Have a Magical Christmas @ HILTON PETALING JAYA

Hilton Petaling Jaya serves some of the best buffets in town. For many years now, the Paya Serai has been a favourite whenever “buffet” is mentioned, regardless whether it’s just their regular daily dinners or during special occasions. When the festive season swings by, you can be sure the chefs there will rev up their creative skills and culinary resources to come up with even more sumptuous meals!

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For this festive season, you are assured of a merry gastronomic experience in Paya Serai’s Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner and Christmas Day Buffet Brunch. I’ve always loved the beautiful festive set-up and this time, there’s no disappointment either. Amidst the dazzling lights, baubles, trimmings and everything yuletide, the extensive array of festive goodies was quite mind-boggling.

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At the roast meats station, I couldn’t quite make up my mind between the roasted tom turkey, garlic marinated roasted leg of lamb, roasted venison or that handsome rack of roast beef. Everything was so tempting, especially since there were also sides like beet chutney, cranberry-mustard relish, grilled peaches and Yorkshire pudding beckoning. Other special dishes were the perfectly smoked salmon and sea salt and brown sugar marinated salmon fillets.

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Besides the special festive dishes, there are still the regular local and international cuisines lined up on the buffet stations. My favourites there are the beef and chicken satay and the tantalizing curries and chutneys at the Indian stall. Be nice to the chef there and he’ll gladly whip up some rotis and thosai on-the-spot for you, like what he did for me.

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Chicken Satay

Beef Satay

Beef Satay

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The seafood counter is also my must-have whenever I’m in Paya Serai. Oysters, prawns, mussels and scallops are all part of the scrumptious buffet.

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Desserts play a central role in the buffet, looking at the huge variety there. Everyone’s sweet tooth would be royally appeased by the luscious Christmas Yule Log, assorted French pastries, fruit savarin with ginger, tiramisu with blueberries Chantilly, festive cup cakes, cinnamon almond chocolate cake, poached pears with gingerbread spice and choux puff towels.

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Back at the central sweets counter, indulge on the trays of local kuihs, fresh fruits, chocolate fountain and various flavours of ice cream.

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The Festive Buffet at the Paya Serai is served from 7pm till 10pm, priced at:

RM159 nett (Adult) & RM80 nett (Child) for Christmas Eve
RM145 nett (Adult) & RM75 nett (Child) for Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, there is also a Hi Tea Buffet from 12.30pm till 5pm priced at RM159 nett (Adult) and R80 nett for Child.

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Elsewhere in the hotel, there are buffet dinners in their newly refurbished Japanese restaurant, Genji on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Served from 6.30pm, it’s RM170 nett per adult. At Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant, their Oriental-Yuletide celebration boasts set meals on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve starting from RM150 nett per person.

For these festive bookings, please call 03-7955-9122 ext.4067/4260/4261.

Hilton Petaling Jaya
2 Jalan Barat
46200 Petaling Jaya

Websites:
www.ZestPJ.com
www.petaling-jaya.hilton.com

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LIVELLO UNO @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Taman Tun Dr Ismail, fondly known as “TTDI” has seen quite a number of family restaurants sprouting in this past year. By “family restaurants”, I mean those eateries run by family members and their set-up being very family-friendly, too.

One of the latest such eateries is Livello Uno, located on an upper floor of a shoplift along Jalan Aminuddin Baki. Barely 6 months old, this restaurant has been quietly satiating many an Italian food lover in this neighbourhood. As it’s housed in an upper floor, you may not even notice it if you don’t look up when cruising along this road. Tilt your head upwards and you will see its signage against the green, white and red of the Italian flag.

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The Italian theme is further displayed (loud and clear) when you step into the restaurant. Besides the flag colours being reflected in the furniture, there are crazy bright Italian pop art murals on the walls and we love that cosy corner with cheerful sofas if you just want to chill-out with some coffee or while waiting for fellow diners. Oh, there’s even a smoking room sectioned off if you need to take a puff.

