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MIGF 2011 – Chynna and Iketeru, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

MIGF 2011 – Chynna and Iketeru, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Stewed short rib with charcoal garlic & roasted onion potato

I tried to eat the stewed short rib as slowly as possible, hoping to prolong the experience. Portion was smaller than I liked it to be but the rib was wickedly moist. This form of evil came from the kitchen of Chynna in Hilton Kuala Lumpur, where I was invited to sample their Malaysian International Gourmet Festival 2011 menu (MIGF). Stewed till a tender state and slicked with some reduction sauce, the rib was paired with some fragrant roasted onion potatoes and an onion ring.

Chilled Alaska king crab leg with chili paste seafood skewer & brine Momotaro tomato

That was my favourite dish that afternoon. The meal started with a platter comprising chilled Alaska king crab leg, chili paste seafood skewer and half a Momotaro tomato in brine. We had this with a glass of Hana Kasumi Junmai Ginjyo. While decent, I thought the crab leg wasn’t chilled enough and it could have been more succulent. The others seemed to enjoy this, so it’s probably personal preference.

I found the combination of tomato and brine interesting. The ‘brine’ is actually the same ginger-garlic topping you would find in steamed fish dishes, only more refined. The seafood skewer was a shelled tiger prawn, topped with piquant chili paste. Nicely done, but not my cup of tea.

Double boiled snakehead nourishing tonic soup with fresh milk and shark’s fin

“You sure it’s shark’s fin ah?” I teased Chef Lam Hock Hin about his double boiled snakehead soup with fresh milk and shark’s fin. Chef Lam is so skilled, that he once tricked me into believing his shark fin melon was the real deal.  The soup was lovely; it tasted like an ‘atas’ version of the fish head noodles with a subtle hint of ginseng. I dug into my bowl and found two fairly large pieces of shark’s fin and generous chunks of fish.

Soon after the short rib, we had the black chocolate parfait with five nuts and sweet potato cha cha mousse with yam ice cream. The latter was a modern take on the bubur cha cha, where the sweet potato is pureed and made into a mousse. I preferred the parfait – which was dense, smooth and not overly sweet – to this.

We were supposed to adjourn to Iketeru for the Teppanyaki Master Kobe Beef Sirloin with Foie Gras Ice Cream but I had to return to work. A shame really, as I was really looking forward to this dish. I’ll just quote what Nigel Gan, PR Manager of Hilton Kuala Lumpur said: “The Kobe beef with foie gras ice cream was amazing!” *wails*

Oh well, at least I got to try half of the menu. Thank you Nigel, for the invite! For those who want to try this gastronomic menu, you have an option of going to Chynna (RM178++ per person without wine pairing, additional RM90++ per person with wine pairing) or Iketeru (RM250++ per person without wine pairing, additional RM70++ per person with wine pairing). For more info, visit www.life.hiltonkl.com/dining or call 03-2264 2592.

Chef Noboru Narumi of Iketeru

Maybe I’ll go there for dinner with rif to celebrate our marriage registration next week. He’s paying. 😛

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Blog Makeover

I know this is long overdue, but I couldn’t get the right people to help me design my blog. I’ve been meaning to move to a dotcom since early this year, but the initial two blog designers were painfully slow in reverting and giving me satisfactory results. When I got David to do it, he worked on this quite quickly. In fact, I thought he was too fast for me!

I also have my colleague Jet to thank, as he did a few adjustments on the blog for me. Yes, I’m totally hopeless when it comes to dealing with HTML codes.

rif was the one who came up with the concept and art directed the photoshoot. My photographer was Michael Yip, who did a really good job in less than an hour. Thank you Michael! Shoot location was in Yut Kee, where the owner Jack and his son Mervyn very graciously gave us a comfortable space to do the photoshoot.

My black dress is from Karen Millen, and no, I’m not advertising for Louis Vuitton. rif wanted the header to combine glamour and old school, and it was nicely executed by Mike. Anyway, I hope you all like the new blog – because I do! :)

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Bloggers Choice Awards – Burger Bobby Simpang 3

It’s that time of the year again…for the Time Out KL Food Awards! This year, TOKL is allowing bloggers to recommend their favourite eating places in the new Bloggers Choice Awards category. I’m nominating Burger Bobby Simpang 3 (better known as Bob Burger) for this category.

Voting starts this Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9am. To be fair, you are not allowed to vote multiple times a day. But you can vote once a day. If you’re a fan of Bob’s burgers and want to see him win this category, please vote for him every day! Bobby Burger for the win!! :)

Here’s a short intro to Burger Bobby:

Ramly burger isn’t as simple as two buns and a patty. Over the last decade or so, almost all Ramly burgers have been improvised. As a burger lover, I’ve tried all kinds of burgers – special cheese, special double cheese, crab burger, banjo double special cheese, deer meat burger, green apple burger, pineapple burger, black pepper burger; you name it, I’ve probably tried it.

To me, Burger Bobby deserves a place in the Top 5 Best Ramly Burgers in Malaysia. The man behind this stall is Bob, who has been making burgers in front of his house for the past 7 years. Like another famous burger stall in Ampang Jaya, expect to wait for a good 30 minutes if there are many customers. When I found Bob’s stall, the queue wasn’t as long as it is today. Bob jokes that it’s my fault for promoting it to my readers, but I feel that good things should be shared with everyone.

There are a range of patties for you to choose from – chicken, beef, rabbit, deer and fish. All patties are pan-fried with pepper and Worchester sauce before getting wrapped with egg and cheese. Besides making his own special sauces, Bob goes the extra mile by stir-frying the onion slices with butter and Worchester sauce.

Don’t just look…try it. And remember to vote!

His burgers (whichever you choose) are big, messy and utterly delicious. Popular choices are the lamb tiesto, ayam double special cheese and roti john special. Go there with a big appetite and tissue paper….lot of them!

Say hello to Bob :)

Lamb Tiesto…in the making

To see how massively delicious Bob’s burgers are, check out my video blog below!

5, Jalan AU 5C/1,
Taman Lembah Keramat,
54200 Kuala Lumpur

Contact (they do delivery for RM0.50)
Bob: 013-6402237
Caer: 017-2681781

GPS Coordinate: N3 12.118 E101 45.278

Payment Terms: Cash only


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