Ramadan Special Indulgence at Me’nate Steakhub

Want to reward yourselves after a whole day fasting? Not in the mood to hunt down for food in the crowded Ramadan Bazaar? A proper sit down meal is probably a much more favourable option but not sure what to eat and where to go? Well, why not go for some delicious steaks at Me’Nate Steakhub? It is owned by once a meat carver in Buckingham Palace, serving for the Queen Elizabeth II. Impressive, right? You can read his experience, written in the Harian Metro (click HERE)

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There’s 3 Me’nate Steakhub’s outlet so far and I managed to drop by their Setapak branch with my husband and son just a few days before Ramadan for their media preview.

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Entering the steakhouse, we were greeted with a lineup of refrigerators that stores raw meat. To retain the meat quality and texture, their meat are all chilled, and not frozen. Assorted steaks can be found here for your choosing, ranging from as low as RM35++ to RM1k++, depending on the steak’s grade and quality.

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The most expensive I’ve spotted in the refrigerator that day is this Matsusaka Wagyu steak, costing RM1008 per 200gram or RM4800 per kg. Expensive? Yes. Definitely. But I personally vouch for these. The steak will practically melt in the mouth as you eat it.

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The restaurant is a no-nonsense kind. No fancy deco whosoever to greet you or to tempt you to go on a photography or a selfie escapade, but it is spacious, functional and definitely comfortable. You may opt to dine in at the ground floor or at the air conditioned area at the first floor. Here’s a picture taken on the first floor.

Anyway, here’s sharing with you what they will be offering especially Ramadan. They have this group dining options especially for Ramadan 2015. No. There is no buffet at Me’nate but there is 4 type of group steaks with a minimum of 2 person per order.

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All sets comes with pasta Olio Aglio, mix salad and complimentary dates, fruit(mix fruits), soup of the day, rice of the day(briyani rice/dhal rice/ tomato rice) and free flow drinks.

Here’s what we managed to try. Heavenly Beef set.

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Heavenly Beef Set

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This Heavenly Beef set is priced at RM350 for 4-6pax.

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It is a meal set that comes with Crackling Beef served on a bed of 3 types of fragrant rice with a side of salad, soup of the day, fruits, dates and free flow of drinks. There is 3 different flavoured rice served with the meal, Nasi Briyani, Nasi Dhal and Nasi Tomato.

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Chef Mustaffa, the once Royal Meat Carver himself taking care of the carving for us. He is the one who served Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II of England. I never once imagined that I would have such an opportunity, but the man is not only generous and kind, but humble too. This is non food related but the chef got all teary eyed when he spotted my son. He probably recognized the fact that my son is autistic I suppose, and told me that I’m a privileged mother as there is only one child like mine in the world, and one day he would make me proud. I nearly cried on the spot at his kind words, and even more so when he specifically requested to have his photo taken with my son. Now, that is completely a new experience. The child is different and always will be. I have made peace with that and when it comes to socializing, he have been rejected countless way, even among some family members and relative. To have someone who is a complete stranger say such heartwarming things and treat him like he is someone important and special truly touches me. Anyway, enough of the sob story and let’s proceed with the foodie experience, shall we?

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A closer look at the Crackling Beef after the carving is done.

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The beef was slowly roasted for 8 hours and was done medium rare. There was no additional flavourings added to it and it was a gastronomic perfection. No steak lover would be able to peel themselves away from this culinary masterpiece. It was flavourful, juicy, moist and positively divine on the palate. The 3 types of rice on the other hand, complement the beef perfectly. I’d suggest you to go easy on the rice, though. That way you’d be able to fully savor the splendid beef.

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Apart from the Heavenly Beef set meal, we had the opportunity to try 3 of the other sets featured this Ramadan.

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Set A at RM75/person. The set consists of Angus, Beef ribs and Lamb ribs/Ranghost.

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Just like the Heavenly Beef meal, the Angus, Beef ribs and Lamb ribs/Ranghost was magnificently done.

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Set B at RM75/person consist of lamb shank, lamb ribs, lamb rack/loin and lamb syabu.

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These are not just a meal, but a culinary masterpiece.

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Set D the Wagyu Lover at RM150/person consist of wagyu beef and wagyu beef ribs.

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No words can actually describe my feelings when I took a bite of these. The meat practically melts in the mouth and it actually brings me to heaven and back. I still could imagine the taste as of writing. The Wagyu beef was magnificent, and I definitely would not mind a repeated experience in the nearest future.

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Here’s the chefs who were responsible for our gastronomic pleasure that night. And should you patronize the outlet, they will probably take care of your palate the exact same way and you will probably would want a repeated experience the moment you stepped out of their restaurant. They truly lived up to their claims of serving the best steak in Malaysia.

There is 3 Me’Nate Steakhub in Kuala Lumpur. Below is the information should you want to give their Ramadan offerings a try, either that or go with their ala carte menu. The choice is yours.

Me’Nate Ramadan Special

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Set A at RM75/person consist of angus, beef ribs and lamb ribs/ranghost.

Set B at RM75/person consist of lamb shank, lamb ribs, lamb rack/loin and lamb syabu.

Set C at RM100/person consist of Salmon, Mussel, King prawn and Scallop/Crab Meat.

Set D the Wagyu Lover at RM150/person consist of wagyu beef and wagyu beef ribs.

Advance booking is recommended should you want to dine in groups, but they also welcomes walk in diners.

