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Big Boys Oven 2012 TOP 10 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

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NO. 10 – The Grill 582 at Best Western Premier Dua Sentral

The year of 2012 was a very promising year for myself as it was the year of the discovery new eatery and also invasion on new food outlets especially i Kuala Lumpur. I guessed rating can be a difficult task but some how I managed to pack in my own Top 10 list. Stumbled into new place can enchanting act but having to walk into a new venue can also be rather tricky thing to embark on. As for my No. 10 it was such a great finding through a friend who took the energy to drag me to visit this eatery and having ended up being charmed till speechless. It is called the Grill 582 at Best Western Premier Dua Sentral and specially taken care by fabulous charming Chef Jaffery Othman. I was totally charmed by it’s wagyu, done in perfection while the ambient took my heart away. Definitely a must try !

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BIG BOYS OVEN Meets SOFIRA @ SULTAN LOUNGE, MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL

AT SOFIRA’S LATEST COLLECTION

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In February I got a call from Diyana and she requested me to get over to her place urgently as she needed me to assist her on her coming project at SOFIRA. I meet Diyana and Sofia at the studio that same day. They wanted BIGBOYSOVEN to bake lots of macarons, yes loads of them. Yes it was definitely exciting and fun too as  request was  to commission 1.000 pieces of macarons for  SOFIRA new line collection fashion show. The request was simple and yet elegant, coral and pink macarons filled with loads of white chocolate ganache.

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Kuala Lumpur’s Molecular Tapas Bar

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Having A Very Technical Dinner Makes A Full of Wonders

Meeting the chef was one thing, having the chef to cook in front of us wass superb! That was what I had experience last night’s dinner held at The Pacifica, Grill & Bar of Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Well, Chef Jeff Ramsey, the expert of molecular madness and was flown in from 38th floor, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo located at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower. So here is my most enjoyable and an eye opening dinner.

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Opening Aperitif, Pecorino Puff, Olive Cloud
A lovely shot of beer with yakult foam, sweet on top, smooth at the end. I like the puff which make from rice flour and cheese cooked in a microwave, crunchy and very flavoured. The olive foam was very light and interesting, just had that feeling of being in a light diet meal.

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Scallop with Pumpkin Sorbet, Red and Tommy Thai
The scallops were so well seasoned and cooked with herbs and spices and having together with a cold pumpkin was delicious and unimagineable. In Red, we had lobster meat and peppers, nice and unique!Tommy Thai yet another example of high tech fine dining, prawn meat wrapper in tom yam gelatine, topped with deep fired prawnhead and garnished with peanut and coconut powder. A real signature dish by itself.

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Strawberry and Pesto Spaghetti, Lobster Potato Vanilla and Cucumber Salad
This shaghetti dish was unique, replacing tomato with strawberry looks scary and unthinkable but it was unbelieveable delicious when they were mixed together. Tasted gorgeous. The potato vanilla looked like baby food but oh boy! you can send all to my kitchen. I was so lovely, soft and creamy. The lobster meat was done beautifully. This time we were served with cucumber caviar instead of carrot caviar, it was lovely as the texture taste similar to the real caviar.

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Chef Ramsey in action!

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Juicy Lamb, Gazpacho, Unagi Pineapple Miso
I had eaten “Xiu Long Bao” where juicy burst out from the “bao” when you bite into it but never ever ate a piece lamb with bursting juice similar to “Xiu Long Bao”. Chef Jeff Ramsey told me that the preparing concept is similar to “Xiu Long Bao” where the juice is concealed inside the meat and sealed with meat glue, wow! The cold Gazpacho soup was really delicious using dripping white tomato juicy,a piece of watermelon top over with frozen olive was really spectacular. Well arranged sliced of unagi and pineapple with miso and avacado were deliciously prepared.

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Charcoal and Truffle Beef, Miso Soup, Seabass and Soyamilk
This charcoal beef was so delicious, charcoal infused oil was used! Believe it or not, Miso soup incapsuled in a miso jelly, incredible . . . makes me wonder how they do it! Seabass and asparagus cooked in soyamilk came in smoke was an impressive dish!

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Caramelized Quail, Blueberries and Laudrel, Saffron Cocoa Capsule, Rasberry and Black Pepper, NY Cheesecake, Areo Choco, Rosemary Gummy
Caramelized quail came with a bed of couliflower cous-cous over green pea broth was so well executed, very well favoured dish. Blueberries jelly like was so rich and juicy. The capsule sweetness gave a kicked taste of saffron . Aero was so light and delicious. Rosemary gummy was really gummy with full of taste. The cheesecake was light too.

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Miracle Fruit & Fruit Course
We finished out dinner with a plate of citrus fruits such as lime, lemon, passionfruit, kiwi, grapefruit and plum. What do they have in common? They were real sour citrus fruits. In this last dessert Chef Jeff Ramsey had introduced us to miracle fruit. We ate this miracle fruit first before we continued with the citrus. Wow! those citrus fruits were so delicious sweet! Incredible!

This was what I found out about this miracle fruit. The berry is sweet, and contains an active glycoprotein molecule, with some trailing carbohydrate chains, called miraculin. When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this molecule binds to the tongue’s taste buds, causing bitter and sour foods (such as lemons and limes) consumed later to taste sweet. This effect lasts between thirty minutes and two hours. It is not a sweetener, as its effects depend on what is eaten afterwards, but has been used to cause bitter medicine to taste sweet.

I do admit that this is a real delicous dinner and am so impressed. I will defintely go for another molecular food! . . . . Sidney

Pure, Simple and Authentic Teochew

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We were glad to have attended a weekend lunch invited by FoodStreet at Lai Po Heen Restaurant, located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Lai Po Heen is famous for their classic Cantonese cuisine with seafood and dim sum. The entrance to the restaurant was simple but the inside, the interior decor was beautiful and elegant. We were told that the décor is based on the grand ancestral homes of Chinese-Malaysian tycoons from the turn of the century and there are Asian artifacts and ornate chandeliers.

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This restaurant had an open concept kitchen where diners can to enjoy watching the culinary skills of the master chefs over the flaming woks. The setting of the dining tables was very noticeable due to the beautiful, elegant and slick black and white tablewares, a classic way to dine.

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We were ushered to one of the exquisite private rooms where the lunch was served

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The lunch served was a Teochew cuisine, as it was part of the Teochew cooking class package that we had attended the same day. Firstly we were served with Teochew appetizer which consist of a variety of combination such as diced braised beef with five spices which was tasty and fragrant, lovely sweetened lotus seeds with red dates, crunchy sweet marinated cucumbers with carrots and diced galangga Teochew salted vegetable.

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‘A simple thick soup yet so deliciously done’ was how the Tai Chi Soup was done. The soup consisted of two different broths, the spinach leaves and chicken to form the Tai Chi design. The soup was beautifully done, tasty and I would definitely recommend.

Seafish Teochew

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Having cold cut meat was something very common but having cold cut seasonal sea fish Teochew style was something new to me. We were served a whole garupa fish and the fish was beautifully deboned by the well trained waitress. The fish was served with marinated the Teochew beans which were full of flavoring and absolutely beautiful to indulge with.

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Next came the sautéed beef with kalian and BBQ sauce, the kalian was cooked in such a perfection that it tasted sweet and crunchy and what more to ask when it was topped with beautiful sautéed sliced beef.

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The sautéed chicken fillet with herbs and pearl vegetable leaf was done very tasty to my liking. The sauce used synchronizes so well with the fillet and tasted so fragrant, must be herbs used.

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Next we had three different steamed types of steamed dim sum, green chives dumplings which were tasty, sweet green pea dumplings and rat shaped dumplings.

Rice

Oh boy! Oh boy. Ain’t there a story to tell, falling in love with Teochew porridge always tickled me and so does this braised fragrant rice with cod fish and preserved vegetables in broth. The Teochew always prepared porridge with whole grain rice and this dish was done that way. It was absolutely good as the broth was tasty and topped with cod fish and well balance preserved vegetables plus little “bak choy”.

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The Teochew fried oyster was good, it was beautifully done and was very freshness, some how the Teochew does it better.

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Chinese desserts had never fail to tempt me so was the warm yam pudding with gingko nuts and red dates. The yam pudding was creamy and was at the right sweetness that I preferred.

Durian

Lastly we were tempted to have this durian cream wrapped in pancake. This type of pancake is highly sorted for in Kuala Lumpur because of it’s taste and texture. Lai Po Heen’s durian pancakes were so delicious, the pancake skin was light and thin and the durian cream was creamy and filled with real durian, it is awesome as I had more than two yet not enough, a pure luxury!

It was a great Teochew experience that we had on that day, something to remember and a place to be back for more pure pampering and delicious cuisine.

Yours Sidney

Teochew Cooking with Master Chef Tony Gao, Guangzhou – Series 3

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Master Chef Tony Gao from Guangzhou, China is an authentic Teochew cuisine chef with more than 20years of experience and started cooking at the age of 17years old. His appreciation for pure, simple and fresh ingredients is translated into delectable signature dishes that he carefully prepares. Currently he is a visiting master chef at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur from 1st till 10th May, 2008.

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TAI JI VEGETABLE BROTH

Ingredients

700gm Sweet potato leaves or spincah leaves
2kg Superior chicken stock
200gm Minced chicken
50gm Chicken Ham
100gm Superior potatoes starch

Method

1. Blanch the spinach leaves for few seconds then chill in ice water.
2. Heat up some chicken oil and wok-fry the vegetables until fragrant. Set a side.
3. Blanch the minced chicken. Set a side.
4. Seasonthe superior chicken stock with remaining ingredients under medium heat. Add the vegetables. Gradually add the superior starch that has been mixed with water, slowly untilthe broth thickens.
5. Lastly add shredded chicken and ham, simmer for a while and serve in individual bowls.

Teochew Cooking with Master Chef Tony Gao, Guangzhou – Series 2

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Master Chef Tony Gao from Guangzhou, China is an authentic Teochew cuisine chef with more than 20years of experience and started cooking at the age of 17years old. His appreciation for pure, simple and fresh ingredients is translated into delectable signature dishes that he carefully prepares. Currently he is a visiting master chef at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur from 1st till 10th May, 2008.

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PAN-FRIED OYSTER IN TEOCHEW STYLE

Ingredients

200gm Fresh baby oysters
15gm Spring onions
3nos Chicken egg
150gm Local potato starch
2tbsp Fish sauce
1tbsp Chilli sauce

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Method

1. Clean the shelless fresh oysters and drain off excess water. Set a side.
2. Marinade with spring onions, egg and starch.
3. Heat some oil in the wok, wok-fry all ingredients in an oval shape.
4. Beat egg and pour on the side of the oysters. Pan-fry it until cooked.
5. Serve with fish sauce and chilli sauce as condiment.

Teochew Cooking with Master Chef Tony Gao, Guangzhou – Series 1

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Master Chef Tony Gao from Guangzhou, China is an authentic Teochew cuisine chef with more than 20years of experience and started cooking at the age of 17years old. His appreciation for pure, simple and fresh ingredients is translated into delectable signature dishes that he carefully prepares. Currently he is a visiting master chef at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur from 1st till 10th May, 2008.

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SWEETENED SWEET POTATO & YAM SERVED WITH CHOCOLATE & RASBERRY
Ingredients

150gm Sweet potatoes
150gm Yam
250gm Sugar
10gm Fragrant shallot oil
5gm White sesame

Method

1. Thicken the sugar with little water. Then add fragrant shallot oil. Add sweet potatoes and yam. Pour on the plate when done.
2. Drizzle some onion oil and wok-fry white sesame until fragrant. Add little sugar and sesame oil. Serve as dressing.

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