Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter Daahlings....


You Know Daahlings, Easter is a busy time for any pastry chef and this week was no exception for me and Les Diables... so here is my week in pictures...

Not Easter without HOT X BUNS

Faberge Egg!

What to do, Kathy's special request!

In Thai it is funny!

Love this style

Rapunzal, let down your hair...

The Prince

The Princess

Simply Beautiful

For Henry

For someone special... (real Tiffany was added)

My favourite of the week (oh and the bonking bunnies of course)

Simply Elegant


Happy Easter once again.... 

See you next week!

Chef Peter

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Michelin Starred Chef's Special Menu at Mezze Bistro, A Photo Memory

Recently Mezze Bistro was paid a visit by Michelin Starred Chef, Baptiste Fournier who gifted guests with a special menu inspired by the French countryside. Here's a photo memory of the night.

Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
 Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier
Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
Appetizers
Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
Amuse Bouche
Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
Aubergine caviar with crunchy vegetables and petite pepper sorbet
Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
Warm oyster with fried bacon and Spanish jerez vinegar

Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
Artichoke risotto with confit of tomato 
Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
Seabass poached in chicken broth, spinach and lemon
Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
Roasted Lamb Saddle, served with leek and artichoke puree
Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
Iced crispy cappuccino of chocolate, cream with crumble
Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Fournier, Mezze Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, French Restaurant, French wine
Pineapple ravioli with lime, basil and yoghurt sorbet

For previous posts on Mezze:

Interview with Wayne Yoon, Outto Dine Sdn Bhd


Weissbrau, Spasso Milano, Penang, Straits Quay
Wayne Yoon, Director of Northern Operations of Outto Dine

The Yum List talks with Wayne YOON, (aka the friendly Korean waiter) Director of the Outto Dine Group and Manager of Spasso Milano and Weissbrau Straits Quay. 

What do you do and how did you get into the industry?
I am the Director of the Northern Operations for the Outto Dine Group, where I manage the daily operations of Spasso Milano Straits Quay as well as Weissbrau Straits Quay. I am someone who likes visiting new places, because in the process of doing that I get to meet and interact with people from different walks of life, while at the same time being exposed to different cuisine. I chose the hospitality industry because of the great opportunities to experience and interact with different cultures and people.

Where have you lived around the world?
In my early days, I lived in countries including Bangladesh, India, USA, Switzerland, France, Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan. After years of working in the hotel sector and then a brief stint in the cruise liner sector, I finally settled in Malaysia - because of the culture and food diversity that this country offered, as well as making sure I have a steady home for my two kids.

Share with us an interesting story from one of your postings.
Every posting is interesting, challenging, and a learning experience. I can’t single out one.

What's the best/ worst part of your job?
The best thing about my job is I get to meet so many different people, whilst getting to enjoy some good food together.
The thing I like least about my job is when a guest calls to make a reservation, and then they don’t turn up. For me, making a reservation is not informing - it is a promise that you will come. The frustrating part is when the guest does not answer our calls or reply to our messages after we try to contact them to enquire about their attendance.

What's your favourite Malaysian food?
Beef Rendang

What's your favourite meal at Weissbrau/ Spasso...?
Weissbrau: Crispy Pork Knuckle, Homemade Herb Sausages, Mussel Seaman Pot, Flammkuchen, Caesar Salad, Chocolate Mousse.
Spasso: Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese Pizza, Ricotta Spinach Ravioli, Aglio Olio Pasta, Garlic Focaccia Bread, Millefoglie, Tiramisu.

What's your perfect food and wine pairing?
Crispy Pork Knuckle paired with Shiraz
Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese Pizza paired with Pinot Grigio

What can guests look forward to in terms of Food and Beverage with the Outto Dine group in 2013?
Our philosophy for Outto Dine will always be the same - Good Food, Good Service and Good Dining Experience. We have held on to this philosophy before 2013 and we plan to continue practicing this philosophy regardless what year it is.

Thanks Wayne. We look forward to placing an order of Pork Knuckle and Shiraz at Weissbrau very soon. 