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Don’t you just love the bright cheerful colours?

Owner-cum-Chef Mashad Pino, together with his sister, Mutiara run the place. Of Italian-Malaysian parentage, Chef Mashad decided to return to his homeland after 8 years of culinary experience in Europe.

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Absolutely delectable Bruschetta!

We started off with some Bruschetta con Burro Acciughe (RM10) – slices of baked-till-crispy baguette covered with homemade anchovy butter and garlic spread. They looked rather plain and mediocre but trust me, they were so good I had to replicate them at home that weekend! Yes, I actually went to hunt for Italian anchovies and grabbed the last baguette on the bakery shelf just so that I could have this again, as the memory of this bruschetta lingered on my mind!

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Plump juicy Venus clams

We love clams and just couldn’t resist the Vongole ala Tarantina (RM14) when we spotted this on the menu and it turned out to be an excellent choice. Since they were in season, we got these really tasty and sweet Venus clams which had been saute’ed with garlic, chilli, chopped parsley and extra virgin olive oil. The sauce was incredibly delicious, nicely pungent with the sharp briney flavours of fresh shellfish.

Spaghetti Marinara

Spaghetti Marinara

Spaghetti Marinara is of course a common dish in any Italian eatery. Chef Mashad executed this very well: al dente pasta tossed with prawns, NZ mussels, squids, crabmeat in a thick house-made tomato sauce. Those 2 prawns were huge and at RM28, with all the rest of the seafood thrown in, I thought this was one of the best value-for-money marinara dish I’ve had in quite a while.

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Gnocchi Pomodoro Con Manzo

Let’s talk about Chef Mashad’s favourite and signature dish: Gnocchi Pomodoro Con Manzo. The freshly-made potato dumplings with a delightfully light airy texture were braised in house-made tomato sauce with beef strips, topped with fresh mozzarella, black olives and arugula. Although I was never a gnocchi fan, I have to admit that I found myself thoroughly enjoying these gnocchi! I could taste the unmistakable potato flavour in those dumplings which set them apart from the usual chewy floury gnocchi found in many places. Priced at RM28 for a substantial portion, this is comfort food at its best.

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We totally fell in love with these gnocchi!

Feeling satiated with the 3 dishes we have tasted, I didn’t mind so much that the Filletto di Salmone (RM32) was just average. The salmon fillet was a tad overcooked and the spinach in cream didn’t quite have that smooth velvety texture that I prefer but the perfectly-cooked cous cous was excellent – fluffy yet retained a good chewy texture.

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We had their Tiramisu and while we’ve had better versions, the generous portion of soft sponge fingers, dipped in their house blend coffee and layered with mascarpone cheese was a steal at RM16. That huge piece is more than enough for two people to share!

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Tiramisu – two can share this generous portion

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Other desserts listed on the menu include Pannacotta, Chocolate Mousse Pie, Belgian Ganache Chocolate Tart and gluten-free Chocolate Cake, so go indulge.

What we really like about the food at Livello Uno is the distinctive unpretentious “home-cooked” flavours of their dishes, affordable pricing and the bright energetic vibes of the place.  And yes, we’ll definitely go back for those amazing gnocchi!

 

LIVELLO UNO
165A Jalan Aminuddin Baki
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2856-0345
Operating hours: 10.30am-10.30pm
Closed on Tuesdays

*Alcohol & Pork-free

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RESTORAN SINKI @ DENGKIL – good old home-style cooking!

This place needs no promotion nor much introduction because it’s a well-known and popular eatery.  Especially among folks in Dengkil.  And even among folks far from Dengkil.

