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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Taste Australia Cherries and Summer Fruits Available At TESCO MALAYSIA


Australia is now harvesting all its summer fruits and you can get to enjoy these fresh, sweet, juicy and delicious premium cherries along with Australia popular summer fruit like the plum, peaches, nectarines and apricot brought to you by Taste Australia; and especially air-flown and made available for purchase at all TESCO MALAYSIA hypermarket.

From now until the middle of May; Malaysian can enjoy these Australian Summer Fruits without the need to be in Australia. As Chinese New Year is just one month away; you might want to consider to offer a Summer Fruit Basket to your families and business associates instead of the conventional Chinese New Year gift pack as giving fruits is a much healthier choice.

Gift of fruits is also ideal for their round shape and colour which are believed to symbolize prosperity and bring the recipient good fortune throughout the year.

The launch is part of Taste Australia campaign which brings Australia’s best fresh seasonal produce straight to our shelves. Fresh produce from Australia is highly sought after as they grow in a safe and clean environment with rich soils.

"Lots of sunshine, a clean and green natural environment, rich soil and blue skies are the reasons why Australian Stone Fruits taste better, is greener, cleaner and safer," said Ms Amelia Fyfield, The State Government of Victoria (Australia) representative.

"We are delighted to bring the best of Australian cherries and summer fruit at all our stores, and just in time to start the year eating healthy. Australia produces some of the best tasting fresh produce and it's great that these summer fruits will be available throughout the Chinese New Year festivities as golden fruits symbolize good fortune," according to Paul Ritchie, CEO Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd

Cherries and stone fruits are the best joys of summer and are tastiest when fresh. The fruits are best enjoyed naturally on its own in the freshest form or made into a popsicle, summer salad or the ever-popular Breakfast Smoothie Bowls which are a feast not only to your eyes but is great for their health benefits.

Taste Australia has engaged Nutritionist, Ms Marissa Parry, to showcase how easy it is to prepare healthy and nutritional meals using these easily available ingredients which are also perfect for our hot weather.  The nutritional benefits of cherries and stone fruits which are not just tasty but rich in vitamins and potassium while being low in fat, calories and sugar." Marissa went on to explain that cherries are considered superfood on its own while nectarines are long known as the food of the gods.  Below are three of  Marissa special recipe using the stone fruits as its base.

Summer Salad

Breakfast Smoothie Bowls

Fruit Popsicle

So, hurry up to the TESCO hypermarket nearest to you to feast on these fresh juicy summer fruits from Australia.

#TasteAustraliaMY #AussieCherries #AussieSummerFruit #Australia #TescoMalaysia

TESCO KEPONG Location Map Address

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Publika Food : MANDALA Cafe & Bar @ Solaris Dutamas Publika

MANDALA Cafe & Bar @ Solaris Dutamas Publika is one the latest nightspots for some get together. With a nice and subtle ambience serving an array of western delights; while offering a selection of wine at an affordable price would make it an ideal place to catch up with family and friends without the noisy atmosphere of most common bars.

MANDALA Cafe & Bar is located at D3-G3-8, Solaris Dutamas, No.1, Jalan Dutamas 1 and its operating hours is from 11.00 am- 1.00am. For more information on its promotion; you can check out MANDALA Cafe & Bar Facebook page or call them at +603- 6419 0382.

There are many bars and drinking spots at Solaris Dutamas Publika but MANDALA stands out as it provides a comfortable place to have a nice meal while enjoying slow music while sipping your favourite wine or cocktails catching up with friends and business associates. 

Don't be surprised if you see celebrities frequenting MANDALA Cafe & Bar; the likes of Dato Jimmy Choo 

and Dato Lee Chong Wei.

If you require a private dining environment, there is one VIP room that you can book to entertain your VIP guest or to host private events.

Our night started with the sampling of a few cocktails drinks before our meals the first of which is the Blue Lagoon

followed by the Sex On The Beach

and end with Pink Mandala

Our dinner started with the order of 2 appetizers; the first of which is the Fried Chicken Wings (RM18.00); we love the crispy and crunchy skin that still crackles with a nice evenly coated honey and topped with sesame seed.

followed by the Tom Yum Popcorn Chicken (RM16.00). For me, I would have loved it for a  stronger Tom Yam taste for this. Fried to a nice crunch, both of these appetizers are a great pairing to our cocktail drinks.

The first main dish to arrive at our table is the Black Angel Pasta With Grilled Chicken (RM18.00) which comes with a nice fragrant aroma of herbs and garlic.  

