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Right before Raya, I was privilege to get an invitation to attend one event with pretty well known person, Chef Amia El Shafei if you do watch Masterchef Australia in this meet and greet session. I have to thank Nuffnang for extending the invites to me that attended at Blu Med, Mid Valley.

[UPDATE: Close down since 2015 Jan]

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 The event took place in one of a new restaurant, Blu Med Ristorante at The Gardens.

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Some Buffet Spread dishes being prepared for all the guess that arriving.

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 Food were pretty decent.

masterchef (4) Those of you who watch Masterchef Australia which is aired on Astro Lifetime Channel, this person certainly would not be stranger to you as after being as a contestant in Master Chef Australia, Season 4, she have huge follwers worldwide since then with her bubbly personality and leads her to win ‘Woman of the Year Award’ in Australia. masterchef (5) Born from mixblood that Dad is Egyptian and mom is from South Korea, Chef Amina learn quite a good recipe from both country. Her great culinary skills that impress by family members that had encourage her to apply in this show. masterchef (8) Well, in this event we are being thought how to cook simple meal that can be prepared just within short time frame. masterchef (9)

Tamarind, Chili and Lemongrass Prawns

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To prepare this great dish, all we need to hunt is fresh tiger prawns, follow by just pan fried it.

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 Here you go on the recipe for you to cook along on this dish.

masterchef (13) Next dish to be cook is Pandan Cake dessert, and she randomly ask one of the crowd to assist her in scooping out the pandan cake from the Chinese tea cup. If you mix it in a right way also by spreading some oil in the cup, it should not be sticking on the cup and easy to come out with a gentle push. masterchef (14) Masterchef Australia Amina El Shafei preparing Steamed Pandan Cake with Lychee, Rambutan and Longan. However I think its something similar to our Chinese version of Huat Kuih, the pinky type. masterchef (17)

 Another recipe for you to follow ..

masterchef (15) Its a pleasure to meet such a well known chef as when I posted up in my Instagram (taufulou) my friend were like OMG, you are with her, please tell her I love her. . This is how well know is she to the MasterChef Fans. Those of you who love cooking, chef Amina wishes to write a recipe book and host cooking lessons. Not only that, as one of her wish is to open a Middle Eastern mezze restaurant with her sister, Eman. Catch MasterChef Australia, first and exclusive on weekdays at 7pm, with same-day repeats at 11pm on Astro Lifetime Channel 709.

In Malaysia what can we expect more is public holidays. Another upcoming festival which is Deepavali. Another great celebration for Indians and Mandarin Oriental Hotel, KL is taking this opportunity to celebrate it with a week-long of Indian Flavours at Mosaic. Hailing from New Delhi a guest chef Vinay Barua and Chef Mahboob Alam promises gastronomist an unforgettable authentic Indian cuisine indulgence.

Under their belt with more than 33 years of experience in hospitality industry, Barua Executive Chef of The Ashok, New Dehli is no stranger in India’s culinary scene.

Right before we head into the dining area, we were shown New Delhi cultural dance.

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A lil bit of Mosiac as I love the newly renovated place that was ready just right 1 year ago that had made this place one of its kind. Elegant interior reflecting the Pernanakan Culture with its collaborative finishing, with customize flooring, intricate hanging pewter lights. I came here last year and their buffet spread is good (click here).

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Lets introduce you the ambiance of the area along with tempting deserts corner

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During this food festival, we will be treated with many kinds of authentic Indian dishes with three delectable menus on rotation through the week. Marinated and mixed to perfection with fresh herbs, spices and chili, as both of the chef will be delighting your taste bud with their skills by highlighting taste and flavors by roasting, stewing, oven-baking and frying on selection of meat and seafood.

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Head to India counter and you will be thrilled with the selection that they are offering.

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keke, first time doing video introduction on food also testing out the video. Hope it drool you~ Besides that, this is the first time I had a taste of New Delhi food and it sure do impress me on their curry which is certainly taste slightly different as its more aromatic and taste of spices are there. Food is not spicy yet its nice to pair with the Biryani rice or Nan. . .

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This is one of my favourite section that they have well marinated red meat like lamb, and steak that is ready to be cook on the spot for you.

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Here is the selection and also condiments to pair along, a sauce that not to be miss is wasabi mustard. So awesome that it will make your tears out . . .

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Other selection that you can enjoy . .

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Cheese lover this would be your section not to be miss. Well presented in wooden wine boxes  . .

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Then head to dessert section . .

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Types of shots from India that make your appetite start kicking

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Then follow by another cultural dance. . .

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For desert lovers, can try something unique like Kesari Kheer – a chilled basmati rice pudding topped with saffron and flaked pistachio, Khubani  Ka meetha – stewed apricots topped with condensed milk cream and essence of rose and a few more. Bottom right section is homemade ice cream.

For this exciting buffet range are price reasonable :

Lunch – RM 88++
Dinner – RM 108++ (Sunday to Thursday)
RM 128 ++ ( Friday and Saturday)

This buffet spread will end on 11th Nov.

Location:
MOSAIC
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
For Reservations
T: +603-2179 8881
E: [email protected]
W: www.mandarinoriental.com

All pictures and video taken with Samsung NX 210 

When you are in downtown shopping, in Pavilion, there are something new for you guys to explore is the newly renovated Tokyo Street located on the 6th floor in Pavilion. Its a section that house many Japanese eateries, Japanese products and some house hold goods for you to explore. After they have open quite a while, this is my first time being here and SukiYa is one of my favourite.

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Under this section, the whole area is filled with Japanese ambiance with their look and feel of all those outlets.

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The outlets that are in the middle section are all mostly build with Japanese wooden concept, and lanterns at the side of the shop.

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Most of the restaurant here sell fusion food  . ..

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Japanese Desert – Mochi Sweets.

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Another Japanese Restaurant .. .

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As for this round, we are trying out this outlet that offer buffet spread which is Suki-Ya : Eat all you can Sukiyaki & Shabu Shabu, which is more like a Japanese Steamboat. . .

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The ambiance is not bad that is pretty well design that if you come in big group they can combine all the tables for you in one section.

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Sauce wise is pretty limited in selection . . .

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Healthy bar that offer a good selection’s of greens to be put into shabu shabu . .

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There are only 3 choices of soup available, Shabu-Shabu which is more like a clear soup and I heard the table next to me mention that the soup is tasteless. . .then we opt for Sukiyaki and Kimchi Soup.

Among the 3, Sukiyaki is the best as the taste of the soy is pretty strong which reflects to the original taste I had before, not too salty and its quite aromatic. .  Recommended among those 3. . For Kimchi, under Japanese restaurant.. not as good as you tried in those Korean restaurant. So close one eye .. .

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Then on the paper they teach you all the steps how do you do the best shabu shabu out .. 🙂

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We opt for the healthy options and pour everything in . . .

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Then you get free flow of thin slice, Lamb, Beef and Chicken . . .The best of all is Lamb follow by Chicken then Beef as the beef slice I find it taste funny or we rate it as a low grade beef slice!

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For beef slice, its pretty simple and quick that you just take a slice and dip it for about 10 seconds then its done . .

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Then we had the sauce as the Sesame sauce is GOOD that you must request and normally I eat most of my food with their special homemade chili sauce.. A bit sour, chopped with lots of garlic and a bit spicy, that pair well with all the meat that I have. ..

My friend taught that, take a raw egg and stir it well, then after the meat had cook, dip it and eat along with any sauce it just perfect!

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Then would let you finish off with Ice cream . .

The service here is good as they have alot of staff on duty and our slices of meet constantly got refill and the best part is the manager drop by and ask you, do you want more refill which we had raise white flag as this would be the first time that the staff ask do you want more!

For a price like this in Suki-ya I would say its a buffet spread that worth a try as it only allow you to enjoy 2 hours dinning which is far more than enough.

Adult (lunch) – RM 29.80 ++
Kids (lunch) – 50% disc off buffet price

Adult (Dinner) – RM33.8- ++
Kids (Dinner) – 50% disc off buffet price

*Pork-Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, pretty good -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Level 6-Tokyo Street,
Pavilion KL Shopping Centre,
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2141 4272

I have never tried out authentic Sarawak Food except Sarawak Laksa, not sure those places that sells it, its origin flavor or not as for now, Paya Serai at PJ Hilton had bring Chef Jamilah who flown all the way from Hilton Kuching to brings us the authentic taste from Sarawak.

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Even the decoration do have the tradition of Sarawak . ..

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Variety of authentic food is been served and some you must not miss.

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Sarakwak Laksa is not to be miss. . . .

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When I reach to this stall, I am amazed to see so many of the ingredient being added into one, and the chef asked me do you want normal spicy or spicy spicy? I asked: is it very spicy? Yess..Indeed it is.. So I go for normal Spicy.

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Super spicy Umai Udang, taste good with the mixture of all the ingredient and normal spicy really makes me speechless and those of you who really love spicy stuff.. this is something you must try.

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Udang Galah Rebus Berserai / Lemongrass Prawns

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Pansoh Manok / Chicken in Bamboo

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Steamed Red Bario Rice is really good to go along with their rendang.

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Pansoh Nasi Ayam / Chicken Rice in Bamboo

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Daging Masak Lada Hitam Sarawak / Sarawak Black Pepper Beef

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I find that Sarawak Laksa is really good, a bit more ‘lemak’ and using bee hoon and don add on ‘Heh Ko’ in it.

The buffet spread is available for lunch at RM68++ for adult and RM45++ for child (below 12 years old) and dinner RM75++ and RM45++ for child (below 12 years old). Paya Serai opens from 12 noon till 3pm for lunch and 7pm till 10.30pm for dinner.

Learn about the unique Sarawak cuisine and culture at the courtesy of Jabatan Warisan Negara, Rumah Sarawak and Balai Seni Lukis Negara, For reservations, please call 03-7955 9122 extn 4060.

PJ Hilton’s F&B Blog : www.zestpj.com

PJ Hilton Website : www.petaling-jaya.hilton.com

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