2018 Macao Year of Gastronomy Food Hunt

 

To say that Macau is all about Casinos and hotels would be a vast understatement. Long before the blinking lights and polished floors that draws millions of visitors that is generating folds of revenue so much more than Las Vegas each year, Macao was no more than just a trading port rented to the Portugal. Today, we see Macao in being massive with reclaimed land and renown for the glam and shiny high rises, baccarat, and other signs of modern life. The Historic Centre of Macau, which is entirely in the Macau Peninsula, became a World Heritage Site in 2005 and is magnificent heritages unveiling their wonderful stories. Food as cultural heritage is closely tied and recently in the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, what better way to experience the charm of Macao if not through their food?

The Macao Government celebrated the occasion with a promising series of activities lined up in corresponding to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) mission of using creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development. As the third Creative City of Gastronomy in China, after Chengdu and Shunde, 2018 Macao Year of Gastronomy is absolutely the perfect opportunity for anyone from all over the world to experience the charm and creativity of what Macao can offer. In the recent participation of Food Hunt organised by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), we experience Macao food with fun, laughter, and bonds of new friendship and friendly coalition.

 

2.macao mgto 2018 Food and places Macao (Macau)1.macao mgto 2018 Food and places Macao (Macau)From left: Jess, Jixin, Fish, Sharon, me, Will

 

There might have been an interpretation of what is offered in Macao but the heritage of Chinese and Portuguese from the past and present of modern fusion and influences is always ever exiting as this global pantry continuously offering both local and international innovative of possible creativity in culinary. This Food Hunt have us racing in teams to eat at designated food stops in the shortest time and both trendy and classic gourmet had showcased the diversity of food choices in Macao. What a way to experience Macao!

 

2. Macao street pink1 Macao instagram worthy street

 

Here are six within walking distance and the list comprises some fancy creativity alongside classy selections of signature Macao food adored by the locals themselves. Some I was told, have been selling for decades. Take Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食) for start. Like most local diners, whetting the appetite of locals and tourists alike, they humbly offer flavours that hit all the right gastronomic notes. With a succulent cut of chicken chop nestled in a gloriously crispy bun, this shop inspires queues snacking outside and a must try that’ll make you fall in love with Macao. I make new friend with this local patron outside this shop.

 

1.Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食) 2.Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食)3.Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食)Chicken Polo Bun (MOP 22)

 

Speaking of tiny shop with delicious offering, Feng Cheng Zhen Ji (凤城珍记)showed us how fish can be folded into crispy parcels before deep frying and at the same time tastes uniquely intriguing. Sui Gao is lusciously filled generously with lightly minced pork, leaving satisfying bites of crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

 

6.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记)7.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记)
5.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记)4.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记)
Deep Fried Fish wanton & Sui Gao 炸鱼角水饺 (MOP110)

 

In recognition of the vital role street food plays on Macao’s gastronomic scene, the renown Michelin guide has added a merited category dedicated to their guide. From Shunde steam milk pudding, coconut pudding to Portuguese egg tarts with clever twist of versatility, the most popular snacks deliver a bite-sized gastronomic world tour on the streets of Macao. Taking a walk on the streets filled with Chinese and Portuguese signs and road name was a challenge but interacting with the locals as the gastronomic adventure took place was one of the loveliest experience. Smooth scoops of tofufa dessert and cooling spoonful of coconut pudding were seriously one of the best kind of dessert one can ask for. The coconut pudding was a first time for me to actually realised that I could have so much emotions on pudding.

