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Thinking back when was the last dinner I had for Hennessy and I thought it was like bout 2 months ago and never thought it was last year event. Time really flies and year 2012 definitely a great achievement in my blogging time. Never thought I would actually be in the scene with the rest as I usually love to read those foodie who got invited to such glamour event. It was a great break thru for me and thanks to you who give me this opportunity.

Then last week, right after I came back from my lunch I got a surprise delivery package on my working desk as I curiously open up the packaging and I was excited to see again hard dark black invitation card with gold wordings. I am  amaze how this year invitation card looks like, that its a classic ticket that will sail us to a great discovery, as I was already impress with what Chef Han did last year (Food trail & Actual Day Dinner – click to read) and I am pretty sure that their latest selection of chef would definitely surprise us with her creation.

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Then I insta on the invitation card, one of my close friend in US told me she loves her as she emerge as one of the last few final contender in Top Chef. I felt excited by her saying and cant wait to see her in action this week.

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Okay, let the sail begins with the theme EMBARKS ON THE SPIRIT OF CONQUEST is what HENNESSY X.O Appreciation Grows 2013 is about with selected Chef Lee Ann Wong will be the captain to bring us through an amazing journey. Born and raised in Troy, New York, Lee Anne, a 2nd generation Chinese- American, was not drawn to the kitchen, favoring sports –softball and ice hockey – instead.

A girl who started her study in fashion and how did she end up in cooking is when she found her passion for cuisine grows during her first year studying Fashion Design at FIT when she started cooking for friends. As her passion grows in cooking and decided to switch then she never look back since then.

Graduating from The French Culinary Institute (The FCI) Chef Wong jumped into the restaurant world. She immersed herself in New York’s fusion cuisine – working for several years at Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit, then Jean Georges Vongrichten’s Chinese venture, Restaurant 66. She has also cooked and staged in kitchens all over the world, including The French Laundry, Charlie Trotter’s of Chicago, Nobu, The Four Seasons, Trio, Casa Oaxaca in Mexico and Cap Jaluca in the British Virgin Islands – picking up global flavors and techniques along the way.

Chef Lee Anne Wong is also the Executive Chef of Event Operations at The French Culinary Institute by working alongside culinary heavy-hitters such as Jacques Pepin, Andre Soltner, Ferran Adria, Tyler Florence, and Martin Yan.

When my friend said that she loves her, only I realize that she emerge as fans favorite with her fusion flavors cooking that took her to no.4 in the competition of Top Chef. Since then, she become more popular

Why not check out the clip below, as she emerge as the first female chef for the Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows series of events.

She loves to travel during her personal time with vast experience in her 12 years cooking experience is definitely something I am really looking forward to set sail with her “Spirit of Conquest” – to experience the past, present and the future of the original cognac that will take place at Chin Woo Stadium for 3 days.

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Chef Lee Anne Wong and Foo Ken Vin, Senior Marketing Manager, Moet Hennessy Diageo Malaysia pose with the canapés prepared during the canapé masterclass happen in March.

 

Chicken rice is a very common food in our country. I am sure every one do have their very particular chicken rice stall including my best friend Ken. I found out that whenever his favourite stall is, its sure sardin pack, well hidden and of course expensive. Well, Restaurant Choon Yien or known as James Chicken Rice is no stranger to many foodie and despite I work nearby I did not know this place is famous for chicken rice till my friend curse me how could I not know. .

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For most of famous place there are only 2 types of service you getting. One is super good or excellent near to first class service or another type is bad. This place certainly fell to errrr .. . Special case. This place is very well known for the boss being very ” lansi ” (snobbish) as he will scold his customer if :

1) they do not order properly

2) no patience you can leave

3) Please wait your turn

4) Please do not double order as I am still young and have good memory. You will make my process line Jam

the list goes on. Most customers will turn off or just walk away when the cook or server is like that but this place is very unique as despite people being scold including you are DATO, Tan Sri or who every is still same treatment yet keep coming as you can see branded cars park nearby.

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Here comes our order, as the rice is fragrant. . .

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Salted, spicy sour vegie soup is well balance with sourness of veggie that do not overpower the dry chili and asam skin cook along to tone it down. Nice~

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I cannot deny that this stall here definately have one of the best char siew with lean meat being cut in between and can you see the balance of fat in between the meat is just as I love it. Caramelize edge with slightly burnt is something that I enjoy alot~ Recommended!

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Chicken meat is pretty decent as what makes it good is the soy sauce base that the chicken had roast then soak along that make it good. Mix with its fragrant rice is just perfect not to miss their own chicken rice chili which is not too spicy and little sourish end is just the right combination.

Chicken rice is cheap in most kopitiam but not this stall. Total damage per head on that day is RM20 and being price at that way, it had shot up to first spot in my list for being the most expensive Chicken Rice stall.

You have to reach here early as stuff here sold out pretty fast. Best advise reach before 12.30pm and Char SIew is very limited per day. Most of them call in to reserve!

Remark: is it best advise not to visit here if you do not have the patience or got scolded by James. That is how he is~

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, love the Char Siew~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Restoran Choon Yien
CG-1, Happy Mansion Apartments
Jalan 17/13
Section 17
46400 Petaling Jaya

11 am to 1 pm

Mr. James – 016-2809043


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As recently I am in the mood of reading books back and went to MPH to kill some time while waiting for my friend, and guess what, I stumble upon one deal book. I guess being a foodie some times we hunt for deals, I cannot deny that I do hunt for deals online, and this book sure capture my interest. Worthy Book F&B Special Edition.

