Sunday, December 21, 2014

Celebrate A Festive-Filled Epicurean Feast at Hilton Kuala Lumpur



A Feast for the Senses This Christmas and New Year’s Celebration!

Tis’ the season to bring together family and friends, the season to gather and feast, the time to create precious memories of ending the year with a big bang! So gather everyone and head on over to the festive celebrations at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur this year end and indulgence in feasts whipped up by the team of award winning chefs and patissiers. Hilton Kuala Lumpur goes French Chic this festive season and the holiday spirit welcomes everyone in every corner of the hotel.

Right at the lobby, the sight and smell of artisan-crafted French and classic Christmas desserts and cookies, the sound of Christmas carols, the touch of the majestic Christmas tree and Gingerbread Houses will capture the many hearts of passersby. Visit Oro Café for Christmas treats for your loved ones The Lounge for tea time treats.


Indulge in the various holiday themed feasts at Hilton Kuala Lumpur at the many gourmet restaurants such as Vasco’s, Chambers Bar & Grill and Graze to be accompanied by handcrafted cocktails, wines and champagnes. It’s the perfect mood to bring in cheer with whether it be a family or friend gathering or a business function. Hilton Kuala Lumpur celebrates these glorious festive offers starting 17 November 2014 till 31 December 2014.

Catch a sneak peak at the three main restaurants with their festive menu this season!





VASCO’s


From 1 December till 31 December 2014, Vasco’s is proud to present a magnificent spread of mouthwatering dishes crafted specially for this joyous season. The buffet is a kaleidoscope of luscious festive dishes that includes Honey Glazed Spice Brined Roast Turkey with all the trimmings of Chestnut Stuffing, Honey Roasted Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprout with Beef Bacon, Cranberries and Giblet Gravy. Savor the king of rib, Roasted Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding, Gravy and more to get the festive senses going.


The turkey was beautifully roasted and succulent while the prime rib is grilled to medium pinkness for tenderness. I was also impressed with the side dishes.


Seafood lovers will definitely be pleased with the majestic spread of its Seafood Bar and other Grilled Seafood dishes of Oven Baked Slipper Lobster Spinach with Cheese Mornay and Asian Spice Marinated Black Cod Squid Ink. The seafood bar host Poached Tiger Prawn, Freshly Shucked Pcific Oysters, Pink Scallop in Shell, Crayfish, Poached Black Mussels and Manila Clams. Other stations included Salad Bar, Pizza Station, mouth-watering rotisseries, Western and Asian delicacies.


The spread is indeed an epicurean’s gourmet dream. Visiting and savoring every station is almost impossible but it’s the festive holidays, so go ahead and indulge…



Make sure to save some room for desserts! The Patissiers are extremely busy churning out scrumptious desserts of holiday themed cakes, cookies, bread, desserts and more. Insanely gorgeous Macarons, Cupcakes, Yule Log, Christmas Fruit Cake, Christmas Stollen, Panettone, Chocolate Fountain and more is the perfect way to end a festive feast!



Festive Buffet (1st December – 31 December 2014)
*excluding 24 December (Christmas Eve) and 25 December (Christmas Day)
RM128++ adult per person

Christmas Eve Dinner
RM168++ adult per person / RM90 ++ child

Christmas Day Brunch
RM168++ adult per person / RM90 ++ child

Christmas Day Dinner
RM168++ adult per person / RM90 ++ child

Beverage Package
RM30++ per person free flow soft drinks
RM150++ per person free flow wine/beer
RM250++ per person free flow champagne

*Supplement of RM20++ per pax for window seating (adult/child)





CHAMBERS BAR & GRILL


The fine dining establishment is set to impress this festive season with it’s 4-Course Festive Menu with a special Chambers Christmas Cocktail/Mocktail on arrival.


We savored Seafood Robotayaki to start the meal featuring Marinated Robatayaki Prawn and Baby Squid served with Horseradish Sauce and Grilled Hokkaido Scallop and Goat Cheese on Shell with Beetroot Puree. The flavours are intense, with power notes of horseradish giving the seafood a kick in flavours and the goat cheese jazzing up the sweet succulent scallop.


