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Nyonya Bian Chee comfort food

Nyonya Bian Chee comfort food

I was running out of ideas on how to cook minced pork, apart from the usual steam pork and black sauce dishes. Then a friend reminded me of this dish from my childhood. What’s with the name? Frankly I have no idea. That’s what my 

No bake old school Icebox cake

No bake old school Icebox cake

And so, it’s back to the kitchen again with MCO 3.0. Sigh, is there no end in sight? In times like these, we all need to eat cake! A friend passed me a few boxes of whipped cream so I was thinking what else could 

UNBOX THE EXTRAORDINARY WITH TIGER

UNBOX THE EXTRAORDINARY WITH TIGER

I know some people can eat the same thing day after day, but I get tired of ordering the same food by day 3. To cut the monotony, Tiger Beer, the champion of Asian street food, is adding more pizazz to mealtimes with its Tiger Street Food Box featuring exclusive, bold collaborations between classic street food favourites and some of KL’s hottest modern restaurants. And the best part is it gets delivered right up to your door step!

Choose from a range of innovative new collaborations based on authentic street food flavours, with mash-up dishes from Devi’s Corner, Yut Kee, myBurgerLab, Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches, Megah Taiwan Sausage, Mama Manta, LI, Fifty Tales and Choon Prawn Mee House. Fancy Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches legendary BBQ chicken wings with Devi’s Corner’s famous mango chutney? Why not? And of course, what would street food be without an ice-cold Tiger to pair it with? Each box comes with Tiger Beer or Tiger Crystal, the perfect partner to Asian street food.

myburgerlab x Mama Manta – Flaming Hot Sambal Burger
Ticklish Ribs x Devi’s Corner – Chicken Wings with mango pachadi

From the myBurgerLab x Mama Manta ‘Flamin’ Hot Sambal Burger’ – a chicken patty in a bun slathered with a creamy lime sauce, paired with Mama Manta’s Grill Fish Sambal, perfected over 18 years, to Fifty Tales x Choon Prawn Mee House ‘Smoked Oil with Prawn Mee Broth Braised Pork’ – pork shoulder braised in prawn mee broth to soak up the flavours and served on noodles paired with a housemade smoked oil, one thing’s for certain – this ain’t your ordinary, boring food delivery.

Li x Yut Kee – Hainanese Marinated Pork Toast
Devi’s Corner x Li – Ghee Thosai wrap

Available for pre-order at www.tigerstreetfood.my, the Tiger Street Food Box will be delivered on the day of your choosing according to your location. Priced at RM28 for a one-person box, or RM48 for a two-person box, quantities are limited for each delivery day.

Fifty Tales x Megah Taiwan Sausage – Taiwan Sausage Fritters
Fifty Tales x Devi’s Corner – Roti John Curry with Nam Yu Pork

The Tiger Street Food Box will be available over the next three weekends in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Baru respectively, before returning to the Klang Valley again for the final week of the campaign. Each two-person box comes with two choices of mains, one choice of large side dish, and two 320ml cans of either Tiger Beer or Tiger Crystal. Each one-person box comes with one choice of main, one choice of side dish, and one 320ml can of either Tiger Beer or Tiger Crystal. Every order also comes complete with a limited edition Tiger Street Food chopstick set.

For the month June, customers purchasing two six-can packs of Tiger Crystal on Drinkies, Heineken Malaysia Berhad’s home delivery service, will receive a complimentary bottle of Tiger x myBurgerLab Lat Jiu Chilli Sauce. Combining the bold and tangy flavours of hot sauce with a twist of Malaysian chicken rice chilli, it adds bite to any dish. Drinkies is the only place you’ll be able to get your hands on this limited edition chilli sauce, so you need to order via the Drinkies app or on www.drinkies.my

“Tiger and street food go way back – but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to mix it up every now and then. We’re known for bringing the best Asian street food and the hottest local restaurants together at our physical and virtual street food festivals, and this time we’re combining these favourites in a unique meal box to spice up your weekends. With brand-new, exclusive collaborations from some of Klang Valley’s most exciting vendors, the Tiger Street Food Box is the perfect antidote to the boredom of ordering the same food every week.’” said Pearly Lim, Marketing Manager for Tiger.