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This restaurant seems to have been around for a very long time, judging by the yellowed newspaper cuttings hanging proudly on its walls.  Part of its old-world charm is the numerous news reports of VIPs who had dined here before and the many glowing reviews of its offerings.  These and the ubiquitous chinese art posters and faded red lanterns complete the character of this eatery.  Sinki is located along the main road of Dengkil – Jalan Besar and if you don’t look out for it, you would easily pass it.  Yes, it’s that unassuming.

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Sinki is just like any other kopitiam-like eatery in a hundred small towns in the country.  Round wooden tables, plastic chairs, boisterous diners and fast-paced service.  We were there at lunch time and although the place was full, our food came pretty quickly.

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On every table, you would see almost the same dishes being ordered.  Yes, the crowds love their signature dishes.  So, you wouldn’t go wrong if you just follow the crowd, just look at the printed reviews on the walls.  And just to reaffirm that, there are also framed photos of their signature items hung on the wall.

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The Chilli Fish is their No.1 bestseller – it’s guaranteed to be on every table.  Ours was a midsize ikan senangin (RM38).  The fried fish was cooked and covered with a thick luscious sauce with hints of taucheo (fermented bean paste), shallots, garlic and a shower of chopped chilli padi.  Be prepared to order extra white rice with this.

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Stewed Pork Knuckle

You would need those extra rice for their Stewed Pork Knuckle (RM34) too.  Initially we were a bit apprehensive that the huge portion was too much but guess what?  It was the first dish to be polished off!  That huge chunk of fatty but oh-so-good tender meat with succulent sinewy tendons buried under a fragrant gooey sweetish-tangy gravy was just too delicious to resist.

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Har Look

Some people may argue that their Har Look – freshwater prawns tossed in superior soya sauce is their No.1 dish.  I’ll just say this: there is a very thin line separating this and the Spicy Fish.  It all depends on whether you like fish or prawns.  If you love both, order both, like we did.

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However, do keep in mind that these prawns aren’t cheap.  The 3 prawns that we had cost RM70, which was 35% of our entire bill.  Taste-wise, they were sweet as they were very fresh but I personally felt they were a tad overcooked as the texture was on the chewy side.

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Sambal Pucuk Paku

We liked both the Sambal Pucuk Paku (RM8) and the Steamed Fishballs & Tofu (RM9).  Portions were generous – more than enough for 4 pax at those prices.  The fishballs were freshly made, a perfect pair-up with the soft silky tofu.

Steamed Fishballs & Tofu

Steamed Fishballs & Tofu

For carbs, we had their Lor Mee (braised noodles) and Kau-Yook Meehoon (fried rice vermicelli with braised pork belly).  The lor mee was decent and the meehoon was outrageous – it ought to be renamed “braised pork belly with meehoon” because there was more pork than vermicelli there!

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Kau-Yook Meehoon

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All in all, Sinki serves no-frills honest home-style dishes that have stood the test of time.  Food cooked to age-old family recipes with the freshest ingredients and at fair prices – a perfect formula for its resilient stature in Dengkil.

 

Restoran Sinki
96 Jalan Besar
43800 Dengkil
Selangor
Tel: 03-8768-8268

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Enjoy the festive season at TRADERS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR!

I can’t believe Christmas is just a month away.  Where has the year gone??  And because I got to attend a special preview of Christmas and New Year goodies at the Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur recently, I got this oh-no-time-has-flown kinda nostalgia earlier than most of you.  While I look forward to celebrating the festivities, there’s always a tinge of regret over the passing year.  Year-end is always a bitter-sweet thing: excitement in the festivities, incoming new year and of course, the sadness of saying goodbye to yet another year.

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Oh never mind, let’s put all that nostalgia aside and see what’s in store for the feasting in Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur.  Yes, they’ve already got it all planned out.

