Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Haji Shariff Cendol, Seremban

A bowl of refreshing cendol is exactly what you need to cool down on a hot day. Everytime we visit Seremban, we will go to Haji Shariff Cendol located at Jalan Yam Tuan. If I'm not mistaken, they have a branch now at S2 too, near to this Yee Kee Beef Noodles place.

Cendol is a cold dessert consisting of shaved ice, coconut milk, green jelly strands and gula melaka (palm sugar). There are 6 types of cendol served here, with prices starting from RM1.50; cendol biasa (normal), cendol pulut (glutinous rice), cendol kacang (red bean), cendol jagung (sweet corn), cendol campur (assorted), and cendol bandung. They also have ABC, rojak, rojak mee and rojak mamak.

Menu with prices

Ordering is now self-service. To order, you will have to head to the cendol counter (there is one side for takeaway and one for dine-in), place your order, pay, wait for your cendol and bring it to your table on a tray.

The cendol you find here is authentic Jawa cendol; it is served in a double layer stainless steel bowl to keep it cold. We love the cendol pulut (RM2) here; the taste is well-balanced in terms of creaminess and sweetness, and they are generous with the pulut rice- wonderfully sticky and slightly salty so it's the perfect pairing for the sweet cendol. As mentioned previously the cendol here is all natural with no artificial colouring added. The colour comes from the pandan leaves, so the cendol here is very light green in colour.

To read more about the history of the place, click here.

Check out what we had for dinner during our visit - click here.

Opening times: 10.30am to 6pm daily. Closed on Fridays.

Location: Haji Shariff Cendol, 44 Jalan Yam Tuan, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. (open air parking RM2 per entry)

Tel: 016-612 8505

GPS Coordinates: 2.726635, 101.940081

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Sea-Meat Buffet Dinner in NOOK, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Every Friday and Saturday, NOOK in Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral will be presenting a Sea-Meat Buffet Dinner. Available in January 2018, the spread features a variety of seafood, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pasta, pizza, noodle station and desserts.

Start your meal with the seafood on ice, such as mussels, prawns, squid and slipper lobster. There are also salads such as apple salad, citrus salad with anchovies and artichoke salad with various dressings.

Some of the mains available during our visit was the Deep fried fih head with black bean sauce, Rotisserie chicken, Whole red snapper with dill cream sauce, Seafood with mushroom cream sauce and Fried fish fillet.

Some of my favorite dishes here were the Asian dishes - the sambal prawn and beef kurma was especially tasty, and the sauces were great with white rice.

Wok fried squid with kam heong sauce

Sambal prawn

Poached prawn with Chinese herbs and wolfberries

Chicken satay... nice and juicy!


Beef pizza, tuna pizza and vegetable pizza

Grilled seafood - prawns, squid and mussels

Noodle station - don't forget to try their Sarawak laksa! 

Photo of Sarawak laksa taken at breakfast time (yup, I had this 3 days in a row). For an extra indulgent Sarawak laksa, top with the slipper lobster (from the seafood on ice section).

Roasted beef with thyme sauce

BabySumoKids were happy to see "children plates and cutlery" here... 

Cheese selection

Ais kacang

Malay kuihs

Sago gula melaka

A delicious Hot chocolate to end the meal... with mini marshmallows :)

The Sea-Meat Buffet Dinner is available Friday and Saturday only from 6.30pm - 10.30pm. For reservations or more details, please call 03-2723 1188 or visit www.aloftkualalumpursentral.com

*Do check out the attractive credit card offers here. eg Maybank - 50% off for 2 diners, 40% off for 3-10 persons.

Service: Good.

Price: RM120 nett per adult., RM60 per child (6-12 years old).

Location: NOOK, Level 1, Aloft KL Sentral, No 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Website: http://www.eatdrink.aloftkualalumpursentral.com/en/nook

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy Hour @ Shinmapo Korean BBQ, KL

Shinmapo is fast becoming my favorite restaurant in The Gardens Mall. Last year, I went there and had Korean BBQ on my birthday and then when my brother was back for his holidays, we went there again!

During the last visit, we saw that they do a Happy Hour promotion on weekdays from 3pm-5pm (public holidays excluded), whereby for every 2 plates of meat, you get one FREE! (*from a selected menu) ... That's my kind of Happy Hour for sure!

So on Boxing Day, our whole family gathered for a Korean BBQ feast! If you're a meat lover, you should definitely check this out. We ordered 2 plates of pork neck, 2 pork belly, 1 beef belly and 1 pork skirt. As always, the meat is nicely grilled so they're juicy and tender with nice caramelisation. My favorite is the pork neck which has that melt-in-the-mouth texture. We enjoyed the meats with unlimited refills of ban chan - they now offer eight types of ban chan and salad. For Happy Hour, you will also receive unlimited refills of tea (usually RM3 per person), so its definitely a good deal.

Happy Hour Menu (available Mon-Fri only 3-5pm)

They use charcoal here to grill your meats, which makes a huge difference

Ban chan (our favorites are the kimchi and chives kimchi)

Beef belly... tried this for the first time.. 

