twitter facebook instagram bloglovin tumblr google plus pinterest youtube

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Yours truly attended the preview of the Dim Sum Feast at Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant that located in Park Royal. Seeing the term "Si Chuan" in the name already told me I will be stuffed with mostly spicy Sichuan food which kind of worried me a bit since my tolerance level for spiciness is super low. 

Upon arriving, we saw a table with various ingredients and we had no idea what are we going to learn that day. The amazing Chef Peng for presenting not one, but three different types of dishes so that we can make it at home on our own. With pen and paper, all of us took down notes so that we can make it as accordingly on our own next time whenever we craving for yummy dim sum!

Minced Chicken Dumpling in Chili Oil

How To:
  1. To create the dumpling skin, press and mold the white flour skin into a circle 6cm in diameter.
  2. Prepare the filling by mixing the minced chicken with water. Next, add in the monosodium glutamate, salt, egg, sesame oil, flour and refrigerate.
  3. Place a small portion of the filling in the middle of each dumpling skin. Fold it closed to wrap up the filling and pinch the edges to seal. Continue with the remainder of the dumplings.
  4. Place the minced garlic into a pot of boiling water. Add in the dumplings, giving them a gentle stir so they do not stick together. Once cooked, transfer into a serving bowl and sprinkle with sweet oil, red chili oil, sesame oil, fried sesame and spring onion.

Pan-fried Scallop Carrot Cake

How To:
  1. Combine 1/3 of the water with rice and corn flour and mix evenly till it become a watery mixture.
  2. Skin the white radish and slice thinly. Boil it in the remaining water till it's completely cooked. Combine the radish, and add on scallop with the earlier mixture and add sesame oil. Heat till half cooked and viscous.
  3. Pour mixture into a mold and steam for one hour, then leave it cool completely.
  4. Before serving, heat it up with oil in a frying pan and sear the surface over high heat to crisp the surface.

Sichuan Dan Dan Noodle

How To:
  1. Place the minced chicken into the pot and stir-fry until the moisture is dried up. Next, add salt and Chinese wine and fry till fragrant.
  2. Place chili oil, sesame paste, sesame oil, light soya sauce and seasonings in a bowl. Next, add in Sichuan preserved bean sprout, spring onion and clear stock.
  3. Place the noodle in boiling water and cook for about three minutes, drain and place into a bowl. Add the fried minced chicken and vegetables onto the noodle and serve.

We were honored to have seen another cooking demo from Chef Peng on how to make the signature homemade knife-shredded noodle whilst enjoying our hearty dim sum feast too! Chef Peng showcases the art of knife shredding noodles, which requires extreme concentration and precision, he shreds strips of noodles from a piece of dough using a sharp blade in quick, successive strokes! 

Pan-fried Pancake with Chicken Floss with a crispy crust that are well coated with sesame seeds on the top and filled in with plenty of chicken floss. 

The Steamed Chives Dumpling with smooth, translucent skin wrapping the entire chives fillings, perfect for those who especially love chives!

Finally, we get to try the Pan-fried Carrot with Dried Scallop that we've seen the cooking demo earlier. I enjoy eating it while it serves warm, the slight crispiness on the surface made a whole lot different! Dip it into the special chili oil sauce and you'll ask for more.

I have never ever seen nor tried such dim sum before, the Minced Chicken Dumpling wrapped in Banana Leaf is one of the signatures of the Dim Sum Feast and also known as an authentic Sichuan dim sum! It comes in a beautiful emerald color, filled with tasty minced chicken, the dumpling has a unique chewy texture achieved by careful control of cooking time and method. It's yummy!

I am happy to see my favorite Pan-fried Minced Chicken Dumpling with Chives (known as "wo tieh" or "guo tieh") is in the list! The dumplings are served together with a thin layer of flour batter that is lightly fried to form a beautiful snowflake-like lid over the dumpling. I certainly love the way how they presented it and most importantly, they are delicious! 

More healthy choices of dim sum - Steamed Celery Dumpling with Conpoy. I am not really a fan of celery, this taste yummy with not heavy taste of celery just the way I like it. 

Please make sure you order this Boiled Minced Chicken with Hot and Sour Sauce from the dim sum menu! I can't really handle the spiciness of this bowl of dumplings, but I had to admit that it really tantalize your tastebuds that you'll ask for more! I bet the combination of hot and sour that kicks that oomph!

Yet another authentic Sichuan dim sum - Steamed Glutinous Rice with Dried Shrimp wrapped with Yam. One may ask why do you even bother to slice the yam in super thin form just to wrap these blocks of glutinous rice? The fine layer of yam gave that hint of yam fragrant and taste that enhances the entire dim sum from something ordinary to an extra-ordinary one. 

