Breakfast, lunch and dinner with Jestinna Kuan
When it comes to food, our cover star Jestinna Kuan knows exactly what she likes.
Born and raised in Penang, Jestinna Kuan and her siblings are no strangers to good food. Rice, as a staple of any Malaysian household, is simply a staple in our daily eating habits, and Jestinna is just one of the Kuan siblings who couldn’t agree more. While still practicing healthy options when it comes to what she eats in a day, Jestinna admits that she likes to indulge in certain desserts, especially cakes – her real weakness!
We recently chatted with Jestinna about her top picks for all three big meals a day. From her favorite thing to make for breakfast to her favorite lunch spot, we’ve got a look at Jestinna’s personal guide to what she eats in a day. Read on for a list of recommended dishes she likes to frequent on a regular day in Kuala Lumpur.
Breakfast: homemade oatmeal with fruit and honey
Before starting her day, Jestinna starts the day with a healthy, homemade breakfast of oatmeal, topped with fruit and honey. Occasionally, Jestinna adds that she would also sprinkle some nuts and berries when she felt a little fancy. Besides oatmeal, Jestinna also enjoys good homemade pancakes, topped with delicious fruits and assorted berries. As long as it’s prepared at home with a bit of care, Jestinna considers it the perfect start to the rest of her productive day.
Lunch: Marta’s Kitchen
For lunch, a serving of rice or carbs is definitely a must for Jestinna. She highly recommends Marta’s Kitchen, a place she’s recently been frequenting that offers a range of authentic Spanish dishes, prepared by Spanish cooks. As a home-cooked meal lover, this checks all of Jestinna’s boxes when it comes to dining.
“My favorite dish at Marta’s Kitchen is definitely the Valencian paella,” says Jestinna. “It’s really filling and very tasty. It’s all kinds of meat mixed with rice, so it’s perfect to eat for lunch.
The restaurant is run by Marta, the owner of the original Marta’s Kitchen in Salamanca, Spain. Located on Jalan Sri Hartamas, Marta’s Kitchen is considered a hotspot for lovers of Spanish cuisine, with an extensive offering of paellas, tapas, churros and bocadillos (traditional Spanish sandwiches) to boot. With bright, colorful interiors that pay homage to a true Spanish restaurant, Marta’s Kitchen is housed in an all-around glass facade, allowing you to bask in the sun when dining during the day. In terms of food, the menu consists of the best ingredients freshly imported from Spain itself and adapts well to the languages of the inhabitants of Malaysia.
Marta’s kitchen is located at Signature Hotel & Serviced Suites, Jalan Sri Hartamas, 22 Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
As a rice lover, Jestinna ends her long productive day with another meal of rice – this time, with a tasty dish from JIBRIL.
“I love JIBRIL’s Salted Egg Butter Chicken Rice,” Jestinna recommends. “It’s the best I’ve had so far. It’s the signature dish there, so of course I expect nothing less than amazing!”
JIBRIL, tucked away in a slightly hidden alley in SS15, started with an interesting “speakeasy” café concept. Inspired by the prohibition era of the 1920s and 1930s, JIBRIL set out to create a secretive, low-key scene that would grow by word of mouth. And so it grew – while setting a new standard for butter chicken dishes in the Klang Valley, while building a fashionable reputation for its great atmosphere and classic comfort food.
“I also really like the vibe of the place,” adds Jestinna. “It’s very ‘hip’ and has a kind of cool vibe to it.”
JIBRIL is located at 25, Jalan SS 15/4b, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya.
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