Wednesday, January 24, 2018

CNY Menu 2017 @ Zuan Yuan, One World Hotel

Splendour of Spring CNY Set Menu

Indulge in an epicurean journey to usher in the new Lunar Year of The Earth Dog at the newly relocated Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at One World Hotel.

A season of meeting and greeting with an abundance of feasting to follow, Zuan Yuan’s Chinese Chef Loh Weng Lam and his culinary brigade has curated special festive dishes and set menus for the festivity.

The newly relocated Zuan Yuan is gorgeously set in grandeur. Opulence with an Oriental theme, the spacious restaurant now seats 165 pax in the main dining area and also has 6 private rooms.

Diners can also now catch some kitchen actions through the glass panel of the kitchen as well as the open kitchen that is located on the side of the main dining area.

From their silver leaf ceilings to majestic chandeliers, beautiful ornamental artifacts that complements and adds to the opulence of the theme, the brand new Zuan Yuan is worth a visit for some delicious Cantonese dining experience.

This festive season, Zuan Yuan is offering 3 Splendour of Spring Menu – Unity, Wealth and Longevity that starts from RM1738 to RM2218 for 10 pax. Each set menu starts with the mandatory yee sang to usher in the New Year with good blessings to come. Poon Choy is also available.

The Fruit Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab is deliciously exceptional with its vibrant and juicy mix of fruits and the usual yee sang ingredients plus crispy soft shell crab. The fruity plum sauce has just the right balance of sweetness with tangy notes, enhancing the flavours of the ingredients beautifully.

Lou Hei!

Besides the crispy soft shell crab yee sang, there also the more classic Salmon with Crystal Pear, Abalone with Crystal Pear, Abalone with Crystal Pear & Salmon Skin as well as a vegetarian Fruit Yee Sang.

For the soup course, the Braised Golden Pumpkin Soup with Sea Treasures turned out to be a crowd pleaser. The chef’s skill in harmonizing and balancing the sweetness of the pumpkin with the savory broth was perfection. Not only are flavours well-balanced, the beautiful light golden hue from the pumpkin makes the soup looked enticing. There are also bits of seafood such as prawn and scallops in the soup for added textures and flavours.

The next course taste as good as it looks. BBQ Roasted Chicken & Duck Platter Zuan Yuan Style showcase deliciously lacquered roasted duck with crisp skin, tender roasted chicken and crunchy jellyfish salad. Both roasted poultry had moist and tender meat with subtle flavours that goes well with a light dip in the sides of plum sauce or salt and pepper.

Tuck into Spicy Wok Fried Sea White Prawn with Oat, another moreish dish that requires one to enjoy a luscious buttery sauce generously coated with oat on large prawns. This is so good, one may want to just chuck away the cutleries and use your fingers as they are simply lip-smacking yum.

The Steamed Red Snapper Fish with Ginger Sauce and Crispy Shredded Ginger is a classic Chinese preparation to highlights the freshness and sweetness of the fish. The fish, steamed just right, coupled with the gingery sauce was satisfying from all counts of flavours and textures.

For a touch of indulgence, savor Braised Sliced Abalone, Mushroom & Green Garden for the vegetable course. The ingredients are well-braised in a superior rich brown sauce. Tender mushrooms, crisp greens, soft beancurd sheet and tender whole premium abalones made the dish very enjoyable.

For fillers, the unique Claypot Rice with Fried Yam Preserved Duck Meat & Sausage makes a lovely and healthy dish after all the courses. The rice is fluffy and light, well-flavoured by the preserved meats and sausage. Tiny creamy cubes of yam and sweet potato added a nice note to balance up the heavy notes of the preserved meat and sausage.

End the festive dining with traditional Deep Fried Nian Gao with Sweet Potato and Sweetened Dried Longan with Six Treasures.

The set menus are available for lunch and dinner and prices at RM1738nett, RM1988nett and RM2218nett for a table of ten with a complimentary bottle of wine or a box of Pu Er tea.

Besides festive set menus and yee sang, Zuan Yuan is also offering Prosperity Poon Choy with 2 set options priced at RM688 and RM888 for 10 pax.

Zuan Yuan remains open on the eve of Lunar New Year and throughout the festive period. For more information or reservation enquiries, please call 603 7681 1159 or email

One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7681-1159

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CNY 2018 @ Xin Cuisine, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Festive Blossoms of Prosperity Menu

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur is celebrating this coming New Lunar with flavours of tradition at Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant. Located in the heart of the metropolitan city, Xin Cuisine has already been a favorite hotspot for Chinese cuisine. Locals flock here for one of the best dim sums in town at the restaurant.

This festive season, indulge on Xin Cuisine Blossoms of Prosperity festive dishes and set menus available from 8 January to 2 March, 2018. As the restaurant is a popular spot for dinning, make sure to call in for reservations in advance, especially if your dining party is big.

