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1Utama’s Wonder Food Adventure @ 1Utama’s Food Street

1 utama - Food StreetDon’t we all get this dilemma of what to eat whenever we are in a shopping mall ? There are too many choices and many times we are not familiar with new ones, or brave enough to try something new.

So, last weekend I was at 1 Utama, for a gastronomical FOOD HUNT in collaboration with The Butterfly Project bloggers, 50 of us! From 4th – 24th November 2013, the 1 Utama Wonder Food Event offers lots of rewards and fun for ONECARD users. Even if you are not subscribed to 1 Utama’s Loyalty Card, ONECARD, you also get to also satisfy your cravings for authentic local street food instead of travelling to Penang or Melaka! But having the ONECARD offers many privileges, I will explain more later but let’s have a look at the FOOOOODDD !!!

Did you know, 1 UTAMA, World 4th Largest Mall is listed as ‘World’s 12 Best Shopping Cities’ on CNN AGAIN!

Now that’s one achievement we need to shout about, I kid you not!

1 utama - Food Street - Food Wonder

There were 15 participating restaurants and cafes for this campaign with The Butterfly Project Bloggers, meaning 15 restaurants to try from 11am to 4pm on 16th November 2013. Well we don’t need to try all, just a minimum 5. But all the kiasuism in us, made us wanted to try all.

1 utama Food Street Food MapI go to 1 Utama at least once a week because I work nearby and it’s the best place to go for dinner to skip the jam on NKVE. And well, there are actually alot of food that we sometimes, get lost on what to eat. Attached above is the food map of Food Street (stretching from PG Promenade to LG Highstreet) There are much more restaurants along that stretch but these were the 15 participating for this campaign.

LG Promenade: SS2 Goreng Pisang, Ninja Joe, Seaweed Club, I Love Yoo, Eat & Happy Yong Tau Foo, Oyster King, Bisou, Mr Cendol, Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh, Ko Hyang Korean Country Delights.

LG Highstreet: Lameeya, BBQ Chicken, Food Box, Vivo American Pizza and Panini, and Lava.

Let’s start with those on LG Promenade Food Street (Old Wing)..

There are more snacks and light food in this area, and they are more in kiosk style. In here, you will get lots of variety of local food. I will go by number, based on the map above.

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THOR-riffic Blockbuster Meals from Burger King!

Burger King has just launched its new blockbuster meals in anticipation of the sequel Thor: The Dark World which will premiere in Malaysia on 31 October 2013. The epic “Hammer Meals” – Hammer Angus Whopper Meal and Hammer Tendercrisp Chicken Meal is set to steal the thunder from the God of Thunder himself!

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If you are a patty devourer, go for the Hammer Angus Whopper Meal which comes with a large burger with a juicy angus patty laid out generously with the signature Whopper pile-up of fresh lettuce, onions, tomatoes and pickles. The drool-worthy creation is smeared generously with Burger King’s famous black pepper sauce, and is held together by a 5-inch burger bun. The meal is going for RM13.95 and comes with a serving of medium sized fries and a 16oz serving of Lemon Bolt which is a citrusy and tangy concoction of Blue Curacao, lemon syrup and sprite. Truly food for the Gods!

For those who prefer chicken can try the equally delicious Hammer Tendercrisp Chicken Meal which features a scrumptious chicken burger with a chunk of tender and flavoursome chicken patty. Crispy and juicy at the same time, the ample patty is topped with lettuce and tomatoes and buttered with the delicious black pepper sauce between a delicious corn-dusted bun. The meal which is also priced at RM13.95 comes with medium fries and a 16oz serving of Lemon Bolt.

Die-hard Thor fans will be thrilled to know that a limited edition aluminium “Thor” or “Loki” water bottle can be purchased at RM6.90 each along with the Hammer Meals. Customers can still take one home ala carte at RM13.80 each.

