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CNY goodies from The Oriental Group

CNY goodies from The Oriental Group

Savour a wide array of enticing Chinese New Year Delicacies at The Oriental Group of Restaurants including Shunde Style Poon Choi; Triple Wealth, Health and Happiness Gift Set; and together with Chinese New Year Specialties and Gourmet Celebration Sets, the CNY delicacies are available at 

Lobster tomyum and other Thai stories at Niyom 26

Lobster tomyum and other Thai stories at Niyom 26

Fans of authentic Thai cuisine are in for a treat as Niyom 26 opens at Tropicana Gardens Mall. Located on the concourse floor of the mall, Niyom 26 is a spin-off of the established Thai restaurant Baan 26 at Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL. “Our menu 

Celebrate bold beginnings with Tiger Beer this CNY

Celebrate bold beginnings with Tiger Beer this CNY

Tiger Beer roars into the Chinese New Year with a renewed spirit with its ‘Cheers to Bold Beginnings’ campaign. The notion is all about celebrating moments of reflection, as we recognize our past courage while gearing up for a bolder tomorrow. Tiger wants its fans to uncage the spirit of “Gan Gan Chong” with the boldness to break through with courage as we march into the Year of the Rabbit with exciting activities, promotions and giveaways.  

Tiger is spreading the festive cheer through the vibrant décor depicting streets of Chinatown at the concourse areas of selected malls, namely, Tropicana Gardens Mall in the Klang Valley, Queensbay Mall in Penang and Ipoh Parade in ipoh. These activations will be ongoing until the end of January 2023. Consumers will have a chance to take home limited-edition CNY premiums such as the Tiger rummy set, Tiger bowl set, or even exclusive Pestle and Mortar Clothing (PMC) merchandise, among others.

As for fans who will be purchasing their favourite HEINEKEN Malaysia brews at selected hypermarkets and supermarkets, not only will they get to enjoy Heineken®, Tiger Beer, Tiger Crystal and Guinness Foreign Extra Strout in exclusive festive packaging, but they can bring home exciting merchandise too. The most sought-after gift, the exclusive Tiger Rummy Set will be given for free to those who purchase two cartons of Heineken, one carton of Tiger Crystal or 16 cans of Edelweiss. Also, with every RM200 purchase of Heineken, shoppers can bring home their very own Heineken Dining Set. Furthermore, those who buy a carton of Tiger Beer and a carton of Tiger Crystal, or three cartons of Tiger Beer can get their hands on the Tiger Ceramic Bowl Set. The exclusive Guinness Serving Tray will be given to those who purchase RM200 worth of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout or Guinness Draught in a Can. 

At selected 99 Speedmarts, those who buy two cartons (48 cans) of participating HEINEKEN Malaysia brews will receive a two-piece glass container set. On the other hand, at selected convenience stores, those who spend above RM18 of participating HEINEKEN Malaysia brands stand to win an iPhone 14 or RM88 Touch and Go e-Wallet credit when they participate in the contest. 

Tiger is also bringing the festive cheer to selected coffee shops and food courts with lion dances and ‘Choi San Yeh’ (God of Prosperity). Various stage performances, as well as enticing promotions and lucky draws are on till end Jan 2023. Patrons who purchase big bottles of Tiger, Tiger Crystal, Heineken and Guinness can check under their bottle caps to see if they received a ‘Star’, ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’ character liner. One ‘Star’ bottle cap liner wins consumers a 10g, 99.9% Tiger Gold Coin. One ‘A’ liner allows the redemption of RM888 cash prize, while those with a ‘B’ Liner will get RM188 cash prize. Those who collect 12 of the ‘C’ bottle cap liners will get to take home a Tiger CNY Bowl set. 

“With the Year of the Rabbit, we wanted to celebrate the spirit of ‘Gan Gan Chong’ with fans of the brand. This is the time to take a pause to really celebrate the past moments and successes with our loved ones and re-energise our inner tiger for a bolder beginning to the year ahead. With our exciting activities and promotions, our consumers can elevate their celebrations as they march forward boldly while bonding with friends and loved ones. Stay tuned for more updates, as we even have a unique collaboration with local artists coming up too,” said Joyce Lim, Marketing Manager of Tiger Beer Malaysia. 

For more information on the Tiger CNY 2023 campaign, merchandise, contest and giveaways, check out https://tigercny2023.tigerbeer.com/

Enjoy CNY cuisine from Oversea Restaurant

Enjoy CNY cuisine from Oversea Restaurant

This Chinese New Year, Oversea Restaurant is hopping into the Year of the Rabbit with their rich traditions of Chinese cuisine. Look forward to seasonal signature Chinese New Year dishes such as Yee Sang, Waxed Meat Rice, Prosperity Treasure Pot, Dried Meat and an assortment 

Usher in the Year of the Rabbit with Dorsett  Grand Subang

Usher in the Year of the Rabbit with Dorsett Grand Subang

It’s tong-tong chang time! Truth be told, I already had yee sang weeks ago! Didn’t want to ruin the Christmas mood, so am sharing Chinese New Year festive food news only now. The Year of the Rabbit – symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity – 

Le Sense play on dimsum

Le Sense play on dimsum

There’s dimsum and then, there’s Le Sense. Conceived by founder Chris Chew as a means to promote dimsum which he perceives to be an elegant art form rather than just traditional Chinese small plates of dumplings, the modern contemporary Chinese restaurant serves each course of plump dumpling omakase-style.

