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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dong Yi Shun, Kelana Jaya Food Review

So far in my entire life, I've only eaten China Muslim food once and that was back then during the road trip when the Almera was launched.

Knowing of such dish's existence, I intend to find one that would be phenomenal according to my taste. So I decided to try out Dong Yi Shun:
Dong Yi Shun is a simple and plain restaurant where it's interior has both Chinese and Muslim style influence in it's ambiance.
 
It's fruit juices are made from real fruits and the mango juice that I tasted is not too sweet but the sweetness tends to come from the mango itself.

This is the Golden Empress Fragrant Fish:
Fish is okay and I find it relies heavily on the sauce for taste which is sweet.
Spicy Chicken with Dried Chili:
The chicken is indeed spicy and the dried chili, hard and probably best to avoid eating as the spiciness screwed up my taste buds on tasting some dishes that was later produced.

Anyway, moving on is the Xiao Long Pao:
Disappointed on this one because it seems to have sit for too long. The skin of the Xiao Long Pao is rubbery and thick and overpowers the taste of the meat inside which is not much. A good Xiao Long Pao has it's juicy soup flowing out from the inside but this one had none at all.

Pan Fried Chicken Dumplings:
This is not bad. The minced chicken inside is flavorful and in whole nice to eat.

Golden Salted Pepper Prawns:
Prawns are not what I like to eat but I took a small one to try it out. It's full of interesting flavors in it and quite salty but then again, it's supposed to be salty hence the name. The one thing that I didn't like about this dish is that it's fried with the tail that contains the prawns' shell at the end of it. This was hidden due to the exterior and could provide an unpleasant experience when you unknowingly bite into the prawns shell.

Here is the Zi Ran (Cumin) Lamb:
This is the best dish that I've tasted in this restaurant. I like the taste of Cumin Lamb and it has always left me wanting more everytime. In this case, it also had me wanting more. The meat was nice and tender and the seasoning on the meat really is the highlight flavor: a little saltiness, a little spiciness where I could just eat it on it's own.

This is Spicy Sliced Potato:
By now, I'm sure you've figured out that most of the dishes tend to come with spiciness in it. If you're a person who can't take spicy, best to ask them to tone it down or none at all by preparing it another way when you order. Strangely, for this dish, I somehow tasted it to be gingery and couldn't taste the potato even though I took a mouthful of it. Maybe my taste buds were a little wack at this point.

This is the Dong Yi Shun Four Season Mixed:
Done in a clear manner, the vegetable tastes are apparent.

Mushroom Prawn Lamee:
The noodles that they have are all handmade in the kitchen so it ensures freshness and nicer to eat. The highlight of this dish is the noodles in itself, the soup and ingredients thrown in together were just so-so.

And finally, we tried the Hot & Sour Soup:
Despite having a nice taste to it, it's too spicy for my consumption on it's own and hence I'm only able to drink 3 spoonfuls of it.

Dong Yi Shun is at: C-G-06 Ground Floor, Dataran Glomac, Jalan SS 6/5B, Kelana Jaya, 47301.
It's open everyday 10am-10pm

Sunday, October 27, 2013

McLaren Show Gallery Launched in Malaysia

Through it's aggressive expansion plan in Asia, McLaren has now made it into the shores of Malaysia and started with a bang by launching it's first showroom at Mutiara Damansara. The opening marks the 41st retail location in it's 25th global market within the span of 2 years.

When I first arrived at the showroom, I was greeted by the McLaren 12C beautifully displayed at the front of the showroom:
The iconic British brand of high performance sports car is represented by Sime Darby Auto Britannia Sdn Bhd in Malaysia which is a subsidiary of Sime Darby Motors. This is the 3rd collaboration between Sime Darby Motors and McLaren Automotive where the other 2 is at Hong Kong and Shanghai.

