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Victoria Premier’s Luncheon at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Putting Victoria ‘s Food on Malaysia Tables

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The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP

It was just perfect Sunday morning where I attended a fabulous luncheon invited by the Premier Dr Denis Napthine of the Victoria State Government at BERJAYA University College of Hospitality. That fabulous morning not just only myself and the media but the Malaysian food industry leaders had a taste of Victorian food at this special showcase lunched prepared by Melbourne food icon Daniel Wilson, head chef and owner of Huxtable and the Huxtaburger outlets.

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GAB Oktoberfest at Tai Zi Heen Prince Hotel and Residence Kuala Lumpur

GAB Puts A Spin to Food and Beer Pairing This OKTOBERFEST at TAI ZI HEEN, Prince Hotel

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I was in for a pleasant surprise as I attended a beer pairing with fine Chinese dining organised by Gunnisee Anchor Berhad (GAB) at Prince Hotel and Residencs Kuala Lumpur’s signature Chinese restaurant, Tai Zi Heen. The collaboration had created a 3 course beer pairing promotion to celebrate “For The Love of Beer” from October 1-31.

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Mother’s Day Celebration at ROMANZA and Giveaways

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Romanza Le Restaurant @ Hock Choon Terrace,

Superb impressive French and Mediterranean Inspired Restaurant with a South African flair!

Having to drop by at ROMANZA can be such an amazing pampering thing to do over a lovely meal. I was there to observe, well I was there to try them out. I was truly impressed. It was a very lovely place to be, flushed over a romantice deco. Romantic black iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, elegant wall paper and the red, black and white furnishing the gave the place a superb comfort

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Toh Lee Chinese Restaurant InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

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Stir-fried Prawns with Fermented ‘Fremenia Rice’ and Tomato-Chile Sauce and Deep-fried Garoupa Fillet with Passion Fruit Salsa

I had a great lunch and this time I was able to indulge Chef Chan Chong Yen’s lastest Chinese creation at Toh Lee. As the head chef, Chef Chan is known for his artistic and creative in his food direction while insist of freshness and finest in his ingredients At the restaurant that noon we had the pleasure to try out some of his creations from two of his oriental 6-course set lunchess Each set comprised of a starter, a soup, three main courses and a dessert. It is definitely a perfect feast.

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SHEPHERDOO Centro Mall Klang Culinapreneur

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SHEPHERDOO is an extraordinary name” I told myself, unique by just listening to it when being whispered. Just situated on the way to the city centre of Klang you will able to take notice of this new tall building called Centro Mall on your left and I was so glad to be able to stop and dine at this place. One phrase, “It is Full of Great Goodness”

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Kevin, the Head Chef (third from the left) and his team.

“CULINAPRENUER” is the BEST word to describe this awesome eatery. If you take notice, this place is run by truly young energetic trained chefs, it was so honored to see this and I would dare to admit this is the first time ever I see such youngsters get together and created something for themself, “Chasing Dreams”.

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SHEPHERDOO is run by two energetic, visionary and culinapreneur young gentlemen Eric and Kian Y with culinary background and together with head Chef Kevin.

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Shepherdoo is strategically located just outside the main entrance of Centro Mall with a Tex-Mex flavour cuisine and with Chef Kevin years of mexican cooking experience in Florida, definitely every dishes he created here would be something not to be missed.

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Chef Kevin explaining his creations and looking on is food expert Ken Chan

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A Close Encounter With Chef Zoran Djumic of Dubrovnik Restaurant – Solaris Mont Kiara

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In conjunction with its first year anniversary, Dubrovnik had hosted a special cooking demostration on Croation food to food tasting and I was one of the lucky ones that got an invitation to indulge on their new menu.

All the sumptuous recipes are the wonderfully innovative creations of Croatian Head Chef Zoran Djumic who has grown to love and know the Malaysian market well since moving to this country 12 years ago.

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Crab Craving? So Sinful!

I was not a great crab lover but it all started by this one crab dish and oh boy! since then I am stuck and can’t do without it whenever I drop by a seafood restaraunt. I use to find crab dishes are such a hassle, to eat and not much meat, shell bits always get stuck in between by tooth and take such a long time to eat while other dishes get cold at the end of the day. But now, I would tell you yet another story, “eating pleasure, eat crab”. The crab dish that strike me so much was the dry salted egg crab (ham tan hai), oh boy lovely. The shells are coated with salted egg yolk and enhance the taste of the crab. The freshness and the aroma of this dish can be enjoyed.
Myself and Sunny are now a regular at Mei Chixuan Restaurant, Kota Damansar and Steven Cheng is the head chef of this eatery and one of our big contributor to Big Boys Kitchen. We have no problem having him to cook for us as we trust his kitchen skill. Through him we also learn a lot of things regards to food that we never ever know till today and more to learn.

Back to crab, a lot of restaurant in KL and PJ offer a variety of crab dishes and do you know where this crab supply comes from? Locally? Well the demand is so heavy and the local supplies were unable to meet this demand and according to Steven, most of the crabs are imported from Bangladesh and Indonesia. The one below, dark and reddish is from Bangladesh and air flown. This type of crab, the meat is a bit soft and is good for cooking chinese dishes. As they are air flown into Malaysia, during this logistic, a lot of crab may be dead during the process, due to change of temperature. Thefore the price of this life crab can be expensive and sometime you may not get fresh one. I heard some of them goes straight goes into deep freezing and when cooked, they do taste different ,the meat become watery and soft or strainless meat and not an idea crab dish.



The one below is indonesia crab, it has a pale colour compare to the one above. The meat taste much better, the meat is much better, crunchier and it bounches when you bit into it. Lovely. I was told the are not as expensive as those from Bangladesh as the logistic is easier and the crabs are easy kept fresh.



We came to know that now crab dishes can be done in so many ways that can’t be imaginable. The crab dishes that I am going to post are those dishes that we had eaten and cooked by Steven himself and we find them incredible marvellous. We usually pick a night to dine crabs when we are relax and when we are not in a rush as we like to spend time enjoying cracking those shell and sipping the meat out from the shell.


“Kam Heong Hai” is a delicious crab dish cook in dried shrimp, curry leaves and curry powder. Looks beautiful, remarkable taste”.

“Sup Ham Tan Hai” Salted Egg Yolk Crab with gravy is very unique and something new to me as I alway have them done dried. Oh those rich gravy, what a winner!

Oh My favourite dish all time, salted egg yolk crab. No need to explain, try them yourself…..lol!

“Lat Chee Hai” Crab cooked with dried chillies is such a winner, we love them. you can taste the freshness of the crab… people says “sin mei”. With the taste of the mild hot chillies and also the seasoning, oh oh….it is now my love at the first sight! Tell me why I would not want to have another kilo of this crab. “Lat Chee Kai” instead of crab, chicken is replaced, taste so gorgeous, just like being in heaven!

This “Tim Chau Hai” can be strange, definitely to us. Something new. Looks like I want to divorce them at first sight, why? Don’t they look unattractive. Well, I would recommend you to have a bite, as we did that too…oh boy it was lovely, mild sweetness and aroma of home make chinese wine. I guess just like some of us, never judge a person by the look, what is inside can be a treasure.

If you around Tesco, Curve or Ikea, you can visit Steven as he is always there busy preparing great meal. Stven’s Mei Chixuan restaurant is located at Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

Other links on Mei Chixuan:

Eat First Think Later
Living in Food Heaven

Restauant Mei Chixuan
N0 32A1, Jalan PJU5/10,
PJU 5, Dataran Sunway
Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya

Yours Sidney

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