June 27, 2013

Chatz Brasserie, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur: Hawker Temptations Ramadhan Feast!

Let the Buka Puasa Feast begins…

Gosh, has it been a year already since my last Ramadhan expedition? Where has time flown? This year, I am back with more delicious feasts for foodies who love a spread of traditional Malay and international cuisines all at one dining spot!

Kicking off the Ramadhan list is my stop at Chatz Brasserie at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur! The talented chefs at Chatz Brasserie are whipping up a hawker temptation galore for their Ramadhan feast this year. Savor a spread of perennial hawker dishes prepared a-la minute by their chefs or walk through the buffet line of various dishes from carving station, grill, hot authentic Malay dishes, seafood on ice, salad, desserts and more.

What’s the first place you go to in a buffet? I love to hit the Seafood on Ice! Feasting on chilled prawns, oysters and mussels are truly a refreshing way to start my feast…

I am a very orderly person, my next would have to be the salad bar. For this feast, there are plenty of mouth-watering kerabus to tempt your taste bud. Savor Nasi Kerabu, Kerabu Pucuk Paku, Umai Ikan, Kerabu Soo Hoon Berudang, Kerabu Perut, Kerabu Ayam Daum Keson, Kerabu Jantung Pisang, Ulam-ulam Mentah dan Rebus and more. There is also the classic Pasembor Berlauk with Peanut Gravy besides the usual spread of western salad bar. I adored the Umai Ikan and Nasi Kerabu here for their flavours.

Savor the crunchy raw Ulam-ulam Mentah dan Rebus with the usual must-have sambals… Sambal Belachan, Sambal Mangga, Sambal Kelapa, Sambal Tomato, Cincalok, Budu and Sambal Kicap. If this doesn’t wake up your senses, I don’t know what will… wink!

Let’s not forget the peak of every Raya feast of luscious slow braised rendang to be accompanied by Lemang, Ketupat Palas and Serunding! My favorite classics, I made sure to always savor these wherever I can get my hands on them…

Main hot buffets showcase authentic Malay dishes like Ayam Percik Iftar, Udang Galad Goreng Mamak, Gulai Lemak Telur Itik, Kurma Kerbau, Ikan Duri Berlada, Pajeri Nenas and more. The Gulai Lemak Telur Itik is fabulous… creamy and fragrant with a light hint of spices saucing up poached duck eggs simply begs for some rice. Ayam Percik Iftar is delicious with a nice nutty and spicy aroma and flavor while the Kurma Kerabu is pretty unique with a good dose of spices. Don’t forget to taste the Pajeri Nenas, piquant and spicy blending in with the tangy pineapples cooked till soft.

There is also the Bubur Lambuk, a comforting dish that is a great way to warm up the tummy after a day of fasting.

The star of every Ramadhan feast is always a glorious lamb! Chatz Brasserie is featuring a whole BBQ Lamb marinated in spices and serve with black pepper, mushroom or mint sauce. Indulge in a few slices of meaty lamb, fairly moist and aromatized with lots of herbs and spices.

Moving to the hawker stations, there are plenty of choices from Roti Canai,Murtabak, Roti Jala to be savor with Chicken Curry, Dalcha and Serawa Durian, to Char Koay Teow, Ikan Bakar & Cockles, Prawn Mee, Curry Laksa, Chicken Rice, Oyster Omelette and Dim Sum.

I managed to try a little of everything with my other foodies and are particularly happy with the Char Koay Teow, Oyster Omelette and Roti Jala. The Dim Sums aren’t too bad and makes a great small bite. I wish for a bigger stomach space to enjoy more of the hawker favorites…

Desserts are plenty and saving room for them is a must! There is a special Ramadhan sweet gruel that my other foodies raved about on Bubur Kacang Hijau Durian. I will have to take their word for this since durian is my nemesis. But one thing’s for sure, that sweet gruel is definitely kick up with a pungent aroma of durian.

A big spread of Aneka Kuih Muih features Kuih Lopes, Puteri Mandi, Lepat Ubi, Ondeh Ondeh, Kuih Talam Keladi, Puteri Ayu, Bingka Ubi, Lepat Pisang, Kuih Tako, Kuih Karas, Badak Berendam and more rotated on daily basis. There is even a special beverage of Chatz Air Janda Pulang of Fresh Coconut Water with Palm Sugar Syrup to quench your thirst.

