Showing posts with label reunion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reunion. Show all posts

Sunday, January 23, 2022


Patrons of The Emperor can look forward to a roar-some Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration at Dorsett Grand Subang thanks to the award-winning culinary prowess of Senior Sous Chef Liew Yin Wah (right) and Dim Sum Chef Chan Chee Loong (left).

With a plethora of Prosperity Yee Sang, CNY a la carte specialities, and 3 celebratory set menus to choose from, hotel guests will be spoiled for choice to welcome the Year of the Tiger from 1 – 15 February.

Chef Liew, whose accolades include 3rd placing in Battle of the Chefs at the 13th Penang International Sales Gastronomique in 2011, and part of the winning Malaysian team at the 2019 Salon International De L’alimentation (SIAL) Competition in Shanghai, proved adept at serving up treasured festive classics for the 8-course Wealthy Set Menu (RM899 nett for a table of 5-6 diners) we sampled.

Fervent wishes of good health, return to normalcy and reunion with our near and dear ones were uppermost in our minds as we tossed and enjoyed the customary platter of delicious Salmon and Shredded Young Mango Yee Sang. The mixture of shredded vegetables, pickles, and crisps hit the spot with a tantalising plum sauce that wasn’t too thick nor cloying.

Wholesome and nutritious yet light on the palate, the Double Boiled Sea Whelk, Bamboo Pith and Farm Village Chicken Soup proved on-point. A dish that’s likely to gain the approval of the fussiest matriarchs.

Reminiscent of grand banquets past, the timeless Roast Crispy Chicken with Prawn Crackers made it a show-stopper in this menu. Roasted to perfection, the paper-thin crispy skin and juicy meat would have tasted even better had it come accompanied with the classic ‘jiu yim’ (salt with ground Sichuan pepper and perhaps a smidgen of five spice powder) dip.

The chef’s winning streak continued with Wok Fried Tiger Prawns with Superior Soya Sauce. Rarely has any caramelised sauce coating sauteed crustaceans’ came on par with the finger-licking level but this one did. Coupled with the sweetness of stir-fried onions, we abandoned decorum to savour every morsel of the sweet, fresh crustaceans.

Hong Kong Style Steamed Red Snapper is featured in the actual festive menu. However, the chef’s recommended dish of Braised Housemade Beancurd with Fish Fillet (RM68 – small, RM118 – medium, RM168 – large) proved such a hearty hit, we made short work of it in no time.

It would be remiss if Braised Black Mushrooms with Dried Oysters and Sea Moss wasn’t included in a festive meal. Eating plump succulent black mushrooms, smoky dried oysters and fine threads of black seamoss during CNY is akin to internalising everything fortuitous, good luck, prosperity, etc for the rest of the year. Now, who is going to argue with that?

Chef Liew also gave the traditional waxed meat rice a healthier spin by serving Steamed Organic Brown Rice with Glutinous Rice and Smoked Duck. We are glad to report the recipe worked well as the inclusion of brown rice lent the dish a nutty slant whilst lightening the denseness of glutinous rice.

Refreshing dessert broth of Chilled Sea Coconut with Lemon Slices and Dim Sum Chef Chan’s handiwork: Deep-fried Nian Gao with Sweet Potato and Yam, and Crystal Skin Mango Puree with Pandan Lotus Paste wrapped up our lunch on a high note.

You can also order CNY Steamed Radish Cake (RM38 nett) for takeaway. Packed in a convenient gift box, the radish cake is ready-to-eat with toppings of fried shallot, spring onion and chilli. In Hong Kong, it's a festive treat enjoyed among family and friends throughout the Chinese New Year celebration.

For reservations at The Emperor, call tel: 03-5031 6060 or email:


Wednesday, September 19, 2018


As a freelance writer and blogger, I rarely leave home soil without staying incommunicado. After one and a half decades as a service provider, I cannot afford to disconnect from work hence having constant WiFi connectivity is an absolute necessity rather than a luxury.
That is when we discovered TravelRecommends’ TravelWifi router is a godsend for us. Before our recent and maiden visit to the USA, our past #travelwithwifi experiences left us with good, positive impressions during our work-play travels to Japan, Thailand and South Korea. 
Tokyo, Japan
Seoul, South Korea
Bangkok, Thailand
Bringing TravelRecommends’ TravelWifi along simply enable us to:
Mix Business with Pleasure
Most of our travels tend to combine work with pleasure. Although we strive to devote more time for R&R on each getaway, us entrepreneurial business owners can never remain unresponsive to clients or leave work unattended for long.

