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Kimchi soup with chicken

Kimchi soup with chicken

I only learnt how to make Kimchi jiggae when No. 1 came back from UK and taught me how easy it was. So what’s the difference between kimchi soup and kimchi jiggae? The amount of water! The broth for the stew is just a little 

Virtual Tiger Streetfood Festival takes off in November

Virtual Tiger Streetfood Festival takes off in November

Tiger is synonymous with hosting street food festivals, complete with games and activities, live performances, great selection of street food and, of course, Tiger Beer. This year, Tiger is taking the street food festival experience to the next level: from the streets, and onto your 

Dom Perignon declares Vintage 2010

Dom Perignon declares Vintage 2010

Thanks to inspiration and the mastery that comes from experience, the passage of time has revealed the grandeur of Dom Pérignon’s Vintage 2010 .

The label plays out its aesthetic and sensorial values: precision, intensity, touch, minerality, complexity and completeness, a way of embracing and sustaining the note.

An unyielding commitment to express the grapes of a single and the same year means that some years, a vintage will not be declared.

The Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave, Vincent Chaperon expressed, “The creation of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 took equal parts mastery and humility. The Vintage 2010 is the fruit of intuition and a mastery nurtured by experience, passed on and reproduced. I hope it never ceases to inspire you.”

In 2010, the winter was rigorous, spring dry and late. After a particularly sunny decade, such freshness was surprising. Summer was hot, but not excessively so. Then, two days of diluvian rain brought this ideal trajectory to a halt. In just a few days, botrytis mould developed on the grapes, mainly on the pinot noir.

This triggered a race against the clock, the grapes were not yet fully mature, but a decision had to be made quickly. Dom Pérignon deployed its full resources to trace a precise map delimiting the maturity and health of each parcel in its vineyards. This expert vision of the situation gave the possibility of saving excellent plots of pinot noir grapes.

Dom Pérignon decided to focus exclusively on the grapes the botrytis had spared. When the vendange was over, a portion of the harvest had been lost, but the pinot noir grapes that had been saved were absolutely glorious. They showed richness, concentration and balance – actually the best in the past 30 years.

The scent affirms itself on the palate, tracing a solid, welcoming presence. Amplitude, generosity and firmness compose a harmonious balance, accompanied by a peppery vibration until the silvery reverberations of a lustrous finish. The striking contrasts of this perilous year seem to express themselves with unexpected assurance and modesty, swaying with surprising serenity.

For purchases, contact Moet Hennessy Diageo Malaysia for more details.

Press release

Comforting Apple Cinnamon Cake

Comforting Apple Cinnamon Cake

Darn, just as I thought we had a Get-Out-of-Jail card and could be social beings again, it’s CMCO – Conditional Movement Control Order – and we have to stay put again to stay safe! Well, it’s back to the drawing board, or rather, the kitchen, 

Johnnie Walker debuts 15 Years Sherry Finish whisky

Johnnie Walker debuts 15 Years Sherry Finish whisky

Johnnie Walker, together with master blender Jim Beveridge, has come up with its latest addition to the fold, Johnnie Walker Aged 15 Years Sherry Finish. Carefully blended from some of the finest single malts and finished in ex-sherry oak casks that once held sherry from 

Hennessy X.O celebrates 150 years of heritage

Hennessy X.O celebrates 150 years of heritage

Fireworks in the day time? Sure, why not? After all, it’s not every year that you get to celebrate your 150th birthday! We were not flown to the actual site for the live event (how I wish!), but we did get to attend the viewing party/dinner held in town recently.

Thomas Bouleuc, Managing Director of Moët Hennessy Diageo Malaysia, kicking off the night with a toast celebrating Hennessy X.O’s 150 years of greatness and its odyssey.
Guests of the night viewed the live fireworks display on screen during dinner.
Hennessy X.O’s storied heritage gallery

In commemoration of Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary, a special collaboration was struck with well-known contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang for a “Daytime Fireworks live event” – a spectacular 15-minute fireworks event in three acts – that was akin to a theatrical performance. This artistic odyssey exploded with drama, poetry and colour as multicoloured fireworks were launched from 150 oak barrels floating on the Charente River, echoing Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary. 

The fireworks display carried live on screen globally.

Cai is particularly renowned for his large scale artistic installations and his use of fireworks as an artistic medium to stage spectacular public events. The project was the first daytime fireworks conceived by Cai launched from an aquatic environment broadcasted to a global, real-time audience. This was staged using exclusively non-toxic, reduced-smoke and CE certified pyrotechnic products.  

In celebration of Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary, Moët Hennessy also unveiled a limited-edition decanter designed by well-known architect Frank Gehry. The 91-year-old master builder, renowned for his iconic structures such as The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and The Foundation Louis Vuitton, collaborated with the Maison to reinterpret the legendary Hennessy X.O’s timeless bottle.

Drawing inspiration from the rich Hennessy X.O blend and the glistening Charente River in Cognac, France, which runs through the Hennessy Maison, Frank Gehry has created a bottle enveloped in a crinkled sleeve of 24-carat gold-dipped bronze, evoking the radiant movement of water as it reflects the light. The sculptural decanter is encased by a fractured glass glorifier, which further amplifies the inspiration of water and light.