Me’nate Steak Hub 
Ampang Jaya Branch
No 16 Jalan Kerja Air Lama Satu,
Taman Shuet Liang,
68000 Ampang Jaya,
Kuala Lumpur
Telefon/Faks: +6 03 4251 3460

Wangsa Maju Branch
25 Jalan Delima 12,
Wangsa Link,
Wangsa Maju,
53300 Kuala Lumpur
Telefon: +6 03 4251 3460

Setapak Branch
C-01 & C-01-03, Starparc Point,
Jalan Taman Ibukota,
Off Jalan Genting Klang,
53300 Kuala Lumpur
Telefon : +6 03 4131 8121
Faks : +6 03 4131 1611

 

Bazaar Desa Ramadan Buffet at The Square Restaurant, Novotel KL City Centre

It was a very hectic Friday and I wasn’t particularly impressed having to stuck in the traffic while I was on the way to Novotel KL City Centre for their media preview, but it was worth all the hassle. My family and I were greeted with such a sumptuous Ramadan buffet spread by The Square Restaurant, Novotel KL City Centre Kitchen Crew.

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Themed ‘Bazaar Desa’, The Square restaurant offers plenty of delicacies that you can’t get elsewhere in most buffets in KL. They have plenty of dishes that won my heart, but as this is a buffet and I can’t possibly list everything in their spread, I’ll just highlight what’s worth the calories.

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Oven Roasted Lamb. This one is not to be missed. It was slow roasted to perfection in the oven. Juicy and naturally flavoured.

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Deep fried keropok

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Assorted Acar

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Taufu Sumbat

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Assorted traditional curries to pair with plain or flavoured rice like Nasi Briyani. I’ll just be honest with all of you here. I wasn’t particularly in the mood for anything heavy like rice that day, as I was still quite full from my late lunch, but my husband assured me that the curries and the fresh ulams are pretty much to die for. His recommendation; the Sambal Tumis Sotong. He told me that it was addictively sensational.

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Apart from the wide array of curries, you ought to keep a lookout for their live action counter where grilled seafood and satay are prepared ala minute for your gastronomic pleasure.

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Grilled Stingray. These are quite a good catch. Very flavourful and still have the taste of the ocean.

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Chicken and Beef Satay. Now, I don’t usually fancy satays prepared in hotels as they are not as comparable to those sold by the street as they are usually prepared over hot pan instead of with charcoal over the open fire, but these are as good as those prepared over the open fire. Their preparation method includes caramelizing butter before frying up the skewered meat, resulting to the almost authentic fragrantly ‘burnt’ taste and texture.

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Three of Chef’s signature that I think is a must have at this Ramadan buffet; Mee Rebus Tulang Lembu, Soto Goreng and Kacang Pool.

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Mee Rebus Tulang Lembu was sensational. Despite of not particularly being tempted for heavy dishes, I had two bowls of this. The meat was fall off the bone tender while the gravy was harmoniously sweet and at the same time, naturally savoury, complementing the bland noodles perfectly.

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Soto Goreng was flavourful and delicious. Infused with a myriad of spices, the soto was rather chewy and rather fun to eat too.

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Kacang Pool was derived from the Middle Eastern dish known as foul medammas, which was made from fava beans. It was served with a sunny side egg and a side of sandwich bread. All of that was great to sop up the runny egg and sauce of this dish. It was my first time eating it, I thought it reminded me very much of American chilli but with some slightly different spices perhaps. This dish is uniquely Malaysian.

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Assorted traditional Malays kuih like tepung talam and kuih ketayap can be found at the dessert section.

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Refreshing puddings

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Local fruits to cleanse your palate.

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Ice cream

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Ice Cendol, one of my favourite sweet beverage here at the buffet.

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Refreshing Lai Chee Kang is also not to be missed if you want something refreshing after a whole day fasting. This one will surely power you up in a jiffy.

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And while you are at the buffet, don’t forget to raid the fridge for these childhood ice cream. :p When I was a little girl these could easily be obtain from the ice cream man for a mere 20 cent but these are pretty much rare these days.

“Bazaar Desa ” dinner buffet is priced at RM95 nett per adult, RM45 nett for children aged 8-12 years old. Early bird voucher is available for sale from now until 19 June 2015 at only RM80 nett per adult and RM40 nett. Accor Plus members enjoy further 10% discount.

For more information and reservations, please call (6 03) 2147 0888 extension 7668 or email [email protected]

Luxe To Bites Cronuts and Pastries

I don’t really have sweet tooth and I don’t really fancy sweet pastries, but here’s recommending a caterer that does pastries, perfect for all occasion and events. Luxe To Bites is still a new name in the F&B industry in Malaysia but they offers all sorts of pastries for your gastronomic pleasure.

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You may opt to order prior serving and get them to deliver to your doorsteps or get them to bake on the spot for you. They also have occasional road shows where you can sample their pastries, freshly baked on the spot.

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Their specialty; Cronuts with assorted toppings. Now, these are no ordinary cronuts. Not the greasy variant that you usually get from your neighbourhood bakeries that leaves you feeling guilty after indulging. These cronuts are baked and not fried, mind you. Flaky on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these are irresistibly addictive on the palate.

