I can still remember my first time visiting PS Cafe. Back then, my good friends raved about how good PS Cafe’s desserts were especially their famed Blackout Chocolate Cake. And that they planned to meet up in Paragon so that I could try the dessert. I liked the extremely sinful chocolate cake but what piqued me the most was how their main meals fare. Since then, I vowed that I would make a trip solely just to try out their menu.

PS Cafe

Fast forward a couple years later, with a mission in mind, I made a trip to with a friend. Initially, I wanted to have a brunch session but for some unknown reason, they were only opened for lunch onwards. Slightly disappointed, we wandered around before returning again for lunch.

PS Cafe

Located at a quiet corner on second floor of Palais shopping centre, we were there slightly after 12PM to avoid the lunch crowd. It is said that it’s advisable to make reservations as they could get really crowded during peak hours especially lunch. Being in there brought me back to the colony time. This quaint cafe has decorations of its own with dated-looking chairs and tables arranged in orderly manner (and not to mention, very close to each other).

The menu is rather limited yet it has something for everyone. The daily specials are written / displayed on the huge chalkboard located inside the cafe for easy reference.

Portobello Mushroom Soup

Served in a huge bowl, the Portobello Mushroom Soup (SGD$14) was earthy, chunky and hearty. The infusion of aromatic truffle oil certainly worked wonders to the soup as it has liven up the flavour of the already delicious bowl of soup. But in my opinion, they might look more presentable if they use white bowls instead of the one in the photo.

PS Steak Sandwich

The PS Steak Sandwich (SGD$29) was absolutely delicious. I liked the fact that the chargrilled sourdough was soft and airy on the inside while being crusty crisp on the sides. Sandwiched in between the sourdough was 400+ day grain fed rump steak chips which was moist, tender and juicy.

Steak Sandwich

Each layer of the sandwich serves its own purpose and chowing down them all in a go is a bliss. The sweetness of the teriyaki glaze, the tenderness of the steak, the soft yet crispy sourdough, the pungentness of the mustard. Mix them all and you’ll get a variety of complex flavours dancing on your palates.

Nori Seasoned Shoestring Fries

The nori seasoned shoestring fries were perfect sides to go along with the sandwich. Crispy with fluffy potatoes in it, they were as good own its own.

Spicy Albondigas & Spaghettini

Having awesome sandwich as one of our mains, we didn’t really like the other dish; Spicy Albondigas & Spaghettini (SGD$26). It was the caramelised beef meatballs that we didn’t favour much. Somehow, the tiny meatballs tasted rather odd; heavy on herbs and spices and they were rather dry although they were simmered in garlic tomato sauce. That said, the spaghetti was cooked perfectly while the tomato sauce was balanced with slight tartness to it.

Strawberry & Banana Smoothies

At the end of the meal, we were too stuffed for dessert. The total bill came to about SGD$94.15 (including a Strawberry & Banana Smoothies for SGD$11). It’s definitely not an everyday affair if you ask me but for such cosy ambience and immaculate service by the attentive staff, it’s alright to splurge once in awhile and pamper yourself with some good quality food. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to try their much-talked about Truffle Shoestring Fries. Oh well… I have another reason to visit them again. Click here for their complete menu and business hours.

Address :
390 Orchard Road,
#02-09A, Level 2,
Palais S.C.,
Singapore 238871.

Mention Hokkien Mee (also known as Hokkien Char) and you’d probably be dragged into a debate on which stall or frying method offers the best result. Some will pledge their allegiance on their favourite stall while some with wider acceptance would have two or more stalls to choose from. And in a very rare case, you’d find someone loathe it to the max for unknown reasons.

Restoran Aik Yuen

Mention Restoran Aik Yuen and the experts will agree that it serves good Hokkien Mee. I’ve actually heard of its legendary place from peeps I know and it was recommended to me long ago. But I didn’t exactly know the place nor did I take the trouble of finding out where’s the place. All I know was it’s somewhere around Tawakal Hospital in KL. That’s it.

To locate this shop is easy. Just make your way to Tawakal Hospital and it’s located somewhere behind it. Or just look for Jalan Sarikei and you’ll be able to locate the shop easily. Still doubtful? Then just follow the GPS coordinates given below for easier solution.

Kitchen Restoran Aik Yuen

I’m not sure what’s the opening hours but I reckon it opens from dinner till late night as I was there pretty late for supper on Sunday night. The restaurant was still packed with customers happily indulging their sinful yet delicious meal. The kitchen is located outside (opposite of the shop) for customers viewing pleasure. There are a few cooks handling the dish while others were preparing the raw materials.

Chilli Paste (Sambal Belacan)

My friend and I chose to sit outside since there were no empty tables inside. Besides, we could do a lil fresh air since it was raining earlier in the day. But be warned as you might have ‘uninvited guests’ passing by your table while you’re eating. Ordering is a breeze as long as you know what you want. We opted for 3 dishes with each dish a small portion for 1.

Fried Pek Kueh

Fried Pek Kueh was the first to arrive. A common Hokkien dish, it’s essentialy a stir-fry sliced white rice cake in dark soy sauce. This was done nicely with good amount of sauce coating the chewy bouncy dough.

Fried Pek Kueh

Thank goodness there was no ‘kun choy’ (a type of Chinese celery) in it as I’d usually pick ’em out one by one.

Cantonese Fried Kuey Teow

Up next were Cantonese Fried Kuey Teow (Wat Tan Hor) and Fried Hokkien Mee. To get an idea how Wat Tan Hor is prepared, the broad kuey teow is first fried with oil in high heat to give it brownish colour with slight smoky aftertaste. Then, the thick eggy sauce is crafted separately with ingredients such as broth, corn starch, an egg or two, sliced meat and seafood before pouring on top of the noodles.

Cantonese Fried Kuey Teow

The one by Aik Yuen wasn’t superb neither it was bad as I’ve had better ones before. The eggy thick broth was alright but I’d love it to be slightly darker (with the help of thick dark soy sauce). The broad kuey teow was fried nicely although it wasn’t crisp on the outer layer.

Fried Hokkien Mee

The superstar of the day was of course the Fried Hokkien Mee. I opted for a mixture of thick yellow noodles with kuey teow instead of just thick yellow noodles as I’d know they would have to prepare mine separately.

Fried Hokkien Mee

The noodles were braised nicely – al dente, smooth, slippery textures. The dish was adequately wet with limited dark sauce accumulated at the base of the plate. There’re decent amount of seafoods such as prawns and squids, vegetables and sliced meat to go along with the noodles. Oh yes… The oh-so-important crispy pork lards were well hidden within to give extra flavour. The smoky aroma was there but not the point of overpowering the dish.

Fried Hokkien Mee

Now… they might not be the best out there but they are definitely one of the better ones in KL. The bill came to about RM20 (including 3 cups of iced chrysanthemum tea). It’s affordable and good but I guess clean freaks will skip this due to below average cleanliness. But heck, not all good scrumptious sinful food come from clean kitchen, right? Next up… to try out another stall nearby which is said to use charcoals!

Address :
Restoran Aik Yuen,
Jalan Sarikei,
Off Jalan Pahang Barat,
53000 Kuala Lumpur.

Map :

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GPS Coordinates : 3.177935, 101.699452