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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Songket Restaurant 4th Anniversary Celebration

Earlier this month, Songket Restaurant which is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia celebrated their 4th anniversary and had some 100 guests comprising of corporates, hoteliers, travel agents and media attending it's feast.
The place has a traditional charm to it where it is housed in a bungalow that is converted to resemble a village house and has an inner ground from the road that leads in to it.
The restaurant mainly serves authentic Malay cuisines which infuse a modern twist to it and on that night, they also unveiled a brand new exciting menu.

The night with it's lucky draw prizes riling up the attendees had a buffet feast spread out to appease the hungry when dinnertime arrives.

The buffet spread consists of the following things to go with the rice out of the many other side items for the guests' consumption.

Ayam Rempah Bertumis:
Masak Lemak Ayam Dengan Nangka:
This is one of their house specialty.

Daging Salai Masak Lemak Cili Api:




Ikan Lemak Asam Gelugur:
Ikan Lemak Asam Tempoyak:
Udang Sos Mentega:
Sotong Goreng Kunyit:
Baby Kailan Sos Tiram:
Desserts sitting pretty at it's designated place having a very inviting appeal to onlookers.
 
 
It may take a little effort but the KLCC Twin Towers bright city lights are visible in the distance of the night sky from the outdoor atmosphere of Songket while The Intermark is in full view since it's just behind Songket.
Songket also provided some entertainment in the form of Malaysian multi-cultural dance performance.
They invited the audience to participate as well.

So, Happy 4th Anniversary Songket Restaurant:
May you have many more years to come.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Win A Trip To The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil With Budweiser

This year, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be happening in Brazil and Budweiser being the official beer sponsor will be sending 2 lucky Malaysian winners to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Semi-Final live in Sao Paulo, Brazil later this July. Being the sole distributor of Budweiser Beer here in Malaysia, Luen Heng F&B Sdn Bhd revealed it's brand marketing campaign themed Rise As One.

In conjunction with the international football tournament, Budweiser has designed a holistic creative platform under the Rise As One thematic campaign, which will serve to celebrate the moments that unite and inspire fans of the beautiful game around the world.

"The FIFA World Cup offers a strong and relevant global platform through the connection with passionate football fans around the world. We're looking forward to the opportunities throughout the tournament to bring the excitement of the beautiful game to fans in Malaysia and to connect the Budweiser brand with even more consumers locally. We believe that the sport of football and its passionate global fan base are a perfect match with Budweiser. It will be such a strong attraction because we are not only offering a once in a lifetime experience to 2 lucky Malaysian grand prize winners to watch the 2014 world cup semi-finals live in Sao Pauto, Brazil but also giving out many exclusive Budweiser World Cup merchandises to reward our consumers," said Kenneth Soh, General Manager of Luen Heng F&B Sdn Bhd.
To participate in the "Win A Trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil contest:
1) Purchase 2 bottles or cans of Budweiser beer from any of the participating outlets in Malaysia.
2) Fill in the contest entry form and answer a simple question. (Forms downloadable at facebook.com/BudweiserMalaysia).
3) Attach the original copy of the receipt and drop the contest form into boxes allocated at key outlets or mail it to:-
Wisma LHA, No. 8,
Jalan Kilang Midah,
Taman Midah,
56000 Kuala Lumpur
(Before 30 April 2014).
In addition to the contest, Budweiser has also unveiled it's special designed packaging of Budweiser Beer for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The 473ml limited edition trophy bottle coated in gold color will be introduced simultaneously in more than forty countries including Malaysia. There's also a 355ml limited edition cans which together with the bottle will be available in the Malaysian market by 1st May 2014.

For further information visit Budweiser Malaysia's Facebook page.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Chakri Palace, Pavilion KL Media Launch

Chakri Palace opened it's doors at Pavilion KL and held a media launch one evening in March.
After a bit of a wait being there early and all, I had a lookaround at the small yet comfortable outlet.

Definitely looking forward to try their award winning Tom Yam which is mild, medium spicy or can be requested for just the non spicy one.
The Chakri Palace bar, indicating it serves alcohol as well.
First outlet of Chakri Palace is located at KLCC where it opened way back in 1999 and since then has strive to offer authentic Thai cuisines that are prepared by award-winning chefs.
A carving demonstration by award winning carver Chef Lamprai takes place while awaiting for more guests to arrive:
Her selected piece slowly but surely takes shape into a flowery mold as she skillfully carves away to her desired shape.

