Saturday, April 29, 2017

Lai Ching Yuen Chinese Restaurant New Cantonese Cuisine Menu @Grand Millennium Hotel Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur

Mention about Cantonese Cuisine, you will think about of  Lai Ching Yuen Chinese Restaurant Grand Millennium Hotel Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur. We are here to taste out some of the new Cantonese cuisines using a combination of fresh seafood, poultry and pork dishes which are specially crafted out by Executive Chinese Chef Terence Foong.

Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur Address
Lai Ching Yuen Chinese Restaurant
160 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 - 2117 4888

Like an evocation of its name, Lai Ching Yuen presents a lush sensory experience as much as a gastronomic one. The decor and its stunning red and black interior create a glamorous setting for some of the best cuisine this side of Guangzhou. And the food, award-winning delicacies accented by oriental table settings, take the traditional refinement of Cantonese cuisine to dizzying heights.

Lai Ching Yuen's new a la carte menu is a testament to the inventive nature of the cuisine itself. Crafted by Executive Chef Terence Foong along with his team of the culinary brigade, it exudes a touch of modernity to both the presentation as well as cooking techniques and is a juxtaposition of flavours, textures and freshness.

For tonight our gastronomical journey started off with the Smoked Duck Breast With Chef's Special Dressing - The smoked duck breast pairs which are smoked to a nice smokey flavour is balanced off with the right amount of fats and served with chilled crunchy zucchini. Topped it up with the Chef's special secret sauce, that has a slight dash of spicy and sourish taste. A nice starter for the night to entice our taste buds.

Another appetiser on the menu was the Stuffed White Mushroom With Pork & Shrimp In Marmite Sauce. A combination of finely minced pork and shrimp stuffed into the mushroom which is coated with fragrant marmite sauce (we can smell the aroma of the marmite sauce even before the dish reached our table), providing a textural delight of crunchy, chewy and softness to the dish.

For the soup, the Chef serves us the Braised Crab Meat & Fresh Fish Maw. Great to be eaten with a dash of vinegar or preserved crunchy green chillies.

The first mains on the table was the Crispy Fried Cuttlefish With Salt & Pepper. Love the firm bouncy texture of the cuttlefish which are coated with the special flour battered that are infused with the right amount of salt and pepper. Best to be eaten accompanied with a Cold beer or a sip of hot Chinese tea.

For the fish dish, we were served a steamed Tiger Grouper with Chef Terence Foong's famous signature style which is the Ombak Style Tiger Grouper, Steamed With Soy Sauce. The Chef has made it easy for us to eat; as all the meat has been deboned; so naturally all the tender fish meat has the sauce which is gel into it making every serving a real delight to be eaten. As always, the nice slippery fish head has been slurped up by no want but yours truly.

Next on is the Crispy German Pork Trotter, another one of my favourite dishes. I just love the crispy skin of the pork knuckles which was pre-cooked and of a thought, it reminds me of the flavours of a nice cold German beer which will be the best partner for this dish.

Another pork dish which was served to us is the Baked Pork Ribs With Lemon Grass which was a wonder to eat. Fork-tender, flavourful baked pork ribs, richly seasoned and well-marinated in fragrant fresh herbs of lemongrass, baked to the right balance!

Stewed Stuffed Sea Cucumber With Shimeji Mushroom & Bean Curd, an exquisite dish that accentuates the best texture and taste of each of the ingredients, Braised with the Shimeji mushroom and premium oyster sauce, it is a light taste which is perfect to partner with the soft and smooth tofu.

For the prawn dish, the chef; dish out the flavourful HongKong style Wok-Fried Bei Fong Tong Style Prawns. This aromatic seafood dish packs a load of punchy spicy taste. Crispy battered prawns are entrenched with lots of dried chilli and sliced almonds to give it; its aromatic distinctive flavour.

To add a little extra flavour; our last dish before the dessert is the Fried Rice With Goose Liver Pate & Pine Nuts. This use of the liver pate adds a dimension of taste to the fried rice which was cooked with a strong Wok-Hei flavour.

For dessert, we had 2 dishes, the first of which is the Deep Fried Durian With Yam Puff. This dessert resembles the Yam Puff (Woo Kok) but the filling was changed to Durian custard which has a very strong durian flavour which as Malaysian and Durian fans will love this dessert.

And the last dessert is the White Rabbit Sherbet, which has tinges of white rabbit candy fluttered around the sherbet. Remind ones of the good old days when we eat this candy and the wrapper as well. An interesting end to our food review.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ramadan 2017 Buffet Putrajaya @ Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Selangor - Mystical Ramadan

Savour one of the best Ramadan Buffets around Putrajaya at the Palm Garden Hotel, IOI Resort City as they proudly present the Mystical Ramadan Buffet 2017 with the popular Ramadan buffet starting from the 27 May 2017 until 22 June 2017.

Palm Garden Hotel
The Palm Cafe
IOI Resort City
62502 Putrajaya
Tel: 03 - 8943 2233

Heading the culinary team, Sous Chef Endarawan Bin Mohd Sidek and Mohd Faizul Bin Muhammad together with their team prepares a sumptuous fare of Kampung flavours cuisine from all over Malaysia and delicious international selections to entice diners taste buds.