We also have the usual Ais Kacang and if there is one dessert to indulge, it is simply their selection of premium ice creams from various premium brands like Haagen Daz and more. My four scoops of Black Sesame, Green Tea, Mango and Raspberry was heavenly!!

The Hawker Temptation Feast has more than what is previewed above. With four menus on rotation daily, ‘Hawker Temptations Ramadhan Feast’ at Chatz Brasserie is available from 10 July until 7 August, from 7pm to 10:30pm daily. The buffet is priced at RM98++ per adult and Rm49++ per child. Break fast with Chatz Brasserie from 10 to 16 July and you are specially entitled to enjoy 40% off.

Besides Ramadhan buffet being offered, the hotel also organize ‘berbuka puasa’ and Hari Raya banquets for a minimum of 50 persons from RM80++ per person and RM95++ per person respectively at their function rooms.  A Sahur menu is also available via In Room Dining. For reservations or enquiries, please call +60 3 2782 8352 or email ezrifarizal@pphg.com

Prior reservation is required for the Ramadhan buffet and Hari Raya Hi-Tea. For reservations or enquiries, please call +60 3 2147 0088 ext. 6350 or email chatz.prkul@parkroyalhotels.com

Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2782 8301

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June 25, 2013

Ee Chinese Cuisine, Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya: Full Moon and Wedding Celebrations!

Welcoming New Births and Newlyweds with a Grand Feast!

It’s a tradition to welcome in new births and newlyweds with grandeur in every Chinese household. In honor of these blissful occasions, there is no other better ways to ring in the joy than to indulge in a feast to gather family and friends. At Ee Chinese Cuisine, Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya, Chef Yong Kam Wah has whipped up a few menus of Full Moon and Wedding Specials to honor such joyous occasion. Ee Cuisine is renowned for serving sumptuous Chinese cuisine from its precious lavish broths to delectable meats, seafood and luscious dim sums.

Here’s a sneak peak at one of the menu from the Full Moon and Wedding Specials!

Red Egg

Chinese culture enjoys red tinged boiled eggs to symbolize new births or a new start. Red for prosperity while eggs signify new beginnings. Here, we enjoyed the eggs as a lovely starter with pickled ginger!

4 Happiness Hors D’ouevre

In every grand 8 course feast, this is always the highlight of the meal! The anticipation of the dishes on this course sets the bar for the rest of the meal. Our 4 Happiness definitely makes us sing in joy! Magnificently presented, the first sight of this kaleidoscope of colors makes our mouth watered in delight. We indulged in Bacon Rolls, Phyllo with Seafood Rolls, Seasoned Baby Octopus and Stir Fried Scallops with Macadamia Nuts that evening. Sweet juicy pork bacon is simply addictive while the crispy phyllo with seafood has a lovely contrasting texture. Tangy chewy baby octopus is always a classic while the sweet fresh scallops with nuts showcase the natural beauty of its ingredients. It was hard to favor a particular one as all four dishes stand bold in deliciousness in their own way!

Braised Shark’s Din Soup with Crab Meat and Roe

Classic rendition of a Chinese feast must-have, this one is filled to the brim with warm fuzzy goodness from the premium broth and lots of crab meat and roes.

Gui Fei Farm Chicken

It was a plate of sunshine! The chook has a gorgeous yellow skin with firm meat. Steamed with Chinese herbs, it is meant to be enjoyed for its simplicity of a good quality chicken laced with herbal notes. Pungent ginger sauce was provided to jazz up its flavors as well.

Steamed Cod Fish with Fresh Bean Curd Skin in Superior Soya Sauce

Cod is a tricky fish to prepare. Over cooking the cod literally kills the dish while overpowering sauces can also mask the sweetness of the fish. With that said, we are really glad to savor the steamed cod prepared in the most favorable classic way in every Chinese household. The sweetness of the cod shined in full glory while the lightly savory sweet soya sauce gave the fish a delicate boost of yumminess. Delicate fresh bean curd sheets are also welcomed after a nice soaking of the superior soya sauce with finely shredded spring onions. Simple and satisfying!

Dual Combination of Prawns

Artistically fan out, the duo of Salad Prawns and Buttered Prawns is set to tease the taste bud with a contrasting flavor of chilled sweet prawns dressed in fruity salad dressing with crunchy roes and buttery egg floss coated savory prawns. The combination works beautifully, both showing off the succulent crustaceans in a yin and yang manner.

