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Celebrate the Festive Season at Hilton Kuala Lumpur With Scrumptious Feasts

Christmas is a time for friends and family – and although the pandemic might have changed the way we celebrate, that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit alive, or show thoughtfulness, gratitude and love to the ones that matter in our lives. 

This festive season, Hilton Kuala Lumpur presents the Joy of Giving with heart-warming feasts and gift boxes. All of the festive menus are designed to be shared and savoured together – because more than the usual fixtures of the holiday season (delicious food, beautiful decorations, gifts) it’s the people you experience it with that make the occasion truly memorable.  

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Hilton KL’s Festive Gift Boxes make an ideal surprise for friends, family and business associates. Starting from RM180 nett, the gift box comes with delectable homemade treats like fruit cake, chocolate pralines, chocolate Santa, cookies and Stollen, alongside spa and F&B vouchers to complement the personalised touch. There is the option to takeaway and dine in the comfort of your home on selected items with Bring Hilton Home. 

For those who are able to travel and are keen on experiencing a Hilton Christmas first hand, Hilton KL will be hosting a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Lobby, adorned with ribbons and ornaments to celebrate the festive season in style. Plenty of gastronomic pleasures also await, with a dedicated culinary team keen to bring to guests the world on a plate – all while keeping strictly to SOPs to ensure a safe dining experience. 

Christmas Lunch & Dinner at Vasco’s

Take your taste buds on a gastronomic journey with a curated selection of local and international feasts that celebrate the joyous season. Prepared by an award-winning culinary team, expect festive dishes that you won’t get at any other time of the year, such as Boston Lobster Mornay, Honey Glazed Spice Brined Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and Grass-fed Australian Beef Sirloin Mini Steak. Other Christmas specialties to look forward to include Wagyu Beef Scotch Egg with Hollaindaise, Crisp Duck Leg Confit and Waffle with Mustard Maple Syrup, Salt-crusted Salmon Trout with Fennel, Signature Yule Log, Pan-fried Stolen with Berries and Homemade Blackcurrant Ice Cream and more. 

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The Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet on 24 December 2020 (6.30pm – 10.30pm) is priced at RM248 nett per person. Lunch and dinner buffets on Christmas Day are also available, priced at RM248 nett and RM228 nett per person, respectively.  

You can also usher in the New Year with a Seafood Galore buffet on New Year’s Eve, priced at RM248 nett per person, or enjoy lunch and dinner on New Year’s Day at RM228 and RM188 nett, respectively. 

Special London Duck at Chynna

Known as the ‘wagyu of duck’, the London Roast Duck was popularised by Cantonese immigrants to the UK, making a name for itself as an iconic dish of the city. The good news is you won’t have to travel all the way to London to get it, as celebrity Chef Lam Hock Hin works his culinary magic to present Chynna’s immaculate version; the duck’s smooth texture and succulent flesh sure to leave the most discerning appetites craving for more. In addition, diners can dig into his Cantonese-inspired turkey creations such as Pan-Fried Turkey Meat with Thyme Leaf, Turkey Dumpling with Black Truffle and Hot & Sour Soup with Shredded Turkey, which displays a masterful grasp of classic meets modern cooking. 

Chef Lam’s Special London Duck is available for order from 1 – 31 December 2020, from 12 to 2.30pm and 6 pm to 10.30pm. Price start from RM159. 

Grilled Festive Specialties at Chambers Grill 

Traditionally, meat is a quintessential part of many Christmas celebrations around the world. Chambers Grill’s Festive Carnivore Platter is sure to satisfy meat lovers, with highlights such as Monster “Bull Head” Steak, Lamb Cutlets, Black Angus Prime Rib Butterflied, Port Wine Braised Australian Beef Cheek and Turkey Roulade stuffed with Mushroom and Chestnuts. Plus, there’s a show-stopping Flambé Traditional Pudding with Brandy Sauce to cap off a convivial evening. 

The platter is good for three to four persons. It is available from 1 – 31 December from 6pm to 10.30pm, and is priced from RM800. 

Delectable Japanese Flavours at Iketeru

There’s no rule book that Christmas has to be about turkeys and log cakes – give your festive spirit a twist and experience authentic Japanese fare at Iketeru. Prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients, Iketeru will serve two types of tantalizing 6-course menu, namely ‘Wafu Set’ and ‘Yofu Set’ to indulge the palates. Enjoy dishes like Smoked Duck Salad, Wagyu Beef Teppanyaki, Buri Teriyaki, Nigiri Sushi, Assorted Tempura and more. 

The festive set menu is available from 1 to 31 December 2020 from 12pm – 2.30pm, and 6pm – 10.30pm. Prices from RM360. 

Glorious Family-Style Feast at Graze

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Gather friends and family over a spread of rustic-themed epicurean delight at Graze on Christmas Day, as you exchange meaningful conversations (and presents!) with each other. The 12-course menu includes Freshly Shucked Irish Tragheanna Oyster, Tiger Prawn Cocktail, Chestnut Soup with Cranberry Cream Fraiche, Lobster Mornay with Truffle Fries and more. Cut through the meat and seafood with unlimited servings of Caesar Salad. Complete the experience with indulgent sweets and cheese like Hazelnut Mud Cake, Christmas pudding with Brandied Anglaise, Gorgonzola Blue Cheese, and French Brie Cheese served with dried fruits.

The Christmas Day Brunch is available from 11am – 2.30pm from RM268 per person.

Toast to Brilliant Beginnings at Aviary Bar 

Sidle up to Aviary Bar and revel in the year-end festivities with bespoke cocktails crafted by award-winning mixologists. Indulge in a ‘Ring the Bell’ cocktail (RM50 nett per glass), made with Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve and peach liquor, and for the non-alcoholic drinkers, there’s the ‘Peachy Santa’ mocktail (RM35 nett per glass) a bright and fruity concoction that adds festive cheer to any celebration. Guests can order these festive beverages at the bar from 1 to 31 December, from 12 pm to 10pm. 

A Sip of Joy at Oro Café 

Malaysia may not have winters, but the recent rainy season has been pretty cold. Warm up with some classic Christmas Eggnog at Oro Cafe, or order one of their signature concoctions like The Grinch Punch and Pomegranate Spiced Tea, for a burst of fragrant smells and flavours of exotic spices. Make a loved one’s day with a heartwarming takeaway gift box, and choose from either Santa’s Turkey Box which features Roast Turkey with a side of salads, baked vegetables, cranberry sauce and desserts or Festive Gift Boxes which comprise a medley of homemade pastry delights.  

Festive beverages are available from 1 – 31 December 2020 from 12pm – 10pm at RM35 nett per glass, while the Festive Gift and Takeaway Boxes are available from now until 31 December 2020 at RM180 nett. Festive Goodies are priced at RM40 nett. 

Festive Tea Time at The Lounge

Themed ‘Spirit of Joy’, The Lounge offers a high tea menu for guests to indulge themselves in food haven this holiday season. The Festive Afternoon High Tea Set includes a plethora of handcrafted desserts and savouries, including Turkey Cranberry Swiss Cheese Finger Sandwich, Chocolate & Cinnamon Orange Cake, Spiced Mango Éclair, Christmas Plum Pudding with Chocolate Raspberry Mousse and more, served with Pomegranate Spiced Tea. With a majestic view of KL city, this is a perfect opportunity for a glamorous and intimate tête-à-tête session alongside your friends or partner. 

The Festive High Tea is available from 1 to 31 December 2020, from 2.30pm – 5.30pm on weekdays and 12.30pm – 5.30pm on weekends, priced at RM250 nett for two persons. 

For enquiries or reservations, call +603 2264 2264, or email KULHI_CustomerServce@hilton.com, or visit http://www.eatdrinkhilton.com. 

*Photos courtesy of Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

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Best Tom Yum and Fried Squid @ Thai Thai, Sunway Pyramid

Been awhile since I went to Sunway Pyramid! The original plan was to have hotpot with C, but we ended up getting Thai food instead at Thai Thai. Despite being rather pricey, they’ve been consistently good on previous visits, and they did not disappoint this time either.

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The interior hasn’t changed much – but they added some colourful murals of plants/flowers and animals on one side of the wall.

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Thirst quenchers: Ice blended coconut shake and iced three-layer Thai milk tea. A bit hard to drink because they don’t give straws anymore, but gotta do our part for the environment!  The coconut shake was refreshing and sweet – good ice to coconut ratio. Milk tea was milky but not too sweet.

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I highly recommend getting the Tom Yum (you can choose from chicken, seafood or shrimp). We ordered the chicken for 2 pax (RM39++). It was hard to get the soup out with the spoon because the pot was kinda narrow – but taste wise, this is one of the better tom yum soups that I’ve had in the Klang Valley. Sour with a spicy kick (but not to the point that you breathe fire; just makes you sweat a little), it’s chock full of flavour from the lemongrass, chilli and other herbs. The chicken meat was also cooked to tender perfection. You can easily polish off bowls of rice with this.

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I also suggest getting the fried squid appetiser. Coated in crisp batter, the springy pieces of squid come with a sweet Thai chilli dip.

We only ordered two dishes to go with our rice because the stuff is rather pricey, but they have loads of other dishes as well, such as the popular Thai basil chicken, fried omelette, steamed fish, mango sticky rice, and more.

Prices average from RM20+ up to RM60++ for dishes such as the whole fish.

Thai-Thai Restaurant
LOT G1-135.Oasis Boulevard, Sunway Pyramid, No.3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway,46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-74919428

Business hours: 10am – 10pm (daily).

Fresh Market Buffet @ InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

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When it comes to food, everything’s about being fresh and healthy these days. Restaurants like Marche offer the market dining concept where you can pick out your own produce – and now even hotels have jumped on the bandwagon.

Serena Brasserie@ Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur recently unveiled their new ‘Fresh Market Buffet’ dinner concept – so instead of serving you pre-cooked dishes, they’ve transformed the restaurant into a marketplace, where diners get to pick out fresh produce and watch them being cooked on the spot. There are over 25 types of veggies, seafood, meat and poultry items to choose from!

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Some juices to quench our thirst before we went heavy duty.

There were bottled ones like carrot/orange and watermelon/celery – but you can also choose to customise your own drink from a bunch of fruits and veggies from the salad counter.

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The salad station had loads of vivid green veggies, cherry tomatoes, condiments, pickled items and cheeses.

The market concept is really clever because its a full sensory experience – the bright colours entice a diner’s visuals, and the smell and sounds of cooking at the live stations make you hungrier before you can finally tuck in!

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Kicked off with some cold appetisers from the sashimi and sushi section. There were soft, raw tuna plates, salmon, inari (sweet tofu) and crab meat rolls with wasabi.

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Extensive selection of seafood : Crabs, shrimp, mussels, oysters and scallops as big as my palm.

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More catch from the sea; tiger prawns, mackerel, blocks of Norwegian salmon, squid, clams, and more. True to their concept, everything was fresh and the seafood was fleshy and firm.

At the live cooking stations, guests can choose from 10 different cooking styles, such as stone-grilled, tempura-battered and bouillabaise. We opted to get our seafood done tempura style and bouillabaise (French-stew). The fried stuff turned out yummy, without being too oily while the bouillabaise had a strong flavour of tomato. Consistent, quality wise.

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Bread with soup is my comfort food, so I made a beeline for the freshly baked bread counter and got myself a bowl of creamy pea soup. They had breads in little silver buckets, which had a hard crust but was soft and fluffy on the inside. The most amusing thing was the butter though.

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Titty butter. 😀

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Fat slabs of poultry, beef and New Zealand lamb rack. We got ours stone-grilled. The meat was perfectly seared on the outside with just a hint of pink on the inside, while the lamb was tender and great with mushroom sauce. I really liked the sausages: thick, juicy and flavourful, thanks to its blend of herbs and spices.

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Highlight of the night was their giant block of Grana Padano cheese, which was bigger than my head! Shaped like a bowl, the chef would prepare risotto with mushrooms before tossing the everything into the cheese bowl. They also had paella.

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The risotto al Funghi was awesome – Generous bits of mushroom, al dente rice + a smooth, creamy texture.

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Also tried their Sang Har Meen; fried noodles topped with prawns, veggies and an egg sauce.

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For those lazy to wait, there are a few pre-cooked traditional items like roast chicken, ikan bakar (grilled fish), rendang and curries.

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Dessert time! A whole counter of sweet stuff awaits with cakes, Malay kuih, mousse, tarts and chocolate fondue tub. They also have a mini fridge full of premium chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

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This looked too pretty to be eaten, but was so sugary I could feel my enamel melting off lol.

The Fresh Market Buffet Dinner is available from 6pm daily and is priced at RM138 (Sun – Thurs) and RM178 (Fri & Sat). For reservations, call 03-2782 6228

SERENA BRASSERIE

Lobby Level, InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur,

165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Buffet Dinner @ Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton KL

It is customary for Chinese-owned businesses in Malaysia to have a ‘closing dinner’ or ‘Sau Goong Jao’ before the Chinese New Year, where all the employees gather to have a meal – it’s like the company’s thank you for all the work done in the past year. We had ours at Makan Kitchen at DoubleTree by Hilton,  Kuala Lumpur, a posh hotel in the heart of the city. Even though that meant we had to brave rush hour traffic on a Friday, it was worth it. 😀

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Makan Kitchen offers a buffet dinner from 6.30pm – 10.30pm. The restaurant on the 11th floor is spacious and divided into three sections offering Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisine. We had tables booked at the Chinese section, but guests can move about freely between the areas.

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First order of the day was to take photos lol.

The Chinese section had a small selection of ‘dimsum’ – fried chicken wantons, deep fried sesame balls with lotus paste or red bean filling, vegetable and flour crackers. There was also roast chicken, crispy duck and chicken chasiu, but photos were too blurry .

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Round 1 from the Chinese section.

The dumpling was crisp and crunchy with juicy minced meat filling. Super addictive! I also liked the roast chicken and duck, which was tender and had a thin crackly skin like suckling pig. The steamed chicken in salted fish was simple, comfort food.

Noodles were cold and meh. Flavour of the Beef in black pepper was okay but the meat was tough and overcooked.

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It wouldn’t be CNY without Yee Sang! Literally translated to ‘raw fish’, the dish is a salad of sorts with peanuts, crackers, pomelo, shredded carrot/turnip/other veges and sashimi slices (usually tuna or salmon) mixed together and poured over with thick fish sauce and calamansi. I didn’t like it when I was a kid, but lately I’ve been enjoying the taste (signs of getting old?)

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We’re supposed to mix it up with chopsticks; the higher the better as we speak aloud of good tidings and hopes for the new year.

Did you know that Yee Sang is only available in Malaysia and Singapore? The tradition was started here among the local Chinese so you won’t be able to find this in China. 🙂

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The crab meat and scallop soup was great, although a bit starchy. I had two bowls! 🙂 Stomach warming, the rich broth was chock full of ingredients. Some like it with a dash of vinegar.

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Moving on to the Malay section, there was various ulam (Malay-style salads) – tossed with seafood like shrimp and mussels.

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Noodle station. A server will cook your choice of noodle with soup, but guests can customise the condiments.

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Accompaniments: veges, mushroom, fishballs/chicken balls/tofu, seafood on skewers

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Freshly Grilled fish

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Chicken and beef satay. These were really good; meat was tender but the beef was chewy. I think they were marinated beforehand because there was a lemongrass flavour, and the baste was sweet and caramelly. The peanut sauce for dipping was quite oily though.

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Grilled fish and chicken. They also had spicy stuff like gulai, curries and rendang.

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The Indian section had a naan /chapatti station where they make the breads fresh to order. Little elephants lined the counter along with other decorations.

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Clay pots

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Elephant with garlic wreath and a huge bowl of crunchy poppadom crackers made from pureed lentils + flour and deep fried.

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Dried chilli tower!

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A small bread counter. No Western fare is served (except this and desserts).

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My Round 2: a mix of food from both the Malay and Indian sections. Other than satay, I had a spicy oyster mushroom curry (which had a hint of bitterness). The sambal sotong (squid) was very spicy and salty; had to keep gulping water down but the seafood was fresh and springy. The chicken curry was well done, but the real star was the fish. Cooked in coconut cream and yoghurt, it had a sour but appetising tang, and the texture was melt in the mouth.

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We were pleasantly surprised when the waiters came to our table and served us two extra dishes that were not on the buffet lineup: deep fried chicken lollipops. Salty and crunchy with a strong flavour of curry leaf, these lollies were everything that fried chicken should be.

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Beef rendang was equally amazing: chunky but melt off the bone in tender strips, topped with a mash of herbs like lemongrass, chillies, ginger, galangal, turmeric, garlic, etc that have been blended too a fine paste. You know it’s gonna be a party in the mouth!

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We can’t go to a buffet and not have dessert – and I have to say Makan Kitchen has a much better selection of desserts than their other sections lol. We were quite stuffed by then so had to take it slow. (Above) Cherry and banana crumble. 

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Butter sponge cakes on sticks.

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Traditional Malay desserts called ‘kueh’.

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Angku, a Chinese dessert consisting of a chewy, bouncy exterior made from glutinous rice flour and red bean/lotus paste filling. Since I like chewy stuff, this was my favourite.

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Made from all sorts of local ingredients; peanuts, glutinous rice flour, tapioca, etc.

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Ais kacang counter where you can make your own shaved ice. It’s like a Malaysian version of the Filipino halo-halo, jellies, nuts, etc.

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Western-style desserts: cheesecake, mango mousse cake, chocolate tarts, and tiramisu.

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Loved the chocolate mousse cake, topped with sweet maracons and fruits. The mousse was fluffy and soft, and the chocolate had just the slightest hint of bitterness.

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Red velvet cakes were good too. Fluffy, rich and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Makan Kitchen

  • Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur (Level 11), The Intermark. 348 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
  • Phone: +6 03 2172 7272
  • Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Price: Didn’t  get to ask because it was boss’s treat (!) but I’m guessing it’s above Rm100, considering that it’s a fancy hotel in KL.

New Year’s Eve Walk N Eat Buffet Adventure @ Putrajaya Marriott Hotel

CHRISTMAS is less than a week away, and then we’ll be ushering in a brand new year! To wrap up 2014, we were invited to sample some of the delights available at the New Year’s Eve Walk N Eat Buffet Adventure @Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, which will be available on Dec 31 only. On that day, guests can pay one price and be privy to hundreds of dishes from the hotel’s FOUR restaurants – Zest, Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant, Midori Japanese Restaurant and Tuscany Italian Restaurant & Pizza Bar.

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To start off the night, we had appetisers of smoked duck breast, which were done just right with a balanced amount of fat and lean meat. The duck was savoury and well-marinated without being too salty.

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Moving on, we tried some cute finger food in glasses  cherry tomatoes and cheese, tuna and salmon sushi on sticks, and veggie nibbles of carrot, cucumber and celery.

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A must-try according to the chef – slow-roasted lamb over a bed of rice infused with peas, carrots and raisins. The lamb was fall-off-the bone tender and marinated in a blend of 20 spices such as garlic, pepper, cumin and chilli powder.

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Beef Wellington! 🙂

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Japanese goodies – Kaki Motoyaki (cheese-baked oysters) which were snapped up in a flash. My photographer had nine all on her own O-O

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For the Chinese food lovers, there was a live action station where we got to select our own fresh prawns, which were then cooked on the spot in a herbal soup. The prawns were large and juicy, and the soup was clear and flavourful with herbs such as dong guai and wolfberries.

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Chocolate mousse in delicate cups. Beautiful done and oh-so-smooth it just slips down your throat.

 

Putrajaya Marriott Hotel

IOI Resort City, 62502 Sepang Utara

Marriott’s Walk n Eat Buffet Adventure & Countdown party is available on Thursday, 31st December 2014 ONLY and is priced at RM190++ per adult and RM114++ per child.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 03-8949 8888

35 Years of Love

Marriages are a lifelong commitment – you vow to be with your significant other through thick and thin, in sickness and in health, in both good and bad times. To do that for 35 years needs something more than just the initial passion. A strong, lasting relationship needs patience, understanding and tolerance. So I applaud my aunt and uncle (Kao Fu and Kao Mo) for their perseverance and unwavering devotion to each other. Happy 35th anniversary!