 

10.Li Kangji @ Firma U Tac Hong (李康记) – steamed milk pudding 9.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记) 8.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记) 11.Li Kangji @ Firma U Tac Hong (李康记) – steamed milk pudding 14.K.Dessert ,Tang Ge (糖阁)-Whole Coconut Pudding 13.K.Dessert ,Tang Ge (糖阁)-Whole Coconut Pudding 12.K.Dessert ,Tang Ge (糖阁)-Whole Coconut PuddingSteamed milk pudding (MOP15/big & MOP9/small) and Whole Coconut Pudding (28 MOP)

 

For those who want to take a walk on the nifty side when it comes to bites sizes of tarts, head for your share of Bacalhau Tart (马介休挞)- a signature Portugal ingredient made of cod inside a tart or Sardine Tart 沙丁挞 (18 MOP) at Sab 8 café. That or the famous Portuguese tart, with bird nest on it at Yī yàn táng tiánpǐn (壹燕糖甜品) for those seeking fancier selection. Myself was not overly convinced with this one but it sure is a tourist favourite.

15.Café Sab8 17.sab 8 salted cod fish tart 16.Café Sab8. 19.(壹燕糖甜品) – Bird Nest egg tart Macau 18.(壹燕糖甜品) – Bird Nest egg tart Bacalhau Tart 马介休挞 (20 MOP) & Sardine Tart 沙丁挞 (18 MOP)
Bird Nest egg tart (15 MOP)

 

Places we covered within walking distance in 2 hours, also pinned on Gastronomy Macao map . Those struggling with Chinese and Portuguese like I do when a trip to Macao, you are welcome- navigating in Macau without these two languages was a pain for me!

 

Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食) – Chicken Polo Bun (MOP 22)
Monday to Sunday (8am- 6pm) , Closed Saturday
GPS: 22.1952796,113.538245

Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记) – Deep Fried Fish wanton & Sui Gao 炸鱼角水饺 (MOP110)
11am – 11.30pm Daily
GPS: 22.195826,113.539485

K.Dessert ,Tang Ge (糖阁)-Whole Coconut Pudding (28MOP)
G/F, Yonglian Building,
Daily 11am – 930pm
GPS: 22.2011654,113.54519

Li Kangji @ Firma U Tac Hong (李康记) – steamed milk pudding (15 MOP/big & 9 MOP/small)
Monday to Sunday (8am- 6pm), Closed Wednesday
GPS: 22.1958573,113.5381139

(壹燕糖甜品) – Bird Nest egg tart (15 MOP)
Daily 12–11pm

GPS: 22.1937966,113.5379467

Café Sab8- Bacalhau Tart 马介休挞 (20 MOP) & Sardine Tart 沙丁挞 (18 MOP)
Daily 12-7pm, Closed Thursday
GPS: 22.1963876,113.5383603

 

Also read about my food trail in Macao, and other posts of Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.

 

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Quiznos Sub at Jaya Shopping Center

Quiznos Sub Malaysia

 

Quiznos Sub first opened their doors in Malaysia years back and is still serving fresh and quality ingredients with all their recipes for bread, soup, and dressings developed in house so know that the flavour profile will be distinctly exclusive. And just like every other sandwich outlet, toasted sandwiches have long been practiced since it’s been heard off. Yet what sets them apart from many and mainly their main competitors is the fact that the whole sandwich is toasted and that the crunchy sensation is exquisitely memorable. Speaking of crunchy sensation, the bread on the pizza is nothing doughy or bread alike. Thin crust almost crackling crunchy was a stealer.

 

1.Quiznos Sub

2.Quiznos Sub

 

This sandwich kiosk offers a comprehensive best for on the go or takeaway including sandwiches, pizzas, waffle fries and soups for any seeking the comforting warm and creamy start. But the astounding selection has never been any closer to our heart when they roll out their recent highlight – The Laksa Sub. That’s right you heard it right and you hear it first here on foodeverywhere. Who needs a bowl when you can have laksa in a sub? Big chucks of real chicken meat with succulent and juicy bites and the tang that’s tantalising, this one just will just leave you astoundingly anticipating their next season menu – the green curry. Look out for that as well.

 

4.Quiznos Sub

 

Quiznos Sub scores points for its smart packaging, and for the quality of their servings if not the quantity, though the fillings tuna evoke a sense of déjà vu. The bread though, invariably has a crispier outer crunch, tastes fresh. Mesquite chicken comes with the generous tiles of moist, tender chicken, cheddar cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce and ranch dressing. Choose between sub or pizza and pay RM 12.20 or RM 18.80 for either a 4 inch or a 8 inch sub and RM 13.10 for this as a pizza. Tuna sub here with a choice of wheat bread here has tuna, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce and red vinaigrette. And for all the meat monsters out there, fret not because there is the zesty steak to load up that protein in your meal. This one has got steak, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, mushroom, sweet honey mustard and zesty grille sauce.

 

5.Quiznos Sub

6.Quiznos Sub

 

Those or the Classic Italian with rosemary parmesan bread. This best seller comes with the chicken ham, beef salami, beef pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, tomato, onion, olive, lettuce and red vinaigrette. Pay about RM8.40 for a 4 inch and RM13.10 for a 8 inch for a sub or go with the pizza for RM 9.30.

 

7.Quiznos Sub

.Quiznos Sub

 

Appreciate this healthier grab and go option with all the fine and premium ingredients and skip the frizzy drink if you can. This certainly is a cleaner meal at any time of the day.

 

3.Quiznos Sub

 

This tasting session is at Quiznos Jaya, at:
LG-K7, Lower Ground Floor,
Jaya Shopping Centre, Jalan Semangat,
46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
GPS: 3.1652113,101.6065873
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuiznosMalaysia/

 

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Samgeori Butcher’s BBQ @ Trec KL (YG Republique Malaysia)

 

Korean restaurants can be found dotted all over town these days, with most joints offering trendy and fashionable fusion dishes. It is not difficult to settle with one that has a lot of fancy stuffs or variants of popular in-trend flavours- most of which are much promoted by the K-pop culture. Speaking of K-pop, Samgeori Butcher’s 삼거리 푸주간 is probably the only one that serves classic BBQ grilled meats of the best quality. This BBQ grill restaurant was inaugurated and celebrated with Big Bang’s member Seungri at the launch so look out for his signature on the wall when you visit.

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

The dining room – like the menu – is most authentic and elegantly comfortable; with impressive space to ensure good ventilation, and warm lighting to set the mood. Prices are not impressively but the meats are crazy delicious. The table-top grill was heated before the meat was added, leading to the gentle charred, with a tender centre and a decent line of buttery fat along one side.

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

Together with this meat set : Butcher’s Sampler (RM 210) of four different meat cuts, is a complimentary soup of either kimchi jiggae, dwenjang jiggae, and hot pepper soup. I sampled both kimchi jiggae and dwenjang jiggae and I’ll have to say that the first was satisfying, pleasingly spicy and sour from the well-aged cabbage it contained; and the second was comfortingly containing a generous quantity of deliciously tender shredded beef, the bowl of soup was rich and yummy.

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

Don’t expect an entire table filled with pickled vegetables and kimchi because we are looking at aged meat cuts preparing to steal the limelight. Iberico neck, belly, shoulder and abanico is a must for pork lover. But Samgeori Butcher’s 삼거리 푸주간 serves not only premium pork & beef that is crazy delicious because there are other dishes thats really good. The Butchers Pork Fried Rice (RM 25) is lovely with meat and a bright sunny side up. The plump grains were resonant with aged kimchi and sesame oil, I enjoyed it very much.

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

Samgeori Butcher’s isn’t known for its sparkling service, but I found the staff warm and efficient. Requesting to have our meats grilled on behalf of us did not have them slacking and not practising their standard operation professionally. Every meat cut was presented to us prior to grilling. Pancake brought over from K-pub and the squid and pork skin cooked at your table

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

Samgeori Butcher is located at Trec KL:
HG-01 & HG-02 Hive, TREC, 438, Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 03-2110 4104
http://www.ygrepublique.com.my/3geori-butchers.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YGREPUBLIQUEKL/
12pm-3pm (Lunch) / 6pm-2am (Dinner)
GPS: 3.14075,101.72099

 

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Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

Early evening, the month of MIGF celebration, and the walkway to the Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant at the east tower of Berjaya times Square hotel were spacious. The restaurant was commodious, separated from the hustling noises from the street, high up on the 14th floor , with a killer view of KL city skyline. Staffs were all working in the wing, and essentially showing much enthusiasm to serve our table of 8. The chef’s table experience excels in their own way as part of the dining experience when customers were separated from the glass enclosed cooking space, providing diners with a view of the culinary action, without the heat of the noise.

