Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, Parkroyal KL, Dim Sum Feast

The day that I attended this review session was a day where I wasn't myself. I was in a dazed from the start of the day till the end of the day. Blame it on the night before for boozing but come to think of it, I somehow had developed a low tolerance for alcohol of late. It's quite a relief that I was merely a plus one for the day and was literally there to just enjoy the feast rather than the need to blog about it. LOL.

The place that we headed to was Si Chuan Dou Hua - the Chinese restaurant of Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur.
From the name, you know that it serves Szechuan dishes and Szechuan cuisines are known for their strong flavors and spiciness despite the fact that China Chinese don't usually eat a lot of spicy food.

Well, like I said before, I was more of in a daze that day and so I'll just introduce on what I ate that day. Can't remember much of the flavor profile and the how good or bad is the food. The only thing that I can remember is that some of the food were too spicy for me to finish. I find that rather unusual because I'm a person who can partake of spicy food. I guess besides my tolerance for alcohol, the tolerance for spiciness has also gone down as well.

It started off with a cooking demonstration on 3 of their dishes, the Minced Chicken Dumpling in Chilli Oil, the Pan-fried Scallop Carrot Cake and the Sichuan Dan Dan Noodle.
We were shown on how to prepare those dishes ourselves in the comfort of our own home.
The participating bloggers were all eyes and ears attentive to the chef's cooking while me being in a daze and also a hopeless in cookery were clueless as to what was happening or being done by the chef.

Once the demo was over, the time I looked forward to was here - the eating session!
Started off with the Pan-Fried Pancake with Chicken Floss:
Having chicken floss inside was quite a surprise for me. I didn't expect it and I've certainly have not eaten chicken floss for a very long, long, long, long time. It sure is nice to have em again.

Next came the Steamed Chives Dumpling:
A dumpling full of ingredients inside. Nice and good.

This here is the Minced Chicken Dumpling Wrapped in Banana Leaf:
Forgive my absent-mindedness. I simply forgot to take a pic of it when they unwrapped one and place on top of the lot. It's a green gummy texture almost similar to those onde-onde balls but more chewy. Inside contains minced chicken but I somehow find the combination a little hard to marry for my taste.

Dumpling in Chicken Soup, I guess:
Elevated wonton. XD Love the taste of the soup. The dumplings, well it is nice to but I wouldn't say extraordinary.

Minced Chicken Meat Dumpling in Chilli Oil:
The dumpling may not be extraordinary but when it's with the chilli oil it changes completely to a super incredibly delicious dish. I love the great taste along with some intricate add-ons to it like fried garlic, spring onion and some dash of sesame seeds.

Pan Fried Carrot Cake with Dried Scallop:
Although I'm not usually fond of pan fried carrot cake, the one that was served at Si Chuan Dou Hua is good. I certainly like the taste of this Pan Fried Carrot Cake.

Steamed Celery Dumpling with Conpoy:
The orange on this dim sum dish is so vibrant. The taste of it is okay. And Conpoy is dried scallops.

Boiled Minced Chicken with Spicy Sour Sauce:
Like the dumpling in chilli oil, this too tastes good but is very spicy. However, the spiciness is different from the chilli oil spicy. This is more peppery and lingers on after consuming and it hits off immediately. But, I have to admit it was rather nice.

Pan Fried Minced Chicken Dumpling with Chives:
Unlike the dumplings earlier, having it pan fried provided a little crisp to it and a little difference to it's taste. I still prefer the one in chilli oil or the non-spicy version but this is also not bad in terms of taste.

Steamed Glutinous Rice with Dried Shrimp wrapped with Yam:
Can't remember much on what this taste like but I bet it's good.

Braised Eggplant with Garlic and Chili Sauce:
Well, eggplants aren't my thing to eat but anything with this sauce is incredible. Will definitely go well with some rice.

This is Stir-Fried French Beans with Minced Garlic:
Again, I'm not a veggie person but it tastes okay and will sure be good with some rice.

After that, the Chef whipped up a special knife to cut the dough for the noodles demoing to us.
The noodles of course these way as it's own appealing way with it's uneven thickness.
Home-made Knife Shredded Noodles with Spicy Soup. It taste good but that day seemed to be too spicy for me to finish the whole thing. There's also the non-spicy version which is just with Chicken Soup.

Here's the Si Chuan Dan Dan Noodles:
Nice but also spicy. However, this spice has the longest delay to kick in and is the mildest of all to me.

We then, moved on to dessert starting with Homemade Fine Bean Curd with Wolfberry:
Pour it in and enjoy.
Not too sweet. Just nice for me.

We ended it all with this dessert, Steamed Glutinous Rice Ball with Purple Sweet Potato Paste:
Actually, there were also Fortune Cookies which mine read "You're energetic and self-motivated". LOL. Some fortune cookie.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Weekend Evening at La Bodega During Spanish National Day 2014

Nothing much going on during that day and so I decided to hang out at La Bodega at Bangsar Shopping Centre where they were having the Spanish National Day celebration that evening.

