Thursday, October 18, 2012

Recipe: Malaysian Sushi Roll

Genji master chef Richard Teoh shares with us the recipe for Malaysia sushi roll:

1 cup sushi rice
1 seaweed sheet
150g bonless chicken rendang
80g chicken floss
40g julienned cucumber
Some chilli padi
Some lettuce, Romaine or any salad greens
Some Wasabi paste
Bamboo Mat

1. Lay the seaweed sheet on the bamboo mat.
2. Wet both hands, take a handful of sushi rice, place it at the centre of the seaweed sheet, spread the rice on the seaweed evenly
3. Spread the chicken rendang, chicken floss, cucumber, lettuce at the centre of the rice layer.
4. Together with the bamboo mat, roll and fold the sushi forward to another end of the rice layer while holding the contents gently.
5. Lift the bamboo mat, turn the sushi roll over the empty space of seaweed sheet, lay the bamboo mat over the sushi roll and press gently.
6. Remove the sushi roll from the bamboo mat.
7. Cut the sushi roll and serve with ginger pickle and wasabi paste.

Monthly promo (October 2012) @ Genji Japanese Restaurant

Hilton Petaling Jaya, 
2 Jalan Barat, 46200, 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Tel: 03-7955 9122 ext 4071

This month, enjoy six varieties of Makimono (sushi rolls) at Hilton Petaling Jaya’s Genji Japanese Restaurant.
Genji master chef Richard Teoh and his team draw inspirations from Japan, Boston, Asutralia, Malaysia, India, and Korea for its International Makimono promotion this month.
From the land down under is the reverse roll with Australian kingfish and flying fish roe (RM50++).
Next, we had sushi roll with Boston lobster glazed with teriyaki sauce (RM190++), served with lobster miso.
For some local flavour, try the Malaysian sushi--Chicken Rendang roll with vegetables and chilli padi (RM40++).
The Kimchi roll with spicy chicken, lettuce and cucumber (RM40++), was inspired by the land of morning calm.
Vegetarians are not left out; there is the vegetarian “India” sushi roll with assorted vegetables (RM40++), served with vegetarian soy sauce.
All sushi are served with wasabi and pickled ginger.
The sushi rolls are available for lunch (noon-2.30pm) and dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm).
Promo till Oct 31.

The Japan sushi roll has chopped tuna belly, spring onion and bell peppers (RM100++). The sushi has a refreshing minty taste thanks to the Japanese Oba leaf in the sushi.

Vegetarians are not left out; there is the vegetarian “India” sushi roll with assorted vegetables (RM40++), served with vegetarian soy sauce.

The Kimchi roll with spicy chicken, lettuce and cucumber (RM40++), was inspired by the land of morning calm.

For some local flavour, try the Malaysian sushi--Chicken Rendang roll with vegetables and chilli padi (RM40++).

From the land down under is the reverse roll with Australian kingfish and flying fish roe (RM50++).

 Sashimi! Oishii!

 One of the best tempura I've tasted. It is crunchy yet the sweetness and freshness of teh vege is maintained, absolutely love it <3

 The sesame ice-cream & green tea ice-cream are must-try desserts. You have enjoy it individually, together, or paired with red bean, yummy!

A lovely ambiance for catching up with friends or entertaining clients.

 For a more private setting, opt for the VIP room.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Golden Awards

The much-awaited bi-annual Golden Awards took place on Sept 22 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC)

Red Carpet

Natalie looking looking sweet in a white dress with a frothy skirty.

On-screen bros William (left) and Coby.

Gary in  an orange hairdo, accompanied by the 8TV mascot.

Debbie Goh looking gorgeous in a black dress. Behind her is Chris Tong in white.

Orange and Michael Wong

And the awards go to:
Most Popular TV Host/ Presenter: Natalie Ng

Best Supporting Actor: Alvin Wong
"This is for all the Hainanese!" Alvin said.

