Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bukit Bintang Food: Lai Ching Yuen Chinese Restaurant @ Grand Millennium Hotel Kuala Lumpur - 2016 Fire Monkey Chinese New Year Auspicious Set Menu

Serving auspicious meal during Chinese New Year will exudes the charm and joy of the festivities of this once in a year celebration. To celebrate this 2016 Year Of Fire Monkey Chinese New Year, Lai Ching Yuen Chinese Restaurant @Grand Millennium Hotel Kuala Lumpur; Chef Terrence Foong Kuan Onn which has more than 30 years of culinary experience in Cantonese cuisine has drummed up 5 special set menu for you to savour during this New Year.

Lai Ching Yuen Chinese Restaurant +Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur has been renowned for serving top quality Chinese Cantonese cuisine for many decades and is recognised by the experience and talents of its Chinese chef. 

Unlike most other Chinese Restaurant which are either heavily decorated in Red or brightly lit, Lai Ching Yuen decor is more subdued giving diners a more private, posh, relaxing and cosy dining environment.

The special five Chinese Set Menus for 10 person are the Active & Vigorously Set (RM 1,268 nett), Good Fortunes (RM 1,618 nett), Happy & Prosperous (RM 1,968 nett), Peace Season (RM 2,428 nett) and Smiles Of Fortune (RM 2,688 nett)

+BestRestaurant ToEat was served the Active & Vigorously Set which start off with the must have Yee Sang which is the Yee Sang With Jelly Fish & Crispy Fish Skin. We love the Fried Crispy Fish Skin as it blend a nice crunch texture to the Yee Sang.

Next on is the Assorted Seafood Soup With Tofu. Cooked with a combination of crab meat, scallop, prawn meat, thinly sliced asparagus to give a different texture, color and taste to the tofu soup.

And this is followed by the Buttered Prawn. The prawns are fried and then cooked with butter, curry leaves and eggs. One key point to this dish is not over frying the prawn and this was done nicely by the chef, which still retains a nice texture and blended with the saucy butter taste.

For fish, we had the Steamed Mandarin Fish With Minced Ginger. We love the texture and taste of the steam fish. Steaming fish can be a very challenging task for a Chef; if you over steamed the fish; the flesh will be hard. Getting the right balance especially a premium fish like this takes a lot of perfect timing and patience.

For meat, in this set, it comes with a Cantonese-Style Roasted Crispy Duck. Credit to the Chef for getting the skin roasted to a crisp while retaining the meat to still have a tender soft texture.

Many restaurant tends to offers their green as a gravy sauce type, but here the chef has done it differently on this Deep Fried Enoki Mushroom With Hong Kong Kailan. Choosing the perfectly young shoot of Kale which was stirred fried and laid with a topping of Fried Enoki which is seasoned with a light salt batter was a nice blend to our green dish.

The last dish before dessert is the Fried Rice With Assorted Chinese Waxed Meat Wrapped In Lotus Leaf. The rice are fried and then wrapped in a lotus leaf which is then steamed to add a different flavour to this waxed meat dish.

One of the dessert for Chinese New Year is the Nian Gao, Here at Lai Chine Yuen it is served  as the New Year "Nian Gao" Dual Variation. The first version is the Nian Gao which is sandwiched with a piece of Yam on one side and Sweet Potato on the other which is then battered up and sent to the fryer. The other version are for fans and lovers of Eggs; The Nian Gao is battered with a layer of scrambled eggs and are then pan fried.

To end our review, we were served a chilled Double Boiled Chrysanthenum with Longan & Black Sesame Rice Dumpling. A sweet and cold ending for our review at this lovely restaurant.


Celebrate this 2016 Year Of Fire Monkey in Grand Style at Lai Ching Yuen Chinese New Year @Grand Millennium Hotel Kuala Lumpur

+BestRestaurant ToEat wishes all our  readers a Happy and Prosperous Chines New Year

"Gong Xi Fa Cai"

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Yezi At The Roof - A Steamboat Feast To Usher 2016 Year Of Fire Monkey Lunar New Year Celebration

After many round of reviewing Chinese New Year Set menu, it was about time to taste something different. Steamboat has been a tradition as the main meal during Chinese New Year for many families; as all members of the family are able to participate in the fun cooking and share the joy of having a meal together. At Yezi At The Roof located at Sky Level, 1 First Avenue, 3, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama Petaling Jaya, Selangor the main specialty here is the premium steamboat. 

