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Review: Wellness Recipe

>> Saturday, October 29, 2011

Venue: Wellness Recipe, Kg Kayu Ara
Occasion: Food tasting
Overall comment: A refreshing & healthy alternative to our usual "heavy" meals as food here gives me the 'tummy-satisfied feel' & mentally, I feel that it's a 'lighter' meal - but I'm full! Simply said - not so fried/oily, spice-infused, nor meaty.
Halal: Yes

Ever thought of having a fully "organic meal"? Let me guess what's your first thought when you heard that question...did I hear an "Eeuwww..."? Haha...Most people may have the misconception that organic food = vegetarian food = uninteresting. Wellness Recipe is here to prove you wrong & you'll be spoiled for choice with the variety that they have to offer :)

Thanks to Vivian Tan from Wellness Recipe & Tan KC who extended the invitation, I had the opportunity of tasting some organic dishes for pretty much the first time early last week! Located at Boulevard 10, a relatively new commercial area right in front of Kampung Kayu Ara area, facing the Sprint highway, you'll find this neat & clean looking cafe/restaurant that speaks of a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating.

As you would have noticed from the photo below, the Wellness group consists of 3 parts:
1. Wellness Concept, a spa & health-screening place
2. Wellness Recipe, the restaurant to indulge in a healthy organic meal
3. as an Importer for organic whole-food supplements (all in one goodness) - they import their organic goods from Canada, Japan, US, & Australia, & the goods are currently placed at Wellness Recipe for sale

Back to Wellness Recipe, this restaurant is getting rather popular with the office lunch crowd & serves the neighbourhood more during dinners. They even have a steady flow of regular customers, some of whom pops by everyday for dinner after their time at the spa/Wellness Concept! *wow, so healthy*

Wellness Recipe started in Penang (this is their 2nd outlet) & adopts the LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health & Sustainability) 'culture', if I may call it a culture. It aims to educate the community to eat more greens for a healthier lifestyle, although the outlet does serve organic meat as well - it just simply means that the animal is fed with an organic diet ;) The restaurant serves 80% vegetables & 20% meat, so if you've had your quota of meat for the day/week, perhaps you would like to consider a change of diet or appetite by indulging into more greens!

Organic food sold at the restaurant

During our food-tasting session, we were introduced to the best-sellers/most popular/pride of the restaurant. Here's what we were generously fed with for dinner:

Barleygreen Honey
Organic Barleygreen + Royal Honey
This barley green drink contains 300 types of live enzymes that helps the body function better. You'll certainly have no problems with your bowels, colon & digestion after drinking this! Hahaha...hey, if you've watched Scrubs, you'll remember that everything has to do with your poo :D

Fruit & Vegetables Rojak
The rojak was quite addictive. Fresh pineapples, green apples, turnip/sengkuang, green mangoes, papayas, cucumbers, & carrots were mixed with a thick sweet sauce, topped with fragrant crushed peanuts & sesame seed. It does lack in the spicy & "prawny" taste as shrimp paste & chilli weren't part of the mixture. Overall, it was a refreshing change to the usual rojak we find elsewhere. *crunch crunch chew chew*

Green Curry
A curry with mushrooms and a variety of vegetables
Unlike the usual Thai green curry that you find at Thai restaurants, this green curry doesn't come with meat nor seafood. Having said that, the dish is nevertheless very tasty. I'm a mushroom-lover, so dishing out spoonfuls of fresh black mushrooms & golden mushrooms plus lady's fingers (another personal favourite) in a moderately thick & spicy/pepperish green curry gravy was really delightful. I could actually finish the whole bowl of green curry with a plate of brown rice! Yes, they serve brown rice here :)

Organic Juicing Spaghetti
Noodles made using Organic Barleygreen, Beta Carrot and Beta Beet
If you know me well enough, you'll know how fascinated I am with colourful food or colours for the matter of fact! I could spend hours at a stationary shop in front of the colour pens sections, so having a plate of naturally-coloured colourful plate of noodles simply made my day :) I enjoyed the texture of the noodles, which was smooth, slightly soft yet not mushy, & "slurpy" at the same time. The noodles are just like your spaghetti (but it's not spaghetti) & comes with either a tomato-based sauce (sweet, sour, salty & has a fresh tomato taste) or a mushroom sauce (loads of sweet yellow onions & mushrooms). It's a highly nutritious meal & great for kids too! Green noodles = Barley green juice, yellow noodles = carrot juice, pink noodles = beet root juice.

Spiral Pasta (Fusilli) in Mushroom Sauce
Spiral pasta with house made mushroom sauce
Alike the colourful plate of noodles in the photo above, this dish is served with fusilli instead. I enjoyed this dish as well, but much prefer the texture of the uniquely made noodles above.

