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New chapter for century-old biscuit shop Fung Wong

New chapter for century-old biscuit shop Fung Wong

A biscuit shop with a century-old heritage. That’s an inspiring tale indeed, considering how Fung Wong was started by Chang Weng who just loved to bake and shared biscuits with friends back in Guangdong, China. The actual shop began at 28, Jalan Hang Lekir in 

Drinking in the ambience at Ramen Bar ShiShiDo

Drinking in the ambience at Ramen Bar ShiShiDo

My first ever bowl of uber ramen at Menya Shi Shi Do was mind-blowing as the Black Garlic tonkotsu was rich, full-bodied and packed a punch like no other. After 5 years, no thanks to the pandemic, the Jaya One outlet closed in June 2021 

Fanciest steamboat at Diao Yu Tai

Fanciest steamboat at Diao Yu Tai

Fish paste shaped into little fish. So atas, right? Skewered tiger prawns, prime cut meats arranged on a pyramid cone, luscious seafood and lobsters. This has to be the fanciest place for steamboat in town! Diao Yu Tai Hotpot debuted in the Klang Valley, sealing its spot as the place to have hotpot, given its zen-like ambience and prime offerings.

There is something communal about sharing a simmering pot of goodness with friends and family. Diao Yu Tai Hotpot serves an authentic Chengdu style version with flavourful broth such as Mala Soup, Pork Bone Soup, Tomato soup and other choices as the soup base. The special sauce, the Magic Hotpot Sauce or Secret Dry Plate Sauce, complete the simmering and mouth-watering hotpot experience.

Its zen-like aesthetics blended with contemporary elements give the impressive 9,430 sq ft space a sense of lavishness and abundance. Touches such as the traditional Chinese roof beams, round archways, screen dividers and ornate decorations add to the themed opulence. An artificial blossoming peach tree in the courtyard steals centrestage, making it an instagrammable spot.

Diao Yu Tai Hotpot is headed by Chef Reno Foong Keng Yew who has 18 years of experience under his belt. His specialty includes Chengdu Hotpot Cuisine, Cantonese Chinese Cuisine and Szechuan Cuisine. He has created a contemporary Asian fusion which is at the heart of Diao Yu Tai Hotpot Cuisine. Besides taking hotpot dining to the next level, Chef Reno is also a master at plating and ice sculpting, having raked up a collate of industry awards from ice art sculpture showcases from around the world.

Signature must-have dishes here are the Deep Fried Pork Belly, Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Beef, Iberico Pork Belly and the Homemade Fish Paste and Shrimp Paste. There’s no dessert but the Glutinous Rice with Brown Sugar is a good after meal sweetener.

The bar is a nice place to hang out for pre qndnpoat dinner drinks. And there are also 18 private rooms here where you can enjoy the luxury of private dining and entertain the night away in the karaoke rooms as well. This includes 10 KTV rooms whereby the 2 big rooms can accommodate large parties of 12-16 pax each while the 8 other smaller KTV rooms suit more intimate groups of 6-8 pax. All KTV rooms come equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems.

Prices here are understandably steeper than average but then again, a meal at Diao Yu Tai is no longer just about dipping your meat into soup, it’s about the whole experience itself…

Add: Menara Lien Hoe, 8, Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana, Petaling Jaya. tel: 010-303 1888

Enjoy Guinness Draught from a can

Enjoy Guinness Draught from a can

Guinness lovers can now enjoy their favourite draught in the comfort of their own home with Guinness Draught in a Can. This latest addition to the Heineken Malaysia Berhad portfolio is made from roasted barley, malt, hops, yeast, water and a dash of magic – 

Come eat at Kanbe Ramen

Come eat at Kanbe Ramen

Probably every ramen fan on town would have tried this place already so I’m just adding my tow cents worth. Kanbe Ramen opened just before MCO 2.0 and queues were at least 45mins waiting time if not 1 hour. No way was I gonna spend 

Have a Joliday on Jameson

Have a Joliday on Jameson

Jameson, the world’s No.1 Irish whiskey, presents Joliday, the ultimate Jameson Glamping Experience which will happen from June 24 to 26. Set in the stunning, tropical surroundings of Perak, glampers can expect to enjoy a mixture of exciting activities over a 2D/1N trip including a thrilling adventure i.e. exciting whitewater rafting; live DJ sessions and performances featuring local talents including Aidaho, Vanns Ngo, Talitha., Saint Kylo, Roshan, and Reeve; an evening of delicious BBQ food and live music; classic Jameson Bond & Connect games; all with a refreshing Jameson, Ginger & Lime in hand. Consumers will be in the running to win this ultimate glamping experience via the Joliday Contest from now until May 31, 2022. Winners will be announced on June 7.

Pooi Wan, Head of Marketing at Pernod Ricard Malaysia added, “Joliday presents guests with the natural charm of the rustic surroundings alongside truly unique Jameson experiences. Jameson believes that unspoken bonds happen when kindred spirits connect, and echoing our #WidenTheCircle campaign last March, we want to encourage people to celebrate that spark between them over a glass of Jameson and joins us in putting their own spin on safely connecting, because like our smooth, triple-distilled whiskey, this experience is meant to be shared.”

A total of 6 grand prize winners will get to stay and experience The Spirits Tent which fits 3 people, while a total of 18 runner-ups will get to stay in The Kindred Hut which fits 2 people. Both packages include whitewater rafting sessions, breakfast and a BBQ dinner. There will also be 10 consolation prize winners who will receive a complimentary bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey each.