Keith Loh, Marketing Director Burger King

“Thrilling our customers with exciting new gastronomic adventures is what we do best at Burger King. With Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in, our customers will get a more heightened sensory experience with their Marvel hero, Thor through our themed meals and paraphernalia,” said Keith Loh, Director of Marketing at Burger King Malaysia.

In this sequel to the 2011 Blockbuster, Thor, the son of Odin is faced with a shadowy primeval enemy, older than the universe itself and one that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand. The Mighty Avenger must battle an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith to save Earth and all the Nine Realms and restore order across the cosmos. Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Produced by Marvel Studios, this highly anticipated blockbuster is directed by Alan Taylor, Thor: The Dark World features Liam Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston.

burger king thor-riffic meals

The Burger King Hammer Meals are hitting BURGER KING outlets nationwide from September 30 and will be available until November 24. Bolt to the nearest Burger King and ask for one of the Thor-riffic meals!

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Wine & Chocolate Pairing with Nam Lee Cheong Wines and Royce Chocolate

Hello! Since it’s the weekend I thought I’d share something more relaxing, with more pleasure over the weekend; chocolate and wine

I was recently invited to a Nam Lee Cheong Wine and Royce Chocolate Pairing session by the butterfly project. Well it was a very interesting session, who doesn’t love wine, or who would reject chocolate ? Both are my favourite pleasure food, and to pair them both together, it is like a match made in heaven!

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Nam Lee Cheong is among Malaysia’s oldest and largest homegrown importer and distributor of wines and spirits. Distributing to hotels, hypermarkets, restaurants, retail outlets and end consumers, Nam Lee Cheong moves an excess of 1,000,000 bottles per annum. They also one of the biggest distributors of locally produced spirits.

Nam Lee Cheong has been a driving force of innovation in the Malaysian wine, spirits and liquor industry, from pioneering the concept of appointing dealers in the 70s to the development of the wine industry and classified growths. With the first wine shop opened in 1946 in Petaling Street, Nam Lee Cheong is now not only a traditional family business spanning three generations, they are grounded on strong professional integrity and traditional family values while moving forward in an ambitious yet customer centric approach.

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Introducing Mr. Leong Keng Mun, the Managing Director of Nam Lee Cheong Wines who carried us throughout  the event carefully explaining the combinations between wine and chocolate, taste profile and changes after pairing wine and chocolate together.

Royce PublikaWhat other chocolate would be appropriate for this pairing non other than ROYCE Chocolate ? This is the outlet in Ben’s Independent Grocer, Publika.

Royce Chocolate and Nam Lee Cheong wineshop pairing in publika

There are 6 pairings to try out. Now what we do, first we get a little introduction to the wines, how to pair different wines with different types of chocolate (uhm, basically just keep trying)

Royce Chocolate and Nam Lee Cheong wineshop pairing

So, how do we enjoy this wine and chocolate pairing ?

First, you smell the wine. Twirl the wine in a glass and breathe in all of the aromas in a long, smooth whiff.

Smell Chocolate, lightly rub the chocolate’s exterior, place towards the nose and smell the chocolate to stimulate your senses.

Taste Chocolate, take a small bite and rest the tongue for 10-15 seconds. Notice the different aspects of the chocolate’s composition while it melt at different time. your senses would highlight multiple flavours throughout the experience

Taste Wine, Take a sip of win and sense the balance and complexity of the chocolate and wine on your palette. Start to move the chocolate around your mouth and lightly bite.

It all sounds so complex, but what you should do is to taste and smell each individually, then taste them both together. This will bring out a 3rd dimension taste to it.

R Chocolat Milk Cocoa - sweet lips moscato

First up we have the R Chocolat Milk Cocoa. A creamy milk chocolate, R Chocolate is filled with cookie crunch and milk cacao cream, which hightlights the flavour of cocoa powder.

The pairing wine, Warburn Estate Gossips Sweet Lips Moscato. Pale gold in colour with a green tinge. Scents of perfumed rose petal and hints of musk lingers in the nose. It is a full luscious wine with a good balance of sweetness and acidity. Has a hint of fig in your middle palate, finishing with a touch of apricot at the end.

