D’MUNCH KITCHEN, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

This post is specially dedicated to pork lovers!

D’Munch Kitchen, located on the ground of Petalz Residences along Old Klang Road, is a pork haven. Every dish features pork or parts of the piggy, to be eaten with plain rice or mantou (steamed or deep-fried). The only non-pork dish on the menu are the blanched vegetables.

Kicking off our pork-centric meal is the Penang-style Lor Bak – rolls of marinated pork in beancurd sheets, deep-fried, sliced and served with chilli sauce. Flavours are mild so the chilli sauce came in handy.

D’ Munch Lor Bak (RM10)

Dishes served here are really very decently priced, starting from RM8 for a plate of blanched vegetables which can be a choice of lettuce, bok choy or choy sum, depending on what’s fresh for the day. The pork dishes are priced in the region of RM15-RM18 per portion and I’d say the servings are pretty generous. Each serving is good for at least 2 people and that ramps up the affordability factor of dining in D’Munch Kitchen.

The Vinegar Pork Trotters and Braised Pork came bubbling merrily in claypots, their aromas tantalising our noses before the food reached the table! These two dishes are typical home-style comfort food and when done well, elicit immense gastronomic satisfaction! If you like innards, the Braised Pork does come with intestines, upon request. Similarly, the Pork Ribs Curry and Pork Rendang were packed with flavours – best eaten with the mantou. The rice lovers may beg to differ though, as for some of them, porky dishes must go with rice – the more the better!

Vinegar Pork Trotters (RM15)

Braised Pork & Innards (RM15)

Pork Ribs Curry (RM18) & Summer Mantou (RM5/4pieces)

Pork Rendang (RM18) & Golden Mantou (RM5/6pieces)

My favourite is the spunky Pork Innards Soup. Peppercorns and pickled mustard leaves gave this robust soup their signature spunky flavours and I couldn’t get enough of it. Whether slurped on its own or eaten with rice, this soup is a must-order item for me.

Pork Innards Soup (RM16)

Blanched Vegetables (RM8)

D’Munch Kitchen is the spot to head to whenever cravings for home-style porky dishes hit you. The homely comfort food is generously-portioned and friendly on the pocket.


G-05 Petalz Residences
Residency Rimbunan
No.2 Jalan 1/132A
Off Jalan Klang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-683-0699

Open Tuesday-Sunday
Lunch: 12.00pm-3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm-midnight
Closed on Monday

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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.


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.


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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DE.WAN 1958 By Chef Wan

De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan is the latest dining space that’s heating up Kuala Lumpur’s dining scene. It is not just a restaurant – the 13,000 sq ft space is also a state-of-the-art event venue where patrons are promised a modern Malaysian culinary adventure, led by Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, more popularly known as Chef Wan. This Celebrity Chef needs no introduction. I believe almost everyone knows or have heard of our culinary ambassador who has done so much to promote our Malaysian food culture all over the world. Host of countless tv shows, culinary competitions, recipient of many culinary awards and author of numerous cookbooks, Chef Wan is almost a household name in the country.

Stepping into De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan, the “wow” factor smacks me right away. The colourful modern artsy decor speaks much about its namesake as Chef Wan’s gregarious bubbly personality is well known. Brightly-hued peacocks and tropical foliage designs on the walls exude a bright cheerfulness which resonate well with our Malaysian celebrity chef’s persona. The extensive dining space is cleverly planned with much flexibility to accommodate dining groups of any size. With 13,000 sq ft to play, this place is perfect for any kind of occasion or celebration – from a corporate meeting, product launch, art exhibition to a birthday party and a wedding!

From concept to kitchen fit-out, the project to bring to life De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan has been a dedicated and determined journey for Andre Shum, one of the founding partners, together with Chef Wan. “We planned this 2 years ago and along the way there were many challenges but thank goodness we managed to garner some amazing support from so many people to get this venture off the ground,” explains Andre as we settle ourselves to munch on some super-delicious Cucur Udang. While Andre handles the operational management of the place, Chef Wan rules the kitchen to ensure that every dish served meets his exacting standards of quality.