Main course showcased Grilled Quail with Sauteed Red Cabbage and Raisin served with Marinated Yellow Beetroot and Plum Sauce and Grilled Smoked Turkey Breast with Diced Dried Fruit and Prune Sauce served with Sauteed Brussels Sprout with Beef Bacon. Both turkey and quail are beautifully moist and tender. The turkey went well with the lightly sweetened dried fruit and prunce, which is a lovely change from the usual cranberry. The savory quail had the perfect tangy sautéed red cabbage and sweet raisin to give the tiny bird a unique flavour.


Saving the best for last, dessert was Red Wine Poached Pear with Blue Cheese and Gingerbread Ice Cream.  It’s an unusual combination but worked wonders on the senses with its strong blue cheese cream contrasting against sweet mellow wine poached pear. My favorite was the Gingerbread Ice Cream!



Festive Menu at RM228++ per person. Available from 1 December till 31 December 2014
*excluding 24 December (Christmas Eve) and 25 December (Christmas Day)





GRAZE


Graze offers a mix selection of classic and contemporary European dishes. The restaurant is cozy and elegant with a magnificent panoramic view from the window seat. There are several course festive menus available.

Our evening festive menu was a 4-Course Menu featuring Caesar Salad, Carrot & Ginger Soup, Steamed Salmon or Duo of Lamb and Raspberry Cheese Cake.


Taking on the new age science, our Caesar Salad comes with a 62 degree poached egg with a gorgeous molten egg yolk center. Coupled with the classic romaine lettuce, crispy toasted garlic brioche croutons, lightly tempura battered bacon, parmesan shavings and Caesar dressing, the salad is a force to be reckon with in flavours!


I really enjoyed the Carrot & Ginger Soup with Scallop and Chestnut Quenelles. The bisque has a tingling soft gingery sweet note and the quenelle added more texture and flavours to it. It’s a heart-warming dish.


Steamed Salmon features a roulade of salmon stuffed with spinach mousse, neatly coiled and steamed, and served on a bed of crab tomato and lime beurre blanc sauce. The dish is more delicate in taste and has a lovely citrus note with a buttery sauce.


At sight, the Duo of Lamb is artistically presented like a work of art. The dish has marinated lamb rack nicely chargrilled and roasted lamb loin served with celeriac puree, garden vegetable and garlic jus. Both lamb is cooked to perfection and the garlic jus is simply divine.

The course menu ends with Raspberry Cheese Cake with a delicious crispy Almond Tuile and Vanilla Ice Cream.



Festive Menu (1st December – 31 December 2014)
*excluding 24 December (Christmas Eve) and 25 December (Christmas Day)
2 Course for RM79++ per person
3 Course for RM129++ per person

Christmas Eve Dinner (4-Course Menu)
RM132++ per person

Christmas Day Brunch (3-Course Menu)
RM142++ per person

New Year’s Eve Dinner (4-Course Menu)
RM132++ per person

*2 seatings: 11am – 1pm (table to be vacated at 1pm)
                   1.30pm – 3.30pm

*Supplement of RM20++ per pax for window seating (adult/child)


For more details, full menu listing, e-brochure or reservations, contact +60 (3) 2264 2596 or log on to the website: www.life.hiltonkl.com



HILTON KUALA LUMPUR
3, Jalan Stesen Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 2264 2264
Fax: +603 2264 2266


Saturday, December 20, 2014

MyDunlopilloMoments … Every Mattress Has A Story!


Let’s Sleep For Life!






There’s a reason why getting enough sleep is crucial to our health. We need sleep. We need at least a minimum of 8 hours a day according to medical research. The circle starts when we are born, where most of the hours in a day are spent sleeping. Then as we slowly grow, our sleeping hours slowly also reduce till we get to the much older age and sleeping actually becomes even more important. When we sleep, our bodies get to rejuvenate and our organs get a rest from all our daily active activities.


To ensure one gets to sleep well, one certainly has to have a good and solid mattress and pillow. Our mattress and pillow expert Dunlopillo makes it their priority to make the best mattresses and pillows to cater to everyone’s individual preference. Leaving no corners unturn, one can be assured that Dunlopillo is still working every day to improve their quality mattresses and pillow with the latest evolving technology available.


This holiday season, why not check again if it’s time to get a new mattresses or pillows? If you are like me, chances are you haven’t changed your mattresses in a long time. A good and solid mattress with support is crucial to our body posture and our sleep. We also need to ensure that our mattress is also clean to clear dust mites that can be the culprit to a few health issues such as allergies.


