Panasonic Cooking Workshop: Creating Colourful Flavours

It seems that everytime I’m at a social event, someone is bound to come up to me with these “I have not seen you for the longest time! Where have you been?!”. Well, I have not disappeared, just that I have not been receiving much of invitations to these (*hint**hint*), and frankly I’m not that interested in meaningless activities when I could be doing something else more interesting, like watching Netflix (hehe). But if it’s a cooking workshop, you bet that I’ll try my best to get there.

Well, the stars aligned last week and I had the opportunity to attend a cooking workshop hosted by Panasonic and Le Creuset at the Panasonic Home2Com Solution Center. The workshop was held in conjunction with the release of the Panasonic Cubie Oven.

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Cubie? What a cute name right? Stems from the term “cubical”, with connotations of “small and compact” in its size, the design of this oven is focused on assisting young and urban families to make quick and healthy meals.

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With this oven, we can use different modes such as steaming, healthy frying, baking (roasting) and fermentation. Amazing right? Well during the workshop we had a couple of dishes to make, guided by Chef Chin Pei Ling, who has a hand in creating many dishes using the Cubie.

We first started with our dessert, the Mango Passionfruit Crumble. Interestingly this is a combination of cake and crumble so we had to do the cake base first.

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Cake base was very standard, beating the sugar and butter together until pale, then add egg, vanilla extract, milk and then flour and baking powder.

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Handmixer makes it so much easier.

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Look at everyone focusing on their creation.

The next 2 steps included mixing cut up mango with sugar, corn flour, lemon juice then top with some passion fruit. Great tropical flavours.

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The 2 Kellys at work. At that stage, we already had the fruits on top of the cake base and I was getting started with my crumble.

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With the crumble, it’s just mixing the flour, rolled oats, almond flakes, sugar and melted butter until crumbly and then spoon over the top.

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Check out our beautiful Le Creuset Mini Cocottes! Love the candy colours.

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Time to send it into the Cubie! Using the convection mode we baked this for around 25 in 180C. Preheating was done prior to this (not all modes requires preheating by the way)

We then moved on to our main course, Roasted stuffed Chicken with Sundried Tomato Pesto and Seasonal Root Vegetables.

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Chef making our Sundried tomato pesto, plenty to go around in the group.

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While we busy ourselves cutting vegetables…well… and taking photos.

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Expertly tying the chicken up. Haha. The pesto was spread on the meat side of the deboned chicken thigh and then asparagus, mushrooms and carrot placed on top.

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Final Seasoning! This time we used the Le Creuset Rectangular Dish to house the veggies and the chicken. This is a great size for couple portion.

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Before roasting the chicken, my dessert has to come out! Looking good! The Chicken is roasted at maximum heat, 230C for around 25 minutes as well for a beautifully browned top.

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Not long after, our chicken is done too. Can finally let my hair down, literally.

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Gorgeous!

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It sure was a useful and informative little workshop, although it would have been useful to include other functions of the cubie too as I was most looking forward to seeing how the steaming function works. But nevertheless, the demonstration of the oven was helpful for us to understand how a compact oven could work for a small size family. The chicken was devoured straight away by Kevin and I but I had dessert for days!

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Err… just a testament of my social awkwardness haha.

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We each received a lovely bouquet from Happy Bunch for attending the workshop, how thoughtful!

Well, now that I have my own Cubie oven, I’ll be sharing more recipes soon! Is there anything particular you would like to see?

For more information on Panasonic Cubie Oven, hop over to their website, or check out Panasonic’s facebook page. Thank you Panasonic and The Cooking House for a fun workshop!

Claude Bernard Swiss Watch Review

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There are different types of people in the world. Looking are the photo above, some might pay attention just to the car (pretty sure Kevin belongs to that group), some might look at the woman (ahem), and a certain type of people might actually notice the wrist watch. Yes, there are probably as many watch lovers in the world as Petrol-head, but this post is all about the Claude Bernard Swiss Watch on my wrist.

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I’m obsessed with keeping time and while there are certainly many ways we can do this nowadays with the variety of gadgets available; the traditionalist in me prefer a good classic watch.

