Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tai Thong Chinese New Year Feast 2015


Celebrate Spring Reunion at Tai Thong Restaurants with Auspicious CNY Feasts of Poon Choy and Yee Sang


A New Year of the Goat awaits us again and festive cheer is in the air! Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a time for a new beginning, a time to rejoice with families and friends, a time for feasting and much merriment. They say food is always the best medium to round up families and friends so it is without a doubt that feasting during the festive season is much in demand for this CNY.


This festive year, my CNY feasting began at Imperial Garden Restaurant under the umbrella of the Tai Thong Restaurants Group. To usher in the year of the Goat, Executive Chef Lee Wee Hong and his team has prepared a decadent 2015 Chinese New Year and Spring Dinner menu filled with lots of festive dishes like Poon Choy and Yee Sang.


Members of the media and bloggers were treated to a preview of what Tai Thong Restaurants has to offer this festive season. The event was well organized and we even got to enjoy festive cheer with the additional of traditional Chinese art of Chinese calligraphy together with Candy Painting and Dough Figurine (mianhua).


The evening was filled with CNY mood, from the traditional live music trio to the CNY décor and even the wait staff all dressed in festive uniforms, it was certainly a lovely evening to ring in some auspicious cheer.



Tai Thong is proud to present 3 auspicious Yee Sang this year. Guests can choose from Double Happiness Yee Sang (Chicken Floss & Crispy Enoki Mushroom) to Golden Fortune Yee Sang (Assorted Fruits & Nuts) and Prosperity Yee Sang (Salmon & Snow Pear). The Yee Sangs are available at RM68++ for half portion and RM98++ for full portion. There are additional add-on availables at additional charge like abalone, scallop, jelly fish, tiger prawn and crispy cracker.


Poon Choy is highly popular during this festive season and this year, Tai Thong is offering two choices of Poon Choy – Golden Treasure Poon Choy and Prosperity Poon Choy. Both Poon Choys are available at RM298++ (for 5 pax) and RM498++ (for 10 pax). Add-on are also available at additional charge for abalone.


Other CNY highlights include Sesame Balls with Nian Gao & Red Bean Paste and Mini Eight Treasure Rice Dessert to sweetened up the meal. There are also plenty of set menus available so read on for more details.


The evening kicked off with a speech from Tai Thong team and an auspicious Lou Sang to kick in the festive mood!


Dinner commenced with the must-have Yee Sang and we had their Golden Fortune Yee Sang with assorted fruits and nuts. The all fruits and nuts yee sang is a welcome change to the usual fish yee sang. As many tend to go healthier nowadays, this yee sang is perfect for every one of all ages. There are lots of fresh fruits like apple, star fruit, dragon fruit, grapes, mango, orange, water apple, pomegranate and also lots of nuts like pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, peanut, sesame seeds and more together with the crispy crackers and a plum dressing.


And it’s a toss of joy, health, prosperity and happiness as we enjoyed the yee sang tossing together with many foodies that evening! The Golden Fortune Yee Sang is absolutely gorgeous and utterly refreshing. All the fruits and nuts meld together in harmony and the dressing created a good balance of sweet and tangy notes. I also love the juicy textures of all the fruits and the nutty elements in the yee sang.


For the soup course, we enjoyed their Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Chinese Cordyceps. The light sweetness of the broth with chicken essence is soothing and warming. I polished all of it happily knowing that the health benefit the soup has is certainly good for my heart and soul.


Our Golden Treasure Poon Choy was the highlight of the evening! The pot was brimming with loads of ingredients. Taking on a creative element, this is no ordinary Poon Choy. Instead of the usual rich and meaty brown gravy, this Poon Choy uses ‘Suen Choy’ or pickled mustard leaves as the base of the sauce. It was such a lovely surprise as it brings back memories of my favorite ‘Suen Choy’ or ‘Asam Choy’ that most families will whip up after festive meals of leftovers.