The next dish is my favourite of the night which is the Lemon, Garlic and Butter Mussels (RM33.00) when ordering this dish make sure you scoop up the sauce with the toasted bread. it has a strong citrusy flavour and taste that lingers in your mouth. The Green mussels were very fresh and you can taste the slight saltiness from each bite of the mussels. 

The other crowd favourite is the Grilled Chicken With Buttermilk Sauce RM20.00, as the chicken meat has a strong infused flavour from the seasoning that was used to marinate the chicken. The buttermilk sauce has a tinge of spiciness and a balance buttery taste.  This dish is served with refreshing garden green which is topped with a sesame dressing.

One of the favourite dish served at MANDALA is the Golden Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti (RM28.00). At Mandala, this dish is served with the full-size soft shell crab. The Chef has added a slightly spicy taste to this dish. If you are not the spicy type, please order it with a tone down version of the spicy level.

For fans of Pizza, there are 4 types of Pizza that are served at the restaurant. For tonight our choice was for the Pepperoni Pizza (RM18.00). Pizzas that are served here are thin crust.

Complimenting our main dishes are the Red Wine which is Chateau Haut Riot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (France) while our White Wine for the night is Chateau Haut Riot Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (France).

We had 2 desserts to end our dinner; the first of which is the Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream.

While the second dessert is the Rich Chocolate Brownie

There is an ongoing promotion at MANDALA Cafe & Bar, do check it out on their facebook page.

1. Free Cocktail for ladies
- Valid from 15th January 2018 until 13th February 2018
- Ladies have to LIKE MANDALA Facebook Page, CHECK IN during the visit and showed to our staffs to get the COMPLIMENTARY cocktail
- 3 types of cocktail to choose, Blue Lagoon, Pink Mandala, Sex On The Beach
- Each lady is only entitled to ONE complimentary cocktail

2. Free appetizer when 4 pax & above dine in MANDALA
- Valid from 15th January 2018 until 13th February 2018
- When 4 pax and above dining in MANDALA, all guests have to LIKE our Facebook page and show to our staff to enjoy a plate of complimentary appetizer of the day
- One complimentary appetizer for single receipt

MANDALA Cafe & Bar Location Address Map

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Chinese New Year CNY Menu 2018 | Li Yen Chinese Restaurant Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Li Yen Chinese Restaurant Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Li Yen Chinese Restaurant Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Li Yen, the award-winning Cantonese restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur has specially designed its special Chinese New Year 2018 feasts to welcome the Year of the Earth Dog. Its' Executive Chinese Chef Leung Kwai Hong has put on a fine display of culinary artistry in his creation of the exclusive set menus, alongside a seasonal selection of delicate Dim Sum ideal for gatherings with family and loved ones.

Chinese New Year CNY Menu 2018

An exquisite selection of menus with traditional delicacies and signature dishes are available for lunch and dinner, showcasing the best of Cantonese fine dining. To start off there is the Prosperity Yee Sang with an option to include salmon, tuna or abalone to adds to a ritzy twist to the traditional festive Lou Sang. 

Chinese New Year CNY Menu 2018

You can select from three menus that are specially curated for lunch which feature dishes such as the Deep-Fried Meat and Minced Prawn Roll, Steamed Oyster with Sea Moss and Steamed Siew Mai With Crab Meat from the Dim Sum selection

Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Abalone and Mushroom
Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Abalone and Mushroom

as well as Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Abalone and Mushroom, Chicken Simmered in Bouillon, Roasted Duck, Deep-Fried Glutinous Rice with Yam and Stir-Fried Prawns with Haw Sauce.

Steamed Bamboo Fish With Sliced Ham

For the dinner menus you can start off with a Braised Soup with Shredded Superior Fish Maw, Bird’s Nest and Minced Chicken, Double-Boiled Abalone Soup with Chicken, Sea Cucumber and Dried Scallop, Steamed Bamboo Fish With Sliced Ham,

Li Yen Special Roasted Chicken

while for the meat dishes you can have  Braised Pork Knuckle with Dried Oysters, Sea Moss and Barbecued Crispy Suckling Pig and Li Yen Special Roasted Chicken which has a nice crackling skin while the meat was firm and succulent.

Fried Prawns With Chilli Paste
Fried Prawns With Chilli Paste

For the prawn's dishes, you can relish on the Deep-Fried Prawns with Salt and Pepper or the Stir Fried Prawns With Chilli Paste

Steamed Clay Pot Rice with Chinese Waxed Meat 

A traditional favourite on the menu for this festive CNY season at Li Yen is the Steamed Clay Pot Rice with Chinese Waxed Meat. Made with Chinese sausages specially flown in from Hong Kong, this dish requires up to 45 minutes to prepare for the flavours of the vegetables, Chinese herbs and meat to infuse into the rice leaving a distinct and rich flavour.

