Mother’s Day is just round the corner. Have you thought about how you’d like to bring that one very important person in your family to a special meal on this specially-dedicated day? I know one should never wait for a “special” day to show love and appreciation to one’s mother – it should be done every day! – but then this is one day where many restaurants and hotels would be featuring special menus, so why not seize the opportunity and go for a great meal?

Over at Zuan Yuan, the Chinese restaurant of One World Hotel, Chef Michael Chew has come up with several set menus in celebration of Mother’s Day. The 3 set menus feature both traditional and contemporary dishes which are specially concocted by Chef Chew. Traditional dishes with a “home cooked” feel to them – that should touch mothers’ hearts and palates.

Wok-fried Kailan with Chicken & Preserved Vegetables

When I saw the Kailan wok-fried with minced chicken and preserved vegetables, it immediately brought back childhood memories to me. This is one dish which I relished very much back when I was a kid in Ipoh. My mom used to cook this dish for us as a special treat because back then, kailan was considered a “pricey” vegetable and we could only afford to have this on special occasions. It’s a simple dish but it works very well and I used to pile my bowl with lots of rice for this!

Roasted Crispy Chicken in “Pattaya” Sauce

Roasted Crispy Chicken – this is a dish that you’d never go wrong because it’s so traditional… every Chinese banquet would have this on the menu. Here, Chef Chew has given it a little contemporary twist by pairing it with a “Pattaya” sauce which comes across as spicy, sweet and sour… with tinges of Thai chillies, citrussy lime and garlic.

Stir-fried Tiger Prawns “Gui Zhou” style

I like the “Gui Zhou”-style Tiger Prawns as the huge prawns were really fresh and the sticky slightly spicy sauce clinging to them was also sweetish, thanks to the maltose used.

my plate

The chef’s really generous with the seafood in the noodles dish. As you can see, there’re chunks of fish fillet, squids and prawns smothering the wok-fried crispy noodles.

Wok-fried Noodles with Seafood in Broth Sauce


Dessert’s a delightfully light and refreshing soya milk (freshly made) with hasma, gingko, sea coconut, white fungus and longan. It’s really nice to dig into the bowl and see what comes up on your spoon!

What I tasted above are just some of the dishes available in the promotion. There are other items to pamper your mother and family with – like Deepfried Softshell Crabs with Spiced Salt, Steamed Canadian Codfish with Preserved Vegetables & Garlic, Braised Abalones with Spinach & Beancurd in Superior Stock, Braised Fish Maw with Bailing Mushrooms, just to name some of the dishes.

Mother’s Day Set Menus are available from 6-13 May 2012 and are priced at:

RM428++ per table of 4 pax
RM628++ per table of 6 pax
RM1,088++ per table of 10 pax

*Available for lunch and dinner

Please call Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at 03-7681-1159 for reservations

Over at the Cinnamon Coffeehouse, there will be a Mother’s Day Hi-Tea Buffet on Sunday, 13 May 2012 from 12.00noon to 4.30pm.

Cinnamon. Mother's Day
Hi-Tea Buffet at Cinnamon (photo courtesy of One World Hotel)

The stylish award-winning Cinnamon Coffeehouse will feature a series of “show kitchens” – an open live cooking kitchen concept. You can see their chefs in action, whipping up your favourites … take your pick at the salad bar, pasta corner, noodles section, Western/Japanese/Indian counters and of course, the yummy desserts section.

Price: RM78++ for Adults and RM39++ for Children

Please call Cinnamon at 03-7681-1166/1157 for reservations.

One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya