Wednesday, 23 April 2014
"W" Espresso Sporting Club by Monsta Cafe opens in Country Garden, JB's newest exciting F and B hotspot. Johor Kaki was invited to a tasting on "W" Espresso Sporting Club's first day of business.
Yuan Feng, the boss of "W" Espresso Sporting Club and Monsta Cafe (in Nusa Bestari) is a multiple international award winning Master Barista.
Yuan Feng, who has a business degree from London, put a lot of thought into the concept of "W" Espresso Sporting Club.
The cafe sports a sports theme set in the 1960s, you know... that decade when English soccer was at it's zenith and the world fell in love with the fabulous four wild lads from Liverpool....
When I was a child, I listened to the Canto spoof version (believe me) of the Beatles' "Can't buy me love" belted out from a turntable like this and laying on my back in a space like this.
Yuan Feng nailed it, right down to the rustic olive pine colour.
Yuan Feng is a man of focus, details, precision and fine taste.
His aim is to create the best space to enjoy the ultimate espresso.
Starting from the fundamentals, only fine specialty grade Arabica is served.
This grinding machine grinds a precise 7-8 grams dose of coffee at a time.
Compacting the coffee grinds for a consistent brew.
For the best aromatic coffee, the brew flows from the spout for 18-23 seconds, no more, no less.
Here's latte artistry for your enjoyment, courtesy of Yuan Feng.
Cappuccino with slow pour layered heart latte art.
My friend Sean's flat white.
My flat white.
Top notch specialty coffee joints are a boon for the growing community of coffee lovers in Johor.
The thirst for top quality specialty coffee and coffee joints seems insatiable at the moment.
While Yuan Feng heads the coffee section, Chef Xiaofu who worked at Singapore's Fullerton Hotel helms the kitchen section.
"W" Espresso Sporting Club's mushroom soup (RM18) uses four types of mushrooms to give us four different layers of mushroom flavours. The creamy soup is a blend of shitake, oyster mushrooms and mushroom raviolis cooked with garlic and shallot oil. The soup is then sprinkled with bits of dry porcini mushrooms, a trickle of truffle oil and a dash of Parmesan foam.
"W" Espresso Sporting Club's signature salad is their flamboyant Mango Dragon Fruit Salad with Prawn (RM17). Diced mango and dragon fruits, and their juices make a soft sweet bed for seared prawns topped with crunchy arugula greens. The bouquet is flanked by creamy swirls of mustard coloured spicy sauce.
"W" Espresso Sporting Club's signature main course Grilled Poulet with Chasseur Sauce (RM31). In plain English, grilled chicken with brown sauce. The grilled chicken thighs are served with mashed purple yam with sauce made with mushroom, tomatoes and chicken juice. The dish is served with sauteed vegetables.
Walnut crusted salmon with creamy buttery beurre sauce (RM36). A healthful and tasty dish of crunchy walnuts, and baked salmon on a bed of savoury melted butter (beurre).
One of JB's finest coffee clubs.
Restaurant name: "W" Espresso Sporting Club By Monsta Cafe
Address: Country Garden, Danga Bay (off Jalan Skudai)
Hours: 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 22 Mar 2014
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014
I asked my JB friend Mandy what is nice in the Rosmerah area of Taman Johor Jaya. We circled around Rosmerah, Mandy pointing out the various popular shops in the area.
Pointing to Kwang Hoi Braised Duck 光辉卤鸭饭面 as we drove by, "Many of my friends like this braised duck shop" she said.
So, I came back to Rosmerah a couple of days later to check out Kwang Hoi Braised Duck.
The owners, a couple, have been in the braised duck and pork business for over 20 years. The boss Ah Heng 亚兴 worked in a braised duck stall in Singapore when he first started out years ago.
We ordered duck and gizzards (I like innards) for two persons.
The duck was cut into strips and bathed in watery braising sauce. Personally, I like my duck in large broad slices or big chunks so that I can savour that rich ducky flavour :D
The duck meat was very tender and was served boneless. The Chinese herbal aromas and flavours were strong - boneless and herbal duck are Kwang Hoi's main selling points. Many people like Kwang Hoi for their tender, boneless, herbal duck.
I also found Kwang Hoi likable but I prefer to have my meat served with bone because I enjoy picking the flesh from between the bone crevices :P I also love the gamey flavour of ducks and like to eat it with very little additional flavourings.
The lady boss put in a lot of effort to carefully debone the ducks as many people like to eat their duck boneless.
The slice of duck gizzard was very tender.
We ate our braised duck with kway teow kia in braising sauce. Kwang Hoi also serves an oil flavoured rice which I shall try at my next visit.
Kwang Hoi's chili sauce is worth noting. Strong savoury hae bee (dried shrimps) taste and aroma with tangy and spicy flavours.
Kwang Hoi's popular sambal chili sauce is made at the shop. It takes 10 hours of stirring and cooking over a slow fire to make the sambal chili.
If you like tender, boneless duck with strong herbal flavours, you will like Kwang Hoi Braised Duck 光辉卤鸭饭面.
(The owner declined to accept our payment for our meal. Duck rice costs RM4.50 a serving.)
Restaurant name: Kwang Hoi 光辉卤鸭饭面
Address: 33, Jalan Rosmerah 2/2, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru
Hours: 8:00am to 3:00pm (closed on Wednesday)
Date visited: 14 Apr 2014
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