Showing posts with label prawn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label prawn. Show all posts

Friday, December 23, 2022


The savouriness of mentaiko (salted mullet roe) lends a distinctive dimension to the Yee Sang at Le Mei Restaurant this year. Together with sliced salmon, assorted crispy treasures and blackcurrant-plum dressing, this refreshing salad adds great cheer to our preview of
Le Meridien Putrajaya’s Tuan Yuan celebration menus with a bang.

Available from
8 January to 5 February 2023, Chef Lim Kian Meng and his team deftly tickle our tastebuds with the inventive Mentaiko and Salmon Yee Sang. Other variants will include Salmon and Crispy Noodle Yee Sang, Four Seasons Prosperity Yee Sang, and Whole Abalone Yee Sang during the celebratory period.

Warming up hearts and minds is a salubrious Double Boiled Silkie Fowl Soup with Abalone, Porcini Mushroom and Dried Scallops. 
Sweet and clear, the wholesome broth includes red dates and wai san (Chinese yam) in addition to the premium and nutritious ingredients mentioned.

Synonymous with laughter and happiness, prawns are much favoured during Chinese New Year. Lightly covered in a creamy sauce, the springy tenderness of the Poached River Prawns with Cheese and Roasted Garlic in Superior Broth will leave you smiling from ear to ear once you sample this delicious speciality.

Juicy, plump and succulent, the Hong Kong Style Poached Free-range Chicken with Sand Ginger looks set to rule the roost among CNY celebrants. 
The marble-smooth skin coupled with the juicy meat – enhanced with the warm spiciness of the coarsely chopped sand ginger topping – is something to crow about.

To ensure more prosperity and good fortune for the Year of the Rabbit, feast on the ubiquitous and much cherished Braised Sea Cucumber with Dried Oysters and Fatt Choy in Oyster Sauce. 
Blanched broccoli florets are perfect for soaking up the glossy sauce brimming with deep-seated musky, shellfish flavours. A myriad of textural contrasts converges amidst the tumult of key ingredients: the sea cucumber’s slippery sponginess, the soft crumbliness of dried oysters, and the slick fine threads of sea moss.

A wedge of sautéed foie gras lends a touch of luxury to the penultimate dish of Fried Organic Brown Rice with Sakura Shrimp, Seafood and Foie Gras. The richness of the liver melds nicely with the nutty brown rice and amplifies the delicate seafood sweetness.

Somehow you will find room to fit in the serving of Double Boiled Snow Fungus with Honey Locust Fruit and Peach Resin. As sweet dessert broths go, it’s mildly sweet with the different ingredients added to stimulate greater mouth feel. Crispy Sesame Balls and Pandan Glutinous Rice Cakes round off the celebratory dinner on a cheery note.

The Chinese New Year Dinner will be held on 21st and 22nd January 2022, at RM188nett (adult) and RM94nett (child), while the Chinese New Year Brunch will be held on 22nd and 23rd   January 2023, at RM168nett (adult) and RM84nett (child).

Set menus are priced from RM1,440 nett per table of 5 diners (inclusive of a bottle of wine) and RM2,588 nett per table of 10 (inclusive of a bottle of Martell).

For more information or to place your order, please call Le Mei Restaurant, tel: 03-8689 6888 ext. 6868 or email:



Sunday, December 04, 2022


Chinese hot pot or steamboat is increasingly popular in Malaysia hence it’s not surprising to find Demala jumping onto the bandwagon, offering a Halal version to cater to Muslim diners.

Demala Operations Manager, Muhammad Farid Hamidin says diners can opt for the restaurant’s 2-in-1 Soup Base (RM38) or a singular soup base. Choices include Szechuan Mala Soup (RM28), Chicken Collagen Bone Broth (RM28), Mushroom (RM24), Tomato (RM24) and Tomyum (RM18).

For greater value, Demala has Steamboat Set for 2 persons (RM68 and RM88 per set) and 4 persons (RM168 and RM188). These come with free flow of vegetables, fuchok (fried beancurd sheet), mushroom, noodles, eggs, fruit and dessert laid out at a counter alongside assorted condiments and sauces.

which means numbing and spicy is the after-effect to hit your palate once you have a sip of the Szechuan Mala Soup. Demala offers it in three levels of mala spiciness so the mildest version left our tongues slightly numbed from its savoury spiciness.

The broth goes rather well with the tissue-thin Lamb Slices (RM38) and Premium Beef Slices (RM38), in addition to Seafood Taufoo (8 pcs RM9), and Ring Roll Beancurd (6 pcs RM12).

We also intersperse our meal with some Fresh Grower Vegetables (RM8 upwards), while various types of beancurd (RM6 upwards) and mushroom (RM8 upwards) can be ordered separately from the a la carte menu.

