Freaking Wholesome @ Bangsar South: Delicious Hand-crafted Raw & Vegan Treats!

Living in a fast-paced, fast-changing time, we constantly find ourselves trying to keep up. Thank God the society is getting more health-conscious - keeping a healthy & active lifestyle, as well as having a healthier diet.

Speaking of diet, we can easily get healthy salad and mains, but what about desserts and sweet treats? Dessert doesn't only complete a meal, but many opt for desserts when they are feeling down or want to cheer themselves up. If you are a fan of sweet treats but also concern over your diet, then you really should check out Freaking Wholesome!

Founded by Ee Lin, Freaking Wholesome is an online dessert shop that offers handcrafts, unconventional, raw treats. After coming back from Bermuda, she realized there aren't many desserts shops for health-conscious eaters, vegans or people who are lactose intolerant. Hence, she started experimenting some desserts in her kitchen that are free from dairy, eggs, refined sugar, artificial colouring and preservative.

I like how they have kept their cakes simple and with lots of natural ingredients such as raw nuts, seeds, fruits and organic rice malt syrup.

Let's start with some cupcakes!

Assorted Mini Raw Cupcakes (RM 55). There are 8 cupcakes in a box. All of them look so pretty with the glossy frostings. Usually I'll just scrap away the frostings and whipped cream, but since these are made with natural ingredients such as nuts, coconut cream, date syrup and organic rice syrup, I figured I'd give these babies a try.

Coffee Caramel. Each mouthful is a bursting of intense coffee aroma and perfectly balanced with the sweetness from the caramel.

Triple Chocolate (Left) | Coco Pineapple (Right). Chocolate lovers, no more feeling guilty from this creamy, chocolatey semi-sweet Triple Chocolate cupcake! On a lighter note, the Coco Pineapple is pretty refreshing and I like the tropical touch of the coconut flavours.

Strawberry Beet. One of my favourite from the treats of Freaking Wholesome. It tasted much lighter than the chocolate cupcakes; and if you are not really a fan of chocolate, this might be your choice.

Assorted Wholesome Bars (RM 55). 6 wholesome bars with 3 different flavours.

Orange Cranberry. Chocolate, orange and cranberry is really a match-make in heaven. The rich chocolate goes perfectly well with the zesty orange, tanginess of the cranberries.

Peanutty Nougat a.k.a Snickers (Left) | Sea Salted Caramel (Right). I'm not a big fan of chocolate, but peanut and chocolate is one of my favourite combinations. You can never go wrong with nuttiness of the peanuts and chocolate. On the other hand, the hint of sea salt in the Sea Salted Caramel added a nice savoury touch to the dessert.

Assorted Petite Cakes (RM 55). These petite cakes are really pretty and the colours are just vibrant!

Classic Chocolate. Nothing beats a classic chocolate that is moist and rich.

Lemon Drop. Tangy, zesty and lemony - everything you like in a lemon cake.

Turkish Delight. Unlike the usual Turkish Delight that are too sugary, Freaking Wholesome's version of Turkish Delight is truly a delight - not too sweet, yet it has a pleasant hint of rose and nutty pistachio.

Matcha. Last but not least, the all-time favourite - Matcha.

Overall, desserts and sweet treats from Freaking Wholesome are really deliciously awesome. A perfect choice to satisfy your dessert cravings while not compromising your healthy diet. There are a few things to be noted though, since these are made from raw ingredients, the textures are not as smooth as your conventional desserts and cakes. It has more bite and you'll find the base is slightly coarse. Apart from these treats, Freaking Wholesome offers whole cake options too!

These raw desserts are best to be eaten chilled and can be stored in fridge for 3 days as they are made with natural ingredients and free from preservative. Freaking Wholesome doesn't have a physical store, but you can purchase their cakes online. For Assorted Mini Raw Cupcakes and Assorted Wholesome Bars require 2 days lead time, while Assorted Petite Cakes and whole cake requires 3 days lead time. Freaking Wholesome delivers throughout Klang Valley and their delivery fees varies depending on location.