I don’t know about you but for me, Christmas is always associated with all things bright, beautiful, colourful and sweet – and that means Desserts!  The festive desserts that the pastry chefs of Traders Hotel KL have come up with are amazing.  Let me show you some now… let’s start with the sweet stuff ya…

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At Gobo Chit Chat, their new generation all-day dining restaurant, get ready to drool over the wide spread of international buffet and high tea with special festive items.  The festive buffets are available for Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch and there’s a not-to-be-missed New Year’s Eve Seafood Dinner as well.  The Festive High Tea Buffet is available every Saturday and Sunday for the whole month of December 2015.

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Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill is a well-designed cosy and stylish venue for a more private dining experience.  The chefs have come up with tastefully crafted menus for the festive period.  You can choose either the 3-course or 6-course menu which are served for the Christmas Eve Dinner.  And because you will be welcoming 2016 soon, the New Year’s Eve Dinner has a selection of 3, 6 and 8 courses menus!

Among the special dishes offered, I tried these…

Deconstructed Seafood Tartare

Deconstructed Seafood Tartare

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Blue Swimmer Crab Meat

A beautifully plated appetizer of Blue Swimmer Crab Meat served with Ahi tuna, fish cracker, black caviar and compressed honeydew.  I loved every fishy bite of this!

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Turkey Breast with mascarpone, walnuts, vegetables, apple stuffing and orange cranberry sauce

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What is Christmas without turkey, right?  So I also checked out their Turkey Breast served with mascarpone,  fresh walnuts, brussels sprouts, saute’ed garden vegetables, giblet gravy, apple stuffing and orange cranberry sauce.

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Black Angus Fillet

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The Black Angus Fillet was to die-for.  This 150 days beef was served with buttered Brussels sprouts, saute’ed garden  vegetables and pomme puree.

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Blueberries Almond Tart

Blueberries Almond Tart with its buttery crumbly pastry was made more decadent with rum & raisin ice cream, pot poached blueberries compote, raspberry volcano sauce and sprinkled with sea salt.

D'Indulge

D’Indulge

D’Indulge – chocolate indulgence, gold flakes, meringue ring, crumble cookies soil, pistachio-coated cherries and mini vanilla cone ice-cream with raspberry sauce.

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A gorgeous corner of The SkyBar

The SkyBar is one of the most-sought venues to catch the annual fireworks show against the stunning Petronas Twin Towers, so if you are thinking of a New Year’s Eve celebration, do book your spot quickly.  I heard the SkyBar’s Aurora New Year Eve Party is filling up very fast, so make that call now!

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Details on prices and bookings can all be found on www.tradershotels.com

For reservations/more information, do connect with:

 

TRADERS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2332-9888
Fax: 03-2332-2666

email: thkl@tradershotels.com
website: www.tradershotels.com

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNER for HOLIDAY INN RESORT PENANG STAYCATION CONTEST

THANK YOU all for the overwhelming response to this little contest!  I received so many entries from you all that it took me quite some time to determine the winner.  While most of you got questions 1 and 2 correct (those were simple, weren’t they? you just had to click on those links and get the answers!), question 3 was the most interesting.  I had a hard time going through and deciding on which reason/s were the most deserving and many of you did, trust me.  Some of you were very creative with your poems and verses – I’m impressed with your efforts and time taken for this.

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So, after much time spent considering all the factors, the winner is LIEW POH YOKE.

Congratulations, Poh Yoke!  I have emailed you with the good news and I need your response latest by 5pm today.  Please check your email inbox/spam box etc :-)

If I don’t get your response by 5pm today, I will have to give the prize to the next best participant :-)

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Welcome to Holiday Inn Resort Penang!

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THAI CAMP – authentic Thai-style streetfood

Thai Camp has recently revamped its whole menu structure to serve only one-dish hot meals and fast snacks, a la street-food style.  It used to serve a la carte dishes eaten with white rice.  Which probably is a great idea because there is a demand for such fast meals, priced very reasonably in a decent and comfortable premise.  Thai Camp’s offerings meet all those requirements and more – the food is generally delicious!