There were almost a handful of McLaren cars scattered around the front ground floor of the building showcasing at their allocated space of which one I had coffee with:
Besides coffee, there was one other refreshing drink that was served:
Among the invited guests gracing the official launch ceremony were senior representatives from McLaren Automotive including Sven J. Ritter, Sales Manager, McLaren Automotive Asia, globally acclaimed car designer and Design Director of McLaren Automotive, Frank Stephenson and Dennis Ho, Managing Director of Malaysia, Sime Darby Motors:
The launch ceremony also saw a very special 'guest' making an appearance and that is the McLaren P1, the hybrid supercar which is also the long-awaited successor to the legendary McLaren F1:
This super exclusive beautiful masterpiece is limited to only 375 units worldwide:
It's truly the ultimate expression of McLaren's engineering expertise and design.
Sven J. Ritter said, “Asia is the world’s largest and fastest growing auto market. McLaren Kuala Lumpur’s new showroom is another testament of McLaren Automotive’s drive to expand quickly yet prudently into this exciting marketplace. Our expansion is hinged on working with partners with a proven track record in performance and delivery.”
Sven also explained that McLaren Automotive aims to expand beyond Formula 1 racing and have its state-of-the-art high performance sports cars available to discerning enthusiasts.

“Asia, including Malaysia, has an ever-growing pool of high net worth individuals who are becoming more and more astute in the way they invest, especially in their passion, and this provides a fascinating opportunity for a brand like McLaren,” he added. 

The showroom at the Ground Floor of Menara Mudajaya, Mutiara Damansara is supported by the McLaren Kuala Lumpur Service Centre in Temasya Industrial Park, Glenmarie. The Service Centre has a fully-equipped two-bay workshop where the employees have been professionally trained at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey, UK. This means they have the capability and expertise to service and diagnose any McLaren sports cars with the highest of standards.

Besides the P1, the McLaren 12C Spider was also showcased at the launch:
 
The McLaren 12C was derived from McLaren's world championship-winning Formula 1 heritage and it's starting price is from RM2.036 million.
McLaren Kuala Lumpur also has a vehicle adoption policy that offers existing McLaren sports car owners in Malaysia the opportunity to maintain their cars with an authorised McLaren service centre.

For further information on McLaren cars, head on to www.kualalumpur.mclaren.com

Monday, October 21, 2013

Malaysian Ladies Polo Championships 2013

On a Saturday afternoon, I braved the heat and the scorching sun to make my way to unknown territory where I've never gone before, all that to go...........for a polo match.
Okay, it may sound unlike me since I know nothing much about polo but hey, there's always a first for everything, right? No? Okay. You'll know why I'm there later on. LOL.

The rain started to pour out of a sudden during my journey and as quickly as it came, it went away just as fast while I'm trying to locate where exactly I was.

Anyway, it's the Finals and the decision for the winner, 2nd place and 3rd and 4th place after earlier rounds during the weekdays. The playing teams were defending champion La Boheme, La Pampa - GTM, Jennzilla and Butterfly Twists:
The great lady polo players were playing for the honor of being champions and the world's leading luxury Scotch Whisky, Royal Salute.
And that's partially why I'm here for as well, to savor for the first time, the fine taste of the whisky in addition to kick back and relax while watching the ladies play their game.

I started off with some Chivas cocktails which is also available to chase the throat dryness away:
The concoction was named as Chivalry with some apple juice, lemon juice and soda water finishing with a slice of apple on top. Of course it also contains Chivas 12. Small subtle sweet flavors intermingle within the bottom of my glass

While the rain stopped after I made it to the Polo ground, the weather throughout the day was hit with sporadic rain rendering the playing condition challenging. Nonetheless, the valiant ladies polo players continued on despite the rain.