To compare with the one soaked in hot and sour sauce, I personally think that this Minced Chicken Dumpling in Chili Oil tasted rather mild in term of spiciness. Overall, it tastes lovely!

Other than the dim sum spread, patrons also can order some other main dishes such as Braised Eggplant with Garlic and Chili Sauce and Stir Fried French Beans with Minced Garlic to enjoy along during their dim sum galore session!

Noodle lovers can enjoy the Si Chuan Dan Dan Noodle and the Home-made Knife Shredded Noodles over the dim sum feast. I enjoyed the springy Si Chuan Dan Dan Noodle and the tad chewiness of the Home-made Knife Shredded Noodles! If you're bringing kids or can't handle spicy like me, you can always opt for the Chef's special soup instead of Sichuan Chili Oil for your home-made knife shredded noodles. 

To complete our hearty dim sum feast meal, we were served with two desserts - Home Made Fine Bean Curd with Wolfberry and the Steamed Glutinous Rice Ball with Purple Sweet Potato Paste. You would definitely love the fine bean curd with wolfberry very much for its smoothness and taste divine too! I personally find the steamed glutinous rice ball with purple sweet potato very interesting as I bet it involves such effort to put everything together and the piece of sweet potato was well coated too! 

Graduating from Sichuan Culinary School, Chef Peng acquired 10 years of dim sum making experience in Chengdu before joining Si Chuan Dou Hua in 2005. With over 20 years of experience under his belt, Sichuan born Chef Peng firmly believes strong foundational skills coupled with passion and creativity is the key to creating exquisite dim sum items. He takes pride in challenging himself to breathe new life into traditional dim sum dishes through their flavors or presentation. ** Chef Peng also will be demonstrating live the Sichuan art of knife shredding noodles from 1 to 9 November 2014!

Apart from the Sichuan dim sum, diners can also look forward to classic Cantonese dim sum items such as the Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumpling, Pan-fried Radish Cake and the well-liked Steamed Custard Bun. 

Priced at RM58 nett per person (select 28 out of 58 items), the Dim Sum Feast is available for lunch from 12:00 noon to 2:30pm from Mondays to Fridays, and for brunch from 10:30am to 2:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Special savings apply for selected bank cardmembers. 

For dining reservations or inquiries, please call Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant at 03 - 2147 0088.

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant
PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel No: +603 - 2147 0088

 photo arrow.pngCONTINUE READING

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I bet most of you know that I ain't a regular contact lens wearer. These days, I found a valid excuse to try and put on these gorgeous natural color contact lenses by Horien Eye Secret - to achieve the NATURAL big eye look. You have no idea how these contact lenses could save your time applying makeup!

It's important to buy along the multi-purpose solution for your contact lens and here's my Eye Secret Multi-Purpose Solution. I love that it is multi-functional as it is not only helps to clean the contact lenses, but also recondition, rinses, disinfects and can store the contact lenses too! This simply means I do not need to buy a separate contact lens solution for my contact lens.

If you ask me, I do not fancy those contact lenses that give you the super big eye effect as if your eyes going to pop out, also because they just doesn't look natural! Of course, if you're doing Cosplay, that definitely helps to achieve that anime-look easily. By saying that, I am rather happy when I get to know about the NEW brand - Horien Eye Secret - that offers a full range of contact lens related products from soft contact lens, color lens to lens care products such as solutions and eye drop. The one that I got for myself is 38% 1 Day Soft Contact Lens in black color.

Material: Polymacon
Water content: 38%
BC: 8.6mm
DIA: 14.0mm

As you can see, it gives the big eye effect in such a natural way. 

When it comes to searching for a good contact lens for myself, I always make sure that it is suitable for my type of eyes. This is due to the high water content lens will absorb our tear and disrupt the normal tear circulation. It is similar to the water absorbing sponge, these lenses absorb the tears. Hence, it is recommended to get yourself lower water content lens if you have a dry eye type. Just so you know that, low water content lenses perform better flexibility and stability. With the perfect formula of 38% water content, plus Sodium Hyaluronate (natural moisturizing factors) and Trehalose (natural water lock agent), these lenses provide you a super moist experience!

It's really easy to put it on to my eyes!

I do admit I rarely put on color contact lenses due to the color/paint of the contact lens could harm our eyes. Hence, I really put extra effort on getting to know more about contact lenses that am going to wear. With the advance Bio-Molecule 3D Wrap (BMW) Technology in Horien Eye Secret color contact lenses, paints won't have direct contact with your eyes, which also means it is safe and comfortable to wear. 