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Oh there’s a bonus too – pork is on the menu.  How authentic is that?  Yes, pork is a generally-must-have component for Thai cuisine, in my opinion.  The dishes served in Thai Camp are typically those you would find on the streets of Thailand, whether it’s in Bangkok, Phuket or Chiangmai.  The repertoire, although not very extensive, does cover a good range of popular dishes found all across Thailand.

Kao Soi

Kao Soi

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I was happy to see that “Kao Soi” is in the menu.  This Chiangmai staple dish is quite rare here – not many Thai restaurants in KL/PJ serve this.  To the uninitiated, it’s labelled as “Thai Camp Curry Noodles” with “Kao Soi Kai” printed in smaller fonts below it.  I must say Thai Camp’s rendition reflected the authentic flavours of this dish based on the kao soi I ate in Chiangmai.  Well, that shouldn’t be a big surprise as Thai Camp is run by Nic and his Thai wife rules the kitchen.  At only RM7.50 a bowl, I think it’s a steal – it’s a huge bowl of noodles done 2 ways: soft and crunchy submerged in a thick flavourful spicy broth and a big chicken drumstick.

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Seafood Tomyum Noodles

My personal favourite was the feisty Seafood Tomyum Noodles (RM7.90).  This was the northern Thai tomyum which has coconut milk in it.  The broth was extremely robust which will leave some happy tingling on your tongue.  Two big succulent prawns, fresh squids and tomatoes jostled for space in the bowl of Thai rice noodles.  You can choose to have your tomyum with rice too but that will cost you RM10.90 as I believe there would be more seafood added for that serving.

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The Pork Panaeng with Rice (RM7.90) did not disappoint either.  The thick creamy curry sauce with lean pork was an excellent accompaniment to the plain rice.  Nothing fancy, just plain rice and aromatic curry – one of life’s the best comfort food!

Pork Panaeng

Pork Panaeng with Rice

What didn’t quite cut it was the Pork Leg Rice (RM8.50).  This was disappointing for me as I found that it’s lacking in flavours.  The pork was tender enough with soft gelatinous skin and all but somehow, there’s no punch in the taste.  I highlighted this to Nic and hopefully there’s an improvement in it soon.

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Pork Leg Rice

I tried most of their “Bites” items: Thai Pork Satay – Moo Ping (RM9), Thai Fish Cakes – Tod Man Pla (RM7), Fried Pork Pops – Moo Sab Tod (RM8), Thai Camp Preserved Eggs (RM9.50) and Fried Chicken Wings – Kai Tod (RM9.50).

Thai Pork Satay - Moo Ping

Thai Pork Satay – Moo Ping

The thick pork cuts of their Moo Ping won hands-down as the top favourite of the meal.  The marination was flavoursome and the meat nicely grilled with some charred sides.  This is certainly a must-order for us in our future visits.

Fried Chicken Wings

Fried Chicken Wings

Thai Fish Cakes

Thai Fish Cakes – Tod Man Pla

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Thai Fish Cakes – Tod Man Pla

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Fried Pork Pops (minced pork balls)

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The rest of the deep-fried items were decent if you want some crunchy bites to go with the main hot meals.  The chilli dip served with the fried items can be better, though.  I found there’s no kick in it – the heat and zest needed further enhancement.

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Thai Camp Preserved Eggs

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Papaya Salad (Somtam)

Papaya Salad (Somtam) (RM7.50) – kickass dressing but peanuts were a bit burned

Desserts were basic and simple.  Currently, there are only two choices: Thai Sago Pudding and Coconut Jelly set in little plastic tubs, priced at RM3.50 each.  I definitely preferred the coconut jelly as I found the sago pudding a bit pasty and too sweet.

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Coconut Jelly

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Thai Sago Pudding

So, Thai Camp may be a bit cramped in terms of space but it’s a good spot for some quick bites of authentic street-style Thai food.  And if you are ever craving for a bowl of kao soi, you know where to go!