La Pampa - GTM consisting of players Fazila Filippi, Melissa Tiernan, Claire Donnelly and Sarah Wiseman manage to win the tournament against previous winner La Boheme with a 4½ - 4 scoreline while the 3rd place was captured by team Butterfly Twists as they defeated Jennzilla with a score of 6½ to 4.
With the match over and the bagpipes and drums performance doing their thing:
I settled down for a tasting session on the Royal Absolute with a person explaining the tasting notes to me:
We tasted the Royal Salute 21 and the Royal Salute 100 casks first neat then with water added:
When you take a whiff of the whisky, the 21 smells a little fruity while the 100 casks, in the words of the person explaining smells a little of detergent. Haha. I do agree as I did smell a little of detergent smell among other things. The 21 has a more milder, smoother taste as compared to the 100 casks also the oaky taste is less apparent. The 100 casks is spicier, bolder.

The Royal Salute 21 Year Old Blended Whisky was originally produced as a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:
There are also 4 Royal Salute Diamond Jubilee bottles that were auctioned off where the proceeds went to the Yayasan Chow Kit and Haemophiliac Society of Malaysia.
 
The Malaysian Ladies Polo Tournament is an internationally recognised polo event,
part of the Women’s Championship Tournament of Polo, which is played in over 20
countries around the world.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Prost! with Carlsberg Malaysia at Oktoberfest Finale

After being around the Peninsular Malaysia bringing the Bavarian festival of Oktoberfest with the many parties, Carlsberg Malaysia finally draws the merriment to a hearty conclusion at the Old Wing outdoor car park of 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya.

First thing that I did there was scout out my food as it was dinnertime for me when I arrived there.
There were a buffet spread of food that was laid out by certain participating outlets including Ninja Joe:
But what I was searching for are the food that keeps the Bavarian theme and something to go well with my beer since I intended my beverage to be beer:
So I settled for some Bratwurst and Pork Neck to go with my Carlsberg:
It may seem little but it was enough for me for the time being. Later on when the night was late and the 1 Utama shoppers throng the tent, I had more food consumed.

On top of Carlsberg beer, there's also Erdinger, Franziskaner (one of my favorite) and Lowenbrau that were served icy cold in limited edition 'stein' mugs as well. That quenched the throat of the people that were present there:
There's even Jagermeister there. I quite like Jagermeister :)
Sorry for the blurry pic. My hands aren't as steady that day after a couple of beers.

So the celebration starts after the ceremonial keg was tapped by Carlsberg Malaysia's Managing Director, Henrik Andersen and they toasted their mugs to the party people:
The Oom-Pa-Pah band that were flown in from Germany which performed at all the selected Carlsberg Malaysia Oktoberfest celebration also performed at the finale:
They sang their traditional Germanic folk songs and some contemporary favorites. Also another thing that flew in from Germany was the Malaysian Book of Records 'Longest Carlsberg Malaysia Oktoberfest Long Horn':
And of course, no Oktoberfest party would be complete without the friendly Dirndl girls decked
in custom made Bavarian dirndl outfits and ever ready to top up dwindling steins of the revellers:
They were irresistible and soon had the braver, more spontaneous party goers there to participate in the 'chicken dance' with them and other fun activities:
Henrik said,"What a wonderful way to end this iconic Carlsberg Malaysia Oktoberfesst beer festival with a closing party of this size for our consumers. This is another great opportunity to share an experience as authentic as they come. After all, Oktoberfest is about bringing people together in the spirit of good cheer and good beer while enjoying good food and music."

Cheers to that, Henrik!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

D'Dream Cafe, SS2 Food Review

Sometimes, a food joint attracts patrons to their establishment by way of their theme.
I would say D'Dream Cafe is one such place.
From the exterior of the building that it's located at, it seems just like your normal, regular, business-as-usual place; but once you step inside the cafe, you'll immediately recognize the world that the owner transport you to.
It's the fantasy world of Doraemon - the blue robotic cat from the future that has grown to more than just being an icon in Japan.

As can be clearly seen around the whole cafe, the owner is a much avid fan of Doraemon ever since he was a child and has a very large collection of Doraemon items and memorabilia.
The items displayed around the shop are just a small portion of his entire collection which the rest are in his home.
Surrounded with Doraemon related things, we entered into a cozy room that feels like a bedroom atmosphere to savor the dishes in this place.
Taiwanese food is what is served here and our first dish was the only dish that we ate that has something that goes along with the Doraemon theme:
It's the Minced Pork Rice. On the dish where the minced pork is piled in the middle on top of the rice with vegetables making a circle around it also lies some Doraemon shaped Fish Cakes. The fish cakes may proved adorable to be decorated in the dish but in terms of taste provided zero influence. But then again, the main thing in this dish IS the minced pork since that is what it's named. It costs a mere RM5 for it.