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To celebrate this milestone, my cousin organised a banquet at Moon Palace in Bandar Puteri, Puchong with close to 200 guests comprising relatives and friends. Since my mum and dad were ‘VIP guests’, my bro and I were relegated to a random table full of old strangers. It made for awkward conversation and lots of smartphone playing (on our end, of course.)

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I can get the whole ‘festive’ idea of having banquets, because one wants to celebrate and be happy. I guess my aunt and uncle were pretty happy because they were walking from table to table, toasting guests in increasingly loud voices. I was surprised my uncle didn’t just topple over after a bit because he was lugging this huge ass bottle of whiskey around and drinking at every table. It’s also a Chinese thing because we take the phrase ‘the more the merrier’ literally. Loud and over-the-top = good. Quiet? Bad. That’s also why we invented firecrackers and fireworks, see?

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If I’m getting married next time, I just want a quiet affair at home with good food, a couple of friends and close relatives, and cake. Cake is a must. I don’t need abalones or sea cucumbers like those Chinese ten-course dinners, but Cake is a must.

I guess my wedding next time will be a very quiet affair with homemade food, a couple of friends and close relatives, and cake. CAKE IS A MUST. I don’t need abalone or sea cucumber or oat-fried shrimp but CAKE IS A MUST

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Bro and I with Kau foo and Kau Mo. The former looked quite dapper because he doesn’t normally wear coats, while the latter looked nearly 10 years younger – not from the makeup, but a general glow of happiness. I was happy for the both of them.

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Chow time! Like most Chinese dinner banquets, food was served close to an hour after guest arrivals, because we are never on time lol. The dishes come according to course – which means that each dish is served and finished before the next one arrives.

For appetisers, we had a mixed platter of assorted stuff, including cold lobster salad, deep fried spring rolls stuffed with fish paste, salted egg yolk and seaweed; deep fried vegetable balls, octopus and mango salad (not pictured above) + deep fried pork ribs. The ribs were tender, juicy and well-flavoured, while the spring rolls were crunchy and well-cooked. Vege balls were disappointingly mushy, while the salad was okay (they could have put more lobster in it!)

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Second dish was shark’s fin soup. Killing sharks for their fins is considered a cruel practice because many hunters just leave the sharks to sink to the bottom of the ocean to die, but it is highly in demand especially at traditional Chinese banquets. The fins themselves are tasteless, and can be easily substituted by dong fun (a type of transparent vermicilli made from flour). Since this is supposed to be a happy post, I won’t complain about it but I think people (especially the younger generation) should be aware that consumption is a choice. Many people still eat it because it is expensive and regarded as a ‘prestigious’ or ‘prosperous’ dish.

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Suckling pig, which is basically a baby pig that has not reached a month old.😦

Okay this is going to sound really evil, but if done well, suckling pig tastes 10x better than bacon. It has a very crispy skin when roasted, lots of fat and soft, savoury meat just beneath. The textures just melt in your mouth when you eat it. The version here was not done well though – it felt like eating large blobs of fat drenched in oil. The squiggly stuff on the side is cold jellyfish. #itstruethatChinesepeopleeateverything

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Moving on to normal-er things, here is a large, steamed garoupa in soy sauce.

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And sweet and sour shrimp. I prefer my shrimp done with oats and buttermilk, but these weren’t too bad. There was also sea cucumber and baby abalone and lotus-leaf wrapped glutinous rice along with cold dessert to end the meal. Unfortunately by then I was too full and couldn’t eat much, nor was I taking pictures because I was too busy snapping away at the stage where my family members were. My cousin also gave a nice little speech and slideshow on his parents, from the day they met til where they are today.

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Once again, Happy 35th, Kau foo and Kau Mo! Here’s to many more years ahead. Stay sweet always