Wednesday, October 30, 2019

YU 御, The Gardens Mall: Hi-Tea Dim Sum

Sip on Chinese tea and indulge in a hi-tea with an Oriental twist, at YU 御 by Ruyi. Located at The Gardens Mall, YU 御 is an intimate Chinese restaurant serving pork-free modern Chinese cuisine.

The Hi-Tea Dim Sum set is available on weekdays (excluding Public Holidays) from 2pm to 4pm and includes delicate handmade dim sum and a delicious Bird's Nest dessert. Priced at RM98 for 2 pax, the set also comes with your choice of two drinks (choice of juice, soft drinks, coffee or tea).

Hubby and I visited YU 御 one fine Monday and thoroughly enjoyed a leisurely afternoon at the restaurant. The set came with two identical steamer baskets, filled with most of their signature items such as the Sakura prawn dumpling, Shanghai xiao long bao, Beetroot scallop dumpling, Truffle seafood dumpling, Beancurd pomegranate and Siew mai. We could definitely taste the freshness and quality of the ingredients used in their steamed dim sum.

On the two-tier set, you will find deep fried / pan fried items along with dessert. Some of my personal favourites include the adorable Wagyu puff, shaped like a bull, Crispy swan with smoked duck and Golden foie gras puff. Other fried items include Traditional yam puff, Crispy spring roll, Crispy bean curd prawn roll, Kataifi mango roll, HK style glutinous dumpling (ham sui kok) and Portuguese egg tart. For dessert, enjoy the HK style thousand layer cake, White lotus salted egg yolk hedgehog bun, Playboy lava carrot with peanut filling, Gula melaka honeycomb cake and a refreshing, indulgent Bird's Nest lemongrass infusion with basil seeds and mixed fruits.

Overall, a great selection of freshly made dim sum paired with excellent service and an exquisite ambiance. Perfect for an afternoon catch up with your friends, loved ones or business associates.

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Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm; 6pm – till late (10.30pm last order)

Location: YU 御, Lot G-243, Ground Floor, Riverview Entrance, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03 – 2202 2602

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Xi Nan Cafe, Penang (Since 1940)

After we checked in at the hotel, we went in search for lunch (by foot) and stumbled upon this kopitiam by chance. Xi Nan Cafe is about 10 minutes walk from our hotel and one of few kopitiams still serving lunch at 3pm.

In the afternoon, only the drinks and noodle shop is open for business at Xi Nan Cafe. Come night, we were told that they have many stalls open selling a variety of street food such as satay, popiah and more.

The noodle shop has been in operation since 1940s and specialises in wantan mee and beef soup mee. We ordered two plates of wantan mee (RM4.50 for small) and a bowl of beef noodles (RM7.50) to share.

The wantan mee comes with thin strips of char siew and chicken, as well as two juicy wantans. We liked the noodles, which had a nice bite to them.

The beef noodles is a little different from the other versions I've eaten in KL and Seremban.. it comes with wantan noodles in a dark, beefy broth and tender chunks of meat. Although different, it was pretty enjoyable. Overall, a good lunch which the kids enjoyed.

We also highly recommend the teh peng and kopi peng from this shop... very "kaw" and reasonably priced (RM5 for 3 drinks). Loved it!

Xi Nan Cafe is the corner shop 

Some street art and sights on the walk back to our hotel

Hainan Thean Hou Temple

The Edison Penang

Location: Xi Nan Cafe, Chulia St, 10200 George Town, Penang.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Flakes, The Hub SS2, PJ

Flakes is a new cafe in The Hub SS2, revolving around croissants, Australian-inspired brunches and coffee. Warm smiles and turquoise walls greeted us as we stepped into this pretty cafe.

On the menu, you will find all-day breakfast, mains such as salmon and chicken, rice bowls, pasta and dessert. There are also cakes and croissants on display at the counter.

The plain croissant makes an appearance in all their breakfast dishes. We chose one of their bestsellers, the Crabmeat Scrambled Eggs (RM22) - fluffy scrambled eggs with crabmeat, served in a toasted croissant, along with a smoked paprika aioli and fried shallots.