Opened just only a few weeks ago, the restaurant has been swarmed with diners every day. For some, it has been impossible to get a table as the bookings were just too full. The menu is kept simple and selections are focused, which I like. Chef Wan wants to maintain quality in the food served – better to focus on selected signature items rather than offer many options where quality may be diluted. The menu will be changed every 3-4 months to keep the excitement going.


So what’s the real deal with the food?

We tasted dishes from the various categories – Appetizer, Salad, Soup, Mains, Bakar-bakar and Desserts.Besides the Mains with a selection of 10 dishes, all the other categories have just 2-4 dishes, which like I’ve said before, is a good thing. Much focus and attention are given to these dishes, from the use of fresh ingredients to the execution and presentation. Besides some minor snags (eg splashed sauces on plates, squid a tad undercooked), I really enjoyed the food. I could see that Chef Wan’s exacting standards have rubbed on to the crew. The tastes and flavours were well-balanced, as much effort has gone into the cooking and the dishes were spot-on. Be prepared to “tambah nasi” here – not an issue as they serve 3 types of basmathi rice to guests on a free-flow basis! All in all, the food here is “sedap giler”!


Cucur Udang
Traditional golden fritters of fresh bouncy tiger prawns, dried shrimps, bean sprouts and chives, deep-fried to crispy perfection. We ate these dipped with Chef Wan’s signature chilli sauce and special peanut sauce for a perfect start to our meal. Definitely a crowd-pleaser and a big hit with DL.


Sup Ekor
Chunks of tender Australian oxtail simmered in a robust aromatic broth bursting with flavours of local spices. So heart-warming.


Kerabu Pucuk Paku with Kerang
Sweet pucuk paku (fiddlehead fern), fragrant bunga kantan (torch ginger bud) and freshly-shelled plump cockles tossed with Chef Wan’s special kerabu sauce. A touch of lime, aromatic kerisik make this salad so sublime. Hands-down my favourite of the meal! This should be made a permanent item on the menu!


Daging Opor Hijau
Australian beef fillet braised in creamy coconut milk and spices – tender meat dish with pea eggplants, capsicum and basil leaves. You need to “tambah nasi” with this one!


Kambing Kuzi
Succulent NZ lamb braised till fork-tender with Chef Wan’s special Kuzi (thick curry) spice paste and a variety of premium herbs. This is so good, I tell you.


Gulai Lemak Udang Nenas Nyonya-style
Fresh tiger prawns slow-cooked in creamy coconut milk with a golden turmeric-based spice paste with pineapple cubes giving it that zesty touch. The huge prawns were very fresh and sweet – I hope they keep this on the menu permanently.


Rendang Udang Galah Minangkabau
Succulent river prawns simmered in a special Minangkabau rempah paste, coconut milk and spiked with fragrant lime leaves. Originally from Minangkabau in Negeri Sembilan, this unique dish is a must-try! The sauce/rempah paste is just so addictive.


Grilled Seafood
We had a whole jumbo squid and a seabass, grilled and the freshness of the seafood is so tasty and sweet that you may not even need any of the dipping sauces. All grilled items come with 3 choices of Chef Wan’s signature sauces/sambals. You may find it difficult to choose from Sambal Kicap Pedas, Sos Air Asam, Sambal Hijau, Sambal Merah, Sambal Hee Bee, Sambal Limau Kasturi, Sambal Belacan, Cincaluk or Tempoyak Chilli!


Free-flow servings of basmathi rice…

Bubur Pulut Hitam
Thai black glutinous rice boiled with corn kernel and fresh coconut milk and eaten with a dollop of premium ice-cream. Quite a unique way of serving this as it’s not really in a “bubur” form.

