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I again felt honor that I was selected to attend one of the most prestigious event by Hennessy that will took place in Penang for year 2012. I was already speechless when I received invites for the last Hennessy X.O appreciation Grows that took place at Hotel Equatorial last May 2012 . Indeed it was one of the best dinner experience I have attended so far, by getting a chance to dine Hennessy X.O pairing with Chef Edward Lee master piece which is a winner from Iron Chef. On that event itself, I was amazed on the whole event flow, on food presentation, live chef video  preparing the meals and of course how to enjoy Hennessy X.O with food.

I am looking forward for month of September that I get to kill two birds with one stone by attending, upcoming Hennessy Artistry then followed by Hennessy X.O appreciation Grows happening in Penang and I am proud that they are going to my hometown for this event.

Lets take a ride back on happenings last year.

Hennessy X.O Penang dinner which was held in May 2011 at Suffolk House Penang that converting the whole place into a dimention for fine dine. It is one of a exclusive event that guest are attending in Black Tie dress code.

With appreciation comes true knowledge; quality cues are discovered and connoisseurs created. This is true of luxury products, including cognac and Hennessy X.O. On Last year’s gastronomic event, the meals are well presented and Chef Cheong Liew was the master creation behind the scene .

Till date, how I remember Hennessy X.O this word was my grandfather’s favorite drink that he used to place his favourite collection on his alcohol shelf and loves to keep it for a few years before drink it. During special occasions he will always bring along a bottle to celebrate.

Well, I guess this whole brand starting point for true originality is as far as 1870, when Maurice Hennessy created Hennessy X.O, the first in the category of X.O cognacs. Elegant and complex, Hennessy X.O is the result of the blending of one hundred eaux-de-vie with an eXtra Old character, laying the foundation for a rich heritage from which Hennessy X.O continually innovates to be at the forefront of modernity.

Guess who will be the master chef line up for Penang Gastronomy for Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows Penang 2012. Will be this new kid on the block that have tough love qualities along with the commitment, passion, and above all, dedication to excellence that had made him being nominated for the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence ‘Rising Chef of the Year’ in 2010 and 2011, with FiftyThree,  his restaurant that opens its door at year 2009 and nominated as ‘Best Restaurant’ in 2011. Notably, FiftyThree was featured as one of World’s 50 Best Restaurants ‘Regional Spotlight –Singapore’, and on CNNgo.com’s Best Eats 2010 asSingapore’s Best Gourmet Restaurant of 2010 – Singaporean Chef Micheal Han

Not only that, Michael is no stranger to Penang culture and cuisine, having grown up with a nanny fromPenangand “a steady diet of Penang Laksa”, these influences can be found in his cooking today. Michael’s upcoming menu at Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows 2012 in Penang is highly anticipated as he will be utilizing local Penang favorites, we will be following him for a Pre-Event Food Trail by  deconstructing them in a modern way while maintaining the essence of what is already familiar. Here is what we gonna enjoy in Penang this weekend similar to what Chef Edward Lee and Will Quah had done to Petaling Street as video below:

I am looking forward for this food trail along with this young Chef Micheal Han by learning along with his experience. He kick off his career in a fine dining restaurant Au Jardin before moving on to stints at The Fat Duck, L’Enclume and Anthony’s in England, Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain and Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark.

After this food trail, he will then present his master creation from September 26th to 28th 2012. The event will be held in Penang within the chapel of St. Joseph’s Novitiate Flanked by Gurney Drive and Kelawai Road, the historic building was built in 1925 as quarters for novices for St. Joseph’s Training College. To many Penangnites, Gurney Paragon is no stranger to us for its new location of dining that keep that building restored and updated in with its contemporary surroundings, it is a physical embodiment of the values that encompass Hennessy X.O.

Malaysia experience in fine dining is growing steadily as with many people now enjoy the environment and the fine food presentation offer by the chef. Not to be miss that Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) is one of the best way to promote these fantastic restaurant. Last year, with the theme Chef United, a much needed by the chef to go through the slowdown in fine dining industry (click here).

Again for the month of October it meant a lot for a lot of chef that with their hard effort and creative thinking had put on the test, with months of preparation of thinking on ingredient and design of the food and it is ready for people to test at this event is flowing for one month. This year there will be a total of 30 restaurant participate in this event.

When I reach the convention center, I was amaze to see the big poster with the theme ‘Magical Chef’ for this year, with its style of promoting the chef is quite impressive. 

