Sunday, September 17, 2017

Crab Factory Introduces New Cheese and Salted Egg Sauce



Crabbing Just Got Better with New Value Sets!


Seafood lovers are in for a treat… The pioneer in bringing us seafood with Southern Creole flavours as well as some local flavours, Crab Factory’s concept of dining straight on the table with large seafood boils poured on the table is all about diners getting dirty deliciousness. With minimal utensils, it’s all about savoring glorious seafood with finger-licking yumminess.


With a new menu on board, Crab Factory owner T.Y Ooi is not only making seafood affordable but introducing new lip-smacking Cheese and Salted Egg sauces, Crab Factory Value Meal sets and BBQ seafood as well as lunch specials.


It’s all about the Cheese! Hot cheesy and creamy, it’s irresistibly yummy. Pour the Cheese Sauce over Crab Factory’s signature sauces and simply enjoy the creamy cheesy indulgence on your seafood for extra shioknness….


We all love our salted egg dishes but this one is extra special. Crab Factory’s Salted Egg Sauce is more spiced up with a lusciousness of punchy flavours. The Salted Egg sauce goes really well with all seafood, elevating the sweetness with moreish spices. It is finished with aromatics and crunchy bits. Simply addictive, foodies are sure to be hook on sheer sublime flavours of this sauce!

Making seafood affordable, Crab Factory has come up with new sets of seafood boils with its new sauces in tow. Crab Factory Value Meals offers 3 choices – Crab Lover Shiok, Crab Lover Party and Crab Lover Giler to cater to different groups of diner. These sets feed from 2 pax to 9 pax (est. RM49.90 to RM59.90 per pax) with upgrade options on various types of crabs. 


Crab Lover Party (4 to 5 pax) with additions of 2 cheese sauce (RM299.50 set + RM13.80 – 2 x cheese sauce)



First up, we had the Crab Lover Party with Southern Bang Sauce (Medium Hot) with add-ons of 2 portion of cheese sauce. Getting down right dirty and delicious, this set has Meat Crab (2pcs XL), King White Prawns, Squid, Mini Lobsters, Hamaguri Clams Freshwater Prawns, Mussels, Corn and Potatoes. It also comes with 2 Fried Mantao and 4 Shallot Rice to go with all that yummy sauce.

For those who never tried Crab Factory Creole sauce, this Southern Bang has a robust tangy kick of heat and moreish notes. We only opted for medium hot but hey, be my guest and ask for their hottest level if you are game for heat. The best part of this has yet to come. Now one can order a portion of oozing hot Cheese sauce, which we did, and add this on to the bag of Louisiana seafood boil.

*Cheese sauce is free of charge from now till 31 October 2017



That Cheese sauce… it’s literally da bomb! Creamy and cheesy, the cheese sauce paired so well with the Southern Bang sauce. As we watch the cheese sauce being poured over the seafood, our mouths were literally salivated as the combination is utterly irresistible with the seafood and sauces.

Succulent and sweet seafood, drenched in unbelievably creamy and spicy sauces, will make you want to keep eating. Mopping up all the saucy goodness with the Fried Mantou makes this even better. Just in case you need your rice, the Shallot Rice is also yummy on its own or with the sauces!



Crab Lover Giler (7 to 9 pax) featuring 2 sauces (RM539.10 set + upgrade Brown Crab RM40)

If you’re dining in a big group of 7 to 9 pax, the Crab Lover Giler is the perfect Crab Factory Happy Meal featuring 2 bags of Louisiana boils of seafood in 2 sauces of your choice. We even upgraded one of the Louisiana boil bag with French Brown Crab (charges applies) instead of the Meat Crab.

This Crab Lover Giler set is value-for-money as it also comes with 1 Fried Chicken Wings, 1 Fried Mantou, 1 Fried Squid Tentacles and 7 to 9 Shallot Rice.


