Kayamila - Kaya with a Twist

We are getting more spoilt with so many choices when it comes to food. Even staples like kaya, a traditional spread that we grew up having with bread, has also found itself disrupted by modern, hipster brands. One of those brands is the brainchild of Fong Yit. Kayamila is the newest baby of Fong Yit Pte Ltd that was launched just this year. The venture planted its roots locally and has now expanded overseas to locations such as Taiwan, Europe and Australia. Kayamila uses only the finest and natural ingredients, and does not contain any chemical preservatives, artificial flavouring or colouring. Kayamila products are also gum and pectin free, and made from real fruit juice. Kayamila comes in

Blue Reef Fish and Chips, Penang

Nestled in Penang's first seafront retail marina, Straits Quay, lies a seafood place that is unbeknownst to the locals to have one of the best fish and chips the island could offer. Blue Reef Fish & Chips has been around for some time in Georgetown, with a total of two outlets in Penang. Countless recommendations from friends and family members led us here to sample their mouthwatering seafood offerings for ourselves. For starters, we sampled their Seafood Chowder (RM13). It was brimming with the usual suspects - shrimps and crab - in a thick, creamy soup. I'm picky when it comes to seafood, but the ingredients are very fresh and it definitely got our appetite going for what was next. The ne

Autograph Collection Hotels Debuting in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Korea

Already planning your holidays for next year? Here are some new hotels from the Autograph Collection Hotels that will be debuting. 1. The Shanhaitian Resort Sanya, China Located in the Da Dong Hai Bay area of the Sanya region on China’s Hainan island, the hotel is built along beautiful shorelines of pristine white sand, crystal clear waters and stunning vistas. The Da Dong Hai beach is a tropical paradise that is also located close to the city centre, making it convenient for travelers. 2. The Majestic Hotel, Malaysia Originally built in the 1930s, The Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur is an iconic Art Deco landmark and is home to The Smoke House – a celebrated lounge and bar featuring a card a

The Eate On The Spit & Off The Grill, Sydney

For those of you planning your next trip to Sydney, be sure to check out this Mediterranean restaurant right off Dulwich Hill. For our Muslim friends out there, you'd be glad to know that this family-friendly diner serves halal food! This was one restaurant in Sydney that I was really glad I had a chance to eat at. I've not eaten much Mediterranean food in my life and this place has definitely set the benchmark for me. When I got there, I was warmly welcomed by Rosa and her team over at The Eate. It was a Wednesday evening and the place was super busy! The evening started off with some Get Loaded wedges ($11.50). Thick and crisply potato wedges topped with a generous amount of mint yogurt, h

Garage 51 x Nutella: Christmas Menu 2016

Christmas is my favourite season of the year and not just because of the festivities, but also the food! Apart from the typical Western-styled dishes we get to overload on once a year, tis also the season for sweet dreams to come true. Garage 51 does just that with their Nutella Christmas menu this year! Start with a Mochatella (RM16) - which is basically a Nutella mocha. And then try their messy garage pancakes with Nutella (RM18)... The pancakes are beautifully stacked with a syringe of Nutella goodness ready to be injected into the dish. Our only gripe here is that there wasn't enough Nutella. But having said that... there is never enough Nutella in this world. If you're more of a traditi

Gila Gula Melaka Beer

Add a traditional twist as you ease your way into the Christmas week. Specially brewing near you at Taps Beer Bar in Changkat and Mont Kiara, the Gila Gula Melaka Beer (RM32) is a brown ale with palm sugar added during the brewing process as an adjunct to give it a yummy local twist. This unique beer is brewed by two Malaysians from Taps Beer Bar, under the watchful eye of Taisuke Kourai from the Tokyo Brewing Lab in Japan. Mili Lim, one of the two Malaysians who went to brew the beer in Japan said, “We wanted to brew something with a Malaysian flavour, and being Peranakan myself, gula melaka (palm sugar) seemed like the ideal ingredient to use. So, before the trip, we packed up some gula me

Wine Connection, TREC KL

My favourite wine haunt has finally made its way to my beloved city of Kuala Lumpur. Strategically located in the busy new entertainment centre, TREC, Wine Connection has officially opened its doors to wine lovers and social butterflies. Find an extensive collection of wine here, ready for your tasting pleasure. Wines are incredibly affordable here, just like the Singapore branches. Though this is not Wine Connection's first outlet in KL, it is their flagship store with a restaurant coming up soon right next to it. We can't wait! We got to try a Sauvignon Blanc, a Shiraz and some bubbly that night. And we couldn't help it - we bought two bottles of the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand home!