I really enjoyed this Poon Choy filled with Tiger Prawns, Chicken, Roast Duck, Sea Cucumber, Dried Scallop, Fish Maw, Squid and other vegetables. The best part of this was the pickled mustard leaves and radish braised till super soft and expelling their essence into the sauce. Further ingredients of dried chili and lemongrass perfumed the whole pot of sauce beautifully.  One gets a good dose of tangy flavours with some heat from the chilies. Most Poon Choy tends to make me feel a little queasy after savoring it but this one only further enhance the addiction to keep going back for more. If you love ‘Suen Choy’, you are definitely going to enjoy this Golden Treasure Poon Choy!


If Poon Choy is not your thing,, go for their set menus. We also savored the Sauteed Scallops and Prawns with Asparagus and Fresh Lily Bulbs from their set menu that evening. Served in a lovely crispy noodle basket, the overflow of juicy fresh sweet scallops with crunchy asparagus and celery, nutty macadamia nuts and tender fresh lily bulbs is very easy to enjoy.


We also tried Claypot Rice with Waxed Meat from the set menu. The serving is generous as I can see lots of waxed duck and two kinds of Chinese sausages. Mixed all these together and one gets fluffy rice with a light note of superior soy sauce for flavouring. This one is decent and enjoyable.


As mentioned earlier, two desserts of the evening were the Sesame Balls with Nian Gao & Red Bean Paste and Mini Eight Treasure Rice Dessert. I prefer the golden crispy sesame balls stuffed with soft nian gao and red bean paste over the pretty rice dessert. The glutinous rice dessert is very traditional and is stuffed with jewels of dried fruits and served with chrysanthemum syrup.



Tai Thong’s Chinese New Year Set Menus are priced between RM498++ to RM1488++ for 6 pax and RM798++ to RM2398++ for 10 pax. For any 10 pax set menu chosen, Tai Thong is also giving out complimentary bottles of 640ml Asahi Beer. All Tai Thong Chinese New Year promotions end 5th March 2015.


For more information or reservations, please check out their Website www.taithong.com.my or Facebook: www.fb.com/TaiThong for locations and contact details.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Party of The Century at Empire City


Empire City Threw The Party of The Century in Style!



It was certainly a night of glitzy glamour at the red carpet of Party of The Century at Empire City a few days ago! Many distinguished guests, media and bloggers were treated to an unforgettable evening of a glamorous party filled with loads of entertainment from stars and lots of cocktails and food. My invitation was extended by Sidney and Empire City so it was such an honor to be able to attend the coolest event that evening.


Since it was a Friday, traffic was heavy but we made it there fairly early and parking was easy and well organized. Although the upcoming Empire City is not fully completed, the area where the Party of The Century was held was gorgeously decorated to its magnificent grandeur fill with red carpet, lots of glitzy light and floors after floors of beautifully setup décor. The stage itself was majestic and stood out in full glory.



Thanks to a very multi-talented friend Eddy, I was styled to the theme of 1920s by him that evening! Never have I ever felt so chic and it’s all thanks to Eddy’s skills.

Photo credit to Kevin Tee

All the guys were also dressed up in smart suits… from left, Patmund Sor, Eddy Kwong, Kevin Tee and Leo Yap.


We also got to hang out with our friends, Lesvin Diong and Fang that evening.

It was certainly a well-organized party as guests were treated to endless fills of food and beverages that evening before the party kicked off.


We also got to pose for photo session with classic cars prior to the event kicking off and we happily collected our photos from the photo booth.


The evening went off to a great start when I found out we had access to the VIP lounge area with these gold hang tags. Everyone one couldn’t be any happier as we headed up to the VIP area to wait for the stars to arrive.

Photo credit to Xiangcool.com

It was certainly a party well planned and executed as the stars like Paris Hilton, Taboo, 2am, Him Law, Sharon Chan and the rest arrived and made their way to the VVIP area. Some lucky gals and even guys managed to pose with the stars for photos!

Photo credit to Xiangcool.com

Photo credit to Xiangcool.com




Video credit goes to NewsKaki

2AM

The evening’s entertainment kicked off with all the females in the house screaming as Korean pop group 2AM took center stage with their magnificent performances of their 3 famous hit singles. I must say the smart 4 male Korean artist really won many hearts that night, including mine!

