's lots of hidden gem that you can locate inside Sungei Wang Plaza's dining scene. Meanwhile, do follow Sungei Wang Plaza's Facebook Page or visit their official website for more updates on their latest news and promotions.

Do stay tune for my next update on the Fabulous Food Discovery 2016 journey at Sungei Wang Plaza.

C1(B), Sungei Wang Plaza, 
Jalan Bukit Bintang, 
55100 Kuala Lumpur. 


1 comment:

Betty Liew siaw fan said...

I miss their Tea Ping and also the food is awesome.