 

THAI CAMP
37 Jalan 20/7
Taman Paramount
46300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 012-345-1768

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FIFTYSIX DEGREES of Whisky Indulgence @ Spring Garden Kota Permai

It’s an annual affair – this whisky pairing dinner organised by the Tai Thong Group. Every year a special whisky is highlighted and this year, it’s the Fiftysix Degrees. This unique name refers to the latitude of the Scottish Highlands where this fine whisky is distilled.

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Launched in Malaysia earlier this year, Fiftysix Degrees is surprisingly an easy whisky to drink. I should know because I am not a regular whisky drinker and I found it very palatable. Well, it is a blended whisky, a combination of single malts and a single-grain whisky.

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The whisky pairing dinner at Spring Garden Restaurant in the cosy location of Kota Permai Golf & Country Club kicked off with some pre-dinner canapés and aperitifs. Crispy Crab Dumplings and Deep-fried Pumpkin & Lotus Roots with Salted Eggs went well with the tangy limey whisky-laced aperitif.

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Fiftysix Degrees is a “bespoke blend” – it’s distilled and blended in Scotland by Macleod Distillers and bottled in Malaysia by 56 Degrees Marketing Sdn Bhd. So you see, it is a “customised” blend made with the Asian palate in mind. It’s described as a smooth and rich new-age blend and I tend to agree with that especially when sipped in between the 3 Appetizers served that evening:

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Lobster with fresh fruit salad with Italian Vanilla Dressing, Deep-fried Tofu Puffs with Scallops and Fish Roe and Softshell Crab with Roasted Sesame Sauce wrapped in Egg Rolls. For added tastes, these were topped with shredded coconut and fish roe.

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Fiftysix Degrees’ balance of citrusy and light fresh fruity notes within the golden blend was a boon when paired with all those seafood elements. This easy-drinking whisky appeals to both whisky aficionados and novices (that’s me).

Marine flavours were again reflected in the Double-boiled Abalone and Dried Premium Seafood Soup served in a coconut. It’s a robust nutritious soup filled with all the goodness of the sea and taking a few sips of the Fiftysix Degrees on-the-rocks after the soup helped to clear the palate for the next dish.

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Sliced chicken with fish paste and almonds served with a tart holding shredded chicken with mango and crunchy nuts doused with grapefruit sauce was next. I enjoyed the nicely fried thin golden skin of the chicken but the rest of the elements were quite lost in the mismatched serving.

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Chefs at work

While I totally enjoyed the Estuary Dragon Grouper (“long tan”) and Mushrooms in Pumpkin Superior Broth, I felt there’s one too many soupy items in this menu. The seafood theme, while sweet and delicious, was repeated in almost all the dishes (except the fried rice, the last dish). It is as if the Fiftysix Degrees can only go well with seafood and that is really undermining the character of this bespoke whisky.

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Estuary Dragon Grouper & Mushrooms in Pumpkin Broth

I would have liked to taste and experience how this whisky would fare with a meat dish, for example. Or perhaps have a dish that’s not deep-fried or boiled which were the dominant cooking methods for the dishes in this pairing. Chinese cooking is so versatile, after all.

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Stir-fried Rice with XO Sauce

Desserts to end the meal: Chilled Layered Jelly of Black Sesame, Mango & Fresh Milk, Mini Pumpkin Dumpling with Sweet Potatoes and Cheese, Sweet Corn Bun sprinkled with cocoa powder. My favourite was the jelly and we all marvelled at the bun which looked exactly like a mushroom!

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What perked up the dinner was the excellent 3-member band – The Raw Notes which kept the diners entertained with their repertoire. Their singer-keyboardist, Chris was superb with his rendition of Cantonese hits.

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The Raw Notes

 

This Whisky Pairing dinner was held at:

Spring Garden Restaurant
Kota Permai Golf & Country Club
Kota Kemuning
Shah Alam
Tel: 03-5122-3088

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