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Chef Stefano Merlo hail from the kitchen of the acclaimed Rossini’s at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, and brought with him a unique take on contemporary Italian cuisine at Favola from 15 – 21 April, 2012. There are over 20 menu items to choose from, and available only for dinner. Ala carte dishes are priced from RM 30++ to RM 250++, while a 4-course set menu is available at RM 300 nett per person or 4-course set menu with wine pairing at RM 450 nett.

We were among the lucky few to be invited to the cooking and tasting session with Chef Stefano last weekend.

Chef Stefano Merlo at Favola, Le Meridien KL
Chef Stefano Merlo at Favola, Le Meridien KL

Chef Stefano is a native of Padua in northern Italy and has worked alongside with many highly regarded chefs in prestigious restaurants around the world. This includes Michelin starred Chef Alfredo Russo from “Il Dolce Stil Novo”, and respected Head Chef Toshikazu Tsuji from Enoteca Pinchiorri in Tokyo.

artichokes fritata in preperation
artichokes fritata in preperation

The good chef prepared three dishes for us to sample during the cooking demonstration – Artichokes Fritata, Seafood Risotto, and Milk Risotto with Cherry Parfait.

First, the artichokes fritata, a very interesting preparation of perhaps the most mundane of all ingredients – egg.

  • 12 eggs
  • 100 gram cream
  • 4 stalks of artichokes
  • bread croutons
  • shiso cress

artichokes fritata
artichokes fritata

First, fry eggs with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper but keeping the yolks slightly runny. Transfer the fritata in a blender and blend it with cream till smooth. Peel and clean artichokes and steam in oven for 30 minutes at 90c. To serve, pour 3 spoon of fritata and top with artichoke, crutons, shiso cress and extra virgin olive oil.

The only tricky part is that you need a culinary foam maker to make this fritata, but the result was a breakfast with very unique texture and a familiar taste, it was very nice.

seafood risotto, plenty of bisque is the key
seafood risotto, plenty of bisque is the key

Next was seafood risotto.

  • 140 gram risotto
  • prawns, scallops, seabass, baby squid, mussels, clams
  • 200 gram clam and mussel stock
  • 50 gram butter
  • 50 gram parmesan cheese
  • 10 gram chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 gram lecithin
  • salt

lecithin is used to make foam, and seafood prepared separately
lecithin is used to make foam, and seafood prepared separately

Toast rice with butter and a pinch of salt, then cook with clam and mussel stock till rice is ‘al dente’ (slightly hard in the center). Remove from heat and add two tablespoon of butter, then mix rice with parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Pan fry or grill the seafood (one by one as they have different cooking time). Make foam by using the remaining clam and mussel stock mix with lecithin (this can be omitted at home). Pour risotto in serving plate, mix seafood and foam to serve.

seafood risotto, almost too pretty to eat
seafood risotto, almost too pretty to eat

The risotto took some 20 minutes or so to make, and the resulting dish was excellent. It was undoubtedly the best risotto I’ve tried. The generous amount of seafood stock used in the preparation of this risotto made it very rich and flavorful, but at the same time Chef Stefano kept it in check and not overpowering. Exquisite.

milk risotto with cherry parfait
milk risotto with cherry parfait

milk risotto with cherry parfait is a dish that takes quite a bit of preparation and a pacojet to prepare, so I guess it is not very useful to share the recipe here, but if you have a penchant for unfamiliar taste, this dessert is a must order. I love it, but Haze find it unsuitable for her taste. It is milky, and has a texture not unlike porridge, but yet undoubtedly a dessert. Try it!

Saturday lunch buffet at Favola
Saturday lunch buffet at Favola

After the cooking demonstration and a taste of all the three creations by Chef Stefano, we were treated with the Saturday Hi-Tea at Favola (RM 88++ from 12pm – 3pm).

The generous spread includes antipasti, salad, dessert, meat, seafood, risotto, pasta, bread, and fresh baked pizzas, and more.

i love the squid ink pasta
i love the squid ink pasta

It was definitely a very fulfilling session with some familiar faces. Read what the others say.

KY, Haze, Evelyn, Suan, Horng, Mei, Josen
KY, Haze, Evelyn, Suan, Horng, Mei, Josen

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Kuala Lumpur 50470

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Tel: 03-2263 7753

Pizza Hut is one of those places that always has a special place in my heart. My very first experience with pizza, like many Malaysians, was from Pizza Hut, and all throughout the year, I’ve attended big gatherings there, had friends who worked there, and celebrated farewells and other occasions at Pizza Hut as well.

pizza hut triple chicken sensation
Pizza Hut at Pavilion KL

To me then, Pizza Hut is always associated with friends and sharing, a place that is comfortable, affordable, and by the way, has pretty darn good food – the type of pizza that I grew up with.

The other good thing about Pizza Hut is that they are constantly coming up with different pizzas and/or other offers as well, like the brand new Triple Chicken Sensation that a bunch of us were invited to try.

the glorious Triple Chicken Sensation pizza from Pizza Hut
the glorious Triple Chicken Sensation pizza from Pizza Hut

Fresh off the oven is the glorious Triple Chicken Sensation pizza –  a combination of succulent chicken salami, delightful chicken loaf, and fluffy chicken floss topped off with mayo sauce, caramelized onion, and toasted sesame.