Buy one get one free on food, drinks, hotels, spas and more with the ENTERTAINER app!

If there is one thing we enjoy more than food here in Malaysia, it’s free food. The days of scouring the internet on voucher sites looking for 50% off deals (you cheapos, you!) to bring our dates to are over. Not too long ago, we would even get physical booklets filled with thousands of vouchers or be cutting vouchers out from newspapers. But it is so troublesome to have to carry those booklets out wherever we go. And worse still, we would only have one voucher per location. So when we found out about the ENTERTAINER, we got pretty excited. It’s the ultimate foodie and lifestyle entertainment app - that will help you try out all the places you’ve been wanting to try without breaking the bank

Get ultimate savings with the ENTERTAINER app

We all know how satisfying scoring a good deal is. We’re not even ashamed that this stereotype has been crafted around Asians. In fact, if anything, we revel in it. We love getting free stuff and the more of it, the better! So when we found out about the ENTERTAINER, obviously, our inner kiasu selves got pretty excited. It’s the ultimate foodie and lifestyle entertainment app - that will help you try out all the places you’ve been wanting to try without feeling like you would have to eat grass for days. Everything on the app is on a buy one free one concept, so you get to share your foodie adventures with your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/mother/father/cat/dog/pet snake. Okay, so how do

PizzaExpress, Scotts Square

PizzaExpress is known for their special Dough Balls, which we heard were all the rage. So we went down to check out what the fuss was all about. We started out with the Christmas Dough Balls ($6), which comes with black truffle dip (yaaaasss), cranberry chutney and garlic butter. The balls had a soft, yet crispy skin but the inside was nice and fluffy. The black truffle dip was very light on the palate, but of course, carried the distinct truffle fragrance. The cranberry chutney was a blend of sweet and savoury, and had a slight hint of spiciness. For the mains, we were recommended to try the Carbonara Pizza ($29), especially when the truffle toppings were only available during Christmas sea

Lagavulin 200th Anniversary, Publika

Anyone who can say that they don't understand whiskey clearly has never tried Lagavulin. I used to be one of those people who didn't get it until I saw the light through Lagavulin's 200th anniversary event. Held at the Black Box, Publika, I was lucky enough to try the different ages of whiskeys in one sitting (and still make it out of there alive). We had the privilege of having Adam Brewer (above), a Diageo World Class winner, working with Diageo Singapore, as well as Fabricio Marques from Reserve Brands, Singapore to run through with us this sensory experience of Lagavulin through the years. The ages available for Lagavulin's selections are as follows, 8, 12, 16, 25. It's interesting t

Rise Restaurant, Marina Bay Sands #risembs

Rise Restaurant in Marina Bay Sands serves one of the finest buffet selections in an elegant setting with tall glass panels, indoor trees and a fresh herb garden right outside the restaurant. From fresh sashimi, to local delights such as laksa and seafood noodles, and all types of meat, we were definitely spoilt for choice. MBS Herb Garden Image credit: Marina Bay Sands Highly supportive of sustainability approaches, the herbs used in their food are actually grown and hand-plucked at the MBS Herb Garden. The fresh produce, seafood and meat are also locally sourced from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and neighbouring countries. The approach reduces the overall carbon footprint created by lon

Tiger Lily, Damansara City

We got to visit a brand spanking new Thai cafe in the almost-finished Damansara City Mall recently. The main floor of the mall itself, while still midway through opening up its stores, felt very modern and grand, with high-class restaurants gracing the upper balconies. The lower ground floor is a more relatable, comfortable atmosphere laced with affordable dining options. Tiger Lily was founded on the idea of providing affordable and healthy food with a different atmosphere, and this made sense since it displayed a friendly and welcoming front. They try to serve healthy Thai food, using coconut oil and sunflower oil, and decreasing the amount of santan (coconut milk) usually present in Thai