What we mean by premium steamboat is that unlike most other restaurant that serves steamboat with their regular broth, here at Yezi At The Roof; an award winning restaurant, they offered special broth that are made from fresh coconut juice. The soup based which are offered here are the Imperial Canton, Aromatic Taiwanese Beef Spice or the Fragrant "Shao Xing" Wine Seafood Broth or the top of the range Wild Forest Truffle Mushroom Broth. Here is the link for my earlier review at Yezi At The Roof

For the 2016 Year of Fire Monkey Chinese New Year, Yezi At The Roof has crafted out some special set steamboat for you to enjoy during this festive season. First and foremost as with all Chinese New Year, you can't missed the most important dish which is the Yee Sang. Here it is offered as a Salmon with Jelly Fish Yee Sang.

For this review of steamboat, we had chosen the signature Wild Forest Truffle Mushroom Broth; which has a very strong mushroom flavour and truffle aroma. Even without any condiment added to it, you can taste the smooth flavour of this vegetarian broth. Customers that choose this Promo Set can opt for 1 of the 5 selection broth for the steamboat.

To prepare for the steamboat dinner, there is a special concoction of sauce that is only available at Yezi; you can check it out with the waiter the proportion of the mixture which consists of kalamansi juice, chilli padi, ginger and soya sauce.  

Next on in the Promo B (10 pax) set RM1,318 that we reviewed comes with special premium item like GeoDuck. 

With Fresh Tiger Prawns (from the aquarium) with white Clams

Fresh Pork Slice /Premium Lamb Slices was the fresh meat offering (please note that if you do not want to have lamb, you can request the captain to change it to pork slices instead).

One of the specialty condiments at Yezi; is the meatballs that are served here. All the meat balls are in-house made. For this set it comes with Tung Choy Pork Balls, Wagyu Beef Tendon Ball ( we love this as the meat was very tasty and the texture was firm and bouncy), Fried Lobster Salad Ball and the Squid Balls. 

Another 2 of my favourite condiment is the in-house made Prawn Paste (served in the shell) and Fish Paste (served in a bamboo case).

Other condiments to go with your steamboat set are the Mix vegetables with Mushroom, White To Fu, Eggs and Udon Noodles.

For dessert, this set comes with the Home Made Fragrant Coconut Ice Cream, which has a strong coconut flavor, and a silky smooth texture and topped with roasted coconut flakes. 

If you plan for a more extravagant meal, you can opt for the Promo C which comes with the Alaskan Crab and Japan Matsusaka Beef as it main item. Do check out the promotion menu below.

One of the pleasant moment about dining in Yezi At The Roof; besides the nice decor and ambiance is the view from the balcony. In the evening or later at night, you will be able to enjoy this beautiful breezy view that can melt away your stress and prepare your appetite for a delightful dining experience. 

Enclosed herewith is all the promotion for this festive season from Yezi At The Roof.

Once again on behalf of +BestRestaurant ToEat we wish you all the luck and prosperity for the Year of Fire Monkey

"Gong Xi Fa Cai'

Saturday, January 23, 2016

CHAZE Lounge - Menara Lien Hoe, Tropicana, Petaling Jaya - Loosen Your Tie and Feel Alive

A new place to unwind and hang out with friends is the latest happening place in Petaling Jaya. CHAZE (the lounge) is inspired by Chaze (the persona) who is a suave and enigmatic man who enjoys hosting parties, appreciates good music, has good fashion sense and most importantly has an acquired taste especially in distilled beverages.

CHAZE Lounge is located at Lot 1-2, 1st Floor, Menara Lien Hoe No. 8, Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort 47410 Petaling Jaya Selangor. 

CHAZE will be your perfect setting to gather for some after-hours drinks at the Bar where you can watch mixologists muddle up craft cocktails or play a game or two of table tennis and pool at the Fun Nook or simply to unwind for a full evening with drinks and dance at the DJ Space. CHAZE is the perfect place if you seek an indulgent modern lifestyle destination!

DJ Space is the heart of the action, where resident and occasional guests DJs will be spinning thumping beats throughout the night to loosen your stressed soul. 

If you want some privacy, head over to the Play Room with a secret code that changes daily on his safe box to host your private events or lively parties – where you can be your own mixologist to shake up some cocktails or challenge your friends to a game of pool or darts. You can croon and warble in your own singing session or if you have fantasies about being a DJ, this is your chance to be the master of music in the room!

