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H-Artistry Finale 2014 | MIECC

Friday, October 31, 2014

Here's a great news for fellow party goers out there! 

H-Artistry returns to KL this 15th into a different dimension by setting an even more exciting stage for the anticipated epic finale premier super-clubbing experience of 2014! The Global Art of Mixing party slated for KL, rides off the success of H-Artistry Penang earlier in May 2014 and promises another epic not-to-be-missed party experience to remember. Featuring a stellar line up of artists from around both East AND West, this signature super-clubbing event will take place at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) in Mines Resort City on 15 November 2014 starting from 7.00pm onwards

Party goers can expect to get pumped by H-Artistry’s signature super-clubbing party experience with an eclectic mix of sights, sounds and taste. Featuring the latest up and coming local, regional and international acts against a trademark mashup of genres and music styles with Unique, One Night Only collaborations, this year’s H-Artistry will definitely elevate guests into a whole other dimension of party going. 


Headlining KL’s H-Artistry is London born international award winning artist, Tinie Tempah, famous for his #1 hit on the UK Singles Chart debut single “Pass Out”, Japan’s newly formed mainstream group, Cream famous for lead-single, “Shooting Star” in their debut album, “DREAMIN”- An album ranked No.1 on the iTunes Top Song Chart and the pop duo consisting of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, or better known as MKTO, famous for their debut single, "Thank You". 

The epic finale of the H-artistry party will also feature Malaysia’s very own pop band Paperplane Pursuit, and the trio from Imma*Bleep*YouUp, enlivening every party with their very own brand of fist pumping house beats. Revellers will also be the first to witness the live renditions of the latest singles by these two prominent Malaysian acts, “Chasing Dreams” and “Live Forever”. The singles were an inspiration from the H-Artistry’s very own unique Global Art of Mixing platform that has connected these two artists from different genres and styles.

The nation’s most anticipated party, H-Artistry - The Global Art of Mixing is the super clubbing event of the year, certainly one not to be missed!

** H-Artistry is open to non-Muslims above the age of 18 only. For more information, log on to www.h-artistry.com.my.

Baci Italian Café | Citta Mall

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I still remember my first visit to Baci Italian Café (in Citta Mall) was for a casual meeting session. Cozy ambiance, though the chocolate drink that I've ordered wasn't my favorite and the pizza was alright. I guess I enjoyed my company more than my drink for the night. 

When I was informed and invited to try out their newly revamped menu, I thought why not give it a try, and boy, that was one of the best dinner meals I've had ever! When Baci is first conceived, the starting point was to re-create an authentically Italian, serving quality Italian coffee and fresh, cafe style food in a neighborhood setting inspired by the European coffee culture where people relax, share and enjoy each other's company.



I ordered myself the refreshing Mango Cooler (RM10.90) and being a coffee person, Eric ordered a cup of Flat White (RM8.90) which turned out much better compare to the cuppa he had last time here. Baci offers various coffees and chocolate drinks in the menu, there's one interesting one called Cappugiro (RM9.90) with a foamy texture, coffee mousse resting on a bed of liquid milk. 


If you wish to enjoy a rather light meal for your brunch or dinner, you can always opt for the sandwich selection in the menu. We had this Spicy Chicken Sandwich (RM16.90) that comes in pretty huge portion! You'd enjoy the grilled slices of chicken breast marinated with Baci special spiced sauce with hints of cumin, spicy sauce and chili flakes served with fresh romaine, tomato slices and onions in between homemade ciabatta spread with wholegrain mustard mayo


I love pasta! I mean, who doesn't? If you ever come to Baci and craving for a good pasta, please get yourself this plate of Smoked Duck & Shiitake Spaghetti (RM19.90)! It comes with a generous serving of smoked duck breast, sautéed cherry tomatoes, spinach and fresh shiitake mushrooms. It is a little bit spicy but I truly love the hint of sourish that somehow tantalize the tastebud in such awesome way! And yes, the pasta served with a slice of toasted garlic bread to complete the true Italian experience.


