Showing posts with label kuih. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kuih. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 31, 2024


A delectable Xinjiang Roasted Whole Lamb along with fluffy spiced nang (the Chinese Muslim version of naan) emerged as the most compelling drawcard at The Mill, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur for buka puasa this year.

Marinated with cumin, Szechuan peppercorn and chilli, the lamb speciality is a favourite with the Muslim community in Xinjiang, China. Once you taste the tender meat imbued with aromatic spices, you’d be asking for repeat helpings.
Executive Chef Rudy Junaidie and his team will prepare a combination of street food-style eats and traditional delights for The Mill’s Jom Makan buka puasa buffet throughout Ramadan.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Belanga Bakar section where claypot specialities are rustled up by the chefs on duty. With nine types of Belanga Bakar choices available, guests can select their choice of protein and have the ingredients cooked Malay, Chinese or Indian-style.

We recommend the Fish Asam Pedas with eggplant, okra and tomatoes. The tantalising spicy-tangy gravy coupled with the fresh fish went like a dream with plain rice. Other options on request include curry masala and kung pao.

In addition to the requisite Kerabu and Ulam selection, take the opportunity to relish traditional Malay delicacies such as Rendang Tok, Ayam Masak Madu, Telor Itik Masak Lemak dengan Belimbing Buluh, and Kambing Masak Hitam.

Each of the timeless dishes proved on-point and begged to be eaten with plain rice. The tart sourness of the little belimbing buluh (bamboo starfruit) lent nice acidity to the turmeric-flavoured duck egg curry; a must-try dish to whet the appetite.
Fans of Shawarma will be pleased to know the popular Middle-Eastern street food snack is served piping hot. The essential condiments are laid out for you to customise it to your liking.

Another eye-catching highlight to enhance the buffet dining experience is Jajan Pasar – the culinary team’s interpretation of an al fresco Asian market where women vendors sell snacks and sweets on raised platforms.

The international cornucopia also straddles tempting Japanese, Italian and Indian specialities; from appetisers and mains that leave diners spoiled for choice.

Top draws from this section proffered Malaysian desserts: Pulut Panggang, Steamed Ubi Kayu (tapioca) with Coconut and Sambal, Bubur Serawa Nangka (sweet jackfruit in coconut milk dessert broth), Bubur Pulut Hitam (black glutinous rice dessert broth) and Red Bean Soup with Glutinous Rice Balls.
Perennial Malay Kuih ranging from Pandan Layer Cake, Kuih Koci, Kuih Bingka Ubi and Kuih Talam among others also jostle for attention at the expansive dessert line-up.
The Mill’s Jom Makan Buffet (7pm to 10pm) will be available from 12 March to 9 April 2024 at RM168++ per adult and RM84++ per child (5 to 12 years old). 

Early-bird Offer: Purchase 10 vouchers at RM1,350++ (RM135++ per adult) from 4 February to 9 March 2024. Free parking (first 3 hours) applicable for dine-in guests.
For bookings and enquiries at The Mill, WhatsApp: +60 12 317 0120 or call tel: 03-2117 4163 or book online:

Sunday, August 20, 2023


Classic Malay cuisine by resident chef Sandra Samad takes pride of place at Chinta by Chinoz in Bangsar.

Heralding a fresh chapter for Chinoz on the Park after its move from Suria KLCC, owner Teng Wee Jeh explains Chinta is a totally different concept from the original Chinoz, saying “For the interim period until the other outlet is ready (in Lucky Gardens, Bangsar), some Chinoz signature specials will appear in the menu at Chinta. Once the other restaurant opens, Chinta will focused solely on Malay dishes.”

Chef Sandra Samad who has a wealth of F&B experience, started at front of house at Rasa Sayang Hotel Penang. Then she became the duty manager at BonTon KL. Prior to joining Chinoz, she was the manager at q*doz Bangsar. During her tenure at Chinoz on the Park, Sandra oversaw the pastry and central kitchen for all Chinoz outlets.

Verdant greenery outside the restaurant beckons diners in. The simple interior exudes old world charm; retro knick-knacks such as wooden biscuit moulds, Nyonya baskets, rustic side cupboards and marble-topped tables as well as framed vintage prints serve as visual interest and decorative touches. 

Teng says, “Chinta serves classic Malay cuisine. Nowadays a lot of Malay food is either too pedas (spicy-hot) or lacks subtlety. At Chinta, flavour is more important than chilli ‘power’. You won’t need a kevlar-coated palate to enjoy our food!”

Topping the must-try list is Chinta’s Northern-style Nasi Ulam Utara (RM33++). Lightly flavoured with fresh turmeric, Basmati rice is tossed with at least 11 types of ulam (fresh local herbs). We love the delicate aroma of the myriad of herbs in the rice; good enough to be enjoyed on its own with a dollop of sambal.

If you order the lunch platter of the herbed rice, it comes with Ayam Rose, telur masin (salted duck egg), keropok ikan (fried fish crackers) and acar (pickles) as a complete meal.

The Ayam Rose (RM27++) is Chef Sandra’s take on the celebratory Malay dish of ayam masak merah – chicken cooked in a vibrant red sauce of tomato, chillies and spices. We like the stimulating complexity of the thick sauce: a cohesive melange of tangy tomatoes, chillies, onion, lemongrass and various spices. 
Well-smoked beef slices make the house speciality of Daging Salai Gulai Lemak (RM39++) outstanding in our books. The  gravy, accentuated by ground pepper and lemongrass’ fresh lemony-grassiness, has just the right degree of lemak santan (coconut cream richness) to it.
It's a highly recommended dish – we can’t wait to return to try the smoked beef short ribs version or Gulai Lemak Rusuk Salai (RM48++).
For a serving of greens, you can’t go wrong with Bendi Sambal Goreng (RM15++) – tender whole okra topped with coarsely pounded and fried red chillies, and crispy anchovies. 
Although the various dishes are tame in the fiery-hot department, each one is redolent with appetising, vivid flavours of the ingredients used.

As an avid fan of mee rebus, I’m stoked to find an on-point Mee Rebus Johor (RM19++). The thick, sweet-savoury gravy together with some batter crisps, firm beancurd, hardboiled egg, chopped spring onion and coriander, sliced beef and yellow noodles is satisfyingly delicious.

Local kuih naturally takes centrestage for dessert. The floral-shape, pretty as a picture Kuih Lapis Sakura (2 pcs, RM9++) is a light, subtly sweet treat to conclude the meal. We can’t get enough of the local confection’s ‘boing boing’ texture.

Equally notable is Kuih Kaswi (4 pcs, RM9++)steamed cake made with tapioca and rice flour, palm sugar and pandan, and eaten with grated coconut.

Thirst-quenchers to try include Sarbat Pulau Pinang (RM12++) – a refreshing drink of spiced rose syrup with coconut juice and Kasturi Asam Boi (RM9++), fresh calamansi juice with salty preserved plums.

Teng informs us Chinta’s menu will change periodically. “The selection will remain relatively small as Sandra prefers to maintain the overall quality of the food.”

For reservations call Chinta by Chinoz, tel: 03-2201 375624. Address: Jalan Kemuja, Bukit Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur 

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