Saturday, November 18, 2017

Super Big Don House大爆丼, Damansara Uptown

Seeing how much I love Japanese don, our friend took us to Damansara Uptown to check out Super Big Don House 大爆丼. As their name suggests, their menu is predominantly rice bowls (don) with various toppings such as raw seafood, beef, pork and more.

My favorite kind of don is one with raw seafood. You can choose from salmon, tuna chutoro, scallop, Hokkaido uni, and even lobster. I went for the Salmon Negitoro Tobiko Don (RM39) which comes with four types of seafood - salmon sashimi, negitoro, kani and tobiko.  The salmon sashimi was sliced fairly thickly, and was fresh and quite fatty, which I loveeeeee. Next to the sashimi are tobiko which adds a lovely texture to the rice bowl and shredded kani (crabstick) as well as pickles and cucumber. Finally, a large mound of negitoro, (which is chopped or blended fatty toro (tuna belly)) tops the rice bowl.




You can add on premium items to your rice bowl such as lobster (500g for RM48) and Hokkaido uni (RM50)




Delicious slices of salmon sashimi


As each rice bowl is served, the wait staff will explain to you how to best enjoy it. For mine, I was to first move the sashimi to a small side plate (to be eaten with wasabi and soy later). Then, I was to drizzle the rice with ample amounts of seafood soy sauce (blended in-house) and then mix it all up. I thoroughly enjoyed my rice bowl; the toppings were generous and most importantly fresh. All dons come with a bowl of miso soup.




Unagi lovers, I highly recommend the unagi don here (RM68). Hubby had this and was well-impressed with the thick, meaty slices of grilled eel in a sweet glaze. I usually avoid unagi as I find that they usually contain quite a lot of small bones but definitely no such problem here. I enjoyed the piece that I had. Again, portion is generous. For this, Hubby was instructed to remove the unagi to the side plate and mix in the egg yolk with the rice.




Our friend was intrigued by the pork don (RM48) which is depicted in the menu as a whole load of meat on a skewer, served standing upright in the rice bowl. Looks pretty cool (beef one is also served in the same manner) so she ordered this. The pork was a little dry on its own, but it does come with some garlicky sauce on the side. There was a whopping 400g of meat, so portions here are definitely big. Personally I prefer the seafood don over this.



Haha the actual item looks even more impressive!



Other than rice bowls, they also offer a few types of kushiage aka deep fried Japanese skewers. Our friend had this the last time and raved about the black truffle mayonnaise. There is a minimum order of 2 skewers, so we had the pork belly (RM6.90) and vertebral mushroom (RM3.90). I loved the mushroom skewer with the truffle mayo... so good!





Opening times: Lunch 12.00pm - 3.30pm; Dinner 6.00pm - 10.30pm.

Price: Total bill RM199.15 (all prices denoted above are prices before service charge and GST)

Location: 75, Ground Floor, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. (Street parking available or park at The Starling and walk over).

Tel: 03-7733 5996

GPS Coordinates: 3.134515, 101.620942



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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Recipe: Mushroom risotto with scallops, asparagus and crispy bacon

Besides pasta, BabySumoKids love a good risotto too. Comfort food for the soul :)

This time, we used small Patagonian scallops and they turned out to be pretty good - lovely and sweet. Baby C actually likes these over the larger ones. They can sauteed together with the asparagus and then added to the risotto towards the end. Nowadays, I also use a chicken stock pot to save time so making risotto can be a quick, easy affair. This risotto dish took me less than 45 minutes to cook and it's a dish that gets us all ooh-ing and ahh-ing as we enjoy it.

