Garden-fresh flavours

  • Eat And Drink
  • Monday, 22 Jul 2019

Banish beginning of the week blues with the Monday Macro Plate. — Photos: SAMUEL ONG/The Star

SOME types of food not only satiate our hunger but are also beneficial to health.

For example, tempe provides energy and carrots are said to be good for the spleen and pancreas.

These are among the ingredients in Lapan Wellness Cafe’s Monday Daily Macro Plate (RM25), in which every ingredient has nutritional value.

The cafe is the newest addition to Woods Macrobiotics, which was founded by June Ka Lim, a pioneer in the field of macrobiotics and nourishing food.

“In the Malay language, ‘lapan’ refers to the number eight, a figure of infinity which signifies the quest for infinite health and wellness.

Gado-gado with homemade peanut sauce.
Gado-gado with homemade peanut sauce.  

“Customers often come to me complaining about certain ailments and I would advise them on the right types of food to eat,” she said, adding macrobiotics is a “great life diet”.

“The concept originated from China thousands of years ago, it is about the philosophy of preparing food.”

At the cafe, diners are served vegan food and drinks direct from the garden to the table.

There are over 70 types of herbs and vegetables grown at the cafe’s permaculture food garden.

The Blue Butterfly Flower Organic Mocktail (RM19) with kaffir lime was a refreshing accompaniment to our meal.

Lim said it is not just about eating healthy food, but saving the environment too.

The nutritious Daily Warm Super Bowl with quinoa, brown rice, veggies, seeds, nuts and pickles.
The nutritious Daily Warm Super Bowl with quinoa, brown rice, veggies, seeds, nuts and pickles. 

As such, the “zero waste” concept is practised at their kitchen. Food scraps are recycled into compost and returned to the garden to re-energise and revitalise the soil.

Certain edible but less frequently used parts of ingredients are transformed into new and innovative dishes

For example, broccoli and cauliflower stems are turned into probiotic lactic acid pickles which are used in the Daily Macro Plate.

For those who think healthy food is bland, the Gado-gado (RM25), a weekend special, will prove you wrong.

The homemade peanut sauce adds flavour to the healthy salad made with pumpkin, Japanese cucumber, cabbage, tempe, sprouts, tofu and lentils.

The Mille Crepe with Matcha Cream is a healthy dessert.
The Mille Crepe with Matcha Cream is a healthy dessert.  

The coriander dressing for the Daily Warm Macro Bowl (RM19) accentuates the ingredients in the dish like quinoa, brown rice, veggies, seeds, nuts and pickles.

A soup of the day is served with the daily warm macro bowl and macro plate. During the review, we had Dashi Miso vegetables soup.

The Mapo Momen Tofu (RM19) is another must-try dish.

The homemade kinugoshi silken with peppery douban sauce had such a lovely texture that I could not stop digging into it.

The Kyoto Yuba Rolls (RM28) is a great dish for sharing. The sweet and sour sauce adds flavour to the yuba nori rolls which are best enjoyed fresh from the kitchen.

For drinks, we also had Matcha Horchata (RM18), made using brown rice, almond, rice milk, matcha and topped with cinnamon powder which is a meal on its own. I love that it had a hint of sweetness and the ingredients were well-blended.

The refreshing Blue Butterfly Flower Organic Mocktail and Matcha Horchata.
The refreshing Blue Butterfly Flower Organic Mocktail and Matcha Horchata.  

One of my favourite items was the Mille Crepe with Matcha Cream (RM18). It managed to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way.

After our meal, we enjoyed a short respite from the stress and chaos of city life at the cafe’s sustainable tea bar.

Aside from food and drinks, the cafe also sells vegan products, including skincare, organic vegetables and baked goods.

For details, visit

LAPAN WELLNESS CAFE, 621, Jalan 17/8, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7958 5795). Business hours: 10am to 8pm daily.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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