30 January 2013

CNY Menu @ Cheng Ho Court, Mines Wellness Hotel

I was thrilled to be invited by Yvonne to sample the Chinese New Year menu at Cheng Ho Court, Mines Wellness Hotel 3 weeks back as this was my first time there. Before arriving at the restaurant, I was mesmerized by the lake view at the hotel lobby. It was so breathtaking!

Cheng Ho Court, Mines Wellness Hotel
Cheng Ho Court, Mines Wellness Hotel

Welcoming interior of Cheng Ho Court
Welcoming interior of Cheng Ho Court

Enjoying a cup of premium Chinese Tea while mingling with fellow bloggers
Enjoying a cup of premium Chinese Tea while mingling with fellow bloggers

The dish that kick start our food review session is none other than Salmon and Snow Pear Lou Sang (RM 98++). Sweet and juicy salmon coupled with crunchy snow pear just gave the traditional lou sang a twist of freshness. Other alternatives include Homemade Vegetarian Loh Sang, Abalone Loh Sang, Abalone and Salmon Loh Sang that ranges from RM 88++ to RM 238++.

Salmon and Snow Pear Lou Sang
Salmon and Snow Pear Lou Sang

Look at the fresh salmon!
Look at the fresh salmon!

The aftermath
The aftermath

Special Double Boiled Black Chicken Soup
Special Double Boiled Black Chicken Soup

I've always love chicken soup. Ever heard of chicken soup for the soul? I know it's a book title, but somehow I think that it's really nutritious and has comforting effect to my soul. To make the effect better in Special Double Boiled Black Chicken Soup, Cheng Ho Court has thrown in special ingredients like abalone, fish maw, scallop and wolfberries (goji)!

Dragon Otak Otak Chicken
Dragon Otak Otak Chicken

Never ever have I thought that otak-otak and chicken can be combined together to make a dish. The creative chef at Cheng Ho Court has just made this Dragon Otak Otak Chicken by applying otak-otak paste on the tender boneless chicken. The skin is so crispy, I can't help but to eat a few pieces more. According to the chef, the kitchen crew spent 2 hours just to stick the almond flakes into the meat!

Steamed Bamboo Fish with Soya Sauce
Steamed Bamboo Fish with Soya Sauce

As fish signifies 年年有余, meaning "Abundance through the year" to Chinese, Steamed Bamboo Fish with Soya Sauce is perfect to complete a CNY meal. Although the dish might sound simple, I was surprised at how good it tasted. The amount of soya sauce is just right, not too salty as Mine Wellness Hotel promotes health and thus, the same concept was implemented at Cheng Ho Court as well. The fish tastes sweet and fresh with smooth texture. Thinking of the taste right now makes me salivate!

Baked King Prawn with Garlic and Cheese
Baked King Prawn with Garlic and Cheese

Baked King Prawn with Garlic and Cheese is so sinful but yet I couldn't stop eating! The king prawns are really huge. Don't believe me? Take a look at the next photo! The meat is so flavorful and due to the freshness, you can even taste the natural sweetness of prawn.

Le KING prawn!
Le KING prawn!

Special Baked Lobster with Coconut Cheese
Special Baked Lobster with Coconut Cheese

Did I hear someone said more seafood? Here you go! For seafood lovers, do try Special Baked Lobster with Coconut Cheese. It smells so aromatic and goes perfectly well with a bowl of rice.

Cheng Ho Braised Mixed Dried Seafood with Claypot Sadri
Cheng Ho Braised Mixed Dried Seafood with Claypot Sadri

Another seafood dish was presented upon us but this time, with some greens! All I can say about Cheng Ho Braised Mixed Dried Seafood with Claypot Sadri is - it's a pot of treasure! Expect to find black moss, scallops, sea cucumbers, dried oysters, fish maw, huge mushrooms and brocolli in a thick, yummy sauce!

Treasures in Cheng Ho Braised Mixed Dried Seafood with Claypot Sadri
Treasures in Cheng Ho Braised Mixed Dried Seafood with Claypot Sadri

Abalone Seafood Fried Rice with Pine Seed
Abalone Seafood Fried Rice with Pine Seed

Abalone Seafood Fried Rice with Pine Seed is one unique fried rice. Although I was already quite full, I couldn't resist the texture of crunchy pine seed with fried rice. Not to mention, their's abalone, prawn and mushroom goodness in it!