Frank Gehry’s masterpiece
MD Thomas Bouleuc, MHD Malaysia , together with the Hennessy team
Rare occasion at the photowall
The lovely table setting all set for the night’s dinner.
Starters –  seared Canadian scallops
Chilled Capellini with caviar
Wagyu Beef in red wine jus
Valhona dark chocolate and Lavender lemon

To commemorate the anniversary locally, Hennessy Malaysia will be hosting a showcase tour, featuring Frank Gehry’s iconic masterpiece from Oct 7 to 31, 2020. The tour will commence from Eki Bar, Penang, followed by installations in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Loon Sing Taman Daya, Johor and a private final showcase in St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, where the celebrated bottles will be auctioned off.

Only an exclusive limited run of 150 numbered decanters, imprinted with Gehry’s signature globally is available. A wider release of limited-edition Hennessy X.O bottles also created by Gehry will be launched in markets worldwide, retailing at RM938. Check out Hennessy’s Facebook page for more details.

MHD Malaysia will also be hosting its “Luxury Decoded” which invites consumers of Hennessy X.O to be part of the festivities and stand a chance to win a limited-edition Hennessy X.O bottle designed by Frank Gehry. The initiative will be activated in participating Hennessy outlets around the country throughout the month of October 2020.

Fox it up with Apple Fox

Fox it up with Apple Fox

This year, 2020, has been a bit of a downer as you can’t do all the things we took for grated – travel, hang out with friends, cafe-hopping – not in the way we used to anyway. Here’s what Apple Fox has done to make 

Porkylicious grub Habanna Charbroil Steakhouse

Porkylicious grub Habanna Charbroil Steakhouse

I don’t know why I never ate at Habanna Charbroil Steakhouse before. It’s so nearby, the food is super reasonable and best of all, it celebrates all things porky! Well, better late than never, right? We tried 3 different dishes and were too stuffed to 

Summer celebration at EQ’s Sabayon at SKY51

Summer celebration at EQ’s Sabayon at SKY51

Setting: Sabayon at Sky51 where the stunning city skyline greets the eager diner, slowly melting into the night sky revealing a sea of blinking bright lights. Once the popular Equatorial Kuala Lumpur, the hotel has been rebranded as the trendy, chic EQ to reflect the times, and in the place of iconic Chalet is Sabayon on the 51st floor. Even if you don’t want to have dinner here, a drink on the open terrace makes for a memorable experience against the backdrop of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Drink: Italian premium wines with back story provided by well-known somnalier Thomas Ling, a specialist on wine from Entwine.

Dinner: A premium 5-course menu based on “An Italian Summer”, crafted by Sabayon’s chef, marking EQ’s reopening after closing for a few months during MCO/RMCO.

Unlike true Italian dinners which start really late, we began relatively early on a merry note sipping the refreshing Zonin Prosecco, Veneto. Said to be the No. 1 sparkling wine in the world overtaking champagne since 2014, apparently half a billion bottles are sold every year.

Did I just eat someone’s eyeball? A unique take on foie gras and sweet scallop with a delicate dash of watermelon on a radish slice, the amuse bouche was art at play, boasting subtle and mild flavours, washed down perfectly with the dry, sparkling wine that had hints of citrus and apple.

I’ve been to Tuscany and would go back in a heartbeat. Now I hear Piedmont up north slays Tuscany in terms of food and wine. It’s all relative, of course, but judging by the Marchesi di Barolo, Arneis from Piedmont, I’m sold. A lovely, fragrant fruity white, with citrus and marmalade notes and a strong scent of acacia and chamomile flowers in its bouquet, the 2015 vintage is derived from the Arneis grapes which are harvest by hand.

This was paired with fresh, succulent Mild Smoked Spiny Lobster antipasto, poured over with a yuzu and starfruit jus that gave a citrus lift to the tantalising ensemble.

Comforting, heartening, pasta is the Italians’ stronghold and the primary main course, Pulled Venison and Chanterelles, had papardelle coated in flavourful stock that was food for the soul. The translucent ruby red Marchesi di Barolo Coste Rose Nebbiolo, Piedmont 2012 was deliciously smooth and medium-bodied, the epitome of Italian summer red wines.

Thomas, who revealed that he worked in a Barolo vineyard before, said the wine was made in a classic style and was only 8 years old, though it can go on for 10 to 12 years. Top fruity notes of cheery and raspberry, he said that there was a hint of crushed mint as well though I didn’t taste this.

If the earlier Coste Rose Nebbiolo was a happy dance on the palate, the 2014 San Felice Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Sangiovese came on strong, complex and heady, with lingering notes of tobacco and rich tannin to go with the second main dish, the Prime Rib. Made from the finest Sangionese grapes, Chianti is from Tuscany and oft times described as the blood of Jupiter. My slab of ribs was a little pink, but I kinda liked it this way as it was tender, juicy, yet wasn’t overwhelmed by the gravy.

The Sweet Finale was an offering of White Coffee Choux, Ricotta Cannoli, Pistachio Bon Bon Lolly, Lemon Tart and Citrus Milk Olive Panna watch with an aromatic Marchesi di Barolo Zagara Moscato d’Asti, served at the SKY51 lobby where we could drink in the night sky.

Thank you, Sabayon, for an enchanted Italian evening.

Sabayon also offers a 5-course degustation menu at RM538, 3 courses (RM338), and 4 courses (RM438). An a la carte menu is also available.

Showcasing Glenmorangie’s Grand Vintage Malt

Showcasing Glenmorangie’s Grand Vintage Malt

In their quest for that perfect shot of single malt, Glenmorangie’s 23 year-old Grand Vintage Malt 1996 showcases the oldest whisky matured in their bespoke casks. Distilled in Scotland’s tallest stills, it is uniquely delicate and ripe for experimentation. Believing that wood could unlock new