I have been wearing these color contact lenses for two days and surprisingly loving it very much! It's not only about achieving natural big eyes look, but also due to how comfortable my eyes even wearing it for up to 7 hours in a day! It feels like almost nothing on my eyes and I didn't feel any dryness throughout the day too! You can purchase it HERE!

** IF you would like to try out these amazing color contact lenses, do head to HORIEN Eye Secret official webpage HERE to join the giveaway and stand a chance to win contact lens for FREE! All you need to do is fill in your details and quote "Caroline Ng May Ling" in the "comment" section! 

 photo arrow.pngCONTINUE READING

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

For those who always hang out in One Utama Shopping Mall, you might have already spotted this relatively new cafe - Infusion - located at the second floor in the mall. Infusion features rather modern setting with a concept of a comfy home. I bet you have no idea how serious are they with their coffee business! (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑  

Not a fan of coffee? Worry not, Infusion serves two different types of hot chocolate drinks - Signature White Chocolate and Premium Belgian Hot Chocolate! The art of these drinks - pour the white/dark chocolate chips and dark chocolate cocoa nibs into the warm milk, whisk it and you're ready to enjoy the chocolate goodness! 

Cafe Latte
Infusion quite a range of coffees - latte, espresso, cappuccino, mocha, etc. They taste good and rich in its own flavors. 

Infusion serves their Affogato with a separate mug of espresso and ice cream. Drizzle your fine scoops of ice cream with the espresso and enjoy the goodness of affogato. 

You can also find a range of lovely macarons here! We had the chocolate, earl grey, pistachio, vanilla and musang king flavored macarons on that night. If you're durian lover like me, skip all the rest and enjoy plenty of Musang King flavored macaron for your high tea time!

Cake lovers can satisfy their cravings with the range of cakes offered in Infusion. I especially enjoy the red velvet cake and mille crepe cake the most! 

Last but not least, we also tried the freshly brewed coffee that somehow tasted like a tea! No, it's not bitter and you could enjoy the hint of sweetness lingering in your mouth for the aftertaste. 

Infusion: Specialy Coffee Co.
Lot SK-108, 2nd Floor, One Utaam Shopping Centre (Old Wing)
Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya.
Tel no: +6 03 - 7732 7455
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun (10am-10pm)
Facebook: Infusion: Specialty Coffee Co | Instagram: @myinfusion

 photo arrow.pngCONTINUE READING

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Doesn't matter whether you're a Fashionista yourself or not, here's something awesome coming to your way! Well, actually it is HERE already! The second day of the Malaysia Fashion Week marked the official launching of Japan's No.1 fashion mobile app - WEAR - in Malaysia! I would not want to miss to be a part of the official launching with the rest of the Fashion and Lifestyle bloggers in town. 

WEAR is the official digital partner of the inaugural Malaysia Fashion Week (MFW) 2014 show segments from 20-22nd October 2014, particularly for Mercedes-Benz STYLO Asia Fashion Week (MBSAFW) and Malaysian Fashion Show (MFS). The Malaysia Fashion Week (MFW) is a collaborative effort between national trade promotion agency MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation) and the country's leading fashion event organizer, STYLO International.

Shinji Kijitani - Caroline - Tatsuya Kubota - Hidenori Fukushima

I considered myself pretty lucky for the chance to get to know about the app through the actual people behind this app. Both Mr. Shinji Kijitani and Mr. Tatsuta Kubota explained on how do we use the WEAR app, from setting up an account, post the look, comment and recommend look, save the look, etc. This app has so many features built into it, try it yourself to explore all of them!

"WEAR combines the best of all popular social media applications and activities such as fashion photo sharing, journaling, hashtagging and e-commerce into one exciting smartphone app." said Hidenori Fukushima, Manager of WEAR Globa Business Development.

Just so you know that WEAR is Japan's No.1 fashion mobile application featuring daily trending looks by brands and fashionistas from all over the world. The mobile application allows users to search trending looks and the hottest styles of celebrities around the world; save photos of clothes they like; and upload and share their countless of fashion selfies or pictures of styles they find attractive.

In addition to being a fashion styling tool, WEAR also allows users to purchase items online. Zozotown's database of products and existing agreements with thousands of brands and stores allow for consumers to view product information and images onlne. Users can also contact merchants directly to make online purchases. WEAR also solves the problem of brands not delivering to certain countries by showing similar styles by other brands which users can consider.

WEAR users are classified into three categories - General users, brand representatives and WEARISTAS. Brand representatives use the app to market their clothing lines whilst WEARISTAS are a select group of fashionable people, ie. models, celebrities and ordinary people turned fashionistas.