HOW TO WIN:

  1. Purchase one (1) bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey at selected bars or via Shopee (https://shopee.com.my/product/143550725/2363816106/). For full list of bars, visit: www.jameson-connects.com/joliday.
  2. Register and upload receipt of purchase at www.jameson-connects.com.
  3. Winners will be contacted via email from 7th June 2022 onwards.

For more info, visit http://www.jameson-connects.com/

From press release

Ramen quest – first stop, Ken Shin-Ryu Ramen

Ramen quest – first stop, Ken Shin-Ryu Ramen

Given the buzz about the new ramen joint in town and how the chef is Sapporo-born chef Kita Koichi trained under the late Kawana-san who ran Kiori-tei in Shibuya, I had to try Ken Shin-Ryu for myself to see if it was worth the hype. If 

Cheery summer days at The Lemon Tree

Cheery summer days at The Lemon Tree

Off the top of your head, how many songs on Lemon Tree do you know? Citrusy, refreshing and energising – The Lemon Tree café located at Menara Lien Hoe, Tropicana, is pretty much about these vibes. The 1,700sq ft café is bathed in light streaming 

Smooth and spicy dining experience with Carlsberg

Smooth and spicy dining experience with Carlsberg

Delivering yet another innovative showcase, Carlsberg invites beer lovers on a “Real Spicy, Real Smooth” drinking and dining exBEERience campaign this April and May. 

Carlsberg Smooth Draught, together with Penang-born Chef Mano Thevar of the Michelin-starred restaurant Thevar, presents boundary-defying cuisine paired perfectly with its signature smooth brew and promises an evening of unforgettable smooth and spicy gastronomy.

Conceptualised for those with a natural affinity for beer and spice, this campaign explores the realm of creative modern Indian cuisine elevated by the silky-smooth finish of Carlsberg Smooth Draught. Bringing together Malaysians’ long-standing love affair with spice, complemented by the freshly tapped beer, this specially curated volcanic feast tests unique ways of enjoying everyone’s favourite brew.

“Carlsberg has always prided itself in giving consumers more occasions to celebrate as well as contemporary ways to enjoy our beer. This ‘Real Spicy, Real Smooth’ dining event with Chef Mano is part of that exciting endeavour where we can delight beer lovers in more explorative ways. Working with a talent like Chef Mano also gives us the opportunity to elevate and innovate beer drinking for today’s modern drinker,” said Stefano Clini, Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia.

According to Chef Mano Thevar, “Carlsberg Smooth Draught’s signature smoothness and refreshing hoppy taste makes it a great pairing beer to the spicy elements of Indian-fusion food. So much so that when this partnership came about, I was really excited to get on board. The idea is to bring food lovers on a journey that will fire up the senses and ignite palates with unexpected combinations of fiery flavours, and I can say with full confidence that this dining exBEERience is one dinner series beer lovers are not going to want to miss.”

Capturing an array of Indian flavours as never before, Chef Mano has crafted a full four-course dinner with fierce new concoctions infused with Carlsberg Smooth Draught, based on the beer’s flavour profile. Guests will have a choice of chicken, seafood or a vegetarian main along with a small opening snack, an appetiser and dessert at the end, paired seamlessly with Carlsberg Smooth Draught throughout the evening for a smooth easy finish.

A first-class treat for Carlsberg Smooth Draught beer fans, 100 lucky contest winners and their partners will be rewarded with the ultimate dining exBEERience Grand Prize. The full VIP excursion to the dinner at a location in KL includes accommodation, a chauffeur driven ride for the evening and a date with Michelin-starred Chef Mano Thevar serving up distinct delicacies specially created for the “Real Spicy, Real Smooth” spread worth RM2,000!

April also heats up with further rewards happening all over town. Consumers who frequent their favourite bars or pubs will be able to enjoy a sizzling happy hour deal anytime they purchase 10 half pints, six full pints, two buckets or a tower of Carlsberg Smooth Draught. To top that off, they will also be in the running to win a coveted spot for two at the “Real Spicy, Real Smooth” dining exBEERience.

Available at participating super and hypermarkets, 99 Speedmart and official Carlsberg online stores, RM5 Touch ‘n Go e-wallet credit is up for grabs with purchases of two 6-can Carlsberg Smooth Draught packs or RM10 Touch ‘n Go e-wallet credit with a purchase of one carton (24-can pack) of Carlsberg Smooth Draught. This also gives consumers another avenue to win a seat at the table at the exclusive dinner party!

100 lucky winners will also be able to claim RM388 Touch ‘n Go e-wallet credit when they purchase RM20 worth of Carlsberg Smooth Draught in participating convenience stores. Contest ends May 31, 2022 so give it a try for a chance at an amazing dinner!

Meanwhile, for those who prefer catching up with friends at their local coffeeshops, they will be able to enjoy two big bottles of Carlsberg Smooth Draught, plus an additional RM2 price off their purchase!

Visit https://www.carlsbergsmoothdraught.com to find out more about promotions in-store and be sure to ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ @CarlsbergMY on Facebook and Instagram for Carlsberg’s latest activities and giveaways.

From press release

Coffee culture at The Coffee Academics

Coffee culture at The Coffee Academics

Hong Kong-based coffee chain, The Coffee Academïcs (TCA), said to be a multiple award-winning speciality coffee brand, made its debut at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Spanning some 2,013 sq ft with an 80-seating capacity, the cafe offers a different coffee experience for enthusiasts, given its interesting