Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mexican Feast from InterContinental Mexico

Fancy trying a variety of authentic Mexican dishes without leaving the comforts of sunny Malaysia? Then head over to InterContinental Kuala Lumpur (formerly known as Nikko Hotel) to get ready for a Mexican Fiesta! 

From 1st to 15th April 2013, two extraordinary Mexican Chefs--- Chef Tania Gonzalez and Salvador Vasquez will be specially flown in from Presidente InterContinental Mexico to cook up an authentic Mexican Feast. 

The Deputy Head of the Embassy of Mexico in Malaysia, Madam Lourdes Sosa Marquez introduced us an assortment of renowned Mexican food, a region known for its tasty and adventurous flavours in food. There I learned the history of Mexico's world famous traditional cuisine, which is included on the UNESCO  List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


Taking inspiration from Asia's vibrant street food culture, diners can expect to tuck into a multitude of flavourful dishes such as Cactus Salad, Barbecued Lamb served in Hidalgo Style, Mexican Rice, Crispy Churros, Corn Tortillas and more!


Characterized by its great diversity, Mexican gastronomy is undoubtedly one of the country's most distinctive features. It combines the traditions of indigenous and Spanish cultures, producing unique and enriching culinary delights. Mexican cooking is the product of centuries of history expressed in recipes that delight locals and visitors alike. 

The Traditional Mexican Tortilla, Quesadilla, Roasted Tomato Salsa are some of my favourites. Special thanks to the masterful Paula Estefania Gallegos Galeana for the cooking demo, 
now I know how to prepare them at home! 



Ingredients:
Roasted medium tomatoes
Chilli peppers
Garlic cloves
Red onion
Water
Salt
Corn flour / 'Maseca'
Cheese


Tortilla Recipe:
1. Mix corn flour, water and salt in a bowl.
2. Form a dough ('masa') and kneel it into round thin pieces.
3. Pan-fry in over medium-high heat until it turns white with crispy burnt edges.

You can always fill your tortilla with various ingredients such as beef slices,
mushrooms or cheese and cook them in a frying pan until fragrant.

Roasted Tomatoes Salsa Recipe:
1. Toast the tomatoes, garlic, onion and peppers until soft and slightly charred.
2. Blend the above ingredients (except tomatoes) with water and salt until smooth.
3. Add tomatoes and give it 5 or 6 pulses.
4. Add a touch of water if the salsa is too thick.
5. For chunkier salsa, use pestle and mortar.


Simple, right?


For the tortilla, I prefer adding loads of shredded cheese onto it, and melt them over medium heat.

Simply place a little salsa onto the cheese-filled tortilla and it's finger licking good!


How bout some house tortilla chips with salsa? 

Mexican Iced Tea with Chilli

Mexican Mojito

For the beverages, the Mexicans use lots of native ingredients and age-old skills to produce a taste that suits all palates. We have the iced tea and mojito for the evening, and I personally prefer the latter one with a smooth sweetness to go well with the cheesy portion.

Best yet, expect over 20 Mexican items on the buffet spread, together with other international dishes and local favourites. There will also be a cooking station manned by one of the Mexican chefs, featuring items cooked a la minute. Diners can now see how their food is prepared!

Mexican Fiesta by Chefs from Presidente Mexico InterContinental
Duration: 1 April - 15 April
Venue: Serena Brasserie
Buffet Lunch: RM82++ per person
Buffet Dinner: RM98++ per person
For reservation, please call 03-2782 6228 or
email foodandbeverage@intercontinental-kl.com.my


Serena Brasserie
Ground Floor
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
165, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 603-2782 6228
Fax: 603-2710 8067
Email: tao@intercontinental-kl.com.my

Business Hours:
Buffet Breakfast: 6.00am - 10.30am daily
Buffet Lunch: 12noon - 2.30pm daily
Buffet Dinner: 7.00pm - 10.30pm daily
Buffet High-Tea: 12noon - 4.00pm (Saturday only)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ten Japanese Fine Dining 天 @ Marc Residence, KL

When the opportunity to sample the delectable, exquisite Japanese cuisine at Ten Japanese Fine Dining Restaurant which was relocated at Marc Residence (nearby KLCC) recently, I was eager to sample some unique dishes from the Land of Rising Sun that is rich in culture and history.

