Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nam Heong Ipoh, The Starling, PJ

Nam Heong Ipoh is an established and renowned entity from Ipoh, Perak. Now with presence in the Klang Valley, everyone can enjoy local specialties from Ipoh such as chicken hor fun, Ipoh white coffee and their signature egg tarts.

We recently visited their outlet in The Starling Mall with BabySumoKids. Ordering is done via the electronic menu with a few simple taps on the tablet screen, and all dishes come with an attractive photo. For those who prefer the old-school way, they also have paper menus for you to browse through.

BabySumoKid's new found love ever since we visited Ipoh is chicken hor fun, and Nam Heong does a fantastic version.What we really liked was the broth, which was robust and creamy. Definitely a must-try here!

Nam Heong Chicken Hor Fun (RM11)

They also regularly offer promotional (seasonal) items on the menu  such as this Golden Man Tau (RM6.90) which comes with a choice of sauce - Kaya Margarine, Chocolate Peanut Sauce and Pork Curry.  We went for the pork curry and it was so good! The mantau itself was nice, warm and crisp on the outside, and the pork curry was thick and flavorful. Available for a limited time only - get it before it's gone!

We ordered a Soft Boiled Egg Set which comes with kaya margarine toast (RM7.50) for the kids. Yeah, our kids can have this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. My little food critics told me the eggs were super creamy compared to two other places we had these for consecutive meals.

Siew mai for the boy  (RM6.50)

Hubby and I shared the Supreme Prawn Noodles (RM13). You can specify what type of noodles you like for this. Again, we loved the soup which was full of flavour and fragrant. The noodles came with fish cake, egg, beansprouts, kangkung and prawns.

Nam Heong is also currently running a Ipoh Street Food Promo, whereby you can find baby octopus, rojak Ipoh, Hainanese chicken chop rice, and Nasi lemak with pork curry. During our trip to Ipoh, I didn't get to eat the baby octopus, so I was very happy to see it here. The baby octopus has been lightly poached and served with light soy sauce and a sprinkling of golden fried garlic. I loved it!

Ipoh style fresh poached baby octopus (RM7.90)

Good things come in small packages, we were told. This was certainly the case with the Teeny Savory Asam Laksa (RM3.90), served in a small rice bowl. The soup was thick, spicy and pungent.. absolutely lovely. The serving size is perfect for a sampler, and if you like, you could always order another bowl. 

Ipoh is also famous for its steamed chicken, so we went for the Twin Mixed Roasted Meat set (RM19.90). They use kampung chicken here, and it was beautifully done.. the chicken was really smooth. We also enjoyed the char siew (BBQ pork) which came with a sticky, sweet caramalised glaze. 

We tried a variety of drinks - Baby D had the 7 Up Float (RM3.90), Baby C had the Baby Milo Dinosaur (RM4.80), Hubby had the newly launched Vintage Nan Yang Coffee C (RM4.20) while I had the Dragon Fruit Mango Juice (RM8.90).

A hot Ipoh white coffee to go with egg tarts

Cendol (RM3.50)

Don't forget to try the signature egg tarts (RM3.20 per piece, or RM17.90 for 6). We got a pack of six to take away with us as they keep really well and still taste good the next day. But of course, nothing beats a warm egg tart, fresh from the oven. Nam Heong bakes their egg tarts fresh daily, in several batches throughout the day. Another must-try is the Signature Chicken Sou (RM3.20) - the pastry was buttery and light, with a delicious BBQ chicken filling.

Opening times: 10am to 10pm daily.

Location: Nam Heong Ipoh, G041 & G042, Ground Floor, The Starling Mall, 6, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: 03-7662 5457


GPS Coordinates: 3.134716, 101.623136

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lemon Garden, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

The refurbished Lemon Garden at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is back with a brand new look and a refreshed menu. It has undergone renovation for four months and reopened in February 2017, reaffirming its position as one of the best buffets in town.

