Tag Archive: Hotel

Chef’s Recipe: Yuzu Ceviche by Chef Mauro Gomez of W Retreat & Spa Maldives

I’m officially starting every week now with a series of posts entitled “Maldives Monday”.  Yes, I reckon your Mondays aren’t blue enough and I have the need to “torture” you further with more stories and pictures from our recent trip. Call it my way of turning your gloomy Mondays into a gorgeous explosion of turquoise,…

MIGF 2011: Mandarin Oriental KL Welcomes Chef Reto Weber to Mandarin Grill

This year marks the 11th year that Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur is participating in the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) 2011 with their signature Mandarin Grill restaurant (along with the hotel’s Cantonese kitchen, Lai Po Heen). The festival cannot come at a better time as Mandarin Oriental has just appointed a new Chef de Cuisine…

Li Yen, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur: Mooning over Mid-Autumn Festival

Today is the 15th day of the eight month in the Chinese lunar calendar, which makes today – officially – the Mid-Autumn Festival (???). I know it is hard to keep track when the day is actually celebrated, given how early mooncakes of many different varieties are sold as early as July each year. Ironically, this festival…

Dining at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur: A Night of Discovery

The city of Kuala Lumpur is a cozy kampung (village) populated by over 1.4 million fascinating individuals and with just as many places to worship. But it recently dawned on me that the only place anyone has spoken about going into for a prayer these days, is a restaurant – where single people worship each…

Debbie Teoh’s A Touch of Nyonya Influence, Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur: Celebrating the Memory of Puah Kiam Ti Chang

When I was a little boy, triangular indigo-and-white glutinous rice dumplings were an annual treat. Auntie Tan, my late god-mother, made these bamboo leaf-wrapped bundles to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. The festival is also known to the Chinese as Du?nw? Jié ??? or Double Fifth as it is observed on the fifth day of…

Pierre, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong: Our Grand Finale

I was out on a walk in Chinatown last weekend and noticed a peculiar sign at the back of the flower market. It read: “Please leave all your personal problems behind when you leave home for work.” What a very odd place for such a sign, I thought. I could have sworn that it was…

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