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Genji Japanese Restaurant Hilton Petaling Jaya

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Chef Richard Teoh

This round we were invited to taste the flavours influenced by Osaka and Tokyo at Genji Japanese Restaurant Hilton Petaling Jaya created by Chef Richard Teoh himself, definitely known for his style in prepping his gorgeous cuisine. For my first time, Chef Richard Teoh had his creation with a philosophy of back to basics. His new menu focuses on delivering authentic dished with a mix of traditional artistry and infused with robust flavours to tickle the taste buds of local Japanese food lovers like myself.

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The Perfect Peking Duck at TAO Chinese Cuisine The InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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Peking Duck Chef Craving
Carving the Peking Duck with Chef Wong Lian You

I was truly excited with the Tao, one of the latest opening Chinese restaurant in town. Tao found it’s way at The InterContinental Hotel right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur along Jalan Ampang. The interior was filled with black shaded cabinets that filled with a variety of Chinese teapots while one corner of the bright glass wall was filled the painted sakura flowers. I got to compliment Tao for having such a beautiful showcase ceiling lightings as the main centre piece.

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Di Wei at Empire Gallery Subang

Di Wei
Di Wei @ Empire Gallery Subang

Yet again I am back . . . . . yes eating and getting into my writing. Well I am sure you definitely noticed that I am truly slow on my blog updates but I am fast on my facebook updates. so do visit my facebook ! :)

So my latest eating venture was at Di Wei, a Chinese restaurant located on Level 1 of Empire Hotel, Empire Gallery Subang.

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Nameless Noodles Shop at Ming Heang Hui Jalan Cheras

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The Nameless Noodle Signboard

Tucked along a busy street of Jalan Cheras near the junction of the PGRM building we found the nameless Hokkien Noodle stall located at Ming Heang Hui Coffee Shop. It was an after event at PGRM that got us hunting for this midnight supper just across the road. Stood right at a corner in a quiet lane came the blasting sound of gas furnace fuming with awesome pungent smell of “wok hei”. The place itself was totally crowded at that moment of our arrival of this old boys school coffee shop and people was eyeing for empty table just like a flock of deadly hunting vulchers.

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A Cantonese Affair at Tai Zi Heen Prince Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Peking Duck
Preparing A Peking Duck

Early this month of November I was back at Tai Zi Heen to have myself indulging their remarkable Peking Duck. Not only it was deliciously well prepared Peking Duck, I had it only for RM1. It was such a great offer. All I did was to reserved a table with a minimum spending of RM300. I was lucky too as it was only for the first 8 dinner reservation nightly.

It was beautifully roasted and looked so crispy. The carving was truly attentive during the serving of the Peking Duck. Every skin was very perfectly calculated and sliced. The crisp skin of the Peking Duck was placed on the light thin pancake before rolling into a gigar like shape, together with match cucumber slice, spring onion and homemade hoi sin sauce. A bit into it was truly gorgeous, it was fragrant and tasty. I just loved it.

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Wrapping Matchstick Cucumber with Peking Duck Skin

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Cocktail Hour with Mixologist Eric Chong

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De Pepino

Crunching my thirst at mixologist Eric Chong’s cocktail bar located at The Shepherdoo, Klang was truly an eye opener for myself. That morning Eric was organizing a South American Latin theme and I got to taste and visualized all the cocktail mixes. It was a Latin theme most of the ingredients used were pineapple coconuts, lime, lemon, mints and surprisingly cucumber. As cocoa and chocolate both ingredients were not left out either. The best part was I got to learn on how to mix some of those delicious cocktails.

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Purple Cane Tea Restaurant – Tea Infused Gourmet

Purple Cane Tea Restaurant

Purple Cane created a new food concept with the usage of tea and founded the Malaysia’s first tea restaurant in 1997. Creative concept of dishes contained tea were created by inspired chefs at Purple Cane Restaurant with less salt, sugar and no artifical flavours. Pairing tea with food is the strenght of Purple Cane, with having the idea of retaining the original aroma of tea at a highly delightful experience.

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La Casa Pasta, Pizza, Grill, Dessert – Bandar Manjalala Best

La Casa

Are you looking for something different, great atmosphere and different setting, this had brought us to this place called Desa Park City, yet another garden and secludedly hidden within a township by itself. Within this place there is a double story mall called The Water Front which consist of restaurants, shops and a supermarket which are truly awesome gem. You can indulge a variety of restaurant here, from Italian, French, Chinese, local to ice cream parlour and even banking. So that weekend together with my guests we make our way to this place and headed to the Italian as we were well informed of the pasta offered at this Italian restaurant called La Casa which offer a truly al dente pasta, something that jive with my taste.
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The Way to Indulge A Duck. . . . . !

AROMATIC & CRISPY DUCK

This dish is served and eaten in the same way as Peking Duck -wrapped in a pancake along with shredded spring onion, cucumber sticks and Hoi Sin sauce. I prefer to add spicy dry prawn chilli paste, very oishi delicious. In a restaurant, this dish can be much conviniently served than Peking Duck because a quantity of duck can be precooked in the marinade or cooking sauce and put aside. When required, they are simply deep-fried for 10-11minutes and served, bcause of th final deep-frying, the duck meat will invariably be crisper and without the care and precise timing required when preparing and cooking traditional Peking Duck.

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Ingredient

4-5lb duck
vegetable oil for deep-frying

Cooking sauce
6cups good stock
6tablespoons sugar
6slices fresh ginger roots
a bunch of spring onion
2/3cup soy sauce
4teaspoons yellow bean paste
6tablespoons dry sherry
6pieces star anise
1/2teaspoon five spice powder
1/4teaspoon pepper

Garnish
cucumber sticks
shredded spring onion
Hoi Sin sauce
pancakes

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Preparation

Mix ingredients for cooking sauce together in large saucepan. Clean duck thoroughly and cut in half down backbone. Place into liquid and submerge.