Not bad but not my favorite

Now... pork neck... that's my favorite! I could just have this all day.

The marinated pork skirt is awesome too, BabySumoKids favorite!

Pork belly... thick cut

The meat was so good, that we ended up ordering 3 more plates of meat (2 pork neck and 1 pork skirt). Indeed, it was two of our happiest hours that day ;)

Opening times: Mon-Sun 11am to 11pm.

Total bill RM201.70 for 5 adults 2 kids (ordered 9 plates, paid for 6 during Happy Hour promotion).

Location: Shinmapo Korean BBQ Restaurant, 3rd Floor, Lot T-216D, The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +60 3 2201 3252

Website: https://www.facebook.com/shinmapomy/

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Friday, January 12, 2018

CNY 2018: Dynasty, Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur (Pork-Free)

In celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Executive Sous Chef Kok Chee Kin and his team of talented chefs at Dynasty Restaurant have specially curated Festive Menus that capture the finest flavours of Cantonese cuisine.

Other than the Festive Menus, there will also be a selection of festive dim sum selection as well as luxurious Treasure Pots (aka poon choi) and a line-up of Yee Sang. These will be available from 2 February to 2 March 2018.

This year's Festive Menu focuses on the use of traditional ingredients and emphasizes on light and fresh flavours for healthy feasting. Chef Kin has created three festive menus complete with yee sang; Happiness at RM1788 nett, Fortune at RM2188 nett and Longevity at RM3388 nett per table for 10 persons.

We had the pleasure of sampling the Happiness Set, starting with the obligatory Salmon Yee Sang. Toss to prosperity and good fortune with the colorful mix of raw fish, served with crunchy vegetables, crackers and condiments. We love the appetizing and fresh flavours of the yee sang.

Next, we had the delicious Braised five treasure soup with crab meat and sliced abalone. The soup was chock-full of ingredients such as dried scallop, fresh scallop, prawn, crab meat and enoki mushrooms. Thick, flavorful and comforting.

Though the Crispy almond chicken may look like a simple dish, this traditional Chinese dish is pretty laborious as the chicken needs to undergo many different steps (deboning, blanching, mincing, deep frying). This was a treat with its crispy skin and juicy meat with toasted almonds on the underside.

Fish symbolises abundance for the new year. The live grouper is steamed with sliced ginger, chili and soy sauce - it was nice and meaty, with a hint of spiciness.

Prawns are a symbol of happiness during CNY as 'ha" in Chinese sounds like laughter. The prawns are sauteed with pumpkin cream, butter and curry leaves.

Oysters and fatt choy often make an appearance during CNY due to their auspicious sounding names which signifies "good things" and "luck come". The sun-dried oysters were braised with flower mushrooms, fatt choy and lettuce.

With plenty of wok hei, the Supreme seafood golden fried rice with XO sauce was an absolute winner. The XO sauce was a great addition, as it provided much flavour and a spicy zing to the dish. We loved it, and so did everyone else at our table, as the plate of rice was polished clean.

Other than the Happiness Festive Menu, we were also served the Prosperity Treasure Pot (RM488 for 5 persons / RM528 for takeaway). It was loaded with all the premium ingredients such as whole sun-dried scallop, sea cucumber, fish maw, stuffed dried oyster, fresh scallop, flower mushroom, fu kwei abalone, farm chicken, roasted duck, money bag, tiger prawns, fish stomach, coral clam and fungi mushroom. All the components were perfectly cooked, what a brilliant indulgence! My personal favorites were the sea cucumber, fresh scallop and abalone.

To end, we had the Double boiled sweetened chrysanthemum tea with pear, red date and aloe vera with Dynasty's fortune pastries (nian gao two ways - with coconut and deep fried) which comes with the Happiness set.

Dynasty Restaurant will also be offering 6-course and 7-course Double Delight menus for two persons at RM378 nett and RM578 nett respectively. Groups of six persons can enjoy the Six Happiness Set at RM1,188 nett. There are also 7-course and 8-course Prosperity Treasure Pot Sets for five persons.

Other than salmon yee sang, diners can also choose from other deluxe ingredients such as fruity fiesta and jellyfish as well as various premium toppings such as sea cucumber, abalone and pseudo shark's fin, abalone, jellyfish, scallop, salmon and lobster and mini abalone. Take-away yee sang in "half" and "full" serving can also be arranged for home reunion dinners and special get togethers. The Deluxe Yee Sang is priced at RM118 nett for half portion and RM228 nett for full portion, while the Premium Yee Sang is priced at RM188 nett for half portion and RM368 nett for a full portion.

For restaurant reservations and to discover more, please call 03-2716 9388 or email rhi.kulrn.fb@renaissancehotels.com .

Opening times: 12.00pm -2.30pm (lunch), 6.30pm-10.30pm (dinner).


Location: Dynasty Restaurant, Level 1, East Wing, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail & Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking rate: RM10 flat rate for diners)

Tel: 03-2716 9388

Website: http://www.klrenaissance.com

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