Mushroom risotto with scallops, asparagus and crispy bacon



Mushroom risotto with scallops, asparagus and crispy bacon
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves 4


Ingredients
250g arborio rice
3 tbsp butter
4 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
160g raw Patagonian scallops
150g white button mushrooms, sliced
150g asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2" lengths
2 slices back bacon, sliced
1- 1.5l chicken stock
30g grated Parmesan cheese



1. In a large non-stick pan or wok, heat 2 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes.

2. Increase heat to high, then add the rice. Using a wooden spoon, stir the rice with the onion, making sure that the grains are coated with the olive oil/butter until slightly translucent and the rice starts to crackle, for about 2 minutes. This process is called tostatura. It helps the rice absorb the stock later.

3. Dissolve one chicken stock pot in 1l water. Turn the heat down to medium low and add enough stock to cover the risotto, about 1 cup. Keep stirring the risotto constantly as stirring massages the starch molecules out of the rice, hence creating a rich, creamy texture.

4. Allow the stock to be absorbed before adding more stock to the rice. Keep adding small amounts of stock (1/2 cup at a time) to the rice until the rice is soft but still has a bite to it (al dente). This will take about 20-30 minutes. Taste the risotto rice occasionally to check if it's ready. If you run out of stock before your rice is ready, you can add boiling water as a substitute for the stock.

5. In the meantime, in a separate frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until crispy and browned, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside in a plate.

6. In the same pan (as Step 5), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute for about 2-3 minutes, season, then set aside.

7. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat. Add the asparagus and saute for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, until tender and then add the scallops and saute for a further 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper.

8. When the rice is almost ready (95%), lower the heat, then stir in the sauteed mushrooms (from Step 6). Take the pan off the heat and add the Parmesan into the rice (the mantecatura process) as well as 1 tablespoon of butter. Taste and adjust seasoning.

9. Serve the risotto in a deep plate, then top with crispy bacon, scallops and asparagus. Grate over more Parmesan cheese if you like.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Japanese Buffet Dinner @ Kin No Uma, Palace of the Golden Horses

Every Saturday, Kin No Uma in Palace of the Golden Horses will be offering a Japanese Buffet Dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.  Located on the Lobby Level of the hotel, diners can enjoy unlimited sashimi, sushi, teppanyaki and more in a cosy environment.



Our first stop at every Japanese buffet is always the sushi and sashimi counter. I was pleased to see salmon sashimi (my favorite), tuna as well as saba (mackarel). They were sliced reasonably thick and most importantly, tasted fresh. The sashimi was extremely popular and disappeared at lightning speed, and the chef did a good job in replenishing it efficiently. There is also an assortment of sushi and maki on offer, to suit the varying tastebuds of the diners.

















Over at the teppanyaki counter, you can watch as the chefs skillfully prepare your teppanyaki dishes. The selection includes beef, lamb, king prawns, clams, bamboo clams, squid, sausages, salmon, chicken and crab. Go for the king prawns - they're fresh and succulent, definitely worth getting your hands dirty for. The beef teppanyaki was not bad either - not the tenderest but tasty enough.





Just along from the teppanyaki counter is the nabe mono and noodles as well as tempura live station. There are also items on the buffet line such as Japanese fried rice, miso soup, chawanmushi, grilled chicken teriyaki, grilled lamb cutlets with Cajun spice and more.



Grilled chicken teriyaki


Lamb cutlets with Cajun spice



For dessert, you can help yourself to ice cream or to the selection of pastries and cakes, as well as fresh fruits.





The price? It's reasonably priced at RM88 per person, and guests can enjoy special discounts when they sign up for the hotel membership privilege card (ie. Two diners - 50% off, Three diners - 33% off, Four diners - 25% off, Five diners - 20% off)



Pork-free.

Opening times: Tuesdays to Sundays; Lunch 12pm-2.30pm; Dinner 6.30pm - 10.30pm. Closed on Mondays.

Parking rate RM8 per entry. Free parking for first two hours.

