New Menu at FIVE SEN5ES, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Every time I step into Five Sen5es, the pork-free Chinese restaurant at The Westin Kuala Lumpur, I feel like I’m entering a palatial mansion. It starts from that classy passageway to the restaurant, right on to the plush seating on elevated wooden platforms at the front flanked by several huge oriental vases. Further up the right side of the restaurant, bigger tables are set up by the floor-to-ceiling windows, enabling the whole area to be bathed in glorious natural light. Soothing splashing sounds from water features and mini koi ponds enhances that sense of zen and that’s what the five senses are about: sound, sight, smell, feel and taste.

Love the open kitchen concept!

With new items added to their menu recently, I was all ready and happy to employ the five senses to check them out. First on the list is the chef’s new signature dish – Salmon Banana Rolls served with Green Tea Dressing. Crispy skin and soft sweet bananas somehow blended well with the salmon and this little surprise dispelled whatever skepticism I had earlier. So, be brave, order this and you may just be as pleasantly taken as I was.

Crispy Salmon Banana Roll with Green Tea Dressing (RM36/small for 1-3 pax)

I love soups, especially when it’s thick with seafood and crowned with a glorious fresh scallop! Pushing aside the sheet of seaweed, every spoonful dug up chunks of fresh succulent seafood from the creamy umami soup.

Braised Fresh Scallop with Seaweed & Seafood Thick Soup (RM36)

Chicken braised with chestnuts and mountain yam was such a comforting dish. Steaming hot in a claypot, the sauce caramelized at the bottom as we ate, and that added a delightful charred aroma to the dish. The softened chestnuts and mountain yam have absorbed the gravy and be warned: you may want to have some plain rice with this pot of braised goodness.

Braised Chicken with Chestnuts & Mountain Yam (RM52 small/RM98 large)

We can’t resist cod fish whenever it’s on a menu and when told that the chef has come out with a new signature dish, we just had to have it. It’s a thick chunk of tender and smooth cod fish bathed in an appetizing sauce of lemongrass, chillies and lime. If you haven’t ordered that bowl of plain rice yet, then it’s about time you do so for this dish!

Cod Fish with Lemongrass Sauce (RM160/180g)

There’s a lot going on in the pot of Minced Duck Fried Rice. In addition to minced duck, the chef has added in prawns, yam and pumpkin – all these of course made the serving more luxe but personally I feel “less is more” would be a better option. Minced duck meat should be the highlight for the fried rice with perhaps just one other suitable condiment. Nevertheless, do enjoy this ingredients-packed pot of fried rice.

Minced Duck Fried Rice with Prawns, Yam, Pumpkin in Claypot (RM45 small/RM88 large)

FiveSen5es serves the usual selection of Chinese desserts and what stood out is the Silken Mango Cream with Pearl Sago and tangy Crushed Thai Pomelo.

Silken Mango Cream with Pearl Sago & Crushed Thai Pomelo (RM20)

Cold Aloe Vera Jelly (RM20)


Peanut coated Rice Dumplings with Black Sesame Filling (RM20)

The above are just a few samples of the new dishes in Five Sen5es newly curated by the culinary team. Do drop by to check out the rest!

 

Five Sen5es
Level 1
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2731-8333

Operating hours:
Lunch 12.00pm-2.30pm
Dinner 6.00pm-10.00pm

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YUK SOU HIN @ Weil Hotel, Ipoh

One of the most popular meals one can have in Ipoh is Dim Sum. It’s so well-loved that not only it is eaten at breakfast and lunch, some restaurants do serve it at night as well. Growing up in Ipoh, a dim sum supper was something of a big treat for me, because we were poor and could not afford this very often. Ipoh folks eat dim sum at the crack of dawn – it’s not unusual to see the popular dim sum restaurants being full and crowded by 7am!  As a kid, I was always excited, despite being bleary-eyed, when I had to get up very early to get to the dim sum shop in town.

