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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Reimagining the humble sandwich

BITE into a sandwich and you will most likely be expecting to taste the everyday egg mayo or tuna filling.

However, for those patronising the Good Blue Men cafe, co-founders Shum E Yern and Ryan Fong, are out to wow diners with their one-of-a-kind sandwiches made with a twist of Asian flavours.

Putting their love for sandwiches and creative ingenuity together, Good Blue Men cafe brings about a new trend of food that is sure to entice taste buds.

Located in the mature Happy Mansion neighbourhood in Petaling Jaya, this cafe features quirky sandwiches and handcrafted coffee mocktails for the adventurous.

One of it is the signature Kam Heong Chicken Sandwich, which is also one of the bestsellers and a hit among regular diners.

Good Blue Men cafe co-founders Fong (left) and Shum standing outside their cafe in Petaling Jaya.
Good Blue Men cafe co-founders Fong (left) and Shum standing outside their cafe in Petaling Jaya.

Calling it their trump card, the flavourful spicy stack features succulent chicken breast with a generous spread of homemade kam heong sauce, a spicy sauce made from dried shrimps, curry powder, shallots and garlic.

This is then coupled with arugula, Japanese cucumber and finally topped with some crispy homemade oregano toast.

“Everything was carefully thought out, from the vegetable to complement the sandwich to the toast to go with the chicken,” said Shum.

He added that it took six months to get the recipe right.

A lot of thought was put into creating the special sandwiches and their main challenge was infusing Asian flavours into them.

Apart from the bestseller, the Achar Chicken Sandwich perfectly embodies the all-time home favourite achar with your chicken sandwich.

Assembled between two cranberry toasts, the pulled chicken pieces are drizzled with achar sauce and paired with caramelised pineapples. The taste will leave you wanting more.

The Cheezy Meltdown sandwich.— Photos: SAMUEL ONG/The Star
The Cheezy Meltdown Sandwich.

When asked about their inspiration for the sandwiches, Shum and Fong said the sandwiches were seen as a snack or small bite, and they decided to turn it into something hot and filling.

To get diners hooked on to the idea of eating sandwiches for lunch or dinner, the partners put out more varieties on the menu, to ensure there was something for everyone.

Apart from sandwiches, the slightly spicy Seafood Tom Yum Pasta is recommended for those who can handle spicy food.

Along with other more common pasta, there are rice bowl treats which are pretty unique and filling at the same time.

The rice bowl dishes come with rice, vegetables and a variety of meats and sauces.

We tried the Mushroom Stroganoff Rice Bowl with Fish, which was filled with a healthy variety of greens and topped with a poached egg.

It is recommended to break the egg and mix up the watery yolk with the rice before eating it, adding more flavour to the rice bowl.

The Seafood Tom Yum Pasta with fresh mussels is recommended for those who can handle spicy food.
The Seafood Tom Yum Pasta with fresh mussels is recommended for those who can handle spicy food.

“We see many families dining here on weekends or during dinner as this is a family neighbourhood, so we thought that some rice dishes would be good,” said Shum.

The restaurant also offers handcrafted coffee mocktails, created by Shum, as he used to work as a barista.

There are four different mocktails to choose from and one of them is the Blood Black, which blends double espresso with sweet pomegranate, lime juice and cola, perfect for that necessary caffeine fix.

The Matcha Tiramisu Shake, which is fused with green tea, coffee and tiramisu, is a good blend and we could really taste the sweet flavour of green tea.

The GBM Brownies topped with vanilla ice cream was a sweet ending to our lunch.

“Our desserts, except the cakes on display, are made in-house. Everything on the menu are our creations,” said Fong, who added that there would be more new sandwich additions on the menu in the near future.

GOOD BLUE MEN, AG-1, Ground Floor, Block A, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Section 17, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-7499 7394). Business hours: 10am to 10pm (weekdays) and 9am to 10pm (weekends and public holidays). Pork-free.

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