Strategically tucked in the lifestyle-oriented residence along Jalan Pinang, TEN is a restaurant ideally suited to those who treasure life's finer moments. The cosy space is decorated in dark earthy tones, with glass flooring and automated doors being part of the futuristic design, enhanced by warm lighting which further adds to the ambiance. 

 In Japanese, "Ten" literally means Heaven. And true to its name, the Japanese culinary team are experts in whipping out a feast of gastronomic delights, using only the finest seasonal ingredients. 

To deliver the best of its service, the waiters and waitresses originated from Japan welcomed us with friendliness and smiles. I was honored to dine with the friends of media before the restaurant was actually open for the public yet.

 #1 Aisome Punch @ RM25

Featured in the cocktail menu this month, Aisome Punch was the house specialty green tea based cocktail which surprised us as it tasted mildly zesty with the barest hint of sweetness. 

#2 "Yuzu" @ RM25

Also known as Ten's most exotic cocktail. Vodka and lemon served with soda was commonly seen in many places, but here in Ten they incorporated some Yuzu liquor to enhance the thrilling and zesty flavour of the beverage. Refreshingly light but reflected a true taste of Japan.

#3 Raspberry and Grape Cooler @ RM18

I was playing safe with the drinks, so I ordered a glass of mocktail instead. Muddled fresh grapes was paired with raspberry to enhance the fruity sweetness in the concoction, and mint was a welcoming addition that made the drinks more refreshing and cooling.

The lunch was a culinary adventure, course by course. Glanced at the menu displayed, 
it was enticing as one of the main courses was the premium beef air-flown from Japan.

#4 Unique Japanese Dango with French Foie Gras

Dango, our Japanese appetizer to start the loving gourmet adventure is a Japanese dumpling made from Mochiko (rice flour) and seasonal vegetables. You can relate it with the sweet Mochi dessert, but Dango comes in savory soup. Simply adored the lightly firm and chewy texture with its salty goodness. 

Interestingly, the chewy balls were injected with French flair---
I was surprised to find a melting chunk of foie gras in it! So delicious.

#5 Assorted Ocean Fresh Sushi and Sashimi

Featuring the best in raw and fresh treats, next up was a myriad of assorted sashimi and sushi. Slices of salmon, white tuna, yellowtail, eel and scallop were capped with an array of ingredients and flavors. Sashimi lovers would find this platter an intriguing dish.

The beautiful assortments include:
  • grilled baramundi and sushi rice with salmon roe 
  • slow cooked scallop with chili and plum paste 
  • poached alfonsino fish marinated with natto soy sauce 
  • simmered white clam with sticky egg sauce and grilled sushi rice 
  • Otoro (tuna belly) sashimi and tuna tartar with a hint of truffle flavor 
  • geoduck with Italian leaf soy anago (salt water eel) with black garlic vinegar 
  • Tasmanian salmon sushi with mascarpone sauce 
  • Tasmanian lobster sushi with deep fried leek soy sauce

#6 Teppanyaki-styled Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Beef 
(Photo credits to TianChad.com)

The highly-prized wagyu beef was among the stars at this restaurant. Served with Tasmanian garlic chips and vegetables, the beef was pan-grilled into customer's preferred level of doneness. As recommended by the chef, we had our meaty portion medium rare.

It was my first time having beef teppanyaki with wasabi, and the meat offered an amazingly succulent taste as it melted in the mouth. Definitely a special main dish that would keep their guests glued to their seats!