Xin Cuisine is offering 6 varieties of yee sang this year, ranging from premium abalone to salmon, soft shell crab, baby octopus, jellyfish and even a vegetarian snow pear yee sang. The Prosperity Yee Sang is priced from RM80.00 nett to RM198.00 nett (regular/large).

Our Prosperity Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang comes with an additional order of Snow Pear for RM10. This classic version never fails to please and they are generous with the salmon slices too. The snow pear added a juicy and fruity sweetness to the overall dish.

Here’s to a new year of blessings…

Poon Choi has been another dish that has now become a staple during this festive season. Xin Cuisine’s Bountiful Fortune Pot is priced at RM388 nett (regular) and RM688 nett (large). Loaded with lots of meat and seafood, this is one dish that befits the festive season for gathering with family and friends to indulge in a large feast together.

Xin Cuisine’s Bountiful Fortune Pot is fully loaded with roasted pork, steamed chicken, roasted duck large prawns, abalone, fish maw, dried oyster, sea cucumber dried scallop, mushrooms, yam, dried braised bean curd sheet, radish and more. This premium one pot meal is perfect to gather everyone to slowly enjoy the layers of deliciously braised ingredients that signify unity together this festive season.

Besides offering the poon choi, one can also order Xin Cuisine’s CNY set menus. There are 3 set menus with various dishes that is priced at RM1,388, RM1,688 and RM2,188nett respectively. Some of the highlights from the set menus are as follows:

Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Dried Scallop, Wolfberry & Chinese Herbs epitomized the heart and soul of Cantonese cuisine where every meal is never without a nutritious soup to kick off the meal. This one is beautifully soothing and delicious with glorious essence of chicken, dried seafood and delicate notes of Chinese herbs.

The Crispy Roasted Duck with Chinese Herb was a crowd pleaser. Gorgeously lacquered with a glistening crisp skin, the meat was also moist, plump and tender with a delicate note of herbs. Xin Cuisine has always been popular for their roast meats as they have an excellent Hong Kong roast master chef helming the roasts.

Nian Nian You Yue is signify through the highly prized Steamed Loong Fu Pan or Dragon Tiger Grouper with Fresh Fungus and Beancurd Sheet. Steamed to perfection, the fish’s thick flesh was superbly fresh, sweet and divine. The superior soy sauce enhanced the fish well together with crunchy fresh black fungus and soft beancurd sheets.

Taking a healthy twist on the classic waxed meat rice, the Stewed Chinese Sausage with Two Variety of Rice uses a mix of brown red grain rice and white rice and Hong Kong waxed meats. Robust and redolent of a lovely aromatic balance of savory sweetness, the rice is well studded with Chinese sausage, liver wine sausage, waxed duck and waxed bacon. Prices starts from RM45 nett to RM108 nett in small, regular or large.

To end the lovely meal, Xin Cuisine is presenting their signature 3 types of Nian Gao and a sweet Chilled Peach Resin with White Fungus and Red Dates.

The Nian Gao or glutinous rice cake is prepared three ways – Nian Gao with Coconut and Nian Gao with Peanut as well as Crispy Glutinous Sesame Rice Ball with purple sweet potatoes and Nian Gao. This is a dessert not to be missed at Xin Cuisine!

The Chilled Peach Resin with White Fungus and Red Dates was a lovely sweet ending with its healthy ingredients of crunchy white fungus, lotus seeds, peach resin and red dates.

*Xin Cuisine is closed on the first day of Chinese New Year (16 February, 2018) and will reopen for breakfast on February 17, 9.00 am.

For reservation, call +603 2144 8750 or email to

Chinese New Year Gift Box 2018

Have a prosperous New Year celebration with Concorde exclusive gifts. Gift giving during this season shows your affection, extending your well wishes to clients and family members.

Choose Concorde exclusive gift boxes, aptly themed to usher a prosperous new year. Each gift box is filled with traditional nian gao (sticky rice cakes) or freshly-made new year cakes. The elegant gift box set comes with LED lights, USB port and cable.

Chinese New Year Gift Box comes in 4 designs:
Flourishing Wealth 年年有余
Blooming Prosperity 花开富
Token of Appreciation 小小意思
Growing Fortune 揾越有

Price  RM138.00 nett per box (each box consists of 4 CNY cakes or nian gao)
Promotion Price – RM118.00 nett per box (*for a limited time only)

Collection of Concorde New Year Gift Box is on display from 12 January to 11 February (while stock last) onwards daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm at Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant at the lobby.

For reservation, call +603 2144 8750 or email to

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: +603 2144 8750 or +603 2144 2200 ext 2338
Fax: +603 2144 1628

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

October Japanese Cuisine @ Johor Bahru

CNY Menu and Signatures

A recent food hunt trip down south landed at the city of Johor Bahru at October Japanese Cuisine. This quaint Japanese restaurant is located in bungalow with a little Japanese Zen garden filled with cherry blossoms and bamboo on the side of the restaurant. Behind the restaurant, there is ample parking space for customers.

