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Affordable and Cost-Effective Digital, Content, Social Media and Influencer Marketing Packages for Brands/ Businesses to Weather the Covid-19 Pandemic

[Marketing]

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Let’s face the truth, life is not going to revert back to normal (pre-Covid-19) for quite some time, if not at all. Businesses and brands, must therefore look to adapt to the “new norm” and modify their business model, as well as sales/ marketing strategies. Sadly, the overall market is shrinking due to the effects of the pandemic, while the number of businesses remains the same, which means that the competition for market share is going to be even more intense than before.

Data out of China showed that:

“…more than 429,000 business have dissolved or suspended operations for the year so far…”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/02/for-some-chinese-businesses-no-going-back-to-pre-coronavirus-ways.html

 

While in neighbouring Singapore:

“In just the first three months of this year, 239 companies went into liquidation, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (Acra) data showed. This is compared with 287 for the whole of last year – already a record high since 2005.”

“Another 19,000 businesses and companies ceased operations between January and last month, data from BizInsights.net, an authorised information service provider of Acra, showed.”

https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/pandemic-deals-fatal-blow-to-struggling-businesses

 

Yes the outlook is grim, however, there is always opportunity for savvy brands/ businesses. We assist brands to communicate the value of their products/ services (we don’t advocate brands using the price strategy as there are no winners in a price war) to consumers through engaging and cost-effective marketing.

In light of the novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Movement Control Order (MCO), we are assisting brand owners with even more affordable and cost-effective packages for businesses to generate much needed revenue through this very turbulent period.

During this MCO period, we’re happy to offer a 30% discount off all packages.

Also, after the movement control order is lifted, businesses will need to reach out to consumers with a share of voice to regain their share of market. We’re offering a 20% discount off all packages for all bookings before 31 May 2020 to assist in the recovery phase.

Can you generate sales during this MCO period? Yes absolutely if you have online retail presence!

https://insideretail.asia/2020/03/30/south-korean-retail-sales-surge-as-people-stay-home/

https://insideretail.asia/2020/03/24/tidal-change-ahead-in-chinese-consumer-trends/

“The research shows that most consumers across Asia-Pacific are active online while they have extra time on their hands, suggesting that brands can use live stream, online, and interactive ways to engage with their customers at home.”

Get your products/ services listed on online marketplaces/ your own platform now to avoid this situation – https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/03/28/retailers-upset-govt-not-addressing-business-employment-situation

 

MHB Digital believes that digital publicity should be engaging while being affordable and cost-effective. We believe in conveying the value of our clients’ product/ services through ethical, high-quality, and trustworthy content in a lifestyle and non-hard sell manner that will stand out from all the junk, tabloid clutter and fake news, capturing the attention of consumers as well as providing positive brand awareness.

 

“Writing, reviewing food, drinks, lifestyle and culinary fashion trends is in Tim’s blood.  He loves it, he lives through it.  He understands his subject matter, and is able to relate.  Tim is a fair reviewer and is always willing to support and cooperate. He manages a group of influencers who, together with him, gives their views to their followers on social media, their fair share of hunger for places to visit to enjoy a great meal, equally great drinks or a great product to purchase!”
Christian Nannucci – General Manager, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

 

“Highly conscious of the digital shift in consumer behaviour, Tim is knowledgeable in how he pens his reviews and strategizes his content to achieve high SEO rankings. This is definitely an important value add for us as service providers because Tim’s reviews attract just the right audience to his page, which ultimately benefit us in many ways possible.”
Lai Yen Yee – Director of Marketing & Communications, Westin Kuala Lumpur

 

“It was great partnership with Tim Chew and MHB Digital for our recent events. Their services provide us great exposures by the well-known KOLs for better brand awareness to the public. MHB Digital carefully selects the suitable KOLs to work with our brand which is great. We look forward to working with Tim and MHB Digital again in the new future.”
Nicholle Liew – Marketing Manager of Canmake Malaysia

 

If your brand needs publicity on digital platforms to expand your customer base, raise brand awareness, or increase turnover and revenue, then we may have solutions for you. Below are some of the top global brands that we’ve worked with:

 

 

We provide quality, credible and engaging digital media publicity!

