Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Wayne's Cafe ~ Wholesome & Simple Family Style Cafe At Sri Petaling Kuala Lumpur

Keeping It Wholesome & Simple
At Wayne's Cafe
Wayne's Cafe ~ Wholesome & Simple Family Style Cafe At Sri Petaling Kuala Lumpur
Ever get fed up of chic coffee and dessert cafes that seem to focus more on their "hipster" decor, only to then be let down by their lacklustre food with bite-sized portions? Wayne's Cafe, which is located in the bustling Jalan Radin Bagus neighbourhood in Sri Petaling, prides itself in serving hearty portions, both Western and Hainanese cuisines and freshly brewed coffees and teas too.

Wayne's Cafe ~ Wholesome & Simple Family Style Cafe At Sri Petaling Kuala Lumpur
Being less than 3 months old, the new cafe is banking on its homey ambience and comfort food such as small bites of pork rolls (Choon Kuen), meatballs, mains of roast pork, fried rice with roast pork, and much more to lure customers. 

Wayne's Cafe offers a more relaxed dining experience and an extensive menu compared to the cafes. Choose from their all-day breakfasts, salad, pies, pasta, sandwiches to Oriental favourites and Western mains.  

Wayne's Cafe ~ Wholesome & Simple Family Style Cafe At Sri Petaling Kuala Lumpur
It was a love for food, combined with his passion for his family time-honoured recipes, that led to the husband and wife team, Mike and Carolyn starting the Wayne's Cafe. "I named my business - Wayne's Cafe in hopes that people could enjoy food that is unpretentious and wholesome," Carolyn said of the name that was inspired by her 3 years old son, little young master Wayne. 

Helming Wayne's Cafe is Master Chef Uncle Phua,76, a first-generation Malaysian Hainanese, with four decades of culinary experience in the F&B industry. Uncle Phua is a gem as he's one of the last few true blue Hainan in the professional kitchen these days.

They are the hardworking and skilled cooks who created a brand of English or western food with a Hainanese touch. They include roast pork, pork chop, classic Hainanese Chicken Chop, Roast Pork Stew Pie and other delights. Some of Malaysia's best-loved foods are Hainanese in origin, but not necessarily Chinese in nature. Believe me or not, they have been responsible for some of the best dishes to be savoured in Malaysia. 

SMALL BITES
Nostalgic Family Recipe Choon Kuen (Spring Rolls) RM 18
Nostalgic Family Recipe Choon Kuen (Spring Rolls) RM 18
Nostalgic Family Recipe
Choon Kuen (Spring Rolls)
RM 18

We started off with Choon Kuen (Spring Rolls) - a deep-fried pork roll made from a variety of  fresh ingredients such as minced pork, prawn, pork liver together with carrot and jicama for the extra crunch. A time-honoured recipe and family's favourites originated from Micheal's family which was passed down from his late Uncle that spans over 2 generations.

Nostalgic Family Recipe Choon Kuen (Spring Rolls) RM 18
The "Choon Kuen" or "Chun Kuen" in Cantonese was taught to Micheal by his Uncle many years ago. They would have this wonderful dish during their Family Reunion on the eve of Chinese new Year. It's only served once a year due to the tedious process of making these pork rolls. making this dish more unique and often looked forward to glee by his family whenever Chinese New year is near.
     
Nostalgic Family Recipe Choon Kuen (Spring Rolls) RM 18
No many restaurants served this authentic dish anymore due to the tedious process of preparation. Lots of effort are required to clean the pork fat "netting" (pig's caul lining) or "Chee Mong Yau" that is thin and transparent, an ideal wrapper for the minced meat. This caul lining melts away once fried, leaving a light, non-greasy, see-through casing and a clean pork roll flavour. 

A must-try for pork-lovers! I guaranteed you'll fall in love with Pork Spring Rolls or "Choon Kuen" upon the first bite.

Golden MeatBalls RM 16
Golden MeatBalls
RM 16

Golden MeatBalls RM 16
Next up, was the Golden MeatBalls, a classic take of deep-fried grounded pork meatballs served with Hainanese chilli sauce. Marinated with chef's secret seasoning, before being steamed and coated in dry breadcrumbs prior to frying.  

Golden MeatBalls RM 16
These freshly fried to golden perfection meatballs was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside with its flavoursome stuffing of grounded pork. Their housemade Hainanese chilli sauce deserves mentioned as it really goes well hand-in-hand with the dish. Just a thought, it would be better if chef filled the insides with some Swiss cheese for the extra kick.

MAINS
 Roast Pork RM 25
 Roast Pork
RM 25

 Roast Pork RM 25
 Roast Pork RM 25
Wayne's Cafe signature dish of Roast Pork is a must-have if first time to dine here. Perfect for the roast pork lovers, the cafe's signature roast pork is slow-baked, roasted over the fire using a gas oven, cooked perfectly to just the right degree for a tender, juicy bite. 