#7 Saikyo Miso Grilled Fish  
(Photo credits to TianChad.com)

Diners may love to explore TEN's seafood menu as well. While the miso marinade was used, the fragrance did not mask the essence of the fish-- the seabass beautifully retained the rich taste of its succulent white flesh. The entire combination came together beautifully and I really tasted the interplay between the oceanic taste and the flavour of miso marinade.

#8 Irresistible Duo of Ten's Specialty Dessert
(Photo credits to TianChad.com)

 For dessert, we had a piece of heaven on our plate. The silky luscious green tea layer was nicely touched with tinges of sweetness from the chocolate. I simply loved the impressive flavour of the contemporary dessert combined with sweet and sour plum jelly that feels light in the mouth. Each bite was divine in the mouth.

Verdict:
1. I always have deep cravings towards Japanese gourmet, and it's truly a gastronomic enjoyment! 
2. The ingredients are fresh and of top-notch quality, and I am impressed with the unique flavours created using traditional Japanese ingredients. The most distinctive part of TEN that stands out from the others is the modern, unique menu that surprises diners throughout their gastronomic journey.
3. The experience of a good meal encompasses great tasting food, fine atmosphere of dining area, the prompt and friendly service. TEN has indeed achieved excellence in all the above! 


Ten Japanese Fine Dining
A-6-1, Ground Floor, 
Marc Residence,
No.3, Jalan Pinang, 
50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 603-2161 5999
Email: info@tenrestaurant.com.my
Website: www.tenrestaurant.com.my
Facebook: fb.com/Ten.Japanese.Fine.Dining
GPS: 3.155396, 101.710203

Business Hours:
Monday - Saturday 
Lunch : 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner : 6:00pm - Onwards
Closed on Sunday 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pink Pronounces Feminity: Samsung Galaxy Note II Malaysia

Pink is a colour often associated with my life. I don't call it my favourite, but subconsciously I will go for pink in almost every item I encounter.....

The Basic Essentials

Hair clip, tissue, comb & mirror, lipgloss and keys are things that I cannot leave without when going out. And they must be in pink! I even swore I wouldn't buy a pepper spray until I found a pink one. Not only that...My room is painted pink to give me a sense of comfort and security. It feels as if I own a world, all by myself...


Of all things, I think mobile phone is of utmost importance! Why? I cannot leave home without a phone on my hand! When I bought my Samsung phone, it only came in only black and white so I bought it a pink casing and a bow pink earplug, and proudly name it a Girly Girl Phone :) 


Now the latest Samsung Galaxy Note II comes in PINK !!! 


Launched in October 2012, the Limited Edition Samsung Galaxy Note II in Martian Pink finally hit the Malaysian shore from South Korea in March 2013! My heart leaps with excitement as I get my hands on the lovely pink phone. 

The pink is calming in soft tones. Very gentle and soothing. 

CAN I BRING YOU HOME?  *Puppy Eyes*

Pink feels youthful to me. It's pretty, loud and fun.

With pink, the blue interface doesn't look dull anymore! 
I can send messages while enjoying my videos happily with Note II. 

Color Comparison: Martian Pink VS Marble White

Titanium Gray is a bold colour variation of Note II, best for men. Marble White is pure and stylish, but Pink still wins my heart! I am sure girls will like it as much as I love it!

If I own this pink phone, I will love camwhoring even more! 
Any picture will look pretty with a sugar pink frame on it. 

The pink shade is actually very eye-catching and I am more than proud to be the next owner!

The best thing is, Samsung doesn't want you girls to pay extra for this limited edition Pink Note II!
Similar to Note II in white and gray, it is retailed at RM2299. Exclusively available at major Samsung stores in the whole Malaysia. 

If you want to experience the power of pink, head over to Samsung specialized stores in Mid Valley, The Gardens, KLCC, or One Utama. It is currently unavailable at Sunway Pyramid, Pavilion KL and Sungei Wang yet :) 


The Limited Edition Samsung Galaxy Note II PINK is currently available at 
major Samsung stores around Malaysia, priced at RM2299. 

For more information, go to Samsung Malaysia's

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