 

We also have strategic media partnerships with many top brands such as SK-II, Estee Lauder, Shiseido, L’Occitane, Xiaomi, Calvin Klein fragrances (Luxasia), Kerastase, Ice Watch, Storm London, and more! On a local level, we work with prominent brands like Celcom, Hong Leong Bank, Poh Kong, 1 Utama, Atria Shopping Centre, EcoWorld, Encorp, De Jouer, Beaute Library, Nomi Tomo, Shawn Cutler and more!

We provide cost-effective digital advertising/ publicity packages to suit various brands and budgets, from independent businesses to SMEs, as well as MNCs and global brands.

Here are some of our recent collaborations:

 

Suncut by Kose Cosmeport x MHB Digital Pool Party at SkyBar Kuala Lumpur
Hong Leong Bank’s Bubble Tea Frenzy
Leica Cameras x Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Canmake Tokyo
MHB x Tangerine Dinner Supported by SK-II, Shiseido and L’Occitane
Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry
Poh Kong and Xiaomi

 

We leverage on the strengths of the three (3) popular social media/ digital platforms (Instagram, Facebook and blogs) in Malaysia, to provide an all-round credible and attractive publicity for brands!

 

Instagram – for immediate and widespread publicity to consumers (we have a special technique that ensures that we promote your product/ service and you’re not paying for the influencers to promote themselves).

 

Facebook – boosting through MHB Digital’s social media pages with specific targeting to your potential consumers demographic to reach real followers and their friends (not foreign workers or ghost/ fake accounts)

 

Trustworthy Websites/ Blogs – a very cost-effect alternative content marketing solution (instead of you having to spend a fortune every month buying words on Google Search) which also serves to provide credibility, confidence, and more info to consumers who are already interested to purchase your product/ service but need the extra assurance of value before they make the purchase.

What about Tik Tok? Tik Tok can be effective for certain products/ services, while being totally ineffective for others. Therefore, we will need to first determine the suitability of your product/ service before utilising this platform.

Here are the marketing packages that we are offering for 2020:

Independent Business Owners Package

Ideal for independent entrepreneurs and small businesses who need to have the basic Share of Voice.

 

Independent Restaurant/ F&B Outlet Package

Similar to the package above however this package includes Andy Kho’s food photography (10x professional food shots + event photography).

 

Silver Package

Ideal for SMEs looking to expand their market share or reach their target market through cost-effective advertising.

 

Gold Package

Ideal for larger brands looking to expand their market share or reach their target market through cost-effective advertising.

 

Platinum Package

Ideal for global brands who are looking to advertise utilising digital platforms and key opinion leaders for a less hardsell approach. Apart from events, this package is also ideal for campaigns or for established FMCG brands which are already recognized in the market to increase top of mind brand recall.

 

Credibility/ Branding Package on http://timchew.net

Ideal for brands who wish to highlight their products/ services on a premier website which features news by luxury global brands like Dior, Hermes, Burberry, Versace, Jaeger LeCoultre, Omega, Hublot, Longines, Montblanc, etc. etc.

 

Videography – Add on an event videography package by a professional studio to any of the packages above

 

Social Media Account (Facebook/ Instagram) Management

Having a proper social media presence is key to driving sales and providing consumers with added confidence, as well as a channel to connect with your brand. Absolutely paramount especially to consumers aged below 40 years who are digital natives or early adopters.

MHB Digital currently manages the social media accounts for a sky dining restaurant/ bar near KLCC, a top Italian restaurant in downtown KL, an established restaurant in TTDI, Ryan ADDA eyewear, and premier Malaysian hair salon Shawn Cutler.

 

 

Digital Marketing Consultation/ Strategy

Don’t know how to effectively utilise the digital platforms? Feel that your previous engagements were like throwing money to the wind? We feel your pain! Why not let us come up with a digital strategy specially tailored to the unique requirements of your brand/ product.

 

We can also tailor a plan exclusively to suit your campaign/ event and budget utilising the digital platforms that are most suitable for your requirements.

 

View our list of brands we’ve worked with, as well as clients’ testimonials here – http://mhbdigital.com

 

Drop us an email at mhb@mhbdigital.com or fill up the contact form below for the pricing details for the packages listed above!

 

 

 

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Affordable and Cost-Effective Professional (Food Delivery Platform) Photography for Restaurants/ F&B Establishments

Affordable and Cost-Effective Professional (Food Delivery Platform) Photography for Restaurants/ Food & Beverage Establishments

[Marketing]

Updated on 15 May 2020

The fallout of Covid-19 looks to be very long-lasting and severe, impacting all aspects of our lives and disrupting many businesses across almost all industries.

