World Gourmet Summit 2012

Filed Under (chinese, dessert, events, food, ice cream, local, western) by rinnah on 18-06-2012

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It looks like I am making small forays into the world of gourmet dining this year, first with the Savour festival (which I have yet to blog about!) and now with the World Gourmet Summit 2012 edition.

World Gourmet Summit at Universal Studios Singapore

I was lucky enough to get to tag along with Beetrice for the Opening Reception back in April, held at Universal Studios in Resorts World Sentosa.

To put it in layman’s terms, the World Gourmet Summit is like your local food tasting fair, except maybe the people are more dressed up, you’re eating gourmet food and you’ll find copious amounts of champagne and wine available on tap.

san pellegrino
(I just stuck to San Pellegrino. Heheh.)

There are more pictures of food after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Kam Kee @ Overseas Union Garden

Filed Under (chinese, food) by rinnah on 14-11-2011

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I love salted egg. In mooncakes, with crabs, with squid, with chicken, probably with everything. Now, my seafood allergies mean that crabs and squid are out of the question unless I want to indulge first and pay the dire consequences later so I was all perked up when I read A Lil’ Fat Monkey’s blogpost on salted egg chicken wings.

Thus, I naturally *cough*demanded*cough* gently persuaded my folks that we should drive all the way to Overseas Union Garden for dinner just so I could satisfy my curiosity about the wings. Heheh.

Sun Kam Kee is located in a lesser known part of Overseas Union Garden, probably one where only locals go to. It’s at the end of a long row of shophouses that have seen better years and you should most probably dress down to feel comfortable and fit in. :P There weren’t many people when we arrived around 8pm; just a few tables occupied here and there and it remained that way as long as we were there. Since there were only 3 of us, we ordered the following dishes to try :

sunkamkee 01
(Stir fried vege with garlic)

This was pretty much normal fare that you can get at any self-respecting dai chow place.

sunkamkee 02
(Japanese tofu with minced meat aka tip pan tofu)

Again, this is a normal dish with gravy that goes well with rice.

sunkamkee 03
(What we came here for – salted egg chicken wings!)

And how did the piece de resistance fare? It was okay, in my opinion. The chicken was nicely fried – crispy without being burnt or undercooked. Personally I felt that the salted egg taste was not enough for me (yes, I really enjoy my salted egg dishes) and the bits of salted egg were few and far between. It also could have done with a wee bit more of the curry leaves and chili padi to give it an added kick to the tastebuds. Overall, not bad, but not outstanding.

The meal above for 3 pax inclusive of rice and chinese tea came up to MYR 51.70 (roughly about MYR 17.00 per head which is a bit pricey compared to other dai chow places). I understand from comments on A Lil’ Fat Monkey’s blogpost that each pair of salted egg chicken wings cost MYR 7.00.

Would I go back again for the salted egg chicken wings? Probably not because it wasn’t exceptionally stand-out memorable for me and because it’s quite far away from where I stay. Might be worth a one-time visit for the experience though.

Restaurant Sun Kam Kee
1, Jalan Hujan Emas 8
Taman Overseas Union
58200 Kuala Lumpur

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Note : Photos in this blogpost taken with my Panasonic Lumix TZ7.

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant @ One World Hotel

Filed Under (chinese, food) by rinnah on 03-02-2011

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Happy Chinese New Year folks!

Zuan Yuan logo

My ex-colleagues and I have this tradition that we’ve been faithfully keeping for the past 7 years. Every Chinese New Year, we will have our own version of a ‘reunion dinner‘ – that all important meal when family members near and far all attend. In this version, all of us ex-colleagues make it a point to attend the reunion meal and as the years went by and each of us slowly left the ex-company one by one (there’s only one person left there now, haha), it became important that we must attend this yearly traditional meal of ours. This year, we had our reunion meal early (in the 2nd week of January) since one of our group members came back from Hong Kong on business matters.