Double-Boiled Red Bean Cream with Glutinous Rice

End your sumptuous meal on a sweet note with a delectable selection of desserts such as the Fried ‘Nian Gao’ with Deep-Fried Sesame Balls, Double-Boiled Red Bean Cream with Glutinous Rice Balls and Double-Boiled Glutinous Rice Balls in Almond Cream.

Available from 15 February until 18 February 2018, the lunch set menus are priced from MYR 1,388 nett per table of 10 persons. The dinner set menus are priced from MYR 1,888 nett per table of 10 persons. Should guests wish to enjoy the Lunar New Year specialities before 15 February, they are available with advance notice.

15 February, Thursday
Lunch: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.30pm

16 – 18 February, Friday to Sunday
Lunch: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm

For reservations and enquiries on the Lunar New Year dining experiences, kindly call Li Yen at +60 3 2782 9122 or send an email to

Li Yen Chinese Restaurant Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Li Yen Chinese Restaurant Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Li Yen is located on Level Two of The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur. Lunch is served from 12.00pm to 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 2.30pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. Dinner is available from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily.

 Li Yen Chinese Restaurant Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur Location Address Map

Alibaba's TMALL World Promotion 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration

Good news for shoppers; while shopping for your Chinese New Year item you have a chance to be invited to celebrate this Chinese New Year 2018 with ALIBABA’S TMALL WORLD. Find out more about how you could be one of the 1000 people to be invited to this grand celebration? 

Starting from today all Malaysians stand a chance to win invites to this event by logging in to Taobao Website at and Taobao Facebook for more details.

TMALL World will be hosting the 'TMALL World Chinese New Year Dinner' event on 26th January 2018 at Setia City Convention Centre, Shah Alam.1000 LUCKY Malaysian consumers, as well as children from charity homes, will have an opportunity to celebrate this memorable Lunar New Year.

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Among one of the highlights of the 'TMALL World Chinese New Year Dinner’ event is the special appearance of one of Malaysia internationally renowned artist, Michael Wong Guang Liang [王光良] best known for his famous song which is Fairy Tale (童話)

Besides the 1000 invited Malaysian guests, children from five (5) charity homes in the Klang Valley which include Rumah Victory Children and Youth Home, Yayasan Sunbeams Home, Rumah Kanak-Kanak Trinity, Rumah Charis and Rumah K.I.D.S  will also receive contributions from TMALL World. Representatives from Tmall World will also be visiting these homes; bringing them gifts in the lead up to the celebrations. 

The event, depicting a mega reunion style Chinese New Year dinner, will bring 1000 Malaysian consumers as well as children from charity homes together, to celebrate the Lunar New Year in what is set to be a meaningful, and memorable experience for all. 

Currently, the Alibaba Group’s TMALL World (天猫海外), is serving more than 100 million overseas Chinese and beyond, has announced their Chinese New Year initiatives here in Malaysia; aiming to give back to the society which is one of the key value which is deeply embedded in Alibaba’s culture. Secondly is to show its' appreciation of the support of its Malaysian consumers as they prepare to celebrate the most important festival on the Chinese calendar.

Chinese New Year is a time for unity and generosity. The initiatives we have planned for the celebrations here in Malaysia is a symbol of that value as well as our appreciation for the tremendous support we have received from our Malaysian consumers since we launched Tmall World here.” Said Cici Cai, Tmall World South East Asia Business Development Manager. 

“As we move into the new year, we hope to connect with the hearts of our Malaysian consumers in a meaningful way and that gives back to the community.” she continued.

In conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations, there are many promotions that were specially catered to Malaysians; as they prepare to celebrate with their family and loved ones. From January 24 to January 28, the highlight promotions are

  1. Grab the Ang Pau on! Spend RMB666 and get RMB88 off; Spend RMB88 and get RMB18 off. 
  2. Vouchers Exclusively for Overseas Users. 
  3. Free Shipping on Flash Sale Products. 

Among the most popular products during the last Chinese New Year that was purchased by Malaysian consumers on Taobao were items such as Cheongsam, fashion, personalized Ang Pao packets and DIY bracelets. 

While some of the top Malaysian products that were also sought after among Chinese buyers from China, are Birds Nest, White Coffee and Biscuits being popular items purchased as gifts for family and loved ones during the Lunar New Year festivities.

Stay Tuned and be in STAND-BY Mode as all will be revealed on 18th January 2018 about their offers, rebates and promotion!

To find out more about TMALL World’s Chinese New Year promotion, offers and rebates,  you can check it out at Taobao website or download their Mobile Taobao App.