So, dim sum culture is a thriving “yum cha” thing in Ipoh. I recently discovered Yuk Sou Hin in the Weil Hotel Ipoh and what a nice find this is! Helmed by a Hong Kong chef, Chef Allan Tse, the pork-free dim sum served here does not disappoint. There’s no boisterous crowd here within the elegant walls and service is efficient and pleasant.

Chic and comfortable interior

We picked our items from the a la carte dim sum menu and every dish is cooked fresh and served piping hot. Despite not using pork, the Hongkong-style dim sum turned out beautifully in taste and presentation. There’s no compromise on flavours and textures.

Crabmeat Dumplings (RM12/3pieces)

Codfish Dumplings (RM12/3 pieces)

Chicken Xiao Loong Bau (RM10/4 pieces)

We started off with baskets of steamed dim sum: Crabmeat Dumplings, Chicken Xiao Loong Bau and Codfish Dumplings. Instead of the traditionally steamed Siew Mai, Chef Allan’s version was baked and topped with BBQ sauce. It’s certainly something different but the skewered dumplings turned out to be uniquely delicious! We love the Baked Snowskin Buns with BBQ Chicken too – warm, crusty and crumbly skin with tasty chicken chunks inside.

Baked Siu Mai (RM11/4 skewers)

Baked Snowskin Buns with BBQ Chicken (RM12/3 pieces)

Deep-fried Chives & Prawns Dumplings did not look very appealing initially but they were so good and once we bit into them, there was no stopping! We like the Stir-fried Radish Cake, tossed with eggs and crunchy beansprouts and big whiffs of “wok hei”!

Deep-fried Chives & Prawns Dumplings (RM10/3 pieces)

Stir-fried Radish Cake (RM10)

Prices of Dim Sum we had that morning ranged from RM7-RM12 per portion.

Besides Dim Sum, we just had to try Yuk Sou Hin’s ever-popular house special, their Signature Roast Duck specially smoked over fragrant lychee wood. We totally understand why this duck is so sought-after… crispy skin and tasty tender meat bound with a delicate smoky aroma, we couldn’t get enough of it.

Signature Roast Duck (RM45 half duck)

Still feeling puckish, we heeded the restaurant manager’s recommendation of their signature noodles, Fried Mian Xian. The silky noodles tossed with chicken slivers, eggs and fat crunchy Ipoh beansprouts left a comforting nudge in our stomachs. Ahh…but for a satisfying round-up to our brunch, Yuk Sou Hin’s famed Avocado Puree and Glutinous Sesame Balls did the job well.

Fried Mian Xian (RM37)

Glutinous Sesame Balls (RM12)

Avocado Puree (RM12/bowl)

Yuk Sou Hin’s cosy and stylish ambience makes it the perfect spot for a leisurely yum-cha session, away from the madding crowds that quite often describes other popular dim sum places in Ipoh. Service is attentive and pleasant and the best thing is that the food is cooked upon order and served piping hot from the kitchen. For more privacy, there are 8 private rooms in the restaurant.

 

YUK SOU HIN
Weil Hotel Ipoh
292 Jalan Sultan Idris Shah
30000 Ipoh

Website: http://www.weilhotel.com

Open daily – breakfast & lunch:
Monday-Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm
Sunday & Public Holiday 8.00am-2.30pm

Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.30pm

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DIM SUM @ NOBLE MANSION, Plaza 33, Petaling Jaya

Dim sum has always been my go-to comfort food.

As a kid growing up in Ipoh, we didn’t have much money, so having a dim sum meal was like Chinese New Year. Heck, if I got to eat just two char siu pow only, I’d be jubilant and won’t stop smiling that entire week. Back then, there wasn’t that many fancy dim sum restaurants around and I remember the best dim sum joint was this crowded kopitiam next to the wet market in town. So, munching on my favorite har kow and lor mai kai and putting up with the interesting smells of the nearby market, my world was always right whenever I had dim sum on the table.

