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One of the most best things in modern living is convenience, we can contact anyone at anytime, have news delivered to us via the the internet, and of course, gets food delivered to us by a few clicks and swipes via services like GrabFood.

But of course, modern convenience also has some downsides, one of which is the increasing use of plastic as an enable. Plastic, however, is also linked to climate change and environmental pollution in several ways, from air quality to ocean toxicity, plastic wastes contribute to ecosystem disruption.

Upcycling Workshop, officiated by Shaz Mukhtar, GrabFood social media manager
Upcycling Workshop, officiated by Shaz Mukhtar, GrabFood social media manager

As the major player in food delivery business in the country, GrabFood is in a unique position to make an impact in reducing single-use plastic by working together with merchants & eaters to reduce the use of single-use plastics, starting with cutleries.

The first step GrabFood took is by introducing a toggle option in the app to allow customers to opt for single-use plastic cutlery. Next time you use GrabFood, please do not opt in for single-use plastic cutlery unless you are stranded somewhere and absolutely have to use them.

Jey of Biji-Biji Initiative showing us how it's done
Getting it done with otherwise waste material

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE are the three major steps in saving our environment, in that order.

To send the message across, together with others, I was invited to participated at an  upcycling workshop conducted by GrabFood in ME.REKA, a makerspace in Publika. ME.REKA is a space where you have access to tools and expertise in making whatever you have in mind – be it wood & metal working, 3D printing, and so forth.

getting busy with it
getting busy with it

Our tools were hot glue, scissors, knife, spray paint, ropes, with material to be upcycled being plastic spoons and bottles.

By cutting the spoons and sticking them around cut up plastic bottles, we were able to make some pretty neat looking small vase. Check out some of them below, and of course, one made by yours truly. It was overall a pretty fun session and one that sent the message across pretty clearly.

succulent vase upcycled from single use plastic
succulent vase upcycled from single use plastic waste

So remember, for your next meal via GrabFood, please do not opt-in for single-use plastic cutlery and use those metal ones from your kitchen or office pantry. If your office doesn’t have cutlery, bring some metal ones to work.

If you’re at KLIA between 8-10th November 2019, you’re in luck!

MIGF KULinary is happening on these three days at KLIA as a collaboration between Malaysia Airports and Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF), allowing guests to sample award-winning dishes from participating restaurants at KLIA.

MIGF KULinary 2019 @ KLIA
MIGF KULinary 2019 @ KLIA

KULinary is an annual event by Malaysia Airports to award top F&B outlets both from KLIA & KLIA 2 terminals starting from 2016. The campaign strive to encourage F&B operators to offer food in terms of variety, quality, value, and also service level for passengers passing through this space.

As someone who travels almost monthly for work, I certainly appreciate this move.

Horse meat, camel milk anyone? from Kazakhstan
Horse meat, camel milk anyone? from Kazakhstan

Among the stalls, one of the most interesting is the offering from Tal Cafe & Restaurant in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They have camel milk, horse milk, horse meat, and a host of other dishes, including beshbarmak, their national dish.

fried chicken, nasi lemak, pizza, burger
fried chicken, nasi lemak, pizza, burger

There are a host of other international and local dishes to choose from as well, including the usual suspects such as fried chicken, sandwich, nasi lemak, pizza, burger, to sang har mee (yee mee with prawns), curry laksa, mutton nasi briyani, and even roti canai.

yee mee, curry laksa, spaghetti, nasi briyani
yee mee, curry laksa, spaghetti, nasi briyani

The good news is, each of these dishes can be redeemed for 1 GastroDollar, which is equivalent to RM 5.00. The GastroDollar vouchers can be purchased at venue or online at https://migfkul.com.

