Friday, January 31, 2014

Chinese New Year Dim Sum Menu @ Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Ushering the auspicious Year of Horse in 2014, family reunion is definitely a must according to the Chinese tradition. Besides having our annual Lou Sang (鱼生) gathering, this year we tried something different--- our very first dim sum get-together at Ee Chinese Cuisine (颐中餐厅), Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya.

#1 Chinese Dumplings ("Sui Kow") in Superior Broth (水饺) 

To begin our culinary experience of handmade dim sum, first to arrive at the table was an individually-portioned rich superior broth with 3 pieces of Chinese tortellini dumplings. The fresh prawns, served enclosed in the superbly light pastry, was sweet and well-suffused with herbal flavour. 

There we had the perfect start to a delicious culinary adventure :)

#2 Seafood Paste with Abalone Slice

Among the wide varieties of steamed dim sum, we agreed unequivocally that the seafood selection was fresh and generously filled with top notch ingredients. Resting on a thick slice of abalone, the seafood paste was on a lighter note and tasted soft yet bouncy inside.

#3 Bacon Wrapped Fish Paste with Dried Oyster

Adding a twist to the seafood paste, the bacon roll was beautifully-infused with smoky flavour and every mouthful is so springy and smooth. It was such a heavenly combination with the fish paste. 

#4 Steamed Garoupa with Thai Green Chilli

The simple taste and preparation did not overshadow the flakiness of the flesh, but at the same time the signature Thai green chilli paste added a zingy punch to the oceanic sweetness. 

#5 Steamed Crystal Dumplings in Spicy Sour Sauce

The texture within the crystal dumplings were more refined with the soft, smooth chunks of prawns and Chinese chives topped with a sprinkling of fried garlic, served on a bed of tangy sauce with hints of spiciness. Delicately wrapped in a crystal clear skin, it was another crowd's favourite of the day!

#6 Walnut BBQ Pork Pie

Moving on to the deep-fried items on the dim sum menu, we were spoilt with a wide array of delicate pastries and puffs! Bite into the dainty shortcrust pie, and you'd discover the aromatic filling of minced BBQ pork melts beautifully in your mouth within seconds. 

The flavourful BBQ pork together with crispy walnut 
lent a noticeably robust dimension to the crisp buttery pie! 

#7 Cheesy Shrimp Spring Rolls

Going halfway through my gastronomical adventure here, mistakes were indeed few and far between. Wrapped with crispy egg sheet, each spring roll was generously filled with shrimps, but we'd appreciate a heavier note of flavours from the melted mozzarella cheese.

#8 Golden Scallop Yam Puffs

Next up was the golden yam puff, that surprised us from inside out! It was definitely a welcoming change from the usual yam puff stuffed with roasted cashew nuts. Let's see what's inside this golden ball...

Topped with tobiko, half of the mini yam puff was already filled with gigantic fresh scallop! 
These special handmade yam puff here would keep the guests glued to their seats. 

#9 Black Pepper Diced Chicken Pastry
For those who love to go adventurous, a crispy thin pastry married with robust black pepper diced chicken filling was a stand-out.

#10 Fried "Cheong Fun" with Waxed Meat

Another familiar festive dish to look out for was the plate of wok fried fresh rice noodle rolls topped with Chinese waxed meat. I prefer this to the ordinary claypot rice with preserved meat, as the final result was light and healthy to my liking.

#11 Double Boiled Snow Lotus Seed with White Fungus
(雪耳白果炖雪莲子拼年糕) 


When it comes to dessert, you can take comfort in the fact that most of the offerings here are refreshingly light yet full of beauty goodness. The nourishing dessert soup with sesame coated glutinous rice cake was just nice in terms of sweetness to satisfy us.

The CNY dining experience at Eastin PJ comprises not only great tasting food, but also encompasses 
a luxurious atmosphere of the dining area, beautiful presentation of food and friendly services.

Chinese New Year Special Dim Sum Menu
Available from 2 February to 14 February 2014

Verdict:
1. Personally, the dim sum at Eastin Hotel PJ tops my favourite lists among hotels' restaurants. 
2. Pricewise, it falls on a higher range, but it's a good premier restaurant to visit for Cantonese authenticity. 

