Yummylicious East Malaysian delight@Semenanjung! Aloft Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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We had a business meeting here for several days, and it was so mental draining, nerve wrecking, physically tiring…my eye bags had never been any darker.

One good thing to look forward to in the midst of the craziness….the Sarawak laksa! It was strange, but an amazing local delicacy can also be found in a major hotel, Aloft!

Book cafe serves one of the best Sarawak laksas I ever had. The noodles, of course weren’t like the local noodles we get in Kuching, but the soup…gosh, yummylicious, spicylicious, one spoonful, there is no stopping!

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So much so, I had it at every meal. (Guilty as charged!) Adding in some tenderlicious beef stew, and spicylicious sambal…I went back for the second bowl, with just fish cakes, prawns and souping every drop up!

Coffee coffee coffee…juseyo!@Tera Rosa Cafe Coffee 테라로사 카페, Gangwondo, Seoul

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Gorgeous morning indeed! The weather had been amazing since I got here and the breakfast spread at Plaza Korea was really hearty too! A moment of quietness to eat while pondering life thoughts facing this breathtaking city view.

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Plaza Korea’s egg station chef did about the most perfect omelette I had ever seen…not too overcooked, and even maintained the mozzarella cheezey effect inside. Tell me, have you ever seen such perfectly shaped and golden brown cooked omelette in hotel buffets… ever? When I had my omelette again the very next day, its shape was similar like the one served previously. Talk about consistency!

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The gorgeous looking Tera Rosa Cafe is located in the central CBD area, at Gangwondo. I had been drinking the coffee from the Tera Rosa beans brewed in Cafe Olle, Sri Hartamas, and also purchased the beans before from Olle, all this while…and to finally be in the cafe itself, I was too psyched to see it with my own eyes.

Exciting gila!

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A big salute to the Koreans, they surely do know how to decor with finesse and style. As I stepped in, I saw tons of coffee lovers chatting and sipping away on their cuppas, and they were surrounded by books on shelves and antique coffee brewing and grinding gadgets.

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If this cafe existed in Klang Valley, I reckoned it would be a top hang out place, and the biggest bonus pointer of all… GOOD COFFEE served. Patrons place their order at the coffee brewing counter / cashier and for bread lovers who want their coffee served with some delicious bakes, the bread kitchen is several steps away from the coffee brewing area.

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I sat by the giant Tera Rosa brick wall while observing the baristas brewing my cuppa. Having a counter as grand as this to brew my own cuppa, is truly a dream oh so sweet indeed!

 

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The coffee culture in Seoul is really huge, and it’s quite nice to meet so many coffee lovers that you can relate with and share the joy of enjoying good cuppas together. However, for a Malaysian to be joining in the coffee scene in Seoul hurts your pocket real bad, as each cuppa on average cost about 4000 won/ MYR 12 -15, or more, depending on the beans and brewing method used.

3 cuppas, from Kenyan and Ethopian beans, with a mini kugelhopf and chocolate coconut cubes cost nearly RM 100. @_@

 

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The iced coffee, wasn’t that bad, glides well down the throat, smooth, with a strong roasted aroma.

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The long black hand filtered cuppas were fairly good too, but we did notice that the baristas did not measure the weight of the water prior pouring over the freshly ground beans, perhaps that made the taste, just a little slightly sour.

We came back again on the final day to purchase packs of beans instead. More economical to brew on my own with the self-created home formula. Haha.
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Initially, I thought these were moist and dense dark chocolate cake cubes….

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But I was gravely mistaken. They were coconut grates coated in chocolate and mashed together to form into cubes.

The texture and taste was somewhat similar to those colourful looking coconut cubes desserts you get from Indian restaurants, but of course this tasted better as the coconut flavouring was not too strong and the grates were quite fine.

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The mini kugelhopf, looked delicious from its packaging, but sadly, when the fork dived in, the kugelhopf crumbled like cookie bits. Looked rather yummy, on a contrary it wasn’t.

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Mr Rush at Tera Rosa cafe, CHECKED! Thrilled to be here, sipping a cuppa from the original store itself.

Mr Rush, next stop. Nomusairu! What say you? Rush, rush… and away!

Address:
The Plaza Hotel Korea
Sogong-ro,
119, Sogong-ro,
Jung-gu, Seoul,
South Korea
Tel: +82 2-771-2200

Tera Rosa Cafe,
Gwanghwamun area
Websta link: http://www.placefoto.com/index.php/tag/terarosacoffee
Website: http://m.terarosa.com/#