Godiva chocolate, beef, and even cendol
Godiva chocolate, beef, and even cendol

Throughout the three days, there’ll also be cooking demonstrations by well known figures such as Chef Wan and Chef Dato’ Fazley Yaakob , as well as Master Chefs including MIGF Golden Cauldron Winner Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille and Chef Giuseppe Lioce from Nero Nero.

performances and cooking show by Chef Wan
performances and cooking show by Chef Wan

The participating restaurants include Godiva, Fukuya, Flight Club, Grandmama’s, Tampopo, Dome Cafe, Sama Sama Express, and more. For the first time, the festival will also feature Airlink Gastro Village, highlighting signature menu items from partner airlines, including MAS, Astana Air, and Citilink.

There’s also a RM10 Grab rides by booking with promo GRAB2MIGF, and RM 30 off ERL tickets by purchasing at self-service kiosks at KL Sentral, KLIA, or KLIA2 with promo code MIGFKUL.

Go check it out, especially if you’re traveling this weekends.

MIGF KULinary award winners
MIGF KULinary award winners

Date: 8th-10th November 2019
Time: 12 pm – 8 pm
Venue: Stage Area, Level 5, Departure Hall, KLIA

For many of us who prefers a wide variety of food and sometimes just too busy or occupied to drive out for a sit-in-dining, the introduction of GrabFood has been a godsend. Day or night, just a few clicks away and we can have some of our favorite restaurants deliver their delicious meals right to the doorstep, how the world has changed for the better!

Makan Makan Malaysia - 31% off GrabFood

This year, for the celebration of Malaysia Day, GrabFood is bringing out the Makan-Makan Malaysia promo. From now until 6th of October, enjoy 31% OFF with your order (up to RM 31 discount, min RM 25 spend required) for up to 8 times.

Simply use the HOTDEALS promo code if you’re in Klang Valley with participating merchants, and HOTDEALS31 for all merchants in Outer Klang Valley ((Melaka, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu)

GrabFood, operating day or night
GrabFood, operating day or night

These are the participating outlets for those in Klang Valley:

  • YellowBrickRoad / Wizards At Tribeca/ The Red Beanbag
  • Village Park
  • A&W (First fast food chain in Malaysia)
  • KGB
  • Marrybrown (Malaysian fast food chain)
  • myBurgerLab + myPizzaLab
  • Old Klang Road Hokkien Mee
  • Hawker Hall
  • Secret Recipe (Born and bred in Malaysia)
  • San Francisco Coffee (Malaysian brand, with great coffee)
  • Inside Scoop
  • The Chicken Rice Shop

Additionally, there are  more than 100+ merchants that will be participating MAKAN-MAKAN MALAYSIA, memang plenty to choose from!

31% off MyBurgerLab, yesss
31% off myBurgerLab, yesss

I took the advantage and ordered two dishes from one of my favorite local brands – myPizzaLab and myBurgerLab, which worked out to be an excellent deal after the discounts.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger via GrabFood
Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger via GrabFood

My pick for MyBurgerLab was their Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger, which comes in their signature bamboo charcoal buns, a general piece of rendang chicken with telur goyang, sambal, fried anchovies, pickled, and even a layer of peanut butter jam. Take note, this burger is only exclusively available if you order on GrabFood or via GrabPay in-store! 

Definitely did not disappoint, it was rich, flavorful, and packs a punch.

Apam Baling Balik Pizza, one of a kind
Apam Baling Balik Pizza, one of a kind

Apam Baling Balik Pizza was the choice from myPizzaLab, a sister restaurant to myBurgerLab. The dish is a playful marriage between traditional pizza and Malaysia’s very own apam balik. Treat this as a dessert for sharing and you’d be delighted. The combination of sweetness and nutty flavor worked surprisingly well. The #ApamBalingBalikPizza too is exclusively available on GrabFood or via GrabPay in-store! 

Remember, you have until 6th of October to take advantage of the HOTDEALS promo!

I’ve been on a bit of a hot pot hunt as of late (or as well call it in Malaysia, steamboat), especially Sichuan style mala hot pot. So when the opportunity to be one of the earliest group to sample Xiao Long Kan Sichuan Hot Pot (小龙坎火锅) came calling, I was quite excited, to say the least.