First Louisiana boil bag of Gang Giler #1 was upgraded with French Brown Crab in Garlic Butter Sauce. This one has Brown Crab, King White Prawns, Squid, Mussels, Hamaguri Clams, Corn and Broccoli. Garlic Butter has always been a crowd pleaser at Crab Factory. Diners can expect loads of buttery garlicky flavours in the lot of the seafood. It’s a sauce that pleases most palates as it enhances the sweetness of the seafood.


Check out that rich roe in the Brown Crab!


Our second Louisiana boil bag of Gang Giler #2 in Southern Bang Sauce (Medium Hot) also has lots of seafood such as Meat Crab (2 pcs XL), Mini Lobsters, Freshwater Prawns, Jumbo Sweet Prawns and Corn. This one is an explosion of firework flavours in the mouth and had us at Hello!



King Crab (1 pc XXL) with Salted Egg Sauce (RM298)

Talk about a Malaysian classic, Crab Factory is introducing its own version of Salted Egg Sauce. We had the ala carte King Crab with Salted Egg Sauce. This order even comes with corn, potato and fried mantou.


Crab Factory’s version of Salted Egg Sauce has more oomph of spices to deepen the salted egg note. Lusciously creamy and spicy, the salted egg sauce proved to be a matched for the sweet flesh of the King Crab as well as the other bag buddies. We also enjoyed mopping up this sauce with the mantou.

Besides King Crab, there’s Red Lobster, Crab, French Brown Crab and all the other seafood that is available for ala carte order in your choice of sauce.



Also new on the menu list, Crab Factory is introducing lunch specials of Noodles/Rice from SIXTH Bowl. Ordering is easy, pick a noodle, then select the toppings and the broth. There’s also rice bowls too.


The Mix Balls (RM13.5) with Mi Xian in Superior Soup was tasty and it even comes with Char Kuey or Yu Tiao. There’s a generous mix of Fuzhou, Squid Ink & Fish Balls that is bouncy and delicious. The broth is full of umami notes and the added Char Kuey gave this noodle extra yum.


We also tried the Freshwater Prawns (RM16.90 + 0.50 for spicy sauce) with Mi Lidi in Special Spicy Broth. It’s not overly spicy but rather enough heat to awaken your palate for more. This bowl is really decently priced for the 2 large Freshwater prawns that is sweet and full of luscious roe.

Crab Factory is also giving back to the community with its Bowl-IT-Forward program. Diners get One Free Bouncy Balls Bowl for every 6 bowls purchased when dine-in at Crab Factory. Customer can either choose to enjoy the Free bowl or donate it to Charity. Crab Factory will visit selected children’s or old folks’ homes every 2 months to cook for them with your Free bowl.

All the above are available at Crab Factory SS2 and Crab Factory Johor Bahru outlets.



The next new menu of Bara BBQ is only available at Crab Factory Johor Bahru for now. Diners can enjoy a long list of BBQ seafood as well as other specials at the new JB outlet.


There’s BBQ Crab (RM39 per crab) with choice of Cajun or Garlic. Charred to give the crab a smoky flavour with intensified sweetness of the crab, this one is excellent for those who enjoys the natural sweetness of the crustacean.


Love oysters but prefer them lightly cooked? Feast your eyes on Crab Factory’s 12 BBQ Oysters (RM69) that comes with 12 different sauces. Best to enjoy them piping hot, we are reminded again how creative Crab Factory gets with all its different sauces. Hard to choose a favorite since these aphrodisiacs have different flavours that goes well with the briny plump oysters.


Another dish worth sharing is the Best of Both Worlds (RM56.80) platter. Featuring Crab Factory’s Signature Coke BBQ Lamb Chop, Fried Freshwater Prawns and BBQ King White Prawns with sautéed vegetable and French fries, this one is unusual twist to the all-time-favorite surf & turf. The lamb chops were tender, juicy and moreish with a light tinge of sweetness and smoky aroma.