After a certain period of time, Kee Hua Chee started it off as the emcee:
This then led to the opening speech by Ms. Caleen Chua and followed of by Chef Nopporn Nutto:
 
Chef Nopporn Nutto described and introduced Chakri Palace's signature dishes:
Which includes the signature Kadok Leaves Roll (strong minty taste with the peanuts providing a crunch), the Catfish Mango Salad, Roasted Duck with Coffee Sauce and Red Ruby Water Chestnut.

With that the buffet opens and that's when I went to have a sample taste of their Tom Yum with noodles:
The staff carefully selects the portion of each ingredient and puts it together into the bowl once the noodle has been boiled off and asks whether I want it spicy. As I answered yes to it, he scoops a dollop of chili and dumps it right on top.

The Tom Yum is flavorful; savory with a vague sour taste. The small portion of chili that sits on top at the beginning does nothing to elevate the spiciness.

With dinner out of the way, Chef Lamprai with Chef Nopporn spearheads a mini carving class cum competition with the participants heading home with a little knowledge of it and tokens of appreciation:
I headed off into the distance and fade away into the night once the event ended, had a strollaround before deciding to head towards home.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tai Lei Loi Kei, USJ10, Taipan, Subang Jaya, Food Review

Last year in June, Tai Lei Loi Kei first opened up an outlet here in Malaysia with it's grand opening at Lot 10, Hutong Food Court:
http://www.ktheblogger.com/2013/06/layumcha-and-tai-lei-loi-kei-lot-10.html
Ever since then, it has aggressively expanded throughout the Klang Valley with a total of 17 outlets and is aiming to expand out of Klang Valley as well.

Over at Top Speed Business Centre in Taipan, USJ10, Subang Jaya, lies one such outlet as well:
And that was where I went for a food review to see whether the taste is the same as the one at Lot 10, Hutong.

A glance at the menu board shows pretty much the same as what is being sold at the Lot 10, Hutong branch. However, there is one new difference that I've not seen before and that is the add on of cheese, ham & luncheon meat also a breakfast set that only contain those items with the bun instead of the usual pork chop/chicken chop in it.

Once the arrival of the relevant party is complete, we started off with the barrage of food that came our way.

The ever famous Tai Lei Loi Kei Signature Pork Chop Bun:
Taste is consistent with the branch at Lot 10 which I clearly remember eating. It's priced at RM12.90. If pork is not what you fancy, they also have the Chicken Chop Bun for the same price.

If you feel that the bun is a little too plain for your taste, you can go for the Polo Pork Chop or Chicken Chop Bun:
The price remains at RM12.90 either way.

And here is what I was talking about that I found quite new to me and that is the choice to add on, Cheese, Ham, Luncheon Meat and Egg. Called the Four Heavenly Kings Pork Chop Bun.
I find that adding on the extra ingredients actually made it taste much better. I know their signature food may be the pork chop bun or you can even go with the polo bun but for me somehow eating it just that way will get me quick to a point where I just couldn't continue eating the pork chop anymore. However, when it's added these extra ingredients, it somehow whets my appetite and can easily eat it up with the pork chop.

There's also the Pork Chop or Chicken Chop to go with their noodles, be it dry:
 
Or in soup form:
Either way, the noodles are just as springy and firm, the way I like these kind of noodles. As you can see, you can also add on egg, luncheon meat and ham if you want. All depends on how you want those things. No fixed rule.

Here's their Curry Fish Ball:
Fish ball not bad. Curry somehow is a little too spicy for me. The fish ball goes great with the noodles. :D
But then, it won't be curry fish balls anymore. LOL.

Chicken Wings:
Can have it with the noodles or rice if you want.

Chicken Chop/Pork Chop with Rice and Egg and add on a luncheon meat:
Let's just say, you've tasted one, you've tasted all. It generally taste the same just different ways of how you want it to be. Whatever tickles your fancy, that's what you should order.

Fish Ball Curry Noodles:


Interestingly, there's dessert.
Chocolate and original flavor. Original is actually milk. There's loads of 'sawdust' on it that once bite on it, it tends to choke. The original is more lighter and creamier while the chocolate base is harder.

Full address:
4A Jalan USJ 10/1J (Topspeed Business Centre), 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Blu Med Restaurant, The Gardens, Boulevard - Mid Valley Food Review

Despite feeling under the weather these past 2 weeks (especially during the weekends), I decided to press on with my daily life with the discomfort of an aching body and a diminishing spirit.

Upon reaching my destination, Blu Med Restaurant, I was surprise at how elegant and luxurious it looks and a good location to boot.
Located just outside of The Gardens (but still a part of it), you can say it's smacked dab in the middle  and in between The Gardens and Mid Valley Megamall.