 Roast Pork RM 25
If you love pork belly, you would not go wrong in ordering the Wayne's Cafe's roast pork which melts right in your mouth. Enhanced with the house-made brown sauce and green apple sauce, all made from scratch, this would definitely hit the right spot. Remember this is a strictly no sharing dish too!

Spanish Pork Chop RM 25
Spanish Pork Chop RM 25
Spanish Pork Chop
RM 25

Spanish Pork Chop RM 25
I have to tell you that the food here certainly checked the box for guilty pleasures. Taking this mouth-watering Spanish Pork Chop for instance, fresh (not frozen) black pork neck or more commonly known as pork collar was marinated for 24 hours in a concoction of herb and spices which are grilled and served on a bed of homemade mash, steamed mixed vegetables and a slice of grilled green apple.   

Spanish Pork Chop RM 25
Tender and succulent, the grilled pig collar was slightly charred tears off effortlessly and enters my mouth easily. The meat is so juicy and full of flavours, you might just skip the brown sauce and savour it as it is. Nevertheless, the brown sauce is a good complement for the smooth mash potatoes that comes with the dish.

Fried Kwai Fa Mien RM 15
Fried Kwai Fa Mien
RM 15

To ensure locals feel right at home, the likes of fried rice with roast pork, pork chop or chicken chop, Hainanese fried noodles, fried Tung Fun with bitter gourd and fried Kwai Fa Mien are popular as well, offering the diners an option of their Oriental favourites. 

Fried Kwai Fa Mien RM 15
My personal favourite, Fried Kwai Fa Mien priced RM15 per plate, is a good mix of textures in a plate from the tender spring of the Yee mee, to the juicy pork slices and prawn, chewy shitake mushroom, shredded onions and carrots together with the crunchy bean sprout. 

Fried Kwai Fa Mien RM 15
The Yee mee was well-fried and nicely coated with the generous amount of the fine strips of egg or "Kwai Fai" that made this another comfort food candidate indeed. I can feel the different textures in each bite with the host of so many ingredients that goes into the cooking of this dish. It's fragrant and yummy ... the Fried Kwai Fa Mien indeed is a joy to eat!

Wayne's Signature Coffee RM 11
Wayne's Signature Coffee
RM 11

Wayne's Signature Coffee RM 11
We complete our meals with house brewed coffee of Wayne's signature coffee made from Italy's finest coffee with Lavazza. My hubby, Uncle Hong had his usual favourite Affogato while I choose to have some Nestle La Cremeria ice cream to end our awesome dining at Wayne's Cafe.

Affogato RM 9
Affogato
RM 9

LA CREMERIA® Almond Pecan Passion RM 5
LA CREMERIA® Almond Pecan Passion
RM 5

A decadent mix of pecan flavoured ice cream and crunchy roasted almond drizzled with rich chocolate sauce.

Wayne's Cafe ~ Wholesome & Simple Family Style Cafe At Sri Petaling Kuala Lumpur
Wayne's Cafe ~ Wholesome & Simple Family Style Cafe At Sri Petaling Kuala Lumpur

WAYNE'S CAFE
No: 10 Jalan Radin Bagus 6
Sri Petaling
57000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 9055 3362
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant Signature Dim Sum At Putrajaya Marriott Hotel IOI Resort City Sepang Selangor

Summer Palace
Putrajaya Marriott Hotel 
Serving Up A Pretty Treat
Dim sum lovers, take note. Summer Palace Restaurant at Marriott Putrajaya Hotel in IOI Resort City Sepang has introduced new dim sum varieties and freshly baked mooncakes to the menu for this Mid-Autumn festive season recently.

At a recent food tasting event for the media, we sampled three dim sum specially created and prepared by their Dim Sum Chef Chan Wooi Leong. At first glance, we knew this was not going to be the usual spread of tasty morsels. We were served three exquisite and dainty dim sum ~ Steamed Shrimp Dumpling with Dried Scallop, Steamed Crystal Dumpling with Black Caviar and Steamed Lotus Bun Black & White Porcupine.    

 Dim Sum Chef Chan Wooi Leong

Summer Palace's Dim Sum Chef Chan Wooi Leong makes no compromise with his offering of the three new signature dim sum.  As the saying goes, first impressions count and Chef Chan's deftness in artfully creating delicious dim sum to appeal to the sense makes it an attractive option for lunch. He went way out of the ordinary, turning conventional dim sum and buns into tasty works of art.

Steamed Shrimp Dumpling with Dried Scallop  

The Summer Palace Steamed Shrimp Dumpling with Dried Scallop was the first to catch my eye.  At first glance, it looked so surreal like a piece of handcrafted white and green jade sculpture. Chef Chan put in so much attention into prettying up the little morsels of goodness that makes it too good to be eaten in one bite.

Feast for the eyes before you savour it these plump-looking shrimps dumpling is delicately wrapped with its translucent skin bursting with the natural green colouring made from Chinese spinach - Po Choy.

The seafood dumplings sat on a slice of zucchini, topped with fresh orange Tobiko for the extra flavour. If the dim sum served that day were vying for "the prettiest dim sum" title, the prize would have gone to the pretty treat of the Shrimp Dumpling with Dried Scallop! 

Steamed Crystal Dumpling with Black Caviar

Next, the premium Steamed Crystal Dumpling with Black Caviar was another charming treat. The succulent prawn dumpling is a pretty presentation as each dim sum is cleverly fashioned and luxuriously paired with black caviar that tangoed well together. 


I loved the bouncy texture of the plump and juicy prawn wrapped perfectly in the translucent "Har Gow" skin infused with purplish-pink natural food colour coming from the beetroot. Taking into account the decor and ambience, it became evident that the presentation is as important as taste. 

Steamed Lotus Bun 
Black & White Porcupine 

A dim sum meal would not be complete without a bun. While the rest of the dim sum hold their own, tastewise, the cute little dim sum that caught my attention is the Black & White Porcupine  ~ Steamed Lotus Bun. 

The Steamed Lotus Bun, fashioned to look like a porcupine, is a soft and fluffy bun treats filled with smooth lotus paste. Bamboo charcoal adds the natural black colouring to the lotus bun for the spiky back of the porcupine bun. I was told that it took the chefs approximately 10 minutes to make this spiky cute bun. There you are, this very cute Porcupine Lotus Bun, little black and white coloured bun that gets children or even adults excited to have their meal.

 Baked Mooncake with Lotus Paste & Single Egg Yolk

Crystal Green Tea with Single Egg Yolk 

After indulging in that nonetheless appetising dim sum dishes, the freshly baked mooncakes was a welcome sight to end our satisfying and memorable dining at Summer Palace in Marriott Putrajaya.

Read My Post on Mooncake Tasting: Summer Palace Mooncakes 2016  

The new signature menu showcases Chef Chan's creative take on tradition and innovative pork-free dim sum. Adding novels ideas to dim sum can create a lasting impression and doing it the right way, will definitely keep diners pleased. All three new dim sum made quite an impression as it got my taste buds wonderfully happy. Meanwhile, I shall be looking forward to more tasting session at Summer Palace in near future!  


PUTRAJAYA MARRIOTT HOTEL
Summer Palace Restaurant 
IOI Resort City 
62502 Sepang Utara
Selangor
Tel: 03 - 8948 8888 Ext 1332/1333
FaceBook: MarriottPutrajaya
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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Summer Palace At Marriott Putrajaya Mooncakes For Mid-Autumn Festival 2016

An Autumn Indulgence
With
Summer Palace Restaurant
Marriott Putrajaya
Summer Palace At Marriott Putrajaya Mooncakes For Mid-Autumn Festival 2016
Celebrate this Mid-Autumn Festival with Summer Palace at Marriott Putrajaya as these special moments of traditions are enhanced with an array of authentic mooncakes delights specially prepared from its kitchen. 

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese Festivals for lunar worship and moon watching and mooncakes regarded an indispensable delicacy. It's the perfect occasion to strengthen the bonds of kinship; family and friends by getting together for a harmonious reunion.

Selection Of Exquisite Flavours

This year, Summer Palace Of Marriott Putrajaya celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with five mooncake flavours for a dose of indulgence. Over the years, mooncakes have evolved in terms of flavours and tastes where the variety flavours of mooncake and shapes have become more prominent, with exciting flavours such as green tea and durian both proving to be a popular choice.

Dim Sum & Mooncake Chef Chan Wooi Leong Summer Palace
Dim Sum & Mooncake Chef Chan Wooi Leong

The mooncakes creations are masterfully crafted and meticulously baked by mooncake and dim sum specialist Summer Palace's Chef Chan Wooi Leong. Ipoh-born Chef Chan had his basics in mooncake making with guidance from his beloved mother who was known for making delicious mooncakes. What's not perfect by learning the traditional way of making making from a mother's touch. 

Armed with 15 years of culinary experience in making traditional mooncakes and signature dim sum, Chef Chan passionately focuses on using only the best ingredients such as their premium lotus seeds, employ master skills to bake mooncake skins at a precise temperature for beautifully baked mooncakes. Apart from that, its pork-free with no added preservatives and artificial colouring/flavourings were used while the quality is not compromised to meet customers expectations.   

Summer Palace's VIP Corporate Gift Box of 4
Succumb to temptations and indulge in Chef Chan's collection of five tantalising mooncakes, all presented in beautifully crafted black gold and red theme premium gift boxes. Summer Palace's VIP Corporate Gift Box of 4 available at RM 128nett (inclusive of an attractive Chinese Tea Set) makes for a stunning and elegant gift for business associates, clients or other corporate partners.

Customers can also grab a good selection of 4 mooncakes that comes in their Regular Gift Box Of 4 at RM 92nett and Individual mooncakes are available at RM23nett each (without gift box).

Featuring a mixture of five Summer Palace mooncakes offering both traditional and new flavours, including Crystal Durian Paste with Single Yolk, Crystal Green Tea with Single Yolk, Baked Mooncake with Lotus Paste & Single Yolk, Baked Mooncake with Red Bean Paste & Single Yolk and last but not least, the special Shanghai Mooncake with Single Yolk & Duo Paste of Jade Pandan & Supreme White Lotus.

Crystal Green Tea with Single Yolk

Crystal Green Tea with Single Yolk
Crystal Green Tea with Single Yolk

Crystal Green Tea with Single Yolk
Appealing to the health-conscious, Crystal Green Tea with Single Yolk is the right choice for those looking for a healthier option. Made with pure green tea powder added into the white lotus paste, the aromatic green tea mooncake is wrapped in luscious green tea snow skin. Green tea lovers will surely be delighted with this pure Matcha mooncake.

Baked Mooncake with Lotus Paste & Single Yolk
    Baked Mooncake with Lotus Paste & Single Yolk

Baked Mooncake with Lotus Paste & Single Yolk
Baked Mooncake with Lotus Paste & Single Yolk
For the classic and traditional mooncake, try Baked Mooncake with Lotus Paste & Single Yolk. It is made with  high-quality lotus seed. The salted aromatic egg yolk fused splendidly with a classic sweet pure lotus seed paste makes this smooth and soft mooncake taste even superior.

Shanghai Mooncake with Single Yolk & Duo Paste of Jade Pandan & Supreme White Lotus
Shanghai Mooncake with Single Yolk & Duo Paste of Jade Pandan & Supreme White Lotus

Shanghai Mooncake with Single Yolk & Duo Paste of Jade Pandan & Supreme White Lotus
Shanghai Mooncakes are special as such for their buttery and crisp pastry with sweet lotus filling. I love Shanghai mooncake especially for its crumbly melt-the-mouth texture pastry skin, with the soft and sweet lotus paste filling and enhance the savoury taste from the salted egg yolk.    

Shanghai Mooncake with Single Yolk & Duo Paste of Jade Pandan & Supreme White Lotus
Chef Chan's creative fusion of the Shanghai Mooncake with Single Yolk & Duo Paste of Jade Pandan & Supreme White Lotus will definitely titillate your palate.The White Lotus and Jade Pandan paired up wonderfully together with  the salted egg yolk, giving you a joint of different flavours in one bite. The pastry skin is not too thick and crumbles easily when you sink your teeth into it. Thumbs up to that! 

Mooncake Tutorial With Chef Chan
Mooncake Tutorial With Chef Chan

Lucky me on that day, I was offered an exclusive One-To-One Mooncake-Making Session with Chef Chan Wooi Leong  during the media review at Summer Palace Restaurant. Chef Chan shows us the step-by-step method of making Crystal Green Tea with Single Yolk.  

Pretty Excited At Mooncake Tutorial Session
Pretty Excited At Mooncake Tutorial Session

Chef Chan prepared the three main ingredients to make a snow skin green tea mooncake. I started off with getting the right portion in weight for the green tea snow skin paste at approximately 110 grams, followed by the green tea lotus paste at 60 grams only. Kneading and shaping the mooncake skin takes place, steady and easy under the watchful eye of the chef. 
   
Next, make a hole in the lotus paste to fit a single egg yolk and roll and shape carefully with our palm into a ball shape. With the filling in place, Chef Chan guided me to wrap the snow skin firmly around the lotus filling.

Awesome Experience At Mooncake Making Session
Awesome Experience At Mooncake Making Session 

Finally, sprinkle some flour into the mooncake mould and place the mooncake into the wooden mooncake mould. Lightly press the mooncake, then remove it from the mould by hitting it firmly on the table. Voila, here you are my personalised handmade mooncake by Auntie Lilly!  



PUTRAJAYA MARRIOTT HOTEL
Summer Palace Restaurant 
IOI Resort City 
62502 Sepang Utara
Selangor
Tel: 03 - 8948 8888 Ext 1332/1333


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