A Taste of Super Foods at RUYI, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Diners stepping into Ruyi now have a chance to savour the first of Ruyi’s Eat Well Live Well dinners, which is available until 23 December 2019. It’s a collaborative effort with Cabana, KapowBalls and Kintry Artisan Food – all purveyors of healthy food.

Cabana is popular with their Acai Bowls and Smoothies using organic acai berries, freshly blended and free from refined sugars. Kintry is a home-grown Malaysian company specializing in healthy snacks made from scratch. Their top-selling halal artisanal snacks such as salted egg potato crisps, cookies and granolas are well-known in the market. Kapow Balls are guilt-free low-calorie dessert balls made from all-natural ingredients … yummy stuff like chocolates, dates, all kinds of nuts, almond butter, chia seeds, berries etc.

Working with these entities, the culinary team at Ruyi has curated a Chinese 6-course fine dining menu at RM168 per person (without cocktails) / RM198 per pax (with 2 cocktails) for those who would like to try something unique and good for their wellbeing.

Dinner kicks off with a refreshing Gin cocktail served in an earthenware bowl. We love the crunchy honey granola served in it – what a novel touch!

Gin Kiu Blossom with Citrus with Honey Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Winter Melon Noodles look like jellyfish strands but once we bite into this, the burst of sweet refreshing juices tell us otherwise. With a light tangy citrusy dressing, it’s a lovely salad and we eat up every single leaf.

Nutrition Cool Kick-Starter – Winter Melon Noodles Salad in Acai Citrus dressing

Soups at Ruyi is always the bomb … Chef James and his crew brew the most amazing nourishing soups which we always enjoy and can’t have enough. The Collagen Soup is fragrant with ginseng and the fishmaw and sea whelk give it that divine umami taste.

Collagen Soup – Ginseng Broth with Fishmaw Collagen & Sea Whelk

Detox Palate Cleanser – Bird’s Nest Acai Sorbet in Green Apple

Sea cucumber and abalone have all the good nutritious and antioxidant elements for you. Power Protein indeed and when braised with truffle and acai, the good factors just doubled.

Power Protein – Truffle & Acai braised Sea Cucumber and Abalone with Asparagus

Cocktail Palate Cleanser – Acai Gin Coco Loco with Coconut & Starfruit with Pandan Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Fried Rice with Mango and Acai looks so tame but instead of blandness, this bowl of rice is packed with some really nice light flavours.

Anti Oxidant – Fried Rice with Mango and Acai

Dessert is of course the guilt-free Kapow Balls, in Brownie form jived up with crunchy dark chocolate granola by Kintry Food Co

Kapow Balls Acai Berry Brownie with Dark Chocolate Granola

Head on to Ruyi for this superfood journey of delicious stuff. I promise you – you’ll leave the restaurant immensely satiated, yet with a lighter step because these are dishes that can be enjoyed so guilt-free!  Available until 23 December 2019. Make your reservations at +603-2083-0288.

 

RUYI
4th Floor Annexe
Bangsar Shopping Centre
285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2083-0288

Website

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A Taste of Super Foods at RUYI, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Diners stepping into Ruyi now have a chance to savour the first of Ruyi’s Eat Well Live Well dinners, which is available until 23 December 2019. It’s a collaborative effort with Cabana, KapowBalls and Kintry Artisan Food – all purveyors of healthy food.

Cabana is popular with their Acai Bowls and Smoothies using organic acai berries, freshly blended and free from refined sugars. Kintry is a home-grown Malaysian company specializing in healthy snacks made from scratch. Their top-selling halal artisanal snacks such as salted egg potato crisps, cookies and granolas are well-known in the market. Kapow Balls are guilt-free low-calorie dessert balls made from all-natural ingredients … yummy stuff like chocolates, dates, all kinds of nuts, almond butter, chia seeds, berries etc.

Working with these entities, the culinary team at Ruyi has curated a Chinese 6-course fine dining menu at RM168 per person (without cocktails) / RM198 per pax (with 2 cocktails) for those who would like to try something unique and good for their wellbeing.

Dinner kicks off with a refreshing Gin cocktail served in an earthenware bowl. We love the crunchy honey granola served in it – what a novel touch!

Gin Kiu Blossom with Citrus with Honey Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Winter Melon Noodles look like jellyfish strands but once we bite into this, the burst of sweet refreshing juices tell us otherwise. With a light tangy citrusy dressing, it’s a lovely salad and we eat up every single leaf.

Nutrition Cool Kick-Starter – Winter Melon Noodles Salad in Acai Citrus dressing

Soups at Ruyi is always the bomb … Chef James and his crew brew the most amazing nourishing soups which we always enjoy and can’t have enough. The Collagen Soup is fragrant with ginseng and the fishmaw and sea whelk give it that divine umami taste.

