Passionfood on Sunday

Loo Chi Ling presents Passionfood's signature
White Forest cake [Left] and Chocolate Oreo tart
Loo Chi Ling, who started Passionfood Café & Bakery two years ago, was often asked why they do not open on Sundays.  Regular customers used to lament, “We have no place to go to yum cha on Sunday!”  In Cantonese, yum cha literally means to drink tea, but Loo knows that these regulars just want to hang out at Passionfood to enjoy their café cuisine and favourites from the All-Day Breakfast Menu as well as a range of freshly baked items from their bakery.

Encouraged by the positive feedback, Loo decided to revamp the business and open on Sunday with an extended menu to meet the tastes of a wider clientele.  “From June 2013, Passionfood will be open on Sunday and closed on Tuesday,” said Loo who is excited about giving loyal customers and their families more to enjoy at Passionfood.  “In addition to our French fusion food and a range of confectionery items, our café cuisine will not only include a choice of Italian, English and American favourites but also Asian fusion creations,” she added.

Smoked Salmon Canapes [Top Left] and Cheesy Portabella
The Smoked Salmon Canapes is created with a Japanese inspiration because the row of smoked salmon curls with mayo hearts that sit on a cheese rectangle and crispy Japanese cucumber slices, closely resemble sashimi.  Another exciting appetizer is Cheesy Portabella presented as twin inverted mushrooms stuffed with chopped tomatoes and ham and topped with melted cheddar cheese.  Loo said if the supply of Portabella mushrooms happens to be smaller that day, don’t be surprised if your order is served with three mushrooms instead of just two!

Piping hot Hawaiian Cheese Baked Rice
Hawaiian Cheese Baked Rice, a Hot Plate item is fast becoming a favourite among both young and senior diners who enjoy eating rice.  This freshly baked dish is served, topped with hot bubbling shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese and as you dig into the rice, you will discover chunks of chicken, ham, pineapple and mushrooms.  Even if the delicious aroma tempts you to be impatient, just let it cool sufficiently before eating or you may risk burning your lips!

 
 
Tasty "Say Cheese" Chicken Burger
Passionfood’s Le Mushroom Burger, filled with a patty of marinated minced beef, layered with sliced mushrooms and served with salad, fries and a tomato-sauce dip remains a firm favourite but the Say Cheese Chicken Burger, made with charcoal buns from their range of freshly baked bread, presents a contrast of colours and tastes with a fragrant marinated chicken patty topped with melted cheese and layers of fresh ingredients.  You can taste the herbs and spices in the juicy meat patty with every bite and on the side there is a generous portion of fresh lettuce and a pile of crispy fries.

Fans of the quintessential flavour of laksa should try Laksa Pesto Pasta, linguini tossed in pesto sauce made from daun kesum or Vietnamese cilantro, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.  Again, there are contrasting but interesting textures to enjoy when you chew the pasta along with the toppings of plump prawns and crispy tofu cakes.  If you enjoy exciting explosions in your mouth, then go for the Creamy Ebiko Crabmeat Pasta, linguine prepared in creamy sauce rich with natural prawny sweetness where you can taste generous portions of real crabmeat and ebiko or Japanese prawn roe, popping in your mouth!


Signature Drunken Chocolate [Right] comes with
a dash of brandy!
 
With a passion for good food, Loo, who enjoys baking, is particularly proud of their signature White Forest cake and Chocolate Oreo Tart.  With popular hot beverages like Rose Latte, Vanilla Chocolate Latte and signature Drunken Chocolate, it is easy to see why regulars like to linger in Passionfood to yum cha and savour their favourite food and cakes.

Passionfood Café & Bakery at No. 14 Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru has indoor and outdoor dining sections and comfortably seats up to 60 guests for private parties.  
 
 
 
 
A section of diners at Passionfood Café & Bakery
 
The café is open daily except Tuesday and no pork products are used.  Opening hours are from 11am to 10pm from Monday to Thursday, 11am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 10pm on Sunday.  Tel: 07 – 331 5330.

A version of this article was published in The New Straits Times, Streets Johor on 18 June 2013

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