Ee Chinese Cuisine
Lobby Level
Eastin Hotel 
13, Jalan 16/11, 
46350 Petaling Jaya, 
Selangor.
Contact: 603-7665 1111
Email: info.pj@eastin.com
Website: www.eastin.com

Business Hours
Lunch:
12noon - 2.30pm (Mondays to Saturdays)
10am - 2.30pm (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Dinner:

6.30pm - 10.30pm (Daily)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Life Brings Me To My Burger Lab

Hello! Do you remember my previous review about My Burger Lab

I didn't realise I have not been revisiting this shop since half a year ago, until recently my friends brought up this topic of redeeming daily deals from Samsung's latest mobile app, called Samsung Galaxy Life. Since My Burger Lab is one of the participating outlets, we were up for a dinner there.

After being a Samsung user for 2 years, this is the first time I heard Samsung created an app to reward loyal users like me! :) Being a proud owner of Samsung Galaxy S4, I downloaded the FREE app, Samsung Galaxy Life from Google Play Store and started searching for great deals!

How Galaxy Life Brings Me Amazing Experiences...

It immediately recognizes my name as I signed in, and introduced me with 7 key pillars of LIFE- Entertain, Live, Learn, Play, Connect, Work and Surprise. If you're looking for daily deals with discount coupons, app recommendations and other exclusive privileges, GALAXY Life has everything you need! 

In midst of exploring the app, I found some interesting calorie counter and free recipe apps under the "Live" pillar. One that got us all excited was the daily deal from My Burger Lab. Make sure you click "Redeem" only when you're there because the voucher is only valid for 60 minutes.

While queueing, we were thinking if we would be lucky enough to get 
a  Buy 1 FREE 1 burger deal or enjoy a free upgrade for fries and soda there/

I was surprised that the redemption was so simple and quick. I just flashed the voucher on my phone upon ordering, and was then entitled for a lucky dip in the "Galaxy Lucky Box". Yay for getting myself a 20% discount voucher for any burger there. 

Don't worry about the long queue, you can collect your burger in just a matter of minutes!

....Waiting for the collection of burger while fiddling with the app to check out other deals it offers.

Beautiful Mess 5.0 - Beef burger layered with fried portabella mushroom, 
sunny side up egg, mozarella cheese and honey mustard

The Hulk (with extra patty) - Beef burger layered with fried avocado, 
sunny side up egg, Swiss cheese, Kombu mayo and green salsa sauce

Finally my vegetarian burger arrived! :) I can save a few bucks from the Galaxy Life voucher redemption.

Vivien's Husband - Vegetarian burger with pineapple ring, 
thick cheesy layer and spiced mango mayo

Now I know being a loyal Samsung user is a smart choice as Samsung appreciates our support and continuously rewards us with great stuff. I kinda get hooked on the app now, and am looking forward for more deals in the Galaxy Life app, so that I can explore places around me and save more!

Let Samsung Galaxy Life be your life companion wherever you go :)

For more information about Samsung Galaxy Life, visit

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: Schwarzkopf BC Hair Therapy Series

Everytime I go for a haircut, my hairdresser (the same old person who always complain about my hair lol) will give the same comment: "Your hair is so dry". I used to have lots of split ends when my hair was of waist-length, but now it is improving! From having "split-ends" to just "Dry" is a huge improvement okay! Hahahaha


But of course I believe my hair condition will continuously be better! Why? Because I'm currently using the Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Hair Therapy Oil Miracle series. Lots of saloons are using these for their customers with dry and frizzy hair, so I decided to give it a try. 

The set comes in 3 products, let me introduce one by one to you! 

Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Hair Therapy Oil Miracle Shampoo (200ml)

Comes in a tube, the shampoo is a crystal clear orangy gel with beautiful fragrance. To my delight, the shampoo contains substantial amount of nourishing oil that works wonder on the porous spots of the hair surface. Great to form lather on wet hair, plus it adds shine and smoothness with Micro Emulsion Oil Technology. No worries, it doesn't make your hair oily at all! 

Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Hair Therapy Oil Miracle Gold Shimmer Treatment (150ml)

The Gold Shimmer Treatment with argan oil deeply recharges the hair within the fibre and nourishes it with precious oils. It combines the indulgent care of precious oils with a luxurious appearance and rich texture. 

Great for achieving shine and softness!


After towel-drying the hair, I usually use this treatment as a rinse-off hair conditioner every alternate days. I only apply half the size of my palm onto the hair from the mid-length towards the ends, for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off. After a month of using it, there is still plenty in the can, and my hair looks significantly healthier--- Less frizzy!

Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Hair Therapy Oil Miracle Liquid Oil Conditioner (150ml)

It's a two-phased leave-on oil treatment that helps detangle the hair without overburdening it. Lots of hair care products I've encountered (especially oil-based) are greasy and add weight to the hair, but Schwarzkopf oil conditioner turns out amazingly weightless! 

 Shake well, to make sure the argan oil mix well with the liquid for conditioning and detangling effects

Few sprays in short bursts especially along the ends are recommended! 

I know many people always make mistakes by spraying conditioner onto dry hair. But the truth is,
always remember to apply before it dries completely for better absorption and nourishment!

Yes, only 3 steps! Having smooth and soft hair is made simpler now :)

Enjoy the BC Oil Miracle series, 
immerse yourself into the world of indulgent shine!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant @ Sunway Pyramid

If you are in the mood for a gluttony authentic German meal or a chilling session with German beer, the place to go is Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant. It had been having amazing deal at Living Social--- The signature Brotzeit Pork Platter worth RM325 was sold at only RM198! We thought it was a great deal since the set could serve up to 6 pax, so we decided to give it a try.


Brotzeit at Sunway Pyramid is located right next to the main entrance (Besides Starbucks). Here you can enjoy al fresco dining during windy evenings, or dine inside under the comfortable dimly-lit setting for lunch with a wooden bar counter in it.  


For the beer goers, fancy some Paulaner? Here's the way to go!

German Pork Platter (RM325 value)
Schweinshaxn (Roasted pork knuckle) @ RM85
Schweinebraten (Tender pork roast in gravy) @ RM48
Bockwurst (Smoked pork sausages) @ RM34
Nunberger Wurstchen (Grilled pork sausages) @ RM36
Knoblauchwurst (Garlic pork sausages) @ RM36
Bauchspeck "Zigeuner Art" (Gipsy-style pork belly) @ RM48
Leberkase (Pork meat loaf) @ RM38
Sauerkraut (Braised German cabbage)
Kartoffelsalat (Potato salad)

Schweinshaxn (Roasted pork knuckle) 

This crispy hind shank of grass fed pork came with knuckle gravy which tasted like an ordinary brown sauce. The German pork knuckle had the right proportion of lean meat and fatty layer that melted perfectly in the mouth. Unfortunately, it didn't taste as German as I'd expect, perhaps it was lacking of some flavours in the marinade.

Bauchspeck "Zigeuner Art" (Gipsy-style pork belly) 

The pork belly was scrumptious as you could taste the rich porky goodness with crispy burnt edges. Highly recommended even for ala carte order!

Schweinebraten (Tender pork roast in gravy)

The roasted pork slice was surprisingly tender and juicy to my liking! 
Best paired with the house dip for a more robust flavour. 

House Specialty Dips 

Bockwurst (Smoked pork sausages) 
Nunberger Wurstchen (Grilled pork sausages) 
Knoblauchwurst (Garlic pork sausages) 

Crunchy outside, I could enjoy the real meat in the sausages instead of overprocessed meat. And the flavourful sausages were excellent pairs with the cloudy German beer!

Kartoffelsalat (Potato salad)

For the side dishes, the German potato salad was by far my favourite, because it tasted tangy and light with a dash of vinegar and mustard that tantalized the taste buds. Neither too hard or overboiled, the texture was great too.

Sauerkraut (Braised German cabbage)

Supposedly a signature side dish for German cuisine, the braised German cabbage here was a huge disappointment because it was rather dry and tasted normal. It could be a winning taste if the fermentation was done better for a more sourish flavour. 


At the end of the meal, I realised the meatloaf was missing in our platter. By then, it was already too late to make a complaint but I hoped you wouldn't have the same experience as mine if you purchase the same set. 

Verdict: Overall, it was a delicious pork platter that could feed 6 persons very well, and definitely a great steal for only RM198! Worth a try for those who enjoy Bavarian cuisine from southeast Germany!

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant 
(Right next to the main entrance)
OB-K4, Oasis Boulevard, 
Sunway Pyramid, 
46150 Bandar Sunway, 
Selangor.
Contact: 603-5638 5516 / 603-5638 5517
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brotzeit1516
Business Hours: 11am – 11pm daily

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