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Apart from the regular sized cronuts, Luxe To Bites also offers Mini Cronuts for your gastronomic pleasure. Mini in size but packed quite a punch, I must say. They are as good as the regular sized ones if not better and is positively addictive. While the regular sized cronuts is great for leisurely munch over a cuppa tea or coffees during Hi-Tea, these mini cronuts is great to have on the go, or to be served as canapes at formal parties.

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Luxe To Bites also offers pastries with savoury fillings. Their signature item is these, assorted danish as well as their buttery croissants.

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Their freshly made sandwiches are good too, and being a fan of all savoury things, I definitely enjoyed these very much.

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All Luxe To Bites Pastries are made from the freshest premium ingredients and is Muslim friendly.

Interested to place your orders for these lovely pastries for your events? Looking for the perfect pastries to serve your guests for iftar or open house for the upcoming Eid? Please refer to the information below:

Luxe To Bites
Contact: Margaret Lau 016-8324837
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: fb.com/luxetobites
Instagram: luxe_to_bites

The Journey of Malaysian East Coast Flavours, Serena Brasserie, Intercontinental KL

Having to live in the East Coast when I was a child, I wasn’t particularly impressed with both Kelantan and Terengganu. Being somewhat traditional Islamic states, rules and regulations in school was pretty much rigid and even the non-Muslims would have to adhere to the dress codes; which is to wear cover up clothing. Students are generally expected to be quiet and obey whatever the teachers say. I was a recalcitrant and free spirited child and was never fond of such things and I considered that time of my life one of the most miserable one I had to endure, but other than that, both states have plenty to offer in term of tourism and food.

When it comes to Malay cuisine, there is no denial that Malaysia’s East Coast serves one of the best. This June, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur teams up with a Malaysian Celebrity Chef Zamzani Abdul Wahab otherwise fondly known as Chef Zam to bring local cuisine experience to the next level, and my family and I have been privileged enough to sample what they have to offer during their media preview. I was grinning from ear to ear. Not having to travel to the East Coast but will be able to enjoy authentic East Coast cuisine? I’ll never say no to that. :p

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Chef Zam has specially crafted a rotational menu to ensure excellent variety and great tastes. Again, as this is a buffet spread and I can’t possibly eat everything that they are offering, I’ll just highlight what’s good in the buffet.

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The tantalising selection starts with warm and hearty soups like Malay ox tail or sup tulang, then to refreshing appetisers featuring pulut cawan gaul kelapa dan ikan masin, akok berlauk, rojak betik, kerabu taugeh and jantung pisang.

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Kerabu Counter where you can scoop up kerabu of your choice go go with your rice. A few all time favourite Kerabu can easily be spotted here at the buffet spread.

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Kerabu Mangga. I took a scoop of this, but it was a tad too spicy for me.

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Acar Timun&Nanas was very tangy, fruity and definitely refreshing.

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Kerabu Tauge. I gave this a miss as I have intolerance towards bean sprouts.

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Kerabu Daging Rebus was nice, but just like the Kerabu Mangga, this is also borders on the spicy side.

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Also spotted at the Kerabu and Ulam Ulaman section, is ingredients for you to assemble your very own Pecal.

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An unlikely guest at the Kerabu section, the irresistible Ketupat Daun Palas. These are rather boring if they are to be taken on their own, but if you’re to pair these with a side of Rendang Tok, then it’s another story altogether and they make pretty much a sensational pair.

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The traditional Bubur Lambuk is also offered here in the buffet spread.

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Dishing this out from the pot and into my bowl, I discovered that the Bubur Lambuk Terengganu is not the variant that I’m familiar with. The one that I’m familiar with is usually cooked with spiced chicken or beef, but this have not only spiced chicken bits in it but also fish meat, and it is surprisingly leafy too. Quite a put off for my somewhat ‘carnivorous’ son, but I love this to bits. I approve this as a break-fasting dish as it is not only packed with essential nutrients and energy, but great for digestion too with all the extra fibre from the veggies. Somewhat a ‘banned’ item for my fussy son but I have no doubt that the Bubur Lambuk Terengganu will be the crowd’s favourite it has the flavour of home cooked food.

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There is also delightful dishes such as gulai udang, kerutuk daging, singang sotong hitam, gulai telur itik, ayam percik and ketupat sotong. Cooked to perfection with freshest of ingredients, the aromatic dish will most definitely entice guests to a second helping.

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Ayam Percik

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Gulai Udang

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Gulai Ayam

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Gulai Telur Itik

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Hati Ayam Masak Kicap

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Sambal Tumis Kacang Bendi

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Stir-fry Asparagus in premium soya sauce.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the action counter that dishes out Mee Rebus Terengganu.

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Being a Penangite, I was expecting a noodle dish served with thick, reddish and gooey soup made from tapioca and chilli paste, topped with crunchy prawn fritters and keropok, but clearly, I am not familiar enough with Terengganu cuisine as instead of getting what I was expecting, I get the noodle dish served with clear soup and topped with beef balls instead. It was definitely different on the palate but it was enjoyable nevertheless. The soup may be the clear kind, but it packs quite a punch. Fully flavoured and quite rich, so I’d advice you to go easy on it if you I intend to sample more things in the buffet.

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The feasting journey moves on to a different beat with ‘celup-celup’ live station.

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Here, fresh fish, squid, prawns, crab of your choosing is prepared for dipping in piping hot batter and served with sweet chilli sauce and condiments.