With more than 24 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Chef Val Murugan’s superintendence has earned Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant multiple awards with the most recent being Best Fine-Dining Restaurant, World Gourmet Award (2017) and the prestigious Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, MIGF (2015).

1.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

In conjunction with the MIGF 2018, Samplings on the Fourteenth currently offers special MIGF Macao Cuisine with a 3-course set dinner priced at RM 178 nett per set. Showcasing Protugese Squid Salad as appetiser before a comfort soup of potato and kale to warm the get the palate ready for the entree of Macao Garlic Prawn and the main course of hyperminimalist treats of either Grilled Fillet of Marble 7 Wagyu Tenderloin or the Confit of Soon Hock.

2.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

3.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

4.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018) (2)

5.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

Both the entre and main happened to be my personal favourite for the evening. Macao Garlic Prawn were delightfully cooked beautifully and cleverly seasoned for a tantalising bite. I like both the prawn and the fish. The chef served not only fine seafood, but also steak that is likeable. Would have been greater if they checked the preferred cooking time for our meat – this one was a little cooked but given the friendly service with such gorgeous view; one would enjoy the ambiance enough to not remember what’s lacking in their dishes.

6.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

7.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

8.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

9.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

Sweet finishing demonstrated how we shouldn’t judge a dish by its plating but the Serradura and Macaron could really use a little styling work.

10.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

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For further enquiries or reservations, kindly contact Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpurs Dining Concierge at +60 (3) 2117 8121 or e-mail bth.diningreservations@berjayahotel.com.

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Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid

 

From miso to tonkotsu made with that long-simmered pork bone broth, to some simple light soya sauce-based soup, we’d have no problem getting the ramen fix in all sorts of forms in the Klang Vallley. In the most authentic and traditional restaurants to some fusion contemporary cafes that are always trying something a bit different than the rest, it really isn’t challenging to grab that steaming bowl of Japanese noodle in broth. But as to exactly where the best ramen joints are at, is still a question with no definite answer. The newest in Sunway- the Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen is one with decidedly classic looking ramen bowls with short pages of menu featuring a handful of ramen selections. We’ve slurped our way through some of the noodles on the menu and rounded up the conclusion if the place is a dupe .

 

First and foremost, the place is about ramen. Because menu is straight forward with pictures and quick description. The short and simple menu makes ordering easy, but I recommend the seasonal Burnt Garlic . I personally can’t get over the brined noodles thanks to the powerful broth. But the loaded topped garlic were unmistakeably garlicky, the whole experience is rich, flavour and might even leave some wanting more. Gyoza (six pieces for RM13, 10 pieces for RM19) wasn’t something memorable and elegantly presented. But that is the character seen in typical Japanese dumpling. They are the perfect nibble.

 

1.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid
2.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid

 

The classics topped with onion, bamboo, slices of tender meat and most importantly and interesting surprise of a good textured and perfectly cooked noodles- we hardly get good noodle texture without a gentle reminder to the chef, that some of us in Malaysia do like the real deal of springy from ramen noodles. While there are some with thicker and more flavourful broth, the rest of the bowls of the order didn’t quite make it to please or pass the musters for value and depth of flavour. The rest on the table seemed to unhappy with the rest of the ramen choices. All Assari Sio Ramen (RM23) , Tonkotsu ramen (RM 25) and Yaki- Miso Ramen( RM 25 ) were either lightly seasoned or

 

3.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid
4.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid
5.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid

 

Ramen joints have always had eponymous mainstays but Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen probably should work on establishing that. Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen is located at:

 

Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall 3
Ground Floor, Green Zone, Sunway Clio Hotel
3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway,
47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm Daily
Tel: 03-5650 5118
GPS: 3.0732619,101.6046172
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/menya.miyabi

 

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Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Hot pot has been around for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been loving all sort of hot pots for the longest time. The recent trend that is rapidly growing in the last couple of months is none other than the Chinese hot pot. The concept of hot pot is pretty simple- simmering meat cuts, assorted vegetables, and maybe some noodles in various choices of broths, of which is probably most of the time the draw factor to the hot pot experience. Chinese hot pots have come to more than merely just culinary and cultural experience. It is now a form of relaxing enjoyment involving more than just actively digging into what’s cooking in the pot. The most popular hot pot trend right now is one that comes with more than just a room filled with steams and noises. It is one that comes with exceptional attentive and warm service, and sometimes even some fancy albeit unnecessary presentations and performances.

 

4.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
5.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Currently boiling hot is the “ma la” otherwise known as the “numb and spicy” hot pot experience with hefty dosage of Sichuan flower pepper added to the broth richly added with thick chili oil. This is one of the most famous variations of the Chong Qing hot pot, and it is indeed having its moment now. Chong Qing is the city believed to be the birth place of hot pot in China, but the unique spicy and pungent flavor that reflects the history of the place has since travelled all across the globe so we can now experience the similar, if not the exact same culinary experience.

 

1.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
2.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
3.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
8.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
9.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
15.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Sunway Velocity where hot pot spots are aplenty, this one caught my attention with the fancy display and their barbie doll meat presentation. Not that I am into it- I actually thought it wasn’t very appealing, but I thought it will be an attractive gimmick most people would appreciate. Alas, I didn’t manage to order that particular dish mostly due to my lack of proficiency in Mandarin. Here at the Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot, everything is mostly in Mandarin including the signage, putting that as the foremost upfront hindrance to locate the outlet.

 

7.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
6.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Sauces are basic with freshly chopped chili, garlic, coriander and spring onion. As soon as the pot of broth is brought to the built in stove table, the meats and vegetables follows tightly after. All plates come with suggested cooking time as printed on the menu, so be ready for a mouth-numbing spicy hot pot experience soon after. We celebrate the creative soup and hot pot temperature with freshness mainly from land because the sea harvest wasn’t as intriguing. All meat balls, pork blood, pork intestine , tofu, mushroom, and the signature marinated pork rib were amazing except the pork belly slices which could have gotten more applauses if served slightly thicker.

 

10.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
11.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
12.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
13.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
14.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot is located at:
V05-01-02, Signature 1(V05) Lingkaran SV,
Sunway Velocity, Maluri, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opens daily from 12pm to 12 am
Phone: 010-213 3382
GPS: 3.129573,101.723144
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xiaolongkanKL/

 

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Trade Party by William Grant and Sons

 

William Grant and sons, an award winning, independent family-owned distiller celebrated its latest stage of evolution and increased presence in the Malaysian market with the opening of its representative office and change in route to market, at an event at The Glasshouse, Seputeh on the 6th of August. Named ‘distiller of the year’ and ‘Scotch whisky producer of the year’ at the prestigious international spirits challenge Awards in 2017, William Grant and sons distils some of the world’s leading spirits and builds some of the most distinctive premium brands in the world. The Trade Party was at its best of refined socializing occasion with the best of set up and decorations that’s not only visually appealing, but potentially elaborating the impressive showcase of what each brand could offer to the market in the near future.

 

Commenting on the Trade Party, Satya Sharma, General Manager- Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines said, “ We are delighted to host our trade partners and appointed Importers as we build such an important and strategy market for our portfolio of premium brands which include Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Monkey Shoulder, Grants and Hendrick’s “

 

The night showcases a glimpse of the various activations and experiences that each brand will bring to the market in the near future.

 

Cheers to great alcohol and amazing people throughout the party.

 

 

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