As we provide our marketing services to many food and beverage (F&B) clients, the feedback across the board is that revenues have been greatly impacted, some up to 80 to 90%. Some restaurants have turned to a food delivery model to survive during the MCO period.

We did a survey of the popular food delivery apps like Grab Food, Food Panda, DeliverEat, etc. etc. and have noticed that most independent restaurants do not have photos of their dishes (some have very basic/ ugly photos which were quite obviously shot with a smartphone). The big chain restaurants however, realise the importance of having quality photos and have the photos of their products on the platforms.

This is because consumers have more confidence to try your products if they can see what they are getting. As competition among restaurants is high in the food apps, the restaurants that appear to provide more value for money will undoubtedly have the upper hand (assuming the reviews are the same or better and not worse than other restaurants of same tier).

Thus good quality photos of the products are necessary especially to convince first time customers.

Even after the MCO is lifted (currently scheduled to end on 28 April 2020), the authorities might not allow dining in restaurants for some time, and even if it is allowed, it might take a while for consumers to have the confidence to start dining in at restaurants again. (Updated 15 May 2020 – We’ve surveyed a couple of malls in the Klang Valley as well as taken into account feedback from our numerous restaurant owners stating that diners are still very hesitant to dine in restaurants)

Therefore, we have decided to assist with some very affordable and cost-effective professional (food delivery platform) photography packages by renowned photographer Andy Kho specifically to assist F&B owners through this very turbulent period.

Additionally, these photos can also be used for social media marketing purposes which is crucial to attract diners to patronise or order from your establishment.

 

 

 

These packages are available from now until 15 June 2020 after which the pricing will revert to normal.

View Andy’s F&B portfolio at https://andykho.com/food-beverage/

timchew.net (http://timchew.net) and MHB Digital (http://mhbdigital.com) can also assist with digital, content, social media and influencer marketing during this period, as well as assist you to recover market share after the MCO ends.

We’re here to help! #kitabantukita

Claude Bernard x MHB Digital Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

[Timepieces]

 

MHB Digital recently had an exclusive afternoon tea together with Claude Bernard timepieces at the Lobby Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur.

Claude Bernard is an innovative watch manufacturer located in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland, which produces Swiss made classic timepieces with an eminent watchmaking heritage of over 40 years since 1973. Claude Bernard timepieces are an affordable luxury item designed for the discerning customer with an eye for high craftsmanship quality and elegance that only a hand-assembled Swiss made timepiece can offer.

Today, the brand is available in over 60 countries, and the professional watchmakers working for Claude Bernard, the Swiss watch factory in “Les Genevez – Le centre du Jura”, hand-assemble every single Claude Bernard timepiece, honouring a centuries-old tradition. No watch leaves the workshops without a thorough inspection and rigorous testing in the company’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Claude Bernard timepieces are available in Malaysia at Parkson KLCC 1st Floor, Kuala Lumpur, SOGO 3rd Floor, Kuala Lumpur, Parkson Sunway Velocity Ground Floor, Kuala Lumpur and for more info or the full list of retailers, head over to http://www.claudebernard.ch/

 

 

 

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Hong Leong Bank’s Bubble Tea Frenzy in Conjunction with HLB Digital Day 2019

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We recently headed over to the “bubble tea street” in SS15, Subang Jaya on 21 July 2019 for Hong Leong Bank’s Bubble Tea Frenzy which was held in celebration of going cashless in conjunction with the bank’s Digital Day 2019 “Bye-Bye Cash, No Cash, No Problem” campaign (you read about HLB’s Digital Day campaign here – https://timchew.net/2019/07/04/hong-leong-banks-digital-day-2019/).

Customers who either applied for a HLB Credit Card, registered for Hong Leong Connect (banking mobile app) or linked their HLB Debit Card/-i to WeChat Pay Wallet and followed HLB’s WeChat Official Account on Sunday, 21 July 2019 at HLB’s Bubble Tea Frenzy at SS15/4 Subang Jaya, received a RM10 bubble tea voucher bubble tea from Daboba, The Alley or PIN Tea courtesy of HLB.

The icing on the cake for this crazy promotion was that three lucky customers won themselves 365 Days of Bubble Tea when they applied for a HLB Credit Card, registered for Hong Leong Connect (banking mobile app) or linked their HLB Debit Card/-i to WeChat Pay Wallet during the event!

 

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就是个奶茶控😋😋😋 Had lots of fun and bubble tea with my girl squad from @myhottestbloggers at Hong Leong Bank’s Bubble Tea Frenzy at SS15, Subang Jaya which was part of the bank’s Digital Day 2019 campaign. The campaign helped consumers better understand how easy and rewarding going cashless can be when done right with a trusted banking partner like Hong Leong Bank. Hong Leong Bank’s value-added cashless experience places the emphasis on convenience, peace of mind and the ability for consumers to monitor where and what they spend on. As part of the campaign, the bank also rewarded 25,000 of its customers with cash back, every hour of every day for seven days. #HLBBUBBLETEAFRENZY #HLBDIGITALDAY #MHBXHLB #HONGLEONGBANK

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Apart from the free bubble tea vouchers, consumers were also entertained with a “flash mob” dance performance

 

The participating outlets for the street party this year were Subang Jaya’s iconic SS15 outlets Daboba, The Alley, and Pin Tea. Also, on hand for redemption of other prizes was Malaysian chain Tealive and other participating partners. These brands are among the most loved and certainly among the most mentioned brands in must-drink-bubble-tea-experiences lists – making long wait times there quite common especially on weekends.

The Bubble Tea Frenzy and HLB’s campaign was centered on helping consumers better understand how easy and rewarding going cashless can be when done right.

Emphasising convenience, engagement, and the benefit of a trusted partner like Hong Leong Bank, the Bubble Tea Frenzy is one of several activities that mark this year’s Digital Day campaign for the Bank.

 

 

According to Zalman Zainal, Chief Marketing Officer of HLB, “Malaysians love their bubble tea! Understanding this, and as part of our focus on delighting our customers while making it convenient and rewarding for them to go cashless, the Bank is offering 3 lucky customers a chance to win 365 Days of Bubble Tea when they apply for a HLB Credit Card, register for Hong Leong Connect (banking mobile app) or link their HLB Debit Card/-i to WeChat Pay Wallet at the Bubble Tea Frenzy on 21st July 2019 – it is that simple! So, go ahead – go digital, cashless and get a sweet surprise!”

HLB’s annual Digital Day falls on 7 July each year, and this year’s focus is to assist consumers and businesses accelerate their adoption of easy, secure, rewarding digital platforms. The Bank’s unrelenting focus on driving the country’s cashless movement forward is fueled by its desire to provide convenience as a core value within HLB’s entire suite of digital-led cashless ecosystem solutions for consumers and businesses.

For more information, head over to http://www.hlb.com.my/

 

Thanks for having us!

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MHB Digital and The Macallan at Burnin’ Pit’s 1st Anniversary Party

[Event]

 

We recently headed over to Burnin’ Pit in Desa Sri Hartamas for their first year anniversary on 5 July 2019. The Burnin’ Pit is the first of its kind in Malaysia and is a pork-free (the outlet does serves alcohol though) restaurant and bar which features low and slow cooked meats lovingly cooked for up to 12 hours.

Popular dishes include their tender slow-cooked Wagyu or Aussie beef brisket, beef ribs, and pulled lamb among other American favourites, as well as a local twist on “Jerk Chicken” with their version of Percik Chicken!

The casual dining establishment spans two floors of a corner lot in bustling Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, with a balcony on the first floor that’s great for watching the world go by. The ground floor is the low table dining area where you have a view of the chefs in action, while the first floor is the bar area with high-tables which is more conducive for socialising with your friends over some drinks. There is also a live band performance on certain evenings.

 

The ground floor features an open design with lots of glass and an environment that is both welcoming and comfortable

Congratulations to the Burnin’ Pit! Here’s to many more anniversaries to come!
The live band kept us entertained with some classic and current pop numbers
We had a great catch-up over some Macallan single malt Scotch whisky and delicious smoked meats.
Good friends, great conversations, premium Scotch whisky, delicious smoked meats, and a nice ambiance – now that’s a wonderful evening indeed!

 

The delicious and tender smoked meats went exceptionally well with The Macallan single malt whisky which are made with exceptional oak casks that are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colours and distinctive aromas and flavours of The Macallan.

