Chinese New Year Celebration Grand Palace Pavilion

Chinese New Year Grand Palace

An invitation was on my doorstep, and being invited for a lunar New Year lunch was exciting and therefore an invitation that was had to resist. I was summoned to be at the Grand Palace Restaurant at Pavilion KL. This is one of the latest restaurant operated under the Palace Group. A very well decorated restaurant and when i was there, most of it’s tables were full with guests and that tells me, this restaurant going to be a great exploration of good food and I was the lucky one! :)

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Chinese New Year Celebration Tai Zhi Heen Prince Hotel

Chinese New Year Celebration Tai Zhi Heen

Wow! A year had passed in such a hurry and in a few weeks time we will be gearing ourself in full to usher the year of the Tiger. Yes it’s the Chinese New Year celebration! You maybe wondering what some of us foodies will be doing this coming days. Well definitely we will be indulging the traditional spread of “Yee Sang”.

This year we started our first “Yee Sang” at the most exciting Chinese restaurant, the Tai Zhi Heen at Prince Hotel. I just love the food designed and prepared by master Chef Ricky Thein, creative, innovative and his dishes are always very exciting and full of pleasure.

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‘Ying-Yang Yee Sang’ (Tuna and Salmon Roulade)

“Yee Sang” or ” Lou Sang” had been ever popular in Malaysia since I was young and now it had been a norm in every Chinese New Year dinner, just awesome. This popular dish consist of variety of mixture of thinny sliced fruits, vegetables, crackers topped with sliced raw fish and drizzled with spices and sweet fruity sauce, I would say it is a typical salad but prepared in the chinese way.

This time Tai Zhi Heen offered the Tuna and Salmon Roulade “Yee Sang”, gorgeous I would place it. I was beautifully prepared, attracive colours.

Chinese New Year Celebration Tai Zhi Heen Braised Pearl Shark FIn's
‘Braised Pearl Shark Fin’s with Fish Maw in Supreme Golden Broth’

If you want to have a bowl of a tip top broth, I would recommend you to order a bowl from Tai Zhi Heen, I had one and it was superb! It was the well double boiled superior broth that made it so special and delicious. Here, the broth was presented in a attractive golden in colour. The taste was done to excellent, while the fish maw was soft and tender, just perfect.

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Big Boys Oven on Sin Chew Daily

Sin Chew Big Boys Oven

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Jo & Matthew Wedding Cupcakes Dragonfly

Jo & Matthew wedding cupcakes

I would like to congratulate Jo & Matthew on their wedding celebration which was held last weekend at Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant, PJ. When I meet Jo and Matthew, they knew what they really want, cupcakes & dragonflies. Both of this awesome couple even had a pair of dragonfly embroided on their wedding gown and suit, so stylish indeed!

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CITY STAR RESTAURANT Taman Bukit Mayang Emas

Restaurant City Star

Hey I was invited to tag along with some well known foodies like Ken Chan, CK Lam , Anne & Cassandra from Gourmet Tour for a food indulgence, this time we dropped by Anne’s friends Chef’s MC Wong’s restaurant The City Star Restaurant, just nearby Tropicana Golf Club.

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Jeffrey Cheng Birthday Cupcakes from Big Boys Oven

Jeffrey Cheng

I just recieved some photos from our client Shirley who ordered a dozen of our birthday cupcakes and to my surprise, it was a birthday gift for one of our famous local actor and model Jeffrey Cheng.

Shirley, Jeffrey Cheeng & Ken Chin
Shirley, Jeffrey Cheng & Ken Chin

I was told that Jeffrey Cheng was a close friend of Shirkey who was in town that day to do a performance. I like watching one of the chinese drama series that he acted and currently rerunning on 8TV.

Shirley & Jeffrey Cheng
Shirley & Jeffrey Cheng

Happy Belated Birthday to you, Jeffery Cheng, from us Big Boys Oven . . . . . . . this is really awesome, me signing off Sunny Yaw.

NYONYA BREEZE Penang Finest Nyonya Cuisine

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Nyonya Breeze located at Abu Siti Lane is yet another delicious nyonya heritage gourmet that not to be missed if you are in visiting the Penang Island. Upon the invitation of Uncle Lee, we headed to Nyonya Breeze right after our baking class ended.