Best News & Current Affairs Programme: Editor's Time

Here are the winners:
Best Drama: The Adjusters
Best Actor: Coby
Best Actress: Remon Lim
Best Supporting Actor: Alvin Wong
Best Suporting Actress: Yeo Yann Yann
Best Director: Chan Wei Cheang (Goodnight DJ 2)
Best Newcomer: Crystal Lee
Best Original Screenplay: Chong Sheon Wei, Lum Lai Yep, Teh Kean Guen (Goodnight DJ 2)
Best Drama Theme Song: A Rime to Embrace by Henley Hii
Best News & Current Affairs Programme: Editor's Time
Best News Reader: Tiang Kah Chee
Best Magazine Programme: Helping Hands
Best Magazine Programme: Cheryl Lee (Truth Next Door)
Best Variety & Entertainment Programme: Love in Seoul
Best Variety & Entertainment Programme Host: Cheryl Lee (Hot Chef Season 1)
Best Festival Programme: Superb Matchmaker

Most Popular Actor: Leslie Chai
Most Popular Actress: Debbie Goh
Most Popular TV Host/ Presenter: Natalie Ng
Most Popular Anchor: Tan Ley Teng
Most Popular TV Drama: I, My Brother

Sunday, August 19, 2012

TV, my love

Judging from my posts, you'd think that my first love is food...but aside from food, I'm also madly in love with TV.
Yes, I'm a TV addict. Guilty!
When I firs started reading the papers when I was a kid, the TV Guide was the only page I read religiously. Some of my cousins gave me teh nickname "TV Guide" because I could almost memorise the TV schedule.
From crime series to talk shows to special programmes, I love em all.
Even with online downloads, DVD...I still love watching TV, it's just different. Just like how I enjoy listening to the radio even though I have my fave songs in my MP3.
I could go on and on about my love for TV so let's keep that for another day.
I'm so inspired by the MNET Asian Music Awards & Style Icon, so let's start off with these two in my upcoming post.
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Interview with Japanese rocker Miyavi aka Samurai Guitarist

Japanese rock musician Miyavi, also known as the samurai guitarist, was recently in town for his Miyaki Live in Kuala Lumpur 2012 concert tomorrow.
Rock on!

This is Miyavi’s first time not only in Malaysia and but also the Southeast Asia region.
Fans of Miyavi, please don't be mad but I have to come clean and admit that I haven't heard of him until last week when I was informed about his concert and interview.
So I google-d him and when I checked out Google Images, I was surprised to see an androgynous-looking guy.
I was expecting an androgynous guy with braids and piercings, smoky-eyed, and wearing a kimono like the album cover of his 2008 This Iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock but what appeared before us at the press conference was a somewhat normal-looking guy with tattoos over his arms and chest.
Er...what happen to the braids and makeup?
“Each project, I have a different concept. In the previous project, I was trying to express Japanese culture and modern style, hence the look.
“Now I’m going for a more sophisticated and simplified look as a solo guitarist or ‘samurai guitarist’ as some people call me. So now onstage, I don’t wear a kimono, only naked,” he said.
I'm sooo jealous of his fair skin! I forgot to ask him what's up with the shades? Was he going for the cool rocker look or was it to cover his dark-circles?
Miyavi sure has a cheeky side to him. At the start of the press conference, when the floor is open for questions, he said, “You can ask me anything but the colour of my undies. It's pink btw."
When asked about his relationship with his guitar, he said, “It’s an illegal relationship. I’m married, with two daughters but the relationship with my guitar is deep and sensual.
“I just play my guitar, I feel like I can reach out to the people and I feel like I can support them through my music. Just playing my guitar, that’s my identity.
But the samurai guitarist is all seriousness when talking about music.
What do you think about about the declining of the popularity of Japanese pop or rock due to the rise of Korean pop? 
"It's a good thing," he said, without skipping a beat. Wow, I didn't expect this answer.
“Now people can realise how we must be responsible to keep rock in the world.
“Only in a moment, it can be ruined in the near future and that’s what happening right now.”
“Of course it’s not really a good thing that it (Jpop, Jrock) is declining.
It serves as a wake-up call. They are still sleeping, I’m not bad mouthing anyone in particular but we should not be satisfied with just the domestic market.

