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The City’s Best Comfort Cuisine

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THE STORY 
Mei by Fat Spoon is actually the sister establishment of Fat Spoon, so we wanted something to represent that. The word ‘Mei’ fell into all the right places. Short for xiao mei (or ‘little sister’ in Mandarin), it’s also Chinese for ‘beautiful’ – always a nice word to be associated with. And we both share it as a middle name!

KITCHEN DUET 
We combined two of our favourite things: Japanese food and our signature style of “comfort cooking”. Currently, there aren’t many places in KL that offer Japanese-inspired comfort food, and that is an edge for us in the local food scene.

MENU CRAFTING
It’s built around food that we love. We take inspiration from our grandma’s recipes and our travels. The creative process is a fun combination of research, tasting, and, experimenting on repeat until we get it right. It gets crazy.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS
Personally, we love working with seafood for its versatility and texture, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.

CULINARY TRENDS
We like to ride against food trends; more often than not, they are shortlived. Some establishments hit the right spots. Right now, a lot are catching on to the ice-cream trend.

TOUCH-ME TEXTURES
Much more inspiring than flavours. Raw scallops, beef tendon, young coconut flesh or fish eyeballs are a few we find intriguing. Think sexy, mysterious, and unforgettable.

DELICIOUS PLATES
Savoury: Try the light-braised beef short ribs for that light yet wholesome meal. Dessert: Hands down the green tea crème brûlée with black sesame ice cream. Taste of sunshine: Summer Bara Chirashi bowl.

FONDEST MEMORIES

In her prime, our grandma would prepare big cookouts to feed three generations, entirely by herself. Being Nyonya, she’d make large pots of Nyonya laksa, crab popiah, perut ikan, terubok bakar, and chai boey. We’d gather around the dining table, feast, laugh, eat more, and it’s the best feeling. It’s something we always reminisce about.

GO-TO COOKBOOK

Pier by Greg Doyle is a visual joyride for seafood lovers; the photography and styling is artful perfection.

22G, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas. Tel: 03-2300 3327.