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SEAFOOD SHOWCASE with CHEF TETSUYA YANAGIDA at GENJI, PETALING JAYA HILTON

From now until 11 September 2016, seafood lovers will get to taste the freshest seafood prepared and cooked to a special menu by guest Chef Tetsuya Yanagida in Genji Japanese Restaurant at the Petaling Jaya Hilton.  The “Seafood Showcase with Chef Yanagida” promotion runs is available for lunch & dinner and you can dine on [...]

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THE ANDAMAN, LANGKAWI – A REVISIT

The Andaman, a Luxury Collection resort in Langkawi is not someplace you’d forget easily.  Although it has been 3 years since I last visited it in 2013, the majestic main lobby of The Andaman was just as breathtaking when I revisited it recently. Fashioned like a “balai rong seri” – an imperial waiting hall common [...]

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FU-RIN Japanese Restaurant – WAGYU BEEF PROMOTION

Wagyu directly translates into “Japanese cow” and it’s Japan that started this premium cattle breeding. It’s considered the caviar of beef in Japan and the striking characteristic of wagyu is its pervasive marbling, known as “shimofuri”. Besides Japan, wagyu cattle is widely bred, and in many cases, cross-bred in the USA, Canada and Australia. Pure-bred [...]

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RENDEZ-VOUS BANGSAR – NEW MENU BY CHEF BENJAMIN REILHES

Rendez-Vous in Bangsar appeals to just about everyone looking for a casual French meal in a laid-back atmosphere. Their menu offers a good selection of typical traditional French dishes and to enjoy a meal here won’t bust your wallet either. Owners Arnaud Chappert and Florian Nigen (who also ruled the kitchen) ensure that their customers [...]

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MOONCAKES & MID AUTUMN TREATS 2016 from TOH YUEN @ HILTON PETALING JAYA

When I was a kid growing up in a village in Ipoh, the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese lunar calendar was always an exciting day.  That’s when everyone in the village celebrated the “Mooncakes Festival” and “pai yuet kong” (“praying to the moon” in Cantonese) was the finale of the night.  [...]

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GO HAINANESE @ THE GRAVY FACTORY, NU SENTRAL

If you are as old as me, you’d probably recall that well-known and popular western food chain restaurant called “Mamachops & Papagrill” which used to draw large crowds due to their delicious offerings and very affordable prices. Fast-forward many years – due to a management change, some of the people who ran those outlets have [...]

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FAVOLA @ LE MERIDIEN KUALA LUMPUR: NEW SPECIALITIES FROM CHEF DOMENICO PIRAS

Although born in Milan, Chef Domenico Piras’ passion for cooking came from Sardinia when he move there from a young age.  After having worked extensively in Europe, Chef Domenico came to Asia in 2004 with culinary stints in Singapore, East Malaysia, Brunei and now Kuala Lumpur. Love the deco in Favola – so beautiful! Since [...]

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DURIAN [email protected]: DURIANS WITH A CAUSE on SUNDAY, 14 August 2016

It’s now the peak of the durian season in the Klang Valley and for durian lovers, it’s a question of where to get the best durians in town? Durian feasts are firmly on the weekend agenda these few weeks. The Musang King is undoubtedly still one of the top durians being sought. The deep yellow-fleshed [...]

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CAMERON HIGHLANDS RESORT: LET’S GO ON AN ORGANIC CULINARY JOURNEY

Like I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here, a stay at the Cameron Highlands Resort is never boring. Whether it’s going on a mysterious hiking trail, attend a fancy fine-dining dinner or go for an indulgent picnic in the hills, there’s plenty to do. Here’s another adventure: how about going on an [...]

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IPPUDO @ THE GARDENS MALL: New Menu!

I’ve always loved eating edamame in its simplest form: blanched. Blanched lightly in salt water, the green peas are sweet and crunchy and that’s how it’s usually served in most Japanese restaurants as a starter. Of late, the trend has been shifting. More and more restaurants have decided to give the plain edamame a flavoured [...]

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HUCKLEBERRY AFTER DARK @ PLAZA DAMANSARA

By day, Huckleberry the bakery and cafe draws the crowd with wonderful smells of freshly baked breads, pastries, cakes and freshly-brewed coffee.  Their croissants are insanely good (especially the almond ones!) – my favourite any time.  All these are sold out every single day, usually by late afternoon.  After that, the crew would be getting [...]

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IPPUDO @ Bangsar Shopping Centre – New Menu!

Have you tried the new Mazesoba Ramen from Ippudo? It’s something very different from the regular ramen. For one, it’s a “dry” rendition, much like our local “kon loe” style where noodles are tossed with sauce and condiments. This Japanese-style “mixed ramen” is a serving of thick chewy noodles with 9 unique ingredients. The 9 [...]