Specialty cocktail is the main thing at this hip watering hole. Test the experienced mixologists with any ingredient and liquor you fancy, or have a go at their tried-and-tested list of favourites, such as the Chaze Concoction that will awaken your taste buds starting off with a smoky, sweet base from the Mexico’s Espadin agave, impeccably complemented by a hint of vanilla, a trace of citrusy tang and finishes off with the piquancy of chilli flakes, paired with salted pistachios. Or if you prefer a potent cocktails, try out the Mint Julep Popsicle intensified by personalised Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port wine ice pop or the Ooga Booga Meets Tiki that combines 2 rums of different characteristics.

To fill your stomach, CHAZE have comfort light bites that include homemade boneless Chicken Nuggets served with crudités & honey mustard mayonnaise, Trio Mushroom Pizza with portabello, button and shimeji mushrooms topped with mozzarella cheese, rocket & truffle oil; Dory Fish Fingers served with fries and a wasabi tartar dip and Truffle Fries. 

So, let down your hair for some exciting time at the CHAZE. Enjoy Yourself.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ee Chinese Cuisine Restaurant Eastin Hotel - A Scrumptious Feast For A Grand 2016 Year of Fire Monkey Chinese New Year

Treat your family and business associates with a grand and scrumptious Fire Monkey Chinese New Year meal at Ee Chinese Cuisine Restaurant, Eastin Hotel, Petaling Jaya Selangor. 

The specially crafted dishes for this review are selected from the set menu and prepared by Chef Alex to entice your tastebud for this 2016 Chinese New Year.

To kick start our Chinese New Year review of some of the special highlights dishes for Chinese New Year is the Lou Sang. 

The Yee Sang that are served to us is the Salmon with Rice Cracker 'Yee Sang'. Ee Chinese Cuisine Restaurant also offers other unique Yee Sang which are the Australian Lobster Yee Sang or the Abalone Yee Sang for customers to choose from.

We then proceeded to taste; the hearty Double Boiled Chinese Herb With Dried Scallop and Fish Maw. Every spoonful of this soup have the smooth taste of the herbs which was encased with the taste of the scallop and the soft springy fish maw; perfectly double boiled to extract all the full flavour of the ingredients into the soup. 

Next on is the Steamed Live Kerai Fish With Superior Soya Sauce. This fish is a freshwater fish which besides eating the flesh; its scales can also be eaten as well. The Chef did a light frying of the scales to give it a slight crunch feel. We love the fine and smooth texture of the steamed fish meat which blended well with the superior soya sauce.

It has been quite a while we had the opportunity to relish to taste the Roast Pei Pa Duck; as many restaurant in the Klang Valley does not served duck in this style. One of the key reasons is that the chef has got to get the timing perfect to get the duck to be roasted with a crisp skin while the meat still retaining the juicy flavour and succulent texture that can proves to be a daunting task to those that are less experience. Great to have tasted this delicious dish after such a long time.

This is then followed by the Braised Homemade Beancurd with Dried Oyster, Prawns and Vegetables.

Moving on we had the Wax Meat Rice with XO Sauce. Usually in most other Chinese Restaurant, the sausage will be pork based but here at Ee Chinese Cuisine, the sausage are from the duck. We like the texture of the sausage as there were very little fats and it was very fragrantful. With the special Chef XO Sauce, it was the right combination to the delicious Wax Meat Rice. Normally by this time, we would have been quite full, but the taste of the rice; called for a second bowl.

For dessert, we had the Coconut Pudding. As in most other restaurant; puddings will normally be served as a small cup or in agar-agar mould, but here the Chef is generously serving it in a coconut shell almost to the brim; to gives it a special twist with the coconut flesh still intact. The pudding has a strong flavour of coconut and topped with a lychee and mint leaves for the finishing touch. A refreshing end to our review.

One of the key thing about dining at Ee Chinese Cuisine Restaurant is the quality of ingredient used to dish out these dishes which makes eating it a joy; especially during festive season like the Chinese New Year.

Other special dishes offered in the set menu during this Chinese New Year from 4th January to 22nd February 2016 are the Mini Monk Jumps Over The Wall, Braised Abalone Dried Oyster, Goose Web with Sea Cucumber, Sizzling Baked Cod Fish with Teriyaki Sauce and much more from RM628.00 nett per table of 4 pax onwards. 

You can also try out the organic dish of the Steamed Capon Chicken or the Baked King River Prawns or the popular Sweetened Bird Nest and not forgetting the Conventional Style Steamed Century Grouper Fish to savour on. 

For those of you that loves oldies, on every Thursday night, Ee Chinese Cuisine has a special duo which will be belting out some lovely oldies while you enjoy the delicious offering from the restaurant.

On behalf of +BestRestaurant ToEat, we would like to wish our readers a Happy Fire Monkey Chinese New Year.