The cute mushroom in my bowl of Abalone Seafood Fried Rice with Pine Seed
The cute mushroom in my bowl of Abalone Seafood Fried Rice with Pine Seed

Fancy Duet
Fancy Duet

Double Boiled Mix Fruit Sago and Almond Beancurd
Double Boiled Mix Fruit Sago and Almond Beancurd

Last but not least, it's dessert time! If you haven't noticed what Fancy Duet is, it's actually 'nian gao' presented in two different methods - one is deep fried and another is steamed with peanut coating. Yum! To end our food review session with a sweet note, we were served with Double Boiled Mix Fruit Sago and Almond Beancurd, a healthy and vibrant dessert I must say!

If you're interested to taste these amazing dishes during Chinese New Year, please call +603 8943 6688 (ext 1122) for reservation or log on to www.facebook.com/MinesWellnessHotel.

Cheng Ho Court Mines Wellness Hotel's Chinese New Year Set Menu is available from RM888++ to RM1688++ per table of 10 pax.

Address:
Cheng Ho Court Restaurant
Level 3, Mines Wellness Hotel,
Jalan Dulang,
Mines Resort City,
Seri Kembangan,
Selangor

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29 January 2013

Sneak Preview: Blu Med @ The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley

Something exciting will be revealed soon at The Gardens Mall within a week or two. Yes, it's Blu Med, a perfect destination for both casual and fine dining that offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

Soon-to-be-launched Blu Med Restaurant & Bar
Soon-to-be-launched Blu Med Restaurant & Bar

The menu at Blu Med was produced and consulted by Iron Chef Sasajima, a Maestro of a distinctive style of Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist.

The restaurant features a trendy cool and modern environment with touches of comfort on the lower floor and luxury on the upper floor.




The casual dining area can accommodate 160 patrons, indoor and outdoor, whilst the upper floor seats 60 intimately, with exclusive use of 2 private dining rooms.

Red Wine served: Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Wine served: Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon

White Wine served: Luis Felipe Edwards Sauvignon Blanc
White Wine served: Luis Felipe Edwards Sauvignon Blanc

Our pair of wine

"Investigating" his wine
"Investigating" his wine

Cheers~~!!
Cheers~~!!

Buffalo Mozzarella and Plum Tomato "Caprese"
Buffalo Mozzarella and Plum Tomato "Caprese"

Carpaccio of Hirame with Wild Rice and Soft Aubergine
Carpaccio of Hirame with Wild Rice and Soft Aubergine

Spaghetti Tomato Sauce with Sea Bass and Grilled Vegetables
Spaghetti Tomato Sauce with Sea Bass and Grilled Vegetables

Espresso Pannacotta
Espresso Pannacotta

I'd say that the food was really fresh especially the Hirame (fluke) in Carpaccio of Hirame with Wild Rice and Soft Aubergine. You can see that Masterchef Sasajima has cleverly used sashimi, Japanese style and combine it with Italian food. As the menu we've tasted is just the simplified version of what they will be offering as the kitchen is not fully equipped yet, I certainly look forward to taste their actual menu!

Address:
Blu Med
Unit 27-G Ground Floor & Unit 27-1 First Floor,
Signature Office,
The Boulevard, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Exact location: Beside the fountain in between Mid Valley and The Gardens

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24 January 2013

We Love Asia 2013 Rave Party!

Last weekend was the busiest I've ever had. I became a McD girl on Saturday and on Sunday, I went to We Love Asia 2013 Rave Party at Sepang International Circuit! It was a 2-day event but I was really tired and I'm more interested in the line-up of Day 2, so I decided to attend one day only. 

We Love Asia ticket
We Love Asia ticket

So we began our 1 hour journey to Sepang International Circuit from Cheras using Maju Expressway. The road was soooo straight and long!! Along our journey, we saw a very beautiful sunset view that made the skies look colorful in blue and pink hue.

Beautiful skies <3
Beautiful skies <3

We reached exactly in an hour and paid the parking fee that costs RM 15 *gasp*. I was told that the parking fee used to be RM 10 only. Then we stayed in the car to wait for others to arrive and Ben sponsored us some beers! Thanks Ben! ;)

Le boyfie and I
Le boyfie and I*

While camwhoring, le clumsy boyfie dropped his phone  on the tar road and the glass broke! See how sad he is =((
While camwhoring, le clumsy boyfie dropped his phone
on the tar road and the glass broke! See how sad he is =((

Aww... don't cry... problem that can be solved with money is not a problem. GEDDIT?
Aww... don't cry... problem that can be solved with money is not a problem.
GEDDIT?