 

Speeches were carried out by Empire City’s Director and Management and the whole distinguished Management team were invited to stage to officiate Empire City’s bash.

Photo credit to Kevin Tee


Video credit goes to Jeffrey Chan

Speed Painters

There were also other performances which included Shadow Dance, Aerial Violinist, Drum Performances, Speed Painters and Australian Tenor Mark Vincent after the performances of 2AM.

Photo credit to Kevin Tee

Photo credit to Kevin Tee

Mark Vincent was super talented and belted out You Raised Me Up and The Prayer, both of my all-time favorite songs.

 
Video credit goes to Jeffrey Chan

Mark Vincent

Socialite, model, singer, DJ and heiress, Paris Hilton took stage and spin-out some of her own singles and other songs with dancers and everyone went wild!

Photo credit to Kevin Tee


Dj Ken and Taboo took stage next and the crowd went even wilder. Taboo, of famed Black Eye Peas, hit all the right notes with his performances of I Gotta Feeling!

Photo credit to Fang

Photo credit to Fang

A fabulous Party of The Century! Besides the unforgettable evening, I am so looking forward to the newest integrated lifestyle commercial development, Empire City with its majestic 2.5 million square feet of entertainment, hotel, corporate and shopping mall. Thanks again to Empire City for an awesome Party of The Century!

For more information, check out:

Monday, January 19, 2015

Party of The Century at Empire City


Empire City Kicks Off with A Glamorous 20s Party!


If you still haven’t heard of the latest grapevines on the hottest Party of The Century, then you need to find out soon because its taking place in 5 DAYS! By exclusive invites only, Mammoth Empire Holding is proud to host The Party of The Century on 23 January 2015 this Friday at Empire City, Damansara Perdana. It’s going to be the hottest and biggest party of the year with a list of star-studded guest list!


Empire City, the newest integrated lifestyle commercial development, strategically located in Damansara Perdana, is a self-contained city of commercial, entertainment and leisure. It is the city for for everything from business to leisure dining and shopping. Designed specifically to connect the past and the future, Empire City’s architecture is a merger of old architecture and modern architecture designs.


“Empire City is a major project for us as well as for the entire Klang Valley,” commented Mark Farquhar, Director of Leasing for Empire City. “The 2.5 million square feet of net lettable retail area, 8 corporate towers and office suites, 3 international 5+ star and 5 star hotels and a cinema themed hotel are built around the 5 pillars that are at the core of Empire City; Design, Art, Music, Performance and Culture.

Included within Empire City will be a number of unique offerings, such as the cinematic world’s first multi-projection theatre, an Olympic-specification ice rink and stylized boulevards, like Asian Food Street, that will bring the international luxury feel to life for residents and visitors alike.


Kicking off the 2015, Empire City is launching their preview of the development with a Glamorous 20’s themed Party of The Century.  Aiming for the sky, many international and local artist and performers will be making their presence together to party with all the invited guests.

*All photos without watermark are taken from their respective websites.

Leading the pack will be socialite Paris Hilton who will be performing that evening together with Taboo of the Black Eye Peas and Australian tenor Mark Vincent. From Korea, 2AM will be rocking the party with their performances too. It’s going to be an eclectic mix of entertainment from the coolest to the stylish and the talented that evening!

From Asia, movie stars like guests Him Law (羅仲謙), Sharon Chan (陈敏芝), and Eliza Sum (岑麗香) are among the star-studded list to grace the carpet of the party. There will also be more special stars from local and international entertainments so get yourself an invite to find catch all of them this coming Friday.


*All photos without watermark are taken from their respective websites.

Themed Glamorous 20s, the event is going to be truly a fashion statement as everyone is dressing up as stylish and retro as they can for The Party of The Century. It’s going to be impressively big, loud, fun and stylish. If you are going to play dress up, what will you be wearing? I can’t wait to play dressed up for The Party of The Century!!

See You There!!


For more information on The Party of The Century by Empire City and how to snag some exclusive invitation passes, check out:

Website: www.partyofthecentury.my
Facebook: www.facebook.com/partyofthecenturymy
Instagram: www.instagram.com/PartyOfTheCenturyMY


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