Location: Kin No Uma, Lobby Level, Jalan Kuda Emas, MINES Resort City, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-8946 4888 ext 3484

Website: https://www.facebook.com/CravingsatPalace/

GPS Coordinates: 3.046915, 101.709155


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Monday, November 13, 2017

A Glittery White Christmas at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

This Christmas and New Year, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur proudly presents A Glittery White Christmas, whereby guests can enjoy a plethora of festive offerings in a stunning arctic white ambiance with a magnificent 18-feet Christmas tree.

We were invited to the hotel last week to discover the traditional festive offerings from its all-day dining restaurant, Serena Brasserie, award-winning signature restaurants Tao Chinese Cuisine and Tatsu Japanese Cuisine as well as a luscious afternoon tea treat from IVIV (OneSixFive) Wine & Lounge Bar. There will also be a Christmas Gourmet Corner at the lobby offering take-home treats to complete celebratory dinners at home.


Serena Brasserie

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner




When: 24 December 2017 from 6.00pm to 10.00pm.

Price: RM 198 nett per adult | RM 99 nett per child (5 to 11 years)

Highlights: Roasted turkey with walnut stuffing, brussel sprouts and caramelised chestnuts, Spider crab with Thai-style salted egg sauce,  Salmon and seabass wellington with butter cream sauce, Mini lobster thermidor with creamy mushroom and pommery mustard, Seafood on ice (Alaskan king crab, US oysters, Australian crab, Baby lobster, Blue swimmer crab, NZ green lip mussels, Pacific clam, Yabbies, Harvey Bay half shell scallops), Chocolate pear caramel yule log, Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.


Christmas Day Buffet Lunch




When: 25 December 2017 from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.

Price: RM268 nett per adult | RM 134 nett per child (5 to 11 years)

Highlights: Roasted pink salt and herbs crusted Australian prime rib of beef, Yorkshire pudding, Trio roasted potato, grilled rustic vegetable, pommery jus and Whole wheat smoked salmon waffle with dill cream, capers, onions, Mini minced pie, Christmas Dundee fruit cake.


Christmas Day Buffet Dinner



When: 25 December 2017 from 6pm to 10pm.

Price: RM 168 nett per adult | RM 84 nett per child (5 to 11 years).

Highlights: Traditional roasted turkey with walnut stuffing, brussel sprouts, caramelised chestnuts, Duck leg confit, Lamb navarin with baby turnips, Steamed Halibut with orange butter sauce, Baked fresh plum tart, Chocolate fountain.


New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner



When: 31 December 2017 from 6.00pm to 10.30pm

Price: RM 248 nett per adult | RM 124 nett per child (5 to 11 years)

Highlights:Roasted prime rib with mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy, Salmon and seabass wellington with butter cream sauce, Fig and duck roulade with garlic sauce, Mini lobster thermidor with creamy mushroom and pommery Mustard, Reine Margot cake, Le Fraisier verrine, Fig caramel tart, accompanied by live performance and countdown party.



New Year’s Day Buffet Lunch


When: 1 January 2018 from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.

Price: RM 108 nett per adult | RM 54 nett per child (5 to 11 years)

Highlights: Scrambled egg with ikura, Butter fish and spinach wellington with butter cream sauce, Chicken roulade with pistachio, Oven roasted halibut with grilled leeks, Fig caramel tart, Caramel flan.


Tao Chinese Cuisine

Dim Sum Lunch



When: 24, 25 & 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018 from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.

Price: RM 118 nett per adult.

Highlights: Dim sum served in three-tier afternoon set, including Mini rabbit bun with smoked duck, Cheesy seafood tart, Four-seasons mini prawn dumpling, Mushroom bao with pineapple paste, Chocolate mousse with truffle oil and honey.


6-Course Festive Dinner



When: 24, 25 & 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Price: RM 218 nett per adult

Highlights: A unique twist on a traditional 6-course festive menu. Wok braised smoked char siew lamb cutlet with sautéed vegetables and baked garlic man tau.



Tatsu Japanese Cuisine

7-Course Kaiseki Dinner



When: 24, 25 & 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Price: RM 288 nett per adult.

