Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hotel Review: Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur

Recently we spent some quality family time at Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur. Located on Jalan Ampang, Oakwood is a mere 8-minute drive to tourist attractions such as Petronas Twin Towers as well as the Golden Triangle, enabling guests to enjoy Kuala Lumpur's shopping, food and entertainment scene with ease.

Boasting 251 units, this is Oakwood's first property in Malaysia, offering guests the spacious comfort of a private home with hotel services and amenities. Guests can choose from four room categories, namely Deluxe Room (30 sqm), One-bedroom Deluxe Apartment (53 sqm), One-bedroom Premier Apartment (53 sqm) and Two-bedroom apartment (82 sqm).

During our staycation, we stayed in the One-bedroom Deluxe Apartment with twin beds. The well-appointed room comes with a separate bedroom and living room as well as a spacious bathroom with bathtub and a kitchenette. The kitchenette is equipped with a microwave and rice cooker and is suitable for guests who intend to do light cooking. There is also complimentary self-service laundry facilities and high speed internet provided for the convenience of guests.

There are kids channel here to keep the children entertained during rainy days

Dining area for your meals

Kitchen equipment

Our room also comes with a partial view of the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Towers

A good weekend for BabySumoKids usually includes swimming, eating, playing games and having fun. We did all these things and more during our staycation at Oakwood. There is a large outdoor swimming pool (1.5m deep) as well as a children's wading pool located on Upper Ground Floor of the hotel, so children can have a splashing good time. :)

Children's wading pool (0.6m)

Fitness centre, accessible via your room keycard

TrEat Restaurant & Bar is the all-day dining outlet serving buffet breakfast as well as local and International specialties on their a la carte menu.We thoroughly enjoyed the egg counter, warm pastries and local noodle dishes during breakfast. For lunch, we sampled items from their a la carte menu as well as their quarterly specials (currently themed "Oriental Flavours").

Excellent Beef Burger (RM25) with juicy homemade beef patty, tomato, gherkin and caramelised onions, served with golden fries

Lamb chops (RM45)

We loved the Chargrilled ribeye (RM45), tender steak cooked to perfection.

From the Oriental Flavours menu, we tried the Salted egg squid (RM25). Other dishes available for this promotion are salmon teriyaki (RM22), chicken karaage (RM20), breadcrumb beef (RM22), butter prawns (RM25) and vegetable tempura (RM18). All sets come with steamed rice, miso soup, salad and fruits.

Affogato (RM15) and ice cream for the kids

Check-in time 3pm; check-out time 12 noon.

Location: Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur, 222, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking available in basement of hotel)

Tel: 03-2720 3888


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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Recipe: Vegetarian Shanghai Noodles

After all the Chinese New Year feasting, it is good to give your stomach a break with a light dish such as this Vegetarian Shanghai Noodles. This healthy, delicious stir fried noodle dish features lots of auspicious CNY ingredients such as leeks, mushrooms and carrot as well as fat choy 髮菜 which we added into the sauce.

An incredibly quick and easy dish, it only takes 15 minutes from prepping to cooking.

Vegetarian Shanghai Noodles
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves 1

1 tbsp cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 leeks, sliced thinly at an angle
4-5 bok choy, cut into 1" lengths
1/2 carrot, peel and julienned
1/8 tsp salt
2 shitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced
2 wood ear fungus, soaked and sliced
1 - 1 1/2 tbsp vegetarian mushroom sauce
1/2 cup water
A small handful fat choy
50g dried Shanghai noodles

1. In a wok, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and saute for about 2 minutes, or lightly golden.

2. Add the leeks, bok choy and carrots, and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes, until leeks are tender. Season with salt or vegetable stock granules. Remove and set aside on a plate.

3. In a separate pot, bring a pot of water to the boil, then cook the Shanghai noodles for 4 minutes, or as per pack instructions. Remove and set aside.

This is the Shanghai noodles that we use

4. In the same wok, add water, mushrooms and wood ear fungus and bring to the boil over medium high heat. Season with the vegetarian mushroom sauce and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the fat choy, taste and season with more vegetarian mushroom sauce if necessary. Add the noodles and toss so that it is coated with the sauce, then add in the cooked vegetables from Step 2 and mix well. Serve immediately.

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