From the 3rd to the 17th of May, Spice of India have prepared a Mother's Day Set Dinner for you to treat your mum with. Dinner starts with savoury Subzi Samosa then continues with FIsh Tikka, Bendi Masala and Tandoori Chicken. This comes with briyani and fresh naan.
The chicken tandoori comes on a hot plate
The Bendi Masala is a thumbs-up
For dessert have the milky pistacio kulfi (there's also a mango variation)
Mum has always been there for you, and loves you no matter what. Don't you think it's time you rewarded her for all the trouble you have caused her throughout the years? Now it's easy-peasy to show mum your appreciation, and it won't even cost you a cent! (all you need is some creative juice!). Just tell us in 25 words or less why your mum deserves a treat for being the 'Best Mum in The World' and the Best 3 entries will win a sumptuous Dinner Buffet for two EACH at Le Meridien Hotel Kuala Lumpur!
Our team was in London to film some of the top Malaysian restaurants for one of our online TV channels called Worlds Best Malaysian Restaurants and Satay House was not in the list. It was supposed to be a casual stroll along Praed Street, just off the Paddington Train Station in London crossing Satay House, on the way to my most ‘favouritest’ kebab shop in London called Lolita which dishes out delish kebabs for less that 5 pounds. And then I saw it. The new and improved exterior of Satay House. It looks… half decent.. stylish even. OMG! Have they changed owners? Are their food any good? Only one way to find out… let’s try them incognito. By the time we were done with Satay House, we were planning how to fit them in our already hectic schedule and filmed them two days later.
So, when a restaurant has Satay in the name, that should be the first dish to try. The grilled skewered chicken pieces come to the table with a couple of nasi impits (rice cakes) and kuah kacang (peanut sauce). Presentation wise, it looks absolutely beautiful. I am used to getting my satays over a greasy plate with the smell of charcoal smoke in the air. Not that I am complaining as that is how I like my satays to be but sometimes a different yet fresh view on our Satay is a welcome change. Authentic? Edible? Well the ingredients are all there. 'Cukup' (translates to complete) as the Malays would say. Not as good as the ones you get here in Malaysia but close. But I must say that the ingredients are definitely fresher.
In all our travels across the globe sampling Malaysian cuisine; whilst all of the good ones come close to being authentic, the ingredients used are of a much higher quality. And since Malaysian spices and herbs can be sourced easily from the nearest Chinatown, some of the dishes can be ..dare I say it... better than the ones here in Malaysia. So anyway, the only thing about this satay dish is that the peanut sauce is no Haji Samuri... but by the time we finished this dish, the sauce was nowhere in sight as well. More »
In rare times you discover gems and when you do, treasure it. I found this lovely place while wandering around Kampung Baru looking for my ex-nasi padang makcik who disappeared and probably went back to Sumatra. One of my criteria for choosing restaurants is to see if its packed and the variety of dishes on offer. Soooo lo and behold I found a new love have I have enjoyed its pleasure and generously shared with many friends and family.
My favourite dishes here are ayam goreng cili, daging goreng dendeng and tunjang masak lemak. Other dishes that are good here are daging rendang, ayam percik, ikan keli goreng, ayam masak lemak and ikan masak lemak.
Ok let me tell you how to have an unbelievable experience here. Make sure you come around 12 noon as that's when their dishes come out. Get a plate of hot rice on banana leaf. Get a thigh drumstick quarter ayam goreng cili with the chillies and drench your rice with lots of oil. Then get some pieces of the awesome daging dendeng with more chillies. Scoop up the most tender portion of tunjang and spread the gravy generously. For veggies get some pucuk ubi kayu rebus with sambal belacan and last but not least a dollopful of sambal hijau. More »
This is a breakfast within a breakfast. You trip over to Latest Recipe to stuff your face with croissants and all the poached egg you can eat. And then on top of that you can order up special signature breakfasts created specially for Le Meridien by 3-Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. If you don't fancy a buffet and just want to try the JGV dishes, you can order it ala carte from the menu.
My three favourites here are the Smoked Salmon and Steamed Silken Tofu, the Croque-Madam and the Spiced Irish Oatmeal Souffle with Fresh Berries. A fan of smoked fish for breakfast what makes this Smoked Salmon dish quite delicious is the fact that textures are layered with the soft tofu. However what I liked best is that it has a nifty afterbite from pickled chillies. The heat of the chillies simply melts into the juices from the tofu and salmon. Said to be a healthy take of the salmon-bagel-cream cheese combo, the super slimming tofu subs for the cream cheese.
The Croque Madame is a top favourite (who does not like hot toast with melted cheese afterall?) Soft cheese is sandwiched between toast and a round hole is cut in the top bit. Then a runny egg is poured in the middle, soaking into the toast (so eat it while it's hot). Then it's finished with a yummy chilli hollandaise. Jean-Georges loves his chillies, and often inserts spicy notes behind Western standards. Each day there are juice shots in front called the JG Eye Openers. My favourite is the mango-chilli-lime-shot. I liked this so much, I think I might try recreate this at home.
My top pick of the JGV breakfast is the cunning oatmeal soufflé. Your dull oatmeal is perked up by making it into a light soufflé with lots of brown sugar and cinnamon and then berries to tart it up. Why oh why can't all oatmeal taste like this? Perhaps if I had a star chef whipping my oats into shape, I'd eat it more often.
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