Friday, November 24, 2017

Puttin' On A Ritzy Christmas @ The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Tis’ the season to be jolly. The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is proud to present a collection of  specially crafted dining and festive gift offerings to usher in Christmas and New Year with great vigour and zeal, for an unforgettable festive season.



Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea 


The much-loved Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea features a selection of creative and vibrant pastries, desserts and colourful festive eggnog. Children get the opportunity to build their very own teddy bear during the Afternoon Tea, making this a meaningful family affair.





When: December 10 at The Private Room from 3pm to 6pm.

Price: RM160 per adult and RM115 per child under 12.



Christmas Eve Dinner 

Relish in a sumptuous three or four-course Christmas Eve dinner at The Library, featuring a succulent Roast Turkey carvery complemented by Roasted Quail, Creamy Lobster Soup, Chestnut Parfait, White Chocolate served with Christmas Pudding and more.




When: December 24, Sunday at The Library from 7pm to 11pm.

Price: From MYR 250 per person.



Christmas Day Champagne Brunch

Indulge in a diverse and luxurious spread of fresh seafood, tapas, pastas, soups, grilled meats, succulent roast turkey carvery on trolley, scrumptious Christmas desserts and festive favourites. Santa Claus will also be making a special appearance and there will be fun children’s activities.





When: December 25, Monday at The Cobalt Room from 12pm to 3pm

Price: From MYR 198 per person




Christmas Afternoon Tea

The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur is well-known for its afternoon tea and on Christmas Eve and Day, guests can indulge in elegantly handcrafted Christmas-inspired desserts and savouries. Be entertained by jazzy Christmas tunes performed by the resident band whilst sipping on a cup of tea.





When: December 24 to 25, at The Lobby Lounge from 3pm to 6pm

Price: RM80 per person



New Year's Eve Dinner

Usher in the New Year at The Library in an intimate setting with an exclusive four-course menu, featuring Warm Lobster Salad, Tomato and Prawn Bouillabaisse, Grilled Wagyu Fillet and Pistachio Mango Chantilly with Raspberry Sorbet .  After dinner, head on over to Feast Village Starhill Gallery for the New Year Countdown and Balloon Drop.



When: December 31, Sunday at The Library from 7pm to 11pm

Price: From RM250 per person.



New Year's Day Roast

After a relaxing lie-in in the morning, gather friends and family and celebrate the New Year with a gourmet buffet featuring indulgent seafood, a selection of antipasti, Japanese delights such as sashimi and nigiri, roast prime rib and decadent desserts paired with free flow of bubbly at The Library. A lively play area with enjoyable activities for the little ones is available throughout the brunch.



Foie gras terrine


When: January 1 at The Library from 12pm to 3pm

Price: From RM198 per person


Festive Gourmet Packages

Save the hassle of cooking and bring home a Classic Roast Turkey or Chef Wai’s Signature Cedar Smoked and Roasted Turkey. The Festive Gourmet Packages comes with brussels sprouts, glazed chestnuts and pumpkin pie.



When: Available through December 30. 48-hour advance notice is required.

Price: From RM500 per package.


Festive Gourmet Hampers

Step into The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur's life-sized Gingerbread House at the Lobby, beautifully made out of sugar, spice and everything nice. Browse through the collection of elegant gourmet offerings and customised festive hampers, which make perfect gifts for family, friends and colleagues this festive season.

BabySumoKids in the life-sized Gingerbread House last year


When: Available from December 1 to 31. 48-hour advance notice is required for customised hampers.

Price: From RM250 per hamper.



For more information and reservations on the hotel’s festive offerings this season, please call +60 3 2142 8000 or email dining@ritzcarlton.com.my.



Location: The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2142 8000

GPS Coordinates: 3.146901, 101.715438

Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/malaysia/kuala-lumpur


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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Recipe: Mango Sticky Rice (Thai dessert)

BabySumoKids' love for mango sticky rice started one fine evening when we went for a fiery Thai meal. Now, everytime we visit a Thai restaurant, mango sticky rice is a must-order dessert. At first it was one dessert between four, and lately it's been one between two and still, they would want more.

Mangoes are in abundance in supermarkets now, so I thought it'd be nice to make their favourite Thai dessert at home. The mangoes were really sweet and have ripened nicely, so it was the perfect pairing for the sticky rice. This time, I used regular caster sugar instead of palm sugar as I prefer the rice looking "white" rather than having a brown hue, just like how they serve it in the Thai restaurants.

One plate each, everyone should be happy now, right?








Thai mango sticky rice (Khao Neow Ma-Muang)
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from here
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Serves 4-5


Ingredients

For the steamed sticky rice with coconut milk
300g sticky or glutinous rice
250ml coconut milk

For garnishing
2-3 large ripe mangoes
200ml coconut milk


3 tbsp caster sugar
3/4 tsp salt

1. Put the rice in a bowl and pour in enough cold water to cover the rice. Soak for at least 3-4 hours. Drain and transfer to a steamer basket (or just use a plate suitable for steaming). Spread the rice in basket/plate and place in the steamer over low heat. Steam for 25-30 minutes, or until the rice swells and is tender (take a grain and test). The cooking time will vary depending on the soaking time.