An unusual addition on the menu is the Sotong Sumbat Coconut (RM33). A dish with a local flavour, the squid is generously stuffed with a lovely coconut filling, chargrilled till tender and served with a sweet and spicy sauce on the side.


The Fried Quails (RM22.80) warrants a reorder in my books. Well-marinated and fried till nicely lacquered, it comes on a bed of crispy rice noodles, topped with sautéed aromatics and a tangy chili sauce. This one makes a nice addition to the plethora of seafood.


Corn Croquette (RM11.80) may not be spectacular but it’s decent and great for corn lovers. The kiddies are bound to enjoy this crispy and creamy croquette well-studded with sweet corn kernels.


Last but not least, Crab Factory JB also has some lunch specials. We tried their version of Hainanese Fried Chicken Chop (RM15.50). Crispy fried chicken thigh drenched in brown sauce and served with crispy potato wedges and sautéed vegetable makes a decent meal. This lunch special (up to 3pm) also comes with Ice Lemon Tea & a scoop of Ice Cream.


Crab Factory has just open its sister outlet in Little Paris at Mount Austin Johor Bahru in August. About time too since foodies down South can now savor seafood Crab Factory style! We spent a short weekend getaway recently for some food hunting in the South and paid a visit to Crab Factory JB.


It is quite easy to located Crab Factory JB since it’s facing the main road in that area. There’s plenty of parking too. The new outlet echoes its original outlet, industrial theme with bright shades of orange enriching the whole ambiance. Diners are also asked to express their creativeness on the wall with markers provided.




With two new fabulous sauces in tow and new menu on board, it looks like Crab Factory is gearing up for some serious seafood bingeing for foodies. With new affordable Value Meal sets as well as lunch specials and let’s not forget a new sister outlet in JB, Crab Factory is taking seafood to new heights!



CRAB FACTORY JB
Little Paris, Mount Austin, JB
G14, Jalan Jaya Putra 1/1,
Bandar Jaya Putra,
81100 Johor Bahru
Tel: +607- 351 4062

Business Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday        12pm to 10pm
Closed on Monday

CRAB FACTORY SS2
21, Jalan SS2/64,
47300 Petaling Jaya
TEL: +603-7865 5850

Business Hours:
Tuesday to Thursday      11.30am to 10.30pm
Friday to Sunday            12pm to 11pm
Closed on Monday



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mid-Autumn YUÈ Mooncake by The Westin Kuala Lumpur


A Euphonic Mid-Autumn Festive with YUÈ Westin Mooncakes




This Mid-Autumn festive, share the tradition of gifting of mooncakes with musical loves. The Westin Kuala Lumpur is bringing much musical joy with the theme of YUÈ for their whimsical mooncake collection this year. A festive that brings family and friends together to honor lunar worship as well as the end of summer harvesting celebration.


With last year’s success of BLOOM Mooncakes (also available this year), Westin has outdo themselves again this year with their YUÈ mooncakes as well as mooncake boxes. Featuring a built-in Bluetooth speaker set in exquisite floral or royal blue with printed motifs, this multi-functional gift box makes an elegant and charming gift this Mid-Autumn for family and friends as well as corporate business gifts.







Thanks to Westin, we were invited to a sneak preview of Westin’s Mooncake this year. Serenaded by harmonious traditional music from Guzheng as well as a presentation of the art of playing Diabolo or Chinese Yo-Yo, it was a beautiful and euphonic event at Five Sen5es.




Even our kids got their opportunity to try the Diabolo!


It’s the perfect pairing of mooncakes and music as one can enjoy Westin’s 7 delightful varieties of mooncakes while playing their preferred music tracks with their phone sync up to the Bluetooth speaker on the gift box!