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This was what’s on my plate. Chef Zam fried these for me and he promised me that I’ll like it a lot and I’ll take a second helping. Well, you know what? Chef Zam lied about just having a second helping. :( I took four helpings of this after the first one and was in the terrible danger of taking my fifth plate of the seafood Celup Celup Goreng. :p Yes. It was that good! Such cholesterol fest, but I have no regrets. It was wonderful and sensational and it makes me a very happy woman. :p

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No visit to a Terengganu feast would be complete with having a taste of their signature Keropok Lekor, and so I stole some of these from the Celup Celup action stall, and was pleasantly surprised that it was authentically fishy instead of floury.

Apart from the sumptuous East Coast spread, Serena Brasserie also aims to please those with international palate. A selection of International food can also be enjoyed here.

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Fresh seafood on ice features baby lobster, Australian Spanner Crab, Blue Swimmer Crab, Green Lipped New Zealand Mussels, Scallops, Alaskan King Crab, Pacific Prawns, US and Fin de Clair Oyster and many more.

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Sushi and Sashimi

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Tuna Sashimi

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Sushi Gari

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Inari

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Meat Carving

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What I had that day was Pink Pepper Macadamia Crusted Australian Beef with a side of Yorkshire Pudding and trio roasted potato and rustic vegetable and drowned with homemade Hickory Barbeque Sauce. Sometimes, I’m amazed with my own capacity to tank on food. Despite of being full, I still managed two helpings of this. It was one of the best meat carving I’ve ever had.

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Gourmet cheese and fruits

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A selection of Artisan Bread

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Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

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Discover the sweeter essence of the East coast in the dessert section featuring traditional medley of bengkang telur manis, serikaya telur, penganan labu, hati kesuma, terembas, puteri mandi, cik abas demam, and wajid durian.

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Dessert section also offers the chocolate fountain where you can delightfully make skewers of biscuits or dried fruits chocolate dip.

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Fresh local fruits to cleanse your palate.

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And if you prefer to end your meal with a sweet note, do keep an eye on their homemade ice creams and sorbet.

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I gave it a try and did not just stop at just two scoops. It was deliciously refreshing.

The ‘Selera Pantai Timur bersama Chef Zamzani’ is available from 8 to 17 June 2015

‘The journey of Malaysian East Coast Flavours’ will continue to be featured during Serena Brasserie’s Berbuka Puasa buffet from 18 June to 15 July 2015. Dinner buffet is priced at RM139nett per adult on the first and fourth week of the month of Ramadan, and RM152nett per adult on the second and third week of Ramadan. Spacious prayer room located at Level 5 is available for the convenience of Muslim guests with separate male and female prayer rooms.

For more dining reservations or for more information on Serena Brasserie, call +603 2782 6000 / +603 2782 6228 or email [email protected] or visit www.intercontinental-kl.com.my. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @intercontinental.kualalumpur and Twitter @ interconkl.

Be Tempted With Malaysian Flavours For Buka Puasa at Temptations Restaurant, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

If there is any buffet spread that would tempt me to eat a lot after a whole day of fasting, it would definitely be TEMPTationS Restaurant, Renaissance KL. The spread is inspired to please every palate and I can shamelessly tell you that among all Ramadan Buffet that I’ve went, this is one of the restaurant that I actually stayed til their closing time so that I could sample more food. Like most buffets, they have plenty to offer but here’s highlighting what’s worth trying.

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Sumptuous Roasted Whole Lamb. I did not manage to try this but it was one of their highlights in the Ramadan buffet.

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Nasi Bukhari. Apart from this, there is also other flavoured rice like Nasi Minyak, Nasi Tomato offered to diners.

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Nasi Minyak

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Nasi Tomato

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Nasi Briyani

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Wide array of curries to go with your plain or flavoured rice. There is a few must try here, and that includes Daging Tulang Rawan Rendang Pedas, Daging Palembang, Udang Harimau Masak Lemak Cili Padi and also the sensational Gulai Ketam. I gave these a try and I must say that I’m delightfully impressed. They are bursting with flavours and pretty much authentic.

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And yes, Bubur Lambuk is available too if you want something lighter and soothing for the tummy instead.

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Assorted keropok. (Traditionally made crisps). My son and husband loves these very much, and I can pretty much say the same for myself.

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Fried stuff for those who love fried food.

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Assorted Kerabu is available for you go pair with your rice too.

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And where there is Kerabu, there is of course, the traditional Ulam-Ulaman.

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If you are a fan of ‘Western’ version of ulams, no worries, you can assemble your own salads at the Salad Counter.

One thing that you should take note when you dine here in TEMPTationS is their action counter. They are offering fabulous food prepared ala minute.

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The Action Counter

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Here’s assorted sea produce you can pick for grilling.

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Assorted grilled seafood. These are grilled on top of banana leaves and is minimally flavoured to bring out the natural sweetness. I tried a few and found the stingray chunks is the most addictive ones in comparison to other type of fishes.

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Beef and chicken satay is also available at the grill section.

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The noodle station offers assorted noodles for you to try, but being a Penangite, one that won my heart is the Laksa.

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Laksa Utara. Excuse the mess, I can’t help but slurped it all up before taking photo. Not the Assam Laksa variety of Laksa but the good old Kuala Kedah style of Laksa. Topped with chunks of pineapple, shredded cucumber and prawn paste, this plate of Laksa is just divine. The soup was rich, thick, creamy and flavourful and there is no fishy smell whatsoever. I took two plates of the Laksa. And that alone says a lot considering that I’m absolutely picky when it comes to Laksa.