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Yet, in contrast to my mostly feminine fashion sense, I have a taste for bigger, unisex look watches. None of those dainty girly ones where I can barely see the second hand on them (maybe I’m just getting old). Which is why when I was given a choice to try a Claude Bernard watch for size, I went for one of its Sophisticated Classics – Retrograde Day-Date in Black.

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In order to call themselves “Swiss Made”, 60% of the manufacturing costs and the essential manufacturing step must occur in Switzerland; passing the final inspection in Swiss means that Swiss made watches are of the highest quality and standards. Claude Bernard collection is carefully hand-assembled in the Jura Mountains in Switzerland where years of master watchmakers have perfected their craft for Swiss watchmaking, making each timepiece a masterpiece.

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Claude Bernard Retrograde Day-Date

  • Encased by a stainless steel watch casing (40mm), this watch is elegantly matched with a black crocodile embossed strap.
  • Small Second Hand Sub-dial surrounding a big date display, viewing time and day easily in a quick glance.
  • A retrograde mechanism, whereby when the day hand reaches ‘SUN’, it would swing back to ‘MON’, signifying a new week.

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Maybe just retaining the habit from those years working as a doctor, it’s important for my watch to have a second hand (to measure pulse, breathing rate etc). Here, the second hand is separated, making it even easier to count time down to seconds. Having the display of date, and time of week is useful too, so my ageing brain can always be reminded of the day whenever I need to.

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Overall this is a gorgeous timepiece which is practical and easy on the eyes. The price tag is reasonable, making it an accessible luxury, also a suitable choice of gift. Aesthetic wise, it goes with almost every type of occasion/outfit formal or informal.

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This is my first watch with a leather strap. I usually opt for bracelet type in fear of allergies caused by leather/rubber material. This strap has been surprisingly comfortable even with long hours of wearing. The weight is just barely noticeable but not limiting.

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Got distracted during the photo-shoot by a friendly feline.

I’ve worn this piece to dinners, casual hangouts with friends, business meetings, and even for my gigs.

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Forever the one waiting for my musicians to show up. Hehe.

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Goofing around before show as usual.

Here are a few more photos shot by Andy Kho during the MHB Afternoon Tea Party at Senja, Saujana.

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Even in black it doesn’t look out of place pairing with white floral dress.

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Thank you Senja for providing us delectable afternoon tea spread and entertaining us girls.

Necessary Data:
Model: 34004-3-NIN
Movement: Swiss Ronda 7004 quartz (battery operated)
Case: Stainless steel, 40mm x 10.5mm thick
Back: Solid screw-in back
Crystal: Anti-reflective Sapphire
Band: Black alligator grain leather
Buckle closure: 20mm
Water Resistant: 50 meters

The Retrograde Big Day-Date also comes in other colours. Instead of Leather straps, you can also opt for bracelet style in Gold/Silver.

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*Prices include GST

Claude Bernard Watches can be found at:

Parkson: KLCC 1 st Floor Suria KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur; Pavilion Level 3, Pavilion, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur; Sunway Velocity G-16, Ground Floor, Sunway Velocity Mall, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Isetan: KLCC 3rd Floor Suria KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur; 1 Utama Level 1, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

SOGO: Kompleks SOGO, 3D Fashion Arena, 190, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman 50100 Kuala Lumpur

For further information and the full list of authorised watch retailers, please call Crystal Time (M) Sdn Bhd at +603 2938 3938 or visit the website at www.crystaltime.com.sg.

Claude Bernard social media pages:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ClaudeBernardMalaysiaBrunei/

Instagram: @claudebernardmy

Rendang Tok Perak with Philips All-In-One Pressure Cooker

Unboxing a new kitchen appliance is always a very exciting affair. Especially when it’s as big as the Philips All-In-One Pressure Cooker. That’s right, I received my very own just a couple of weeks ago and have been cooking up a storm with it. The original Philips Pressure Cooker has been very helpful in our kitchen too, but with the addition of new functions, I don’t even have to cook on the stove very much anymore.

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One of the very first dishes I made was, of course, the Rendang Tok Perak, which is well-documented in the book co-authored by Chef Marina Mustafa and Sara Khong, “One-Pot Wonders”. By the way, if you own a Philips All-In-One Cooker, this book is highly recommended, with details instructions on how to cook each dishes in either slow or pressure cooker mode, as well as conventional method (although who needs to use the conventional method with this?).