Nowadays we are luckier – I don’t have to wait till CNY before I can have a dim sum meal. And of course, being in the Klang Valley, dim sum in many restaurants have now evolved beyond the rudimentary har kow and siu mai. Dining trends and competition in the F&B industry have pushed the bar many notches higher… chefs are now innovating more creative items on their menus!

The Oriental Group of Restaurants needs no introduction – their network of restaurants in the Klang Valley is popular and familiar to many. Noble Mansion in Petaling Jaya is well-known for its Cantonese and Shunde dishes. Fashioned after a traditional Chinese mansion, the elegant interior provides a pleasing backdrop for an unhurried meal here. Recognising that dim sum is always welcome and popular among diners, Noble Mansion recently unveiled its dim sum menu.

Creamy Carrots Swan Puffs (RM12.80)

What would probably grab your attention would be their visually-appealing Creamy Carrot Swan Puffs, Longevity Piglets Buns, Peanut Lava Carrots and Pan-fried Dumplings with Superior Stock.  Apart from the cute piglet buns, I love the puffs and the dumplings. The swan puffs are filled with warm savoury radish; the “carrot” puffs have wondrous gooey peanut filling spilling out the moment you bite into them and the pan-fried dumplings dunked in superior broth are really good. The piglet buns are appealing visually but it’s just the regular lotus buns given a cute facelift.


Peanut Lava Carrots (RM15)

Pan-fried Dumplings with Superior Stock (RM11.80)

Longevity Piglets Buns (RM16)

At Noble Mansion, regular dim sum are given various twists for differentiation from the masses. The har kau has extra crunch, thanks to addition of Australian asparagus and the siew mai are scented with black truffles. Although the char siew pau comes with Iberico pork filling, I really can’t tell any difference from regular pork as I don’t think the uniqueness of Iberico can be discerned in the sweetish diced pork filling. Nevertheless, I enjoy the well-executed char siew pau.

Har Kau with Australian Asparagus (RM11.80)


Siew Mai with Black Truffle (RM10.80)


Iberico Char Siew Pau (RM12)

Another item which I really like are the Prawns & Baby Fungus Dumplings in Cordycep Flowers Soup – the ingredients alone will tell you that this is a premium dim sum dish. Cordyceps, a prized herb, is valued for its immunity-boosting and lungs strengthening properties – I made sure that not a drop of the soup was left.

Prawns & Baby Fungus Dumplings in Cordycep Flowers Soup (RM14)


Cheong Fun with Duck Meat (RM11.80)


Pork Ribs with Black Beans (RM9.80)

Besides dim sum, there are appetizers, congee, noodles and desserts to fill the stomach. My favourite appetizers here are…

Icy Japanese Vegetables (RM28)

Chilled Abalones with Sakura Shrimps & Chilli (RM38)


Stuffed Century Eggs with XO Sauce (RM18)

Prawn Toast topped with Bonito Flakes & Shredded Cabbage (RM18)

 

And if you still have tummy space, go for these…

Porridge with Iberico Pork & Wolfberries (RM18)


Roast Pork (RM20)


Japanese Buckwheat Noodles with Iberico Pork & Black Truffle (RM48)

I must mention the splendid Crab Noodles from the main menu.  Even if you are there for dim sum, do indulge on this plate of divine slippery smooth noodles wrapping a huge succulent crab claw – you won’t regret it!

 

We totally love the desserts in Noble Mansion and wanted to order every one of them! However, good sense set in and we could only manage these top favourites…

Thousand Layer Cake (RM9)

Golden Pudding with Bird’s Nest in Whole Orange (RM23)
Fuji Apple with Snow Jelly, Gingko, Red Dates & Fresh Lily Bulbs (RM16)
Summer Breeze Coconut Jelly (RM14)

Prices of dim sum at Noble Mansion are understandably above average, given the more premium ingredients used. Iberico pork, black truffles, cordyceps – these are clearly for more discerned palates and the classy and quieter ambience is another plus point for a more relaxed and enjoyable dining experience.

