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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.

 

Sometimes, hunting nice food is when you look at some pictures that you like and you go for it. So often that I hear this modern Thai dining serve pretty good food is Fa Ying by Rama V. I get to know this place when I saw my friend insta it while they are enjoying their meal there. Then not long after that see them Insta again. Then it got me very curious about the place and food and its a recommended place by them.

Since my friends birthday is around the corner, therefore I suggest this nice restaurant for birthday dinner.

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Get to know that t Fa Ying means “princess” in Thai and by that you would nod your head once you know that it is connected. That is how I feel I am connected when I first saw this place. 😀

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At night this whole restaurant look pretty comfy with nice lighting and set up with bar in the middle of Fa Ying by Rama V.

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Sitting outside at night without wind can be like in sauna . . .

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Starting to love this place when I they have happy hour buy 1 free 1 all day long. AT times before movie will drop by for a drink.

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Offering in this Fa Ying by Rama V seems pretty good as I have asked my friend the list what is the must have item and she recommended a few.

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This is something new to me as Watermelon salad is something light and simple to start off with, sweet and burst with watermelon juices, light mint taste and goat cheeze is added to make the taste more kick. @ RM 12

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In salad range, I was asked not to miss out their signature Pamelo Salad with Prawns @ RM16, mint leaves are added along, light herbs taste in between and the pamelo is sweet sour base that pair with the ingredient very well.

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Thai Fish Cake @ RM 12

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It will never be complete if you step into a Thai restaurant without ordering Tom Yum, the version here is rather mild and serve along with 2 slices of toast bread. Bread is good but to pair with thai soup its a bit weird.

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Pinapple Fried Rice is pretty good as fried to fragrance and pineapple taste did not overpower the rice.

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All ala carte order comes with this bowl of thai fragrant rice and a bow of thai salad. Thai salad is popular among the rest as the sour base and spicy end makes it nice.

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Follow by our mild spicy Curry Duck. Duck meat is not too hard yet cook to perfection that the gravy is slightly thicker and coated well on the duck meat. Love this dish.

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Phad Thai is like one of my favourite dish. Will try to order if available or not to full. Thin noodles here are pretty good, and did not fried too dry, slightly  moist to my liking. Serve along with peanuts and bean sprout to stir all together along.

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Prawn Speghetti

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Clearly Roasted duck sandwich @ RM20++

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Is the clear winner for the night as it was gone within seconds. Smack in between 2 slices of toast Ciabatta  with combination of duck, vegetables and sauces is just nice. Fa Ying by Rama V

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Here is the biday girl and her cakes.

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Of course my usual order placement of cakes will be from Fatboybakes.blogspot.com

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Lastly, for the celebration and we were told their signature cocktail that we shall not miss is Marquessa @ RM100, uniquely served in a huge fishbowl as the mixture of the drink  filled with dragon fruit, cucumber, burnt orange peel, Absolute Blue, white wine, soda and 7-Up. Nice to drink and can at least be share with 5-6 friends.  If you are a cocktail lover, then this is one of the item you shall not miss..

For a pork free restaurant to come out with this flavorful dish, I must say I am impress. Total bill for the night came out RM650. Not bad for a recommendation.

*PORK Free

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Food rating 8/10 ,Good… Loving it~ Recommended! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Fa Ying by Rama V
The Boulevard, Paradigm Mall
Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya.

Tel: +603-7451 2933

Opens daily from 11am onwards.

Instagram really had made friends connected more and I do follow a bunch of hungry goers and whenever they always eat, sure they will insta first. I guess now insta had become a term of it. Nevertheless I came accross Kelly’s Insta when she said she had one of the best ajitsuke tamago, along with comment in this ramen shop is worth trying, can be rated as one of the best Ramen in KL City or within Golden Triangle is this Marutama Ramen.

Since I am in KL and its rainy Sunday yesterday, will make it a pit stop then. Located on 1st floor in Farenheit 88 located this Ramen Shop hidden at the back corner. Manage to find it thru Foursquare (I guess app now pretty usefull).

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With traditional Japanese dining ambiance.

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I never have enough when comes to ramen add on. Will usually top up.