To order your sweet treats or know more about Freaking Wholesome, check out their Facebook and Instagram or contact them at +6017 6809926.

Wood & Wheat @ Tropicana Avenue: Wood-Fired Asian Fusion Pizza

There is no doubt that pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world. Whether it's a pot-luck, house warming or a get-together event, pizza will always be a default go-to on the menu. Pizza is so versatile you could hardly go wrong with any toppings. Over the years, we've seen some quite crazy-flavoured pizzas such as the Durian Pizza, but one new player in Tropicana Avenue decided to take it to another level!

Wood & Wheat is a new player in the F&B scene in Tropicana Avenue. Owned by the same mind that started Good Blue Men, Wood & Wheat is here to bring wood-fired pizzas in Asian flavours.

Sitting in between Subway and Burger King, Wood & Wheat is a 2-storey pizza joint, where you'll be greeted with a kitchen of staff stretching pizza dough and putting them into a brick oven. Inspired by Asian flavours, Wood & Wheat has put a good twist of Asian twist into their pizzas - from Chinese Kam Heong to mamak Pasembur.

Kam Heong Royale (RM 38). One of my favourite pizzas at Wood & Wheat. Thin-crusted pizza topped with kam heong sauce and chicken bits that are beautifully spiced with 13 different types of herbs and spices.

Ever bite is just an explosion of flavours. On other hand, the Kam Heong Royale might be too spicy for you, if you have low tolerance in spicy food.

One other way to experience the pizzas at Wood & Wheat is to have it in Half Half (RM 42).

Fiery Masala (Left) | Rendang-Licious (Right). Fans of spices, these 2 flavours are not-to-be-missed.

The Fiery Masala hits all the right notes of a good masala dish with tender lamb slices.

Topped with beef meatballs, onions, chillies and homemade rendang sauce, the Rendang-Licious is another must-try for any true Malaysians.

The Pasembur (Left) | Thairiffic Tom Yum (Right).

The other favourite of mine at Wood & Wheat is The Pasembur. Generously topped with fried beancurds, papadom, shredded carrots, the slightly sweet Pasembur sauce goes very well with the doughy base of the pizza.

Thairiffic Tom Yum - the all-time favourite of Thai and a good choice for a not-so-spicy option, but still have a good amount of kick in the spices.

Tastebud Refresher (RM 4). Cleanse your palate with some refreshing crunchy cucumber before moving on to your next slice of pizza.

Ryan's  Nachos (RM 9). Thin and crunchy nachos served with creamy dipping sauce. These babies can be quite addictive.

Zesty Chicken Finger (RM 12) with garlic lemon sauce.

Minty Lemonade (RM 11) | Candy Lime (RM 11). A cup of cold and fizzy soda is just what you need to wash down the flavourful pizzas.

Keeping authenticity is important but is not a bad idea to throw in some creative twist once in a while too, especially when the outcome is finger-licking pizzas that are bursting with Asian flavours. The pizzas are carefully hand-stretched and put into a brick oven, which gives the dough a nice chewy texture with crispy edges.

On top of their Asian flavours, you can find your everyday Triple Cheese and Boring Margherita on their menu too. To keep their pizzas exciting, Wood & Wheat will be collaborating with different brand every month to create new and exciting pizzas flavours! A little birdie told us they are collaborating with Beard Brothers' BBQ in Tropicana Avenue, and it's no secret that Beard Brothers' BBQ serves one of the best barbecue in town!!!

To know more updates on Wood & Wheat, check out their Facebook and Instagram.

Address: P-G-29, Tropicana Avenue, Persiaran Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operation Hours: 12pm - 4pm, 6pm  - 10pm (Tuesday - Friday) | 12pm - 10pm (Saturday & Sunday) | Monday CLOSED
Contact: +603 7886 0173

The Majapahit Restaurant & Bar @ Acoris Mont Kiara: Enjoy Mouthfuls of an Ancient Empire

The Majapahit Empire was once a great and powerful empire that ruled over a large part of Southeast Asia. During its glory days, the Majapahit Empire stretched over the entire present-day Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines and East Timor.

