Saturday, December 30, 2017

Recipe: Smoked Duck with LINGHAM’s Chili Orange Sauce

December is a month filled with lots of festive celebrations as well as anticipation for the coming New Year. It’s also a great month to have parties or whip up special meals for family or friends. I always try to make something out of the norm and would try to find special ingredients that I love but only indulge in special occasions.

This round, I was going to a potluck party at a friend’s house and decided to make a Smoked Duck Breast with Rocket Salad dressed with LINGHAM’s Chili Orange Sauce. Smoked duck breast is now easily available in most major supermarkets in the frozen section. It is a bit on the pricey side so I do treat myself with this yummy premium ingredient once in a while. Besides, it’s easy to prepare and always makes a great crowd pleaser at parties.

This recipe practically takes less than half hour to make and clean up before getting dolled up to head to the party. It is great served at room temperature or chilled. Sauce can be poured on just before serving.

What makes this dish unique is the pairing of fruity sweet and spicy dressing with the savory and smoky duck breast. I used rocket leaves to give the dish a bitter and peppery edge but you can use normal mixed greens if you don’t like rocket leaves. The rest of the ingredients for the salad is really up to what you like to be honest.

If you cannot find smoked duck breast, you can use smoked salmon, chicken breast or even steak to replace but these will work with the sweet and spicy dressing made with my favorite LINGHAM’s Chili Sauce. Hope you enjoy this and here’s to ushering in a brand New Year!


2        Smoked Duck Breasts
2        Oranges
2 tbsp LINGHAM’s Chili Sauce
2 tbsp Apricot jam
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Sesame Seed (toasted)
1        Bell Pepper
200gm        Rocket leaves or mixed greens
some  Cherry Tomatoes
some  Cilantro (optional)

Prepare side salad by mixing rocket leaves, sliced bell peppers, cut cherry tomatoes and picked cilantro.
Cut up 1 orange into segments and placed on rocket salad.
Heat up pan on low heat and add in smoked duck breast, skin side down.
Slowly render duck fat and crisp it up till golden brown for about 2 to 3 mins.
Flip over the duck and cook the meat side for 1 min.
Remove smoked duck to a plate and pour out the duck fat oil from pan.
Heat up the pan again on low heat.
Add in apricot jam, LINGHAM’s Chili Sauce and squeeze in 1 orange juice.
Mix well and let it come to a gentle boil to thicken up the dressing.
Turn off heat and add in olive oil and sesame seed.
Slice up smoked duck breast and place with rocket salad.
Drizzle LINGHAM Chili Orange dressing over smoked duck and rocket salad, serve.

Extra Notes and Tips
  • Substitute smoked duck breast with grilled chicken, steak or even smoked salmon
  • Try different range of LINGAM’s Chili Sauce – Original, Thai, Sriracha, Extra Hot
  • Serve with your favorite ingredients for salad

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas 2017 @ The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Mystical White Wonderland Buffet

Twinkle in the glittering Christmas season with precious moments and bountiful indulgences at The Westin Kuala Lumpur. It’s the season for feasting and there’s no better place than right in the middle of our metropolitan city of lights and delightful culinary melting pot.

We made it to a gorgeous and magical Christmas Light Up at the prestigious The Westin Kuala Lumpur this year in honor of their unveiling of their enchanting Christmas Tree Globe. Themed Mystical White Wonderland, the hotel’s lobby was graced with majestic winter whites and blues of glittering ornaments, Christmas trees and beautiful people dressed to the nines.

After the Christmas light up ceremony, we headed to The Living Room for a taste of Winter Neverland buffet filled with festive treats from all their dining restaurants in the hotel.

Take limelight is a big bird of Roasted Whole Turkey served with giblet gravy, roasted vegetables and all the usual trimmings.

Fans of beef will head straight to the carving station for the classic Roasted Prime Rib! Beautifully roasted with juicy and pink doneness, slices of the prime rib goes really well with hot gravy or fresh horseradish and mustard.

Pies and more pies, all golden, flaky and beautifully tempting at sight. Seafood Pot Pie, Cottage Pie and Vegetable Lasagna oozed with much comfort flavours.

Besides all the traditional favorites, there are also some local dishes like Chicken in Indian Spices, Chinese Butter Prawns, Fish Curry as well as Curry Laksa Noodle and more.

Tuck into local favorite snacks of Curry Puff, Pisang Goreng, Ubi Goreng and more for little bites of delight.

From Prego, Chef Ricky Parlanti is whipping up morsels of Salmon Tartare, Creamy Cheese and Mushroom Risotto and more at their Bubbalicious Brunch as well as their special 6 course Dinner for Christmas Eve and New Year Eve.

Head over for an unforgettable Brazilian Churrascaria Splash filled with Picanha or Rump of Beef, Roasted Boneless Lamb, Grilled Piri Piri Chicken Wings, Grilled Pineapple and more. This is one of my favorite restaurant and station to visit as the BBQ meats and pineapple are just superb!

There’s also Five Sen5es for delicious Oriental Sanctuary feast filled with Deepfried Crispy Yam Puff with Fresh Scallop, Steamed Charcoal Black Truffle Prawn Dumpling and a lot more of Chinese dim sum and dishes. The Steamed Charcoal Black Truffle Prawn Dumpling was so fabulous that it was always quickly grab by many diners as soon as it landed at the buffet counter.

