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IN CHOCOLATE HEAVEN

A long, long time ago, the Mayans were believed to have first discovered cocoa, which they considered as a sacred treat. Nowadays, chocolates are still considered precious delights. They certainly make wonderful treats during festive seasons and who would ever say no to a chocolate souvenir! Yup, chocolates are some of the popular things tourists buy as souvenirs to bring home. Malaysia certainly has its own home-grown chocolate brands, but besides that, while you are here in Malaysia, why not indulge in something more chocolate-y? Perhaps a tea-time treat at a chocolate café…or a tour of a chocolate factory?

Malaysian chocolate flavours

Typically, you can always count on the standard flavours of chocolates such as white, milk and dark (with various percentages of cocoa). The chocolate experience is a bit novel in Malaysia, though, as Malaysian chocolatiers have taken chocolate-making a step further by infusing local flavours into their creations.

For instance, you find many chocolate brands in local shops, with unique flavours that you cannot find elsewhere. Try mango chocolates…or for those who love the King of Fruits, there are many durian chocolate selections…these are popular flavours among tourists. How about Gula Melaka chocolates and Teh Tarik chocolates? Well, we leave it to you to taste!

Here are some Malaysia-brand chocolates you may wish to bring home as souvenirs, which can be easily found in most supermarkets and shopping malls: Beryl’s, Camior, Daiana, Fidani, Hoko, Vochelle and many more.

Chocolate Cafés

Chocolate cafes are booming fast, almost overtaking those trendy cafes and their coffees! Well, it’s a blessing for all chocolate lovers, then. If you want to really savour your chocolate indulgence, make a visit to MyTown Shopping Centre in Cheras, where you will find chocolate decadence at The Dark Gallery (https://thedarkgallery.com). Reading the menu list itself will make you drool, but if you are overwhelmed by the choices, it’s wise to go with the tasting platter that combines their best chocolate pastries, ice creams and hot chocolates.

The pretty décor of Nayuta Chocolatasia (http://www.nayuta.com.my), meanwhile, will remind you very much of the Far East. The café, located within Isetan Japan Store in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, prides itself in the high quality of cacao beans cultivated right here in the Southeast Asian region, namely Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and of course, Malaysia. They call themselves the “chocolate label produced by Asian people to suit the Asian taste palate” for milky, caramel-infused and soft textured chocolate. Spend an afternoon here to sample their delicate 8g bonbons with typical Asian ganache such as lime, pineapple and yuzu, or delight in a huge bar of chocolate with cashew nuts, dried mango and caramelised coconuts. With all that sweetness in your mouth and the artful décor, you will want to daintily sip that cup of hot chocolate!

Chocolate Museum

Looking for more? Apart from the trendy cafes, some established chocolate manufacturers have also introduced a specialty concept-store known as the chocolate museum.

One of these chocolate museums that the public can visit for free is the Chocolate Museum by Fidani (www.chocolatemuseum.my)   at Kota Damansara. Apart from the boutique shop selling more than 100 chocolate brands, the premise is well-equipped with a large gallery full of informative facts and displays about the art and science of chocolate-making. Learn about the history of cacao beans, the farming process and how it is transformed from bean to bar. They also have a live-kitchen demo by a chef on the makings of chocolates.

Another worth-visiting museum is the Beryl’s Chocolate Museum (www.berylschocolate.com.my), about 20 kilometres from the city centre. The museum is well-laid out with informative chocolate displays on history, chocolate facts and more. You’ll also be able to purchase all sorts of chocolate flavours from the Beryl’s brand.

Chocolate Cupid

For the serious chocolate lover, head over to the heart of Bangsar, where the Chocolate Concierge (www.chocconcierge.com) will be most happy to match you with the right chocolate that you’ve been craving for, selected from their large selection of chocolate flavours and recipes. And if your chocolate urge is still not satisfied, they’ll even custom-make the chocolate for you, of course, with a low minimum order. With passion-driven care for chocolates and bean origin, Chocolate Concierge is mighty serious about their bean-to-bar process, and it’s no surprise that they’ve been featured in the Michelin food guide as a rising chocolatier. Try the soft filling chocolate morsels with hints of cappuccino, strawberry, or wasabi, and their hand piped truffles. Or for something truly local, go for the freshly-made Pahang Origin Dark chocolate with cocoa nibs.