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According to my google search, six centuries ago, China’s Ming Dynasty began courting the kingdoms to the south, dispatching Admiral Zheng He on his seven epic journeys, during which he made port in Malacca and Singapore. To cement budding diplomatic and commercial ties with the kingdom of Malacca, the Imperial Princess Hang Li Po was married to Sultan Mansur Shah, the Sultan of Malacca at that time. Her entourage settled in Bukit Cina, marrying the local Malays and eventually growing and evolving into a class of straits-born Chinese, the ‘Peranakan’. Peranakan communities continue to grow in Malacca and later extended to Penang and Singapore.

Peranakan ladies were called Nyonyas while their male counterparts were labeled Babas. They retained many traditions and beliefs of their Chinese forefathers, and adopted many more from the local Malay community. Hokkien was enriched with Malay words, and the sarong and kebaya became everyday clothes for this emerging class. The Peranakan adapted – to the land and its colonial rulers

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Today’s Nyonyas and Babas have largely been assimilated into the Chinese community but the Nyonya art of cooking has been preserved, passed on from mothers to daughters through the centuries. Fusing Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western styles, Nyonya cuisine is prepared meticulously with great attention to detail, balancing aesthetics, aroma and taste. While Malacca and Singapore Nyonya cooking were influenced by their proximity to Indonesia, Penang Nyonya cuisine is laced with Thai secrets, being more sour and spicy. This is most evident in the many Kerabus the Penang Nyonya holds in her recipe book.

The preparation and cooking of Nyonya food can be a laborious, meticulous and time-consuming affair. The grinding, blending, pounding, and marinating of the ingredients can take several hours. Typical Nyonya spices complemented by the subtle fragrance of lemongrass, lengkuas (galangal or wild ginger), kunyit (turmeric root), fresh or dried chillies, candlenuts, shallots, kaffir lime leaves, pandan (screwpine), daun salam (fresh bay leaves), daun kesum(Thai basil leaves),daun kunyit(turmeric leaves) and ginger buds are crucial in the making of authentic Nyonya cuisine. Sauces made from coconut milk, tamarind seeds and curry pastes (freshly pounded with shallots, garlic, lemon grass, ginger and selected curry mix) is a testament of an excellent cooked meal at Nyonya Breeze

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A Birthday Cake for Markus

Markus one year old Birthday Cake

Last week I was cake racing having my fingers on cake sculpturing. I had to preparare a macaron tower, a few white wedding cakes for the bridal fair and this awesome cute 2 tier cake for Markus one year Birthday Celebration!!!

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LA LA CHONG Seafood Village

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We had Sidney’s birthday dinner celebration at La La Chong together with CK Lam, Teoh, Shirley, Shirley’s Juniour, Sidney and myself. It was not an easy to find hidden in a housing estate near the old Subang Airport. But I would say it was a discovery of jewel, the food that night was awesome delicious. Just perfect!

Lala Chong poached baby octopus
Poached Baby Octopus

The poarched Bay Octopus was dliciously done, the chilli sauce gave it a kick! A perfect dish to start off with! Lovely! :)

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Wedding Cakes by Sunny Yaw

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WHITE DREAMS

Last weekend it was my first participation in a wedding fair and it was the Princely Wedding Fair 2010 held at The Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur. It had been a long time that I wanted to have something beautiful, simple and pure for my wedding cakes, therefore this time it drove me heading toward to create a collection of white wedding cakes.

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Seang Lim Toptaste Prawn Mee Famous Hokkien Mee Penang

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It was early morning weekend breakfast where we meet up for a bowl of Prawn Mee or Famous Penang Hokkien Mee at Seang Lim along Macalister Road, located at a small food court which can’t be missed.

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Penny’s Macaron Tower by Sunny Yaw

Tamarind Juice at Tamarind Hill Restaurant

While waiting for Penny to arrive at the restaurant, they served me this awesome chilled tamraind juice at the bar. Thank you Tamarind Hill Restaurant (one of the most beautiful and authentic restaurant in the heart of the city of KL), they are so kind!

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