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Heading for media registration as we get to go into the convention area earlier to photo shoot on all those delicious food first before everyone storm in and finish it in seconds. 

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The early birds would be Mei Yee (Witch), Esther, Me and Choi Yen, also Lionel for helping us to take photograph. 

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The main entrace to officiate the event.

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Posters of chef are stick onto the pillar with their signature dish. .  This is what we call my magic dish~

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The whole convention center had transform into its signature decoration with many tables are prepared with silver cutleries, pink napkin and a white gold plated porcelain plate place on top of the table. Candle lights are all lit around the dining area. 

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Creates a perfect dim environment to suits the theme.

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A stage been set up to entertain most of the guests for the night.

During big occasions of celebrations, most of us definitely would celebrate outside, it depends on restaurant, bar, playground, seaside or anywhere but for this one occasion we decided to rock this Movida  place by arranging a dinner and surprise birthday party for one of our friend.

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Modiva Kitchen, Bar and Club Longue is one of the few latest edition in this one hot spot area at Sunway Giza that start operats at April 2010. A place where usually pack with people for happy hours with their great promotions and after 10pm on certain days it will become a club for people to partayyy with an option without travelling so far down to KL.

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If you feel you do not want to be indoor then they have the outdoor area that a mini bar that served draft beer.

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Indoor before 10pm it is more like a dining space with all plates and cutleries are in place when it is after 10 the place will change

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Be prepared to get pampered by the wide range selection of draft beer.

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As me, Vialentino, Uli and Ken were there early, we decided to go on for their Kilkenny draft beer, anything with draft I am into it.

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A perfect half pint of Kilkenny with the smooth silky foam at the top of it.

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Need to take a break after a long day hard work and enjoying myself in this great ambiance.

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DJ of the night will blast you off with RnB, Trance, House and on certain days have different music. Their RnB mixing is good…

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If you feel you need in style with some privacy space with your own friends, then get this VIP area with solid red sofa that suits you well by overlook at the dance floor.

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Monday to Saturday having different promotions and music.

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Yvonne, Shell, Choi Yen and Jas

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Lemongrass Tea

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Milkshake – Thick and creamy with ice cream taste, worth the price.

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Special lychee ice-blended – chill and sweet of lychee taste

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Iced lychee that had hint of lime which is sweet and a bit of sour.

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Mojito – not solid hard in taste but great to go along with pizza.

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Special MOVIDA cocktail

Genre: Romance

I never thought that, I would get addicted to this show, I guess any drama series related to cooking/food or dance I would always never miss it, in any language as long as I can understand I would not miss it.

For those who had been following me on my tweeter or as my Facebook friends, that I have been craving for Italian food recently, the cause and damage of it was from this movie that my friend had send me, as she said since I love food, why not watch this series.

This show is more on romance as it was about a dream of a young woman that dreams to become the elite chef of La Sfera restaurant and work hard on her way up. Of course, love happens when the restaurant hire a new chef that had vast experience from Italy that had made him one of the recognize chef in Korea. This is where the love spark started.

This movie also constantly makes me crave for Italian food because of the way of the food presentation and also its in fine dining concept yet also makes me consider going back into relationship, with the assistant young chef innocent and shy look. Lol~
If you love food, then this movie would definitely worth a watch.

Remark: if you crave of Italian food, please do not blame me.

You can watch the series at this website

Kota Damansara had recently had become one of my hunting ground for food. With a lot of restaurant, kopitiam and café’s mushrooming around the neighborhood, one thing I can say that their food in that area so is so far so good until I got expose to this small shop in the area. Famous for its seafood and its fried hot wok dish and among its local neighborhood, the taste had even attracted stars as far as Hong Kong to dine in here at Mei Chi Xuan Restaurant.

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The shop is located in the heart of Kota Damansara.

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This is what I mean that the shop had attracted crowd from far with the Hong Kong Starz in Super Trio show had dine here before yet Hoh Chiak local tv food hunter had featured them too.

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Here we are, to try out their menu specially made by the chef for Chinese New Year.The chef want us to do photo shoot session first as I cannot wait to eat it. The aroma pilling up the room is just full with temptation.

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‘Sea Cucumber with Seafood and Mushroom on a Dragon Boat’ had already amazed me with its very original food presentation.

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Carefully crafted dragon head and tail with the broccoli decorated by the side and the rest of the ingredient sitting on top of it make it look like a floating boat. All of us were so impress. I always thought that only can see what those TV cooking show chef can do but never really on a local restaurant like this, which is not even a 4 star restaurant.