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When I saw this book, I could not help but to flip thru see what they have to offer.

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This little note on page is interesting, that recommends sample offer inside.

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Next page really caught my full attention as they catagorise it, in malls on what outlet had participated in this book. I could see some of my favourite brands in there, Boost, Beer Factory, Subway, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka and many more. . .

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Then I check out what these outlet have to offer. . . Boost is offering Buy 1 Original Size low fat Smoothie or Crush and Enjoy second one for only RM 1, Free Upsize, 20% on original size drink .. .

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Now I can enjoy share tea at my work place as they have Buy 1 Free 1. . .

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Best of all, when I see this as I hang out quite often at Beer Factory and since they now have this coupon, certaily I am getting this book already with 50% on food bill as their food are not bad. .  Those of you whom have not been to their outlet, ambiance of their outlet will look something like this,please ignore the Arthur’s Day celebration (click here)

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Heard so much about Santouka and now I will have a reason to pay them a visit. . .

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The book is also pretty interesting as all the participating outlets in there, do have a brief write up and what is their signature dish .. Cool . .

Ended up I bought this book with another 2 more books. . Unfair Advantage and Make Money Online by Blogging : Alan Tan . .

Find that its a pretty great deal on how I spend on my food and by paying RM29.90 I can see that I already save more than that, then only found out that their book also available at selected major bookstores (MPH, Popular, Times, Borders, Kinokuniya) and  myNEWS.com outlets in Klang Valley

You also can check out their FB page (www.facebook.com/worthybook) or website  www.worthybook.my. . Happy Hunting to all of you~

Besides the actual I am a foodie, I am learning to improve myself on another side of photography which is into wedding photoshoot, it always amaze me on how these professional photographers create their  master piece and moment. My photography website will be live soon if I do have time to continue upload it. . :p

I do take wedding shoot a few times already and in order to bring my photography skills to another level, I have decided to spend some money and learn from the best, also being a WPPM member too. This event is created by Wedding & Portrait Photographers Malaysia (WPPM) and one of their biggest conference of the year with bout 3 days flow conference from that ranging from :

Silver for beginner

Gold for intermediate

VIP for professional 

Date: 25-28 November

Location: Segi College

Neither of these matters just that you just need to pick what kind of conference you decided to attend with the schedule below then just register.

Paging for all Wedding Photographers in Malaysia:

Please Log onto WPPM website for REGISTRATION FORM, Prices & Bigger time schedule (click here)

I will be attending their silver package for the first time and see all of you photographers there . . .

For those of you who like to meet up with more professional photographers that show their piece of work, knowledge and skills, which I always join them, this round of Photographer’s Chill-out with Patrick Low will take place at SEGI College, 25th November 7.30-10pm. (admission is FREE)

If you are looking wedding photography service in Penang, my friend have just set up their website, do view: http://www.weshootphoto.com/, FB  fans page: We shoot photo

Genting Highlands is known to us by its entertainment industry that had attracted a lot people around Asia to this great destination. Not only that, Genting had cater food for a lot visitor that F&N industry had served more than 20million people over the years. Cafe Terrace is one of them.

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What they have done so far over their F&B industry is amazing and with a new theme, ‘Resort World Genting is Moutain of Food’ that simply will be the new theme carry by them and I am truly amaze by it as a foodie.

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To kick-start Moutain of Food, the resort is offering Penang Hawker Food Festival from now till 23rd January at Coffee Terrace, Maxims Genting Hotel Lobby. For all Penang food lovers, the resort had specially brought in famous Chefs whom have made themselves popular serving all the Penang signature food such as, Char Koey Teow, Roti Canai, Curry Noodle, Har Mee, Fried Oyster, Parsembur, Lobak and many Penang food speciall for this Penang festival.

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Its a buffett style serving. . . Apart from the delectable Penang hawker food selection, we also can buy signature Penang goodies such as famous Tau Sar Pneah, nutmeg, belacan, Penang’s Kun Kee Coffee and more.

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As one of the latest crave for a foodie is hunting for Non-Halal food which is mushrooming especially on pork burger or for to hunt for a satisfied porkie meal. It was on a trip recently to celebrate Karen’s Birthday and again I was put in charge for hunting ground, a suggestion came up by Kebbie mentioning Sanbanto then I went to Google it up that they do have good reviews from bloggers and decided to go there. Then a restriction came up that it takes time to travel there as its in SS2. Then after a while I found out that they have a branch now in Puchong at IOI Boulevard that is called the Pork Place which is one of a upcoming center for FnB heaven that I think its very similar to Sunway Giza.

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i  just love this picture with 2 cute piglet on the tree. . .. Do not be suprise that there are alot of painting of piggy on the wall.

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To those who love to smoke before of after their meal, there are limited tables available for outdoor. . .

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Simple contemporary New York style interior definately make it a cosy place to dine in.

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Red bricks as the deco

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Follow by hosting a long table or group of people at the back of the restaurant with a bar being ready to cater to all of you.

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Then head into the cold room to choose or customise which is the best pork part you want to be cook.

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What chu staring at? never see a pig cross over panda gene?

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In the menu, they do not offer extensive range just one simple page that promote their whole range. Lunch Special is a bargain starting from RM19-RM22 comes with a drink.

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