Lai Ching Yuen 荔晶园

Private Room - Lai Ching Yuen - Food For Thought

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

Cooking, Culinary And Cuisine

Tea | Dining | Food For Thought

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