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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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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)

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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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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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Fly direct to Phu Quoc, Vietnam

 

Vietnamese cuisine doesn’t quite win any points for complexity but when it comes to precisely how this simplicity scores with the clever combination of the best the land can offer, it is undeniably impossible for anyone to reject may of their popular dishes. Starting with pho to their famous sandwich, the dishes features predominantly the ingredients in the local diet. And what other best ways to eat them if not from the native land? And even better, to have those at where blue sky and white beach surrounding. Because AirAsia has announced their new direct route to Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Phu Quoc is the largest island of Vietnam, and a region famous for it’s delicious fish sauce so much so that fish sauce making is a tour all by itself. And with some of the first-rate cuisine, as well as the seafoods all over the beautiful island, it is much predicted that this place is going to be appearing on my social media real soon. Plus, AirAsia is flying 4 times weekly with all in fare stating from RM 98. Now that’s a stellar.

 

AirAsia announced that it will begin direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phu Quoc, Vietnam on Nov 2 this year with AirAsia Malaysia commercial head, Spencer Lee present at the launch event. Air Asia is the first airline to launch a direct service from Kuala Lumpur to one of ASEAN’s best-kept secrets.

 

For latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions, follow them on https://twitter.com/AirAsia and facebook.com/AirAsia

 

Of course, yours truly would be posting updates on social medias so lookout for that. Meanwhile, here’s one at the launch event.

 

 

Also read about my food trail with the #aabc, and other posts of Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.

 

 

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Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu at ANTE @ Solaris Dutamas

 

Celebrating patriotism with Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu .Love it or hate it, this vibrant blue rice leaves a memorable impression upon the first sight. It is not unusual to see one but it is rare, and when spotted one, will be difficult to take your eyes off it. Served with ulam, the mix of flavour profile from the assorted raw vegetables that is being cut and chopped into tiny pieces puts together so much excitement on a single plate. Here at ANTE, kerabu meal is prep with some oink factor and the main protein source in this fiber and vitamin loaded portion meal is of course non other than their signature – pork. They celebrate patriotism this year with kerabu with pork rendang and I must say they are indeed some porky doyen when it comes to handling and serving them fresh in your dishes.

 

1. ANTE pork rendang kerabu

2.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

 

That is further confirmed when they rolled out other pork dishes and there’s absolutely a couple of it that was impressive. Pork come in all forms of cooking method—roasted, grilled, or even some frying until sizzling, with some being quintessential pork lover’s fav and some fusion twist that’ll guarantee salivating. And together with some booze, would be another perfect evening. Chermoula Spiced Pork Shoulder Steak was grilled so perfectly for amazing tenderness I will order this again anytime with add ons of more vegetables, not because I simply want my vege but because I also love their zucchini sides. Iberico Baby Ribs and House Smoked Bacon were charming. Meat is incredibly tender rand juicy, every bite tastes like luxury.

 

3.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

4.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

5.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

6.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

7.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

 

Pork isn’t their only pride cause Green Curry Seared Duck deserves the limelight as well. Quite a spectacular place for anyone who values fun, flavour, freshness – and value at every price point.

 

10.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

8.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

9.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

 

ANTE’s Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu will be available for the special month of August as a lunch feature (11am to 3pm) from August 1st to 31st daily, at both ANTE Solaris Dutamas and ANTE One Utama outlets.

 

ANTE Solaris Dutamas (outside Publika)
A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas 1
Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-6206 3364
Operating Hours: 11.00AM – 10.30PM, Daily

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anteporksteaks/
GPS: 3.1705892,101.665491

 

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Plane in the City Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur– Boeing 737 aircraft restaurant

Throughout the years, I’ve noticed a growing trend of new dining entertainments with dinner menu to be enjoyed alongside theme and entertainment. Whether it is themed speakeasy bars or those hidden cocktail bistros, it gets more and more overwhelming each time. This year, brought to us by the same names behind the iconic Dinner In The Sky- Two Spicy Entertainment, it’s dining inside a real aircraft in the middle of the city. It has been fascinating to see how receptive Malaysian diners are towards entertaining dining, and more so on how the unabating interests prolonged while each trend lasted.

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Landed a couple of months ago and launched in April, this Boeing 737 aircraft now permanently transformed into a unique dining space with a three-course meal created by the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur. With two sessions per day with each lasting 90 minutes to fit all three courses, a wing walk experience, and a cockpit tour and photo opportunity, it would be a struggle conclude if this experience is worthy of the prices paid. Like actual airline, dining menu are categorized into classes . The first class experience costing RM 999 will include a stay at the hotel Le Meridien whilst Business and Economy Class will cost RM 399 and RM 199 respectively.

Appetiser at plane in the city

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It is certainly one of the most exciting restaurants in the city, but not quite entirely known as an epicenter of most fabulous dining experience depending on what exactly is to be anticipated. If you’re looking for an easy and reliably good dinner along some relaxing affair, spend the money elsewhere. But if seeking a bit of adrenaline rush and excitement from having to juggle through all three courses and both cockpit visit and Wing walk, as well as the mandatory checking in on social media postings; Plane in The City here wouldn’t be a mistake. You don’t even need to enlist their cabin crew for the service- extensive assistance are provided with confirmed joy and fun factor.

There is option to book an entire session privately but take note this standard seating accommodates up to 20 pax at one go.

Plane in The City is located at :
231, Bukit Bintang Street, Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.1471475,101.7182938
Tickets and reservations: https://www.planeinthecity.com/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/planeinthecity/?_rdc=1&_rdr

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