 

NOBLE MANSION
P1-01, Level 1 Podium,Plaza 33
No. 1 Jalan Kemajuan,
Seksyen 13
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7932 3288

Mondays to Saturdays
11.00 am – 3.00 pm
6.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sundays & Public Holidays
10.00 am – 3.00 pm
6.00 pm – 11.00 pm

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A Ritzy Lunar New Year Celebration at LI YEN @ The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

At Li Yen, the award-winning Cantonese restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, you won’t be overly stuffed by their Lunar New Year feasts. Although we are going to welcome the Year of The Pig, a time when many restaurants will be putting forth grand feasts, the culinary team at Li Yen has thoughtfully curated special lunch menus incorporating lighter and more refreshing bites like their popular dim sum.

Showcasing the best of Cantonese fine dining, the exquisite selections are available for lunch and dinner from now until 7 February 2019. There are three special festive menus to choose from, offering delectable combinations of traditional delicacies, signature dishes and freshly-made dim sum.

Prosperity Yee Sang with Abalones

For the prosperity touch, Yee Sang always tops the list.  No lunar new year festive meal is complete without this.  Li Yen offers the ever-popular salmon, followed by tuna or abalone to toss and “loe sang”.

Next – some nutritious double-boiled soups. As a Cantonese, I have learned to savour and relish good soups ever since I was kid. At Li Yen, the two favourites are Double-boiled Abalone Soup with Chicken & Sea Cucumber and Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Fish Maw & Morel Mushrooms. I totally enjoyed the Steamed Giant Garouper with Cordyceps Flower, Stir-fried Prawns with Hawthorn Sauce, Braised Pork Knuckle with Dried Oysters & Sea Moss and who can say No to a glistening BBQ Crispy Suckling Pig?

Braised Pork Knuckle with Dried Oysters & Sea Moss

Prawns in Hawthorn Sauce

As for Dim Sum items which form the appetizer platter, there is quite a good selection on the lunch menus. Popular items like Siu Mai with Crabmeat, Steamed Oyster with Sea Moss, Crispy Spring Rolls and Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce are all part of the special selection.

In case you are wondering – yes, the all-time favourite traditionl “lap mei fan” – Steamed Rice with Chinese Waxed Meats is available. I particularly love the Chinese sausages as these are specially airflown in from Hong Kong.

Lunch Set Menus are priced from RM148 nett per person (minimum 4 persons).
Dinner Set Menus are priced from RM1,988 nett per table of 10 persons.

Please note the timing as well:

4 February 2019 (Monday)
Lunch: 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.30pm

5-7 February 2019 (Tuesday to Thursday)
Lunch: 10.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm

For reservations & enquiries, please call LI YEN at +603-2782-9122 or email: liyen@ritzcarlton.com.my

 

LI YEN
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
168 Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2142-8000

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CANTONESE CUISINE at ORIENTAL TREASURE @ The Sphere, Bangsar South

Oriental Treasure is the latest addition (10th outlet) to the Oriental Group of Restaurants located snugly on Level 1 of The Sphere in Bangsar South. Like most of its sister restaurants, Oriental Treasure is set to satisfy your cravings for good dim sum, fine Chinese BBQ meats and the familiar creative Cantonese dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Justin Hor and his teams.

Checking out an Oriental restaurant when you are famished is always a good idea.  We started off with some irresistible appetisers – who can say “No” to Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin and Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce?  Crunchy with intense umami flavour, the fish skin pieces were just too addictive and the chewy-in-a-nice-way pig maw polished off within minutes!

Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin (RM28)

Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce (RM24)

Specially in just Oriental Treasure’s menu, new-wave hors-d’oeuvres, the Three Cones made an interesting entrance. Mini wafer cones hold diced cold seafood mixed with fruits, vegetables and mushrooms made very delightful bites for us!

The Three Cones (RM33)

The Fiery Baby Duck was a very firm favourite with us.  Exquisitely marinated, the tender duck was so skilfully executed that the thin crispy golden skin practically disintegrated on the tongue.