The lighter Chicken Collagen Bone Broth is best for dunking in a la carte items such as Handmade Ebiko Shrimp Balls (8 pcs RM38), the fish-shape Premium Ebiko Prawn Paste (RM30), and Seafood Platter (RM128) comprising toman fish slices, tiger prawns, Hokkaido scallops, snow crab stick, and mussels.

Sweet and bouncy, the shrimp balls taste delicious on their own. You can also try sampling them with different saucy concoctions – conjure from the condiment and sauce bar laid out. Thai green chilli sauce, sesame paste, Demala signature chilli, soya sauce, chopped garlic, coriander, and fried minced garlic are some of the items available.

Other notable bites to add interest to the steamboat experience include Handmade Prawn Wonton (6 pcs RM28), and Handmade Chicken Dumplings (8 pcs RM20).

While we waited for the steamboat broths to come to a boil, we shared a platter of Spicy Diced Chicken (RM28). Buried amidst a heap of crisp-fried red chillies, the delicious deep-fried chicken pieces prickling our tongues with slightly salty and peppery accents, and singeing our lips with its subtle chilli fieriness.

To draw the lunch crowd, Demala proffers 7 Sichuan Rice Sets (RM19.80-RM27.80) with free drink and dessert for lunch. If you prefer non-spicy versions, there are 4 choices from RM20.80 upwards.

For reservations, call Demala Hotpot, tel: 03-7499 3705. Address: LG603 & 603A, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor


Saturday, November 19, 2022


Traditional Japanese cuisine in serene surroundings. That’s the dining concept behind Kazuma – Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s freshly minted Japanese culinary outpost.

Kazuma, meaning harmony, peace and serenity in Japanese, is currently helmed by guest chef Tsutomu Haneishi. He captains the Kazuma team in creating an array of classic Japanese specialities, using market-fresh produce and imported seafood from Japan.

Cosy and mellow-lit with paper felt pendant lamps and strategically placed spotlights, the wood-trimmed interior is evocative of the Japanese 'residential architectural' style, incorporating a long bar and a sushi counter. 
Lattice work frames and shoji windows complement decorative eye-catching blond lattice woodwork overhead. Sleek modern furnishings in warm red shades denoting the sun, joy and happiness, and beige hues complete the resto's understated look.

Tucked away in a discreet corner are two semi-private rooms for those who wish to play host for corporate purposes or personal occasions.

By day, value-for-money set lunches such as Kazuma Bento (RM69), Beef Yakiniku Bento (RM58) and Sushi Bento (RM60) are fast becoming top draws among the office crowd.

Prettily presented in compartmentalized lacquer boxes, these set lunches comprise dainty morsels in various preparations to tempt the tastebuds. Whether you’re partial to sushi and sashimi or cooked food such as braised beef and tempura, the bento set offerings are varied enough to please most palates.

A la carte items are competitively priced. For instance, sashimi lovers can savour Iso Sashimi (RM48) featuring 3 types of sashimi:
maguro, salmon and hamachi

The Hama Sashimi (RM110) features 5 types of sashimi without breaking the bank. The fresh raw fish slices are of a decent thickness to leave you satisfied.

If you have a penchant for sushi rolls, try the house Dragon Roll (RM34) – a delicious rice roll topped with sliced avocado, and ebikko, with a deep-fried prawn at its core.

A nice curtain-raiser to go with your favourite tipple is Camembert Cheese Harumaki (RM21, 2 pcs). Although not authentically Japanese, this crispy fried spring roll filled with camembert cheese and perilla leaf is delectable. The Thai chilli dip served on the side lends a touch of punchy sweetness should you desire it.

Highly recommended is Saba Ichiya Boshi (RM20 – half, RM34 – whole) – the housemade seasoned and dried mackerel which is grilled until the skin is blistered and crisp. A dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice atop the fish is all that's needed to savour the fish’s sweet flesh. Oishii!

Tori Negimisoyaki (RM23) proffers meltingly tender bites of grilled boneless chicken; the skin touched with a dab of savoury-sweet miso paste to tickle the tastebuds into going for repeat helpings.

Another perennial favourite to sample is Kushiyaki Moriawase: grilled skewers of Sasami Mentai Mayo (RM8) – chicken fillet with spicy fish roe mayo; Tori Tsukune (RM8) – chicken meatballs; Tebasaki (RM8) – chicken wings; Negima (RM7) – chicken thigh & leek; Tori Kawa (RM6) – chicken skin touched with salt or teriyaki sauce.

When it comes to dessert, the Japanese prefer to keep it light and simple. At Kazuma, the Ichigo Daifuku (RM15) – a whole strawberry coated in a thin layer of red bean paste and glutinous rice ball or Abekawa Mochi (RM15) – glutinous rice cake cubes coated with crushed almonds are perfect to wrap up the meal on a lovely sweet note minus the guilt.

For reservations, call Kazuma Japanese Restaurant, tel:03-2149 2666. Address: Level 1, Wisma Concorde, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. Business hours: Mon- Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm; Close on Sunday and public holidays.


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