R Chocolate - sweet lips moscato

When tasted both together, the wine seems to balance the sweetness from the milk cocoa solids from the R Chocolate and enhances the nuttiness of the chocolate. This combination brings up flavours of ripe jammy fruits, enhancing the characteristics of the wine.

bar chocolate creamy milk and pink moscato

Here we have the Bar Chocolate Creamy Milk by Royce. A milk chocolate that is abundant with the full richness and creamy flavour of locally drawn Hokkaido milk. Extra creamy milk is added to the fragrant milk chocolate, which results in a mild and gentle flavour on the palate.

From Nam Lee Cheong, we have the Warburn Estate Rumours Pink Moscato. Vivid rose pink in colour and in the nose scents of freshly harvested strawberries. Hints of cherry with flavours of strawberry in the palate and finishing with a light spritz.

bar chocolate - pink moscato

The happened to be my favourite combo. While the wine has sweetness of cherry and tasted floral, savouring both chocolate and wine together makes it less floral, but more structure with a mature taste.

Montes Late Harvest and Nama Chocolate Milk Cacao

Now this 3rd wine will be repeating itself with the next 4 types of chocolate. Funny how it’s the same wine, but paired with different chocolate, it gives a different character.

It’s non other than the Nama Chocolate Mild Cacao. No liquor is added to this Mild Cacao Nama Chocolate but the taste of cacao remains conspicuous, and this allows for an exquisite balance in the chocolate’s overall flavour. Indeed, its essence of cacao, subtly present here, that lends this Nama Chocolate its very name and expression.

Montes Late Harvest is a blend of 50% Gewurztraminer and 50% of Riesling. The first conveys apricot and honey flavours, finely combined with the typical mould of botrytis. The second gives the structure, freshness and typical mineral hints. The taste of this is creamy, full-bodied with a good balance of sugar, rounded by the acidity of Riesling.

 nama mild cacao - montes late harvest

Montes Late Harvest is a sweeter wine compared to the first 2. It has a strong honey taste to it. While combined with mild cacao Nama chocolate, it finishes strong with an enhanced flavour of dried mandarin orange peel. This gives a strong but sweet bitterness to the palate.

Montes Late Harvest and bar chocolate black

 

Together with the Montes Late Harvest, here we have the Bar Chocolate Black. This light-hearted chocolate celebrates the bitter-factor brought by cacao as its key ingredient. Both bitter and sweet flavours balance each other perfectly, resulting in an invigoratingly sour taste that permeates the mouth with each bite.

Standing at 63% cocoa, the pairing of both wine and chocolate results in a medley of chocolate and maple syrup. It also leaves the palate with a smokey toast at the end. This was my least favourite combination of the night.

pure chocolate extra bitter - montes late harvest

On to the 2 last pairings with Montes Late Harvest again, is the Pure Chocolate Mild Bitter and Extra Bitter.

Beautiful facade, weight, shape – everything is calculated to enhance the fine texture of these round discs bursting with pure chocolate flavour. The natural bitterness is due to its high level of cacao composition – 80% found in Mild Bitter and 90% found in Extra Bitter.

Pure Chocolate mild bitter - late harvestThe pairing of these two types of high cocoa ratio with the wine portrays very different result from its original chocolate state. As both has very high cacao content, they tend to be very bitter. But with the wine, it tones down the bitterness, bringing its original sweetness to the palate. The pairing finishes with a pleasant flavour of Lychee on the palate with a hint of smokiness.

I must say that this has been quite an interesting session of testing while learning the characteristics of chocolate, enhanced by pairing it with wine, and vice versa.

For more information about Nam Lee Cheong Wines, drop by their online store http://www.wineshop.com.my and get wines from all over the world delivered to you! FB : https://www.facebook.com/wineshopMY

Also, don’t forget to check out Royce’ Malaysia as well (www.royce.com.my)

Thanks to Butterfly Project for the invite.

 

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