We also had the Fork roast chicken don (RM15), a satisfying rice bowl of sticky, sweet roasted chicken accompanied by Jordan's sauce (which comes with a touch of espresso) and topped with a runny poached egg, pickled carrot, daikon and edamame.

Seafood lovers will enjoy the Tai Tai by the Beach (RM24), a special squid and prawn pasta with alcohol-free ale, cheese as well as a touch of local flavours such as bunga kantan, lemongrass, and cili padi.

The croissants are made with French flour and butter and baked fresh daily at the premises. When ordering, you will be asked if you would like your croissants toasted - we highly recommend it as the croissants taste best warm. There are five flavours to choose from currently - plain, matcha, cinnamon, pistachio and almond (priced between RM7 - RM9 each). My personal favourite is the almond, followed by pistachio...perfect with a cuppa coffee! Beautifully flaky and buttery.. yum.

There is also a dessert version, the Raspberry French Toast (RM15), a sinful combination of toasted croissant with raspberry compote, maple syrup drizzle, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.

Sexy Ching mocktail (RM12) - soda with yuzu, garnished with lime, rosemary and cili padi.

Flakes Menu

 Flakes is located at Block B of The Hub SS2 and faces the lovely garden

Opening times: 10am - 7pm daily. Kitchen closed on Mondays, but coffee and pastry are available.

Location: Flakes, B-G-06, The Hub SS2, 19 Sentral, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (Parking RM1 for first 2 hours, RM1 for subsequent hour.)

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Weekend All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum @ Royal Canton KL

Love dim sum? Royal Canton recently launched their Weekend All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum, showcasing over 48 varieties of handcrafted dim sum and desserts by Chef Poh and his team.

This special promotion is available every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday from 10:30am to 2:30pm at Royal Canton, DC Mall and is priced at RM48 nett per adult, RM38 nett for senior citizens (60 year old and above), and RM28 nett per child (3 to 10 years old).

Choose from steamed, deep fried or baked dim sum, steamed buns, steamed rice rolls, porridge, steamed rice and desserts. Our personal favourites here include siew mai, har gao, traditional lo mai gai, spinach and shrimp dumpling and the baked egg tarts.  For desserts, we highly recommend the Ma lai gao and Mango sago with pomelo.

The dim sum is made to order and you may order as much and as many times as you like, however do note that wastage will be charged according to menu price.

 Siew mai (pork and shrimp dumpling with fish roe) - BabySumoKids' favourite!

Spinach and shrimp dumpling - mummy's favourite and traditional lo mai gai

Har gao (fresh shrimp dumpling)

Black truffles wild mushroom dumpling (vegetarian)

 Bacon wrapped with enoki mushroom

 Salad prawns dumpling and Fresh prawns rice roll

Baked egg tarts... must try!

Ma lai gao

Mango sago pomelo

For reervations, please call 03-2731 4628.

Enjoy 6% cashback everytime you dine in any restaurants managed by Globalfoods and RM5 off on your first bill. Recommend a friend and enjoy 3% cash back when they dine here too.

Download free app UDS by following this link, register and press the link again to get the membership.

You can enjoy the cash back at
1- Hanare, their Japanese fine dining at Intermark KL (pork-free)
2- Royal Canton, their Chinese restaurant serving dim sum and HK style roasts at DC Mall Damansara Heights
3- Golden Valley, their halal seafood restaurant at Melawati Mall
4- Harley's, their no-frills all natural Burger and fried chicken cafe at DC Mall, Damansara Heights and Third Avenue, Cyberjaya

Opening times: Lunch: Mon-Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM, Sat & Sun 10:30AM - 3:00PM, Dinner: 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: Royal Canton, Lot L2-03A - L2-2-07, 2nd floor, DC Mall, Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM3 for first 2 hours, RM3 for subsequent hour)

Tel: 03-2731 4628


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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Brasserie Léon, TTDI, KL: Steak Frites, Raclette & More!