The main restaurant of the hotel received an exciting facelift, designed by Bond Design Studio Inc from Japan. The interior of the restaurant is elegantly decked with modern, contemporary designs which exudes a warm and sophisticated ambiance - I especially loved the yellow light orbs. Guests seated within the air-conditioned restaurant can dine with a panoramic view of the beautiful outdoor garden with a koi fish pond and water fountain.

Lemon Garden is well-known for its extensive buffet selection and open kitchens, where local and international specialties are prepared a la minute. We recently visited the all-new restaurant for its International Lunch Buffet.

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Begin your meal at the Seafood station, host to an array of seafood on ice (fresh oysters from US, clams, mussels, yabbies, and king prawns), sashimi and sushi. On Fridays and Saturdays, there will be an enhanced seafood selection at the Seafood Dinner Buffet which includes Alaskan king crab, lobsters and scallops.

One of the unique addition to the kitchen is a giant earthern urn at the Chinese station, used to prepare a selection of double boiled soups. Certainly not something you will find in everyday buffets. Double-boiled soups are nourishing, so make sure you get yourself a bowl. A must-try is the Double boiled black chicken with ginseng soup.

Other noteworthy items from the Chinese station are Peking duck roll, Roast duck and chicken, and Steamed cod with superior soy sauce and Dim sum.

There is also a noodles corner, which serves hot off-the-stove noodles such as Nyonya Laksa, one of the Memory Makers here at Lemon Garden.

The Asian theatre kitchen is equipped with a hot tandoori oven, and will feature authentic dishes such as satay, murtabak, chicken tikka, tandoori chicken, naan bread, roti canai, whole baked Malay red snapper with curry and more.

From the Western kitchen, you will find a wide selection of salads, cheese, roast beef, glazed lamb ribs and quiche. Pizzas are made using a wood-fire oven and the interactive pasta station allows guests to personalise their preferred pasta type and sauce.

Smoked duck with artichoke salsa

Smoked Mackarel


Duck Leg Confit

Pan Fried Padi-Padi Fish with Cream sauce

Italian antipasto and bites

Seafood Bruschetta


Pasta station

The Dessert Pavilion is home to an array of delectable desserts. There are lots to choose from, including an assortment of cakes and tarts, ice cream, macarons, local Malay kuihs, ais kacang , waffles, crepes and chocolate fountain. Not to be missed here are the Memory Makers: Durian cake and Jackfruit cream puff. I love the durian cake which was light with a delicious durian cream.... wonderfully sinful!

The glorious durian cake

Jackfruit cream puffs

Below are the prices of the buffets available at Lemon Garden:
International Lunch Buffet
Monday – Friday (12noon – 2.30pm)
RM 128 nett (adult), RM 64 nett (child)

Saturday (12noon – 3pm)
RM 148 nett (adult), RM 74 nett (child)

International Sunday Brunch
Sunday (12noon – 3pm)
RM 168 nett (adult), RM 84 nett (child)

International Dinner Buffet
Sunday – Thursday (6.30pm-10.30pm)
RM 158 nett (adult), RM 79 nett (child)

Seafood Dinner Buffet
Friday – Saturday (6.30pm-10.30pm)
RM 208 nett (adult), RM104 nett (child)

Sunday Champagne Brunch
Sunday (12noon – 3pm)
RM 488 nett (adult)

*Children under the age of 5 can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in Lemon Garden up to a maximum of 2 children per booking. In excess of 2 children under the age of 5 and for all children aged between 6 and 12 years, a 50% discount of the buffet price will be given.

For reservations or more information, call 03-2074 3900 or email

Opening times: Buffet Lunch: 12noon - 2.30pm (Monday - Friday), 12noon - 3pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays); Buffet Dinner 6.30pm - 10.30pm (daily).

Location: Lemon Garden, Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2074 3900


GPS Coordinates: 3.1541, 101.706297

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