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We Malaysian are very passionate about our food, and undoubtedly many of us has the romantic dream of perhaps owning a restaurant/cafe some day. The problem is, we often envision the romantic part of the business, with very little preparation on the real world side of things.

Well, for those of you are an aspiring restaurant owner or a relatively new restaurateur, I would like to draw your attention to A Food Biz Workshop on the 22-23rd Nov, 2014 at Bangsar South.

a food biz workshop
click to view bigger version of the flyer

The 2-day workshop is organized by Ink On Paper Media, the publisher of “Mise En Place“, a dedicated channel for commercial kitchen equipment as well as a guide for F&B owners. There are four speakers from the industry who will share their experience and techniques in food business.

The speakers are:

  • Mr Carl Kjellqvist – Managing Partner for Focus Hospitality Incorporated
  • Mr Rick Chee – Managing Director of F & B Facilities Sdn Bhd
  • Mr Christophe Chatron-Michaud – Founder of Yeast Bistronomy Sdn Bhd
  • Michele Kwok, SOUL Society

Additionally, yours truly will be a guest speaker for a short segment on the second day to share my experiences and expectations as someone who dines out often, with some tips on what I deem as the right & wrong things restaurants do.

Charges for the workshop:

  • Published Rate: RM1,600.00 for 2 days
    Early Bird Price: RM1,280.00 for 2 days

For more information on Ink On Paper Media, go to their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/inkonpapermedia 

Event information and registration can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/530880577045526/

See you there.

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One of my favorite types of comfort food is mixed pork porridge. A bowl of porridge with all the essential sinful ingredients and yet mild enough for a stomach that may not be in the best condition, it is really the quintessential comfort food.

Imbi market mixed pork porridge
Imbi market mixed pork porridge

Problem is, most of the stalls offering mixed pork porridge operates only in the afternoon or at night. In the afternoon, there’s seksyen 17 and SEApark, and at night, you can head to Jalan Sayur or Taman Cheras, but if you want it for breakfast, Imbi market is your answer.

Located right at the side that also houses the famous Ah Weng Koh Hainanese tea stall, this porridge stall also offers fish ball noodle and even curry noodle, hours are from around 7 in the morning till around noon everyday except on Mondays.

soft bits, crispy bits, delicious bits
soft bits, crispy bits, delicious bits

This version of mixed pork porridge has most of the essential ingredients on the list – crispy deep fried pork intestine, stomach, pork slices, pork tongue too (I believe). The only thing missing would be coagulated blood, but I shall forgive them for this since the overall taste is still rather good. The congee is smooth and more than delicious enough for breakfast.

if this is not a good start to a working day, I don't know what is
if this is not a good start to a working day, I don’t know what is

Oh, when you’re there, be sure to order a glass of Hainanese tea to go with your breakfast.

map to Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)

Address:
Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)
Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.14340, 101.71664
Hours: breakfast and brunch, closed on Mondays

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As someone who was born on an island, I just can’t say no to good seafood. This is the reason why I went back to InterContinental Hotel’s Serena Brasserie for their seafood buffet review this year as I remember how good was last year’s spread.

Fresh Seafood Promotion at InterContinental Hotel, KL
Fresh Seafood Promotion at InterContinental Hotel, KL

Before we get started on the food, lets look at the important bits of this buffet:

  • available every Friday and Saturday nights
  • RM 120++ for adults
  • upgrade to W.O.W (Wine of the Week) package for RM 180++ which includes a bottle of red or white wine

Additionally, Halloween ‘Scream for Seafood” promotion is priced the same on 31st Oct 2014 with best dressed male and female for the night taking away vouchers of award-winning restaurant, Tao Chinese cuisine and Tatsu Japanese cuisine.

tuna, crabs, octopus, oyster, mussel, slipper lobster, crayfish, and more
tuna, crabs, octopus, oyster, mussel, slipper lobster, crayfish, and more

The most important line of this buffet spread is the chilled seafood bar, it is the most impressive I’ve seen yet on any buffet.

On the bed of ice you can find premium cuts of tuna, butterfish, Pacific prawn, New Zealand green lip mussels, crayfish, slipper lobster, octopus, Fine de Claire oysters, Australian yabbies, spanner crab, mud crab, and Harvey Bar half shell scallops.

These are either raw or boiled, the minimal preparation method retains the original sweetness of the seafood to be enjoyed as is or with the variety of condiments available.

live Australian yabbies stir fried, grilled, or eaten sashimi style
live Australian yabbies stir fried, grilled, or eaten sashimi style

A unique selling point at this buffet spread is the availability of live Australian yabbies, a type of freshwater crayfish. These yabbies are fished out of the pond in the restaurant and prepared fresh in several ways of your choosing – stir fried, grilled, or even eaten raw sashimi style.

A word of caution – the raw yabby may twitch when you pour some tabasco sauce on it!

seafood and other dishes on the buffet spread, with cute Halloween deco
seafood and other dishes on the buffet spread, with cute Halloween deco

There’s also an outdoor portion of the restaurant that prepares freshly grilled seafood of your choosing, this includes crabs, slipper lobster, prawn, cuttlefish, yabbies, fish filet, and more. Additionally, they also serve beef and chicken satey.

a good selection of traditional dishes on the buffet spread too
a good selection of traditional dishes on the buffet spread too

Of course, in addition to fresh and grilled seafood, there’s plenty of traditional dishes to choose from on the buffet spread. Beef rendang, bok choy, briyani rice, crab curry, roast meat, and more are among the many ready-to-eat cooked dishes to choose from.

Halloween themed desserts fancy you?
Halloween themed desserts fancy you?

