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

When East meets West @ RUYI & LYN

For just a few short days, ie until this Saturday 23 June 2018, Ruyi & Lyn’s resident award-winning Chef James Ho is teaming up with Chef Toni Ruiz Valero to give diners a memorable dining experience with their “East Meets West”multi-course dinner. The eclectic 8-course cross-cultural menu from this dynamic combo of culinary mastery from two renowned chefs is something that has to be experienced.

Personally, I have tasted both chefs’ dishes in the past and in this special dinner, both of them have fielded their signature items, curated and presented creatively to feed the eyes and stomach. Do read my previous reviews of Chef Toni here and Chef James here.

The Dinner Set Menu is priced @ RM288 per pax and if you choose to have Wine Pairing, add in extra RM138. Let’s have a look of what’s in store…

Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres

The dinner starts off with Chef James’ beautifully presented appetizer of Sea Caviar (a type of crunchy seaweed) on a mound of shaved ice topped with a cute crispily-fried Baby Crab. Before eating, squirt the tangy Yuzu essence from the little syringe and then enjoy the burst of flavours and contrasting textures in the mouth!

Sea Caviar with Yuzu Essence topped with a Crispy Baby Crab by Chef James

Next… Chef Toni’s salad of Eggplant Confit, Chlorophyll and Pickled Vegetables further titillates the palate. Thinly-sliced pickled ladies fingers dance merrily with crisp rocket, polygonym (laksa leaves), basil and pea sprouts in every mouthful, spiked with fragrant mustard seeds and the chlorophyll curry made from dhall.

Eggplant Confit, Chlorophyll Curry & Pickled Vegetables by Chef Toni

Chef Toni further dazzles with his signature Red Prawn Carpaccio with Deconstructed Sarawak Laksa. The thin slices of red prawn are incredibly sweet and in a surprise twist, the spiced Sarawak Laksa gravy is encased in the prawn head!

Red Prawn Carpaccio with Deconstructed Sarawak Laksa by Chef Toni

One of my favourite dishes in the menu is the Pomfret in Double-boiled Soup by Chef James. Boneless slices of pomfret are steamed on a bed of silky smooth “chawan mushi” and the tasty clear double-boiled broth is then poured over, at table-side. This is a soup that’s to be slowly savoured, to fully enjoy the sweet flavours!

Pomfret in Double-boiled Soup by Chef James

Chef Toni’s mains of Roast Pigeon is a bold and daring dish. It’s done “medium-rare” or almost rare, I would say and that’s pretty much an acquired preference. If you like pigeon meat done rare, then this is for you… personally, I prefer it to be cooked “medium-well done”.

Roast Pigeon, Marinated Roulade with Beetroot Juice and Coconut Foam by Chef Toni

The 2nd and 3rd mains come from Chef James. I enjoy the succulent lamb chop coated in crumbs although the accompanying sauce is a wee bit too salty but this is offset by the tangy iced vegetables by the side.

Lamb Schnitzel with Monggolian Black Pepper & Iced Vegetables by Chef James

Fried Canton Sakura can be a bit puzzling – it turns out to be short-grain Sakura rice, fried Cantonese-style, with added crunch from some puffed rice crispies. For that extra glamour, a thick slice of foie gras sits elegantly on top and this gives a satisfying fullness to the meal.

Pan-seared Foie Gras with Fried Canton Sakura by Chef James

Chef Toni’s signature dessert of curry leaves-infused cream over stewed strawberries laced with Szechuan peppercorn ends the meal on a sweet note. The daintily-cubed jackfruit can be more substantial for a more satisfying bite to this interesting dessert.

Curry Leaves-infused Cream, Szechuan Pepper Strawberries & Jackfruit by Chef Toni

 

Do pick up the phone and call for reservations at 03-2083-0288 as last day of this special dinner is this Saturday, 23 June 2018!

Dinner Set Menu @ RM288, with Wine Pairing add extra RM138.

 

RUYI & LYN
4th Floor Bangsar Shopping Centre
285 Jalan Maarof
Bukit Bandaraya
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2083-0288

BUCKED OUT SEAFOOD FEAST at GOBO CHIT CHAT, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Come Friday and Saturday evening just before 6.30pm, there’s a huge crowd looming at the entrance of Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur. For what, you may ask. Well, they are just waiting for the clock to strike 6.30pm for the Bucked Out Seafood Market to welcome diners. Yes, this was the scene I saw when I was there several weeks ago – people who had made reservations were all waiting to get into Gobo Chit Chat!

Baskets of raw shrimps everywhere!

Slipper Lobsters

From the entrance, I caught whiffs of fresh seafood wafting out and that’s hardly surprising because the counters and tables inside were practically groaning under the weight of fresh fish, crustaceans, shellfish and all kinds of seafood! I was told there are more than 130 types of food on the buffet spread. Among other things, I spotted pots and pans of Szechuan-style Spicy Mud Crabs, Grilled Squids in Orange Sauce, Tiger Prawns with Cream Corn, Slipper Lobsters in Cream Cheese and Kam Heong Bamboo Clams.