I am not really a pie person. However, the hearty Chicken & Mushroom Pie (RM18.90) in Baci's new menu certainly another must-ordered items! It certainly looks different from the ordinary pie as it serves with a puff pastry atop a pot of rich and creamy sauce that is 2-hour of slow-cooked goodness. Poke the puff pastry and scoop into the savory thick broth of leek, chicken breast, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes and green peas with a dash of Italian herbs, delicious!


Oh hey, beef lovers! I mean, oxtail soup lovers! Try out this pot of Baci's classic - Oxtail Stew (RM23.90) whenever you can as it is limited to only 6 pots a day. This is such a hearty and comfort meal that meant for sharing. With 6-hour cooking time featuring carrots, celery and juicy oxtail slowed cooked in flavorful beef stock served with warm garlic mashed potatoes and a slice of toasted Tuscan bread. The meat was very tender and we're absolutely in love with this pot of Oxtail Stew!


There's always something for everyone. Pizza lovers get to enjoy various types of pizza selection from the menu too! We had the Bolognese Pizza (RM20.90), the 9" hand tossed thin crust base topped with deliciously rich beef bolognese, fresh cubes of capsicum and arugula on a bed of melted mozzarella cheese. 


In conjunction with the Yuletide, Baci Italian Café, is launching a special Christmas campaign to fund a buffet spread for the underprivileged children of Ti Ratana Welfare Society at their outlet in Citta Mall, Ara Damansara.

From 1st till 30th November, patrons will be encouraged to contribute a minimum of RM10 that goes towards organizing a Christmas buffet cum party on Sunday, 7th December 2014 for the children of Ti Ratana Society.

Baci Italian Café
Lot G47, Ground Floor, Citta Mall,
No.1, Jalan PJU 1A/48, Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel No: +603 - 7831 8051
Email: info@baci.com.my
Facebook: BACI Malaysia | Website: www.baci.com.my

Pacific Coffee | Sunway Pyramid

Monday, October 27, 2014

As much as I love to do shopping at Sunway Pyramid shopping mall, it is never appear my top choice of to chill and do my work on daily basis (yeap, I work from home and remotely). One of the main reason due to the wifi connection at Starbucks in Sunway Pyramid is never stable and always pissed me off. Well, not until I found out Pacific Coffee that somewhat hidden somewhere in the mall! 


It features a modernized interior with cozy ambiance for students or people like me to chill and just do my work. Business folks can also enjoy sitting on the cushioned seats and have a comfortable business talk over coffee. 


You can certainly different types of coffee beverages here -  espresso, americanolatte, cappuccino, hot chocolate, etc. You can always opt for the hot or iced one that suit your own preferences. Since am not a coffee person, I personally think the Chocolate Paradise tastes really good! 


Do give a try to their Strudel and Donut. I love that the strudel being not overly sweet and how fluffy the donut was! If you're not a fan of strudel, order a donut as it is one of their best selling items and trust me, it is different than the ordinary one!


Of course, cake lovers get to enjoy a range of sinful and delicious cakes from the counter! My favorite would be the chocolate cake and mille crepe cake! I always prefer my chocolate to be very chocolatey and rich in chocolate taste. Though, if you're a fan of cheesecake, their original cheesecake and blueberry cheesecake - yummy! 


Tuna Croissant
Egg Croissant
Big Breakfast
Cajun Chicken Bolognese

If dessert cakes are too light for your meal, you can always order something like tuna croissant, egg croissant, big breakfast, big breakfast or cajun chicken bolognese. The fluffy croissant with crisp on the side and paired with salads. The big breakfast features the jumbo egg, foot long sausage, fresh salads, baked beans and ham - simply delicious! 


Pacific Coffee Sunway Pyramid
(Inside the Marrakesh area)
LG2.95, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall 
Operating Hour: 10am - 10pm
Tel No: +603 - 5611 3170


Dim Sum Feast | Si Chuan Dou Hua, PARKROYAL KL

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

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