Inspired by this mighty empire, The Majapahit Restaurant & Bar in Arcoris Mont Kiara has dedicated their menu to flavours of Thailand and Indonesia, along with a mix of Malaysian and Vietnamese taste.

Situated opposite 1 Mont Kiara and just a few steps away from Plaza Mont Kiara, The Majapahit Restaurant & Bar gives out a seemingly casual vibe but thoughtfully arranged, if you look closer. Stepping into the restaurant, I can't help but to notice the tropical theme interior with greens and both wood and rattan furniture. The place is brightly lit up with lots of natural sunlight flowing through the floor to ceiling windows. If you happen to drop by on a breezy afternoon or evening, take an outdoor seat and enjoy the natural breeze.

Occupying 2 floors at Arcoris Mont Kiara, the restaurant is really spacious and can accommodate up to 200 pax. If you plan to visit on a Friday or Saturday night, bring some friends along to enjoy the food and while the live band keeps you and your friends entertained.

Curry Galore (RM 52). Don't know what to choose? The Platter section is a good place to start, especially the Curry Galore that comes with a tray of 4 types of umami-filled curry - Thai Red Curry Beef, Thai Green Curry Chicken, Indonesian Squid Curry and Malaysian Prawn Curry.

My personal favourite would be the Indonesian Squid Curry and Malaysian Curry, as they pack a stronger punch than the other 2 in terms of heat and spices. The Curry Galore is served with a side of Chapati Bread and Cassava Crackers.

Satay of Southeat Asia (RM 52 - 12 sticks) | (RM 84 - 20 sticks). Almost every country has their own version of meat on the stick, and in The Majapahit, you get to enjoy 4 of their signature satays - Balinese Fish Satay, Malaysian Chicken Satay, Indonesian Beef Satay and Vietnamese Sugarcane Prawn.

The satays are really succulent and each are paired with unique dipping sauces to go with.

Spicy Seafood Tom Yam (RM 32). Tom yam is a must have when it comes to Thai food. The hot and sour soup works wonder in awakening the palate. I was expecting the spiciness to be toned down a few notches due to the expat demographic, but how wrong was I!

The soup was nicely balanced with aromatics such as kaffir lime and lemongrass, with generous serving of sea bass, squid and prawns.

Crispy Flying Fish (RM 52). Fried till crispy, this beautifully presented fish is one of the signatures at The Majapahit, served sweet and spicy dark sauce.

Coconut Butter Chicken (RM 25). For a non-spicy option, the rich stew of tender chicken pieces tossed with blend of ground spices and coconut milk is certainly a highly-recommended dish. I love the hint of aromatic curry flavours that comes through really nicely in the thick gravy.

Thai Stir-Fried Baby Kailan (RM 29). Although you'll see a chili sign next to the dish on the menu, the dish is not spicy. The greens were perfectly cooked with prawns, garlic and oyster sauce.

Nasi Liwet (RM 4.50). I was told Nasi Liwet is a fragrant rice dish from Java, cooked in coconut milk, chicken broth and spices. If you are wondering how does the rice taste like. It has a very similar taste to chicken rice.

Vietnamese Drip Coffee (RM 13). My daily dose of coffee was satisfied with the thick and aromatic Vietnamese Drip Coffee at The Majapahit. The condense milk would be served separately so you can adjust the sweetness to your own liking.

Overall, it was a nice dining experience at The Majapahit Restaurant & Bar. If you are looking to hang out with friends over some nice food, or you have visiting friends who are looking for some local culinary experience, The Majapahit is a perfect spot to be.

Reservations are highly-recommended as the restaurant is usually full almost every day. However, you can do try your luck to walk-in.

To know more updates on The Majapahit Restaurant & Bar, check out their Facebook and Instagram.

Address: Lot No.G8, G9 & G10, Ground Level, Arcoris Kuala Lumpur, No.10, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: 12pm to 12:30am (Sunday to Thursday) | 12pm to 1:30am (Friday & Saturday)
Contact: +603 6411 7097 | +6016 226 1878

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