October Japanese restaurant offer diners a warm ambiance the moment one walks in. Beautifully spacious and set with glass panels, the natural lighting fills 
 the dining room with much comfort and Zen notes.

There is a Sushi bar set at one corner of the room where one can catch some chef actions else make a reservation for private dining available at the next level of the restaurant.

The menu is fine and offers diners a decent array of classic Japanese dishes to some modern updated ones. Joining this festive season of the coming New Lunar Year, October Japanese is offering their Japanese version of Prosperity Yee Sang Assorted Sashimi with Wasabi sauce (RM108 – Large | RM68 - Regular).

October Prosperity Yee Sang is loaded with Norwegian salmon, tuna and yellowtail sashimi slices. Besides some of the usual vegetables and pickled vegetables, there is also jellyfish Chuka Kurage and scallop Chuka Hotate as well as crispy fried gyoza skin and roasted almond flakes. Diners also have the option to go for Sour Plum Sauce if Wasabi Sauce is not to their liking.

Tossing for health, wealth and everything else…

The yee sang is delicious with the unusual addition of the Japanese ingredients. The wasabi sauce gave the yee sang an unusual tingling zing that elevated the lightness of the dish as well as the flavours.

Besides the yee sang, October is also offering two more dishes for the coming CNY. The Fortune Sushi and Sashimi Platter (RM58.80) is beautifully presented in an elevated stand holding six varieties of sushi and three varieties of sashimi. Showcasing classic seafood sashimi such as salmon, tuna, yellowtail, squid, prawn and more, this platter is deliciously exquisite and pretty at sight.

The Auspicious Flaming Nabe (RM68.80) boasts of luscious slices of Norwegian Salmon paired with chicken and vegetables in rice wine infused broth. Served in claypot, the whole dish was flambéed up in front of us as well as heated on the mini stove.

The broth was strongly laced in the ‘Kao Liang’ rice wine, perhaps too strong but flavour is certainly present in a big way. The salmon and chicken are nice and tender while the vegetables gave the over dish a comfort and familiar note. Great with steamed rice or even noodles.

We also savored some of the dishes from their regular a la carte menu.

Best enjoyed with sake, both appetizers of Grilled Edamame (RM9.90) and Kawahagi (RM12.90) were deliciously yummy. The Grilled Edamame had the classic edamame coated in a spicy and smoky Japanese Togarashi seasoning, making it moreish and addictive.

The rich and deep oceanic essence from the toasted dried thread-sail filefish, more commonly found in Shizuoka coastal area, was unique and an acquired taste that turn out to be pretty savory, crispy and sumptuous as small bites especially for those who loves beer and sake.

Tempura Sweet Potato (RM9.90) is another appetizer that one should try as it is a specialty at October. Expect creamy and sweet mashed sweet potato and powdery mashed yam encased in thin crispy tempura batter served with generous drizzle of mayo. Good for a start but share this as it can be quite filling.

Grilled Squid or Surume Ika (market price) also makes good appetizer with its lightly sweet and smoky flavours on the tender large squid.

Variety is the spice of life and October Special Bento (RM59.90) certainly made our dining experience more interesting with 6 dishes served in bento box. Value for money, this one may even be sufficient for 2 small eaters with its generous offerings of Chicken Karaage, Salmon Sashimi, Oden, Salmon Teriyaki, Tsukune or chicken meat balls and Unagi Kabayaki as well as steamed rice, miso soup and fruits.

There are plenty of house special maki rolls to choose from in the menu. First one up was a Flaming Salmon Aburi Maki (RM29.90). Torched and flamed at table side, this salmon draped crab stick roll with spicy sauce proved to be a sure-crowd pleaser for its flavours. Smoky, creamy and spicy, the roll is sublime!

The Special October Maki (RM49.90) features various raw seafood such as sweet shrimp, salmon, yellowtail, tuna, salmon roe and more over crabstick and tamago roll. Though nothing extraordinary, the roll is still really scrumptious because of the variety of seafood on it.

The Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab Maki (RM26.90) was rather unique and geared towards our Malaysian palate since we love salted egg so much. The crispy soft shell crab is delightfully yummy while the salted egg sauce gave it a boost of umami notes.

For those who enjoy grill skewers of meat, the Kushiyaki Moriawase (RM44.90) offers 10 skewers of various meat and vegetables to go with beer or sake. From chicken to scallops and bacon to eggplant, lady fingers, mushrooms and leeks, the platter offers a nice selection for those who enjoy variety.

Last but not least, Japanese Fried Noodles (RM19.90) enveloped in egg omelette proved to be a good dish, especially for noodle lovers or as carb fillers.

6a, Jalan Persiaran Jaya Putra 1
Bandar Jaya Putra (JP Perdana)
81100 Johor Bahru
Tel: 017-683 2156

Business hours:
Monday – Thursday
Lunch 12pm – 3pm
Dinner         6pm – 11pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
12pm – 11pm

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