Though I may be sleep deprived at times, I do admit to feeling so much better when I get enough rest and sleep. I used to also have a posture problem and so when I realize that my mattress was too soft for me, I switched over to a firm mattress and my posture was so much better than before. A good pillow will also help with sleeping. Sleeping with the correct pillow will definitely help one to avoid neck pain and sleepless nights. So choosing a solid mattress and pillow is my top priority now as I want to ensure that me and my family gets a good night’s rest everyday!

Since its counting down to the Christmas holiday, here’s my twelve tips for a good night sleep:

12) Buy a good and solid mattress with support
11) Buy a good pillow that can support your neck for better rest and sleep
10) Clean your mattress and pillow often to avoid dust mites
09) Invest in comfortable bed sheets and blankets as these will make you
      comfortable and relax
08) Change your mattress and pillow after some time when you realize that it 
      doesn’t have the support you need
07) Engage in exercise daily
06) Remember, the more sleep you get, the better you feel so go ahead and 
      nap whenever you can
05) Calm down for the day before you sleep with a book or a hot drink
04)  Dim the lights or turn it all off to allow better sleeping moments
03)  Take a hot or warm shower before sleep as it helps the body to rest better
02)  Cuddles up with your loved ones in bed to get cozy
01)  Sleep and forget about everything else… they or it can wait till you wake up!






This Christmas, Dunlopillo letting you create your precious Dunlopillo moments at their Facebook page! This is your chance to capture your best Dunlopillo moments and win a RM500 Dunlopillo Voucher. Then shopping for a new Dunlopillo mattress is going to be less heavy on your pockets.


MyDunlopilloMoments…

Get in bed with your loved ones. Snap a photo and upload it at the comments of their Facebook page here http://bitly.com/11JgFxd

The Top 10 comments with the most “Likes” will each win a RM500 Dunlopillo voucher. Don’t forget to tag #MYDunlopilloMoments in your photo upload.

Hurry up… few more days to go as the contest ends 25 Dec 2014.




Here’s MYDunlopilloMoments with my precious!


Create your most unique MYDunlopilloMoments today to win great gifts this holiday season…


Head over to Dunlopillo at their website www.my.dunlopilloworld.com/Home or Facbook: www.facebook.com/dunlopilloworld to find out more about sleeping for life!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert, One Utama: Hong Kong Style Dim Sum and Street Food


Casual Hong Kong Style Cuisine Opens in One Utama!






Hong Kong is famed for its cuisine. Literally mouthwatering scenes sums up the streets of Hong Kong and many hardcore foodies flood to the island throughout the year for a feast. I am glad I don’t have to go all the way to Hong Kong if I am craving for the cuisine now since Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert opened up in One Utama a few months recently.


The casual and modern restaurant hails from Singapore, featuring Hong Kong style dishes that are affordable and enjoyable by many. It may have started out as a dessert place when it first open, hence the name Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert, but the casual dining has now expanded to over 17 outlets in Singapore serving up a list of Hong Kong dim sum, street food dishes and desserts.


Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert is located in the new wing of the shopping mall and features a minimal and modern café inspired design. One can’t miss this place as they have a big and bold neon signage which literally commands one’s attention. The place is brightly decorated and features contemporary lighting fixtures.






We checked in one evening and found the menu to be filled with lots of varieties perfect for daily dining. The beverage list features over 18 options and has Hong Kong Chan Char Teng favorites like Milk Tea, Coffee, Honey Chrysanthemum, Yuan Yang, Honey Lemon and more. We had the more unusual ones like Lychee Peppermint (RM5.90), Rainbow Passion Fruit with Soursop (RM5.90), Mango Freeze with Honey Pearl (RM7.90) and Passion Fruit Freeze wiith Honey Pearl (RM7.90). These were really decently priced and come in good sizeable glasses.








Our meal started with some snacks in the form of Salmon Skin with Pork Floss (RM5.90). It’s an unusual combination of fish and pork but we enjoyed it thoroughly. The fish skin is fried till it echoes a cracker texture. The crispy skin is lightly sprinkled with pork floss to give it more flavours. These are super addictive and we polished this off in a jiffy.






Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert features a decent list of Hong Kong style dim sum. Rather than going for variety, they serve up classic favorites.


Our HK Siew Mai (RM5.90) is delicious. It had all the markings of a great Siew Mai with a good texture and flavour. The plump dumplings were also very juicy.


