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.

September 6, 2019

The Oriental Group Grand Dinners @ Noble Mansion

A Joint Culinary Journey of 88 Years with Chef Jacky Lam & Chef Justin Hor

Nothing short of a stunning culinary indulgence best describe the dining experiences at all The Oriental Group restaurants! The annual chef event where legendary “Old Master” chefs collaborates with The Oriental Group Executive Chef Justin Hor and the group’s in-house talent is back for the 11th year with a big bang.

Taking on new culinary heights, Chinese veteran Chef Jacky Lam from Macau’s Galaxy Hotel and Oriental Group Executive Chef Justin Hor has curated A Joint Culinary Journey of 88 Years menu for this year’s Grand Dinner series. Having collaborated previously back in 2011, both chefs are excited in combining their culinary experiences of 35 years and 53 years in the industry with an unforgettable gastronomical menu to be available from 19 August to 22 September 2019 at their leading restaurants.

Our culinary journey this year led us to Noble Mansion at Plaza 33 in PJ area. The exclusive fine dining Noble Mansion is the perfect venue for indulgence set in an elegant ambiance.

Combining flavours of yesteryears and brining new updates to the culinary palates, the Joint Culinary Journey of 88 Years Grand Dinner had both chefs working for the past 6 months in planning, curating and sourcing for ingredients for the menu. The talents and skills from both chefs certainly spark new culinary dishes for gourmands.

The menu commenced with five signature tapas platter from both chefs. These are available a la carte or in the Grand Dinner set menu. Chef Lam’s repertoire includes Macau Crab Meat Cake (RM24 per portion) and Chilled Szechuan Farm Chicken (RM20 per portion) while Chef Hor curated Oriental Group’s Signature Char Siew (RM20 per portion) and Ginger Sauce Jelly Fish (RM18 per portion). Vinaigrette Kyuri & Black Fungus (RM18 per portion) is a combining effort from both chefs.

Golden discs of Macau Crab Meat Cake tasted so delicious that one may need to seize the urge to reach out for another one. The meat cake has a tasty meat and crab meat filling that is juicy and bouncy with a subtle sweetness that is very enjoyable.

September 5, 2019

Tasty Australia Food Festival @ Isetan KLCC

Australia’s Finest Regional Australian Products in Malaysia

Foodies will revel at the return of Tasty Australia this week at Isetan KLCC! For the sixth year, Tasty Australia food festival, a collaboration by The Model Cook and Isetan Malaysia, is showcasing a total of 12 new brands with more than 80 products from South Australia and Western Australia.

From 30 August to 11 September 2019, head over to Isetan KLCC to eat and shop for some of The Model Cook’s traditional best selling25 brands from Australia. Most of these new brands is premiering their products in Malaysia as their first country of export.

The official launch of Tasty Australia was held on 3 September and was graced by the attendance of Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia, Mr. Michael Growder who officiated the event with Mr. Koji Oyama, Director/Managing Director of Isetan Malaysia. Seven founders/directors of the new brands showcased at this year Tasty Australia were present to meet and greet customers and members of the media, bloggers and special guests to share their brand story.

September 2, 2019

Mid-Autumn Bliss Menu @ Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festive with Poon Choy & Mooncakes

As we gear up for the coming Mid-Autumn festive month, it is the perfect time to usher in the festive mood with what Malaysians do best… gather to enjoy great food and good company with family, friends and business colleagues.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine, anointed as One of Asia’s Finest Restaurant by Miele Guide, has been serving over a decade of fine Cantonese cuisine as well as Hong Kong-inspired dishes to gourmands. It’s solid reputation for serving the finest cuisine with quality ingredients has garnered a loyal foodie cult of the elite in the city.

Although its my first time stepping into Elegant Inn, I have long heard of its acclaimed reputation through the industry’s grapevine. What started as a 6-table restaurant in Taman Connaught, Cheras before moving to Menara Hap Seng 11 years ago has truly paid off as gourmands can now enjoy the restaurant’s signature dishes in the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur.

Elegant Inn boasts of the city’s glitzy view of skyscrapers of our nation’s prides with Twin Tower and KL Tower at sight. The restaurant is housed on level 2 and often gets missed by many city dwellers. However, true blue epicurean knows to hunt down the restaurant for a taste of its fine cuisine.

August 31, 2019

Omakase @ Kampachi Pavilion KL

An Exquisite Omakase Experience

Omakase, a word that has now become familiar among Malaysians when dining in Japanese cuisine. Simply a phrase that means ‘to entrust’ the dining experience to the chef, omakase allows a gourmet adventure for avid foodies in the realms of the Japanese culinary world.

It is a Japanese tradition to leave the food choices to the Japanese chef, knowing that the chef knows the best ingredients of the season. One pays a price and depending on the number of courses, the chef goes to work on preparing an omakase meal that ranges from the lightest to the heaviest before finishing up with a sweet course.

For a taste of an omakase experience, seek out the acclaimed Kampachi for a culinary adventure in the heart of our metropolitan city. Kampachi, one of the long-time award-winning Japanese restaurants, has been serving authentic and scrumptious Japanese cuisine using fine premium ingredients air-flown from Japan for over four decades. For this round, we headed over to Kampachi Pavilion for a taste of Chef Alex Lee’s Omakase experience.

Twice a week, the freshest and fine ingredients are imported from Tokyo’s iconic Toyosu Fish Market (formerly known as Tsukiji) and from Kansai Area in Japan. Each omakase experience takes diners from appetizer to sashimi, soup, grilled dish, main course and dessert. An omakase course at Kampachi starts from RM318 onwards and diners can also let the chef know if they do not take a certain ingredient or raw food.

August 28, 2019

Hong Kong Mei-Xin Mooncakes 2019

Bringing Hearts Together This Mid-Autumn Festive with Maxim’s Mooncakes

If you have never tasted Hong Kong MX Mooncakes, you don’t know what you are missing! Award-winning Maxim’s mooncakes has been a hot seller for the past 21 years for a reason. Their luscious mooncake series are well-renowned for their quality and flavours in Hong Kong and international markets of Asia.

Maxim’s White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks may have paved the way to stardom but today, Maxim continues to lead the Hong Kong market with their creative and sumptuous innovation of new mooncake series and flavours to many foodies in Asia.

August 25, 2019

Xin Cuisine @ Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur

New Executive Chinese Sous Chef Ricky Wong

There’s a new Chinese Chef at Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant in Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur! Chef Ricky Wong is bringing a list of his signature dishes to city’s favorite restaurant for classic Chinese cuisine.

Renowned for their Hong Kong dim sum, Cantonese roasts and nouvelle Cantonese cuisine, Chef Wong will be adding on his list of signatures to the menu at Xin Cuisine. Diners can expect fine and classic Chinese cuisine with modern updates. As Xin Cuisine is non-halal, expect lots of porky dishes to be some of the highlights in the new menu although Chef Wong also specializes in seafood.

Dinner commenced with Sweet & Sour Pork in Ice Bowl (RM40 small|RM60 medium|RM80 large). The classic Ku Lou Yuk is presented in an ice bowl. Not only just for presentation, the ice bowl served another purpose to chilled up and crystalized the battered pork cubes to and sauce to make it even crispier. The chilled sweet & sour pork is deliciously tasty and crispy. A dish that is bound to be a favorite to diners of all ages.