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Chinese New Year Gourmet at Xin Chinese Restaurant Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur

A True Gourmet at Xin Chinese Restaurant Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur with Chef Wong Pak Seng

Having to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year while ushering the year of the horse can be such an exciting ritual through food and I had an awesome experience at Xin Cusine Chinese Restaurant at Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur. At Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, wholesome home-style celebration dishes were put into play to capture the spirit of celebration and most of the dishes I had trult captured my excitment.

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Prosperity of the Horse at Si Chuan Dou Hua Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur

Foodies Embraced The Chinese New Year with The Toasting of The Yee Sang

The Lunar New Year is here to welcome the Year of the Horse, saying goodbye to the Year of The Snake. According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Horse are active, energetic, charming and cheerful. So we foodies got together and had a toast ritual of Yee Sang at Si Chuan Dou Hua Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur and house fruit Yee Sang platter greeted us with such as style, fun and fostered our friendship. Yes it was truly terrific!

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Little Yum Yum at Kota Damansara

Little Yum Yum at Kota Damansara

I just love food. Don’t all of us. This time I get to taste one of the most exquiste food which just located nearby my place. I was alerted by Mrz Azlen my FB friend just recently over the Chinese New Year celebration. Mrz Azlen was raving about it, Little Yum Yum which located at the tip end of Kota Damansara.


So when I got back early, I just can’t resist of not paying this eatery a visit! I did! Our table was filled with a variety of indulgence cuisine ranging from a variety of fresh herbs like lemongrass, gelanga, limau purut, ginger, laksa leafs, curry leafs and many more variation of local herbs and spices. Every dish was perfectly and uniquely crafted. Trust me, you will enjoy them like I did.

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Chinese New Year Celebration with Dato’ Jimmy Choo at Li Yen Ritz Carlton

Jimmy Choo Ritz Carlton Chinese New Year Invitation
An Exclusive Chinese New Year Celebration Invitation

Having an exclusive invitation to ursher the Year of the Rabbit and to dine with an honoured and yet a very famous personality can be truly exciting and that happened to me just recently, it had caught me speechless. Yes I had the chance of a life time dining and meeting up with the world famous shoe designer, Dato’ Jimmy Choo. This was made possibble at Li Yen Chinese Restaurant at Rtz Carlton Kuala Lumpur. You can just fall for Li Yen immediately especially when you just step into this restaurant. It was surrounded with brilliant palette of warm colours, dark wood finishing and classical modern Chinese artistry. I just love the feel. Meeting up and sitting next to Dato’ Jimmy Choo was so special. We had great time chatting, exchange of ideas and he gave me valueable advice in what I am working on at the moment.

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Grand Imperial Restaurant

Recently I was invited to tag along with a group of media for a food tasting and this time we were at the newly opened Grand Imperial Restaurant located at USJ, Subang Jaya. This restaurant looked spacious and very impressive to me, just made me wanting to dine immediately.

Grand Imperial Restaurant Table 1

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La Dolce Vita with Castello Banfi at Tai Zi Heen Prince Hotel


Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. Together with its sister estates in Piedmont, Vigne Regali and Principessa Gavi, it has become recognized the world over for its dedication to excellence and sparking a renaissance in the art of Italian winemaking. The Mariani family proprietors credit education, dedication and discipline for the success that has accorded honors including:

11 Consecutive Years ~ Italy’s Premier Vineyard Estate at the VinItaly wine fair.

The first winery to be internationally recognized for exceptional environmental, ethical and social
responsibility (ISO 14001 and SA 8000) as well as an international leader in customer satisfaction (ISO 9001:2000).

Winery of the Year by both Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits Magazine and Top Ten Wines (Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all’Oro) by Wine Spectator.

Perhaps most gratifying of all is the praise of neighboring vintners who acknowledge Banfi’s role in pioneering a new era in Brunello and bringing the wine world’s attention to Montalcino. Banfi has pioneered clonal research on the Sangiovese vine to produce a more consistently excellent Brunello di Montalcino, and reduced sulfites and histamines through more organic winemaking. Technological advances, including customized cooperage for more balanced wines, nitrogen bottling to eliminate the addition of sulfites, electrodialysis to allow flavors to emerge, and development of fermenters that combine both stainless steel and wood, are balanced with a profound respect for tradition and deep expression of the local terroir
and microclimate. In the end, at Castello Banfi, winemaker and nature partner to allow the wine’s natural pedigree to emerge in artful expression.

Though savoring these achievements as they would a glass of their finest vintage, family proprietors Cristina Mariani May and James Mariani are hardly resting on their laurels. In the continual pursuit of superior quality ingrained in them by their fathers, Castello Banfi cofoundersand brothers John and Harry Mariani, they work constantly to improve upon every detail, from winemaking and packaging to the estate’s renowned hospitality.

The Marianis established Castello Banfi in 1978, assembling a contiguous estate of 7,100 acres (2,830 hectares). A constellation of single vineyards spreads out to cover only 1/3 of the property, starting with the undeniable concept that quality is determined first and foremost in the vineyard.

La Dolce VIta with Castello Banfi Menu

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Authentic Delicious Dining and A Nite to Remember

New Farmosa

I had been sms-ing with Gabey Goh recently about our interview with the local newspaper and I decided to meet up with her.

