Monch! The Café Hopper’s Version of Great Places (Brunei)

Written by: Cheah Wei Shang  Pictures and private jet owner: Ivan Liew Ah, Brunei. One of the smallest countries in the world, population just barely below the 500 thousands, while also one of the richest in the world. Right now, it’s one of the safe havens of the world, having had barely any local COVID…

Monash Cook-off #13: Dalgona Coffee

Written by: Christie Wong Featuring: Teng Sin Hui This one will be a real familiar face in the crowd if you still remember the days of TikTok food trends and our initial transition to Zoom classes, when the new normal was actually still new.  Tada! It’s Dalgona Coffee!  This will be Sin Hui’s third time…

Monash Cook-Off #12: Caramel Coffee

Written by: Cheah Wei Shang Featuring: Wan Poh Yee Honestly, at first glance, I have no clue what this is. The green coloured sunset seas of the Mediterranean anyone? But, and I must say, “damn”, does it not look pretty? Wan Poh Yee has done it again, winning her second of this semester’s Cook-Offs. This…

Monash Cook-Off Special: Southern Fried Chicken & Salad

Written by: Xenia Cordelia Lee Featuring: Quah Chen Ying Ah yes, Southern fried chicken, also known simply as fried chicken. With its crispy breading exterior keeping the meat tender. It’s a classic go to comfort food, especially when eaten with hands. The food tastes better that way; change my mind.  Congrats on winning this weeks’…

Monch! Kafeidian (Petaling Street)

Written by: Christie Wong Photos by Tatiana Sutulova The words ‘KaifeiDian’ literally translates to coffee shop in Chinese and by the looks of this place, they have truly brought a modern twist into the traditional Chinese coffee shop we used to go while growing up. Located inside an old bungalow that used to be a…

Monash Cook-Off Special: Nyonya Kuih

Written by: Chua Jia Ying Featuring: Li Ting  If you were born in Malacca, Penang, Singapore or Medan, chances are, you have heard of Peranakan cuisine otherwise known as Nyonya cuisine! The terms Peranakan and Nyonya Baba are used interchangeably to describe descendants of Hoklo settlers who first came to Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago…

Monch! Breakfast Thieves (Kuala Lumpur)

Written by: Chua Jia Ying (P.S It’s my birthday) Breakfast Thieves was founded in Fitzroy Melbourne, Australia by Malaysian-born co-founders Brandon Chin, Edwin Koh, and Joel Teh back in 2012. The original branch sits in the remnants of an old chocolate factory, serving Australian cuisine with a touch of Asian flavors in an industrial-chic, hipster…

Monash Cook-Off #11: Butterbeer

Written by: Xenia Cordelia Lee Featuring: Teng Sin Hui As we are half-way through another semester, fellow students and harry potter fans alike, remember to take care of yourselves, mentally and physically. “Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more: Believing in Yourself” – Harry Potter. This time, we bring back…

Monch! Botanica & Co (Kuala Lumpur)

Written by: Zoe Yap Edited by: Chua Jia Ying Photos by: Ti Jia Yao Amidst the concrete jungle of Bangsar, Botanica + Co is a pleasant breath of fresh air. Despite its command of a large crowd, you hardly feel the heat and bustle of the waiters rushing around you.  The combination of vibrant greenery…

Monash Cook-Off #10: Strawberry Macarons

Written by: Zoe Yap Featuring: Teng Sin Hui You may know the macaron as one of France’s many treasured desserts-  elegant, button-shaped treats that vary in color and taste. The word rolls delicately off your tongue, a prelude for what’s to come next. With a pillowy shell, it dissolves away into a rush of sweetness…

Monch! Coconut Bay (Port Dickson)

Written by: Xenia Cordelia Lee Disclaimer: Before reading, please note that this location serves non-halal dishes. If there is one thing Malaysians can agree on, it would be food. Here is another hidden gem for all of you, it is famous among locals of Port Dickson -the infamous Coconut Bay 玉记面档! It looks like your…

Monash Cook-Off #9: Tom Yum Goong

Written by: Cheah Wei Shang Edited by: Chua Jia Ying Starring: Wesley Chung Sheng Zhi And that’s one recipe, see you next week! (Found a loophole) Ready to salivate? Tom yam has its roots in Thailand, and there’s no exaggeration when saying that it’s one of the most iconic and even legendary flavours of Southeast…

Monash Cook-Off #8: Shakshuka

Written by: Patricia In Wan Ting Featuring: Wan Poh Yee Is it tomato soup? Some egg dish? What is it? I must have it in my mouth.  Shakshuka – pronounced like it’s spelt This dish is called Shakshuka. Shakshuka literally means ‘a mixture’, and traditional versions of this dish use tomatoes, onions and spices as…

Monash Cook-Off #7: Butter Croissants

Written by: Christie Wong Featuring: Mobina Ghadyani Ever heard of the saying ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’?  Mobina’s butter croissants For Mobina, she is not the type of person who sits down to eat a 5-dish breakfast like the ones you see in movies. She usually breezes through her breakfast,…

Monch! The Daily Fix (Melaka)

Written by: Chua Jia Ying Photos by: Jason Han Zhi Kwang The Daily Fix is a hidden (literally) gem situated in the heart of Jonker Street, Malacca. Since its establishment in 2014, the café has remained one of the most popular and recommended cafes in Malacca City. It is almost always packed with customers and…