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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Japan Food Fair at Urbanfresh Marketplace, Setia City Mall

Yeah, so I've been living under a rock and I've never heard of Setia City Mall before but decided to venture into the unknown and boldly go where I've never been before when I heard of the Japan Food Fair that was held at the Urbanfresh Marketplace there.
After going through levels after levels in finding a parking, I finally decided that it's futile and headed straight to the rooftop where there'll be plenty of parking there since no one likes parking in the open, under the hot sun and rain, including myself. LOL.

From that minor setback, I stepped out of the sun and into the climate of the air-conditioned indoor mall where I was greeted by the sight of the cinema. As I combed through the mall's floors and various shops and stalls, I grew fonder with it's interior and place. I soon found Urbanfresh Marketplace snugged in a corner of the mall's lower ground.

The Japan food fair at Urbanfresh Marketplace is placed right at the entrance before the cashiers where six island compartments packed with different Japanese products lay in display awaiting for consumers' purchase.
There's assortments of snacks, confectioneries, candies, biscuits, condiments, instant noodles and many more.
The ever famous Glico's product - Pretz above.
I spot Doritos in a flavor not available in Malaysia in the above pic. :D
Above pic, the green pack product closest, Cheese Almond Wasabi Flavor biscuit.
Below pic, this section seems to have a lot of green stuff, LOL:
Balmy Crunch:
A green tea with some mild white chocolate taste - that's what it says on the pack.

This is somewhat called the "Cooking" section:
It contains items that might require some light preparation like instant noodles and such.

Oishii Kare-!:
Soba Noodles:
Kit-Kat Red White Pack:
Cute candies!
There were also some taste sampling handed out such as miso soup and some chicken and these 2 Japanese guys were there to assist:
We later headed further inside Urbanfresh Marketplace to their wine and alcohol section and savor some of the Japanese snacks from the Japan Food Fair.

To my amazement, the section is huge. I'm totally loving it. This is now my most favorite mall. LOL.
On top of a wide array of selections, there's also a bar area for taste testing and recommendations.
They keep the premium bottles locked up in a room:
They also have a separate room specially for Single Malt Whiskies! Inside the room of Single Malt Whisky, they have on display a variety of brands and some unique bottles which are for display purposes only (since it's rare) like this 50 years Glenfiddich:
And this beautiful collectors item Macallan:
Okay, so let's get back to the tasting part.

Before we started off tasting these goodies:
We had a sip of this Umeshu made with Yuzu:
Sweet, nice light flavor.
We then tried this Umeshu:
Somehow I prefer this more even though it's sweeter.

Then came the fancy bottled Half Moon Umeshu:
Red is plum, Blue is Yuzu and Green is Ginger. Only tasted the Blue one which is with Yuzu. Milder in sweetness than the other 2 but can taste the stronger alcohol content.

We then move on to this white wine:
McGuigan is the label. It's Riesling White Wine.

We then proceeded to munch on this nice Mochi Ice Cream:
Powdery and fluffy on the outside incorporated with the cold ice cream inside to make a great tasting snack.

The infamous Dorayaki!
Popularized by Doraemon whose favorite snack is the Dorayaki. This ones Matcha (Green Tea) flavor.
Doritos Gourmet:
Prawn Mayonnaise flavor. Didn't quite fancy this because I don't quite like prawns nor mayonnaise and this tasted very much like the real thing taste.

Some red wine to boot, the McGuigan brand:
Cabernet Sauvignon.

Some more Green tea flavor item, Pocky:
I like how these Oreo Chocolate Bars taste:
In raspberry flavor.
And these Marshmallow with Black Sesame cream inside too:
The Japan Food Fair at Urbanfresh Marketplace, Setia City Mall will be on till around middle of June so if you wanna try these authentic Japanese items, head on down to grab some.
Urbanfresh Marketplace address:
Lot LG-SM, Setia City Mall

7 Persiaran Setia Dagang, Shah Alam, Selangor 40170

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Royal Gourmet, Première Hotel, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang Food Review

Well, I wouldn't exactly call it a food review. It's more like a food adoration session at the Royal Gourmet Chinese Restaurant:
Located at a Hotel name Première Hotel in Klang, it was the first time I ventured into the territory driving:
The place looks a little upper-class with swanky looking decorations and ambiance, makes me feel a little more important than usual. LOL.

We started off with a delicious double boiled soup:
Hot and nutritious, it's called the "Double Boiled Black Chicken Soup with Chinese Herbs". Inside it contain black chicken that still preserve it's taste when I chew at it and some kind of an edible black fungus mushroom which it's much crunchier instead of chewy. Besides that, there are also red dates in it and full of herbal taste and goodness.