As part of the fashion festivities, WEAR will be selecting ONE lucky fashionista or blogger to be the recipient of the coveted WEARISTA Style Icon Award on October 22nd. The WEARISTA Style Icon Award recipient will win a trophy, 10 exclusive invites for the Malaysia Fashion Week 2014 "After Party" on October 22nd and a John Robert Powers @ Stylo Academy private session worth over RM2,000.

To win the coveted WEARISTA Style Icon Award competition, just upload a picture of yourself wearing a designer or designer-inspired outfit from the list of designers showcasing at MFW 2014 on WEAR and hashtag #ootd #MBStyloAFW #< your name > by 21st 2014.  
The most stylish photo and/or most creative interpretation of a participating designer outfit wins. More information on WEAR and MFW 2014 can be obtained by looking up “WEAR” in the Google Play Store or App Store and, respectively or follow Stylo International and MBStyloAFW on social media - Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

 photo arrow.pngCONTINUE READING

Friday, October 17, 2014

Have you heard of the Platinum Purified Therapy facial treatment? 

If you're having unhealthy digestion system, pimples would appear on either your face or back. I bet most of us have to agree that a proper extraction is needed to clean up the pimples on our face, but somehow in some cases, extraction procedure causes irritation of our skin that in the end worsen the skin condition. 

With Platinum Purified Therapy, there's no need worry about skin irritation. It is a unique detox procedure where it is able to solve heavy metal that cause skin sensitive, redness, itchy, acne, pimples, open pores, rough skin and dry skin

I've decided to give it a try and I shall share how's the entire procedure was done and how's my experience with this. The beautician started off with double cleansing to remove all the makeup dirts on my face. It is important to do double cleansing every night before you apply toner and moisturizer. I was first worried of the facial scrub cleanser that she uses on my face due to my sensitive skin. When you have a very sensitive skin like me, you have to gently massage your skin to avoid more breakout due to excessive rubbing on your skin. 

Instead of applying the mask, the beautician proceeded with purification step. These capsules contain flavonoids with gingko extracts with the natural whitening ingredients. The purification superconducting capsules act as the strong carrier to penetrate quickly into the skin cells. It activates the cell auto antibodies and remove the bad particles under the skin that have been accumulated for years, such as mercury, lead, heavy metal coloring.

Four active ingredients in the capsules:
Rose Whitening Factor - women's beauty saints, whitening, moisturizing, skin rejuvenation beauty, skin wrinkle multiple functions, especially in aging, yellowish pigmentation, sensitive and weak skin.
Stem Cell Extract - activation and repair damaged stem cells can stimulate the regeneration of human skin stem cells to reverse aging by increase skin tightness and elastic, reduce shrink pores and wrinkles.
Lycopene - rich in Vc, Va, Vb, Ve elements. Antioxidant enhance immunity, anti-aging, eliminate radicals
Trace Elements - by promoting enzyme mineral cations and cell regeneration, promote cell energy metabolism protection.

The beautician uses two capsules with ultrasonic purification superconducting at my skin surface. The entire process took approximately 10-15 minutes and remove the toxin by using paper towel. The darker the shade shows how greater toxin out from your skin. 

The beautician then proceeds with applying a thick layer of mask on my face and leave it around 30-40minutes. This purifying mask has an active ingredient - Tremella Polysaccharide Extract  - which is rich in natural vegetable gum, protein, vitamins that can enhance the skin's immune system, eliminate facial melasma and freckle effect. Through this step, the essences of the ingredients slowly release to penetrate the skin, which leaves the skin feeling cool and comfortable after remove the mask. Long-term use can make the skin white and delicate, soft and flexible, reduce facial wrinkles, facial melasma fade and it could also restore muscle fatigue.

After removing the mask, the beautician uses the remaining of collagen essence and massage it all over my skin as well as did the lymphatic drainage massage too. As you can see, my previous dry and skin with redness has turned well moisturize and the redness reduced significantly. I was pretty amazed with my skin condition the next day, especially when I see no dry patchiness after applied my makeup the next day!

For My Stories readers who would like to try out this amazing Platinum Purified Therapy, you're able to enjoy 3 sessions at only RM680 by just mentioning my name and do not forget to like esmé Clinic Facebook Page!

esmé Clinic is also having a package promotion and you can enjoy Buy 3 Free 3 sessions!

esmé Clinic
No. 65-1, Block D, Jaya One,
No. 72a, Jalan University, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel no: +6 03 - 7955 1491
Facebook: esmé Clinic | Instagram: @esmeclinic

 photo arrow.pngCONTINUE READING
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
blogger template