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Another action counter spotted is the Apom Balik Stall, where you can request for your own customized Apom Balik.

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I did not try this but my husband loves these to bits so I guess these are not too shabby either.

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Moving on to dessert, there is assorted traditional Malay kuih to indulge in.

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Both traditional and modern cakes is also available for those who have sweet tooth.

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Last but not least, chocolate fountain for the chocolate lovers. :)

Located in the East Wing – Lobby Level of the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, TEMPTationS’ Buka Puasa Buffet is available daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily throughout the month of Ramadan.

The buffet is priced at RM135nett per person and half price for children from 6 to 12 years old. Early birds will also enjoy great savings as the buffet is priced at RM103nett per person from 18 to 22 June and 13 to 16 July.

For restaurant reservations please call 03 2716 9388 or email [email protected] I would recommend you to book early to avoid disappointment.

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Celebrate The Promise of Passionate Love with Enchanteur

Marriage is not about taking things for granted, but about falling in love with the same person over and over again. So, how do you fall in love with the same person over and over again? Well, if you ask me, the trick is not to take your spouse for granted, and find time to spend as much quality time as possible with them. Plenty of couples gets too comfortable after being married to each other and stopped courting and appreciating their spouses, leading to them feeling jaded and the downfall of their relationship. It’s such a shame. Married to the same man for 13 years is not easy. It was practically a bed of roses with thorns, but if there is one thing that I learned through the ups and down throughout the years is never ever stop dating and never go to bed angry angry at each other and ever ever stop saying ‘please’, ‘thank you’, or even ‘I’m sorry’ even when you are not wrong.

I make a point to dress up and spray on some perfume whenever I go dating with my husband these days. I believe that whenever you look good and smell good, your mood will improve, even when you are having a bad day, and that alone helps to set a calm environment for any relationship, be it new or old.

Speaking of smelling good reminds me of perfumes. I have a few favourites, but I’ve been using Enchanteur rather frequently. They has just relaunched their Enchanteur Love EDT collection a few days ago and it’s so nice to be able to see that despite of the cynical and harsh world where everyone is busy with their work and career, couples still make effort to love and maintain love.

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Local celebrity Fouziah Ghous and her husband; the new Enchanteur Love ambassador. They look sweet together, no?

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The sweet couple posing with the Enchanteur Love EDT collection.

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There are 3 perfumes in the collection.

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Celebrate Love

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Forever Love

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Passionate Love

So which one do I like most? Well, I don’t exactly have a favourite, but I used all of them for different occasions and they never failed to make me feel and smell lovely whenever I’m with my husband.

Enchanteur Love is now available in major supermarket and pharmacies nationwide, in case you’re wondering. ;) Do get a bottle and start smelling good, ladies.

Pic credit to AlienGoTravel by Nikon S33

Citra Dulang Ramadan, Pizza Hut

The fatique is overwhelming after a whole day fasting? Wants a fuss-free meal for iftar instead of making a bee-line at the buffet or hunting down some food in the Ramadan Bazaar? Well then, you might want to go for the good old pizza instead.

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Pizza Hut is indulging all pizza lovers this Ramadan 2015 with their Citarasa Ramadan offerings.

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They are offering delicious Ramadan spread with the tagline ‘A feast not to be missed’, featuring an abundance of food that is not only affordable but satisfying at the same time. Here’s introducing the new set, available for a limited time only, the Pizza Hut’s Dulang Ramadan.

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Featured in the set, is a delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza, topped with an abundance of roasted chicken chunks, mushrooms, onions and mozzarella cheese drizzled with BBQ sauce.

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Apart from the mouthwatering pizza, Citra Dulang Ramadan comes with amazing sides; Nasi Ayam Italy Kurma, Beef Arabiatta Spaghetti, Acar, Chicken Fingers, Chips and Tomato Salsa and a pitcher of Zesty Selasih. There is an option of Dulang Citra Ramadan 1 (2pax) for RM42.50nett or Dulang Citra Ramadan 2 (4pax) for RM65.50. Please note that prices may vary by outlet’s location.

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For those who prefers to takeaway or have the meal delivered to their home for iftar, there is always the Big Variety Box.

In conjunction with the World Hunger Relief 2015 Campaign and in the spirit of giving, every meal that you buy can help save a child’s life. From every Citarasa Ramadan Combo purchased, RM0.50 will be donated to the World Hunger Relief Fund.

The Pizza Hut’s Citarasa Ramadan promotion is now available for a limited duration, from 15th June to 21st July 2015.

Pic taken by using Nikon S33

Jakel Launches New Hari Raya Collections For The Whole Family

Shopping for Hari Raya can be quite crazy, but ladies and gentlemen, don’t stress out. ;) Shopping for Hari Raya clothing for the entire family for the can be pretty fuss free if you know where to go. If you are looking for ready-made traditional clothes, you might want to drop by Jakel Mall. They have just launched their latest Raya collection for the whole family and I don’t think it will be a chore to go shopping in Jakel as they have a total of 18 Jackel stores nationwide.

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Jakel launches new baju raya collection for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri and introduces high profile local celebrities Rozita Che Wan and Nabil Ahmad as well as Upin Ipin line of clothing for children. The clothing are for the gentlemen, ladies and children respectively.

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Upin Ipin, the well famed animated cartoon’s mascot prancing around while wearing their own Baju Melayu Collection, receiving cheer from fans of all ages that day.

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Nabil Ahmad, wearing one of the Baju Melayu from his own collection. Vibrant coloured Baju Melayu with flower motifs ‘sampin’.

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Raya Clothing for the whole family sold in Jakel stores nationwide. From top left: Baju Melayu Nabil, Baju Kurung Che Ta. From bottom left: Baju Melayu Upin dan Ipin and Baju Kurung Moden for little girls. These clothing are pretty much on the high end side, especially from Nabil and Che Ta’s Collection. The cloth used to make for all of these clothing are from high quality textile materials and very comfortable to wear.

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Here, take a look at Baju Kurung Che Ta, ladies. Isn’t it lovely?

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Baju Kurung Che Ta is of modern designs and is adorned intricately with beautiful rhinestones and semi precious stones like crystals. One would definitely stand out in the crowd if they are to wear this for Hari Raya. These definitely caught my attention and I’m definitely going to get one for myself. ;)

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While the adult clothing concentrated on being fashionable, the children’s clothing from Upin and Ipin Collection is designed to not only be stylish, but comfortably fashionable and attractive to a young child’s eye too. Take a look at this blazing red Baju Melayu Upin Ipin. The Baju Melayu buttons are not the usual ones we are familiar with. They are made to look like Upin Ipin’s characters.

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I dare to bet no little boys would complain about wearing sampin with Upin Ipin character’s prints on it.

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The clothing comes in exclusively cute gift box too, making them a perfect gift and souvenirs for the upcoming festive season.

Jackel stores can be likened to a one stop centre for all your Hari Raya needs. And shoppers not only can buy clothing from Jakel, but all sort of things too like curtains, cushion covers and whatnot. So, ladies and gents, boys and girls, what are you waiting for? Head over to your nearest Jakel store and get your raya clothing today before they run put of stock. ;)

And oh, there will be a Gempak Raya Bersama Jakel 2015 event where there will be Happy Hour and flash sale with irresistible promotions nationwide.

13.6.2015 – Jakel Mall KL (Upin Ipin dan Nabil)
19.6.2015 – Jakel Kubang Kerian (Upin Ipin, Raykal, Mia Sara dan Nabil Ahmad)
20.6.2015 – Jakel Mall KL (Aaron Aziz, Upin Ipin, Raykal, Mia Sara, Che Ta/Zain dan Nabil Ahmad)
21.6.2015 – Jakel JB (Upin Ipin, Raykal, Mia Sara dan Nabil Ahmad)
27.6.2015 – Jakel Shah Alam (Aaron Aziz, Upin Ipin, Raykal, Mia Sara dan Nabil Ahmad)

For more info on current promotions, head over to their website HERE

Kids Day Out At Quill City Mall

I’m somewhat a self professed shopaholic. Naturally, one of my favourite past time is hanging out at the shopping mall with my son. I can stay in a shopping mall from the time they started opening their doors in the morning til their closing time at night. To say that some shopping malls is actually my second home is an understatement. :p I could actually plan an itinerary of a one day shopping mall exploration and that wouldn’t even be a joke. :p

One of my recent favourite shopping mall these days is Quill City Mall. I believe I’ve written about this mall countless of times before but in case you’ve missed it, here’s reintroducing the mall to you again. It’s a fairly new mall located in the heart of Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. One of the thing that I liked about this mall is that it is accessible directly by public transport. There is a direct monorail link to Quill City Mall located at level 2. All you need to do is hop onto the monorail and head to Medan Tuanku monorail station. Alternatively, you can stop at Bukit Nanas or take the Putraline LRT and disembark at Dang Wangi. It’s about 10 minutes walk away to Quill City Mall.

Quill City Mall is a home to many of my favourite brands and apart from being an excellent mall to hunt for groceries and delicious food, it is also a family friendly shopping destination. If you are a foodie, check out my blog post on Quill City Mall Food Trail HERE. There is a lot of fabulous food joints here in Quill City Mall. And the best part? They are all pork-free, children friendly and Muslim friendly.

Speaking of being a children friendly mall, Quill City Mall has organized a Kids’ Day Out yesterday and my son and I have been invited to join in the fun. Who am I to say no to a fun adventure with my son in the mall? What more it’s now my favourite mall. :p

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A group photo of us bloggers, members of the media and a bunch of excited kids at the concourse area. We gathered at 11am and were given the itinerary of the day. Mr. C.K Ng gave us a short brief about the mall and what the mall have to offer before our little adventure commences.

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Our first stop is the NEXT store. Our mission: To get the kids to style up. The store is located at Lot G-08-10, Ground Floor.

An integral part of the British High Street, the NEXT retail chain was set up in 1982. Through the decades, the brand has worked with notable greats in the global fashion industry. Clothes under the NEXT label are styled by an in-house design team to offer exceptional style, quality and value for money with a contemporary edge. Today, NEXT operates more than 500 stores in the UK and almost 200 stores in more than 40 countries globally.

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The brand’s latest outlet showcases its collection of clothes, shoes and accessories for women, in addition to its offering for kids.  

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Here’s some of their latest women’s clothing collection.

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Accessories ranging from handbags, scarves, belts, eyewear and many more.

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Children’s section features some pretty interesting designs for both boys and girls. Stylist, sweet looking but at the same time, is designed for active wear and maximum comfort.

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In-store shopping bags is provided for your shopping convenience. ;)

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Each bloggers were given an RM50 voucher, courtesy of NEXT to shop for something here and here’s what my son chose for himself; a navy coloured sailor shirt. Being a little vain pot like his mum, the boy is definitely a happier child after that little shopping trip. I got to make a mental note to get him a stylish cap and a sunglass next time we drop by. He’s been eyeing on those and he’ll look very fashionable in those, no doubt.

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After the short shopping spree session, we were brought to our second stop of the day, the MPH Bookstore. MPH Bookstore is located at Lot 2-32 & 33, Second Floor. MPH Bookstores is a well-loved and treasured household name in Malaysia and Singapore. From its humble beginning as a small bookshop selling general titles, MPH Bookstores has since progressed into a major chainstore in Malaysia and Singapore, offering a wide selection of books and other merchandise including music and movie products, stationery, educational toys and games, gifts and greeting cards. MPH Bookstore has since grown to an impressive 33 outlets nationwide.

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There is a storytelling activity going on to amuse the participating children.

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Poison of the day: The Book With No Pictures. It was a very funny story and my son laughed so loud at the storyteller when he was reading the funny story from the book.

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A group photo taken after the storytelling session.

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Each participating children were given some storybooks and stationeries when the session ends and it’s definitely going to be useful when the school reopens.

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Our next stop is the Kid’z Paradise. Kid’z Paradise, located at Lot 2-33A & 35, Second Floor.

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It is an indoor playland featuring equipment specially designed for toddlers and children.

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Kid’z Paradise is a safe and clean indoor play land concept with a wide-range of exciting play equipment through the age of twelve. Rocking up with a huge state-of-the-art playground and specially patterned toys-in-motion, they believe in providing learning opportunities in a safe, fun-filled and carefree environment to maximize children’s learning potential to grow into happy and healthy adults. So, if you are planning a birthday party, or an event here, you may want to check out their package at their website HERE

The kids were absolutely famished after burning off their energy and so we headed to Big Daddy Little Chefs, Happikiddo. It is located at Lot 2-28-31, Second Floor.

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This cafe is a tiny setup adopting the “child-friendly” manner. The space can comfortably fit 35 adults and 15 children.

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There is a tiny play area using Natural Korean Citrus Woodchips that has a mild healing effect for eczema, asthma and sinus. Its citrusy smell also acts an an anti- mozzie patch.

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Big Daddy Little Chefs’ home-cooked varieties are MSG free and they use Pink Himalayan Mountain Salt . It uses halal ingredients so Muslim diners can savour their meals with ease.

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After the meal, it’s time for some action in the kitchen. Well, sort of. Our next destination is Pizza Hut Restaurant, located at Lot 2-20, Second Floor where the children are given a chance to make and bake their own pizza. Pizza Hut boasts a dining experience, complete with contemporary decor with courteous and friendly service for all. Pizza Hut offers a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes such as pizzas, pastas, rice and a range of appetizers for your culinary pleasure.   

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Briefing for the pizza-making session.

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Kids getting ready to make their own pizzas.

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Delicious Pizzas in the making.

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My son’s pizza before going into the oven.

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The final product. Personal Hawaiian Pan Pizza.

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Time to tuck in. The kids seems to enjoy eating the food that they made much more than those they didn’t, apparently. I was a fool thinking that they could have been stuffed after lunch earlier. :p

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We did not leave the outlet empty handed. :) Pizza Hut Restaurant has generously handed us goodie bag containing vouchers and whatnot for us to use during our next visit. ;) And being a fan of pizzas, I have no doubt that my next visit will be soon enough. :p

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There is no such thing as a fun day put without a trip to the toy store. Our next stop is Hamleys located at Lot 1-01, First Floor. This is one of the finest toy shop in the world that brings magical experiences and joy to children of all ages. Hamleys, as a trusted worldwide brand, promotes customer loyalty and brand growth through its unique approach to retailing including in-store entertainment, toy demonstration, colourful and engaging store designs combined with fantastic Hamleys own brand toys.

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That said, the children were treated to a magic show.

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A manicure session

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Sticker tattoo and also face painting session.

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Spotted Iron Man Jr. over here in the toy store too.

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The children did not leave the store empty handed. They brought home some toys, courtesy of Hamleys. ;)

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After the exhilarating time in Hamleys, the children were brought to Occubite Pastry Cafe located at Lot 2-15, Second Floor for muffin decorating workshop where the children were given a chance to decorate their own muffins. Occubite Pastry Cafe is a friendly, casual place that offers freshly prepared meals for dining in or takeaway. Their menu is designed to be seasonal, all natural and healthy. Occubite offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a great range of freshly baked muffins, cakes and pastries for those who have sweet tooth.

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Muffin decorating workshop in session.

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Muffin decorating in progress. An elder child spotted helping out the younger one.

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And this is what my son made. The muffins did not last long for photography purpose as the boy practically polished it off from the plate the minute he was done decorating.

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The kids was all parched after having their muffins and so we were brought to The Original Milkshake Co. located at Lot 4-63, Fourth Floor for a delightful milkshake experience. Established in 2014, The Original Milkshake Co. opened its first outlet at Quill City Mall attracting a wide range of milkshake lovers from youngsters to professionals and retirees. Available in three varieties : Premium, Classic and Signature series which feature delicious concoctions of milkshake and delectable cakes by KL’s premium dessert brand Mad Treats.

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Additional milkshake toppings is chargeable at RM1.50 each.

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3 of the flavours that we managed to try that day; original, chocolate and blueberry flavoured milkshakes.

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After the milkshakes, we proceeded to the final stop of the day, Cornery-The Popcorn Gallery is the most exciting gourmet popcorn store in Malaysia.

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The open kitchen allows multi-sensory experience for everyone. Listen to the reverberating popping sound, smell fresh popcorns from the kettle, see the creations and taste the crispness of popcorns and last but not least, feel happy.

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Cornery offers both sweet and savoury version of the popcorns.

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Being a pure glutton, my son and I asked for both sweet and savoury version of their popcorns. One is their bestseller, the Butterscotch flavour and the White Cheese flavour.

The Kids’ Day Out at Quill City Mall comes too soon and I come to realize that it is not a hassle to actually bring kids to shopping mall. At least not in Quill City Mall.There is literally something for kids of all ages at Quill City Mall. This mall can be considered a kid’s haven with loads of outlets and activities to keep the young ones ‘edutained’. It is indeed an exciting family destination, jam packed with lifestyle offerings for people of all ages, including kids.

Chakri Palace Royal Thai Cuisine Ramadan Buffet 2015 at Suria KLCC 

Thailand will always hold a special place in my heart. To me, it is a beautifully romantic country with plenty of mystical tale that comes alive as soon as you stepped foot in it’s land. Being a Northerner, visiting Southern Thailand is quite a norm for me and my husband whenever we go back to my hometown, mainly Satun and Hadyai. But last year, we decided to explore further and took a short birthday a.k.a anniversary trip to Songhkla, Thailand.

Songhkla is actually a very famous state in Thailand, especially among those Muslims who eloped. To cut the long story short, Songhkla is the Asian version of Las Vegas. Attractions around it includes the zoo, mosque, temples and of course, the mermaid statue by Samila beach.

My husband and I did some eat-travel-write kinda thing and discovered that Thai food is absolutely delicious, and not quite easy to find authentic ones in Kuala Lumpur. We usually get the watered down version of Thai food, but lucky us, we found Chakri Palace Royal Thai Cuisine. Located on the 4th floor of KLCC, Chakri Palace Royal Thai Cuisine serves nothing but authentic Thai cuisine.

Chakri Palace Royal Thai Cuisine has rolled out a delectable buffet spread in conjunction of Ramadan, with a good mix of local and Thai delicacies to suit everyone’s palate.

Here’s sharing with you what they have to offer in their buffet spread this coming Ramadan 2015. First let’s check out the live action stalls:

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Tom Yam Stall

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Tom Yam Goong. A Siamese signature sour and spicy soup dish. A must try.

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Assorted noodles to go with your Tom Yam soup.

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Assorted fish balls and surimis

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Fresh calamari and prawns are available too.

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Gerai Ikan Bakar

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Grilled catfish with sweet and spicy sauce.

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Chicken Satay

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Beef Satay

Also spotted at the Chakri Palace Royal Thai Cuisine Ramadan Buffet is those all time Malaysian favourites dishes that is a common appearance during Ramadan and special occasions:

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Nasi Briyani

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Ayam Kapitan

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Rendang Tok

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Pajeri Nanas

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Pajeri Terung

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Stir Fried Lala in Tomyam Paste

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Stir Fried Squid in Garlic Sauce

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Tofu in minced chicken

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Deep fried butter fish

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Creamy butter prawn topped with chunks of salted eggs.

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Green curry lamb

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Here’s the Executive Chef Solehuddin Nutto showcasing must try items at the buffet

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Thai style Kangkung Celup Tepung

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Fried Onion Rings

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Mieng Kham

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It is a Thai leaf dish usually sold on the street of Thailand. I topped the leaf with roasted shredded coconut, toasted peanuts, lime, dried shrimp, bird’s eye chili , topped with palm syrup sauce. It was an explosion of taste in the mouth. Very interesting leaf dish and it was said to have medicinal value where it helps the digestive system and expels wind.

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Fresh vegetables

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Assorted sambal and air asam dips to go with fresh ulams.

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Assorted Kerabu

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Kerabu Timun dan Nanas

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Kerabu Ayam Cincang

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Kerabu Soo-hoon

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Kerabu Mangga

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Assorted Jeruk

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Acar Buah

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Fruits

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Dessert section features assorted traditional Malay Kuih and Thai desserts.

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Kuih Talam

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Bahulu

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Ubi Kayu Rebus

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Pisang Rebus

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Bubur Pisang&Jagung and Bubur Kacang Hijau

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Pulut Mangga or rather, the famous Mango Sticky Rice. I did not manage to try this but it is always gone whenever they replenish it at the buffet so I suppose this surpassed the expectations.

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Red Ruby or Tub Tim Grob, coconut milk based dessert that is very popular among Thais when the weather is hot. The small reddish thing are water chestnut covered with tapioca flour, served with sweeten coconut milk and shaved ice and one can add jellied coconut and shredded jackfruit as additional item if they prefer. Very sweet and refreshing dessert.

For more information what they have to offer this coming Ramadan, please refer to the information below:

Chakri Palace Royal Thai Cuisine
Suria KLCC Tel: 2382 7788 / 0887
Pavilion KL Tel: 2143 1141
Alamanda Putrajaya Tel: 8890 1616

Website: www.chakri.com.my & www.rotolgroup.com
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