Bubur Som Som
Soft silky rice flour pudding topped with generous helping of creamy coconut milk and cinnamon-infused palm sugar syrup, this classic Indonesian dessert is hands-down my favourite. It’s similar to Lompat Tikam, the Kelantanese dessert. Honestly, I can polish off a whole serving of this all by myself, and then some!

Booking is recommended and is to be done online via TableApp which is linked to their website here.


DE.WAN 1958 by Chef Wan
Lot 2-2 Level 2, The Linc KL
360 Jalan Tun Razak
50900 Kuala Lumpur
For more information, please check out their website

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Kembara Tujuh Sajian at ONE WORLD HOTEL, Petaling jaya

Every year when the holy month of Ramadhan rolls in, the Cinnamon Coffee House in One World Hotel is a big burst of colours, aromas and tastes! On any ordinary day, the dinner buffet selection in Cinnamon is always huge and varied but when it’s Ramadhan, the selections become even more extensive and mind-boggling! (if that’s even possible!)


This year is no different – the theme is “Kembara Tujuh Sajian” where dishes from 7 states of Malaysia are presented. Guests get to indulge on kampong-styled traditional dishes and local street fares from Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Johor, Kedah, Melaka, Perak and Negeri Sembilan prepared by Executive Sous Chef Saiful Baharin and his culinary team. Imagine – 7 states and the whole Cinnamon is all decked out with additional stalls in the side terrace and walkways. I can’t imagine how it would be if all the states of Malaysia are featured!

The main aisle of Cinnamon has long buffet tables serving all kinds of appetizers (from cold boiled seafood to local kerabus), mains (curries, rendang & popular local dishes like Kari Ayam Kandar, Sambal Udang Petai, Kambing Semur Kerisik, Gulai Daging Tetel Kawah Tok, Asam Ikan Pedas, Perut Lembu Masak Cili Api and Sayur Pucuk Manis. Numerous live food stations are kept very busy, like the Indian station with naans and curries, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Sup Kambing, Goreng-goreng, Rojak Mamak, Mee Kari and BBQ Seafood. These time-tested dishes are showcased in 6 rotational menus with over 100 items daily.

Succulent & juicy Ayam Percik

Then there are the international line-up: the Japanese and Western counters are always crowded.

Save room for the desserts as the selection is really very extensive. Desserts range from Western-styled sweets such as Coconut Choux, Apple Cinnamon Frangipane, Baked Lime Cheese Cake, Mango Panna Cotta, Raspberry Éclair, Pavlova to colourful local ones like Assorted Kuih Muih, Agar Agar, Kek Kukus, Bubur Pengat Pisang, Ais Kacang and Pulut Serawa Durian.

Don’t miss out the Chocolate Fountain!

Available from 6.30pm to 10.30pm nightly, it is priced at RM148.00 nett per adult and RM78.00 nett per child (aged 6-12 years) from 24 April to 5 May 2019 and RM175.00 nett and RM90.00 nett respectively from 6 May to 4 June 2019.

Reservations are encouraged to avoid disappointment.

For reservations and further enquiries such as discount or promotions, please call +603-7681-1157 or email cinnamon@oneworldhotel.com.my


One World Hotel
Bandar Utama City Centre
Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya

For more information on One World Hotel, please click here.

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With the holy fasting month of Ramadan starting soon, chefs at The Living Room at the Westin Kuala Lumpur is all ready to to serve their “Juadah Iftar” when the sun sets. Led by Executive Chef Halim Chef Lah, the culinary team will whisk you away on a trip of exquisite dining of authentic Malaysian cuisine. The spacious dining area of The Living Room comes alive with buffet counters laden with all kinds of deliciousness, huge woks propped up on stands filled with the most fragrant curries and live cooking stations ready to serve guests with food cooked-on-the-spot!