Xiao Long Kan at Fahrenheit 88
Xiao Long Kan at Fahrenheit 88

Xiao Long Kan is one of the most popular spicy steamboat chain originated from Chengdu, which is the capital of  Sichuan province in China. So when it comes to authenticity, you can’t do any better than that, this is the ground zero of Spicy mala hot pot.

pork bone broth, tomato, or mala soup?
pork bone broth, tomato, or mala soup?

Xiao Long Kan’s first branch in Malaysia is located at Fahrenheit 88, more specifically, at the side that is facing Starhill shopping mall (don’t try to look for it INSIDE Fahrenheit 88 like I did..)

While there’s plenty of seats spanning across 4 levels, it already gets pretty packed, but a little patience from your end and I’m sure you’ll agree that it is definitely worth it.

original condiment, without all the other fuss
original condiment, without all the other fuss

There’s four different soup base to choose from – traditional spicy soup (mala, a must have), tomato soup, mushroom, and pork bone broth. You can always go for up to three like we did (all except mushroom). Additionally, the level of spiciness can also be customized. Do refer to the menu below.

Condiment situation is different here at Xiao Long Kan compared to just about every other hot pot outlets. Instead of a dozen or even more choices, here they stick to the traditional way of cilantro, green onion, and garlic. A special oil (xiang yu) is then added to the condiment which has the property of lowering heat. You can also choose to add soya sauce or black vinegar, though the good chef does not recommend doing so.

This blend is to ensure the taste of ingredients and soup is tasted to its fullest instead of being overpowered by fancy condiments. Can’t say I disagree.

Australian wagyu A5
Australian wagyu A5, we had to order another portion, so good

And then there’s ingredients. Xiao Long Kan does not lack in “special dishes” not easily found at other restaurants. Some of which even requires some sense of adventure.

We were served with Astralian wagyu A5 (so good we went for seconds), pork ball, pork neck, fish pasteprawns, pork belly, chili beef, rose meat ball, sliced lamb, and these are just the “normal dishes”.

meat slices, duck intestine, pork blood, balls, pig's brain, and tripe
meat slices, duck intestine, pork blood, balls, pig’s brain, and tripe

In addition, we also had duck intestine, tripe, pork blood (my love!), pig’s brain, and even aorta!

I like that they also include a guide on the menu on how long you should cook each ingredients – ranging from 30 seconds (sliced green bamboo shoots), to 8 minutes (pig’s brain). Following the guide ensures that you don’t overcook certain items to the point where flavor is lost, or worse, under cook dishes and end up having an washing machine within…

sliced green bamboo shoots were on point
sliced green bamboo shoots were definitely on point

Their rice cake & fried crispy meat are two of the ready-to-eat items we tried, and both are pretty delicious too. The rice cake should be consumed soonest possible to enjoy that crispy on the outside and soft inside texture.

As a rule of thumb, meat is best cooked in the clear or spicy soup, while vege goes better with tomato/clear soup, as advised by the head chef from Chengdu.  These sort of pairing ensures that taste doesn’t clash, sorta like how you pair red with meat, and white with seafood kinda idea.

Jess, Mei Mei, KY, Eunice, Mag
Jess, Mei Mei, KY, Eunice, Mag at Xiao Long Kan

Overall I got to say that this was one of the best hotpot I had recently, the super thick tomato soup, to the aroma from the red spicy soup, and all those fancy, fresh, and mostly imported ingredients. I’m pretty sure we’ll be back again for more mala goodness.

map to authentic xiao long kan sichuan steamboat

Address:
Xiao Long Kan
Lot 03, Block D, 179,
Fahrenheit88, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.147331, 101.713282
FB:  www.facebook.com/XiaoLongKanMY

xiao long kan menu (1) xiao long kan menu (2) xiao long kan menu (3)

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