The place has a mesmerizing lovely interior and feels really cozy to snuggle up to where there's an outdoor dining area as well.
Their kitchen is an open kitchen concept where you're able to peer in and see what the chefs and cooks are up to even from the comfort of your seat should you be seated at the lower tier.
Seating arrangement-wise I would say it's optimized with the feel of spaciousness and you feel comfortable at your own table without the perishing thought of the next one being too near for some privacy. :D
It was mentioned that it seats approximately 160 patrons on the inside and outside of this restaurant while the upper floor seats about 60 people where there are also 2 private dining rooms upstairs.
 
The chandelier is uniquely made of glass bottles:
Ok, enough with the interior and let's get to the meaty stuff - the food!

Started off with a welcoming cocktail drink named Strawberry Caipiroska (RM26):
The very apparent taste of Strawberry and Vodka takes center stage in this drink with lime to give a kick on a refreshing feel.

To start off our meal, we were served Steamed Vegetables:
It may not have the glamorous of names but at least the presentation was not a downer. The 2 pieces of pastry bread that went along with the dish had a texture of a baguette, hard and I wasn't really sure why it went along with soft steamed vegetable. Perhaps it was to add a little bit (or too much) crunch to the dish but I would find if that's the case, croutons sprinkled around the dish would be a better choice since 2 big pieces don't really cut it. Steamed vegetables were nice, soft and chewy. It contains some carrots, potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower - a little twist that's close to a Chinese dish and a side salad at the end. However, unlike a Chinese dish which is usually seasoned heavily, the vegetables on this dish has a more purer and clean taste where the seasoning task was given to the dressing as a complement.

Next served was a Tapas dish that's just RM5, Eggplant Siciliana:
I may not be known to be a fan of eggplants but this one tasted fine. Baked eggplants topped with tomato sauce, capers, garlic and olive oil.

Soft Shell Crab & Broccoli Tempura:
Note that the soft shell crab and the broccoli are 2 separate tempuras. It's okay. Dish costs RM15.

Quarto Formaggi Pizza:
Interestingly, this Cheese filled pizza is to be taken with honey poured on to it.
There are 4 types of Cheese in it, Mozzarella, Taleggio, Gorgonzola (Blue Cheese), and Parmesan.
To me, a little bit of honey on the pizza adding a bit of sweetness to it is just right where the star of the pizza which to me is the cheese is complemented. But if you love eating honey, then douse away with it's sweetness.

The dish that I looked forward to the most was up next and that is the Squid Ink Spaghetti:
I first tried squid ink last year at La Cocina in a Paella dish after being introduced by my friend. Skeptical and a little hesitant at first to try, I immediately took a liking to squid ink after my first taste of it. And that's why I look forward to try another squid ink dish again and am happy that this was the opportunity. The dish contains squids, clams, mussels and cherry tomatoes and topped with fine strands of chili to add some spice to it, a nice touch. As for the squid ink spaghetti, well the squid ink as expected did enhance the taste of the spaghetti.

Executive Combo Set:
A combination of vegetables, fish, chicken satay and chicken with mashed potatoes that contains bits of beef bacon with 3 types of sauce for the various items. Priced at RM59.90.

Aside from the Strawberry Caipiroska served earlier, we were also given a taste of their Caipirinha cocktail:
Caipirinhas are Brazil's national cocktail where it's mixed with Cachaça, distilled hard liquor that's made from sugarcane. In this case, it's with Cachaça Rum. The earlier cocktail, Caipiroska, is a deviation of Caipirinha only that instead of using Cachaça, it's made with Vodka.
This seems to have a stronger alcohol taste than the earlier cocktail I tasted probably due to the fact that this is used with Rum while the earlier was with Vodka which generally, Vodka do had a lighter taste than Rum.

We finally ended the dinner with a dessert called Caramel Apple Honey Toast with Ice Cream:
Caramel apple not being too sweet but the components of this dessert seems to be a little too individualistic. Nonetheless, a little fixing by myself by taking all the different components and putting it as one so that I can taste it altogether was better. Priced at RM19.90.

Some of the items that were reviewed here will be available in their new menu starting on March 17, 2014 (which is coming Monday) while the rest are already available at Blu Med.

Also, for those who would like to try the Squid Ink Spaghetti, have 50% off on me by printing out and presenting the voucher below (valid from 17 March - 30 April 2014).
 Blu Med is open daily and the full address is:
27-G Ground Floor,
The Boulevard, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2201 5081