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So, back to Rendang. Normally, it takes around 4-5 hours of cooking and you can’t go very far away from the stove as you’d have to stir it quite frequently to prevent burning. That’s why a lot of newer generation cooks don’t even bother anymore. But what if I tell you-you can make this dish in under 1hour, with almost the same result?

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Of course, the very best rendang also lies in its ingredients. Make sure you use freshly squeezed coconut milk, the kerisik you choose should be those submerged in oil for the best flavour, and the quality of meat does matter.

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As you can see here, my Rendang is a little bit on the wet side. And that’s because I didn’t let it cook till dry (it’s an additional 15 minutes or so). I happen to like the extra gravy and in fact I kept some for future use (Rendang goes fabulously with Pasta!). Anyway, here’s a video, shot and edited by none other than Kevin, hehe.

I’ve made beef rendang the traditional way in the past, and I honestly feel that this is just as delicious. And this was even better the next day when the flavours had the time to develop and the sauce continued to thicken as I left it in the pot to warm. Other things I’ve cooked with the Philips All-In-One Cooker includes a Kek Gula Hangus (that was amazing), Barbeque Pork Ribs, Pork Belly and Bittergourd Stew, Japanese Mille Feuille Nabe (Napa Cabbage and Pork hot pot). It has made my life so easy!

Rendang Tok Perak

Ingredients to marinate:
1kg beef, cut into 11/2 inch cubes
2 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1/2 tbsp ground fennel
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Spice Paste (Blended)
2 large red onions
3 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger
2 inches galangal
4 stalks lemongrass
3 fresh turmeric root, removed skin

Other ingredients:
2 star anise
5 cardamons
5 cloves
2 cups thick coconut milk
1/2 cup grated palm sugar
1 tbsp Chili Paste (or a lot more…. if you want spicy)
2 tbsp tamarind paste, diluted in 1 cup of water, discard seeds
1/2 cup kerisik
2 tsp salt
3 pieces kaffir lime leaves
2 turmeric leaves, finely sliced

Pressure Cooker Method:

  1. Rub the ground ingredients all over the meat and set aside until needed.
  2. Open the lid of the Philips All-In-One Pressure Cooker and press “Saute/Sear High Temp” and press “Start”
  3. Pour in oil when hot, add the blended ingredients, chili paste, whole spices and stir to mix.
  4. Put in the marinated beef cubes and stir for 20 seconds.
  5. Pour in coconut milk, tamarind juice, kaffir lime leaves & palm sugar. Stir til combined. (I accidentally added kerisik at this point but I don’t think it affected the outcome too much.
  6. Close the lid and turn the valve to “Seal”
  7. Press “Pressure Cook” button, choose “MEAT/POULTRY” and set the cooking time to 30 minutes (I actually set it to 40minutes because I prefer my beef more tender), press start.
  8. When “Keep Warm” light flicks on the panel, the beef rendang is ready. Open the lid and put in the kerisik, season with salt if needed. Since I already added the kerisik earlier I didn’t have to do much except for letting it reduce a little by putting it on “Saute/Sear High Temp” function. If you prefer a very dry/flossy rendang you just have to continue searing until desired consistency.
  9. Sprinkle with sliced turmeric leaves before serving.

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Thank you Philips Malaysia for your fabulous product, I’ll continue to post more recipes soon.

For more information on the Philips All-In-One Cooker, refer to my post for the product launch or visit www.philips.com.my/pressurecooker

 

Triumph My Beautiful Me Campaign

Recently I had the pleasure to attend Triumph’s My Beautiful Me campaign, held at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Partnered with Parkson, this campaign showcased Triumph’s winter 2016 collection, while highlighting Triumph’s expertise, style, evolution and dedication of being the purveyor of women’s confidence.
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It was an evening of glitz and glamour while guests were dressed according to the theme encompassing “My Beautiful Me”.

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To inaugurate the momentous occasion a spectacular fashion show was held encompassing the campaign’s highlights of My Beautiful Me – Adore, Cherish and Shine. These three highlights showcased different themes; Cherish being pretty yet sassy, Adore encompassed fun yet beautiful and Shine showcased glamour with a hint of sexiness. Models walked the runway in different Triumph’s stylish designs with beautiful dazzling shades of colors.