2. While the rice is cooking, place all the coconut milk (250ml +200ml) in small saucepan, along with the sugar and salt over low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. This will take about 5 minutes.

3. Once the rice is cooked, pour 250ml of coconut milk over the rice and use a wooden spoon to mix thoroughly. Transfer to a large tray and spread out the rice to help it cool quickly. If it cools slowly it will be soggy rather than sticky.

4. Peel the mangoes and slice off the two outside cheeks of each, removing as much flesh as you can in large pieces. Slice each cheek into smaller pieces, horizontally.

5. Place a mound of sticky rice on a serving plate, then arrange the mango pieces on top. Spoon some coconut milk on top. Serve warm.





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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Raclette Weekend Brunch @ 2OX KL

From 25 November onwards, KLites can enjoy weekend brunch with a cheesy twist at 2OX French Bistro. Raclette cheese is extremely popular in Europe, especially in the regions where it originated, namely the Valais and Haute Savois regions of Switzerland and France. The meal usually consists of Alpine cheeses melted on the wheel and then scraped onto accompaniments such as potatoes, vegetables, bread and meat.

Raclette Weekend Brunch at 2OX KL


At 2OX, there will be an array of hot and cold selections to accompany the Raclette Cheese. Diners can choose 4 items from this list (Grilled toast, Baked new potatoes, Potato Dauphinoise, Grilled asparagus, Mixed green leaves, Baby string beans, Turkey ham, Pan roasted beef striploin or Poached egg), which will be topped with oozy, melting Raclette cheese. Go for the classic combination of potatoes and beef striploin, as they go really well with the cheese.





The Raclette Weekend Brunch is priced at RM89++ and comes with a glass of either red wine, white wine, sparkling wine or free flow soft drinks. It also includes a Dessert Trio - Gateau Le Opera, Lemon Madeleine and Macaron - for a sweet end.






The restaurant ambiance is casual yet chic. 




The Raclette Weekend Brunch is available from 11am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 


Pork-free.

Location: 2OX French Bistro, 54G & 56G Jalan Doraisamy, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Street parking available, or park in one of the open-air carparks).

Tel: 03-2692 2233

Website: http://www.two-ox.com/


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Monday, November 20, 2017

New Year's Eve Dinner @ Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

2017 has flown past.. Lots of good food have been eaten and lasting memories have been made.

There is no better place to end the year on a high and ring in the New Year, than at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Make this a night to remember, with an inspiring 5-course New Year's Eve menu at Gobo Upstairs complemented by a spectacular view of the KL skyline.



Your gastronomic journey begins with a decadent amuse bouche of smoked salmon and caviar bruschetta, followed by a light yet delicious Apple fennel salad with marinated lobster, pickled onion and salsa verde. The lobster has been marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, green apple juice and celery, for a refreshing twist. Absolutely loved how festive this looked too, with the green and red on the plate.




Instead of the usual heavy-based cream soups, Gobo Upstairs Head Chef, Chef Mun delights with his Chicken consomme with chicken dumpling and scallion oil. This clear soup may look unassuming, but it was light and elegantly smooth. What elevated this soup to the next level was the chicken dumpling parcels which were juicy and bursting with flavour.



The best way to enjoy foie gras (in my books) is to have it simply pan-seared. The perfectly cooked foie was rich, luscious and sublime, and was complemented beautifully by the sweet poached pear in red wine. A match made in heaven. Absolutely fabulous!



For mains, diners get to choose between the Pan seared cod fish and Grilled 150-days Grain-Fed Tenderloin. Being the meat lovers that we are, we both went for the latter. Besides, the kitchen team at Gobo Upstairs always does a great job cooking the meat, so who can resist. The tenderloin, cooked to medium rare perfection, was juicy and tender and served with a smooth truffle pomme puree, baby carrot, asparagus, broccolini and Madeira sauce.





For dessert, we were served a glorious Ricotta cheese cake with mix berries compote. We thoroughly enjoyed this well-balanced dessert, as ricotta gave this a lighter touch; creamy without being cloying.



New Year's Eve Menu at Gobo Upstairs, Traders Hotel KL



For the New Year's Eve Dinner at Gobo Upstairs, there will be two different sessions:

First Session (6.00pm – 8.00 pm):
5-Course Set Menu (Food Only) RM 346.00 per person
Inclusive one glass complimentary champagne at SkyBar

Second Session (8.30pm onwards):
5-Course Set Menu (Food Only) RM 458.00 per person
5-Course Set Menu (Food&Wine) RM549.00 per person

If you're looking to impress your other half, there is also a New Year's Eve Exclusive Dinner with KLCC view:
New Year Eve Exclusive Dinner: 
5-Course Set Menu RM2950.00 per couple
(Food + 1 Bottle Wine + 1 Bottle Champagne)


Thanks Traders Hotel KL for having us over to preview this exquisite New Year's Eve Menu!



Opening times: Mon- Fri 12:00pm to 2:30pm (Lunch); Mon-Sun 6:30pm to 10:30pm (Dinner).