My favourite!


Oysters lover, anyone? These babies were really good!

My plate, filled with favourites

Apart from the ready-cooked dishes, the main attraction of this seafood feast is that you can fill up buckets of your favourite fresh seafood and then hand them over to the chefs to cook it in your selected sauce – hence the name “Bucked Out Seafood!” The serving crew will then bring your bucket of cooked seafood to your table! Take your pick from a variety of sauces available: curry cheese, Sichuan chilli, sambal, rendang and Thai coriander lime garlic.

Pick your seafood into a bucket like this

Goodies from our bucket!

 

Of course besides seafood, there are also meats, chicken, pasta, noodles, salads and desserts on the buffet – take your pick from the Japanese, Indian and Western food counters.

Salmon Pizza

Roast Lamb

Fragrant Grilled Chicken

Curry Mud Crabs cooked to order, served with fried mantou!

The Bucked Out Seafood Buffet is available every Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm at RM149 nett per person.

 

GOBO CHIT CHAT
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Persiaran KLCC
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2332-9888

New Menu at SOULed Out, Sri Hartamas

Souled Out Sri Hartamas needs no introduction; at least, not in the Klang Valley. This popular eatery is almost a legend, after having been in the business since 1996. I remember going to this restaurant when they opened, in Desa Hartamas, before moving to the present location in Sri Hartamas. From its humble beginning, the brand has flourished to the many branches holding court in KL and PJ now.

The popularity of Souled Out lies mainly in its comprehensive range of food served, covering local and western favourites. Their fresh take on traditional Asian dishes at affordable prices is one of the keys of their success. Besides that, their cheerful energetic crew and lively atmosphere makes dining at Souled Out a most enjoyable experience. From my many visits to the place, their menu and quality of food have always been consistent.

After pleasing their legions of fans for more than 20 years with the same menu, Souled Out Sri Hartamas recently launched a new menu! Or should I say, launched some new items to their menu – I’m pretty sure many of the popular and favourite dishes are maintained.

As per the Souled Out standard, the launch event was a fun and energetic affair. Members of their crew did a catwalk-style donning national costumes of the countries that inspired the new dishes. Here are some of the newbies to the menu:

Bakso – Indonesian beef balls with glass noodles, crispy wanton skin in a hearty beef broth garnished with celery and served with a fiery sambal

Bhuna Chawal – spicy Indian-style fried rice wokked with cauliflower, chicken and prawns.

Beef Ragout with pasta in a meaty Italian-style sauce of ground beef

Bangers & Mash – smoked chicken sausage with creamy garlic mash and baby peas

Classic Steamed Mussels – black mussels in white wine flavoured with garlic, shallots & parsley – best eaten with bread!

Lamb Pie – Souled Out’s version of shepherd pie! Braised lamb with carrots, celery, rosemary & red wine reduction topped with fluffy cheesy mashed potatoes.

Snack on these Patatas Bravas!

There are several more items – Sawadee Salad, Lamb Shawarma, Kake Udon and six new desserts!  There are also new additions to the Cocktails, Mojitos and non-alcoholic drinks.

Lamb Shawarma

 

Guinness Chocolate Milkshake

 

It’s time to make your way over to Sri Hartamas and check out the new menu items.

 

SOULed OUT
20 Jalan 30/70A
Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2300-1955

Medan Kampung Sunset Dining at PASAR BARU, New World Petaling Jaya Hotel

With the holy month of Ramadhan going into full swing, many are looking for nice venues to break fast. One of the latest hotels to open in Petaling Jaya, New World Petaling Jaya Hotel takes dining to a whole new level with a tasteful take on community dining with its lively market-style set-up at Pasar Baru.

Delicious Kampung spread

Grilled Stingray

Grilled Squids

The hotel’s Executive Chef – Alexander Chong, together with his master chefs have skilfully put together a sumptuous buffet spread which features over 100 mouth-watering dishes of local and traditional Malaysian delicacies, promising an exceptional dining experience for all.

Fresh seafood

We started off with a selection of freshly imported seafood such as yabbies, bamboo clams and succulent crabs and prawns. Next were traditionally prepared Malay dishes from the main buffet counter, including Pasar Baru’s signature made-to-order beef and chicken satay, freshly grilled seafood and traditional ‘bubur lambuk’ . Those looking for lighter and healthier options can toss up their own ulam-ulam or pick from a variety of ready-made salads on offer.

Pasar Baru’s magnificently roasted lamb is one of the best we’ve had so far, succulent and crispy to the bite and accompanied with home-made sauces. Actually I felt the lamb tasted better without any sauces!

Finally we ended the feast on a high note, with a variety of delicious confections all beautifully plated at the dessert counter. What I liked about this was that the desserts were kept fresh and replenished often. We had sago gula Melaka, blueberry cheese tarts, a selection of home-made Malay kuih and soft-serve ice-cream.