The result? My best description would be that it is almost similar with those excellent chicken floss bread from Bread Story, but something like 3x better with the addition of chicken salami and chicken loaf, not to mention the other ingredients. If you even remotely enjoy those chicken floss bread (which I do), you would love this pizza.

pizza hut side dishes
the side dishes at Pizza Hut, check out the new Triple Sensation Platter

Of course, Pizza Hut is not just about pizza, there is a whole menu’s worth of other dishes to enjoy too, and together with the triple chicken sensation pizza is the Triple Sensation Platter. Other than that, we also tried Hut’s Platter (tempura prawn, calamari, criss cross fries) and my favorite smoked deli wings.

As for drinks, I always order the assam boi fizz, a drink where I’ve never seen available from anywhere else. 😀

pizza is to be shared with friends
Audrey, Abang Nara, citigal, Redmummy, Rachel, Cheesie, KY

It goes without saying that we, again, had a great time at Pizza Hut. Sumptuous, great company, good times!

For the pizza lovers, do check out this brand new Triple Chicken Sensation pizza. Head over to Pizza Hut facebook page for more information or just start planning your lunch at Pizza Hut now!

Also, the first 5 person that leave a comment stating their first pizza hut experience gets a voucher from Pizza Hut. So do share and you could get some free pizza!

Good eating!

Back in the days when I was a little boy, or even when I was in high school, a trip to Pizza Hut was a quite a big deal. It was, at the time, our version of fine dining.

Fast forward some 20 odd years, I can now afford food that are priced a bit higher, but Pizza Hut still always give me that warm and fuzzy feeling whenever I pay a visit there. There are arguments that Italian restaurants in hotels serve better pizzas, but I think those arguments is invalid, Pizza Hut is still the place that offers value for money and pizzas in the taste that we grow up with.

Pizza Hut at Kota Damansara, Kim, KY & Haze + others
Pizza Hut at Kota Damansara, Kim, KY & Haze + beautifulnara & wife

Furthermore, it is also a place to meet up with a group of friends and family to share a dinner without worrying about budget, dress code, or if we are being too loud in a make pretend “Italian” place. It is down to earth and unpretentious, just the way we like it.

Earlier this week, I had a chance to become one of the first group of people to taste Pizza Hut’s latest product – the Chunky Loaded Pizza.

Pizza Hut Chunky Loaded Pizza - with 10 layers of ingredients
Pizza Hut Chunky Loaded Pizza – with 10 layers of ingredients

The chunky loaded pizza is really something, there are 10 layers of ingredients in all, from bottom up:

  • crunchy crust
  • napoli sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • roasted veggie mix
  • tortilla crust
  • roasted veggie mix
  • chicken or beef topping
  • diced tomatoes
  • tortilla strips
  • mozzarella cheese

Kim, KY, & Citygal enjoying pizza & chicken wings
Kim, KY, & Citygal enjoying pizza & chicken wings

The pizza takes a cue from it’s Italian cousin, the layering theme of lasagna. The result is one of the best pizzas from Pizza Hut that I’ve tried, true story!

Now many have complained that the pizzas here often has a crust that can be too thick, there’s no such issue at all for the chunky loaded, the crust is thin and crunchy instead. The combination of cheese, tortilla, vege, and all the other layers of goodness worked well together to give a hearty pizza that was delicious and left us asking for more. It was yummy!

chunky loaded pizza, pasta, chicken wings, and more!
chunky loaded pizza, pasta, chicken wings, and more!

The good people at Pizza Hut also brought out pastas, chicken wings, garlic bread, wedges, and other goodies for us to sample. I’m a big fan of the chicken wings (Kim and I asked for another order), and you have to try their crisscross wedges too. The wedges goes really well with mayo and serves as a perfect compliment to the pizzas.

and we had a great time at Pizza Hut as usual
and we had a great time at Pizza Hut as usual

We had a great time, and even took a group photo for.. ahem, memory.

So if you haven’t had your share of Pizza Hut for a while, head to one of the branches and give this new Chunky Loaded Pizza a try! Good stuff.

I remember many years ago, Pizza Hut used to have some sort of buffet deal. For a set price you could eat as many pizzas as you can, and access the salad bar and soup too. As a teenager at the time, a bunch of classmates and I went to the branch at Penang Gurney with the mission to “beat” the deal and get the best value.

In between pizzas, we would go to the restroom and arm wrestle on the toilet bowl or started doing push ups. The idea was to spend more energy so that we could “get hungry again” and eat more.

I think most of us ended up over full and could barely walk, that was a piece of Pizza Hut memory that I always remember.

Pizza Hut Kota Damansara
Pizza Hut Kota Damansara

While the buffet deal is long gone, Pizza Hut hasn’t stopped giving good value to diners. The already very good pricing just got better with the Pizza Hut 50% Off Promotion. A bunch of us were invited to the showcase of this promotion a few days back.