 

 

 

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Newly Toast Box Cafe during Dedap area of Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru.

The newly open Toast Box Cafe (N1 32.368 E103 48.263on 1st Aug 2013 is located during a dilemma of Jalan Dedap 13 Dedap 8, Tmn Johor Jaya. We were invited by media for a Grand Opening Ceremony of a Cafe.

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The community of Johor Jaya is greeted by a attract of Traditional Nanyang Coffee (Kopi in local terms), and Kaya Toast in a complicated country environment with a opening of a code new Toast Box store during Johor Jaya. Being a second store to open in Johor Bahru other than a one during KSL City Mall, it is now a largest Toast Box in South East Asia.
 

This new store is a poignant miracle in Toast Box’s skeleton to bringing a particular Traditional Nanyang enlightenment to opposite tools of Asia, providing a colourful community a robust and singular dining knowledge with a spirit of nostalgia.
 

Established in Dec 2005, a initial Toast Box opening was located in Food Republic Wisma Atria and has grown usually with a singular concept. To date, Toast Box has 57 outlets in Singapore and 34 outlets in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines and Thailand.

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Breeze into Toast Box during Johor Jaya and be bewitched by a fun of aged style, infrequent dining knowledge in a uncomplicated nonetheless endearing ambience. Sharing a attract of Traditional Nanyang Kopi and Toast enlightenment with customers, Toast Box strives to broach a best kopi and toast, creation each revisit a tasty wander down memory lane.

We like a atmosphere and a country emblem really much. Felt like a English setting…especially all in white color…

The Grand Opening debate by Mr Vincent Lim (???), Senior Vice President of Toast Box (Global), Mr James Quek (???), Chief Executive Officer of Bakery Division (Global), BreadTalk Pte Ltd and followed by a Guest Of Honor – YB Liow Cai Tung (???), State Assembly Woman for Johor Jaya.

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The proof of Nanyang Coffee brewing came after a speech. I’m so bewail that my hardisk crashed few days ago that all my photos left with it and we can't uncover we a approach they decoction their signature coffee…apologies.

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Each of us have a possibility to ambience a coffee after it…taste nice!

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Beside a coffee, a cafeteria do offer others like Peanuts Butter Thick Toast, Laksa Mee Tai Mak, Homemade Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing, Curry Chicken with rice or Baguette. Their Thick Toast all are cut with a density of accurate 2cm, pronounced by Mr Vincent Lim – Senior Vice President of Toast Box.

Toast Box is charity a special promotion of 10% off with a smallest of RM5 spent from now until 31st Aug 2013. This graduation is usually current during Toast Box Johor Jaya.

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The primogenitor association of Toast Box is Breadtalk from Singapore, here is some write adult about Breadtalk…

Founded as an FB user in Singapore in 2000 and listed on a SGX in 2003, BreadTalk Group Limited has fast stretched to turn a particular domicile code owners that has determined a symbol on a universe theatre with a bakery, grill and food atrium footprints. Its code portfolio comprises BreadTalk, Toast Box, Food Republic, Din Tai Fung, The Icing Room, RamenPlay, Thye Moh Chan and Carl’s Jr China. With tellurian staff strength of 7,000 employees, a Group has a network of 700 FB outlets in 15 countries such as Singapore, China, Hong Kong and a Middle East. It also operates Michelin Star awardee, Din Tai Fung, with tighten to 20 restaurants in Singapore and Thailand, as good as over 50 award-winning Food Republic food atriums in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand.

Do try out a new judgment of cafeteria during Taman Johor Jaya, we might like a dishes and a deco that is singular during a Dedap area…

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Riverside country Italian

Truth or myth: Don’t flip a Simply Roasted 7-star Seabass over when one side has been eaten; usually mislay a bone.Truth or myth: Don’t flip a Simply Roasted 7-star Seabass over when one side has been eaten; usually mislay a bone.

Satisfying, New York-style dining – in Shanghai.

NO consternation a expats here demeanour so self-satisfied.� The Lord Restrain leaned behind in his low chair in a “farm chic� loft during Mercato, located on Shanghai’s Bund.