Collagen Soup – Ginseng Broth with Fishmaw Collagen & Sea Whelk

Detox Palate Cleanser – Bird’s Nest Acai Sorbet in Green Apple

Sea cucumber and abalone have all the good nutritious and antioxidant elements for you. Power Protein indeed and when braised with truffle and acai, the good factors just doubled.

Power Protein – Truffle & Acai braised Sea Cucumber and Abalone with Asparagus

Cocktail Palate Cleanser – Acai Gin Coco Loco with Coconut & Starfruit with Pandan Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Fried Rice with Mango and Acai looks so tame but instead of blandness, this bowl of rice is packed with some really nice light flavours.

Anti Oxidant – Fried Rice with Mango and Acai

Dessert is of course the guilt-free Kapow Balls, in Brownie form jived up with crunchy dark chocolate granola by Kintry Food Co

Kapow Balls Acai Berry Brownie with Dark Chocolate Granola

Head on to Ruyi for this superfood journey of delicious stuff. I promise you – you’ll leave the restaurant immensely satiated, yet with a lighter step because these are dishes that can be enjoyed so guilt-free!  Available until 23 December 2019. Make your reservations at +603-2083-0288.

 

RUYI
4th Floor Annexe
Bangsar Shopping Centre
285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2083-0288

Website

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New Menu at FIVE SEN5ES by Chef Ron Lean

Recently The Westin Kuala Lumpur welcomed a new chef to their stable – Chef Ron Lean Wen Seng as the Chef De Cuisine in Five Sen5es, their Chinese specialty restaurant. I was thrilled to be invited to a tasting of Chef Ron’s maiden food presentation to the media.

The youthful-looking amiable chef, a Perak native, brings with him more than 17 years of culinary experience, having started in the kitchen at the tender age of 15. Chef Ron started in small local restaurants, developing his skills and nurturing his talent along the way. Driven by culinary passion, he eventually steered himself into chef roles in high-end Chinese restaurants in Australia and international chain hotels. Prior to joining The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Chef Ron was the Banquet Sous Chef in Aloft KL Central and Senior Sous Chef in New World Hotel.

Chef Ron’s signature dishes lean towards Hongkong-style and his masterpieces are often dishes cooked with seafood (lobsters and abalones), chicken and desserts using traditional Chinese ingredients. Taking the helm at Five Sen5es, Chef Ron together with his enthusiastic culinary team cooked up a storm for us recently.

Here’s what we had…

Boston Lobster Combo featuring Deep-fried Lobster Balls and Lobster Steamed with Eggs

Double-boiled Rambutan, Chicken with Crabmeat & Scallop Soup

Ingredients used in the soup

House-made Spinach Tofu braised with Shimeji Mushrooms

Fuzhou Litchi Sweet & Sour Chicken

Pomelo Crispy Prawns with Special Sauce

Steamed Coiling Dragon Garoupa with Golden Garlic Sauce

Stir-fried Romaine Lettuce with Salted Fish

Chilled Peach Gum with Red Dates & Longan in Coconut

Flavours were sweet and clear in most of the dishes, as what Hongkong-style does: allowing the natural goodness of ingredients to shine. With wellness very much in mind, the dishes are well executed with minimal use of oil and hard flavouring. I like how Chef Ron injected some fun innovation in his repertoire like using our local rambutans in his soup and pomelos in the prawn dish.

“Inheritance preserves the old dishes, Innovation does not forget the tradition,” – that’s my ideology in creating new dishes and also the ruling principle behind the new menu we have created at Five Sen5es in The Westin Kuala Lumpur. My team and I look forward to creating memorable dining experiences for our guests.” – Chef Ron Lean Wen Seng

 

FIVE SEN5ES
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2731-8333

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Best of Hong Kong & Organic Village Chicken Promotion at ZUAN YUAN, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

This month, October, is a nice time to dine in Zuan Yuan at One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya. With two food promotions going on at the same time, diners will be spoiled for choices!

Let’s see… first up: if you are a fan of chicken, don’t miss out on the special dishes using organic village chicken prepared by their Executive Chinese Chef Tommy Choong Chan Hoo. Using his personal and family recipes, Chef Tommy’s repertoire of 5 special poultry dishes are bound to please. Using only premium quality organic village chickens, diners can choose from the following selections:

1. Steamed with Cordyceps Flowers in Bamboo Basket
2. Poached with Garden Greens & Dried Scallop Sauce
3. Smoked
4. Roasted with Black Truffle Paste
5. Braised with Chinese Herbs

The Braised Organic Village Chicken is served as a whole bird, priced at RM120 nett per bird and a 24-hour notice is required. For any of the other 4 dishes, it’s priced at RM60 nett per half bird and available for lunch and dinner.

