|Delicious, St. Mary Residences, Kuala Lumpur|
A Delicious Christmas, Drinks and Desserts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The silly season is rolling in and Delicious is surfing the crest of the saccharine wave with seven Christmas inspired beverages and four desserts from around the world. Chef Steve Allan, E&O’s Group Creative Chef, presents a bundle of sweet temptations, ideal for gifts, devouring in one of the group’s cafes or for sharing with loved ones.
A Bevy of Christmas Desserts promises to raise your sugaromemeter levels to Extreme. Here’s what we tried:
|Bouche Del Noel|
Bouche del Noel - a Yule log cake from France. Layers of vanilla sponge cake holding a creamy chestnut and coffee filling are rolled up in a chocolate coat. Hubby and our dining buddy quickly demolished this round. The firm wrapping of dark chocolate contrasted the interior both in texture and taste.
|English Christmas Pudding|
English Christmas Pudding - this steamed pudding was my pick of the sweets and super moist. Apple juice is cleverly used to fill the absence of alcohol. Bursting with dried fruits, fresh apple, lemon, almonds and Earl Grey tea this sweet, tangy and fruit mound is extremely rich.
Bibingka – a tradition from the Philippines. This dessert made with rice flour, coconut milk, salted egg, cheese and Hawaiian coconut is dense and filling. Hard to believe, but Chef Allen’s take on this dessert is a touch lighter than the traditional version. This was too dense for hubby, but richly indulgent for me.
|Cranberry and White Chocolate Panettone|
Cranberry and White Chocolate Panettone – a classic sweet Christmas bread from Milan. Generously sided with lavish dollops of mascarpone, this plate topped hubby’s Xmas wish list.
A quartet of Yuletide desserts could only be accompanied adeptly with equally sugary beverages. Five hot drinks and two cold ones make up Chef Allen’s festive collection of beverages, themed “All Spiced Up and Ready to Go Drinks.” From the hot list:
|Hot and Spicy Grape Juice|
Hot and Spicy Grape Juice – with ginger and chili this one ends with a bite!
|Mulled Cranberry and Apple|
Mulled Cranberry and Apple – an assault of orange and lemon combined with cinnamon, cloves, chili and ginger make this citrusy beverage very Xmassy.
|Minted Hot White Chocolate|
Minted Hot White Chocolate – had hubby drooling with its frothy smoothness and touch of festive mint.
Gingerbread Latte – my favourite, has all the comforting fragrances of gingerbread – ginger, vanilla, cinnamon) without the calories - although gingerbread does come on the side if you’d like to add them in.
Chilled drinks, perfect for Malaysia’s tropical heat:
|Delicious Festive Iced Tea|
Delicious Festive Iced Tea – a refreshing blend of tamarind, sour plum, lime, lemon and grenadine (my choice of the cool drinks).
|Ice Blended Clove Coffee|
Ice Blended Clove Coffee – this was probably our least favourite of all of the goodies due to personal taste preferences– a fantastic texture, but neither of use are huge clove fans, so it didn’t stand a chance on our tongues.
|Pear Cinnamon Ice-Cream Smoothie|
Pear Cinnamon Ice-Cream Smoothie – not hard to guess that this was hubby’s pick of the chilled items with its hills of ice-cream, aromatic pear and hint of cinnamon
Running from the 1st to the 31st of December, Delicious Christmas treats are priced at RM12.90 for beverages and RM16.90 for desserts. All items (except for the Bibingka) are available for takeaway too.
Reason to visit: an overload of sugar with the inescapable taste of Christmas
(Found around Kuala Lumpur but this sampling was carried out at the new St. Mary’s Residences in the city centre.)
1 Jalan Tengah (off Jalan Sultan Ismail)