Tuesday, January 15, 2019

CNY 2019: Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental, KL

Welcome the Lunar New Year with family, friends, and business associates over signature yee sang and auspicious creations symbolising prosperity and good fortune at the award-winning Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur. Embark on a delightful culinary journey with a selection of festive menus meticulously prepared by Chef Ricky Thein and team from 9 January to 28 February 2019.

For the festivities, Lai Po Heen offers three exquisite set menus Fortune; Prosperity; and Wealth that are priced at RM 288, RM 398 and RM 518 nett per person respectively. The 8-course Fortune and Prosperity menus require a minimum of four diners while the Wealth menu is individually-plated and requires a minimum of two diners. We had the pleasure of sampling the Prosperity Menu during the media preview last week.

Toss to prosperity, health and abundance with five tasteful yee sang namely, the Abalone with assorted vegetables; Pan seared scallops and snow pear; Soft shell crab and snow pear; Salmon with assorted vegetable; and Assorted vegetables with shredded fruits in sesame dressing available for lunch and dinner, priced at RM 98 nett onwards (available in half and full portions).

We had the luxurious Yee Sang with abalone and assorted vegetable; made up of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, this was one of the freshest, tastiest yee sang we've tried this year. To enjoy 20% off the Yee Sang Collection (for delivery or pick-up), you can use this special gift code on their website: MOxGOODYFOODIES (valid until 28 February 2019)

Next, we had the Double boiled fish maw soup with wolfberries and 'Tian Zi' flower - a lovely, warming soup full of goodness. Originating from Yunnan, Tian Zi flower is a rare flower known for its anti-aging properties.

Fish is often served during Chinese New Year as it symbolises abundance for the new year. The Steamed Omega grouper fillet with spicy hot pepper sauce features firm, fresh fish with gelatinous skin, beautifully complemented by a tantalising fresh chilli paste sauce.

Chicken, which is served whole, is a symbol of prosperity and togetherness as a family. Lai Po Heen serves up a Cantonese classic, the Salted brine corn fed chicken served with ginger and onion dip.. always a delight to savour this.

The meal continues with another auspicious ingredient, prawns; in Chinese, its homonym "ha" sounds like laughter. We thoroughly enjoyed the Duo preparation of wok-fried prawns, one stir fried with golden pumpkin sauce and the other butter fried with chicken floss and oats. The dish smelt absolutely fantastic, and tasted just as good, with succulent, juicy prawns (peeled nonetheless for easy consumption).

The highlight for the evening was Lai Po Heen's Chinese New Year "Fatt Choy" and sun dried seafood pot, an impressive dish brimming with sea treasures such as abalone, dried scallops, fish maw, prawns, sea cucumber, dried oyster, sea moss and much more. So delicious!

The Glutinous rice with sun dried scallop and waxed meat in lotus leaf was topped with crispy, deep fried baby shrimp, imparting extra flavour to the dish.

For dessert, we had the Fried glutinous rice cake with yam served with a refreshing Homemade almond bean curd and Nostoc sphaeroides 葛仙米, which is purportedly high in amino acids and is good for anti-aging and improving eyesight.

CNY 2019 Menu

For the festive season, Chef Ricky and his dim sum masters have specially crafted two dim sum menus, available for lunch only (minimum 4 diners).

The Longevity Dim Sum set  (RM188 per person) features Steamed baby abalone and chicken Siew Mai; Pan fried bean curd rolls filled with shrimps; Steamed fluffy buns filled with barbecue chicken; Steamed bean curd skin rolls filled with minced prawns and chicken in sweet and sour sauce; Deep fried yam dumplings filled with chicken, prawn and sun-dried scallop; Double boiled abalone soup with premium bamboo fungus; Braised fish maw with wild mushrooms, sea moss and garden greens; just to name a few.

For the Happiness Dim Sum set (RM238 nett per person), savour the freshly made Steamed prawn and water chestnut dumplings with gold leaf; Deep fried roasted duck dumplings; Traditional sea treasure soup with dumpling and “Tian Zi” flower; Braised money bag filled with sea treasures and wok fried garden greens; and more.

Let the celebrations continue and enjoy the season in other venues:


Toss to new beginnings with friends and family at Mosaic while indulging in a vibrant mix of local and international favourites with special servings of Chinese New Year delights. Lunch is available from Monday to Saturday, priced at RM 145 nett, while dinner is available daily and priced at RM 175 nett per person. Dinner on 4, 5 and 6 February is priced at RM 188 nett per person and Sunday Brunch is available at RM 205 nett per person.