Perhaps the best part of Christmas buffet is the dessert but don’t just take my word for it. Pictures of gorgeous and delectable desserts include crispy red velvet topping on the classic French Croquembouche, Chocolate Slippers, Pantone, Minced Pies, Stolen, Mini Fruit Tarts, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Mini Chocolate Cups, Raspberry and Pistachio Slice, Fruit Cake and lots more.

Christmas Eve
Hi-Tea Buffet
12.30pm – 3.00pm | RM125nett per person (food only)
Dinner Buffet
6.30pm – 10.30pm | RM170nett per person (food only)

Christmas Day
Hi-Tea Buffet
12.30pm – 3.00pm | RM140nett per person (food only)

New Year’s Eve
Hi-Tea Buffet
12.30pm – 3.00pm | RM125nett per person (food only)
Dinner Buffet
6.30pm – 10.30pm | RM170nett per person (food only)

New Year’s Day
Hi-Tea Buffet
12.30pm – 3.00pm | RM140nett per person (food only)

Christmas Eve
Bubbalicious Brunch
11.30am – 2.30pm | RM175nett per person (food only)
6-Course Set Dinner
6.30pm – 10.30pm | RM190nett per person (food only)

New Year’s Eve
Bubbalicious Brunch
11.30am – 2.30pm | RM175nett per person (food only)
6-Course Set Dinner
6.30pm – 10.30pm | RM190nett per person (food only)

Christmas Eve
Dim Sum Brunch
12.00pm – 2.30pm | RM130nett per person (food only)
Oriental Set Dinner
6.00pm – 10.00pm | RM160nett per person (food only)

Christmas Day
Dim Sum Brunch
12.00pm – 2.30pm | RM138nett per person (food only)

New Year’s Eve
Dim Sum Brunch
12.00pm – 2.30pm | RM138nett per person (food only)
Malaysia Chinese Classic Set Dinner
6.00pm – 10.00pm |RM170nett per person (food only)

New Year’s Day
Dim Sum Brunch
12.00pm – 2.30pm | RM138nett per person (food only)

Christmas Eve
Brazilian Churrascaria Buffet
6.30pm – 10.30pm | RM138nett per person (food only)

New Year’s Eve
Brazilian Churrascaria Buffet
6.30pm – 10.30pm | RM138nett per person (food only)

SPG, Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members enjoy special discounts on food only up to 8 persons
Beyond Dining members enjoy 20% discount on food only up to 10 persons
*Terms and conditions apply

With a better you and the little one in mind, Westin will create an exclusive children’s playground on Christmas Day allowing adults to indulge stress-free. Our young guests enjoy complimentary access to our Kid’s Playground with supervised games and fun activities.

Children 4 years and below dine for free
Children aged 5 to 12 years old receive 50% off

To make a booking or enquiries for festive promotions, please contact Westin Dining at +603-2773 8338 or visit

199, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3-2773 8338

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas 2017 @ Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Eat, Drink & Be Merry this Season of Celebration!

Feast on a splendor of festive treats at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel at TEMPTations this December month with family and friends. WACS Global Master Chef Helmut Lamberger and his culinary team are going all out with their specially crafted festive feasts for Christmas Eve Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Here’s a sneak peek at what TEMPTations is offering for their buffet spread for the festive days. Starting off with the main festive highlights, tuck into the perennial Whole Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings of stuffing, cranberry compote, giblet gravy and roasted vegetables.

How can one say no to glorious Roast Prime Beef Ribs with Yorkshire Pudding! Beautiful pink slices of juicy beef makes the festive celebration even better….

Check out the chilled bar of Seafood on Ice and cold appetizers of Gravlax with Honey Mustard Sauce, Vegetable Terrine with Leek & Walnut Dressing, Salmon & Egg Mayo Salad in Endive, Smoked Chicken & Pineapple with Frisee Salad and more.

The hot buffet warmers are filled with loads of deliciousness too. From Chicken Stroganoff with Potato Gnocchi, Baked Salmon with Vegetable & Lime Salsa, Turkey Breast with Braised Red Cabbage & Cranberry Sauce to Roasted Lamb Leg with Pumpkin Mashed & Thyme Sauce, Beef Mignon Steaks with Dijon Mustard Sauce, Prawn with Garlic, Shallot & Chili Flakes, Roasted Potatoes with Honey Pecan Nut and Braised Endive with Honey & Mushrooms, there’s plenty of choices for everyone.

Besides all the scrumptious festive dishes, there are also some other cuisines and our own local dishes as well. From the Japanese station filled with Sashimi, Edamame, Seaweed Salad, Baby Octopus and more, there’s also Stuffed Mushrooms, Scallops with Snow Peas, Ayam Goreng Berempah, Fish Curry, Ekor Daging Masak Singgang Pedas and a whole lot more.

Any feast will always be sweeter with a sweet ending! There’s no better time that this festive season to indulge in gorgeous desserts such as Croquembouche, Christmas Stolen, Yuletide Log, Fruit Cake, Cupcake, Christmas Pudding, Eclairs, Tiramisu, Santa Fruit Pavlova, Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Meringue and a whole lot more of sweet treats.

Be sure to catch Santa Claus who will be bearing gifts for the little ones during the Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet and Christmas Day Long Lunch Buffet.

There are more specials for the festive season at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, so head over to their website or Facebook for more details of festive promotions.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner Buffet
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Adult: RM 148nett
Child: RM 74nett

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Lunch Buffet
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Adult: RM 138nett
Child: RM 69nett

All Buffets are half price for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years.

For more festive dining promotions or to make a reservation, call 03-2771 6692 or email

Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel,
Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2771 6692

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