"Just putting on makeup, just smiling and saying ‘I love you’, doesn’t work as a musician.
“Of course we are entertaining on stage, putting up makeup and dressing up is important
“But the most important things are music, message, philosophy and attitude. Without any of that, it doesn’t work,” he said.

 Miyavi (right) exchanging albums with Malaysian violinist Dennis Lau.

Miyavi has three world tours under his belt, which totals over 150 shows in 30 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The J-rocker was in Morocco two weeks ago and will be performing in Russia next month.
“I would like to go to Dubai, India and the African continent.
“I wonder if I have fans in the northern-most and southernmost places (Arctic and Antartic), I would love to play the guitar while clad in a thick jacket,” he said.
His latest album "What's My Name?", released October 2010, consists of songs traversing genres of rock, punk, hiphop, and dance, all composed with only the guitar and drums.
Last year, he collaborated with other “samurai” artistes on the “Samurai Session World Series” project.
“The message of these tracks is something I want to say to the world after last year’s catastrophe (2011 Tohoku earth quake)
“We received many support from other countries, including Malaysia.
“We can enjoy night time because we know that daybreak is coming. I used a bunch of negative words like contamination and destruction; but I’m going to blow them away, the light is coming our way.
“As long as we know we are on the right path, we can be strong,” he said.

Fans can expect something “More raw but strong, powerful and energetic” in his upcoming album, scheduled to be released next year.
“French electronic deejay-producer Yuksek, whom I collaborated with for my recent single ‘Day 1’ will be the co-producer or remixer for the new album.
 “Stronger beats, faster (guitar) slaps, and scream faster; these three are the core basis to describe my new album,” he said.
He added, “I want to make something new, new experiments.
“That is the only reason I want to make music if I do something that everyone already know of, it is meaningless.”

He will be celebrating his elder daughter’s three-year-old birthday soon and being a father has also changed his perceptions.
“It takes forever to leave the house now, my daughters wouldn’t let me leave the house!
“As a father, I feel more responsible towards the future and I’m concerned about environmental issues on this earth,” he said.
He added, “My friends are doing a demonstration against the nuclear power. It is not a 100% right choice but we need to be more responsible
“We have to be concerned about people working in nuclear power plants and other issues about the environment like pollution.”

His KL concert was also in conjunction with Pavilion Kuala Lumpur’s Tokyo Street first anniversary celebration.
Here's a vid on what to expect for tomorrow's concert, enjoy!
notes: It's so nice that he actually asked for your name before the interview (great PR) as most of the time, we just jump straight into the interview. I was really impressed with this rock star as he is so quotable, unlike some who give very general statements. I'm now a fan. Rock on!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Miyavi Live in KL

Catch J-rocker Miyavi Live in KL!
Date:  July 25, 2012
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Stage, Avenue K, KL
For info,  visit
I'll be posting the interview, photos, and video soon. Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Popcorn time: Ice Age 4 Continental Drift

The story:
So the Scrat, the acorn-loving squirrel, was the cause for the once whole continent to split into how it is today?
Thanks to him, Manny (Ray Romano) is separated with his family during the continental drift. Along with him, Diego (Denis Leary), Sid (John Leguizamo) and his granny (Wanda Sykes) drifts across the sea on an iceberg.
As they try to find their way back home, they are captured by pirates lead by Captain Gutt (Peter Dinklage).

The review:
It's er...ok. Not as funny as I expected it, a lil' cheesy at times.
The animation is good though, the slippery ice surfaces look realistic.
I couldn't really catch the lyrics of the pirate song to appreciate it.
The ice is melting, will there even be an Ice Age 5?

Popcorn time: Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted

Voices: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, etc.
The story:
The movie continues from Madagascar 2 where Alex the lion (Stiller), Marty the zebra (Rock), Melman the Giraffe (Schwimmer) and his girlfriend Gloria the hippo (Smith) are in Africa.
Fearing that they are wasting their life away there, Alex suggests that they go to Monte Carlo and get the penguins to get them back to New York city.
There they crossed paths with Monte Carlo Animal Control officer Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) who sets her eyes on having their heads mounted on her wall.
To escape Dubois, they pretended to be circus animals so that they can board the circus train with Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Craston).
Meanwhile, King Julien (Cohen)  falls in love with Sonya the bear (Frank Welker).