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A familiar face in the local music scene, Poova also performed while the models were doing their thing. Looking every bit the model herself in a sparkly dress strutting up and down and runway, her voice definitely brought plenty of soul and not to mention excitement to the event.

Here are a couple of video demostrating her vocal prowess.


Let me treasure you! Emcee of the evening Julie Woon grooving along as well.

Take me down like I’m a domino!

Here are some photos from the fashion show.
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My Beautiful Me campaign reflects the journey of Triumph, from wanting women to find the one (the perfect bra), to ending the year with encouraging women to love and appreciate themselves for who they are. The campaign allows women to discover their true selves within regardless of age and shape. It’s an opportunity for women to embrace their bodies, individuality and openly express themselves. Join the journey and feel beautiful with Triumph.

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Thank you Triumph for having us at the meaningful event.

Photo credit: Triumph Malaysia

For more information about “My Beautiful Me”, please visit Triumph Malaysia

Häagen-Dazs™ Introduces A New Way To Send Flowers With Its “Little Gardens” Collection

Running out of ways to impress your partner? Want to show a little appreciation to your mom in a creative way? Well, here’s an idea for you. You can send flowers along with Ice Cream for that special person in your life. It won’t be just any ice cream of course, in fact let me just give you a glimpse:

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And it’s not just any Häagen-Dazs, either. This is a very special limited edition called the Little Gardens Collection. Partnering with from BloomThis, bespoke luxury flower arrangement and delivery specialist; you can send your loved ones the glorious gift of blooms perfectly complemented with a pint from the Little Gardens Collection of flavors, from May 16th till July 15th.

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The Little Gardens Collection, latest to the Häagen-Dazs™ renowned line up of ice cream flavors, is inspired by the beautiful and aromatic world of flowers. Ethan Lim, Marketing Director of General Mills Southeast Asia said; “These 2 limited edition flavors were inspired by Spring and the idea of flowers in bloom and they have been carefully crafted to balance the aromatic floral notes with sweet fruit to deliver a truly unique ice cream indulgence.”

Häagen-Dazs™ has a core philosophy of using the best ingredients to produce their signature dense, rich and indulgent ice cream and these limited edition flavours are no exception. Only available for 3 months, the Little gardens Collection fresh fruit flavours will be enhanced and complemented by delicate floral notes.

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Lychee Raspberry Rose

An intoxicating blend of rose, lychee and raspberry flavors. Inspired by the sweet allure of the world-famous Ispahan Macaron, this delicate dessert is crafted with rose extract from Turkish roses, juicy handpicked lychees from Taiwan and the sweetest raspberries to create a fragrant ice cream with the perfect balance of rose and sweet fruit that will exhilarate the palette.

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Apricot Lavender

Made with lavender from the Mediterranean coast and plump apricots from Morocco and France, this recipe refreshes and relaxes the senses. The lavender entices the palate while a thick apricot sauce and generous scattering of apricot pieces bring a tartness that goes on to tingle the tongue.

Personally, I really really dig (get it?) these floral flavours. The apricot and lavender has a lovely tang and a subtle lavender note.

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Disclaimer: Don’t be over-zealous with the sprinkling of Lavender or you’ll risk eating potpourri.

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I’ve served this on top of homemade waffles along with some fresh apricot. Makes for excellent afternoon tea.

However, I have a special weakness for anything related to roses so of course the Lychee, Raspberry and Rose would be my choice. And thus, it deserves special treatment. In a form of Ice Cream Tart.

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Isn’t it just exquisite? I’ll be posting the recipe up soon enough. The Ice Cream itself is just delightful, with delicate rose note which brings you instantly to a gorgeous garden, finished with the tart raspberry and the unique aroma of lychee. It’s out of this world. Too bad it’s only available for 3 months, I will be stocking up for sure.

With BloomThis, you can get an arrangement of flowers and a pint of your choice delivered for RM119. This bundle is only available for 3 months, so make sure you take advantage of it. And I’m going to give you a Promo code which entitles you to get a 15% discount off the package price, just to make it sweeter. And the code is: KELLYDAZS15. Head over to http://bloomthis.co/collections/haagen-dazs to make your order.

Deliveries of ‘Little Garden’ bundles are limited to certain Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley areas. Terms and conditions apply. Visit BloomThis’ website (bloomthis.co) for more information.

Ko SkinCare Specialist Pt.3 – Ko Dermacare Aqua Gel Sunscreen

Recently, I’ve replenished my skincare products at Dr Ko Clinic, and I’ve been recommended a few new things. Today I shall share with you my favourite product of the lot, with more in come in the next posts.

We all commit our shares of beauty sin, and I’ll say the worst sin for me would be neglecting sun protection. I’m well aware of the effects of sun damage and currently suffering consequences of not applying regular sun block in the forms of melasmas and lentigos on my face. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a healthy tan, but we shouldn’t ignore the harmful effects of UV rays either.

One of the reasons I loathed applying sun block is that many products in the market have that undesirable texture. Most of them are also too greasy for my liking. As my skin is ultra sensitive (I sound like a broken record here), I have developed many a times allergy reaction to various sun block, so in the end I just didn’t dare to try out new stuff.

And that is until I met this beauty.

The Aqua Gel Sunscreen is completely water-based. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and fragrance free.
Containing chamomile extract, hydrolyzed silk protein, antarcticine, pearl extract, aloe vera extract, provides high SPF protection (a whooping 55) while calming skin discomfort caused by sun exposures. Ideal for oily and acne prone skin.

Personally, I love the texture of this gel. It doesn’t leave anything behind at all, and works well with or without makeup. I usually use a primer before applying foundation, and after a few weeks usage, there has been no problem with my skin so far. The gel absorb super fast as well, which is another bonus.

Thanks to Dr Ko, now I can step out of the house confident that I won’t get anymore new spots!

The KO Dermacare Aqua Gel Sunscreen SPF55 retails for RM180, but you can now get it here for only RM162!

For more information, visit http://www.drkoskincare.com/

 

Chili’s Grill & Bar Chef’s Cuts Menu

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Chili’s Grill & Bar is a popular international restaurant chain with several branches in Klang Valley, and it’s great for groups and families to gather for casual dining or special occasions (many birthdays are celebrated here, that much I know). The first outlet in Malaysia is located at Bangsar Shopping Centre, opened since 1994, and it grew strong enough to branch out to nearly every popular suburbs. This one we went to in particular, is the closest branch to me at Citta Mall (almost walking distance, I might add).

The concept here is Souhwestern-inspired, Tex-Mex, I guess you can tell by its namesake, and Chili’s here means Chili Con Carne not just the spice. Things like Fajitas, Burritos, and Burgers regularly make their ways out of the kitchen. But they are also constantly updating their menu to spice things up a little. Well, the girls of Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers were invited to taste their new promotional menu called the Chef’s Cut menu, featuring a number of delicious beef dishes with interesting twists. This menu is created in mind for those who have a little more premium taste, especially since it’s come to year end with the festive celebrations.

To kick start our very meaty dinner, here’s a trio of appetisers to whet our appetite.

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Oh by the way, the gorgeous photos are shot by none other than Andy Kho, so all credit to him.

Now, the main stars. The first dish that came to the table was a very pretty plate of the Texas Trio.

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Those who can’t decide which protein they want to have, or plainly prefer a bit more varieties, this is the dish for you. Three amazing tastes on one plate – tender 4 oz. salmon on slaw drizzled with honey-chipotle sauce, juicy 8 oz. beef ribs on mashed potatoes drizzled with classic BBQ sauce, and grilled 4 oz. chicken breast on corn salsa drizzled with roasted garlic BBQ sauce, all sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh cilantro. I’d suggest eating the Chicken first, followed by the Salmon and Beef in order of flavours.

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Personally, I liked the sauce on the beef rib as I’m partial to sweet and savoury combination, and you can tell that the rib has been slow cooked for hours for that level of tenderness. The honey-chipotle on the salmon is also quite a lovely combination, although I’d prefer my salmon to be slightly undercooked, these are quite well done (perhaps good to specify your order, we didn’t). Not a fan of chicken breast in general but I did try a bit of that garlic BBQ sauce and arrived at the conclusion that Chili’s does do pretty good sauces.

The second dish was unlike anything I’ve seen before. Who would have known you could pair beef with crab?

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The Spicy Crab Fillet features a tender 8 oz. fillet resting on bed of slaw, covered with spicy crab meat and melted Monterey Jack cheese, sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh cilantro.

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It’s difficult to tell the flavours of the crab because it was so cheesy with both the Monterey Jack and Feta, but it ain’t a complaint because I love the interplay of textures. The cow in question hails from Australia, which explains the robust flavour. This particular cut is cooked to medium, and you all know how I like my beef (still eating the grass on the plate), so I shall keep my verdict for the other steaks cooked more to my liking.

And if that wasn’t cheesy enough, this dish also comes with a cast iron skillet full of sexy macaroni and cheese.

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I’m a sucker for Mac and Cheese, and this I can verify is a satisfying version. I’d happily JUST have this.

A pungent scent hit the nose and it’s unmistakably Bleu Cheese. That’s right, Bleu Cheese actually goes really well with steak (ever try a Bleu Cheese sauce at Squire’s loft, Melbourne? That’s amazing stuff I tell you), and here they went up a notch pairing it with some Chipotle magic. Throw the sauce on another piece of steak sleeping on a bed of slaw, and you have the Chipotle Bleu Cheese Fillet.

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I’d say that this one is an acquired taste, as you do taste the spice, and the stink (cheese), but they do gel together strangely. Good to have some refreshing slaw to cut through the richness too. This dish also comes with some mash potatoes (a rather huge portion of it actually).

My favourite one though was the Glazed Prawn Fillet.

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Here, the fillet is resting on a bed of corn salsa, topped with succulent glazed prawns, sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh cilantro.

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It’s not uncommon to see Prawns with Steak, otherwise known as Surf’ n Turf’. What I love about this is the crunchy sweet prawns, and the steak here is cooked to my preferred doneness, which is superbly juicy. You don’t even need additional condiments with this. To complete the dish, a nicely balanced corn salsa to add to the fun textural play.

Here’s me enjoying the perfect steak.

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The last steak to arrive on our table was the Southwest Beef Ribs Fillet.

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The corn salsa, the steak, and the crumbled feta cheese plus cilantro are still there, but this time with some shredded beef ribs and pickled onions.

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My favourite part of this dish would probably be the pickled onions though, it was surprisingly sweet with just the right amount of tang, complement the steak quite well.

So that’s all 5 main courses done! But without desserts, it wouldn’t be a complete meal. The Chef Cuts menu also features a new dessert, the Chocolate Chipotle Cheesecake, with delectable layers of chocolate chipotle cheesecake and cracker crumbs topped with a dollop of whipped cream. As I’m sensitive to chocolate, I didn’t get to try the whole dessert but I did sample the top layer…….

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Sorry, I obviously took the term foodporn a tad too far.

And here are the MHB Girls!

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The Chef’s Cuts Menu is available until 17th January 2016, so visit your nearest Chili’s now! There’s also an instagram contest for you to win some vouchers, check this out:

Chef Cuts Activation

Website: http://www.chilis.com.my/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChilisMalaysia/
Email: chilismalaysia@chilis.com.my

Dr Ko Clinic – Carbon Laser Peel

Following my last consultation at Dr Ko clinic, I’ve been using a range of their products for several months now. You can read about them here and here. My skin is sensitive so I’m always very careful with changing skincare regime for fear of breakouts or worse, allergy reaction. Luckily for me, Ko Skincare range has been agreeing with me and I’ve been seeing some benefits with using the products. Which is why when they offer for me to try out some of their services, I did so with confidence.

This time, I was invited to their USJ Clinic (there are quite a few of them, do check out their website for one near you) and I met Dr Chan, who’s friendly enough to put me at ease talking about my skin concerns. This clinic offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments as well as body contouring treatments. One thing of note is that the surgical treatments are only available at the Dr Ko Specialist centre which is located in Klang.

During our consultation, we talked about a few things that I’m not happy with and numero uno has always been my pigmentations. No, I’m not talking about freckles (I’m quite proud of them), but the mild lentigos that I’ve starting to get on my cheeks, due to aging and sun damage. I’ve been given products to combat sun damage but it sure wasn’t enough. So Dr Chan recommended a few things, one being the Carbon Laser Peel.

Carbon Laser Peel is increasingly popular for its multiple benefits and convenience. It’s a “lunch time” procedure with zero downtime, and works well for aging skin and pigmentation. The process involves a laser beam focused on skin that has been covered by a thin layer of carbon powder. The laser beam is absorbed by the carbon particles due to its dark colour. Throughout the procedure, skin pores are simultaneously minimised. Due to the thermal effect, the growth of connective tissue increases while the carbon particles exfoliate the skin and purge skin pores. It’s effective in treating scars and wrinkles to0 and provide an overall brightening effect.

So off we went to the treatment room when the assistant gave me a quick face wash, then apply the carbon powder on my face.

You can see from the picture that I have few obvious spots on my face, one located right next to my nose.

It’s not as black as I thought it would be, but then again Dr Chan did instructed her to go lighter on my sensitive skin.

Then, it’s time for the laser!

Because of my specific concerns, I was given 3 rounds of laser. The first one is the long pulse, with the aim of firming and lifting. It’s really tolerable, with just a tiny bite each time the laser fires off. The second round was a little more interesting, as the 1064 wavelength which burns off the carbon powder, creating mini ‘explosions’, those exfoliating the skin while also refining the pores. And for the last round Dr Chan changed to a different applicator for the 532 laser. This is the target the epidermal pigmentations. This one is a little more intense, but still a walk in the park basically.

After the laser, a cooling mask is then applied on my face. It’s made with peppermint, so it smells absolutely amazing and also feels great on the skin.

The effect of Carbon Laser Peel should be immediate, and here’s a pic of my face.

Of course the spots are still there (usually need more than one treatment to get rid of them), but my skin was visibly brightened after the treatment. Excuse the flat hair.

Generally, a carbon laser peel is around RM900 per session, and it’s recommended you do about once a month, although some will benefit from just a single session. Do visit your nearest Dr Ko Clinic for more info, or check out their website. I’ll be following up with more posts about Dr Ko Skin Care soon!

Klinik Dr Ko
Unit 4A-C/D, Jalan USJ 10/1A.
Subang Jaya
Tel: 03-80230232
Consultation hours: Mon – Fri 10am to 7pm
Sat 10am to 6pm

Triumph Finds The One For You

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How many of you are guilty of not getting your bra fitted regularly? According to a survey conducted by Triumph International, Malaysia’s leading lingerie brand, 7 out of 10 women would wear the wrong size bra and many are clueless on the right ways to find a bra that fits perfectly. What are the consequences of wearing the wrong sized bra? Apart from not having the perfect elegant look for your outfit, there can also be health risks like bad posture, sagging breasts, back/neck/shoulder pain, and even things like scarring of your breasts. Scary right?

Just as important as choosing a life partner, finding THE perfect bra is crucial for every woman. And recently Triumph has launched its “Find the One” Short animated movie that brings to life the magical experience of finding the perfect fitted bra. Here’s the very much Disney inspired musical with a lovely song:

The launch was set at Blue Concourse of Sunway Pyramid, where the area was turned into a fairy tale setting, with triumph products displaying for our viewing and shopping pleasure.

The gorgeous Daphne Iking hosted the event, and shared with us some benefits about finding the right bra through her own experience. With this campaign, Triumph hopes to address the various concerns that Asian women are facing while searching for a bra with the perfect fit for themselves.

To our surprise (pleasant, of course), the animated movie came to life when the 3 girls appeared on stage and started prancing around the concourse.

Daphne Iking was soon joined by supermodels whom also talked about how a perfectly fitted bra gave them more confidence.

After the formality, we had the opportunity to spend some time with the fitting expert for a free fitting consultation. My last fitting was several months ago, so nothing much has changed, though I was recommended a few very pretty bras to complement my body type. We also did some measurements to find my bust age and I’m glad to report that my bosoms are keeping young and healthy.

Personally I’ve always been a fan of Triumph lingerie and I’ve been wearing them since high school. Since I’m not particularly blessed in that department, I’m really impressed to find that the Maximiser collection really delivers its promise. I usually don’t like to wear push up bras, but these are really comfy. A great secret weapon to have in my wardrobe for sure.