Friday, 29 March 2013

Afternoon Tea at the Tea Salon, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tea Salon, Starhill Gallery, YTL, Kuala Lumpur, Afternoon Tea
English Afternoon Tea Set
Tea Salon, Starhill Gallery, YTL, Kuala Lumpur, Afternoon Tea
Scones
Tea Salon, Starhill Gallery, YTL, Kuala Lumpur, Afternoon Tea
Oriental Tea Set
Tea Salon, Starhill Gallery, YTL, Kuala Lumpur, Afternoon Tea
Salted Egg Yolk Bun from Oriental Tea Set
Tea Salon, Starhill Gallery, YTL, Kuala Lumpur, Afternoon Tea
Signature Tea
Tea Salon, Starhill Gallery, YTL, Kuala Lumpur, Afternoon Tea
Starhill Tea Salon
Starhill Tea Salon, YTL, Afternoon Tea
Tea Salon Tea

Starhill Tea Salon

Words by Polly Szantor


With over 60 varieties of tea and a comfortable, soothing atmosphere, the Starhill Tea Salon is a lovely place to pause in the middle of your busy day, and just relax. The armchairs and couches invite you to stay awhile, and the tea canisters, stacked in columns around the seating area, offer an innovative and colourful delight to the eye. At teatime, there’s a pianist at the grand piano playing light music selections, which adds to the ambiance.

There are two options for Afternoon Tea, the English and Oriental Sets. The English set is relatively traditional and includes petite Open-faced Sandwiches, Fruit Scones with Whipped Cream and Blackberry Jam and a selection of French Pastries, which change daily. I especially enjoyed the Lemon Macaron and the Chocolate Cake with a rich chocolate ganache topping. The Oriental Set provides a selection of nice fresh Sushi and Maki along with Fried and Steamed Dim Sum.  

The choice of teas is a little overwhelming at first, but whatever you choose, you can be sure it’s the best each region of the world has to offer. There are selections for morning, afternoon and evening, plus scented, flower and fruit infused teas. All teas are brewed for a set amount of time then decanted into a Bredemeijer insulated teapot.  We began with a mild black tea from Sri Lanka, followed a South African Rooibos with Crème Caramel flavour, which was velvety and satisfying. Finally we tasted the Signature Tea, green tea blended with mango and citrus, a fruity, refreshing finale to a delightful afternoon. 

Tea Salon, Starhill Gallery, YTL, Kuala Lumpur, Afternoon Tea
Starhill Tea Salon
Afternoon Tea is offered from 3pm to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and is priced at RM70++ for two people. For an extra treat, an all-you-can-eat Chocolate Buffet is offered on Sundays from 2:30pm to 5:30pm at a reasonable RM50++ per person.

Reason to visit:  To escape the hustle and bustle of Bukit Bintang, and indulge in an exceptional cup of tea.

Starhill Tea Salon
Ground Floor
Starhill Gallery
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Bistro 160, Grand Millennium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur
Chocolate Afternoon Tea
Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur

Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur
Truffle and Chocolate Cream Puff
Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur
Mini Macarons and Rocky Road
Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur
Chocolate Scones with cream and chocolate sauce
Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur
Chocolate Finger Sandwiches
Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur
Churros in Chocolate Sauce
Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur
Opera Cake
Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur
Hot Chocolate
Grand Millennium, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Kuala Lumpur
Espresso Martini - Chocolate or not - this special recipe is a must order!

Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Bistro 160, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

Words by Polly Szantor
Photos by The Yum List


You’ve shopped until you’ve dropped in Bukit Bintang, and you need reviving.  There can’t be a more perfect way to rejuvenate than to pop into Bistro 160 at the Grand Millennium Hotel to be enlivened by their Chocolate Afternoon Tea.  The presentation, imaginatively created by Executive Chef Laurent Lherisson, is absolutely gorgeous, with a wow factor that will thrill eager patrons.  Nestled on a bed of chocolate drops, every tasty morsel is made of premium, Belgian chocolate.

Instead of sandwiches, Chef has created slices of chocolate brioche with three cream fillings, vanilla, coffee and my favourite, strawberry, which is slightly more sour than sweet. You will find it difficult to know which little delight to try next, but you’ll certainly want to taste them all!  I loved the crispy Churros, a finger of fried dough buried in a shot glass of chocolate sauce, while the Profiterole had a topping of my favourite, rich, dark chocolate. There was a nice little slice of Opera cake, a Chocolate Almond Financier with a dollop of chocolate cream on top and an Almond Praline. 