We then tried the "Three Cup Phoenix" minus the rice:
No doubt, the chicken may be tender and nicely cooked, yet it still requires the dish to be consumed with rice. Else it will be too salty to be eaten on it's own. Of course, this is a portion of just the chicken for us to taste. It's usually served with rice or ramen in a dish with the price of RM7.50.

The next thing that we tried is the Red-Braised Beef with Ramen:
The beef is juicy and tender, not too chewy and has a little sweetness to it but lacks in taste in the middle. The soup is quite salty and provides a little spicy aftertaste to it while the noodles taste just like instant noodles.

Next, we tasted the Popcorn Chicken:
This is the type of chicken that I like to eat and is what I always order at one of the Taiwanese joint to go with my rice most of the time. It's basically fried chicken with curry powder(?) on top. For D'Dream Cafe's version, they seem to have sprinkled the curry powder after they plated it onto a bowl for us. That makes it unevenly seasoned with some chicken having too much of the curry powder which is very salty while others none at all. For the top ones, I tried to shake off the excess curry powder but it was futile as it stuck to the chicken like glue. I wish I hadn't finish my rice so soon so that I can eat along with this chicken to soften the salty taste. The fried chicken itself was okay, some were mildly hard which makes it too chewy partially due to the batter, I guess. Usually served with rice or ramen and costs RM7.50. Also can be ordered just as a side dish for the price of RM6 small or RM9 large.

Some Stewed Bean Curd were presented as well:
The tofu is cooked with some chewing needed and not the type where it's real soft till it melts in your mouth. From the picture above, you can see that it contains some minced meat on top and what looks like some oyster sauce. Eating on it's own is salty but eating it with rice would be just nice. The minced meat complements the flavor of the tofu.

Deep Fried Pork Ramen:
Pork chop was okay. Noodles proved to be too salty. I couldn't go more than 3 bites on it. Needs some veg to lessen the saltiness which unfortunately was missing in this plate. I believe, usually there will be a stalk or two of veg.

Next up was the Sweet Potato Fries with Sour Plum Powder:
When I imagine how it's gonna taste like, I didn't think it would be such a good combination. But when I tasted it, the sour plum powder actually complemented the sweet potato fries well. The sweet potato fries eaten on it's own is already quite nice but when you add the sour plum powder to it, it sweetens and strengthen it's taste further. Of course, too much of the sour plum powder and it's going to be too sweet but the powder is easier to shake off than the popcorn chicken. This is something unique that I've never had before.

Some Golden QQ Balls:
It's nice as dessert. Sweet, sticky on the inside with a harder exterior shell. Not bad. Costs around RM6.

We were also served 2 beverage as desserts too. 1 is the Herbal Jelly Milk:
Be sure to stir it well or else the sweetener/syrup will concentrate at the bottom always. A cup is equivalent to RM4.90

And 1 more beverage as dessert is the Fruit Tea:
We tasted the cold version of it and it's very refreshing. Although much lesser ingredients than a previous fruit tea that I've tried, yet the flavors of the fruit seems to be equally balanced.

D'Dream Cafe is located at SS2, same row as CIMB Bank and is on a 1st floor level.
The address is:
70A, 1st Floor, Jalan SS2/60, Petaling Jaya (North), 47300

Although you can walk in to eat here, it's better to make a reservation because if the restaurant is packed, they'll serve customers with reservation first before attending to walk in customers. Even with a reservation, the wait for the food may take awhile too if it's a lot or if there's a lot of customers. Best is to go off peak hours. LOL. You can take your time looking at the Doraemon displays instead while waiting. XD