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Filled with chewy, juicy sea cucumber, scallop, prawns, mushroom, carrots and make the aroma blended so well. Broccoli was freshly cook to my likings. This dish was cook for the reason healthy eating. (from RM150)

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‘Braised Pork Trotter with Mushroom and Lotus Seed’ (RM28 onwards).The pork trotter was cook to perfection until the pork meat is soft, yet not too starchy flavorful gravy that shower upon covers over mushroom and lotus seed, yet by putting one small piece of the fats will just melts on your mouth.

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‘Brown Rice with Waxed Meat and Egg Yolk’ (from RM50)

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Last dish had attracted me more on the taste as when it was serve, the aroma of the wax meat smells so niceeee~ . Not till the chef mention that, let me show you the hidden jewel, and when he cuts open, is like you seen in the TVB cooking drama series, when it cuts open the aroma just burst out even stronger and then the salty duck egg yolk was hidden in the middle like making it shining (I meant tvb style) but this gives me that kind off feeling yet you can smell the saltiness yet strong nice fragrance of the dish that makes us just want to walap the whole plate.

The rice is fried till just nice which is not too dry yet eat it with the wax meat is just perfect combination and the salty egg yolk just adds on the extra kick of it.

It was a great experience in this shop and I am surely looking forward on their normal menu which other customer had order and I can even smells the taste of it when I walk pass to toilet. Just lovin it~

Location:
Restaurant Mei Chixuan
No. 32A1, Jalan PJU 5/10,
PJU 5,Dataran Sunway,
Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.

Tel no: 03-6141 6122

Now is the Vegetarian season and in KL to do that is really a pain in the ass, that’s why I have hold up this posting and decided to posting around this time. I have to thanks to Sidney (BigBoysOven) for the invites. If its not him, then would not have known this shop.

This shop is currently managing by the daughter and the mom is responsible on most of the dishes. All their ingredient are very pure and some are important from a few countries.


Renovated with very nice and cozy interior that really suits on what they are serving.

A variety of food you can get there which is the same as the normal menu in any restaurant but its just that in vegetarian form.


The aroma of the dish was flying around the area and it smells good. Can’t wait to eat it. The food presentation is like the wedding dinner set. If I am not mistaken, this is the ‘Combination Platter’. A dish that you would not want to miss.

I like this the most, ‘Vegetarian Baked Bacon’ very chewy and abit crispy, the sauce that topping on top is a kick on your taste bud. Once eaten, it just cant stop cuz its taste very the same.

‘Shark Fin Egg’ well fried with ‘wok hei’ yet the structure is very similar and you will wonder how they make it till it taste so good.
‘Cuttle Fish with Satay Sauce’ chewy and springy texture, enjoying every bite of it with very fragrance satay sauce top on top.
Deep fried till the outer layer is crispy and preserving the softness of the prawns in it. The own made mayo had make it a great combination taste will be the ‘Golden Prawn Mayo’.
‘Ginseng and Turnip Soup’ taste like home cook, deliciously finish the whole bowl till the very last drop.
Toufu Topped with Preserve Vegetable’ salty enough yet mix well with the taste of the toufu.
‘Mixed Veggie’ a perfect fried of vegetable that the lotus root is abit crispy and the aroma of the nuts jus sunk in make it a good dish that you would not want to miss.
‘Sizzling Spicy Fish’ Sizzling hot plate with the gravy pour upon still boiling and the sauce taste so good that it had mix well with the fish. The homemade gravy is one of the signature in there. Anything that with this gravy, it’s a good try.

‘Stir Fried Prawns in Sweet and Sour Sauce with Man Tou’. Man tou was friend to perfection as expected the crust is crispy yet inside is very soft. Makes it a great couple. As we tried out the prawns, we could not believe the texture of it. Taste so similiar with springy feeling.
‘Terriyaki Mock Duck with Scramble Eggs’. Love the terriyaki sauce that brings up along the aroma of the vegetarian duck meat. If I were to go there for lunch, this would be a great order.

We enjoy the whole vegetarian meal is a good experience yet the food there is first class yet their price is very reasonable as you can see in the menu. Since now is the season, and having a headache where to find one nice Vegetarian Restaurant, this restaurant is highly recommended.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 10/10, Very veryy good, Recommended…~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Yishensu – A Vegetarian Connoisseur
Ground Floor-Old wing (in front of TGI)
1 Utama Shopping Mall,
Petaling Jaya

Te:03 77294313

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