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Price in the menu are pretty decent, not only that, I am keen to try how their chicken broth will taste like. Since most of my favourite came from is with pork bone or pork soup.

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They are being generous with the ingredient with unlimited fried garlic. I just took one slice and eat it just like that, crispy and flavourful. Just perfect to be added onto the ramen.

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I will as always try on Gyoza (餃子) for RM10. I would say that one of a great quality gyoza that the ingredient that added in is pretty solid, soft meat with hint of ginger soak along chili oild and vinegar base make it nice to bite.

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Among in the list, what attracted me the most is this combo Kakuni Tamago, @ RM 27 that have all the ingredient that I want, with ajitsuke tamago, slice pork and pork belly. When this was serve, I look down on this petite bowl and thinking will it ever fill my stomach, then quickly I took my spoon and sip on the soup base as very keen how chicken soup base would taste like. Surpise with the taste, thick and flavorful that I continuesly drinking for a few more sips before I stop.

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Ramen is pretty springy in thinner version and it was not over cook.

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This is what Kelly meant, and I have to agree with her that its one of the best egg with egg yolk can be ooze out and well season. Every bite is soft and I don mind to order 2-3 more for this. Its a must have in your ramen if you do come here.

I am surprise to dine ramen with such great soup base especially with Chicken Soup base. A soup base that had been boil for hours to make it thick and nice. As good as what others say. I surely dont mind to come back again to dine another round.

*NON-Halal

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Food rating 7.5/10 , pretty good eh, worth to try -Stamped-

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

Location:
Marutama Ramen
Fahrenheit 88
Lot Flr. 27.01, 1st floor
Buking Bintang, KL

GPS: 3.14748, 101.71283

Tel: 03–2141 1573

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I have been looking for compact camera for quite a while and there was recently I was helping my friend to do a survey in the market by asking around which compact camera is good. Of course when we are looking for camera, there are sure few main brands that pop out in our mind or keen to check it out. One thing I am pretty sure for the past 2 years that this brand Samsung had been developing and improve tremendously over the years. Starting off by moving to my new apartment by buying Samsung TV then follow by getting Samsung Note. With the recent survey, the shop owner introducing me a few brands and after narrow down to my budget left only 2 brand. Samsung and x brand. At that time Samsung Camera had been in my radar and I was very surprise I won myself in a contest by Samsung and hence now I am the brand Evangelist for this camera, Samsung NX 210 with wi-fi is the latest addition gadget added into my collection.

Thanks to both Don and Samsung Malaysia for the great opportunity.

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This camera is pretty amazing by its quality taken so far and with the spec on hand that act like a mini DSLR for me is just the right choice that I have been looking at.

• An amazing detail with 20.3MP APS-C sensor
• Lightweight premium metal design and sleek
• Best of all I can Share photos on the go with its built-in Wi-Fi
• Records movies as H.264 files at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 progressive frames per second.
• 3.0″ VGA AMOLED display

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This is one of the latest brand-new, professional-grade, APS-C CMOS Sensor that produces images, rival those of any premium DSLR at vast  20.3MP. One of its good point where by a chosen one is  it has a large sensor area that are able to receives more light, guaranteeing low noise levels with high dynamic range and accurate colour differentiation. This Nx 210 comes with a basic kit lens 18-55mm.

For more of its spec function (click here)

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Beside all those main function, there is one of a key function that I am pretty excited which had the built in wi-fi. Now not only smart phone have wi-fi as camera too. It enable us to save photos and videos directly to a computer or cloud service while you shoot or on my job at times need instant pictures where by I can just email direct to them, print them wirelessly is also one of the option, or just like me, love to share all my food pictures whereby now I can upload them straight to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. With all these, it had created less worry for me losing a great shot, running out of storage space, or trouble remembering to bring the cable along.

Here is a short video to show you on the wi-fi functions:

Its a new cool feature that I like and guess what? Here is the end result that it have on my Facebook~

Taadaaa, it will appear along on additional folder with NX 210 and little status with my Samsung Camera. Upload is Fast depends on the connectivity of the area and the picture quality is perfect, just as from my camera. Well well, stay tune for more showcase on my new camera soon . . 😉

For capture of Images with this unit – click here

For capture Video with this unit – click here

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