“I would be, too, if we could come here to eat any day,� he declared, while scanning a large, open dining space. Here, reclaimed timber and comfortable leather tones element unprotected steel, iron and glass, and smashing cuisine.

On a cold Saturday dusk in January, it was positively an mouth-watering venue and was stuffing adult quick by 7pm.

Hardly surprising, then, that though reservations we couldn’t get a Mercato list during luminary cook Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s recently non-stop restaurant. The famed three-Michelin-star cook already had a participation in a building with his glorious dining namesake restaurant, Jean-Georges. So we took a window list offering nearby a bar, and with a not-too-restricted perspective of a world-famous waterway.

“The many glorious starters in decades,â€? admitted a Lord, not withdrawal a singular particle on his plate. we had to agree. The Housemade Ricotta with Cranberry Compote, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread (78 renminbi/RM38.20) was not what we expected; it looked elementary and, good … rustic. But a light and tawny ring of smoothly flavoured ricotta surfaced with a tasty cranberry baked solemnly with sugarine brought a palatable multiple of tastes and textures with any uninterrupted mouthful.

The Wood-oven Roasted Asparagus Fontina and Prosciutto (88 renminbi/RM43) that followed a cranberry fair was no reduction impressive. The simply grilled greens wrapped in soothing slices of prosciutto were crunchy, nonetheless moist. Slathered in olive oil, all it indispensable for a pointy spice was a extract of a lemon, and a crowd was already waiting.

The Lord is a large fan of Italian food and so, with a wood-fire oven adding regard to an already acceptable dining room, we could not assistance though collect a Spicy Pork Sausage, Kale and Pecorino Pizza (118 renminbi/RM57.70). And a country pizza did not disappoint.

This residence speciality was simply surfaced with sausage slices and kale, while a thin-crust pizza was surprisingly chewy and charmingly charred in spots. The mix of parmesan, mozzarella and pecorina cheeses artfully married their flavours, ensuing in a comfortingly artistic taste.

Aided by eyeglasses of Italian white, inexhaustible and cold usually right, a dusk was usually beginning. The wealthy mélange of Shanghai, both internal and expatriate, were in justification as they came for an dusk of bonhomie with partners, friends and families. Noted a Lord Restrain, “Elitist, magnificent fine-dining restaurants should be transposed by places like this.â€? “Like what?â€? we asked. He pondered and proclaimed: “Casual … stylish … unequivocally good food.â€?

By this time, a Simply Roasted 7-star Seabass (38 renminbi/RM18.60 per 100g) had arrived. Before we could even set my booze potion down, a tip half of a roasted fish was gone.

“Should we spin over a fish?� we asked, with some-more than a spirit of sarcasm.

“No!â€? He confided in me: “I was told by many Chinese friends over cooking that we should take a bone out, and not spin a fish over, generally if we are nearby a port. So that a fishermen’s boats will not spin over.â€? He paused and looked during me: “A myth, maybe?â€? Err …

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Mercato.

Roasted with sage, rosemary, tomato and lemon, a drum stewing in a prohibited salsa was basic and light. The transparent sauce, with sour hints of lemon, offering a uninformed savour to element a uninformed fish.

Chef Vongerichten’s signature aptitude for balancing flavours and textures was during work here. The flesh, really simply smashed in a crispy shell, slipped simply off a bone and shortly a fish had slipped simply off a plate, too. “The tomatoes are a small burnt …â€? a Lord announced as he popped another crowd into his mouth,â€?… though really juicy.â€?

Since a menu consists of Coastal Italian Cuisine, we motionless to finish a dish with a reliable Tiramisu (58 renminbi/RM28.40). This valid a correct choice, as a portion was some-more than adequate for two, even dual with such a conspicuous honeyed tooth. After such a good introduction to ambience and texture, unfortunately, a tiramisu didn’t live adult to a expectations. Not usually was it sheer and understated, a bottom was somewhat dry and it was formidable to finish.

Nevertheless, a unsatisfactory dessert did not detract us from a entirely beguiling evening. Great grill ambience, overwhelming views of night mountainous skyscrapers unaware and reflected in a shimmering river. Moreover, we was rather gratified as we had usually taken one punch of a dessert and left a rest to a Lord, who was eating it with most restraint.

