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.

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


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 with full pre-payment)

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


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


Feast Village
Starhill Gallery
183 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

HILTON PETALING JAYA: Experience Ramadhan the kampung way

As Muslims around the country begin their fasting during this holy month of Ramadhan, it’s time to check out certain venues for a gathering of loved ones for breaking of fast. Berbuka Puasa is often made more meaningful when sharing with friends and family. Paya Serai at the Hilton Petaling Jaya is well-known for its splendid buffet of local dishes and it’s one of my personal favourites as well.

“Jom Makan” at Hilton Petaling Jaya this time features a stunning array of 150 dishes covering both traditional and modern takes of everyone’s favourites. The appetizers tables are a good place to start – great selections of salads, seafood bar, ulam-ulaman, jeruk, keropok and various local rojak.

Various stalls are also set up to offer carved roast meats, nasi kandar, grilled seafood, Indian specialities with all kinds of roti (canai, naan, capati, murtabak), dim sum, Japanese favourites (sashimi, sushi, tempura, teppanyaki) and seasonal favourites like gulai kawah, gearbox soup, bubur lambuk, lontong, lemang with curries and rending. Don’t miss out the stalls dishing out noodles, pasta, simmering claypots of gulai, Hainanese chicken rice, deep-fried delicacies and my all-time favourite: satay!

You must save tummy space for desserts because the sweet temptations at Paya Serai are absolutely divine. Honestly, the dessert spread here is one of the best in town. Besides the huge selection of local kuih & festive sweets, there’s also a good selection of western desserts jostling for space on the counters.

This year, in addition to the buffet spread, the Buka Puasa feast includes several food trucks as well. Parked at the front of the hotel, these food trucks serve local favourites like pasembor, cendol, putu bamboo, char kway teow and durians! Well, durians were available when I was at the preview about a month ago and I hope they will still be available throughout Ramadhan.

Prices of the Jom Makan buffet:

1st Three Days (15-17 May 2018)
RM169nett (adult) and RM89 nett (kids)

The following weeks (18 May 2018 onwards)
RM189nett (adult) and RM99 nett (kids)

Last Three Days (11-14 June 2018)
RM169nett (adult) and RM89 nett (kids)

For reservations, please call 03-7955-9122.


Hilton Petaling Jaya
2 Jalan Barat
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7955-9122

YG REPUBLIQUE – where K-style Food & Entertainment rock!

Launched last August amidst much Korean fanfare, YG Republique is a fully-integrated K-style food and entertainment space located in TREC Kuala Lumpur. It is a fully integrated K-style food and entertainment space outside Korea.

When you step inside, the cool interior of the BBQ/Grill Restaurant (Samgeori Butchers) greets you. Next to it is the K-Pub which also dishes out food and drinks.


Recently we checked out some favourites at YG BBQ Restaurant. The Butcher’s Sampler was a good choice. The sample of 3 Iberico cuts – neck, shoulder and belly came wrapped in a nostalgic newsprint butcher paper, reminiscent of olden days. The premium cuts were then placed onto the table grill and before long, we got to savour the sizzling hot succulent meat. We dug in, initially eating the pork on its own to enjoy its natural sweet flavours and then eating it topped with some of the barchans served. The tangy and refillable dishes of tasty vegetables in the banchan proved to be a hit with us.

Butcher’s Sampler (600g) for 2pax – RM170

Next we tried the spicy but addictive Butcher’s Fried Rice. We really liked this dish – it’s full of “wok her” and tossed with chunks of pork, aged kimchi and chipotle sauce.

Butcher’s Pork Fried Rice (RM50 for 2 pax portion)

Another popular dish here is their Andong Jjimdak – a traditional Korean chicken stew with glass noodles. The flavours were robust, full of umami-goodness and perfect with a bowl of white rice.

Andong Jjimdak (RM88 for 2-3 pax)
YG Special – Traditional Korean chicken stew cooked with glass noodles


YG République is great as a chill-out place to indulge on Korean favourites synonymous with this brand.


HG-01 & HG-02 Hive, TREC
438 Jalan Tun Razak
Kelab Golf di Raja Selangor
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2110-4104

For more information, visit:
Instagram: @ygrepublique_my


With Melaka being just less than 2 hours’ drive away from the Klang Valley, it’s one of the most popular places to head to for a break, especially during the weekends.

Recently we took a drive down to Melaka and decided to check out Kings Green Hotel. Located along Jalan Tun Perak, the hotel is actually just 10 minutes away from Mahkota Parade. It’s in a pretty quiet location yet not too far away from the city centre and most of the tourist sites. This boutique hotel is the first Green Building Index (GBI) certified hotel in Melaka.

Checking-in was a breeze. Before long we were whisked away to our Premier Suite. The spacious room has a king bed + a twin bed, large bathroom complete with a bathtub. It comes with all the usual modern room amenities like personal safe, mini bar, flatscreen tv and wifi of course. We loved the little touches of welcome like the plate of delicious local kueh and bars of handmade soap!

Such a sweet welcome: famous local kueh keria and dodol!