With TravelRecommends’ handy TravelWifi, it is so easy to mix business with pleasure as we can check emails or attend to work-related matters on-the-go without disrupting our personal itineraries and recreational pursuits. 
Our recent visit to the US of A was a prime #travelwithwifi example on how we stay connected using TravelRecommends’ TravelWifi as we jetted to Tokyo and Chicago before hitting the road for OshKosh, Winsconsin and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota and all the way back.
Stay Safe & Secure
We never take cyber safety and security lightly on our travels abroad. A safe and secure WiFi connection is invaluable and by using a dedicated TravelRecommends’ TravelWifi with its own user ID and password, we are assured whatever tasks we execute online is shielded from prying ‘eyes’. 

Online money transfers, bill payments, hotel and restaurant reservations, car rentals, train and flight ticket bookings…we managed to carry out so many key tasks with peace of mind during our travels thanks to the secured WiFi connection provided by TravelRecommends’ TravelWifi router. No need to worry about the risks of exposing crucial and confidential information to all and sundry when we log on using publicly accessible WiFi connections.

Enjoy Instant & Constant Connectivity
The one step ‘push button’ operation of TravelRecommends’ TravelWifi router makes it a boon for even the most tech ignorant users. Since 5 gadgets can be connected simultaneously to the TravelWifi, it is perfect for my family as our three smartphones and two laptops can log on to the Internet anytime.
We love how fast the router searches, authenticates and operates instantly in different cities; from Tokyo to Chicago and Minneapolis, the TravelWifi kicks into operation mode in less than five minutes! 
The signal strength is always strong and the broadband speed ample enough to cope with three adults’ constant social media uploads, downloads and even video calls. Another advantage is the TravelWifi battery lasts about 10-15 hours per day so the duration is enough to cover our day and sometimes night outings.
There were only 2 rare instances when WiFi connectivity was lost: (1) inside the thick iron walled confines of a U505 submarine in the basement level of the Chicago Science and Industry Museum and (2) on a short stretch of thickly wooded, red cedar-lined route during our drive back from OshKosh to Chicago. Otherwise, it was smooth sailing as far as our #travelwithwifi journey is concerned.
Create Precious Memories & Share Travel Experiences
Thanks to the seamless online connectivity accorded by TravelRecommends’ TravelWifi, my entire family had a great time sharing countless experiences as we ate, shopped and explored our way through Asakusa, Tokyo Tower and Tsukiji during our two stopovers in Tokyo, Japan.
Likewise, once we touched down in Chicago, all of us practically had family and friends back home ‘touring’ virtually with us on our daily sight-seeing and holiday itinerary. From the iconic Wrigley Field Stadium – home of the Chicago Cubs to the awe-inspiring Field Museum, the Windy City blew us away with its European architecture and fervour for the good life.
Heading to OshKosh, Wisconsin proved to be a real breeze as we drove with guided instructions and directions thanks to the uninterrupted online connectivity provided by TravelWifi. No words were adequate to describe how priceless it was for hubby to reconnect and reunite with old friends from his college days.
Our daily on-the-go connectivity accorded by TravelRecommends' TravelWifi also enabled us to share blow-by-blow accounts of our planned reunion at my cousin brother's home in Minnesota, and the activities we enjoyed in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Needless to say, the whole FB kampong in Malaysia and beyond had first-hand insights on what we got up to. Such poignant moments are priceless to us, especially for my 77-year old Mum whose maiden visit to the US notches up a significant milestone in her life.
Avoid Post-Travel Bill Shock
Being the budget-conscious travellers that we are, we did my homework to survey the different WiFi options available before our impending trip. Although our telcos offer competitive rates, we find TravelRecommends’ TravelWifi still comes up trumps as the router allows us to connect up to five gadgets in one go.

Social, Social Networks, Social Network Service
There’s no need to worry about exorbitant roaming charges, no foreign telco partnering connectivity issues and no need to hunt for and change SIM cards. With promotional rental rates offered by TravelRecommends going for as low as RM8/day, it is without a doubt which #travelwithwifi partner we should go with. As a repeat TravelRecommends customer, I have nothing but praises for all my experiences using the TravelWifi router on my travel sojourns. 
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Thank you TravelRecommends for being such a supportive travel partner in the creation of so many precious memories for JOM MAKAN LIFE on our recent explorations to Tokyo, Chicago, OshKosh and Minneapolis. For more information on TravelRecommends' handy TravelWifi router, please visit TravelRecommends Facebook page:

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