Highlights: Traditional Japanese multicourse meal, including hot and cold appetiser, light hearty broth, assorted seasonal sashimi, simmered, fried & grilled dishes followed by a signature dessert.


OneSixFive

Festive Afternoon Tea



When: 1 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 (daily) from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

Price: RM 98 nett per adult

Highlights: A delightful festive afternoon tea with classic scrumptious pastries, yule log, handmade chocolates, freshly baked scones and a selection of TWG Tea and barista-made coffee.


You can enjoy a 20% Early Bird discount when you book and pay before 15 December 2017. Gourmet Collection members can enjoy 25% off and Credit Cardholders of CIMB, Citibank, HSBC, Maybank and UOB banks can enjoy 15% discount.

For more dining reservations or information, call +603 2782 6000 / +603 2782 6173 or email foodandbeverage@intercontinental-kl.com.my.





Location: InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Website: http://kualalumpur.intercontinental.com/dining

GPS Coordinates: 3.160249, 101.717584


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Vietnamese Food Fest @ NOOK, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

If you love Vietnamese cuisine, this is one promo you have definitely got to check out. From 10 to 22 November 2017, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral's all day dining restaurant NOOK will be presenting the Vietnamese Food Fest Pho You dinner buffet with special guest chefs Nguyen Huu Trung and Nguyen Phuoc Hau from Sheraton Nha Trang.

The Vietnamese Food Fest promo is priced at RM118 nett per person and will feature authentic Vietnamese cuisine on its buffet spread, ranging from soup dishes to Vietnamese spring rolls, Vietnamese salads, mains and dessert, on a rotational basis.


Vietnamese Guest Chefs Nguyen Huu Trung (right) and Nguyen Phuoc Hau from Sheraton Nha Trang.


From the salad bar, you will find Pomelo with chicken, Jelly fish salad, Bitter melon with shrimp, Banana blossom with chicken and Green mango with prawns salad. We sampled the first three and loved how refreshing and fresh they all tasted.






Do not miss the Fresh spring rolls (goi cuon), a must-have appetizer for us whenever we have a Vietnamese meal. Chicken and prawns, along with rice vermicelli, carrots, cucumber and lettuce are wrapped in a delicate rice paper. Again, this was fresh and delicious.




For mains, you will find Hue fried rice, Wok-fried prawn in tamarind sauce, Sauteed crab with tamarind sauce, Squid stuffed with minced prawns, Braised chicken leg with red beans, Grilled fish in banana leaf, Braised beef with coconut, Braised duck with ginger and Sauteed king prawn with coconut milk. I particularly enjoyed the tender slices of braised beef with coconut milk and the juicy, appetizing prawns in tamarind sauce.







My favorite dish of all was the Vietnamese beef noodles, better known as pho. It was absolutely delightful; the clear broth had the right balance of sweet and savoury flavours and comes with the most tender beef I've had in a pho, ever. Turns out they use good-quality tenderloin. It's great knowing that my bowl of pho was personally cooked by a Vietnamese chef too. ;) Highly recommended!



So good, I had three bowls!


End your meal with some Vietnamese desserts, namely the Banana and coconut soup, Corn and coconut soup, Green bean dumpling, Sweet potato fritters, Red bean cake and Grilled banana with sticky rice.





Diners can also enjoy the local and international spread, prepared by NOOK's kitchen team. If you still have room, please try the Salted beef with kimchi.


NOOK's Vietnamese Food Fest Pho You buffet promotion is priced at RM118 nett per adult and RM59 nett for kids aged 6-12 years old. It is available from 10-22 November 2017 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Please check out these attractive credit card offers (eg. 40% with CIMB card).

For reservations or more details, please call 03-2723 1188 or visit www.aloftkualalumpursentral.com



Location: NOOK, Level 1, Aloft KL Sentral, No 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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