Tucked away on the first floor of The Greens Terrace, TTDI is Brasserie Léon, a charming French brasserie, specialising in steak frites, raclette and more!

The brasserie is casual, welcoming yet elegant. Natural sunlight streams in to the brasserie through the large glass windows. A small opening allows diners to peek into the kitchen and watch the chefs at work.

Helming the kitchen here is chef-owner Geoffroi Herin, who hails from Lyon in France. The menu is unfussy and straightforward, showcasing the essential, classic French favourites.


Start with the half-dozen baked shell-less escargots with garlic butter (RM16.90), a classic French delicacy, perfectly executed here at Brasserie Léon. Earthy and tender, with a delicious garlicky flavour. Baby D was feeling adventurous, so he had his first escargot... and he loved it! We mopped up the rest of yummy garlic butter sauce with bread.

Brie is my all-time favourite cheese, so the Deep fried brie cheese (RM15.90) with red onion chutney was right up my alley. In fact, the kids thoroughly enjoyed it too... oozy melty cheese, encased in a crisp shell and complemented beautifully with the sweet chutney.

One of Chef Geoff's signature dishes is the Flamed cured mackerel (RM13.90) with cucumber and shallots vinaigrette. Fresh, zingy, with a slight smokiness from being torched, this was a lovely, appetizing way to start the meal. You can also add-on crusty, homemade bread (RM5.90), served with homemade butter to go with your meal.

Coming soon to the menu are the Deep fried beef cromesquis, which according to Chef Geoff are French's version of nuggets or croquette. Minced beef is dipped in batter and deep fried, and served with smoked paprika mayo.

The specialties

A true-blue brasserie, Brasserie Léon serves the classic French steak and fries, Steak frites. Here, diners have the option of either Australian grain-fed beef striploin (RM49.90 for 180g) or Australian grain-fed Angus beef striploin (RM79.90 for 180g). The steaks are expertly grilled to our preferred doneness, sliced and then served with their secret signature sauce (containing herbs and butter), homemade triple-cooked fries and a green salad.

The fries are made using Russet potatoes, and are triple-cooked to produce crispy yet fluffy fries. They are first blanched, then fried on a low heat and finally deep fried on a high heat.

Another French favourite is the Le Poulet Frites (RM19.90). At Brasserie Léon, they serve half a spring chicken, which is first smoked and then roasted. The tender, juicy chicken is served with a traditional chicken jus, French fries and salad.

Roasted spring chicken

New on the menu is the Roasted salmon served with a beurre blanc sauce, with hints of smoked paprika. Similarly, this is served with French fries and salad. Perfect for seafood lovers!


Are you a cheese lover? Then, raclette is the answer to your dreams.

A new addition to the menu, the raclette cheese wheel sits proudly in the centre of the brasserie. Diners can choose to have it in five different ways - traditional, or with poutine, roast chicken, smoked duck breast or streaky beef.

We had the Traditional Raclette (RM32.90), whereby melted raclette cheese is scraped over steamed potatoes, onion pickles and gherkins. Simple and so goooooood!

We also had Raclette with Streaky Beef (RM44.90), also served with baked potatoes, onion pickles, and gherkin. Delish!

Diners can also choose to have scraped raclette cheese (100g for RM22.90) on any of their favourites from the menu.

Click here for the video!


End your meal on a sweet note, with one of three desserts available, or go for all three. Why not?

Choose from the vanilla-flavoured Creme Brulee (RM9.90), or the 70% dark Chocolate Mousse (RM10.90) - both rich, creamy and indulgent. There is also a Tiramisu Verrine (RM10.90), with homemade espresso genoise layered with mascarpone cheese.

For the full menu, click here.


Opening times: Lunch 12pm to 3pm; Dinner 6.30pm to 10pm. Closed on Tuesday.

Location: Brasserie Léon, 1-1 Greens Terrace, Jalan Wan Kadir 3, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Street parking (RM0.80 per hour) or park inside Greens Terrace).

Tel: 03-2712 4481


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