When: 28 January to 10 February 2019

The Mandarin Cake Shop

Celebrate the festive season at home with an array of sweets, cookies, gift sets and yee sang, available for takeaway and delivery. You can purchase from The Mandarin Cake Shop by calling 03- 2330 8798 or email mokul-mcakeshop@mohg.com and online at kualalumpur.mandarinorientalshop.com. To enjoy 20% off yee sang, you can use this special gift code on their website: MOxGOODYFOODIES (valid until 28 February 2019)

For dining reservations, please contact 03-2330 8798 or e-mail mokul-fb@mohg.com.


Opening times: 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch (Mon-Fri), 10.30am-2.30pm (Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays), 7pm to 10.30 for dinner (Mon-Sun).

Location: Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2179 8885

Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/kualalumpur/

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

CNY 2019: The Resort Café, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa welcomes the upcoming Lunar New Year with a series of festive offerings under the theme “Winds of Prosperity”, available from 21 January to 19 February 2019.

During this festive period, the hotel’s main street, Persiaran Lagoon will be festooned with red lanterns and gold fairy lights, to create the Chinese New Year atmosphere in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur. In the main lobby of Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, guests will be welcomed by monumental lantern pillars with cherry blossom and mini lanterns in the centre of the lobby, complemented by large pots of kumquat trees symbolising prosperity and luck.

Taking centre stage is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, The Resort Café which will feature Executive Chef Peter Lee and his team of Chinese banquet chefs celebrated recipes, auspicious dishes and reunion dinner menus and yee sang selections for a joyous reunion.


For an unforgettable round table gathering, The Resort Café presents three 8-course prosperity set menus for a joyous reunion with family, friends or business associates this Chinese New Year. The set menus are priced at RM1,688 nett (Billow of Happiness), RM1,888 nett (Billow of Prosperity) and RM2,088 nett (Billow of Longevity) per table of 10 persons respectively. Some of the highlighted dishes in the set menus are the Double Boiled Chicken Broth with Antler Mushroom, Hokkaido Dried Scallop and Fish Maw, Steamed Kampung Chicken with Yam, Olive Oil Poached Dragon Trout Fillet with Cloud Ear Fungus in Superior Soya Sauce and Sautéed Alaska Scallop Roll with Assorted Vegetables.

Note: The Resort Café is able to accommodate up to nine tables of 10 persons.

When: Available from 21 January to 19 February 2019.

Hakka steamed chicken with yam

Stuffed Alaskan scallop

During our preview, we sampled the Billow of Longevity Menu, here are the dishes that we tried.

Fresh Salmon and Abalone Clam with Snow Pear Yee Sang

Double boiled chicken broth with antler mushroom, Hokkaido dried scallop and fish maw

Duo variety chicken: Deep fried chicken slices with cranberry sauce and Chicken roulade with ma lat paste

Braised South African abalone and money bags with black garlic sauce

Crystal prawn meat with golden sand and pine nuts

Chef Peter Lee with his CNY dish

Waxed meat rice in claypot

Thousand layer radish puff with Chilled lemongrass jelly and sun-dried persimmon syrup


For larger groups, diners can opt to host the dinner in the hotel’s function rooms. There are two 8-course set menus available, priced at RM2,200 nett and RM2,500 nett per table of 10 persons respectively. Some of the unique dishes includes the “Shunde” Style Braised Seafood Soup topped with Lobster Oil, Rock Melon Consommé with Dried Agaricus Mushroom, Hokkaido Scallop and Sea Conch, Roasted Chicken with Home-made “Ma Lat” Paste and Pumpkin Pickles, Steamed Dragon Tiger Grouper with Golden Papaya Pumpkin Broth and Crispy Fried Stuffed Shell Crab with Glutinous Rice.

Note: A minimum confirmation of five tables of 10 persons will be required.

When: Available from 5 January to 28 February 2019.


This year, diners can five different variants of Yee Sang which includes the Crispy Shrimp & Snow Pear, Salmon & Snow Pear, Alaskan Scallop & Crispy Salmon Skin, Fresh Salmon & Soft-Shell Crab and Cooked Lobster. The yee sang are freshly prepared daily, with a selection of sauces including the signature Plum Sauce and Wasabi Sauce, or choose one of the new flavours such as the fresh Avocado Plum Sauce or sweet and tangy Rojak Plum Sauce.

When: Available for both dine-in and takeaway from 21 January to 19 February 2019.

Price: RM148 to RM228 for full portion and from RM88 to RM118 for half portion servings.


For Lunar New Year, The Resort Café, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant will be putting out an auspicious lunch and buffet dinner, that symbolises abundance, prosperity and good health.