Organic Village Chicken with Chinese Herbs

Many of us love the Cantonese food in Hong Kong. Personally, Hong Kong is a food destination (first and foremost), be it their street food or more upscale refined dining in well-known and even Michelin-starred restaurants. Well, if you miss the real thing in Hong Kong, Chef Tommy Choong and team have come up with several HK-style dishes to warm your tummies. We had a taste of some of those delicious dishes recently…

Baked Crabmeat & Assorted Mushrooms with Cheese

Curry Fish Balls & Fish Maw in Claypot HK-style


Crispy Roast Duck with Yam Paste

Pan-fried Scallops with Prawn Paste

Our favourite is the Curry Fish Balls & Fish Maw – the fragrant spicy curry is delicious on its own and even better when eaten with some plain rice of rice noodles! The house-made fish balls are sweet and springy and the tender spongey fish maw fully absorbing the delightful curry. Coming a close second are the Pan-fried Scallops with Prawn Paste – can never go wrong with fresh huge succulent Hokkaido scallops paired with firm springy prawn paste!

These two food promotions are on until 31 October 2019, so make a beeline to Zuan Yuan soon!

For reservations, please call +603-7681-1159/57 or email zuanyuan@oneworldhotel.com.my

 

ZUAN YUAN
One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7681-1111

*Pork-free

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Best of Hong Kong & Organic Village Chicken Promotion at ZUAN YUAN, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

This month, October, is a nice time to dine in Zuan Yuan at One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya. With two food promotions going on at the same time, diners will be spoiled for choices!

Let’s see… first up: if you are a fan of chicken, don’t miss out on the special dishes using organic village chicken prepared by their Executive Chinese Chef Tommy Choong Chan Hoo. Using his personal and family recipes, Chef Tommy’s repertoire of 5 special poultry dishes are bound to please. Using only premium quality organic village chickens, diners can choose from the following selections:

1. Steamed with Cordyceps Flowers in Bamboo Basket
2. Poached with Garden Greens & Dried Scallop Sauce
3. Smoked
4. Roasted with Black Truffle Paste
5. Braised with Chinese Herbs

The Braised Organic Village Chicken is served as a whole bird, priced at RM120 nett per bird and a 24-hour notice is required. For any of the other 4 dishes, it’s priced at RM60 nett per half bird and available for lunch and dinner.

Organic Village Chicken with Chinese Herbs

Many of us love the Cantonese food in Hong Kong. Personally, Hong Kong is a food destination (first and foremost), be it their street food or more upscale refined dining in well-known and even Michelin-starred restaurants. Well, if you miss the real thing in Hong Kong, Chef Tommy Choong and team have come up with several HK-style dishes to warm your tummies. We had a taste of some of those delicious dishes recently…

Baked Crabmeat & Assorted Mushrooms with Cheese

Curry Fish Balls & Fish Maw in Claypot HK-style


Crispy Roast Duck with Yam Paste

Pan-fried Scallops with Prawn Paste

Our favourite is the Curry Fish Balls & Fish Maw – the fragrant spicy curry is delicious on its own and even better when eaten with some plain rice of rice noodles! The house-made fish balls are sweet and springy and the tender spongey fish maw fully absorbing the delightful curry. Coming a close second are the Pan-fried Scallops with Prawn Paste – can never go wrong with fresh huge succulent Hokkaido scallops paired with firm springy prawn paste!

These two food promotions are on until 31 October 2019, so make a beeline to Zuan Yuan soon!

For reservations, please call +603-7681-1159/57 or email zuanyuan@oneworldhotel.com.my

 

ZUAN YUAN
One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7681-1111

*Pork-free

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45 SPEAK VEZY BAR @ Jalan Kamunting, Kuala Lumpur

At 45 Kamunting, time stands still.  Or so it seems.

Taking after the address, 45 Speak Vezy Bar is a casual laidback joint in Jalan Kamunting in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Amidst taller, newer buildings in the area, this 1928 pre-war house at the corner of an alley stands its ground. Framed with potted leafy plants, the porch holds some rickety-looking tables and chairs, so reminiscent of the olden days. Stepping into the cool interior, I feel as if I have stepped back into my childhood days. Back then, I spent a few formative years in a typical wooden village house on the outskirts of Ipoh town and I get a sense of déjà vu here. Allan Yun, the owner, has a great fondness of the retro era and he has amassed a good collection of furniture and deco items here to give you that unmistakable sense of nostalgia. Mandarin songs from the 1950’s/60’s era play in the background enhances the wistful and sentimental mood.

The structure of this pre-war house has been preserved nicely – the various rooms and hallway have not changed. Patrons get to chill-out in the various rooms and I love the spiral staircase towards the back of the house. Ventilation and natural light are aplenty, thanks to the airwell – a feature that’s very much old-world. And it’s definitely a very Instagram-worthy premise.

