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Every exclusive dinner have their own trademark theme, and I must say that second time being invited to Hennessy X.O Appreciation Night 2013 is another memorable night. Looking back at the pictures, I still remember how the food taste when Chef Edward Lee came over last year (click here). Cannot deny that the team really pull the whole event into another level, as when I received their classic invitation card I am already looking forward the event, as it mention are going on little trip “Spirit of Conquest” by taking guests on a specially crafted journey of the past, present and future of the original cognac.

At first, it makes me wonder, how this whole thing would be as the location is at Chin Woo Stadium.

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Upon my arrival, all our cars are taken care by the jockey service and I am totally surprise to see that they actually build up a mock up ship for this dinner. Then only realise this is how we going for a conquest.

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 First of all, of course we have to check in and verify ourselves. .

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 and happy to see Bangsar Babe and her husband Rif are into this cruise. . 😀

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Out of my expecatation, I get to see some Uni friends in this event with Sampson, Vincent and Wife. .

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 Of course first thing first, that we are being treated with unlimited amount of Hennessy X.O.

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As walking into the room, they have converted the whole look and feel into classic old sailing ship

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Leather cushion and classic painting are being place into the room to make up the ambiance even better.

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A world map to show where are we heading later.

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As we were called into the dining area, and walk thru the walkway, this totally caught my attention as we are actually dining above  a stunning floating platform on water, to make it looks like actually we are in a ship.

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With the dinning area are well decorated with huge screens are being place at the side and front to make it like a ship window ..

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Transparent panel as walkway that makes it looks like we are actually sailing on sea and projection images on the screen are showing we are actually docking at a modern city at the moment.

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 Reading at the menu for the  night, its all very unique and cant wait to dip into the dishes.

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 With the official Emceeing is Will Quah which is no stranger to all of us .

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Right before the dinner, we were shown a glimpse of what to expect for the night, with video presentation on the screen, showing little history of Hennessy follow by journey of Chef Lee Anne Wong with Hennessy X.O.

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 Nevertheless, it start off by Chef Lee will introduce us on her dishes, and how do we pair it with X.O after that.

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First to be on the table is Parisian Regalia, a foie gras flan with duck confit, green apple and Frisee lettuce.

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It look rather plain when being serve and I am very curious how does it taste like, and it did surprise me that foie gras is cook to perfection as a simple cut on the cube that makes it burst with flavour in smell and taste. It just melts into the mouth and to drink a sip of neat X.O, it makes the taste even more robust. A remarkable dish to kick start with.

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After first dish, it gets us moving around and sharing with drinks and how do we feel about first dish. Apparently every one is impress that makes it a great kick off. Of course with some photo moments with BangsarBabe and another famous blogger Kinkybluefairy.

Another thing that caught my attention is when the first dish is done, the screen of all the panels change to sea view like we are sailing to another place and it is just right, that we are now sailing to China which is our next destination.

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 Golden Crab and Corn Soup

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 with golden crab and corn soup with caviar, lime and coriander accents.

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Then I put in the whole spoon and stir it into the soup. A great combination that makes the soup sweet, bitting off chunks of crab meat and corn along with ebiko that makes it bursting feeling. Had a sip of X.O mix with a bit water and brings out great aroma after taste.!

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 None the less manage to catch up with the guys that night ..

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 In China we are being pamper with classic Chinese music  .. . and moments after that we set sail again to another new location.

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Done with the first two light dishes, then we are serve with modern-global cuisine Western Allure, a bed of cowboy-style peanuts, with salmon place ontop looks like a  sailing ship for me, and I pair it with neat X.O again. The taste brings the peanut very oak flavour and salmon is sweet after taste. Unique!

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Venetian Ambrosia – Chicken with Porchini Mushroom ravioli, truffle paramesan cream is one of the best dish for the night that prepared to perfection that ravioli is al dante.

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 Then we have our very own little Pavoratti performance.

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Looking at the menu, I am loving it as there are 2 types of dessert that going to be serve, and Mazuka Splendour first to arrive. Filled with Syrimiki Cheeze curd fritters, sour cream and dark fruit sauce. A great combination of taste with light sour berry taste and sugar and its origin from Russia.

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 While we are enjoying this dessert, we were entertain with Russian dance.