Vin's Restaurant and Bar, TTDI

My Thursday evening was made very special by being able to dine at Vin’s Restaurant and Bar in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. I had yet to visit this establishment but I’ve heard great things from people, so I was quite excited. Our dinner started with a Tomato Confit Bruschetta (RM24): cherry tomatoes confit in extra virgin olive oil (known as EVOO on their menu), garlic and basil atop house-baked whole wheat bread. I had never had confit-anything other than duck at this point and it was a very enticing combination of flavours, with a bit of ricotta and balsamic to tie this appetiser off. Surprisingly, this ended up being one of my favourite dishes for the night. Next came the Brandy Prawn Bruschetta

Hoppers KL, Jalan Pudu

If you love appam (a.k.a hoppers), then you're going to love this new cafe along Jalan Pudu! All of Hoppers food is, well, served in hoppers! Genius! I mean, who doesn't like hoppers. It's crunchy along the edges, and soft in the middle, and it's shape makes it a perfect substitute for a bowl! Hoppers certainly lives up to its name, their variety of hoppers did not disappoint. The savoury hopper is not too sour and it is made to order, so it is nice and fresh when it reaches the table. Our favourite dish was the Peppered Goat (RM17), which was tender and well-seasoned. It also went perfectly with the yoghurt, which added a creaminess to the dish. The coriander, pomegranate seeds and pickled

Ante x Kedai BLESS: Christmas menu 2016

Tis the season to be jolly! And it's also the season of giving. This festive season, our favourite restaurant, Ante, will be collaborating with local social enterprise Kedai BLESS to bring joy to the underprivileged communities. From now until December 25, Ante will be serving their Christmas menu which will include a starter, main course, dessert and Christmas drinks. For every order off the Christmas menu, Ante will be donating RM2 to Kedai BLESS. On the menu this year is a Christmas starter (RM21) consisting of lightly seared pumpkin, garlic, curry leaves, fresh basil, sweet pickled beetroot, house made ricotta, beetroot dressing and pine nuts. It's a really light starter to prep your tum

Common Man Coffee Roasters, TTDI

Being a huge fan of the coffee served at Common Man Coffee Roasters in Singapore, this visit to their KL establishment was met with a ton of excitement and anticipation. Disclaimer: I have a love/hate relationship with its branch in Singapore: I loved their ambiance, their impeccable coffee-making skills and the fact that they had a health/yoga studio right upstairs; on the other hand I wasn't a terrible fan of their price point and the fact that their food had a tendency to leave me hungry for more. With the determination to keep a clear and unbiased mind, I arrived to their restaurant already pleased with the fact that one, parking was aplenty since they were located in a plaza instead of

Basilico, Regent Hotel

Tucked away at the back of Cuscaden Road in Regent Hotel, it may be a little out of the way for some, but it's worth the trip if you are looking to get a taste of Italy. Coincidentally, that is also the theme of the restaurant for 2017. We tried the Winter and Spring menus, and boy, are they exciting! Pictured above is the central buffet table of Basilico which prides in its plethora of foods originating from Italy. Merluzzo Avvolto in Pancetta Affumicata servito con Broccoletti di Bruxelles Saltati, Cipolle Rosse e Purea di Sedana Rapa (Winter) Haddock Fillet wrapped in Smoked Pancetta served with Sauteed Brussel Sprouts, Red Onions and Celeriac Purée I started with the the haddock fillet,

Little Collins goes online!

Recently, the foodievstheworld team had a little tea party in Kuala Lumpur because we got a beautiful array of treats from our foodie partner - Little Collins KL, located in Mont Kiara. We got three gorgeous cakes, plenty of their signature tarts and even customised fondant cupcakes and a Magnum cheesecake! We were given a gorgeous customised Nutella Bella cake with our very own foodievstheworld cake topper! This is such a perfect way to surprise someone. But if you're planning on ordering this, you will have to give them some lead time to get it made. The standard Nutella Bella (RM222, excluding topper) is stacked with the signature chocolate mud cake and hazelnut mousse and is part of Litt

Buckingham English Fruit Cake, Tuck Singapore

The first time I tried a fruit cake, it was cloyingly sweet and as a kid, obviously, I loved it. Anything sweet meant that mummy was giving me a treat. Christmas soon became one of my favourite times of the year (with my birthday and Chinese New Year being the other two). Christmas meant I could indulge in plenty of chocolates, cakes and of course, gifts under the tree. There is just something magical about the holiday season - almost as though there is something in the air that makes the whole month of December like I am living in a fantasy-land. Despite not being in a country with snow and actual pine trees to adorn with ornaments, there's still an allure in the plastic trees and colourful

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