Each box is made to order and quantities are limited, so pre-orders for all locations are on a strictly first-come, first-served basis starting today. Deliveries of the Tiger Street Food Box will take place on your choice of Thursday, Friday or Saturday, subject to selection, on the dates below: 

Kuala Lumpur & Selangor 1: Deliveries on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th June 2021

Penang: Deliveries on Thursday 10th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th June 2021

Johor Baru: Deliveries on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th June 2021

Kuala Lumpur & Selangor 2: Deliveries on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June 2021

To see the full selection of dishes, visit www.tigerstreetfood.my. Promotions are open to non-Muslims aged 21 and above only.

From press release

Celebrating 200 years of ‘Keep Walking’ spirit

Celebrating 200 years of ‘Keep Walking’ spirit

John Walker & Sons celebrates 200 years of exceptional craft and whiskies with the John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend, honouring the past which began when John Walker first threw open its doors to a small grocery store in Scotland. It was this that set 

Buka Puasa with South-East Asian classics at EQ’s Nipah

Buka Puasa with South-East Asian classics at EQ’s Nipah

To mark the holy month of Ramadan, EQ’s Citarasa Nipah offers a dizzying selection of food, extending the hospitality to include dishes from the neighbouring South-East Asian region too. Executive chef Hafizzul Hashim displayed his prowess at cooking up an amazing range so much so that 

Wine and dine at D’Caveau

Wine and dine at D’Caveau

Here’s the thing about wines bars. While many may have a pretty decent selection of wines and some even offer top notch vintages, food, however, is often relegated to being no more than just a side attraction, with just small bites or the predictable cheese platter.

D’Caveau Restaurant and Wine bar distinguishes itself as a contemporary wine and dine hideout with new and old world wines at very affordable prices with an extensive menu serving a choice of tapas and pizzas as well as other Western fare.   

I use the word hideout because amid all the bright and loud Western and Japanese joints downstairs, you would never guess that the inconspicuous entrance would lead to this cozy place.

Here’s a quick run through of the wide selection that we savoured, starting with the Penang basket that had ‘money bags’, lobak and pandan chicken. We’re off to a good start, followed by chicken liver pate, grilled octopus, baked escargots, Gambas Pil Pil and Isan sausages.

The pate was scrumptious, not tangy at all, embellished with X.O brandy no less, with the onion jam as the perfect companion (RM16), and I enjoyed the slight chewiness and mild flavour of the octopus (RM45). This can be tricky though if the octopus isn’t fresh or grilled too long, then you might end up grappling with the sole of your shoe.

Gambas Pil Pil or chilli garlic prawns (RM26), is a really simple dish that’s all about the oil – extra virgin olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika and chilli – and should be served sizzling hot. We probably took too long taking all our food shots so it didn’t have that hot garlic spice aroma, but I thought it was still pretty yummy.

Baked escargots, something so French (RM18), is usually lightly cooked in garlic butter, chicken stock and wine in France but over here, we smother the snails with rich cream and cheese. Not complaining though…

What got me really happy was the short and fat Isaan sausages, made from pork, garlic, a bit of glutinous rice and glass noodles. A Thai offering by chef Amy who is from Kanchanaburi, the unique sausage is an explosion of flavours on the palate – savoury, sweet, touch of spicy and sour all at the same time. Someone remarked that a dipping sauce would have been nice, but frankly, I felt the sausage by itself already had a robust flavour.

We also tried the thin crust Quattro Formaggi Pizza (RM30), or four-cheese pizza, which had us smacking our lips for more … but only if you like cheese, yeah. This paired quite well with the 2016 Cote de Brouilly, who would have known…

More than halfway through the menu and I still can’t decide whether D’Caveau is a French restaurant or what. Caveau means ‘cavern’ in French but there was also Spanish, Italian and Asian fare, so it’s quite a hodgepodge of everything, especially when the next dish arrived – Australian Grain-fed beef and Argentinian steak (RM66/RM80).

