Travel Guide: Things To Do in Genting Highlands

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Located in the mountains of Pahang is one of Malaysia’s most prominent entertainment hubs, hosting an assortment of activities for the whole family. Genting Highland is the colloquial name for what really is Resorts World Genting, a hill resort consisting of an assortment of hotels, casinos, restaurants, theme parks but is also world renown as a performance arena, and is also the new home of the Miss Chinese International Pageant. For any first-time visitor to Genting Highlands, these information may be of help. Continue Reading

Genting Palace 雲華宮

Yee Sang | Genting Palace | Food For Thought

Situated on the second floor of the Genting Grand Hotel is one of Resort World Genting’s most prizes possession, the iconic Genting Palace (雲華宮), serving authentic Cantonese cuisine restaurant. As one of the oldest standing restaurants in Genting Highlands, you can trust in time and tradition that they not only know how to make authentic dishes, but make them well. For the lunar new year of 2017, they have prepared some of the most opulent dishes you can find including their exquisite Yee Sang and pineapple tarts. Continue Reading

Cheong Fatt Tze by The Blue Mansion

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The historic building that is the Blue Mansion in Penang is famous for its fengshui architecture and Chinese heritage. As one of the earliest amalgamations of Western design and Eastern heritage, the beautifully restored hotel is one of the most renown in the world. Situated on the second floor of the Blue Mansion is the Cheong Fatt Tze restaurant, a fine dining restaurant serving contemporary Cantonese cuisine. Continue Reading

Lai Ching Yuen 荔晶园

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Found within the winding walkways of the Grand Millennium Hotel sits Lai Ching Yuen (荔晶园), a Cantonese-style Chinese restaurant, famous for its dim sum fare. This little gem offers some of the best dim sum you will find in town, and being in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with the plethora of Chinese restaurants round the corner, this is no simple task. As all traditional dim sum aficionados know, the only way to test the skill of a dim sum chef is to taste one of their basics, their har gow, (蝦餃, prawn dumplings), and siu mai (燒賣, pork dumplings). Continue Reading

Food Guide: Char Kway Teow (炒粿條)

Char Kuay Teow with Squid

Malaysia is home to some of the best tasting foods in the world, so much so that Lonely Planet named it food destination of they year for 2015. Amongst the food that was said to be a must try is none other than the local delicacy with its very humble origins, the Char Kway Teow, chau gwai diu (炒粿條) in Cantonese, or bilingually as Fried Kuay Teow. This dish hails from the northern state of Penang, the pearl of the orient, which is itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue Reading

Cooking, Culinary And Cuisine

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Cooking culture takes time to develop, and requires a lot of work and attention. It all stems from a certain culture and experience that not all of us are afforded. Chefs take years and years to hone their craft, from understanding how to balance flavours to cooking techniques. Some chefs are classically trained in culinary schools like Cordon Bleu, while others are learned from generational cooking, like most Thai chefs. Some are more refined which developed through the french styles of nouvelle cuisine, while others study molecular gastronomy. In the east, chefs may specialise as sushi chefs for years, while others learn the right way to cook yakitori. Chinese chefs weighs fillings for dumplings down to the gram when making dim sum, while bakers know that an ounce of flour may make your baking change greatly in texture. Each chef approaches food differently, with different methods and philosophies. Continue Reading