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 Last country that we are going to visit is Japan . . .

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 Dark Chocolate Ganache to tantilize our taste bud before nice ending of the last dessert.

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Nihon Grandeur . Grapefruit gelee with cream, Grapfruit Ice, and sesame brandysnap. Taste refreshing as it looks with smooth ice and sour grapefruit gelee taste make it well balance in taste.  Brandysnap is crunchy. A perfect dessert to end our wonderful meal.

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Indeed it is another remarkable night with great food and friends. Chef Lee Ann Wong impress all of us with her master culinary skills  with her well known  modern-global fusion cuisine style. Her creation with Hennessy X.O will live in our memory. . With my friend even commented

“Bok, do you remember when we had fine at overseas? All of them taste so good and back in Malaysia cant taste any till tonight. One of the best fine dine dish she ever come across to dine in Malaysia. ” I must agree with her statement. 😀

With that, only I realize why my friend is a big fan of hers. More about her? (click here)

 Special thanks to Hennessy X.O for the invitation again.

Tropicana is one of my favourite mall for movies based on convinience in parking, much less people and cheaper by 10%. One of the reason its nearer to my house and office. Well, there are actually some eatery in Tropicana that serve pretty decent food that I small little shop that I have dine pretty often is Tuan Yuen that serve Taiwanese food at Lower Ground, same area as Tea Chansii or Carrefour Level.

[UPdate – No Longer in Operation]

Bare in mind that Taiwanese food are mild in taste, not as heavy taste as our local food.

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This little shop is a small family business that operate by both the ‘tau keh so’ and her son along with 2 worker. The owner herself is from Taiwan that had migrated to Malaysia and starting up this business to promote Taiwanese food. Since I came back from Taiwan, this is something that is quite near to Taiwan food taste and sadly to say she is tweaking the taste to suits our local taste bud.

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Price is pretty decent that starts from RM7.50 and quite a huge range of Taiwanese food that you can choose from.

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One of my favourite is the dumpling that you must order, Me and ken love it alot as we find its pretty similiar to Taiwan. Something simple to start off with.

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Taiwanese sausage is pretty simple and direct whereby you can eat it in most of the night market . . .

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Taiwanese Style Extra spicy Beef Rice @ RM 11.90

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One of their signature is this Big Meal Beef Noodle, Extra Spicy @ RM 11.90 that I often order. Colour of the soup gives you the impresion that its not spicy and after a few sips of the soup, it will make your tongue numb as, spiciness are more towards Szechuan style. Loving it~ noodle are not cook consistant as it is suppose to be smooth and thin while eating and it have to depends on who cook it. If cook by both the owner or the son it taste good, and if its the worker, it would be usually overcook.

Beef slices are soft and goes well with noodle. They do prepare tissue for you on the table for you to wipe your sweat off. :D, Those who could not take spicy dish, it is not adviseable to order this, or maybe you can request the owner to toned it down for you.

Another thing that its a must order in here is their Winter Melon Tea. One of the best by far that I often came here to make a take away. I personally feel that it beats any of the bubble milk tea shop out there.

One of my personal fav Taiwanese shop.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, simple and nice . !

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

Location:
Tuan Yuen Taiwanese Food
Lower Ground (same level as Carrefour)
Tropicana City Mall,
PJ

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Blogging sphere now 2012 and the beginning era of 2003 when all the senior blogger start blogging, it is a different scene now. I started to pick up the trend of blogging at year 2005 whereby I see many bloggers write about many interesting personal life stories and I ended up starting 1 too at 2005. At that time only 3 post I gave up. One of the reason is that, I find blogging lame and its weird to tell every one what you are doing. 3 years later which is 2008 I pick up blogging again and decided to focus writing on food as I just love food a lot. At that time I just came down to KL and constantly ask new colleague for nice places to eat. Then I started to jump back into blogs again as I find blogging reviewer is more accurate than those in newspaper or magazine, even though they are not professional. Again food taste bud is very subjective. My intention is to help and promote food, even though it is bad is to educate people not to order those few dishes.

As year 2012 now, the trend of blogging had evolved too throughout the years whereby you hear some bloggers are earning quite big bucks over by blogging, some went full time and even new term called celebrity blogger!. I used to follow KYspeaks, Kennysia, Cheeserland, Xiaxue as I regard them as premium bloggers and also the way the write on their blog. Then I started to have the thoughts of how to make money like them?