Kings Green Hotel has an adequate swimming pool and gym as well as meeting and functions facilities. This caters to their corporate clients or just about anyone who wants to hold some private events here.

There are 3 F&B outlets in this medium-sized hotel (150 rooms). The Hibiscus Cafe is their all-day dining restaurant and this is where daily buffet breakfast is served.  In the afternoon, try their “Sembang-sembang” Tea at the restaurant.  They serve lovely local snacks like cucur udang, cucur ikan bilis, keropok lekor, goreng pisang and fried sweet potatoes.  It’s an irresistible set at only RM8 to RM12, inclusive of 1 hot drink (teh tarik or Nescafe Tarik)

Buffet breakfast at Hibiscus Cafe daily

Eat well at breakfast

Cucur at Sembang-Sembang Teatime

Rojak Buah

Pisang Goreng

Western Food promotion at Hibiscus Cafe: Chicken Chop (RM22 nett)

Grilled Chicken Chop (RM22 nett)

Jia Restaurant serves both Chinese and Nyonya cuisines from their a la carte menu. It’s opened for lunch and dinner and we found the locals love to dine here as well. On the day that we dined here, the restaurant was pretty full and happening! We sampled some of the chef’s signature home-style dishes which turned out to be quite impressive.

Baked Prawns with Cheese & Butter Garlic Sauce

Braised Chicken with Salted Fish in Claypot

Deep-fried Squids with Butter 

Braised Seafood Noodles 

Chinese Pancake 

On another day we had a lunch of Nyonya specialities which showcased the chef’s skills in curating dishes of nyonya origins. Just take a look at the spread we had…

Ayam Keluak 

Udang Masak Lemak Nenas

Fried Rice

What a spread!

After dinner, just adjourn to the top floor where their Green Acres Lounge & Bar is the perfect spot to relax with some drinks and watch the live band performing. On a clear cool night, the al fresco rooftop is just the place to chill and chat.

So, if you are looking for a comfortable and affordable boutique hotel to stay in Melaka, Kings Green Hotel is a good choice. It’s in a convenient location, just about 10-15 minutes’ drive to most of the popular places in Melaka.


28 Jalan Tun Perak
75300 Melaka
Tel: +606-288-1091

MEAT THE PORKERS: Soft Shell Tacos and more!

Have you met them yet? The Porkers, I mean.  If you haven’t, then it’s high time you do, especially if you are a porky fan.  Go on, Meat the Porkers!  These porkers, led by Herukh, have single-handedly revolutionised the regular Indian food here to make it more unique – in the porky sense.  Yes, expect to indulge in all your favourite Indian dishes in this restaurant, in porky versions!

Recently, to jive up the menu and also to offer some light bites to diners, soft shell tacos with all kinds of delicious spicy fillings were introduced.  So now, if you just want a quick light meal or you are hanging out there in between main meal times, why not sink your teeth into some delectable rolls?  Top of the list is the Tandoori Pork Ribs – basically it’s boneless as meat from the ribs had been pulled or scraped off from the bones.  The meaty fillings are actually the restaurant’s best-sellers like Pork or Chicken 65 Masala, Butter Chicken (or Pork) and the vegetarian Paneer Varuval.

Tandoori Pork Ribs Tacos (RM38)

Pork 65 Masala Tacos  (RM35)

Butter Chicken Tacos  (RM30)

Paneer Varuval Tacos (RM30)

These taco rolls are perfect as a snack or even as a main for the light eaters.  Definitely healthier as well and easy to eat!

I know there are many who go to Meat The Porkers for that full porky meal, starting with their signature Siu Yoke Biryani.   For a more in-depth understanding & appreciation of this delightful signature item, read this.

Tandoori Pork Ribs rank next and fans of these should check out Herukh’s latest version – it’s the luscious pale-looking Tandoori Malai Pork Ribs.  The “paleness” of the ribs is from cheese, cream, spices and blended cashew nuts rubbed into the slab of meat.  Slightly charred at the edges, the aroma from this slab of succulent ribs was just insane!

Siew Yoke Biryani (RM28)

Tandoori Malai Pork Ribs (RM48) with cheese, cream, cashew nuts and spices


Whenever I’m at Meat The Porkers, I can never resist having their Bacon & Cheese Naan which is so good I can eat it on its own!

Bacon & Cheese Naan – RM15: flaky fluffy naans with gooey cheese and studded with smokey bacon

Other favourites are Chicken 65, Pork Rogan Josh and the evergreen Palak Paneer.

Chicken 65 Masala (RM25) Fried boneless chicken cooked in yoghurt-based masala with green chillies and fragranced with curry leaves

Pork Rogan Josh (RM28) – boneless pork cooked in gravy of fried onions, yoghurt, ginger, garlic and spices

Palak Paneer (RM22) cubes of cottage cheese cooked in creamy spinach

Thick rich Dhall Curry to go with all your breads

If you have not made their acquaintance, it’s about time to Meat The Porkers!


D1-G3-5 Jalan Solaris Dutamas 1
Solaris Dutamas
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6211-4040/019-987-1945

Open: Wed-Mon, 11.00am-2.45pm; 6.00-10.30pm