With Dubois in hot pursuit of the animals, will they make it back to New York in one piece?

The review:
It's a fun movie for both kids and adults, totally entertaining! Kudos to the scriptwriters for the witty lines and   jokes that will have you roaring with laughter. I would love to watch it again. 
To be frank, I thought nothing of Katy Perry's Firework prior to watching this animation but the song was really apt for the circus performance scene. Love it!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

What's for dinner? Breaking fast at Kitchen Art Brasseries @ Empire Hotel

Feast on an array of traditional and special kampung-style dishes from the Northern, Southern and Eastern states at Empire Hotel’s Kitchen Art Brasseries this Ramadan.
The Seenak Warisan Ibunda promo will feature delicacies from different regions every week, namely Perak (July 21 till 30), Kelantan (July 31 till Aug 8) and Negeri Sembilan (August 9 till 18).
There will be more than 50 exciting buffet items to choose from.
One of the highlights is the Sup Gear Box, a specialty of Chef Hazif Ramli and it is available daily during this period. 
This dish is cooked for about six hours to bring out the taste and also to soften the flesh off the huge chunk of bone. Diners can use the straw to slurp up the bone marrow together with the rich soup.
I can't say how it tastes like because I do not eat beef.
There is an assortment of kerabu such as Kerabu Mangga Muda, Som Tam, Kerabu Ikan Keli, and Kerabu Kacang Botol. 
Sadly not all food items were labelled during the review so I did not know what was what.
Apart from the buffet spread, you can find grilled whole lamb, chicken and lamb kebab, bubur lambuk, ikan bakar, and roti John at the stalls. 
For dessert, there is Malay kuih, tapai pulut, pandan sago gula Melaka, pastries and cakes.
My favourite? the Ayam Goreng Berempah, which could be enjoyed on its on or with Nasi Minyak; as well as the ikan bakar that was grilled to how I like it: it was not over-grilled and the natural sweetness of the fish was retained.
Guests will be entertained with a ghazal performance daily and a fashion show by Styleicious Boutique at the Emperor Ballroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8pm onwards.

The buffet dinner can be enjoyed daily from July 21 till Aug 18 from 7pm to 10pm. 
It is priced at RM86++ per person (adults) and RM50++ per person (children and senior citizens). 
Buy eight and get one free if you come in a group or purchase the early bird promotion which is buy one, get one voucher, available from June 22 onwards. Drop your name card upon arrival for daily lucky draws and all diners will receive a complimentary takeaway Chicken Cornish.
Located at the hotel’s lobby level, the Kitchen Art Brasserie is divided into indoor and outdoor dining. The indoor dining hall showcases ala minute cooking by chefs alongside the buffet counter whereas, the outdoor dining area provides diners a view of the greenery across the highway.
Empire Hotel has 198 tastefully appointed rooms with the latest amenities is the newest hotel in the Subang Jaya area. The hotel also has Di Wei Chinese Cuisine Restaurant and Shout (bar). There are three function rooms and one Emperor Ballroom to cater to all your meeting needs. Empire Hotel Subang sits majestically on top of the integrated Empire Shopping Gallery which is strategically located at the side of the Federal Highway.

Empire Hotel Subang Jaya, 
Level 2, Jalan SS16/1,
SS16, Subang Jaya, Selangor, 

Tel: 03–5565 1388

p/s: We were not pleased to see that diners have made their way to the food before we arrived. Don't get me wrong, I'm ok with people eating before me but I'm not okay with the foods being messed up. All the foods, especially desserts (the cakes were cut up here and there, so not nice for pics) were disfigured before we managed to take photos. I hope other restaurants can let us know ahead of time so we can come before the crowd for a photo-taking session.

ok, fine, here are the photos:

Someone got to em before I took this pic, oh well.

