I just realized why I’m still a little-fat after all these time. It’s not because I’ve not been working out or I’ve not been watching what I eat. Well maybe, I’ve been watching a little too much. But the bulk of the problem lies in me not making enough dough. As in ka-ching dough. I think I’d be a skinny rich monkey by now if I knit dough for a living. Look at Ah Pa and all his baker friends. ‘Nuff said. Anyway back to my poor story, did you know that eating healthily can be very expensive? And this poor lil’ fat monkey isn’t able to afford such luxuries. At least not for every lunch. It’s appalling how a bowl of greens and fruits cost more than a bowl of noodles cooked in a broth that’s been boiling for 6 hours. Go figure! It’s easy to see why I choose my carbs over salads. But, come pay day and I feel like handing over my hard earned cash, I’d just head over to EcoGreen Organic Restaurant @ BAKTI.
Nestled within the lush greenery at the foot of Kiara Hills, this cafe/restaurant offers its customers discerning healthy and flavourful organic dishes in a cozy environment with a resort-like ambience. “A place where the mind, body and spirit is celebrated, alongside with mother Nature,” says its website. I have to agree, having a meal here takes you away from the bustling business of the day. Its simple kampung-styled decor and chill Balinese ambient music offers a relaxed atmosphere, making it very easy forget the time and day.
I found out about this place when my company hired them to cater for an organic-themed event. This restaurant part of a family of organic food outlets run by EcoGreen Farm Sdn Bhd and is led by engineer-turned-organic advocate Wong Kai Yuen and wife Sherene Soong as head chef. Sherene’s menu comprises of mostly simple Malaysian favourites and some Western inspired dishes. All made with high quality organic and natural ingredients with their culinary policy of no MSG used, no microwaving, no trans-fats, artificial preservatives, artificial colouring or flavour enhancers used in their cooking. Never knew a whole long list of “No’s” can be so appealing.
Anyway, the best way to eat here is to share your food. Start with the popular Lettuce Wrap (RM13.90), which is pretty much like a Ju Hu Char. Strips of steamed turnips, carrot, beancurd and fish cake wrapped in romaine leaves and complemented by the unique miso and dragonfruit sauce. There’s a vegetarian option where the fish cake is replaced by mushroom. I couldn’t resist ordering the Refreshing Organic Charcoal Noodles (RM15.90) once again. The stark black al dante bamboo charcoal ramen is tossed in a molasses and citrus vinaigrette dressing and topped with chili flakes, cashew nuts, tofu triangles, sesame seeds, seaweed strips and a side of salad. This dish is served cold. Don’t let the blackness of the noodles turn you off, it’s actually contains activated carbon which promotes better blood circulation. Both of these dishes contains no onion or garlic.
My lunch companion ordered the Roasted Herb-Garlic Organic Chicken with Quinoa (RM28.90), which uses free-range organic chicken that’s oven roasted in a herb garlic marinate. Served with a carrots and potatoes and a serving of quinoa. According to the trusted Wikipedia, quinoa is a cereal-like grain originated from Andean regions of South America and was highly prized by the Incas for its high protein content. Unlike wheat or rice, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans and is gluten-free, making it easy to digest. And because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights! Back to the dish, apart from the interesting quinoa and the homemade brown gravy, this dish was a non-event.
Being healthy doesn’t mean No Desserts. The Organic Banana Nut Cake (RM7.00) had no eggs, no margerine, no butter, no milk, no cheese and only organic ingredients. I’m kinda surprised that it’s even considered a cake. Somehow it doesn’t quite cut it for me. I preferred the golden Steamed Pumpkin Rolls (RM7.00), which looks like kueh bengka and topped with freshly grated coconut. They use no milk or eggs in this dessert and it was bursting with pumpkin sweetness. I like.
At the end of the meal, ask for a chilled glass of Organic Passion Fruit and Organic Honey (RM9.90) to wash everything down with.
The split between two people for lunch is a hefty RM50 per pax. That’s rather heavy for lunch everyday. It’s ironic how one needs green to enjoy some greens. Having said that, I guess if you’re just here for a main meal and a glass of water, it’s actually quite a healthy option. I’ve already got my eyes set on the Lui Cha next.
EcoGreen Organic Restaurant
Bangunan BAKTI Siti Hasmah,
Changkat Abang Haji Openg,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Business Hours: Opens from 11:45am to 6:00pm (Monday) and 11:45am to 10:00pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Tel: 603-7725 8388