The Steamed Sea Grouper in Village Style:
Loads of side ingredients piled on top to go with the fish but still it doesn't overshadow it's fine taste and I love the minimal bones in it making eating it without stopping to "fish" out the bones a pleasure. Besides, that's one of the reasons why I rarely eat fish, because of it's many bones. LOL.

Stir Fried Baby French Bean with Top Shell:
Beans feel real fresh and the top shell provides a bit of a chew. However, in this case, I actually prefer the greens more than the top shell. Weird in my books but true.

Here's something I have not eaten in awhile which I miss:
Minced meat! To be exact, this is Steamed Minced Chicken with Salted Fish. Yes, chicken! Usually, this is done with pork but they chose chicken instead and we didn't even realized the difference. The two eggs on top makes it more unique but taste-wise, I don't feel the difference. Nevertheless, I always welcome eggs since it's something I love eating. The meat feels a little too salty for my taste due to the salted fish but was fine for the others. I guess I'm usually more used to the taste of a little less saltier. It's still good going with the rice.

Next dish savored was the Baked Lamb Rack with Chef Special Sauce:
Lamb was succulent and really tasty with it's special sauce. Pity I didn't manage to capture a much captivating picture as I feel the one above didn't do it much justice.

We ended it with this dessert called Double Boiled Saussurea Involucrate with Snow Fungus and Red Dates:
A rather long name. This dessert tastes good and is served hot to us. It's sweet to a certain extent where the marvelous treasures in it just got me curiously digging up with my spoon towards my mouth, quite an appealing dessert which is good to the last drop. :)

Meet Chef Johnson:
He's the person that makes all those dishes that we ate possible. He's also the person in charge of all the Chinese food in Première Hotel and his specialty of cooking leans towards more of Home-cooked/Village type Chinese food as reflected in some of the dishes that we had earlier. A big thank you to him and the staff for allowing me to have such a lovely delectable feast. I certainly had tasted some nice unique dishes during my grubbing there.

Royal Gourmet is located at the Lower Ground floor of Première Hotel.
The address of Première Hotel is:

Première Hotel
Bandar Bukit Tinggi 1/KS6
Jalan Langat
41200 Klang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kronenbourg 1664 Promotes Work-Life Balance Through Cinq À Sept

Yet again I reiterate that life is meant to be enjoyed and not just all work. Hence striking a work-life balance amongst the Malaysian lifestyle is of vital importance and Kronenbourg 1664 agrees with me by introducing Cinq À Sept at one of their recent events.
Pronounced as "Sank-Ah-Set", the term literally translates to "Five to Seven" in French. Why is this so is because it's in reference to the hours of 5pm to 7pm where work traditionally ends for the French, after which they would head out to a bar and cafe with their friends or colleagues to enjoy a few drinks and bond.

When I arrived, I was just in time to catch the Can-can dance finishing.
Making my way into Cafe de Paris, Pavilion, I immediately saw a couple friends of mine, Dennis and Evelyn. They were also the lucky draw winners of the mini cooler and beer tower:
“Life in Asia is hectic and Malaysians tend to spend over 40-hours a week at work, losing out on cherished moments with their friends and families, while the French is well known for promoting a better work-life balance. Hence, we at Kronenbourg 1664 wants everyone to ‘Taste the French Way of Life’ and get that balance right, through Cinq à Sept. The French have always believed in catching up with friends for a drink after work as a way to savour life, and Kronenbourg 1664 aims to instil that important lifestyle in Malaysia, to spread joy with a few cold beers shared with friends,” said Kenny Lim Kien Keong, Premium Brand Marketing Manager.
Before dinner commenced from the kitchen of Cafe de Paris, Jenga wood block game were distributed for the ones in attendance to have a little fun in keeping us occupied.
Each Jenga wood block contains instructions where the loser has to act out in challenges stated on the blocks like touching your nose with your tongue or dancing on the chair for 10 seconds. Besides this, there's also the lucky draw balloon popping for Kronenbourg 1664 discount vouchers and plenty of cold Kronenbourg 1664 for everyone during this fun-filled session.

Then dinner is served!
Started with these starters:
Followed by these Cheese Balls:
I really like these. Full of cheesy goodness inside.

Some greens. Erm, also red, orange and purple salad. LOL
Later, some fine French Bread laid out to us:
All ready to go with the Beef Stew:
And also Chicken Stew:
Didn't quite like the chicken one though. :/

Final dish, the dessert:
Which is Chocolate Mousse with a Macaroon.

These activities are the brand's first step to introduce the French way of life to Malaysians, where one could be just as productive within their official working hours and still be able to enjoy life with friends and loved ones.

For more information about Kronenbourg 1664, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KronenbourgMY and Instagram at @K1664MY.