We only went inside at 9.30pm! Luckily we didn't miss RedFoo of LMFAO! :3 BTW, please pardon my low quality photos... I only used my HTC Desire HD since DSLR is not allowed and I don't have a digital camera :/

We Love Asia stage
We Love Asia stage



Le BIG GANG (not Big Bang ah)
Le BIG GANG (not Big Bang ah)!*

Separated from the gang before RedFoo appeared cos it was too crowded and too smokey so I retreated back to the original place with Sher Lynn and Yat.

RedFoo came out! Like FINALLY!!! Woohoo~~~!!
RedFoo came out! Like FINALLY!!! Woohoo~~~!!

Party Rock!
Party Rock!

Only managed to shoot RedFoo from the screen :/
Only managed to shoot RedFoo from the screen :/

The climax *cough cough* was when LMFAO and the party crew dancing to  "I'm sexy and I know it" and then they stripped to their underwears!! *SCREAMMMMM*
The climax *cough cough* was when LMFAO and the party crew dancing to
"I'm sexy and I know it" and then they stripped to their underwears!!
*SCREAMMMMM*

WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE YEAH~~~!! XD
WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE YEAH~~~!! XD

Party people enjoying rave music
Party people enjoying rave music

It's Steve Aoki!
It's Steve Aoki!

Couldn't get a clear shot of Steve Aoki #FML
Couldn't get a clear shot of Steve Aoki #FML


I left before the party end though cos le boyfie needs to work the next day. Plus, I don't really know how to dance to rave songs that doesn't have lyrics LOL! It's not that I hate rave music, it's just a matter of preference. Music is my life!

My type of music? Like this Pop Danthology mashup.


* Thanks to Jackie Loi for the photos! =)

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23 January 2013

McDonald's Prosperity Gives Back Experience 2013

Remember that I mentioned I'll be volunteering at McDonald's Kota Damansara last week? Click here if you've missed it: Prosperity Gives Back – A Weekend of Sharing with McDonald’s. So last weekend was THE weekend, where McDonald's donates RM 1 for every Prosperity Meal sold! And I was there to help out on Saturday!

McDonald's Prosperity Gives Back
McDonald's Prosperity Gives Back

Random shot while waiting for others to come
Random shot while waiting for others to come

First customer who buys from the celebrity team!
First customer who buys from the celebrity team!

Here you go =) Celebrities involved were Phat Fabes (Fly FM), Leya (HotFM), Nicholas Ong (OneFM), Julie Woon, Megan, Dennis Lau and Chelsia Ng
Here you go =)
Celebrities involved were Phat Fabes (Fly FM), Leya (HotFM),
Nicholas Ong (OneFM), Julie Woon, Megan, Dennis Lau and Chelsia Ng

Come order from us!
Come order from us!

Kids from Pusat Jagaan Rumah Kesayangan with Ronald and the celebrities! Check out the kids' expression looking at Ronald!
Kids from Pusat Jagaan Rumah Kesayangan with Ronald and the celebrities!
Check out the kids' expression looking at Ronald!

Megan and Chelsia preparing some burgers in the kitchen!
Megan and Chelsia preparing some burgers in the kitchen!

Dennis Lau and Nicholas Ong learns how to prepare the patties
Dennis Lau and Nicholas Ong learns how to prepare the patties

Nicholas Ong teaming up with cashier staff. Who wants to order from this leng chai? :D
Nicholas Ong teaming up with cashier staff.
Who wants to order from this leng chai? :D

Hui Ping and I are excited to pose with Ronald too!
Hui Ping and I are excited to pose with Ronald too!
Photo credit: missyblurkit.com

Happy people at McDonald's: Kelly and Evelyn
Happy people at McDonald's: Kelly and Evelyn

Eat full full first before work! LOL! It's the Prosperity Meal!
Eat full full first before work! LOL!
It's the Prosperity Meal!

Ta dah!!! It's me in McDonald's Facebook Page! Friends spotted me and asked me what I was doing there :p
Ta dah!!! It's me in McDonald's Facebook Page!
Friends spotted me and asked me what I was doing there :p

So what I did there? I learned how to "assemble" a Prosperity Burger! It's kinda easy really. The complicated ones are McChicken and Big Mac and it's not easy to remember which ingredients to put first! After that, I went on to the ordering counter and help out with the trays, giving out tissues, sauces and refilling water. I wanted to pick up orders for them but I was afraid it'll make them more confused so... better not :p

Anyway, it was truly an enjoying and fulfilling experience at McDonald's Kota Damansara. After going through what the staffs have went through, I can say that I really salute them! It's not an easy job working in the busiest fast food chain in Malaysia especially during peak hours. Last but not least, I'd like to thank McDonald's Malaysia, Robert, Ash and Hui Ping for inviting me over this time.

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