Dates are a must for breaking fast

To add to the merriment of the occasion, guests can get up close and personal with the chefs at the various live-action stations and watch first-hand as they prepare and serve delightful fare, especially the enticing noodles and lok-lok station. Curry Laksa is my absolute favourite here!

The “Medan Kampung” buffet is available from 17 May – 14 June 2018, 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Prices:
RM168 nett per adult
RM84 nett per child aged 12 years & senior citizens aged 60 years and above

For reservations, please call (603) 7682-0000 or email marketing.petalingjaya@newworldhotels.com

 

PASAR BARU
New World Petaling Jaya Hotel
No.1 Jalan SS7/26A
Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya

Jom Makan at VASCO’S, KUALA LUMPUR this Ramadhan!

As the holy month of Ramadhan has just dawned and Muslims have started fasting, the breaking of fast is a time of giving, sharing and celebrating togetherness. Towards this, Vasco’s at Hilton Kuala Lumpur is offering a buka puasa buffet themed “Kenduri-Kendara” featuring more than 200 authentic local dishes. In fact, it covers culinary favourites from 11 states in Malaysia as the main attraction.

Vasco’s at Hilton Kuala Lumpur is elegantly fitted to showcase the best that their kitchen can offer. The culinary team’s line-up of authentic Malay cuisine from the different states of Malaysia is truly impressive. Diners can look forward to some really traditional flavours here and many of the food stations have chefs manning them with live cooking, offering guests food cooked-on-the-spot.

Curries galore!

Roast Whole Lamb

In addition to the regular servings of western, Japanese, Indian delights & desserts on the buffet, diners can look forward to such local favourites like…

*Gulai Daging from Perlis
*Murtabak Raja & Pasembor Boria Padang Kota from Penang
*Asam Pedas Dondang Sayang dengan Burasak from Melaka
*Nasi Dagang Ulek Mayang & Nasi Kerabu Watimang Landok from Trengganu
*Sup Merah Temasik Bengkulu & Ikan Bakar Safari Sri Kuda Kepang from Johor
*Masak Salai Guai Lemak Cili Api Nismilan from Negeri Sembilan
*Ayam Masak Lemak Rebung Joget from Selangor
*Ikan Patin Sungai Tempoyak Gurindam from Pahang
*Singgang Rusuk Lehmbau Cong Code from Kelantan
*Spicy Sambal Tumis Udang Harimau dengan Petai Berangkai from Perak

 

Delicacies from Pahang

Kelantan favourites!

The desserts spread at Vasco’s is nothing short of spectacular. There are lots of traditional kuihs and festive cakes to satisfy every sweet craving you may have!

And if you are lucky, you can even catch Chef Teen in action, demonstrating how to make the traditional “Kuih Loyang”!

 

Prices of buffet:

17 May to 17 June 2018
Starts from RM188 nett (adult), RM100 nett (child 6-11 years old)

Last 5 days (13 June to 17 June 2018)
Starts from RM100 nett (booking made online via TABLEAPP.com with full pre-payment)

For reservations, please call +03-2264-2264Jom Makan!

 

VASCO’S
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2264-2264

JW MARRIOTT KUALA LUMPUR’s Kampong Festive Buffet at SHOOK! FEAST VILLAGE, Starhill Gallery

The JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur’s buffet at Shook in Feast Village has always been popular. Come Ramadhan, the buffet takes on a kampong festive atmosphere. The venue is transformed to give diners the feel of breaking fast in a traditional village, as the creative displays and stalls showcase Malay cuisine at its best.

Within such a charming traditional ambience, Chef Rafizan Abdul Rahim and his culinary team have come up with an amazing repertoire of dishes. Start with local ulam-ulaman served with Sambal Belacan, Sambal Tempoyak, Sambal Cincaluk and Budu and move on to other appetisers, pickles, salads and soups. From there, do proceed slowly to savour such classics like Rendang Tok, Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak, Paru Goreng Berlada, Sambal Petai Ikan Bilis, Nasi Biryani, Sup Ekor and Bubur Lambok – these are surely must-have dishes during Ramadan!

In the village setting, mouth-watering aromas and irresistible displays beckon from the Gerai Satay, Gerai Ikan Bakar, Gerai Nasi Ayam, Gerai Roti Canai (my favourite), Gerai Mee and Gerai Rojak Buah.

I’m glad I saved stomach space for desserts because the sweet spread seems endless. The colourful local kuih, ice-cream, fresh fruits and western sweets were more than enough to satiate any sweet cravings!

 

The Festive Kampong Buffet is available from 15 May till 12 June 2018 from 6.30pm till 10.00pm.

Price: RM98 nett per adult and RM50 nett per child aged 12 years and below.

For reservations and more information, please call +603-2782-9122 or email festivebuffetpromotion@ytlhotels.com.my

 

SHOOK!
Feast Village
Starhill Gallery
183 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur