Monday, January 18, 2016

The Silkroad Experience: Journey of the orient

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Fresh from the event last Saturday. I was lucky enough to be invited to Silkroad 2016, which showcases how eastern culture influences the modern world today. It was held at Metal Bee's, Damansara, and as this is my first time there, it was pretty awesome!

A few other bloggers were invited too and definitely it was a great way to start the year with a classy event. One of the highlights? meeting up with Xiang after the longest time ever! We started blogging together back in 2009 (Yes we're such old people) but gotten busy since we both started work and its pretty hard to meet up lately

So what was in store for us? Check out the video I made:

Starting the experience, We took a walk past the beautiful paintings of Chinese Descent and took our first few photos at the Photowall. Silkroad was also giving away 3 Hennessy Limited XO bottles to the most creative photos and captions at the photowall! That got me really excited =D

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Xiang and I

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No its not a proposal. Just shooting the ever famous & beautiful Sandy Ryan Gan :) #contestkaki

We chilled at the lounge area while waiting for the other guest to arrive, and at the lounge itself, the oriental journey continued with a few activities planned out for us

For starters, we had a master calligrapher showcasing  the art of Rainbow Calligraphy. We wrote our names down and he beautifully crafted these masterpieces for us

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That's my name, Jianjian (Strong & Healthy)

The second part of the experiential journey is the art of tea making. I'm a guy who would just use teabags and soak it with hot water to get my tea fix and it amazes me when there are actually steps and requirements to follow to make the perfect tea.

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After the rest of the guest arrived, we were allowed into the dining area where we were serenaded by traditional Chinese music and really pretty kinetic ornaments which floated up and down from the ceiling. There was the Chinese classical band and Diana Liu singing classical Chinese songs which enlightened the mood

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*pic credit to Samantha

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Diana Liu

The cuisine of choice was fine dining, and it was prepared by Celebrity Chef Won & his culinary team from Enfin
With every dish presented, the atmosphere changed as the projectors showcased the theme for each dish. 

Check out the awesome food we had:

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For the first Entre, we had Scallop, Calamari, Citrus, Mints and Petals

Chef Won actually took the liberty of flying in fresh XL Hokkaido Scallops which was so juicy in the mouth. It was a total sensorial experience that  refreshes from smell to taste

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For our 2nd entre, we had Green Tea Salmon 40", smoked cucumber, textures of potato and green bleurre blanc

This was my personal favourite among all the dishes served. The wild salmon (not those farmed ones) was really succulent, and with the caramelized top, it made the dish just so mouth watering. Craved for so much more!

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The Main course served was Cordyceps Chicken on Chlorophyll carpet, porcini mushrooms and pates de riz. 

As Chef Won said, this is a high class chicken rice but it is definitely worth paying much more for. The cordyceps soup was so well balanced that allowed a clean aftertaste to linger on my palate. 

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We always have 2 stomachs. one for food and one for dessert! We had Plum, cheese, chocolate and basil

What i loved about it? The 70% dark chocolate was piped in ice water to create the perfect chocolate ball. The plums and cheese also was a great addition as they complimented each other's taste

To end the night, it is definitely time to take a wefie!

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*Photo credit to Jason/Michelle

It was a great experience which has broaden my mind on what eastern culture's influence was to the modern world today. Definitely can't wait for the next one!

Hong Kong Trip Videos

its been quite some time since my Hong Kong Trip. But finally I have the time to edit my video of my trip

check it out

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Silkroad Journey

Random Thought of the day: Wonder how Eastern culture influences cuisine and how it changes the way we and the world perceive it

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Since centuries ago, The Silk Road was the main gateway for the east to trade  with the rest of the world. Travelers of the silk road also brought its culture and heritage along with it which has also merged with local communities, and in terms of cuisine, it broadens out the variety and blends of cuisine in the world

So as for today, One of the great examples of how eastern culture influences cuisine would start from the very roots of my own heritage: Peranakan/Baba Nyonya.

Peranakan is the term where descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Malaysia/Singapore/Indonesia intermarry with local Malays and combines Chinese, Malay & other influences in their daily lifestyle

So as for cuisine wise, it can be said that Peranakan cuisine uses the blending of spices and cooking techniques from both worlds which made a whole new cuisine  by itself.

For example, using Malay spices with Chinese wok frying style, that is something uncommon back then which now is a norm in the current time.

And to the current year, how did it evolve after hundreds of years? A good example would be fat spoon café at Damansara Utama

I fancy this shop as it has good comfort nyonya food with a modern twist.

For example,

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One of my favourites would be their Peranakan themed pastas. Whether it is Ulams or Tamarind Prawns which is a traditional nyonya dish, when paired up with Italian Angel Hair Pasta, it becomes quite a delight. who would have thought of it until now?

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As for dessert, Gula Melaka is a traditional ingredient in Peranakan cuisine, for the first step, they made a very delicious Salted Gula Melaka Ice Cream. And to make it even better? They added sago pudding with the Salted gula Melaka Ice Cream which made it a dessert to die for!

Why am I talking about all this? It comes to my next introduction: Silk Road is a theme that accentuates the Eastern culture's influence in today's era in Malaysia which is a platform to showcase the opulent and contemporary culture of the orient

With its key brand values,
-        Oriental Inspired
-        Exploratory Spirit
-        Contemporary Perspective
-        Culture Appreciation

It is going to be one of the most exciting event which will be hitting our shores! I just received my invite and I can say it is pretty classy!

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Lets see what eastern/oriental influences the event showcases! Do stay tuned to know more!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Djakarta Warehouse Project Jakarta 2015 (DWP 2015)

Its about a month since DWP ended at Jakarta, and it has definitely been one of the best music festivals I've been to! for those who haven't been to DWP, you better head to it this year!

anyway, I'm done with editing my video, so check it out here:

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Welcoming 2016

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Another great year has passed, lots of memories made and challenges faced. But all in all, it was awesome!

Wishing all of you a happy new year and lets hope that 2016 will be a greater year!