Our Honey Char Siew Pau (RM4.90) was fluffy and had a sufficient filling of sweet and savory char siew filling.


I happen to really enjoy the Char Siew Snowy Bun (RM6.90). Taking on the famed Hong Kong polo bun, this one has the same char siew filling as the pau but is baked and has the crusty golden topping the polo bun is famous for. This version was beautifully aromatic and I like the combo of crusty topping with soft bun and sweet filling a lot. An order serves up two buns!


HK Carrot Cake (RM5.90) is well studded with bits of Chinese sausage and has a soft and creamy texture. The carrot cake is evenly fried and has a lovely crispy seared layer to contrast with the creamy center.


The HK Zha Jiang Cheong Fun (RM6.90) proved to be an unusual mix but after one has tried it, it made sense as the steamed soft rice Cheong fun goes well with the Zha Jiang minced pork filling. The savory notes of the dish are rather delicate and easy to enjoy.


If you love rich and luscious salted egg flavours, make sure to order the Yolky Custard Bun (RM5.90). The innocent pale yellow buns enrobed a super scrumptious lava center of eggy custard that beautifully sinful. I could taste the strong notes of salted egg yolk in the custard and is very pleased with the overall fluffy bun and hot molten custard center.






Next up, Hong Kong style street food features a list of rice and noodles available in lots of area in Hong Kong. These are comfort dishes that offer no thrill but rather simple home cooked flavours that pleases many on daily basis.


Our Braised Pork Belly with Mui Choy (RM13.90) is nicely served in bamboo basket. One look at the dish and I am already sold. Pieces of pork belly with a nice helping of soft Mui Choy crowns steaming hot rice. The pork belly and salted mustard leaves are beautifully braised and seasoned. Light savory notes are enhanced with tinges of sweetness. The dish evoked much soothing and comfort notes, something that can easily satiate anyone’s taste. For its price, the dish is decently portion and comes with a healthy helping of pork pieces, vegetable and gravy over rice.


The next dish of Oriental Chicken Sausage Rice with Mushroom (RM13.90) equal its earlier rice dish with much simple flavours and comfort notes. The chicken sausage and mushroom filling is well seasoned and tender with a good dose of juiciness. Its another winning hearty dish…


Hong Kong Sheng Kee serves Hong Kong style wanton noodles which are a little different from our local ones. This version has a light sauce and features a rather bouncy textured noodle. We had the SK Signature Combination Noodle (RM16.90), available in dry or soup version, and is served with two plump siu kow dumplings and 3 plump wanton dumplings together with caramelized char siew and green kalian. Our dry version is lovely in texture. Although the sauce seemed fairly light, the flavours are there and the savory notes is pretty much delicate and delectable in its own way.


We also tried the HK Braised Beef and Tendon Hor Fun (RM13.90), a dish that is also pretty much popular in Hong Kong as the Hongkies love their braised beef and tendon. The braised beef and tendon has decent balance of soft meat and gelatinous tendon together with radish pieces which has been braised over hours in a beefy savory stock. Pairing up with hor fun is a great idea as the sauce simply coated the rice noodles beautifully. There is another version of the beef and tendon with the wanton noodle too.






Earlier I had mentioned that Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert started off with desserts and so it is only fair that we tried their SK Mango Pomelo Sago (RM8.90) and Yuan Yang Paste (RM6.90). These are their bestsellers and I can understand why. The SK Mango Pomelo Sago is utterly fruity and refreshing. The pureed mango and cubes of mango is lovely with balls of sago and pomelo sacs. Its one of the better mango desserts I have had in the city.


The Yuan Yang Paste is a combination of black sesame sweet broth and almond sweet broth. The chef has also incorporated white sesame seeds for little crunch factors. Since I am used to almond flavour, I happen to enjoy this very much. The almond note is fairly strong so be warn about this. The black sesame sweet broth is gorgeous and aromatic with a great earthy and nutty note.






Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert is a casual dining that everyone can enjoy daily. The menu has lots of comfort favorites and should do really well with our locals. It is also a place where everyone can visit at any time of the day to enjoy snacks of dim sums with affordable price. Do head over to their Facebook to check out their promotions and new dishes.



HONG KONG SHENG KEE DESSERT
Lot LG311B, Lower Ground Floor (New Wing)
1-Utama Shopping Centre
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel:


Business Hours: Open 10am till 10pm daily

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