There are more than 50 mouth-watering dishes laid out on the buffet aisle – “Juadah Iftar” heralds a great start with fine dates from Tunisia and Iran. Once you have sweetened your palate, move on to traditional favourites like “Gear Box Soup”, Roasted Whole Lamb, Roti John Pelangi Ayam, Braised Beef Short Ribs and not leaving out Ketupat, Palas, Nasi Impit eaten with thick creamy Kuah Kacang.

The desserts spread over several counters and tables – it’s hard to pick the favourites from the trays of traditional Malay Kuih, colourful western cakes, pastries and cookies, fresh fruits and tins of old-world biscuits, so reminiscent of our childhood!

Durian lovers are in for a special treat – The Living Room will be serving the King of Fruits in a specially constructed canopy. Chefs will be popping open durian kampung this year, so be sure to head over if you are a durian fan.

*Durian photos courtesy of The Westin Kuala Lumpur

RM158 nett per adult
RM79 nett per child (7-12 years old)
*Kids below 6 years dine for free

Available from 8 May to 4 July 2019.

Early Bird Promotion
Buy the Early Bird Voucher at RM108 nett per person by 5 May 2018

For dining reservations, please call +603-2773-8495.


The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Bukit Bindung
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Website: www.thewestinkualalumpur.com

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PRAWN DYNASTY @ Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras

With a name like “Prawn Dynasty”, it’s clear what the speciality of this restaurant is. Serving plump fresh udang galah or freshwater prawns, otherwise known as “tai thau hah” in Cantonese, the restaurant sees a steady stream of prawn lovers strolling in. Although open for just a few months, word has already gotten out about the sweet crustaceans served in Prawn Dynasty in this quiet corner of Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras.

At RM39.90 a plate, the freshwater prawns are cooked in more than 20 variety of sauces. You may have a hard time deciding, like we did. In the end, we decided to go with the popular choices of “Kam Heong Lai Yau” (buttermilk sauce), Salted Eggyolk and Black Pepper Prawns. All 3 dishes proved to be worthy winners and if I have to choose a favourite, it has to be the Kam Heong Lai Yau Prawns for its most enticing spicy flavours!

Kam Heong Lai Yau Prawns

Salted Eggyolk Prawns

Black Pepper Prawns

Besides the prawns, the menu also has an extensive listing of other seafood, chicken, pork, tofu and vegetable dishes. If you love steamed fish, please order the divine Orange Roughy Steamed in Ginger & Soya Sauce. Imported from New Zealand, it’s a rather fearsome-looking fish with the smoothest silkiest texture ever and hands-down the best tasting fish I’ve had so far this year!

Orange Roughy in Ginger Soya Sauce (from NZ) RM8.80/100g

I’m a fan of clams and la-la so when I saw “Excited Clams” on the menu, I just had to try it. The clams are cooked in a delightfully fragrant broth, tinged yellow with the addition of butter in it and slices of pork belly give it that extra meaty porky robustness. We slurped up every last drop of that addictive broth.

Excited Clams (RM25/RM40)

Do order some plain rice ready to go with their Claypot Pork Belly with Salted Fish, the Taiwanese-style 3-Cup Chicken, Crabmeat Tofu and the mis-translated “Saliva Chicken”! No gross saliva in the chicken – it’s just a direct translation from its Cantonese name which means the golden-skinned chicken is salivatingly delicious!

Ham Yue Fa Lam Po (RM25/RM38) – Claypot Pork Belly with Salted Fish

3-Cup Chicken (RM20/RM38)

Hau Sui Chicken (RM40/RM78) – “Saliva Chicken”

Kam Si Hai Pha Tofu (RM18/RM35) – Crabmeat Tofu

French Beans with Seaweed (RM18/RM30)

What a feast!


26 Jalan 6/91
Taman Shamelin Perkasa
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2856-0765

email: prawndynasty@gmail.com

Opening Hours
Daily: 10.30am to 2.30pm;
5.30pm to 10.30pm

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