Month: January 2020

Hennessy renews Hope

Hennessy renews Hope

In the sweltering afternoon heat, Moët Hennessy Diageo (MHD) Malaysia further raised temperatures when it ushered in the Year of the Rat at Plaza Arkadia with a lion dance performance by one of the best troupes in the country. In conjunction with the CNY festivities, 

Gourmet chicken burger at The Burg

Gourmet chicken burger at The Burg

I was making my way to Nuromen, one of my favourite Sarawak beef noodles joints, as I haven’t been there for a while. Was surprised to see a burger stall in front as I entered. Turns out, it was The Burg, which used to be 

Double the joy with Carlsberg’s CNY campaign

Double the joy with Carlsberg’s CNY campaign

It’s not even officially Chinese New Year yet, but festivities are already full on.

A grand lion dance performance regaled guests and shoppers at the fountain area of Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City in Kuala Lumpur with acrobatic stunts on high poles, ushering in the Year of the Rat.

Starting Carlsberg’s Chinese New Year campaign 2020 with a bang, the “Double Cheers, Double Winnings” launch offers consumers a chance to double their joy when they win a limited-edition 3L bottle of Carlsberg, along with other prizes such as a Carlsberg mini bar and glassware.

Just for the CNY season, all Carlsberg and Carlsberg Smooth Draught festive cans and bottles are adorned with a special label with a drawing of a fish and lion dance, symbolising abundance and prosperity.

A 350-strong crowd made up of trade partners, media and other invited guests joined in the revelry as managing director Stefano Clini got the ball rolling with a speech and auspicious Yee Sang toss.

Thereafter, it was party time as guests feasted on steamboat and barbequed skewers, and drank up on ice cold Carlsberg and Smooth Draught.

Customers who purchase 640ml Carlsberg or 580ml Carlsberg Smooth Draught at participating coffeeshops and food courts can check their bottlecaps for a chance to win the limited-edition bottle as well as other smaller prizes.

Also, the popular “Probably The Best CNY Shopping Experience” was back again at supermarkets and hypermarkets whereby grand winners got to take home groceries worth up to RM800 paid by Carlsberg.

It’s already the Lunar New Year in a few days so have a grear Year of the Lau shu, everyone!

Tiger beer ushers in the Year of the Rat in roaring STYLE

Tiger beer ushers in the Year of the Rat in roaring STYLE

With Christmas barely over weeks ago, the season of the Rat is already on the way with shouts of ‘Huat ah’ already ringing in the air on Jan 1, if not earlier. It’s double the Huat (prosperity) this Chinese New Year with Tiger Beer as 

Dependable, delicious Malaysian fare at Dua by SKOHNS

Dependable, delicious Malaysian fare at Dua by SKOHNS

Update: Skohns has consolidated with its Damansara Heights Restaurant so the Ttdi branch has closed. After being abroad for a few days after Christmas, I had a hankering for spice and wholesome Malaysian food. Some good old-fashioned value for money grub. One of my latest 

Authentic Cantonese cuisine at The REGENT

Authentic Cantonese cuisine at The REGENT

Well, hello 2020! It’s been a nice long break, but let’s not make it any longer lest you forget to eat with me!

Seeing how Chinese New Year is just around the corner, let’s start with a bang with The Regent Chinese Cuisine, which styles itself after a private kitchen, serving authentic Cantonese food.

The open kitchen is headed by Hong Konger chef William Kwok who used to helm The Elegant Hong Kong Cuisine Restaurant in Cheras in the late 1990s, and Malaysian chef K.K. Lee, and together, they serve up healthy, authentic Cantonese cuisine sans MSG, choosing to let the natural sweetness of the ingredients flavour the food instead.

The brainchild of owner Frankie Tan who was inspired by the many private kitchens and supper clubs he had visited, the restaurant may be a slightly larger set up with 15 tables but maintains a similar cozy vibe with particular attention paid to the quality of ingredients, many imported from various countries, especially Hong Kong.

Kim Leong, Tan’s wife, brought out the dried shrimps (har mai) and dried scallops to drive home the point, and I must admit they looked a lot more luscious than the ones we have here.

Our lunch date began with the Typhoon Shelter Style Deep Fried Fish Skin, with skin from wild unagi (eel), cooked together with large luscious pieces of squid. Crunchy, salty, yet not oily at all, this triple fried addictive cracker was my kind of comfort food and I can feast on this forever.

You might be wondering, why would people want to eat boring basic chicken rice at a fancy restaurant like this? Well, if you tried the succulent and tender Crystal Chicken, then you would know it makes perfect sense and even if you’re avoiding carbs like me, it would be hard to resist the fragrant and flavourful stock-cooked chicken rice. Tan brought out further reinforcement by introducing a special Grade A soy sauce homemade by his father-in-law to go with the chicken.

This, he said, was usually only produced in very small quantities as it would be too expensive to sell on a mass scale. He explained how complicated it was to sun the soy beans properly and how the most minute weather changes for the day would have to be noted. When I tried the sauce, there was a distinct sweetness to it rather than pure saltiness. Diners can purchase a bottle of this special soy sauce only at The Regent.

We also savoured Iberico Pork Ribs, marinated with black pepper and rosemary. The meat was fall-off bone tender and juicy, though a little salty eaten on its own without any rice. 

The other protein we tried was a familiar dish using imported beef – Stir Fried Australian Angus Beef with Black Pepper. This was an absolute showstopper as the beef was a-mah-zing! Tender, juicy, flavourful, there are not enough words to describe this ordinary Chinese dish made extraordinary.  

Since we were already on a roll, why not try the Sweet Sour Pork which Tan insisted was one of the best in town? Offering a nice balance of flavours without being too sweet, the generous pieces of meat had a nice crunch to them despite being coated with sauce. And yes, they were very, very good!

Somehow, a bowl of rice seems too indulgent but a bowl of noodles leaves one feeling less guilty. It’s all in my mind, of course, and the Braised Hong Kong Yee Mee with Black Truffle and Mushroom, liberally sprinkled with truffle specially imported from Italy, made it worth the extra calories. The Yifu noodles are specially imported from Hong Kong and only available at The Regent.

Other popular choices here include the Deep Fried Soon Hock, cooked in a simple manner with just salt and pepper rather than the conventional steamed version, Pig Stomach Pepper Soup, and Lobster.

Well, they all have to wait for another day as I couldn’t fit in another morsel.

Come Chinese New Year, there will be Lunar favourites such as Lap Mei Fan (waxed duck rice) and other goodies available on the menu, so that will be a good time to check this place out again. Prices are generally a little higher compared to conventional Chinese restaurants but you can be assured of quality dishes and come away feeling you’ve been feted by the best.

Add: Lot A-0G-01, Block A, No. 2, Jalan Kiara, Plaza Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 012 273 8688/03 6211 3331