Here are some tips for you to find your perfect fit:

Starting from 21 September 2015, Triumph launched a fitting campaign nationwide, targeting to fit 50,000 women across Malaysia ensuring they find the right fitted bra. Every woman who visits any Triumph Boutiques or counters will receive a free fitting consultation conducted by Triumph professional fit experts. From measurements of the correct bust size to finding your actual bust age and body shape, the comprehensive fitting consultation will help women find their perfect one!

So visit your nearest Triumph Boutique/Counter today!

For more information about “Find The One”, please visit Triumph Malaysia

Ko Skincare Specialist pt.2

I’ve shared my experience with Ko Skincare Specialist in my previous post (along with the background of Ko Skincare Specialist and the range of products they offer). And here are the rest of the products prescribed to me, in addition to my current basic skincare regime.

KO Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence II 30ml RM180

Because I have occasional breakouts (especially when hormonal or stressed), this essence is recommended for me to use on problem areas (T zone and chin). Basically, it’s designed to reduce skin imperfection while balancing sebum production for a clear and refined complexion. It’s suitable for oily skin, or combination skin. Furthermore, it’s also alcohol free.
Contains: Aloe extract, witch hazel extract, licorice leaf extract, job’s tears extract.

KO Dermacare Perfect Brightening Cream 30g RM380

This product is prescribed for me for extra boost of brightening and hydration. It combines mandelic acid, kojic acid and tranexamic acid to brighten the skin gently and safely. It also works to resolves pigmentation problems such as freckles, sun spots and melasma.


Ko Dermacare Miracle C Powder – RM299 (2 Vials)

In addition to the perfect brightening cream, they have also recommended the Miracle C Powder. High dose of Vitamin C aids in reducing pigmentation as well. I’ve had experience using Vitamin C serum in the past and find it too oily for my skin. This one comes in powder form to mix in with my regular moisturiser which I think is ingenius! I was told they are changing their packaging for this product too.

Dermax Dermax Bio Defence UV Foundation SPF60 6N 30gm RM199

I have a bad habit of not being vigilant enough with my sun protection. It’s mainly because I don’t like to cake on products on my skin. So a product with dual properties is definitely a bonus. Here the sunscreen also doubles as foundation, which saves me putting on additional layer. The coverage is really good though, and it’s suitable for dry skin as it’s on the oily side.

KO Dermaceutical Perfect Sago Hydrogel Mask 5pcs/box RM280

Last but not the least, I was recommended the Intense repair whitening masque (starting to see the pattern yet?). This mask is made with 100% natural bio-gel, free from chemicals, preservatives and toxicities. It’s supposed to remove dead skin cells and brightens skin tone. I like how gentle it feels on the skin (the bio-gel has a peculiar texture which is strangely exciting). That reminds me I should apply this tonight (I tend to be too lazy and procrastinate on my skincare).

After using all the products for couple of months, I’m quite sure I’ll be continuing with some of the products, especially the Perfect radiance cleanser/toner, Aqua moisturiser and the Miracle C powder.

To find out more about Ko Skincare Specialist and purchase the produce, you can visit http://www.drkoskincare.com/

To celebrate the opening of their e-store, Dr. Ko Skincare is running the following promotions from 20 July 2015 to 20 August 2015:

– 20% storewide discount
– 50% discount on Ko Series
– Free delivery for purchase of RM300.00 and above

Download the Dr. Ko Skin Specialist mobile app to receive a RM20.00 e-voucher code (you will find the e-voucher code displayed under the Promotion Tab). One (1) redemption per account and it is valid with the 20% storewide discount (excluding 50% discount items).

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shockmediastudio.app.drko&hl=en

Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ko-skin-specialist/id959443985?mt=8

The Dr. Ko Skin Specialist headquarters is located at:

Klinik Pakar Kulit Ko Sdn Bhd
10A-22A, Jalan Temoh,
Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat,
41400 Klang, Selangor,
Malaysia.
T:+603 3343 3140
You can also head over to http://www.koskinspecialist.com/ to find the complete list of branches.
Telephone: 1-800-22-33-22