Westin is offering a mix of classic as well as modern flavours for their whimsical mooncake collection this year. Classic favorites include Lotus Pandan, Pearl of Prosperity, Signature Supreme Mixed Nuts and Red Bean Paste. For those who are health-conscious, there’s the less sweet Low Sugar Plain White
Lotus Paste and Low Sugar Plain White Lotus with Single Yolk.


Westin’s Signature Supreme Mixed Nuts is decadent and nutty, filled with lots of ingredients of grilled chicken meat, chicken floss, dried scallops, seafood sauce, almonds, walnuts and various seeds. A classic favorite among the elderly who enjoys the complex and nutty mooncake perfumed with dried Mandarin peels.




The limelights from Westin this year is their new charcoal Imperial Black as well as their Mini Snow Skin Pure Musang King. The Imperial Black has bamboo charcoal skin encasing a deep and fruity paste of dried longan and dried wolfberry along with lotus paste and seeds. It has just the right balance of sweetness for me and I really enjoyed the longan flavour in this mooncake.


The Mini Snow Skin Pure Musang King was a crowd pleaser with everyone that day. The beautiful yellow snow skin is filled with nothing but pure Musang King Durian flesh. Durian lovers can enjoy the lush and pungent creamy durian with tender snow skin in its purest form.



PRICING AND OFFERS
Westin Mooncakes are available for order from 01 August till 04 October 2017. The YUÈ Mooncake gift boxes and Westin Collectibles BLOOM boxes are offered at very attractive prices, starting from as low as RM 138.00nett per set. Patrons are able to select any of the 4 flavours to make up the purchase of a gift box.


YUÈ Mooncake Gift Box
Baked Skin Flavours RM 168.00nett per set of 4
Mini Snow Skin Pure Musang King RM 240.00nett per set of 4
Westin Collectibles BLOOM Gift Box
Baked Skin Flavours RM 138.00nett per set of 4
Mini Snow Skin Pure Musang King RM 210.00nett per set of 4

Westin Mooncakes can be picked up from Five Sen5es (Level 1) from 01 September 2017 onwards between 10.00am to 10.00pm daily.

Enticing Discounts
Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG) and Beyond Dining members receive 10% discount for YUÈ Mooncake gift box and 15% for Westin Collectibles BLOOM Mooncake gift box during the promotional period.

Free delivery for purchases of 30 boxes and above to one destination within the Klang Valley area.

Bulk purchasers for Westin Collectibles BLOOM Mooncake gift box enjoy:
10% savings for purchasing 25 to 50 boxes
15% savings for purchasing 51 to 100 boxes
20% savings for purchasing 101 to 150 boxes
25% savings for purchasing 151 to 200 boxes
30% savings for purchasing above 201 boxes

*Prices are inclusive of 6% GST and discounts are not accumulative, higher value of discount will be accorded if two or more discounts are applicable.

To book your mooncake gift boxes or for further enquiries, call 03-2773 8338 or email westindining@westin.com



THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
199, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
T +6 03.2731.8333
F +6 03.2731.8000



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tetley Tea – Tea-ing Up with Sebastian Michaelis


The Art of Tea Blending with The Tetley Tea Master



Tea is enjoyed all over the world. Said to originate from Southwest in China, according to Wikipedia, it was introduced to Europe during the 16th century and only became fashionable among Britons in 17th century.


When an invite from Tetley Tea came for a session of The Art of Tea Blending with The Tetley Tea Master, Sebastian Michaelis, it was an invite I couldn’t refuse simply because I have always enjoy my teas. Tetley Tea, the largest tea company in UK and Canada, is also the 2nd largest tea brand globally with over sixty branded tea bags. Despite its popularity internationally, Tetley has only recently reached our shores not too long ago. With 180 years of heritage in perfecting the art of blending tea, Tetley also sources its tea from 11 countries across 3 continents.



Our tea master, Sebastian greeted us the moment we walked into Cocott Restaurant with a charming smile. The world-renowned tea master chatted with us briefly of how he never gets tired enjoying a good cuppa tea! When asked if he has a preference of tea, he aptly replied that he has none simply because he enjoys different tea depending on the time of the day as well as the moment.