BBO: “Hi Gabey, shall we meet up for a chit-chat over dinner?”
Gabey: “Can, where shall we meet?”
BBO: “How about at New Farmosa
Gabey: “OK!”

The day came, I was so excited, so “kan cheong” even worst then the “kan cheong kitchen” over TV8, I was so nervous that I even poof up like dollies . . . lol! and end up late. When we arrived at the restaurant all the guests were sitting waiting for us and so did the the first main dish…oppsss!. . . . OMG! Gabey brought her photographer along, walio leh, I felt so like a movie star …. ahemmmm maybe not so handsome (handsup maybe got lar), singer also can lar. Stangely that nite I did not go to the powder room at all. . . anyway Gabey was so nice and so was our hostess and owner Jeanie, I felt so at home . . . we end up like long time friends.

By the way Aidan and his friends were there too . . . . so was our celeb p***boy Simon Seow. So we flicked out our camera and started taking food photos then dishing into those delicious food. The first dish was the Formosa Special combination dish which consist of fried butter eel, jellyfish in garlic sauce or sour plum sauce (cold dish), deep-fried pig intestines with sesame seeds, fried spare ribs with pickled pineapple and rice crust, popped rice with pork & fish maw in black pepper sauce.

Formosa Special Combination Dish

Formosa Special Combination Dish

Deep-fried pig intestines with sesame seeds

Formosa Special Combination Dish, Deep-fried Pig Intestines with Sesame Seeds

Fried butter eel

Formosa Special combination dish, Fried Butter Eel

Fried Spare ribs with pickled pineapple

Formosa Special combination dish, Fried Spare Ribs with Pickled Pineapple

Jellyfish in garlic sauce

Formosa Special combination dish, Jellyfish in Garlic Sauce

Rice crust, popped rice with pork & fish Maw in Black pepper sauce

Formosa Special combination dish, Rice Crust, Popped Rice with Pork & Fish Maw in Black Pepper Sauce

The Formosa Special Combination Dish was awesome delicious, I like the pop rice especially when eaten with coated sauce. The eel was ingeniously created, so awesomely delicious as the texture was to my liking, . . . I thought for a second it was tofu and agrued with one of the guest. Overall this dish was marvellous, done perfectly. Next came the shark fin soup, was good and I had two bowl . . I just can’t live with a bowl soup a day, …… just like an apple a day, seriously.

Shark's Fin Soup

Shark’s Fin Soup with Fresh Crab Meat, shredded Baby Scallops & Bamboo Pitch

Roasted Crispy Suckling Pig Hong Kong Style

Roasted Crispy Suckling Pig Hong Kong Style

This roasted piglet is a such winner, very crispy, succulent and fragrant indeed . . . just can eat it by itself without the hoi sin sauce.

Crilled Garlic Tiger Prawns & Fried TV butter Prawn

Grilled Garlic Tiger Prawns & Fried TV Butter Prawns

Stuffed prawn stick with fish paste was something done uniquely, as I usually don’t come across with the stuffing, it tasted good and well marinated . . . the butter prawn was good, simple and tasty.

Steamed Canadian Sea Brass

Steamed Canadian Sea Bass with Chinese Mushrooms, Salted Cabbage & Tomato

I will alway go all out for healty eating and steaming is part of my preaching. When this dish was placed, I thought it was cod fish, “wow it’s huge”, I shouted. Then Jeanie calmed me down and told me it was a canadina sea bass. The sea bass was steam perfectly as the texture of the fish was tender and perfect, well time, got to say it is not easy to steam a fish as when it is over cooked, the texture of the fish can be very hard and dry. But this one was done just as it suppose to be, well done chef.

Fried Asparagus, fresh lily buds, gingko nuts, lotus roots & pumpkin

Fried Asparagus, Fresh Lily Buds, Gingko Nuts,Lotus Roots and Pumpkin

For those who loves vegeterian dish would like this dish, even a meater myself find this such

Steamed Yam Rice Taiwanese Hakka Style

Steamed Yam Rice in Hollow Bamboo Taiwanese Haaka style

This rice dish was cooked perfectly and surprisingly the yam did the trick to enchance the taste so perfectly that I had two bowls of them.

GreenTea Aloe Vera, Honey Herbal, Yam Gingko & Custard Caramel

Assorted Pudding, Green Tea Aloe Vera, Honey Herbal, Yam Ginkgo (no lard, low sugar), Custard Caramel

The restaurant’s famous dessert was placed on the dining table, awesome to have them, they we not too sweet and tasted deliciously.

Toffee Yam

Toffee Yam

Next came the killer toffee yam, perfect to end the night’s dinner. I got to say it needed skill to make this dessert. . . melting the sugar on the boiling hot oil and coated the battered cooked yam with sesame seeds and then cold them in a chilled icy water to harden the coating. I justr adored it! Crunchy outside and tasty yam inside, great texture.

Sunny, Jeanie, Gabey

Look, look. .. . . Sunny Yaw took a memorable photo together with Jeanie and Gabey. It was most fruitful night, food was fantastic and the gathering was so fruitful. The dinner for 10 guests the night exclude drinks and dessert was RM520 plus 5% service charge.

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