KUALA LUMPUR: Eat X Dignity is more than just a café offering scrumptious food – it also provides F&B training and entrepreneurial skills to young people in the area’s B40 community.
Located at Sentul Boulevard in Kuala Lumpur, Eat X Dignity is popular with office workers looking for a quick and affordable bite.
It can get pretty busy during lunch hour but the youthful staff diligently execute their duties undeterred, cooking and serving food or manning the till.
The café exudes a chic and cheerful vibe, and is perfect for those wanting a hangout spot to enjoy a good cup of coffee.
While Eat X Dignity has a large variety of coffee options, tea lovers can also get a good brew here, like the roselle tea or lemongrass with pandan leaves.
Imbued with a dark crimson hue, the roselle tea has a tart flavour, akin to cranberry, and is said to be packed with antioxidants for good health.
For folks who seek something sweeter, the lemongrass tea comes with a pot of honey. It has a slight lemony taste with the distinct flavour of pandan.
If you are looking for something quick to munch on, there’s always cake or pastries. But for something heavier, Eat X Dignity has a few tasty dishes in store.
One that keeps customers returning is the nasi kerabu with ayam percik – roasted chicken marinated in spices, paired with fragrant rice tinged blue courtesy of the butterfly pea flower.
Be sure to mix the rice with the side of vegetables and coconut. The sambal is actually the highlight of the dish, with its perfect ratio of spiciness to sourness.
Another noteworthy dish is the Thai green curry pasta, an unusual combination of Italian and Asian cuisine. While the green curry could have a spicier kick to it, it is still satisfying to savour.
Be sure to toss the pasta a few times to ensure each strand is sufficiently coated with the creamy green curry, before enjoying the chicken pieces fragrant with the citrusy tang of lemongrass.
You can’t go wrong with a good plate of chicken chop, and at Eat X Dignity, this is certainly the case.
Served with a side of salad and fries, the crispy outer layer conceals tender and flavourful meat, which can be further enhanced by drizzling a generous amount of house-made black pepper sauce.
Then there’s the beef burger, a delightful indulgence for those who love red meat. The patty is thick and juicy, coated with a secret homemade sauce and melted cheese that will leave you hankering for more.
Natalie Tan, 30, says the café, which opened in 2015, is one of many projects initiated by the Dignity for Children Foundation, of which she is enterprise head.
“We wanted to have a place to train students in technical skills, to make them more employable,” she tells FMT.
Tan says each of the underprivileged youths is trained for at least five months to provide them with better prospects.
“Underprivileged communities can be active contributors to society regardless of their status,” she adds. “All they need is a platform to work without being exploited. That’s what Eat x Dignity is all about.”
Eat X Dignity
25-G, Jalan 11/48a,
Sentul Raya Boulevard,
51000 Kuala Lumpur,
Business hours: 11am-7pm daily