Had a couple of beers, some food which includes paella and....other things. LOL.

I'm impress of how this man pours the wine scooped from a barrel.
He swings it up high and pours it accurately onto the wine glass.

That night was pretty much about that for me, drink, eat, chat with friend (ie. Duncan) say hi and greet a few people I knew who were there. And that's all.

There were some performances via singing and Flamenco dances
And some lucky draw that night too.
The prizes were mostly bottles of alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, I didn't win any. LOL

The whole gang of performers get together singing Spanish songs at the end of the night.
The night was a wet night too with the rain being on and off but also quite a hot one being on the outdoors. There were loads of people there filling up the place but few people whom I knew.

They had Sangria served at the event along with wine but I took few sips of it and decided it wasn't the concoction for me for this time and so I opted for some Somersby and Franziskaner.

I called it quits close to 11pm since my eyes were shutting and the alcohol that surges through me has a sleepy spell put on me. Well, ya. Short update from me here. LOL

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GAB Oktoberfest at The Rabbit Hole, Changkat Bukit Bintang

Just a small update-ish of what went down for me last Friday.

I went down to the Rabbit Hole at Changkat Bukit Bintang for GAB's Oktoberfest event. Unbeknownst to me, it wasn't a hyped-up public invitation event where there'll be lots of stuff happening around. Rather, it was merely an invitation to get together, sit down and chill session for a few of us. When I first arrived at the scene, I was wondering, is the event cancelled? Since I was there early and there weren't many people there. LOL. It wasn't long till I realized what it was as I was explained to on the oddly lackluster turnout.

Anyway, gulped some beer.
That night, I chose Kirin Ichiban all the way. I'm still in la-la land over Kirin Ichiban's funtastic Glamping Event.

Chowed some food.
This is the black pepper sausage at The Rabbit Hole. It's deeee-licious. I also ate some chicken wings....erm, thing too which was done in the style of salted eggs. I forgot to take any photos of it but it weren't as good as those sausages I had. It's ok-lah to say the least.

The Biggest Mug in Malaysia was there too.
It had a tour around the block and people were encouraged to take photos with it with 2 pretty ambassadors there to accompany and assist.

The night started to fill with The Rabbit Hole patrons and around 10pm plus, it looks more like your usual typical Friday evenings at Changkat Bukit Bintang. I had another mug. Woo-hoo!
This time the design is a little different. It has the checkered pattern on it instead of plain jane.

There's live music as well where the guy had me singing along to almost every song. It was the right vocal range for me and the songs I know the words too. LOL.

A chill and relaxing evening where it was great to unwind after all the heavy rain and traffic on that Friday evening.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Celebration of Our Inspiring Malaysian Tastemakers

When I arrived at the scene, I felt so underdress. But I had no choice because there were stuff I need to carry around before coming to the event, hence my short sleeved shirt that I'm dressed in. But I've got to say that this is the most fanciest and poshest party I've been to and I've been to a lot of fancy, upscale and swanky ones in my life. It all started with a Lamborghini displayed in the front of Pavilion Hilltop Property Gallery:
Inside the hall, it looked as if tuxedos were a requirement but of course, that's not the case. Later on, I felt more relieved as I weren't the only semi-casual dressed there.

Being at the Pavilion Hilltop Property Gallery, they've gotta do a bit of showing you on the Pavilion Hilltop property. Here's their scale model on the condo:
They also showcased their condos at their showrooms too.
Here's some pics on it.

I felt that the place had more of a hotel feel to it than a homely feel. Is it worth it's price tag? Well, you be the judge of that. In addition to that, it also has quite a number of facilities which includes a 45m Infinity Pool, Basketball Practice Court, Library, Games Room, Floating Cabana and others.

Anyway, the event isn't about the property but about great inspiring Malaysians who made their mark in their own way. So what's a tastemaker? It is defined as people who's determination of what's good, fashionable, stylish etc etc has resulted into a trend and followed by many people. In other words, trendsetters.

The individuals that we had come together for this party are
Ms Tee May Yee:
Founder of the Last Polka Ice Cream.

Ms. Marini Ramlan:
Artist/Creative Developer

Mr. Benson Saw:
Product Designer

And Ms. Farah Azizan:
All of them has been featured on the 30-minute special on Life Inspired new season channel.

Before the start of the event, there has been a free flowing of Moet & Chandon champagne and Hennessy XO Cognac to go with the guests dinner.
And all around the site, Bedat & Co. collection of women timepieces were displayed to anticipate on what's to come later on.
And what's to come later on, you may ask. Well, it was a fashion show on Bedat & Co. watches.
The night continued on with guests mingling with one another over glasses of champagne and juices. Saw Amber Chia and Jehan Miskin among the people present that evening and certainly is a memorable evening for me.