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I have never been to Bali before, but its a must visit place for me very soon after I have got tempted by alot of my friends on their great scenery and especially on the food! Well, since I have not been there, and right now we can get a taste of how actually Balinese food taste like The UMA. I have actually dine at this restaurant a few times that I just did not blog about it and I guess I should now ..

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The Uma which located in Kota Damansara next to the Strand that offers a great selection of Balinese food and best of all, its a shop that offers NON-HALAL food. The chef cum owner had work in Indonesia previously and decided to come back to spread Balinese cuisine to locals.

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The whole interior was decorated to get as much feel of Balinese as possible, with wooden chairs and tables, and if you prefer something different for dining, you can head upstairs.

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With simple decoration that put on the wall of scenery of paddy field, makes you feel like as if you are dining next to it and up in here, they do not have chairs, that offer to sit on the floor style with pillows for your comfort.

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They are reasonably price with the portion they serve, you better opted to share and it is advice that for a pax of 3 person you order 2 person’s meal. If not enough then only decided to order extra.

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Jus Apokat (Indonesian Avocado Juice) behind – RM 9
Fresh avocado & milk drizzled with chocolates! I am not a Avacado fan but its good, not too thick nor milky

Es Timun Segar (Fresh Cucumber, Lime and Mint juice) – RM 7
Refreshing cucumber mix with lime and some mint. Its the best drink among all, really a thirst quencher. I do not mind to have another 3 more glass. Highly recommended~ 

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Soda Gembira – Milky Air Bandung

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Roselle another refreshing drink . . .

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Yellow Rice – Tumeric coconut based rice
Saur Rice – Black eye pea rice

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Bebek Megoreng (Crispy Fried Quarter Duck)RM22

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Paket C
Main Dish:
Iga MepanggangBalinese Pork Rib is a must get item in this set, as it was perfectly bbq that the taste blend very well and juicy, and I sure do not mind to have the whole slab of it.
Kambing MekuahBalinese Lamb Curry – it was cook till soft, and love the lamb taste of it.
Be Siap MepanggangBalinese Grilled Half Chicken

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Paket A
Main Dish:
Be Celeng Base Manis – Braised Pork Meat in Kecap Manis as braised till soft, and fried till the kecap manis sticks well and eat along with yellow rice is just perfect, as it is  abit sweet and salty . .
Be Siap Mepanggang – Balinese Grilled Half Chicken the trick on eating this well marinated grill chicken is to tear out a bit and dip with the two condiments, sambal and the kicap there is just heavenly!
Pesan Be Tuna – Grilled Tuna in Banana Leaf 

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all the sets you choose in there comes with  some side dish and Condiments

Sate Lilit (minced fish satay)
Urutan (balinese pork sausage)
Taluh Sambal Lalah (hard boiled egg with sambal)
Jukut Urab (mixed vegetable salad)
Kacang Metumis (stir fry long bean)
Kentang Goreng (spiced potato fries)
Sambal Mbe
Sambal Matah
Sambal Kecap Manis

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As to end on our meal, we ordered  Es Campur Bali RM9  a bowl of Bali’s ABC brimmed with cendol, jackfruit, cincau & coconut. Something which is not too sweet and I love the jackfruit, if they add in more would be even more nice.

Our dinner was rather simple to order as in sets, a set that can just satisfy us that serve most of the authentic balinese food under one big plate. A meal with reasonable price and companion certainly we will be back for more again!

Recommended Restaurant~

*NON-HALAL

Location:

The Uma
7-G & 7-1 Jalan PJU 5/21
The Strand, Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya
Selangor, Malaysia

Tel:             +603 6142 2771

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Website: http://www.the-uma.com/

Sometimes to dine in a restaurant to give us good memory, food taste definitely will attract us to be back there as there is one new restaurant with its catchy name Chyniss Restaurant which a new restaurant located in SS2 mall that will serve best Chinese cuisine that combines into under one roof..

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Tawau Special Fish Maw Soup with chinese wine. This huge bowl are able to serve 4-8 pax and if you love your soup to be rich in ingredient, this is one soup I am recommending. The ingredient in it is very generous that every spoonfull is chewable with it. Some people might not like it because of the texture or too rich in ingredient as we find it is just nice for all of us.