The promotion is simple. Every weekday there are two items on the menu that are 50% off, and each customer are entitled to order ONE of the two discounted item. In another word, if two of you go on Monday, one can order the chicken wings and the other the pizza and both items will be on 50% off. Same great quality, only half the price.

Lets look at the line up from Monday to Friday.

Monday Promotion

To steer away from Monday blue

  • Hawaiian Chicken Personal Pan Pizza – RM 4.50 instead of RM 9.00
  • 4 pcs of WingStreet – RM 3.75 instead of RM 7.50

Pizza Hut Tuesday Promotion

Thirsty Tuesday

  • Meatball Bolognaise – RM 5.25 instead of RM 10.50
  • Assam Boi Fizz – RM 2.45 instead of RM 4.50

Assam Boi Fizz is the best seller at Pizza Hut, and my personal favorite too! Jelly, lime, assam, I love it!

Pizza Hut Wednesday Promotion

Wake up to Wednesday

  • Super Supreme Personal Cheesy Lava Stuffed Crust Pizza – RM 6.75 instead of RM 13.50
  • Soup of the Day + Garlic Bread – RM 3.25 instead of RM 6.50

The soup comes with garlic bread too.

Pizza Hut Thursday Promotion

It’s Thursday, just one more day to the weekends!

  • Island Supreme Personal Pan Pizza – RM 5.50 instead of RM 11.00
  • Tropical Fizz – RM 2.45 instead of RM 4.90

This is one of my favorite pizzas here, with pineapple, onion, crabstick, tuna, and thousand island sauce too, very rich and very yummy!

Pizza Hut Friday Promotion

And it’s Friday, woohoo!

  • Creamy Cabonara – RM 5.25 instead of RM 10.50
  • Garlic bread – RM 1.50 instead of RM 3.00

a bunch of bloggers at Pizza Hut

To me, Pizza Hut is always a place where a group of friends come together to enjoy hearty food and basically have a good time, and that is indeed what we had over the session. Hey, that’s a 1Malaysian crowd too! 😀

The promotion is for the whole day on weekdays and not just for lunch time ya, so go have some! By the way, you can check out the TV Commercials too.

Ladies and gentlemen, today yours truly don on chef’s hat and pretend that I know something about cooking. The recipe you are about to read comes from the Southern part of the country that likes to police the world. Yes, that would be U S of A.

We are going to learn about fried okra, on of my all time favorite beer food that isn’t served in any restaurant this side of Pacific.

fried okra ingredients
fried okra ingredients – okra, pepper, salt, egg, milk

First, the ingredients, and they are fairly simple:

  • okra (or lady finger, if you prefer)
  • half a cup of milk
  • one egg
  • a cup of corn flour
  • a tea spoon of salt
  • pepper to taste
  • other spices optional (be imaginative, if you would)

fried okra makes for awesome beer food
fried okra makes for awesome beer food

Then, the steps, this is child’s play in terms of cooking, no post graduate degree in culinary field is required:

  • slice or chop okra into bite size
  • beat the egg, milk, salt, pepper, and corn flour in a mixing bowl till even
  • coat the okra
  • fry till golden brown
  • serve while hot!

This is one yummy snack that goes very well with cold beer, Kilkenny, HeinekenGuinness, anything! I brought this as my contribution to Suan’s xmas eve potluck, and was happy that it was well received. Even master chef Lance liked it, and that is plenty good for me 😀

mimi bacon pizza by Haze
mimi bacon pizza by Haze

Haze came up with this concoction that she called mini bacon pizza. The ingredient’s pretty straight forward:

  • bread
  • bacon (as many slice as you have bread
  • pasta sauce (tomato base)
  • mozzarella  cheese
  • oregano spice

Steps:

  • flatten the bread (she had somehow forgotten this part then…)
  • spread pasta sauce on bread, then add cheese and oregano
  • carefully lay a strip of that precious bacon on top
  • roll everything up and hold it with a toothpick
  • fry till golden brown (for the health freaks, you can also bake them)

The result certainly did not disappoint either, I liked it a lot too!

clam chowder (Lance), bacon pasta (Suan), roast chicken (Kim), sausage (Horng)
clam chowder (Lance), bacon pasta (Suan), roast chicken (Kim), sausage (Horng)

Lance brought a pot of clam chowder that had uses some sort of bacon stock, it was by far the best clam chowder I’ve ever had! You can actually order it at bbq-addicts.com, I guarantee that you’ll be 100% satisfied!

Suan cooked up some bacon carbonara that turned out to be the best pasta she’s ever made, Kim too roasted a chicken, very juicy, and tasted plenty awesome right out of her new oven! Horng made some sort of east-meet-west sausage for the potluck.

xmas eve party at Suanie's crib
xmas eve party at Suanie’s crib

The little get-together over xmas eve turned out to be a very gastronomically satisfying event. We had a little bit to drink (there’ll be plenty more for NYE in a few days’ time at Michael’s), and spent the night reliving the old tradition of watching Euro Trip all over again.

So how was your xmas?