For the dessert lovers, a pretty decent selection of mostly Western style desserts is available for your picking. Cakes, bread and butter puddings, and many more are available. The chef also showcase his talent in some pretty interesting looking Halloween themed desserts too.

fresh and grilled seafood were my choice, Li Vian joined me at Serena Brasserie
fresh and grilled seafood were my choice, Li Vian joined me at Serena Brasserie

We thoroughly enjoyed the buffet spread at Serena Brasserie. Executive chef Sam Kung certainly know what he’s doing, upgrading the already very good spread from last year to the excellent selection this year. If you’re looking for a good seafood buffet, this is one that you shouldn’t miss.

map to Intercontinental Hotel, KL

Address:
Serena Brasserie
Intercontinental Hotel

165 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.159767, 101.718045
Tel03-2161 1111
Webwww.intercontinental.com

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First and foremost, here are the few key points you need to know about Harith Iskandar’s Laugh Malaysia:

  • 8:30 pm, 29th Oct 2014
  • Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil
  • Harith Iskandar, Jason Leong, Papa CJ
  • biggest stand-up comedy event in Malaysia
  • tickets at RM 258, RM 158, RM 118, RM 78, and RM 38
  • RedTix Hotline: 03-8775 4666 or www.AirAsiaRedTix.com

Jason Leong, KY, Jason C, and Harith Iskandar
Jason Leong, KY, Jason C, and Harith Iskandar

Truth be told, Malaysia as a nation has been going through quite a rough patch recently. The MH370 and MH17 tragedies, impending GST implementation, UPSR leaks, Klang Valley water disruptions, and even the weather hasn’t been giving us anything to cheer about.

So, as Harith said, the only thing to combat all these disparity and tragedy that has befallen the country, we need to bring the nation together to stand united and resilient, through the best way he knows – via true Malaysian-styled comedy and humor!

Harith Iskandar and Jason Leong giving us a run down of Laugh Malaysia
Harith Iskandar and Jason Leong giving us a run down of Laugh Malaysia

A number of us were lucky enough to be invited to the media day hosted by VersaComm Sdn Bhd, the official PR team of Laugh Malaysia, led by Mei Chieng held at Espressolab at Kota Damansara with Harith Iskandar and Jason Leong. We got to meet them personally and talk about a little the event, a little about themselves, and a lot about absolutely everything.

Harith mentioned how he abandoned his career in advertising after obtaining a degree in journalism to pursuit a career in comedy and somehow became known as the godfather of stand-up comedy in Malaysia, while Jason Leong, a certified doctor who works in a hospital is currently trying to do the same, having a passion in stand-up comedy over the more serious career in medicine.

Joining the duo would be an international act – special guest Papa CJ, one of India’s most influential comedians.

a joyous media event attended by bloggers
a joyous media event attended by bloggers

I took the opportunity to ask Harith on the theme of the show and how much of it will be new material vs some of his classic favorites. According to the man, it’ll be over 90% complete new with a bit of some classic “best of” plus interactive visuals and live music. The theme would be from a mixture of daily observations about what make Malaysia, well, truly Malaysia, a typical Harith Iskandar style that we’ve grown to love.

As for Jason Leong, I’ve actually attended one of his first performances a few years ago in Zouk’s comedy night, and to be frank, he wasn’t terribly good then and I thought he overused the fact that he’s a medical doctor. However, I saw him a few months ago again and boy did the good doctor improve! He’s now a legit and properly awesome stand-up comedian that I would pay to watch.

Papa CJ has toured 4 different continents and even worked with of Russel Peters in Amsterdam, we can certainly expect a great show from him.

the media event was hosted at Espressolab
the media event was hosted at Espressolab

The corporate supports for Laugh Malaysia include CelcomFirst, Sime Darby Foundation, Seremban 2, MTT Priority and Pemandu, a percentage of profits from ticket sales will also be channeled to OrphanCARE, a charitable NGO that strives to place abandoned children in homes with loving family. Harith and wife Dr. Jezamine are abassadors of OrphanCARE.

So mark your calendar down, this 29th Oct, 2014 we’ll have the largest stand up comedy show in the country and it’s gonna be glorious!

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Back in 2007 I wrote about one particular mee goreng at Restaurant New Yew Sang that I really liked, but unfortunately the operator passed away just a few months after that due to heart attack. For the next 6+ years, I wasn’t able to find another comparable mee goreng in Klang Valley, the version you find at most mamak restaurants is just not up to standard.

Seeni Mee Goreng at Asia Cafe, Subang Jaya
Seeni Mee Goreng at Asia Cafe, Subang Jaya

Not long ago, on one of my many breakfast sessions at Restaurant Okay’s curry mee, one of the regulars whom I share table with everytime I go there, mentioned about mee goreng in Klang Valley and recommended this particular stall at Asia Cafe.

Being a fan of good hawker food, I had to give it a try, and I’m glad I did.

now this is a version of mee goreng I like
now this is a version of mee goreng I like

The stall is located at SS15’s Asia Cafe with the signboard that says “Seeni Mee Goreng”, “Mee Goreng Master” etc, quite a big dose of self confidence I must say.

Luckily, the mee goreng mamak is indeed very good, with a healthy portion of classic Penang mee goreng ingredients, including the marinated squid, potato, lime, vegetable, and fritters. I also particularly like the spicy and sweet sauce that moist up the whole plate of noodle. If you’re a fan of mee goreng, you will enjoy this.

I’m going to try their mee rebus next.

map of Asia Cafe at Subang Jaya SS15

Address:
Asia Cafe
Jalan SS 15/8a,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.074278, 101.590452
Tel03-5636 4653