The stairwell & the spiral staircase

Cold beer and Lok-lok Hotpot may sound like a peculiar combination, but strangely, it works. From 6pm onwards, after the sun has set, the nostalgic ambience in 45 Speak Vezy Bar goes up several notches. With soft warm lighting casting romantic shadows everywhere, it’s time to sit back and sip some cocktails, beer or wine or some home-boiled barley!

Instead of the usual bar snacks, 45 Speak Vezy serves a delightful Lok-Lok Hotpot. Using the delicious fish broth from Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles (they serve this here from 7.30am till 2.30pm), the skewers of various types of balls, fried beancurd, vegetables, pork and prawns are slowly boiled. It’s a pleasurable activity – this dipping and munching, in between sips of alcohol while chilling out with buddies.

Skewers are priced at RM4 each and there are also some Lok-Lok Hotpot Sets if you are there in a group:

Set A @ RM88: 10 skewers + 1 bucket beer
Set B @ RM118: 10 skewers + 1 bottle wine
Set C @ RM168: 20 skewers + 2 buckets beer

 

If you must have some fried tidbits, additional bites in the forms of Popcorn Chicken, Fried Fucuk (beancurd skin wrapped with fish paste) and Fried Fish Skin are available.

Popcorn Chicken (RM15)


Fried Fucuk (RM12)


Fried Fish Skin (RM12)

The hard metal and wooden chairs here may not be the most comfortable but the ambience and set-up plus the efforts to maintain this preserved heritage makes it a worthwhile visit. Do be warned though – parking may be a bit of a challenge around here, so consider taking the LRT to the Dang Wangi Station and then a short walk over.

 

45 SPEAK VEZY BAR
45 Jalan Kamunting
50300 Kuala Lumpur
For reservations, contact Vsun @ +6017-236-1119

Open from 6.00pm till late

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45 SPEAK VEZY BAR @ Jalan Kamunting, Kuala Lumpur

At 45 Kamunting, time stands still.  Or so it seems.

Taking after the address, 45 Speak Vezy Bar is a casual laidback joint in Jalan Kamunting in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Amidst taller, newer buildings in the area, this 1928 pre-war house at the corner of an alley stands its ground. Framed with potted leafy plants, the porch holds some rickety-looking tables and chairs, so reminiscent of the olden days. Stepping into the cool interior, I feel as if I have stepped back into my childhood days. Back then, I spent a few formative years in a typical wooden village house on the outskirts of Ipoh town and I get a sense of déjà vu here.  Alan Yun, the owner, has a great fondness of the retro era and he has amassed a good collection of furniture and deco items here to give you that unmistakable sense of nostalgia. Mandarin songs from the 1950’s/60’s era play in the background enhances the wistful and sentimental mood.

The structure of this pre-war house has been preserved nicely – the various rooms and hallway have not changed. Patrons get to chill-out in the various rooms and I love the spiral staircase towards the back of the house. Ventilation and natural light are aplenty, thanks to the airwell – a feature that’s very much old-world. And it’s definitely a very Instagram-worthy premise.

The stairwell & the spiral staircase

Cold beer and Lok-lok Hotpot may sound like a peculiar combination, but strangely, it works. From 6pm onwards, after the sun has set, the nostalgic ambience in 45 Speak Vezy Bar goes up several notches. With soft warm lighting casting romantic shadows everywhere, it’s time to sit back and sip some cocktails, beer or wine or some home-boiled barley!

Instead of the usual bar snacks, 45 Speak Vezy serves a delightful Lok-Lok Hotpot. Using the delicious fish broth from Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles (they serve this here from 7.30am till 2.30pm), the skewers of various types of balls, fried beancurd, vegetables, pork and prawns are slowly boiled. It’s a pleasurable activity – this dipping and munching, in between sips of alcohol while chilling out with buddies.

Skewers are priced at RM4 each and there are also some Lok-Lok Hotpot Sets if you are there in a group:

Set A @ RM88: 10 skewers + 1 bucket beer
Set B @ RM118: 10 skewers + 1 bottle wine
Set C @ RM168: 20 skewers + 2 buckets beer

 

If you must have some fried tidbits, additional bites in the forms of Popcorn Chicken, Fried Fucuk (beancurd skin wrapped with fish paste) and Fried Fish Skin are available.

Popcorn Chicken (RM15)


Fried Fucuk (RM12)


Fried Fish Skin (RM12)

The hard metal and wooden chairs here may not be the most comfortable but the ambience and set-up plus the efforts to maintain this preserved heritage makes it a worthwhile visit. Do be warned though – parking may be a bit of a challenge around here, so consider taking the LRT to the Dang Wangi Station and then a short walk over.

 

45 SPEAK VEZY BAR
45 Jalan Kamunting
50300 Kuala Lumpur
For reservations, contact Vsun @ +6017-236-1119

Open from 6.00pm till late

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