Braised Mushrooms with Bean Roots and Top Shells

After all the courses of heavenly meat and seafood, this dish is a pleasant one. Light and earthy sauce coated the soft woody braised mushrooms together with soft bean curd sheets and little morsels of chewy top shell. It is always a dish favored by many elders during course meal.

Individually Wrapped Mini Glutinous Rice with Chicken, Mushroom & Dried Shrimps in Lotus Leaf

Before we could see it, we could smell the leafy aroma of the lotus leaves. Inside the little parcels are soft glutinous rice steamed to a creamy and savory edge with minced meat filling. A little sweet and quite savory, the dish has just the right portion and flavor.

Double-Boiled Nine Treasure Soup

The hot dessert of the night was a lightly sweetened Chinese dessert broth filled with dried longans, red date, white fungus, lotus seed, wolfberry, carrot, wintermelon and more. Soothing to denote an ending to the feast…

Ang Koo Kuih

Our happy ending of the night! Traditional ang koo kuih or loosely translated to tortoise cake, this small oval kuih is usually stuffed with mung bean paste. The tortoise shaped kuih has a slightly chewy skin and a creamy center. It is eaten during such occasions to signify good fortune, blessings and prosperity together with longevity for new birth and new couple and even elders.

The above set menu is priced at RM1288++ per table of 10 persons. For bookings of 15 tables and above, there are additional complimentary perks. Other menu price starts from RM1099++ to RM1899++ per table of 10 persons.

Twinkle Twinkle Litte Star, What a Tiny Miracle You Are! To celebrate such precious moments whether it is a bundle of joy or a wedding, you may want to check out Ee Chinese Cuisine for their Full Moon and Wedding Specials!

For reservations, please call Ee Chinese Cuisine at +603 7665 1111 ext 183/137/320 for more details or email at info.pj@eastin.com


Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya
13, Jalan 16/11, Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16,
46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 7665 1111; Fax: +603 7665 9999

Website: www.eastin.com

June 24, 2013

Samsung ‘Get-To-Know’ Bloggers Engagement Gathering @The Pool

Getting to Know Samsung Personally…

Thanks to Manoah Consulting and Samsung, bloggers are given a great bonding session with Samsung! Just recently, invited bloggers congregated at The Pool in Jalan Ampang one evening for the Samsung ‘Get-To-Know’ Bloggers Engagement Gathering. Despite it being a Friday, traffic was surprisingly pretty ok. Arriving on time, I was greeted by the signature blue and white Samsung themed décor.

Upon entering, we were tagged with a lovely Samsung wrist band that is actually a thumb drive. Samsung also presented us with a mini speaker and cookies… kudos for the thoughtful touches from Samsung!

The whole place was decked out in blue and white with lots of balloons, ornaments, oil lamps and steamers. Gorgeously inviting and music sets the mood for a lovely party to come. There was a photo booth at the entrance and so, instead of being behind the lens, I took some time in front of it!

Options to chill out al fresco or simply hide out in the air-condition room had many of us well spread out while waiting for evening to kick off!

The goal of the event was really a great casual meet-up between bloggers and Samsung brand managers. Everyone is given a great event to connect for future prospects and networking. We also had a great time catching up with every blogger and also to meet some new ones!

Our emcee of the night was the lovely bubbly Linora! For those of you who don’t know who she is, the lovely DJ is always with us through redfm. Caught a nice one of Donovan and Linora before the event kicks off…

The evening started with a speech by Donovan from Manoah Consulting.

Samsung Brand Managers and Samsung Management took stage after being introduced.

This was followed by a short presentation of Samsung technology and even a video. You simply must check out the video!!

We then adjourned for some chows and liquids. During this time, we were all encouraged to check out the Samsung's TecTiles application, which uses Samsung's NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. Simply turn on the NFC app and tap against the circle to see the message. At the end of the night, there will be winners for those who were able to answer some questions on this app.

The night continues on and everyone grouped together for more networking. Unfortunately for me, I had a last minute work meeting and so I had to leave early that evening. Still, it was a great prospect to be able to meet the Samsung group and a big thanks to Manoah Consulting and Samsung for making this happen!