Rajat Kumar, Global Head Business Development Tata Global Beverages, kicked off with a speech.




Our tea session began with Sebastian giving us an insight of how tea is cultured all over the world. Tea is made from young leaves and unopened buds of the plant Camellia Sinensis. Doesn’t matter what type of tea it is, all teas comes from the same plant but is processed differently. Due to environment, tea leaves differs in flavour and aroma as well as color.


Tea cultivation is hard work. Tea leaves are still carefully handpick by hands today and is a labor intensive agriculture. Tetley, the founding members of Ethical Tea Partnership, is committed to be socially fair and environmentally sustainable by sourcing 100% of their tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified™gardens. Whether it’s China, India, Africa, Indonesia or Argentina, Sebastian travels across the globe, making valued relationship with all the tea plantations globally to secure the best quality of tea possible for Tetley.


There are two kinds of processing cut for tea leaves, CTC or orthodox. CTC method is a faster way of producing a standard quality of tea rather than the orthodox method as it is more time-consuming and require more human labor.


CTC method uses a CTC machines which crush, tear and curl them and process them in a period of just two hours. This method produces consistent tasting and produces strong, dark liquor with a distinctly astringent flavor profile which can accommodates the addition of condiments like milk and lemon far better than orthodox teas.


Orthodox method has every batch of tea leaves treated to a precise amount of withering, rolling and oxidization, all regulated by trained tea professionals to extract the best flavors from the leaves. This method offers the most authentic tea experience, hence often more expensive than the tea produced with the CTC method.


My favorite tea – Chamomile


Darjeeling – one of the more exquisite orthodox teas


It takes at least five years to become a qualified Tetley Tea Taster. Sebastian has over 10 years of experience among his team. He also showed us that each tea master has his or her own spoon engraved with their names on it once they are qualified as Tetley Tea Blended. All Tetley Tea is taste tested eight times before they make it into the final production for sale.



The quality of a tea blend is graded using a unique language called Uhuru. Sebastian proceeded to show us how he assesses tea leaf with four factors of Sparkle, Colour, Body and Zing. Since no tea crop is ever the same due to environmental conditions, tea tasting and blending requires skills and continuous learning process. In fact, each Tetley Tea Blender gets his taste buds insured for 1 million pound!


All black tea leaves are graded with addition of milk except green tea leaves as advised by Sebastian.


Tea tasters goes through the process of slurping brewed tea and spitting it out to assess and grade as well as blend their teas. Sebastian showed us how it’s done and handed me the first opportunity to try this. Not as easy as I have seen him do it, it certainly takes practice to be able to execute what a tea taster does daily. Every Tetley Master Blender tastes over 40,000 cups a week as their daily job. I certainly can’t imagine what that would be like and to still enjoy teas after that is surely a salutation for Sebastian…


We also learned that the perfect tea brew is made with only once-boiled water around boiling point. Black tea is best brewed with boiling point water whereas green tea is best brewed with boiling water cool down after two minutes. Steep your tea bag longer if you prefer a stronger tea note for black tea while the green tea only needs less than 2 minutes.




After our tea session, Sebastian challenges us to making our own tea with Tetley and a few other fresh ingredients. I made mine with ginger and basil with a hint of lemon. Cheng Yi aka FatBoyBakes walked off with the prize with his tea, picked by Sebastian to be his favorite of our group… Congrats again Cheng Yi!


A group photo with the Tetley team and Tetley Tea Master, Sebastian Michaelis


After the tea session, we all sat down to enjoy a lovely High Tea of mini savory and sweet bites with Tetley teas. A fruitful and informative session of tea with Tetley Tea Master Sebastion Michaelis!



Tetley Teas are available at all leading supermarkets. For more information on Tetley Teas, visit www.tetley.com



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