At the Oriental corner, guests can indulge in the many types of celebratory Chinese delicacies which are on rotation daily such as the Crispy Fried Soft-Shell Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk, Deep Fried Barramundi Belly with Nam Yee Sauce,Chinese Herbs Braised Lamb Loin, Herbal Chicken Drumstick, Yam Abacus Seed, Roasted Duck, Braised Lion Head (Meatball) Dumpling, a variety of noodle dishes, fried rice and much more. Also available is the festive steamboat on the dinner buffet spread which will feature 48 condiments to select from and 16 home-made sauces on rotation to dip into along with numerous other toppings.

At the dessert section, sweetened ‘Tang Yuen’ served with Ginger Infused Syrup or coated with Peanuts, Fried and Steamed Nian Gao, Traditional Cookies like Pineapple Tarts and Peanut Butter Cookies, and a range of Nyonya delights like Kuih Kapit, Kuih Bangkit, Kuih Bahulu, Kuih Ros and more.

When: Available from 21 January to 19 February 2019.

Price: 21 January - 19 February Dinner (except 4 February): RM138 nett per adult, RM98 nett per senior citizen and RM78 nett per child. 5 - 6 February Lunch: RM98 nett per adult and RM68 nett per child.


Gather your family and loved ones for a special and memorable reunion dinner on the eve of the celebration, 4 February 2019, with a sumptuous spread for the occasion, such as Waxed Meat with Seasonal Vegetables, Braised Stuffed Chicken with Herbs and Seafood, Steamed Fish Head and Belly with Minced Ginger and Garlic in Soya Sauce and more.

When: Available on 4 February 2019.

Price: RM148 nett per adult, RM98 nett per senior citizen and RM78 nett per child.


Usher in the New Year with a showcase of Chinese New Year Lion Dance performances on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, on the first day of the celebration at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa’s Main Lobby at 8.30am. Guests are invited to catch the amazing performance as the lions perform energetic jumps and moves to the loud beat of the drums symbolic for reigning in good fortune, success and prosperity.

For reservations and enquiries, please call 03-7495 2009, 03-7492 8000 or email directly to srhs.bookfnb@sunwayhotels.com

Location: The Resort Cafe, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Selangor, Malaysia. (Parking RM3 per 2 hours)

Tel: 03-7495 2009

Website: https://www.sunwayhotels.com/sunwayresorthotelspa/

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Temasya, Movenpick Hotel KLIA

Temasya is the modern, all-day dining restaurant located in the iconic Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA. Led by Executive Chef Sudirman Bin Wan Mansor, the restaurant's menu showcases the best of Malay, Chinese, Muhibbah, European and Mediterranean cuisines in a vibrant, marketplace atmosphere with live cooking stations, an open kitchen and a spacious outdoor terrace. Touches of wood, brick and copper can be found throughout the restaurant's gorgeous interior.

Restaurant interior

During our recent staycation here, we had our breakfasts as well as dinner here. The restaurant offers buffet lunch and dinner, but we opted to order from their a la carte menu for our meals here. Service is friendly and food is competently prepared by the kitchen team.

For those who want a taste of Malaysian cuisine, we highly recommend the Nasi Goreng (RM45) and Yee Mee (RM38). The Nasi Goreng comes with fragrant fried rice, topped with a fried egg and comes with chicken sambal skewers, prawn crackers and a side salad. I am a big fan of yee mee, and the version here certainly gets my approval - wok fried crispy egg noodles in a rich gravy, along with chicken, seafood and vegetables.

The a la carte menu also feature salads, satay, soup, pasta, sandwiches and more. One of the dishes which we enjoyed a lot was the Australian grain fed beef medallion (RM95 for 220g) - our kids loved it so much and insisted on having it two days in a row. The beef, perfectly grilled to our preferred doneness (medium rare) was juicy and came with roasted rosemary potatoes and vegetables.

Creamy mushroom soup (RM28)  for the soup lover

Seafood Linguine (RM48) with squid rings, clams, mussels and prawns with garlic, tomatoes, chilli and olive oil

Hubby was craving for a good burger and the Grilled Beef Burger (RM48) certainly hit the spot. Juicy homemade beef patties was sandwiched between two toasted soft buns along with Cheddar, beef bacon, fried egg and very nice, crisp French fries.

Sirloin steak sandwich (RM58) - sauteed beef strips with mushroom, peppers and onion in a ciabatta, served with French fries.

Don't forget to check out the stunning hotel when you're here... perfect for your OOTD shots!


Opening times: 6.30am to 11pm daily.

Location: Temasya, Lobby Level, Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA, Jalan Masjid KLIA, 64000 Sepang, Malaysia. (Parking is free)

Tel:03-8661 8661

Website: https://www.movenpick.com/en/asia/malaysia/kuala-lumpur/hotel-convention-centre-klia/

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