“This is really relaxing,� pronounced a Lord, slumping behind in his chair, his mustard sweater resisting agreeably with a chair’s orange immature upholstery. “You won’t feel that approach when a check arrives,� we replied. With dual eyeglasses of wine, fish weighed by a gram and dual glorious coffees, a dusk set us behind roughly RM500.

But Lord Restrain now looked flattering cocksure to me. As if to confirm, he leaned behind in his low chair in Mercato’s loft, and muttered: “Ve-e-ery satisfying.�

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French Fine Dining

October 20, 2011 during 2:00 pm

A French prepare once told me that each particular has his or her possess talents. Some can paint like Michaelangelo, some can sing like Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza and some can prepare adult an memorable meal, even though grave cooking lessons. That French prepare is Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille, a owners of Cuisine Gourmet Studio and Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio in Kuala Lumpur.

A collection of meringue baking in Nathalie’s kitchen

Scores of blogs and online posts have sung praises of her creations. In fact, it might come as a warn to some if they knew that Chef Nathalie never undertook any grave preparation on cooking. Before she embarked on her culinary formulating adventure, Chef Nathalie was operative in a promotion attention behind in Paris, France. Then, she was constantly organising dinners for her tighten friends on a weekly basis. Every one of her friends was vacant during her talents and they all concluded on one thing – that she should really cruise starting her possess grill soon. The customarily time she lerned in a grill was when she underwent a 3 week training with a 3 star Michelin prepare behind in France.

Roasted Pineapple Tart, Exotic Sorbet

Though she migrated to Malaysia over a decade ago, she customarily motionless to open her grill behind in 2009, when a family motionless to make Malaysia their second home. Prior to this, she was already giving cooking classes and catering from home for 11 years. She started her possess cooking classes as she had problem anticipating classes that were suitable for herself when she initial came to Malaysia. And in such a brief time, she has forged a name for herself in a Food and Beverage attention in Malaysia. Her macaroons have set a customary opposite Kuala Lumpur and compartment date, she has come adult with some-more than 35 opposite flavours for macaroon lovers to select from. Chef Nathalie was also recently voted as The Best Chef of a Year by Time Out KL.

Salmon Tataki, Celeriac Puree with Salmon Roe

Though using dual bustling restaurants is a tough and perfectionist job, Chef Nathalie loves each impulse of it. Seeing her congregation suffer each punch of her artistic French food gives her all a compensation she needs to keep her going. In Malaysia, French cuisine is customarily offering during a reward price, something that Chef Nathalie is essay to change. Good food, according to her, need not come during such high a price. It is her dream to deliver French cuisine to a normal Malaysian during a cost that everybody finds affordable.

Time does not establish a chef’s greatness; passion does

The consistent plea to change affordability with flawlessness and peculiarity is something Chef Nathalie excels in. A cooking for dual featuring French cuisine that might routinely cost during slightest RM 500 or some-more is customarily RM 300 or reduction during Chef Nathalie’s restaurants. For those who crave for variety, take heart as there is no need to worry that they will find themselves looking during a same equipment on a menu each month. Chef Nathalie changes a menu for both restaurants each month; each 1st of a month for Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie and each 15th of a month for Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio.

Lettuce Gaspacho, Marinated King Prawn with Roasted Bread

For a Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, Chef Nathalie has prepared some of her superb dishes for all to representation and try. For a cost of RM255++ (without wine), congregation can suffer a innumerable of tastes like foie gras, lobster, cod fish, oysters, beef and even caviar in the menu. This is indeed an comprehensive opportunity, not customarily for aficionados of French food, though also for beginners to representation these mainstays of French cuisine prepared masterfully by Chef Nathalie.

Blue Lobster Mille-Feuille with a hold of Caviar

We really suggest carrying a French dusk during Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie when we are in Kuala Lumpur.

For those of we who are looking to try French cuisine, Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio during Solaris Dutamas will be open for cooking on Friday, 21st Oct 2011. Interested parties might call 03 6207 9572 or hit them during [email protected] to book your table.

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