Location: Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill, Level 6, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 03- 2332 9888

GPS Coordinates: 3.154271, 101.715417

Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/traders/dining/restaurants


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Family Dinner @ Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium KL

Last weekend, we were invited over to Lai Ching Yuen at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur for dinner. The ambiance is cosy yet regal, and paired with attentive service, it is a fantastic place for a family dinner.

The menu focuses on refined Cantonese cuisine, ranging from barbecued meats, premium dried seafood, live seafood and crustacean and more.

To start, we had Lai Ching Yuen's roasted meat platter (RM98 for small); we were told that we can choose two types from a selection of roasted crispy pork (siew yuk), Hong Kong style roasted duck or BBQ roasted pork with honey (char siew), so went for the latter two.

Not only do they look great, both meats were absolutely delicious too. The duck certainly possessed all the qualities of a good roasted duck -  glistening, crispy skin and moist, juicy meat, served with a sweet plum sauce. The kids loved the char siew, so that disappeared from the plate rather quickly.





The Stewed Tofu with Preserved Choy Sum and Minced Pork (RM38) was recommended to us by the wait staff. A homely, comforting dish, best enjoyed with white rice.




A popular dish on the previous menu, diners can still request for this Stir fried fish fillet and scallop with XO sauce (RM68). The seafood and broccoli are coated in a delicious, mildly spicy XO sauce.




Our favourite dish of the evening was Lai Ching Yuen's special fried crispy noodles (RM48). Crispy noodles topped with a thick, delicious gravy with plump, juicy prawns, squid, chicken and vegetables, we loved it.




We had two of their bestselling desserts, the Chilled mango puree with sago and pomelo topped with vanilla ice cream (RM14) and Lai Ching Yuen's signature chilled durian pancake (RM18). The mango puree was lusciously creamy, so good that BabySumoKids (literally) licked their plates clean.




Non-halal.

Opening times: Lunch; Monday to Friday 12.00pm - 2.30pm, Sat & Sun 11.00am - 2.30pm. Dinner; 6.30pm - 10.30pm daily.

Location: Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium Hotel, 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM8 first hour, RM2 subsequent hour.)

Tel: 03-2117 4180

GPS Coordinates: 3.147694, 101.712338



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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Super Big Don House大爆丼, Damansara Uptown

Seeing how much I love Japanese don, our friend took us to Damansara Uptown to check out Super Big Don House 大爆丼. As their name suggests, their menu is predominantly rice bowls (don) with various toppings such as raw seafood, beef, pork and more.

My favorite kind of don is one with raw seafood. You can choose from salmon, tuna chutoro, scallop, Hokkaido uni, and even lobster. I went for the Salmon Negitoro Tobiko Don (RM39) which comes with four types of seafood - salmon sashimi, negitoro, kani and tobiko.  The salmon sashimi was sliced fairly thickly, and was fresh and quite fatty, which I loveeeeee. Next to the sashimi are tobiko which adds a lovely texture to the rice bowl and shredded kani (crabstick) as well as pickles and cucumber. Finally, a large mound of negitoro, (which is chopped or blended fatty toro (tuna belly)) tops the rice bowl.




You can add on premium items to your rice bowl such as lobster (500g for RM48) and Hokkaido uni (RM50)




Delicious slices of salmon sashimi


As each rice bowl is served, the wait staff will explain to you how to best enjoy it. For mine, I was to first move the sashimi to a small side plate (to be eaten with wasabi and soy later). Then, I was to drizzle the rice with ample amounts of seafood soy sauce (blended in-house) and then mix it all up. I thoroughly enjoyed my rice bowl; the toppings were generous and most importantly fresh. All dons come with a bowl of miso soup.




Unagi lovers, I highly recommend the unagi don here (RM68). Hubby had this and was well-impressed with the thick, meaty slices of grilled eel in a sweet glaze. I usually avoid unagi as I find that they usually contain quite a lot of small bones but definitely no such problem here. I enjoyed the piece that I had. Again, portion is generous. For this, Hubby was instructed to remove the unagi to the side plate and mix in the egg yolk with the rice.




Our friend was intrigued by the pork don (RM48) which is depicted in the menu as a whole load of meat on a skewer, served standing upright in the rice bowl. Looks pretty cool (beef one is also served in the same manner) so she ordered this. The pork was a little dry on its own, but it does come with some garlicky sauce on the side. There was a whopping 400g of meat, so portions here are definitely big. Personally I prefer the seafood don over this.



Haha the actual item looks even more impressive!



Other than rice bowls, they also offer a few types of kushiage aka deep fried Japanese skewers. Our friend had this the last time and raved about the black truffle mayonnaise. There is a minimum order of 2 skewers, so we had the pork belly (RM6.90) and vertebral mushroom (RM3.90). I loved the mushroom skewer with the truffle mayo... so good!





Opening times: Lunch 12.00pm - 3.30pm; Dinner 6.00pm - 10.30pm.

Price: Total bill RM199.15 (all prices denoted above are prices before service charge and GST)

Location: 75, Ground Floor, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. (Street parking available or park at The Starling and walk over).

Tel: 03-7733 5996

GPS Coordinates: 3.134515, 101.620942



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