Our tasting menu for this review consisted of Truffled dumpling (xiao long bao) – finely minced mixture of prawn and meat laced with truffle – sprinkled with edible gold leaves. The translucent skin held within glorious stock broth that teased and lingered on the palate like a sweet memory. 

 Not all meat is equal and Kagoshima pork proved its mettle with each springy, juicy bite, sitting on top of superior fish maw bouillon, just enough to have you begging for more. Yuba Skin Roulade collagen demi-glace (fuchuk) was crispy and thin, yet fell away easily to reveal the subtle sweetness of prawn and meat mix inside. Again, a clever play of textures and flavours, even the crunchy green had a role to play in scintillating the senses. 

Next, an almost Western presentation of Spanish Iberian Jowl accompanied by seasonal organic vegetables. The most expensive of meats, the tender, melt-in-your-mouth jowl was heavenly. Daikon Radish with XO was deceiving as it was so simple, yet so rich and complicated in flavour. Spoils you for life as no other radish dish comes close.

Crystal Prawn Wanton with smoked dover sole made all the difference and the housemade egg noodle was springy, firm yet delicate at the same time. How delightful! If I had to nitpick, it would be the savoury and sweet desserts – powdery yam croquette (wu kok) filled with Iberico pork and creamy egg tart with absolutely lovely flakey crust – make no mistake, they were probably the best I’ve had. But after all the fanfare, I was kinda expecting something different. But I reckon this was Le Sense staying true to the essence of a full blown dimsum meal, proving that all you really need is freshness and ingredient integrity, handled with the right expertise, to deliver gourmet magic.   

Every morsel was exquisitely crafted and beyond Chinese tea, the discerning are encouraged to bring their own wine, champagne even (no corkage), to pair with the dim sum. The curated menu starts from a base of RM138++ and above for lunch. Dinner prices are a little more, depending on the menu. 

Add: No. 8, Jalan SS20/10, Damansara Kim, PJ. hp: 018-268 2333

Get ready for Christmas with Elevete Patisserie

Get ready for Christmas with Elevete Patisserie

Be it cupcakes or macarons, cakes or brownies, Elevete Patisserie has them all, all prettied up for this Christmas season. Choose from an array of lovely, sweet desserts such as: *The Gâteaux De Voyage Trio: Grandma’s Fruit Cake with Biscoff Ganache – made with mixed 

Souping it up at Demala Hotpot Restaurant

Souping it up at Demala Hotpot Restaurant

With the rainy weather these days, a hotpot meal with Sichuan mala soup is perfect to heat up the tummy, in more ways than one! Riding on the trend, DeMala Hotpot Restaurant – the name is a wordplay of ‘the mala’ – offers halal mala 

Halal dim sum makes the cut at Santai Yum Cha

Halal dim sum makes the cut at Santai Yum Cha

What does yum-cha mean to you? It literally means ‘drink tea’ in Cantonese and usually, it denotes dim sum time. So at @SantaiYumCha, it basically means – relax and drink tea – and you get to enjoy a nice repertoire of dim sum plus a host of noodles and rice dishes as well. The best part is, the restaurant is halal so you get to enjoy Siew Mai, dumplings, steamed ‘char siu’ buns and other popular Cantonese dishes ‘tanpa was-was’. 

Personally, I found the prawn beancurd roll, hargao (prawn dumpling) and Prawn Siew Mai quite delectable while the Red Bean and Custard Lava buns should appeal to kids given their cute appearances.

Admittedly, there’s a certain texture and bite which comes with dim sum containing pork which isn’t easy to imitate, and while chicken isn’t quite the same density, Santai has done a commendable job by having a nice balance of chicken and prawn for that springy nature and slightly rough texture to the dumplings and siew mai. The dim sum menu was well-executed and possibly better than the halal dim sum I’ve had at some hotels, though choices may not be as manifold. Prices range between RM10 and RM12.80 per dim sum tray.

Instead, there’s a good range of noodles and rice options which are great as one dish meals.

For this review, the bunch of us liked the Mala Mee Tarik with Beef Slices (RM25.80) – tho a bit on the salty side – and  Dry style Mee Tarik with Chicken Chop (RM17.80) the best and the Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with Crushed Egg Rice Bowl (RM22.80) was quite flavoursome too. While the Nasi Lemak Bunga Telang with Fried Chicken (RM25.80) was fragrant, the onion sambal could do with some improvement as it was neither sweet nor spicy, and had a weird gooey consistency.

Mala Mee with beef slices

Mee Tarik with Chicken Chop
Grilled teriyaki chicken with crushed egg rice bowl

Chicken Chop

Nasi Lemak

Santai Yum Cha also has a slew of drinks to choose from, ranging from good ol’ fashioned kopi and cham to sirap bandung and 3 layered tea. Generally, prices are probably consistent with what you would expect from a popular PJ mall and given the current inflation. Next time you’re at 1 Utama, you’ve got another option to try out.

Add: 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Lot LG122, Foodstreet (old wing) Petaling Jaya

Ko gives a glimpse into Taipeh’s soul

Ko gives a glimpse into Taipeh’s soul

What do you get when ID meets F&B? The answer is KO, a gorgeous Taiwanese resto that’s an expression of art coupled with simple yet satisfying Taiwanese fare. Without having to say much about the decor, the pics speak for themselves – tasteful modern interpretation