You would hardly think a wine bar would serve such classy steaks but there you have it – juicy, tender, done just right with still some red peeking through the cuts. I’ve been saying how it’s quite hard to find a good steak in KL these days at reasonable prices (let’s not include five-star hotels) so I guess now I know where to go. The Argentinian was a standout, with more flavour and beefy goodness, though the Ozzie held its own pretty well too.

D’Caveau kept the seafood paella (RM68) which was on its menu from the last time (when it was a different restaurant, same owner) and I couldn’t be happier as the portions were generous and flavours hearty, good enough for 3 to 4 people.

Since this is a French wine bar, after all, and whisky and gin too … we went with Fleur de Thenac 2013, Saint Veran 2017 and a very easy going red Cote de Brouilly 2016 … and some crazy Korean and very good Indian whisky too (our own). If you don’t see what you want at a glance in the wine list, check out the wine cellar. The selection is more than impressive.

And yes, I’ll be back for more… how did you guess?

Add: 38-1, Jalan 24/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 017-899 4833

A very Thai Meat & Sea affair

A very Thai Meat & Sea affair

I tried to look nonchalant as Ginny rattled off the Thai dishes in the menu, in case I was the only ignoramus who didn’t know that Meat & Sea was a Thai restaurant. Turns out I wasn’t the only one taken by surprise as my 

An ‘Ultime’ dining experience

An ‘Ultime’ dining experience

With a name like Ultime (pronounced as oul-tim), an obvious play on the word ‘ultimate’, this newly opened restaurant is poised to be the next crowd puller in KL city. Officially opened to the public since early March, Ultime boasts a full fledge kitchen capable 

31 Days of St. Patrick’s Celebration with Guinness

31 Days of St. Patrick’s Celebration with Guinness

Last year, many may have missed out on special occasions such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, graduation ceremonies, or even just gatherings with friends. Guinness wants to give everyone a chance to celebrate the missed occasions this St. Patrick’s month.

For 31 days in a row, Guinness will spread the joy in the spirit of St. Patrick to fans in Klang Valley and Penang with the Guinness St. Patrick’s Celebration Kits. These kits are curated exclusively for fans to catch up on their missed celebrations. All they have to do is tell Guinness their missed occasions by sliding into the comments section or chat box on Guinness’s Facebook or Instagram pages. The top five submissions will be selected daily for 31 days and rewarded with the kits.

The exclusive Guinness St. Patrick’s Celebration Kits vary according to fans’ missed occasions. Each kit is carefully curated with a dash of Guinness with St. Patrick’s elements, ranging from scrumptious burger platters, mouth-watering cakes, exquisite cocktails, ice creams and juicy at-home BBQ platters. Guinness partnered with various vendors across the Klang Valley and Penang to create these St. Patrick’s specials, namely myBurgerLab with Tipsy Boar, Coley, Makhan By Kitchen Mafia, The Ice Cream Bar and Anniekins Cakehouse in the Klang Valley; and Mish Mash, Cake By X and Three Tiers Ice Cream in Penang.

Available throughout St. Patrick’s Month between March 1 to 31, those who wish to purchase these kits instead can also do so at the respective vendors’ outlets or platforms.

More details on this can be found here.

Guinness lovers can also score themselves a free limited-edition Guinness tumbler that comes in three designs, with any purchase of Guinness Draught or Guinness Foreign Extra Stout throughout the month of March.

Guinness and all promotions are available to non-Muslims aged 21 and above only.

From press release

Martabak from Tetangga Kita, our neighbour

Martabak from Tetangga Kita, our neighbour

Aiming to bring the Indonesian street food closer to Malaysians, Tetangga Kita claims to use authentic ingredients and recipes imported from Indonesia to come up with their version of Martabak. If you haven’t already noticed, it’s called Martabak, and not murtabak as we know it