Fiery Baby Duck (RM50)

We tried a few dishes that went well with steamed white rice –

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit, Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck and Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams.  All did not disappoint and these are popular items on the menu.

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit

Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck (RM48)

Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams (RM198)

Still with seafood in mind?  The Freshwater Prawn cooked in aromatic Indonesian spices and fresh milk was perfect with some fried mantou.  Every drop of the tasty spicy gravy was mopped up!

Freshwater Prawns Indonesian-style served with Fried Mantou (RM33/half prawn)

Do try some of Oriental Treasure’s one-pot flavoursome steamed rice with several kinds of toppings.  These are perfect when you just want something light and comforting…

Steamed Rice with Softshell Crab and Crispy Rice (RM17)

Steamed Rice with Braised Pork Belly & Anchovies (RM17)

Don’t like rice? Why not have some noodles and one of their recommended noodles items is the Crystal Noodles with Eggplant.  Using simple but top quality ingredients, these noodles cooked Japanese style hit the spot with us.

Crystal Noodles with Eggplant, Japanese style (RM28)

Dim Sum is available for brunch/lunch, so do head over to Oriental Treasure when you are in the mood for Cantonese cuisine.

 

ORIENTAL TREASURE
1st Floor, The Sphere
1 Avenue 1, Bangsar South City
8 Jalan Kerinci
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2242-2382

Mondays-Fridays
11.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays
10.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm

CANTONESE CUISINE at ORIENTAL TREASURE @ The Sphere, Bangsar South

Oriental Treasure is the latest addition (10th outlet) to the Oriental Group of Restaurants located snugly on Level 1 of The Sphere in Bangsar South. Like most of its sister restaurants, Oriental Treasure is set to satisfy your cravings for good dim sum, fine Chinese BBQ meats and the familiar creative Cantonese dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Justin Hor and his teams.

Checking out an Oriental restaurant when you are famished is always a good idea.  We started off with some irresistible appetisers – who can say “No” to Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin and Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce?  Crunchy with intense umami flavour, the fish skin pieces were just too addictive and the chewy-in-a-nice-way pig maw polished off within minutes!

Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin (RM28)

Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce (RM24)

Specially in just Oriental Treasure’s menu, new-wave hors-d’oeuvres, the Three Cones made an interesting entrance. Mini wafer cones hold diced cold seafood mixed with fruits, vegetables and mushrooms made very delightful bites for us!

The Three Cones (RM33)

The Fiery Baby Duck was a very firm favourite with us.  Exquisitely marinated, the tender duck was so skilfully executed that the thin crispy golden skin practically disintegrated on the tongue.

Fiery Baby Duck (RM50)

We tried a few dishes that went well with steamed white rice –

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit, Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck and Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams.  All did not disappoint and these are popular items on the menu.

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit

Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck (RM48)

Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams (RM198)

Still with seafood in mind?  The Freshwater Prawn cooked in aromatic Indonesian spices and fresh milk was perfect with some fried mantou.  Every drop of the tasty spicy gravy was mopped up!

Freshwater Prawns Indonesian-style served with Fried Mantou (RM33/half prawn)

Do try some of Oriental Treasure’s one-pot flavoursome steamed rice with several kinds of toppings.  These are perfect when you just want something light and comforting…

Steamed Rice with Softshell Crab and Crispy Rice (RM17)

Steamed Rice with Braised Pork Belly & Anchovies (RM17)

Don’t like rice? Why not have some noodles and one of their recommended noodles items is the Crystal Noodles with Eggplant.  Using simple but top quality ingredients, these noodles cooked Japanese style hit the spot with us.

Crystal Noodles with Eggplant, Japanese style (RM28)

Dim Sum is available for brunch/lunch, so do head over to Oriental Treasure when you are in the mood for Cantonese cuisine.

 

ORIENTAL TREASURE
1st Floor, The Sphere
1 Avenue 1, Bangsar South City
8 Jalan Kerinci
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2242-2382

Mondays-Fridays
11.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays
10.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm