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Right after Christmas what is next festive season we have in line? Thaipusam will be kicking off first then follow by Chinese New Year. I am sure many of you arleady see those big malls are busy preparing decorations for you guys to photoshoot for Toh Yuen.

Not only that, all F&B, restaurants are all busy preparing special menu for all of us out there. Toh Yuen at PJ Hilton is coming up with Fortune Menu, Happiness Menu, Longevity Menu and Propensity Menu, that is priced at RM988++, RM1188++, RM1388 and RM1688++ respectively for each table of 10 pax.

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Deluxe Salmon & Seaweed Yee Sang with Mixed Fruits

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Lou Sang in Chinese Tradition is a must which signify toss of luck, health and prosperity. Not only that, that salmon fish is use to symbolize life and longevity.

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The sauce are slightly sour end with sweet taste of mango, pineapple and dragon fruit. Something which is easy to start off with as most of the restaurant have different sauces for Yee Sang.

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When the waiter open up the cover of the pot of Braised Baby Abalone with Dried Seafood Soup, I was like wahhhh, so rich in ingredient yet its double boil. Something to look for and the light smell of it entrails my nose that I just cant wait to get a sip of it.

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Look at the ingredient that they have, with huge abalone dried scallops,  fish maw, herbs and black chicken.

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A soup that truly come to my liking that is clear yet aromatic.

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Braised Sea Cucumber with Mixed Mushrooms and Sun-dried Scallops. A bowl of rice is needed for this. Top with gravy on top of it and just pairs well with broccoli was boil well not too soft and sea cucumber is soft enough.

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Half Half… Roast Chicken, Smoked Duck with Dragonfruit Sauce and Vegetable Crackers. Smoked duck is aromatic and very well prepare that the dragonfruit dressing just add a simple and light taste of it yet smock duck taste still there. Its a dish that shall not miss and roast chicken I just love the skin.

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when I look at the menu, this dish definitely caught my attention, especially anything in cod, I would put extra attention cuz I just love cod. Deep Fried Canadian Cod with Honey Sauce comes with huge cube of fresh cod and fried well on the outer layer with cod meat is warm inside, that pairs well with the sauce. I didnt enjoy it slowly, I put in the whole cube into my mouth and let it burst with flavour.

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Sauteed Fresh Sea Prawns with Wasabi Mayo and “Sakura Denbu” is nearly juicy and I just wish I have extra wasabi mayo to dip on, then it would have been another perfect dish.

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By the time reach this dish we were already surrendering, it looks little but its actually very filling. Then Steamed Glutinous Rice with Sun-fried Oysters, Salted Egg Yolk and Chicken Paste was well prepare and the colour of it already attracted us. At first the girls next to me was planing come lets take one and share 3 portion ended up the take 1 each. Its good, filled with flavour of the leave and salted egg that makes the extra kick of it. Glutinous rice was well cook and steam that just makes it a perfect ending.

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Deep Fried Nian Gao with Yam

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Hilton Ice Cream Cake

Many of the modern Chinese family do not really cook at home any more for reunion dinner and surely this is one of the restaurant to consider.

Location:
Toh Yuen
Hilton Petaling Jaya
No 2, Jalan Barat,
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7955 9122
Website: www.ZestPJ.com or www.petaling-jaya.hilton.com
Facebook: hiltonpetalingjaya

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, which I could not believe myself too. Next weekend, all of us will be heading back for Reunion dinner. Nevertheless, alot of restaurants and hotels now do offer great food for reunion dinner as many families had opted to eat out instead of cooking at home because on ambiance and convenience.

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As for this round, we head to Checkers Cafe located inside Dorsett Regency Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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Checkers cafe offers a great soothing ambiance which is perfect for family gathering as the whole place is comfortable, can be separate out with other diners also indulge with a very simple decoration to stir up the mood of CNY.

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Once we were seated, we were greated by this huge Pineapple as a special welcome drink called Prosperity Splash Drink (Mixtured of Pineapple, Mandarin orange, Dragon Fruit juice and hint of honey) indeed its a thirst quencher drink that you will never had enough.

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What we are having for the night is a 8 course dinner that prepared by a great Chinese chef.

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Of course like any other celebrations during Chinese New Year and before dinner or everything starts, we will always starts with ‘Lou Sang’ which is only a tradition that available in a few countries around South East Asia. The thick sauce is specially made with chef’s own recipe to enhance on the taste of the ‘lou sang’. Their unique of Yee Sang is that ‘Salmon Yee Sang with crispy Salmon skin’.

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Fresh Salmon ‘Yee Sang’ for the night . . . .

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As preparation, you mix everything what is next to the plate on sauce and other ingredients.

Pictures credit to: www.everydayfoodilove.com

In the process of Yee Sang, by using a chopstick and stick inside the Yee Sang then you say out loud your  “auspicious wishes”  for the year, every toss say one wish whereby mostly is high salary, good business, good health and many more. The higher you toss,

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This is usually the aftermath of lou sang and this consider not that bad, as for me and my friend, it did fly to someone’s hair before and the whole portion left half as another half is on the table. 😀

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A very delicious, savory with a bit sweet, sour, crispy salmon skin that kick a perfect start before dinner. One of a good Yee Sang that I have come across so far. . .

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Pan-fried Lamb Rack with Chef Special Sauce

This is the super star of the night as one piece would not be enough. I think I do not mind to have at least 5 pieces of this that it is well marinated till the sauce got into the meat, well quoted with the sauce that make it very juicy and not only that, the meat is so soft till it nearly melts, no lamb gammy taste which is a perfect dish for every one. Highly Recommended!

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Braised Shark’s Fin with Assorted Seafood

During Chinese new Year, Shark Fin will mostly fill onto the table as they are quite generous with the ingredient. I can eat chunks of crab meat, fish maw and assorted seafood every spoonful of it.

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Followed by Steamed Chicken with Herbs.

Juicy and soft meat with the herb sauce soak onto the meat and make every bite delicious.

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Deep Fried Cod Fish with Superior Soya Sauce

This is also another favourite dish for the night, as the fish being deep fried on the outer layer till its crispy then shower along with superior soy sauce. Always love the texture of cod fish which is soft and moist.  – Recommended

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Deep Fried Prawns with Seafood Sauce

Fresh prawn that indicates by the solid meat texture and the seafood sauce pairs it very well.

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Braised Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Dried Oyster and Black Mushroom with seasonal vegetable

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Fried Rice with ginger and salted egg

Fried hot from the wok with ‘wok hei’ a bit salty and I still add in some soy sauce to further bring up the taste. Its simple and good to further fill my stomach.

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Steamed Nian Gao which is prepared by the chef himself as its a bit softer compare to those I have eaten so far and I love Nian Gao alot as get to eat once a year. I love it to well coated with lots of coconut.

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Golden Sesame Ball with Red Bean paste

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For the first time I am trying Sweetened Red Bean Paste, as I mean the red bean had been blend into a very thick to make this desert out. Usually I eat this in watery base filled with Red Bean chunks.

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This is the Sous Chef Lai behind the wok that had created this great range or Perfect Dinner menu that have all what a Reunion dinner needs. In this menu many chinese believe in every dinner must have Prawns, Fish, Chicken, dried oyster and nian gao. All have their own meaning in a Chinese New Year Dinner.

I certainly would recommend for their CNY Chinese Menu if you wanted to go for reunion dinner at this hotel. Great food ~

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We were also given cup cakes with Dragon Icon and gold. The cake is moist and nice!

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If you do not like their Chinese NEw Year menu you can opt for their buffet that have a good range too.

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Reunion Buffet Dinner

22nd January 2012
Price: RM108++ per person
“Gong Xi Fa Cai’  New Year Brunch
23rd and 24th January 2012
12.00 noon to 4:00pm
Price: RM75++ per person
Joy and Luck Buffet Lunch
Monday to Friday
(25th – 31st January 2012/ 2nd – 5th January 2012)
Price: RM75++ per person
Prosperity Buffet Dinner
Monday to Friday
(23rd to 31st January 2012/ 1st February to 6th February 2012)
Price: RM85++ per person

*50% discount for children between the ages of 4 to 12 and senior  citizens of 55 years old and above

*Price quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 6% government tax.
For Reservation:  603-2716 1000
Great news for all Taufulou.com Readers, you guys will enjoy a 38% discount if you make your CNY buffet reservation by including my link and clicking on the link below :
Location:
DORSETT REGENCY HOTEL
172, Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 603-2716 1000
Fax: 603-2715 5000

How many of you do you actually dine or yum cha at local kopitiam especially on local franchise chain? Often that we do not have satisfactory food or drinks in certain outlet. It was not until recently that Carmen insist to bring me here for the main reason they serve pretty good food for a franchise chain and second because her friend operate this outlet. This outlet certainly have my vote in ..

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This shop is located at one of my favourite Pork Ball Noodle Kopitiam (click here) which is directly behind is this Hailam Kopitiam, also facing directly Bangsar Village.

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A place that you can dine quite cozy with marble tables and wooden chairs, as there are alot of fans in the ceiling that keeps the cool air around.

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They have pretty wide range of food and drinks and price wise I find it rather cheap compare to another 2 brands. One good thing about this shop as it is a HALAL kopitiam.

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Traditional Hazelnut White Coffee, Ice Roasted Coffee and Hailam Milk Teao

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Passion Fruit & Dragon Fruit Shake @ RM 7.50

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Traditional Hailam Tea and Traditional Hailam Roasted Coffee @ RM3.20

I am not really a coffee drinker as most of my friend know, as I drink coffee I have the opposite effect which is getting sleepy. One thing that really love is the coffee here. Certainly beats quite a number of places that the taste of coffee is robust, well blend, strong in aroma and did not go too milky. If you are here, certainly its a recommended drink!

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A simple Toasted Sliced Bread with Butter & Kaya @ RM2.50 where you think most of us can do it at home, I just do not know what is the trick that it can be toasted out crispy and with one bite, you can see the crumbs dropping off and a simple spread of butter and kaya makes it a simple bites to be wobble down. Must eat it while it is freshly out from the toaster! If you pair this with the hot coffee and  half boil egg it would be the most perfect combination of all!!

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For the price of RM 7.20 for Chicken Deluxe Sandwich, it is certainly reasonable in price with generous amount of ingredient added in, chunks of chicken and vege with sauce evenly spread makes it nice to eat.

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Tuna Egg Sandwich @ RM5.20

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Star of the night is this Hailam Chicken Chop with Original Sauce. We never expect a chicken chop will taste so good and impress us so far at this kind of restaurant chain. It is juicy and tender, as the meat is not dry, sauce is well balance that I just requested for another bowl of sauce to make it gravvyyyy enough for me on the chicken and fries. Recommended!  RM14.20

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A dish of Mix Fried Mee (Fried Ying Yeong) especially with HALAL status, caught us by surpise that it was fried perfectly with wok hei, that certainly can match with many chinese hawker center area on quality. I just had this again when I was meeting my friend there 2 hours ago. It is satisfied, and my malay friend find it delicious.Recommended! RM7.80

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I always love to try tomyam fried rice, not many places that can fried this to my likings, either too powdery, or the taste is too strong. Then find that Hailam Tomyam Fried Rice offer in this shop is well balance in taste, with a bit of sourish and spicy that comes to my liking. RM8.80

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A simple malaysian delicacies which is Nasi Lemak Special with Rendang Ayam, with rice is very fragrant with coconut milk that serve along with thick curry gravy and eat along with the sambal just goes along very well. RM9.60

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Fried Kuey Teow another dish that surprise us. Fried with enough wok hei, till the koay teow is very fragrant and while smelling it, already makes a lot people hungry. After the first bite into our mouth, we were stun! the taste is very similiar to the ones in Penang, not only that, it was fried without pork lard and we just cannot imagine that if the chef can fried with pork lard, this dish will be a big hit among many people. Recommended!

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Hailam Fried Mee/ Hailam Mee @ RM8.50

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Curry Noodle

I know that many franchise chain food are quite disappointing, but when comes to this outlet, I would want to say that their food certainly outstanding compare to other shops and I have went back here a few times since I was brought by Carmen that I must thank her now, even now I know where to bring my Malay friends when they crave for nice chinese  HALAL food.

Location:
Hailam Kopitiam Bangsar (opposite Bangsar Village)
25 & 25A Lorong Ara Kiri 1
Lucky Garden Bangsar,
59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact No.: +603-2201 2307

Opening Hours: Sun – Wed (7:30 am – 12:00 am), Thu – Sat (7:30 am – 1:00 am)

I used to go SS2 Murni to have dinner or supper and there are a few times that I told my friend that, pity loh, this shop..open in the wrong location which is overshadow by Murni. The patrons that visited the restaurant usually not more than 3 -5 tables on the dinner but little did I know that, it is one of the hidden jewel in the area.

I am glad that I was invited by BBO for a review in this great restaurant.


A unique range of tim sum available and everything looks tempting.

‘Ice Blended Japanese Matcha with Red Bean’ RM5.90. I have tried something which is small in size for a desert but never in drink. Love the strong taste of green tea but with the red bean still thinks it would be great if its in a smaller version.

‘Dragon Fruit Ice Blended’ RM5.90 Till now still do not know how to enjoy this drink, if you are a dragon lover, you should go for it. Strong in taste.
‘Mango Starfruit Ice Blended’ RM5.90. Its not bad but to me it’s a bit too sweet.
If you are looking for something cold without ice in it, then let me introduce you the ‘Yin and Yang in Hong Kong Style’ RM5.40 and ‘Ice Milk Tea in Hong Kong Style’ just love how the strong milk tea taste. RM5.00

‘Sweetened Mangoes’ is a perfect starter, with sour that open up your appetite and the crunchiness of it, I never had enough.
‘Stir-fried Rice Flour Roll with Spicy Sauce’. When it was lady boss was serving this, my eyes never leave this plate of thing. I looks so good yet with the smell of the perfectly fried taste trailing behind it just cant wait to walap it. Perfectly fried and a bit crispy certain bits and pieces end with sesame on top is something I would want to ask for more. RM4.50
‘Stir-Fried Bean Sheet with Preserved Vegetables’ Another eye catcher to me which looks a bit shining on the outer layer and the colour of the dish, is just the right fried. A bit salty yet the taste of it is not like char koey teow but something different that you should try for. RM4.50
If you are a ‘Steamed Shanghainese Meat Dumpling with Superior Soup’ I would assure you try out this. A thin layer of skin wrapping around the tenderness of the meat in it filled with steam soup. Slowly pick it up and poke a hole in the skin and make the soup flow out and taste the sweetness of the soup will just melt you away. 2nd round, stuff the ginger and abit vinegar in it, will just kill you off with the perfect combo. The ‘Xiao Long Bao’ here is definitely better than Dragon-i. RM6.00
‘Steamed Rice Flour Roll with Deep-Fried Dough Stuffed with Fish Paste’. Miss the taste when I had in Melbourne tim sum restaurant but this is something similar. Soft on the outside crispy on the inside.
‘Steamed Fish Skin Dumpling with Oyster Sauce’. Another version of siew long bao I would say. In the middle of it covered with meat and a bit of the soup and I had 2 for this. RM4.80

‘Deep-Fried Prawn Roll with Squid Paste and Cheese’. I have eat tim sum with mayonise but never with cheese. Compactness of the ingredient and freshness of the prawns filled with cheese sauce is something unique you can try on. Good would be the next word coming out from your mouth. RM4.80

‘Deep-Fried Prawn Roll with Orange Sauce’ is to make your taste bud go on trial, with a mild orange taste dip with it, you will just love it. RM4.80

Something different from other restaurant would be ‘Deep Fried Spring Roll with Unagi and Yoghurt’ is worth a try. RM5.20

‘Shanghai Pan-Fried Meat Dumpling’. Gyoza had always been my favorite but in Chinese version, I would not complain much as it’s a big wantan covered with loads of ingredient in it. RM4.60
‘Shanghai Pan-Fried Meat Buns’ something like gyoza but in pau version RM5.00
‘Steamed Rice Flour Roll with Duck Meat in Crab Sauce’. With the unique taste of it, you would not want to miss this! The crispiness of the duck cover with rice flour roll and end with the bath of crab sauce, is something you would makes you remember in your taste butt rock and roll. RM6.80
Arghh.. you must not miss this, silky smooth in ramen and thick and starchy soup base with a unique taste is something you would not find out there. ‘Shanghainese Style La Mian with Crab Roe’ RM8.80

Something pan fried covers with wok hei, ‘Stir-Fried Vermicelli with Minced Pork’. Great texture with the right ingredient is something you would want to go after. RM6.80
I do not know I am a sweet or desert freak but when always comes to this section I am quite excited over it as to try where can I get the best desert especially after tim sum meal.
A well steam ‘Shanghai Layer Cake with Custard’ which covers a few layers and custard in between, the softness of it, and I can just finish the whole basket. RM4.20
‘Sweet Dumplings with Duck Egg Yolk Cream’ is my very favourite here which I would say onde onde in Chinese version. Soft skin covers with coconut and bath in the sea of uniquely taste in the middle, put in the whole thing and one bite the gravy will melt on your mouth, filled with sweet and salty it’s a kick for you.
Beware when it was served as the gravy might be a bit hot and wait it to cool down abit.


‘Chilled Mango Sago with Jelly’ is not much different from the mango drink, would prefer it with less sweet. RM5.00

Looking for something crispy to munch, ‘Avacado with Kataifi’ had been deep fried like a small rolls of wire which been fried to crispiness on the outside and a perfect sweet taste on the inside. RM5.00
If you are durian lover, you will gonna loves this a lot! I would say this is the best I have eaten so far on this range of durian desert, ‘Durian Pancake’ (RM4.60 a pair) is a thin slice layer of skin and with a well balance of cream and durian in it just makes you wanna have more for off season. Its bitter in the taste of the durian and with all of us being a big durian fan’s all of us ta pau this for our friend to try out.
With our stomach already so full, we are still waiting for long craving Sunny home bake ‘Macaroons and Moist chocolate cake’.
Macaroons attracted by its colourfull look, not too sweet yet its something new to me.
Moist chocolate cake is a perfect closing for the meal. With the moisture and compact texture with rich chocolate taste, for gurls… you will love it.
One of the best moon cake I have eaten so far, but I we have been told by Wilson that the mom is not making anymore. We are in luck that is the final piece of the mom’s collections. Any order would have to wait for next year…
The session would not been great if without Bigboysoven, Wilson and Racheal, Mei which is now known as Cheong Man Yuk, Xin, the lady reporter of Red Tomato and me.
If you are looking for something unique in dim sum with hotel quality and normal restaurant pricing, surely this is highly recommended.
-= Ka Ching =-
Food Rating 10/10, DAMM GOOD~ Highly Recommended ~-Stamped-
–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-
Location:
Dragon One (CHEF LOONG)
59 Ground Floor,Jalan SS2/75
47300, Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Non-Halal
(next to Murni)

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