Love the chocolate dessert :)

What's for dinner? Breaking fast at Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur

Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur's Planters’ Inn offers its Semarak Ramadan buffet from July 21 to Aug 18.

Executive chef Mohd Ridzuan Abd Malek said they aim to provide freshness and variety for diners as well as healthier choices this Ramadan with minimal wastage.
“Olive oil is used for grilling and salad dressing and we offer low fat yoghurt and mayonnaise.
“We use rock sugar for the bubur and it is less sweet but we have a bowl of sugar next to it and you can adjust the sweetness accordingly,” he said.
I'm glad to hear that they strive to avoid wasting by
offering smaller portions (ie: cutting kuih into smaller pieces). You are welcome to take more if you like it after sampling it.
According to the chef, there is an increase from 200 items to 350 choices in the buffet menu.
New items this year are tempura at the Japanese section, Mongolian barbecue by the Chinese kitchen and Nasi Kandar.
Take your pick from items like Sliced Chicken Breast, Sliced Gizzard, Sliced Lamb, Sliced Red Snapper, Sliced Salmon, Flower Crab, Fresh Prawn (Butterfly), Squid, and Green Mussel at the Mongolian barbeque section and the chef will cook it up for you.
The Warung Nasi Kandar offers Beef Massala, Lamb Dalcha, Vegetables Dalcha, Fried Fish Roe with Tumeric & Onion, Fish Head Curry with Okra & Brinjal, Stir Fried Bendi with Dried Shrimp, Egg Foo Yung and Ayam Madu.
A chef from India for this month to man the Tandoori section and kebab.

So with all that on the buffet spread, what did I go for first? Desserts of course:

 I went for crepe with custard cream filling. It was great that the crepe was made on the spot as I do not fancy cold crepe; the warm crepe paired with ice-cream was certainly a delightful combination.

Chocolate lovers can dip their favourite condiments such as marshmallow and fruits at the Chocolate Fountain Bar.
Kuih: Tepung Talam, Keria, Tepung Pelita, Ketayap, Seri Muka, Lepat, Kuih Talam, Bingka Pisang, Kuih Badak, and Putu Piring.
Drinks: there is Tongkat Ali Teh Tarik and Kacip Fatimah Coffee, a variety of refreshing drinks such as mango and kiwi juices and a special mixture of lychee and green tea.
Bubur (sweet porridge)  Kacang Hijau and Durian, Pengat Ubi and Sago, Pulut Hitam, Bubur Cha Cha, Pengat Labu, Pengat Pisang Bersago, Bubur Gandum, Bubur Jagung, Pengat Ubi Keledek, and Serawa Durian.

Enough text, let's check out the photos:
An assortment of crunchies
At the seafood bar, you can find Chillean and New Zealand mussels

Seafood items waiting to be grilled. I love the grilled fish.
A variety of noodles

I know I could easily get these fried snacks at food stalls but I just couldn't resist fried jackfruit.

Malaysian kuih
more kuih...
egg tarts. So-so lah

Just a random shot of pickles

Veggie wraps, best paired with sweet & sour chilli sauce
Ais Kacang
A buka puasa must-have---ketupat & lemang

Crème brûlée?


The salad was supposed to be stuffed into the sharwarma, but I enjoyed it on its own, love the fact that the mayonnaise was just the right amount. I do not fancy salad drowning in dressing.

Planters’ Inn will provide Terawih prayers by an Imam, collection of Zakat and Ghazal live band performance.

I was about to leave when I saw that they have brought out the macaroons. It was chewy and yummy, love it! Wished that I had more space in my tummy to fit more ;)

The Semarak Ramadan buffet is available at RM108++ per person. Children four to 12-years-old dine at 50% off.
Alternatively, you can experience a Kampung Bazaar-style buka puasa at the hotel’s outdoor Garden Terrace on level 30 at RM110++ per person from July 21 to Aug 20. For reservations, call 03-2146 3807, 3879, 3885 or

Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
(Tel: 03-2146 3820/3821).
Business hours: 6.30am-11pm;
Ramadan buffet is available from 7pm to 10pm.