October 8, 2019

Healthy Heart with Norwegian Fjord Trout

Celebrate World Heart Day with Norwegian Fjord Trout at AEON

In conjunction with World Heart Day, Norwegian Seafood Council is collaborating with AEON on a month-long campaign from 27 September to 27 October 2019 with ‘Norwegian Fjord Trout for a Healthy Heart’!

Her Excellency Gunn Jorid Roset, the Norwegian Ambassador to Malaysia was present to launch the campaign together with AEON management as well as with CVS and HealthifyMe App team.

“From our annual Seafood Consumer Insights, we know that Norway is the preferred country of origin for Malaysians when it comes to purchasing Fjord Trout, Our survey showed that Malaysians are known to choose Norwegian Fjord Trout for its health and nutritional benefits,” said Asbjorn Warvik Rortveit, Norwegian Seafood Council’s Regional Director, South-East Asia. Norwegian Fjord Trout is gradually gaining popularity in Malaysia for its fine quality the fish has to offer. The evident is in the export volumn of fresh Norwegian Fjord Trout that has been increasing from 77 tonnes in 2010 to 1670 tonnes in 2018.

Norwegian Fjord Trout, ocean-farmed in the pristine cold waters in the natural fjords of Norway, has such a unique oceanic clean flavour that can rival the ones of the favorite salmon. In fact, when savored as sashimi, the Norwegian Fjord Trout has such a luscious note along with the melt-in-the-mouth creaminess of the fish due to its beautiful marbling and deep red flesh. 

October 6, 2019

Best of Hong Kong Cuisine at Zuan Yuan Restaurant @ One World Hotel

Fine Hong Kong Dishes & Organic Village Chicken Promotion for October 2019

For the whole month of October 2019, diners are in for a sumptuous feast from Executive Chef Tommy Choong at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya. Renowned for fine Cantonese cuisine along with their pork-free dim sum, the restaurant is also perfect with its elegant ambiance decked out in grandeur.

First up, a menu highlighting organic village chicken prepared in several flavours. For a nutritious start, Chef Choong recommends the Organic Village Chicken with Chinese Herbs (RM120nett per bird). A dish that requires a 24-hour reservation as the dish requires slow and long hours of preparation to render the chicken to be beautifully tender and flavourful with the assorted Chinese herbs.

The gravy is not thick as Chef Choong wanted diners to enjoy the delicate and clean flavours of the chicken along with the well-balanced notes of the herbs. It’s a dish that can be enjoyed on its own or with steamed rice!

Other Organic Village Chicken dishes include Steamed Organic Village Chicken with Cordyceps Flower in Bamboo Basket, Poached Organic Village Chicken with Garden Greens & Dried Scallop Sauce, Smoked Organic Village Chicken and Roasted Organic Village Chicken with Black Truffle Paste.

The promotion of the month is priced from RM60nett per half bird and is available for lunch and dinner.

Foodies know that Hong Kong has long been hailed as a gourmet mecca from street food to fine cuisines. Throughout the whole month of October, one only needs to head over to Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant for a taste of Chef Choong’s Hong Kong signatures.

October 3, 2019

Best Western i-City Hotel Staycation with All You Can Eat Seafood BBQ

Stay & Relax, Enjoy Seafood BBQ and QR Code Room Service and Play at i-City Theme Park

A short weekend retreat, we found ourselves back at the Best Western i-City Hotel for some R&R time with the family. A great place for a simple and affordable Cuti Cuti Malaysia without having to burn a hole-in-the-pocket, Best Western I-City has all the great markings for a family retreat with its nearby i-City Theme Park and Central i-city Mall – the latest mall in Shah Alam.

Its been a year since our last visit and the hotel has certainly been well-kept at a glance. From the moment one walks in, the hotel staff greeted us with warm smiles. We quickly checked into our room but not before stopping to check out a quaint corner where kids can pay RM5 to take a fish to their room for the hotel stay.

We were debating as Crush here was so beautiful with its shiny glowing blue…

October 2, 2019

Meat Livestock Australia Winners @ Culinaire Malaysia 2019

MLA Golden Bull Culinary Competition 2019 and MLA Iron Butcher Challenge 2019

Culinaire Malaysia 2019 has chefs raising their hats to new heights in the culinary world in Malaysia recently. The annual culinary event has chefs from all over the world battling it out for a series of competitions and challenges that showcases exceptional culinary skills and creativity as well as teamwork. With over 1,500 entries and more than 1,000 culinary professionals at this Culinaire Malaysia 2019, it’s certainly a battle of the chefs vying for the title and bragging rights as well as monetary prizes.

Held at The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the Food & Hotel Malaysia (FHM) 2019 and Culinaire Malaysia 2019 takes placed for the eighth consecutive time from 24 – 27 September 2019. Meat Livestock Australia (MLA), the main sponsor of two major culinary competition, has chefs all over the world taking the Golden Bull Culinary Competition and MLA Iron Butcher Challenge.

The 2019 Golden Bull Culinary Competition has 9 teams of chefs from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, China, Brunei and Taiwan battling it out to curate a 3-course menu featuring the versatility of Australian beef and lamb. Judging criteria includes taste, professional preparation, presentation, mise-en-place and service.

The atmosphere was intense as the teams competed in a four-day competition within a 3-hour battle to produce their menu of beef and lamb by True Aussie Beef and Lamb sponsors Stanbroke, Murray Pure and Thomas Foods.

September 15, 2019

Vegetarian Set Menu @ Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Vegetarian Cuisine

Nine Emperor Gods Festival, known as Kew Ong Yah (Hokkien) or Kau Wong Yeah (Cantonese), is said to originates from the Southern Province of China, specifically Fujian Province. The festival is honored by Taoism devotees and is a big occasion from my hometown in Penang. The festival commemorates with the reception of the Nine Emperor Gods and finishes with sending off the Gods on the ninth day. Devotees can opt to pay tribute for the full nine days of vegetarian meals or last three days of the festive lunar calendar. My mom goes through the nine days of abstaining from meat during this festive while I would opt for either three or one day depending on my schedule. Our household has a special set of utensils, cookware and dinnerware set aside purely for this festive.

In honors of the coming festival, Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine has curated a sumptuous Nine Emperor Gods Festival Vegetarian Cuisine set menu available from 29 September to 7 October 2019. Renowned for their fine Hong Kong cuisine, Elegant Inn also serves a fine spread of dim sum along with other Chinese cuisine plus a sumptuous Treasure Bowl or Poon Choy.

The restaurant is located in Menara Hap Seng in the city and has a lovely view of our city’s skyscrapers. Diners can opt to diner in their elegant dining room or in one of their many private rooms. There is also an alfresco area which is perfect for private events or even romantic wedding banquet.

The menu of Nine Emperor Gods Festival Vegetarian Cuisine is a testament to the culinary skills of the main five chefs at Elegant Inn. Each course is exquisitely crafted with much skills and thoughts on the elements of the ingredients. Elegant Inn also highlights the beautiful texture and flavours of vegetables and does not uses gluten products so that diners can enjoy a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal set in a beautiful ambiance in the city.

The six-course menu starts with a pretty dish of Truffle Radish Puff with Twin Sweet Purple Potato. Flaky and buttery layers of pastry is filled with a sweet and juicy filling of shredded radish with carrot that is laced with the glorious truffle oil. The result is utterly delicious and aromatic. The pastry is crafted to perfection. It is also served on a bed of mashed sweet purple potato and crispy sweet purple potato chips.