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Cooking

Simmer duck gently for 2hours. Remove from cooking liquid and leave to cool. When required to serve, heat oil, place duck gently in oil and fry for 10-11minutes. Drain well.

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Serving

Place duck on large heated platter. Serve by taking meat off the carcass at the table and wrapping it in pancakes together with Hoi Sin sauce, cucumber sticks and shredder spring onion.

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Cooking time: 2hours 10minutes
Serves: 6-8

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Gosh, I got to admit that I can have half of a duck all by myself, you must try this recipe as it is pretty awesoe, simple and yet not difficult at all. You can even prepare it a day earlier, just deep fry when need to serve. If not try at your nearest chinese restaurant or if you are in Petaling Jaya, you can drop by the CUBES . . . . . . yours SidneyK

Dine with Pleasure

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This restaurant CUBES, caught my eyes when I was at Palm Square Jaya One, Petaling Jaya when I was meeting some of my friends over a late night coffee at one of the Kopitiam there. I also noticed there were a few new eatery places mushrooming at this location so I decided to have at try at this restaurant first, a fusion chinese fine dining.

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The setting of this restaurant was very comfortable and atmosphere was very relaxing plus there was also a wine bar, got to say I love my wine too.

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I always love braised peanuts in soya sauce as there are soft, nutty and fragrant plus not forgetting my hot shrimp chilly.

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Our first order was the crispy aromatic duck served with soft pancakes. Got to confess that I had not eaten such a dish since I came back from Scotalnd which was about nearly 8 years ago. “Oh! boy” It was one of my favourite dishes and I tried to learn how to make it at home but got to say mine was not as compartible with the chefs. The duck was well cooked till it was fragrant when it was deep fried. The meat was moist and not too dried. The meat was shredded and placed onto the pancake before wrapping, together garnished with deliciously “Hoi Sin” sauce and sliced cucumber plus spring onion.

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The next tofu dish was authentic awesome. The beancurd tofu itself was infused with cooked greens. The dish was garnished with steamed melon and top with dried scallop and double boiled chicken broth sauce.

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The dished appeared infront of us was our roasted spare ribs. This dish was so delicious as it came with two different coated sauces, honey glazed and button mushroom in black peppered sauce. Both were very unique and tasted incredible, a thumbs up to the chef’s creativeness and also the well balance taste.

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Next we ordered the Portugese Prawns. I was informed that the dish was influenced by the chef’s wife who happened to be from Portugal. The prawns were well battered and crispy while the sauce really complimented the dish well.

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The last dish that came was a great mixture of stir fried mushrooms. It was delicious and so desirable.

We had a great nite dinning at the CUBES and will defintely be back for . . . crispy aromatic duck, by the way I away wrapped my pduck pancakes with extra hot dried prawn chillies! . . . Sidney

CUBES
18-1, Block L1-1,
Palm Square Jaya One,
No 72A Jalan Universiti,
Petaling Jaya

Open for business daily, from noon to 3pm,5.30pm to 10pm
For Reservations, call 03-79586616

Red Wine Baby Pork Ribs

I love red wine, they are lovely to drink and also lovely to cook with. I still remember when I was in Ireland, few yers back, I consumed red wine just like drink grape juice or to be precise, like drinking water…..lol. I guess it is not easy to consume red wine as often as I want since I am back now in KL as they are expensive, oh, very expensive. So I decided to make this dish called Red Wine Baby Pork Ribs.

Recently my blogging pal, East Meets West Kitchen posted about her new venture into vegetable and fruit carving and I too decided to knife out a gold fish using tomato, cucumber and red chilly tip. I used tomato for the head and body, cucumber for the fins and red chilly tips for the eyes.

Back to the Red Wine Baby Pork Ribs, I firstly used chinese wine and pineapple juice to marinate the baby pork rib for over night. Then add some red food colouring. Once properly marinated then draining off the excess liquid. Add egg, corn flour and seasoning to the baby pork ribs. Deep fried them till they are cooked. As the baby ribs are getting cooked, you can now make the sauce. Fry garlic and onion, then add red wine and sugar. One the sauce reach the boiling stage, add your cooked baby pork ribs. Tossed them and then transfer them to your serving dish. Add the garnish.

300gm baby pork rib
100ml pineapple juice
30ml chinese wine

2cloves crushed garlic
1/2 medium size onion(chop finely)
50ml red wine
1 teaspoon sugar

Well this red wine baby pork ribs dish is really gorgeous and serve well with a bowl of steam white rice.

Hope this dish will give you some inspiration to try them out in your kitchen for your special guess or even for a romantic dinner for two.

From Steven Cheng

Popiah, Canning Garden, Ipoh

This is something that I would die for when I am in Ipoh, Ipoh most delicious popiah. Just look at the crowd waiting for the popiahs. They do not come and just to buy one but plenty…. can I have 4 pieces, 8…..10 pieces. Therefore sometimes the que can be long but it is worth to wait for. This mobile popiah stoe can be found at Canning Garden, Ipoh.

The popiah is run by an elder but strong man in his 60’s. His popiah consist of fantastic filling that most other popiah stall don’t have such as crispy fried prawns and crab meat. Other fillings are cooked sweet turnip, cucumber sticks, hard beancurd, fried eggs and a dash of deep fried onion and garlic.


Popiah skins are placed on the wooden table, firstly he spread the hoi sin sauce and chilli sauce on the the popiah skin and a pieces of green leaf. Then he will place the fillings. One the fillings are done, he will start the wrapping process.

I would recommend everyone this popiah as this is the best popiah that I ever tasted and yet to find anyone one as delicious as this one.

Regards, Sidney

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