Adding a dramatic second level to the presentation, Chef had mounted Rocky Road balls on bamboo skewers, a treat from Australia and a special tribute to The Yum List’s creator, Monica Tindall.  There were several little Chocolate Macarons too, so easy to pop in the mouth.  For further indulgence, there are Chocolate Scones, served with whipped cream and just in case you haven’t had enough, there’s a pump bottle of chocolate syrup to increase the cocoa factor. 

This tea set is served with a tall glass of hot, frothed milk accompanied by a chocolate bar on a stick. You can choose between hazelnut milk chocolate or dark chocolate.  The idea is to dip the stick in the hot liquid and enjoy playing with it as it melts oozily into the milk.  Chef Laurent feels that food, especially dessert, should be fun, and I certainly returned to childhood as I messed with my chocolate.

We felt that so much chocolate would pair beautifully with a cocktail, and minutes later an Espresso Martini magically appeared.  What a super addition to the whole combination.  A heady mixture of espresso, vodka, Kahlua, Grand Marnier and sugar syrup, the orange overtones blending perfectly with the coffee.  No question, it would be the ideal choice to accompany this special Afternoon Tea.

Reason to visit: Transportation to chocolate heaven guaranteed.  We dare you to consume all the chocolate drops too!

This special promotion will run from mid April to mid June 2013, and will be served daily between 3pm and 6pm.  The Grand Millennium also serves English and Malaysian Afternoon Tea Sets.
chocolate, afternoon tea
Map to Grand Millennium

Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
160 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2117 4160

*** The start date for this spread has changed. This promo will begin in May 2013. Call the above number for reservations.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Mexican Fiesta, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mexican Fiesta, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Serena Brasserie, buffet
Tortilla Chips and Guacamole - Mexican Fiesta at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Mexican Fiesta, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Serena Brasserie, buffet
Cheese Quesadillas

Mexican Fiesta, Serena Brasserie, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Words by Polly Szantor
Photos by The Yum List



The Mexican Fiesta, April 1–15 at the Intercontinental Hotel, is aimed at promoting Mexican gastronomy, and gives us a chance to sample authentic Mexican food. Designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010, traditional Mexican cuisine is built around corn, beans, and chilli, with a healthy scattering of tomatoes and peppers. The Serena Brasserie at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur will feature two outstanding Mexican guest chefs, Salvador Vasquez and Tania Gonzalez, who will assuredly titillate your tongue with the fabulous flavours of Mexico.

Mexican Fiesta, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Serena Brasserie, buffet
Cooking Demonstration

I tasted several Quesadillas, including cheese, chicken, beef and mushroom with cheese. My favourites were genuine corn tortillas created by Paola, a beautiful Mexican lady who demonstrated how to mix and cook the tortillas and she also assembled a lovely, roasted tomato salsa. This was the real deal, and I anticipate similar magnificence from the guest chefs.

Mexican Fiesta, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Serena Brasserie, buffet
Cheese and Mushroom Quesadillas

Along with many Mexican favourites, the menu for April will include appetizers such as Cactus Salad, Strips of Meat Mexican Style and Zucchini and Bean Salad. Some of the main dishes are Shrimp with Chilli Guava Sauce, BBQ Lamb Hidalgo Style (made with slow-cooked lamb, steamed overnight) and Meatballs in Mild Chilli Sauce, not forgetting a fabulous crescendo of Quesadillas with various fillings.  Dessert choices include Churros (crispy deep-fried pastries), Crème Caramel and Mexican Rice Pudding.

Mexican Fiesta, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Serena Brasserie, buffet
Margarita
You may like to order a Margarita to start your meal. Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Connor Hadlington, is the cocktail creator at the Intercontinental, and I can certainly recommend his traditional Lime Margarita. 

Mexican cuisine, buffet, hotel, Serena Brasserie
Map to InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Reason to visit: authentic Mexican cuisine, and a mean Margarita.

This food promotion is priced at RM82++ per person (Mexican Fiesta Lunch) and RM98++ per person (Mexican Fiesta Dinner).

Serena  Brasserie
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
165 Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2782 6228



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