Mushroom Fried Brown Rice
Brown rice fried with mushroom and a variety of vegetables
This dish is one of the more popular dishes by Wellness Recipe. However, I couldn't really taste the dish well as I only have 2-3 teaspoons full of rice, which didn't really help...hahaha...I couldn't taste the actual fragrance of the dish & those few scoops that I had gave me the impression that the fried rice lacks "wok hei"/heat from the stove.

Wellness Signature Organic Chicken
Organic chicken in a tasty spicy herb sauce
Ah, as I'm SO not-vegetarian (although I love vegetables, but I also love meat!), so this dish was top on my list of favourites! I would order this again on my next trip to Wellness Recipe :D It's chicken breast meat, but very well marinated, seasoned & fried until it is tender & bursting with sweet & sour flavours in every bite. I rarely enjoy chicken breast meat & will usually go for the thigh, but this was good! Ah, I wish I could have the whole plate! Hahaha...greedy me :P

Korean Style Steam Hot Pot
A mix of mushrooms and vegetables cooked in hotpot with Korean sauce
How I wish the pot was hot! Having left out on the table for far too long (cos we spent quite a lot of time snapping photos of the food), the pot wasn't sizzling hot any more, so the vegetables & mushrooms were left raw :( Or was it supposed to be eaten raw? If it was sizzling hot, it would have tasted so much better! Plus, if the pot was larger or the vegetables were cut in smaller pieces, I reckon we could still soak & cook the veggie...The sauce was quite an interesting one; something like a bean sauce/taucu, which actually gave the soup an extra "kick". What I love best in this dish is the beancurd - SO GOOD! The texture of the beancurd wasn't like the smooth "water taufu" ("sui tau foo") nor was it like the slightly drier "tau kon". I think this beancurd has a mixture of soya, pumpkin, & carrots or something along those lines, that gave the beancurd a special texture & taste.

Dessert: Wintermelon Longan Tong Shui
How often can you get a generous serving of ingredients to chew on in your dessert? It's "tong shui" after all & most people will just go for the liquids, but a bowl of wintermelon longan tong shui at Wellness Recipe comes with strips (a lot) of wintermelon & dried longans. I'm not a great fan of sweet stuff, so I felt that the tong shui was a little too sweet for my liking. I did appreciate the effort & serving of the nicely cut wintermelon though :)

Wellness Recipe's Menu

Snapshots of Wellness Recipe's Menu
They have a "today's" menu, available daily dishes, set lunches/dinners, & salads
Prices range from RM11.80 - RM14.80 for a noodles/rice dish

Set Lunch/Dinner for 2-4 persons (RM49.90 - RM69.90/set)
All sets come with a serving of green curry vegetable, steamed snow beancurd in mushroom sauce, Korean-style steam hotpot, & seasonal vegetable (in Set 2) or the Wellness signature organic chicken (in Set 3).

Beverage Menu (RM4.90 - RM7.90/drink)
There's also a 4-pages variety of healthy drinks for everyone, ranging from organic fruit/vegetable juices to soya drinks, tea, coffee, & yogurt drinks.

Map to Wellness Recipe
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It was indeed an interesting change for a meal - organic food! Who would have thought of having that for dinner/lunch, right? If you're around the corner & are adventurous to try out something different from your usual meals, do pop-by Wellness Recipe. The dishes served here are pretty refreshing & my 1st-dining experience here gave me a new sense of adventure to try out organic food even more!

Wellness Recipe (ground floor facing Sprint)
A- 1- 5, Block Allamanda
10 Boulevard
Lebuhraya Sprint PJU 6A
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: (+603) 7727 9999
Fax: (+603) 7732 7766
Business hours: 12:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. daily (last order at 9:00p.m.)
URL: www.wellnessconcept.net
Note: Ample parking available at RM1.00/hour (after 6pm, RM2.00/entry) - if I'm not mistaken

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dreamydolls October 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

hahaha... i live here but i din notice there's a organic food ther... will check it out = )

dreamydolls October 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

hahaha... i live here but i din notice there's a organic food ther... will check it out = )

PerutBesi October 29, 2011 at 4:31 PM  

@dreamydolls: Hey Yann! Nice hearing from u :) Yeah, there are at least 2 organic restaurants at 10 Boulevard, but I got to try this one only, & it's pretty good :)

kc October 30, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

Tx Ruth for dropping by! And agree about the poo :P :P

CleverMunkey ® October 31, 2011 at 2:56 AM  

wahhh so healthy wor but price wise maybe a bit too expensive. Other organic food restaurant can be cheaper than this... :)

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