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3 Cup chicken known as Sam Pui Kai

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Which is surprisingly good, cuz it is similar to the taste that I had it when I was in Taiwan with strong taste and well coated sauce on the chicken and cook till soft. If you eat just like that, the taste might a bit too strong, and as along with rice, its just perfect. Basil leaves might look alot as I find it, the taste is not too strong.

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Pork meat that had been soaked for a few days in herbs, comes this good dish ‘Salted Pork knuckle’. Look solid from its look, once you hear the cracking sound of the skin in betwee, that is where your saliva start dripping with its a bit salted herbs aroma filled the air. Pork lovers, this might be one of the dish for you to hunt for.

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One of the most unique vegetable that for the first time I taste on it is called ‘Moonflower’ that is very nutritious that cook in clear fried style. Texture of it is very soft and abit soggy, as it was well fried in clear style.

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Fried Garupa Fish with Thai style in plum sauce.

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With fish meat been slice out with equal thickness then deep fried till its outer layer is crispy then showers along with the sauces. Normally, I do not really take fish, as the fish meat is very fresh and the best is the sauce that soaks onto the crispy skin and soft fish meat.

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Next dish that open our eyes big big is by serving this huge ‘Crab in Kam Heong style’.It was well fried with wok hei and taste of kam hiong just soak onto the crab shell and meat. We just enjoy this dish.

There are three sizes of crabs available here at Chyniis; Indonesian Mud Crab in medium (RM50 per kg) and large (RM75 per kg) size, and Australian Mud Crab which is huge (RM120 per kg).

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Next that me and Jason really like it is this, ‘Sauteed Lai Mien’ . love the texture of the noodle which is springy and well fried. Recommended~

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One man behind this great this is this chef that had been one of the neigbourhood for many years. . No wonder all his dish that prepared are very aromatic and delicious.

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One of the most unique desert that you must try, but it is not always available, depends on your luck if the chef do prepare it for the day.

I have no doubt that this is one of a recommended restaurant if you are hunting for nice chinese food both the aroma and taste will thrill you. The restaurant is also conveniet that jockey service is available directly infront of the restaurant for arond RM4-RM5.

Chyniis Restaurant
G45, 46 & 47, SSTwo Mall
40 Jalan SS2/72
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor, Malaysia
T: +603 7956 7288

Quite a number of times that I drive pass through this shop especially on weekend, there will be usually a huge crowd standing at this newly open restaurant about 2 months ago for dim sum Restaurant Jin Xuan Hong Kong. Traffic will be bad around this area as you can see many people standing and hunting for tables.

Thus it gives me the urge to give them a chance to try it out with my curiosity is it that nice?

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According to one of my friend, the owner used to have a few shops in this area and now decided to combine up and make a big one which is very eye catchy when you drive through the road on morning at weekend.

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First dish that the guy came over was with ‘Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun’ that served cold instead of hot or warm that turns out to be not that nice.

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‘Pork Pau’ was next its served warm but then the filling in it is cold already (wondering they just steam for a while and took out already), the gravy of is a bit sweet and salty.

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‘Siu Mai’

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One of my favourite that I will not miss in tim sum is ‘Pai Kuat’.

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‘Har Kau’ that the skin is quite thick.

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‘Beancurd Skin with fish ball paste’ turns out to be quite good, cripsy on the skin, dipping it with chili and sweet sauce  is just nice.

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‘Fried Prawn’

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‘Fried Lou Pak Gou’ if its served hot then would taste much nicer.

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‘Char Siew Bun’ with butter skin on the top layer is not bad.

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‘Polo Pau’

After had this few, we do not have much of the appetite to continue already and when then bill came into around RM45 and with that kind of pricing, I can go for better options. Crowd is just the matter and the food taste so so only surely doesnt come anything near to Hong Kong taste.

[update 5/5/2016] tried again and still taste normal and it is quite expensive now.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 4/10, below average~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Dim Sum Restaurant Jin Xuan Hong Kong
Kuchai Entrepreneurs’ Park,
A 32, 34, 36, Jalan 1/116B,
Kuchai Entrepreneurs’ Park,
58200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 012 396 6881
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