Check out Palm Cafe spacious & comfortable dining of their newly refurbished all-day-dining 
restaurant cum cafe with their classy and modern setting.

You can start off your breaking of fast right by checking out their wide selection of Western and local appetisers such as ulam-ulam and kerabu.

Ramadan Buffet 2017 at Palm Garden Hotel is all about varieties and mouth-watering flavours as they bring you live cooking stations and the famous 'kawah' dishes like the Soup Gear Box

'Kawah' Dish Of Fish Head Curry

The Signature Roast BBQ Lamb Middle Eastern Style

Ikan Bakar Corner - you can take your selection to be grill ala-minute.

Selections Of Gravy & Noodles Corner

The following are some of the Mystical Ramadan main courses starting with the Curry Chicken With Potatoes

Kambing Masak Kicap

Daging Masak Merah Thai Style

 Udang Goreng Kandar

Kam Heong Bamboo Clams

Sotong Tumis Berempah

Ikan Sembilang Salai Masak Lemak Cili Api

Thai Fish Cake With Thai Sauce

Palm Garden Hotel's Mystical Ramadan 2017 Buffet offers more than 80 variety of cuisine from appetisers to desserts on a daily basis. No dessert spread would be complete during the Ramadan buffet without the local sweet treats of Malay kuih-muih.

Those with a sweet tooth can dig into the different types of cakes, pies and pastries to complete their dining experience at The Palm Cafe.

You will be entertained by the talented Mahligai Ghazal band belting out traditional and modern numbers setting up the mood for a joyous Ramadan dinner.

The Mystical Ramadan Is Priced At:
RM 95Nett Per adult & RM 57Nett Per child
Early Bird Vouchers ( While Stocks Last )
RM 85Nett Per adult & RM 51Nett Per child
From May 27th to June 2, 2017

For more information & reservations, please call Palm Garden Hotel at 603 - 8943 2233
During the Ramadan month, you can organise your Private Ramadan Buffet as well as Hari Raya Celebrations at our multi-sized function rooms. Their catering team is over ready to cater your event at your office, home or outdoor venue.

RATES FOR MEETINGS/ROOM STAYS   ( From May 27 to 2 July 2017)

Ramadan @ Raya meeting Package - Full Day RM 115Nett Per Person
(Include Ramadan Buffet for Muslims & 2 Coffee Breaks & 1 Lunch For Non-Muslims)
Room Package - RM 199Nett Per Night in Heliconia Room (Inclusive of 2 Sahur or Buffet Breakfasts - Individual Bookings Only)

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Embassy Cafe At The Starling Mall Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya

The Embassy Cafe + Bakery serves Eastern and Western simple, healthy and hearty meals including fine cakes and bread. The Embassy is a family friendly, PORK FREE and WIFI enabled.

The Embassy Cafe Address
Level 2, The Starling Mall, Jalan SS21/37 Damansara Uptown
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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Inspired by the warmth and gracious hospitality of embassies from around the world, The Embassy café seeks to bring the exciting spirit of the journey, adventure, friendship and comfort through its food and interior space.

With a nature theme and the signature usage of lines in the interior design, The Embassy infuses natural clean lines that symbolise the fluidity of time, space and evolution that connects all of us in our daily journey and adventure. The Embassy offers cuisine from East & West that blends a culinary combination of something for everybody on one menu.

Our review started off with an order of the cool Iced Mocha RM 14.00 which is matched with our breakfast set.

The Breakfast set that we ordered to taste is the Ambassador's Big Breakfast  RM 28.00. Our orders came with 2 sunny sides up, toasted sourdough; with 2 pieces of hash brown, beef bacon, chicken bratwurst, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and baked beans.

Next; we decided to order a salad which is the Oriental Grilled Ribeye Salad RM 24.00. This salad is a little heavy as it comes with streaks of grill rib-eye that is accompanied with fresh leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumber and cilantro served with sesame-soy dressing. A balance salad which can easily be a meal for small eaters.

Next, comes the mains which I ordered the SynFull Roast Chicken for a half chicken portion (RM 35.00). For the smaller eater, you can order the quarter chicken set (RM26.00). You can see that this is a real treat as the skin was a roast to a nice crisp while the meat was still juicy and succulent. We can taste the strong flavor of the spices and herbs marinade that was imbued into the meat. This wholesome meal is served with seasonal vegetables, rosemary butter potatoes and served with a creamy mushroom sauce.

For those that loves the carbs; can order a pasta which we had is the Carbonara (RM 22.00). For those that loves the cheesy feel of the Carbonara sauce will attest to this dish. The pasta was cooked with a smooth cheesy cream sauce,  mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and topped with beef bacon. I am not a big fan of pasta, but this one hit the right note for me.

Our last main was the Embassy Nasi Istimewa RM 28.00. Here at Embassy, they do provide a number of local delights. Apparently, the recipe of these dishes is from one of the owner's mothers which she has meticulously trained the chef to cook it at close as possible to her recipe. This Nasi Istimewa is served with the Ayam Pindang together with fried rice, anchovies, Tempe Sambal, fried cabbage, Papadams, Kerabu Mangga and topped with sunny side egg. I would have preferred the dish served with plain white rice, as it will be more tasteful.

By the time we tasted the last mains, we were too full to even order our dessert.

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