Entrance of Zuan Yuan

This year, we decided to hold our reunion at Zuan Yuan after seeing some pictures of yummy food from local floggers (“food bloggers”). Also, as Zuan Yuan is pork free, it also met our need to search for a halal restaurant. Zuan Yuan is tucked away at the Ground Floor corridor between One World Hotel and One Utama Shopping Centre. It’s a reasonably convenient location since you can choose to park in either the shopping mall’s carpark or the hotel’s carpark (it’s all joined up anyway). Read the rest of this entry »

Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong @ Ipoh

Filed Under (chinese, food) by rinnah on 10-10-2010

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Although Ipoh’s not part of my usual stomping grounds, but whenever the family heads up north on a roadtrip, this place is where we’ll definitely stop for breakfast.

Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

Reason? For the yummy food and local coffee. In fact, we would never have known about this place if not for my godparents, who first brought us here during one of our visits in 2009. Apparently this place is popular with the local folks, because invariably we are the only outstation car parked in the area and it’s not easy to get a table. Plus, the food sells out pretty quickly too, so try to get there before 11am if you don’t want to be disappointed.

Ipoh coffee @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

Delicious and authentic Ipoh white coffee that cannot be found in KL and definitely does not taste like those pre-mixed coffees that claim to be Ipoh white coffee.

Yam cake @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

Home style yam cake, one of the best I’ve ever tasted!

Chee Cheong Fun @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

Chee cheong fun is not one of my favorite foods, but I’m assured that it was good. They tend to serve it a little differently here, with long green beans and green chillies in addition to the usual sweet sauce and chili sauce.

Pancake @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

I don’t know what this is actually called. I call it my favorite pancake (not a technically accurate term) and I’m just drooling thinking about it now! This is the best pancake I’ve had in my life – the size is not too small or big, it is perfectly crispy without being burnt and the batter used to make this pancake is beyond perfect.

Lor mai fun @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

The lor mai fun was a tad smaller than I’d have liked it to be because it was yummy. In the background, you can see a small sauce dish of curry which adds to the uniqueness just like the chee cheong fun.

Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong
Medan Bendahara 2
Taman Taiping
31650 Ipoh
Malaysia

Yook Tho Hin (PJ) Restaurant

Filed Under (chinese, events, food) by rinnah on 23-08-2009

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A great many moons ago (but still within this year), some bloggers and I gathered at Yook Tho Hin (PJ) Restaurant for a post Chinese New Year lunch. Being the very hungry folk we are, we decided to indulge in a seven course meal to celebrate the New Year.

Yee sang

First up was the ubiquitous Yee Sang that is present at nearly every meal during Chinese New Year. For the uninitiated, yee sang is a salad-type dish that is served with a number of sauces and usually with raw fish (salmon). The best part about eating yee sang is the part just before you eat, when everyone gathers around to “loh hei” or toss the salad while reciting auspicious sayings. As you can see, it can get a wee bit chaotic and messy!

Sharkfin soup

There was also the usual seafood sharksfin soup as the second course. Even though some time has passed since then, I remember that Yook Tho Hin’s version was not too starchy and pretty delicious too!

Fried prawns with salted egg

My fellow bloggers were raving away about the fried prawns with salted egg but being allergic to most types of seafood that comes with a shell, I could only watch them tuck into those gargantuan prawns (look at the size of ‘em!) and drool.

Baked herbal chicken

Luckily for me, there were other dishes that I enjoyed tremendously. Like the baked herbal chicken. The chicken was so tender and soft it literally fell off the bone and while I personally would have enjoyed a stronger herbal taste, this dish got the thumbs up from me.

Vegetable with tofu

We also had two vegetable dishes, braised vegetable and tofu and the vegetarian dish of vegetables and mushrooms but after the tofu dish, my camera ran out of battery!

We were very full after all that good food, but there was still dessert to come – the usual tinned fruit in syrup and fried pastries – plus a special surprise of a birthday cake for me. =)

For all of the food we feasted on above, we paid about MYR32.00 per head (8 pax x MYR32.00 = MYR256.00). Considering that we were then still within the 15 days of Chinese New Year (when most Chinese restaurants tend to inflate their prices), I found the prices to be reasonable, especially for such good food. The company, of course, was excellent, as always.

The restaurant is fully air-conditioned on both levels, but it would be wise to call ahead and reserve your places on weekends as space is limited.

Yook Tho Hin (PJ) Restaurant
No.13, Jalan SS21/37
Damansara Utama
Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel : +60 3-7729 6534
Note : The restaurant is located at the same row as HSBC in Damansara Uptown.

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