The Macallan was founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, and was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed, and today is one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies.  The Macallan draws on influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, and of their respective natural raw materials, combined with traditional Scottish methods and craftsmanship.

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Nick Savage, Master Distiller of The Macallan (which you can read here – https://timchew.net/2017/11/28/an-evening-with-nick-savage-master-distiller-of-the-macallan/) who explained that the process of creating Macallan whiskies was like creating a supercar, using only premium raw ingredients, combined with intricate skills and techniques, even sourcing quality sherry and oak casks to age the whiskies in, all to create the “Ferrari of Whiskies”. So the next time you enjoy a bottle of Macallan, remember that what you’re savouring is the culmination of superior quality and tremendous skills and experience.

For more info on The Macallan, head over to http://www.themacallan.com/

 

 

The Burnin’ Pit is located at:

24, Jalan 24/70A,

Desa Sri Hartamas,

50480 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Telephone: 013-399 3920

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burninpit/

 

Thanks for having us!

 

Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (http://andykho.com) for MHB Digital.

 

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MHB Digital at the Grand Launch of Unknownz Hype Bar, Tropicana Avenue, Petaling Jaya

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MHB Digital recently attended the grand launch of Unknownz Hype Bar on 30 June 2019. The new bar is the latest hidden, stylish and cool sports/ arcade bar located at Tropicana Avenue in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

As it has a “hidden bar” concept, the entrance to the bar is not visible from the outside. To find Unknownz Hype Bar, simply head upstairs to the convenience store (there’s only one on the first floor and it’s decked out mostly in white) on the first floor, walk in then open the left most (innermost from the entrance) fridge door which will reveal a hidden passageway to the bar!

Inside you can challenge your friends to a game of electronic beer pong, or team up and play the various arcade games, while enjoying some ice-cold draught beers like Tiger, Guinness and Heineken, liquor including single malt whisky and a selection of gin, or even champagne for a celebration!

 

The interior of the bar which is a mix of high tables, electronic beer pong, and various arcade game machines
The grand launch kicked off with a lion dance featuring two (2) lions decked out in LED lights which captivated the guests
Guests took the opportunity to take photos with the lions
A guest DJ threw dowm the beats for the night and got everyone into the party mood!
Chill out over some drinks at the bar
The girls decided to try their hands at killing zombies!
As well as a game of Pacman

A game of beer pong is a must!

  

Unknownz Hype Bar is located at:

P-01-20, Tropicana Avenue,

Persiaran Tropicana PJU3 ,

47410 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor, Malaysia.

 

Telephone: 018-292 3388

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unknownzhypebar/

 

Thanks for having us!

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RYAN ADDA New MIDO 2019 Collection Preview at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

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We recently headed over to Altitude at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur for the exclusive high-tea and preview of RYAN ADDA’s new MIDO 2019 collection of frames. RYAN ADDA believes that “Visibility is Life”, and thus created their fashion forward yet relaxed eyewear designs that bridges the gap between young trendsetters and fashionable progressive lens wearers, and for those who want the finesse of designer eyewear but at a more accessible price-point.

The idea behind RYAN ADDA was first conceived when a group of talented young, inspired individuals from across Asia met up for the first time near Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia after months of traveling, research, and discussion.

Together with Ryan and Agnes, they came up with some unique and creative ideas to embrace the ever-changing world in 2016.  RYAN ADDA has quickly grown into a successful international brand, lead by an incredible team with boutiques across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and France.

RYAN is a change-maker with a deep passion in shifting status-quo to enhance efficacy and efficiency in things around him. This passion sparked the development of a stylish and iconic Asian-inspired brand, that provides optometry practices with a choice of stylish and beautifully balanced eyewear. Ryan is also known as the eyewear stylist in South East Asia.

ADDA. The acronym ADDA represents Agnes, Donovan, Darell, and Amanda, who are the fundamental foundation to this brand. Each member’s unique personality has been a source of inspiration for the brand, including the different collections within the range.

Each RYAN ADDA piece has its own unique story, individually designed taking inspiration from the beauty around us, with the wearer and functionality always being top of mind.

 

 

For more info, head over to www.ryanadda.com

 

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MHB Digital’s Chinese New Year Dinner at Zuan Yuan, One World Hotel Petaling Jaya

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We recently visited Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at One World Hotel Petaling Jaya for our Chinese New Year dinner, taking the opportunity to try out the restaurant’s CNY creations by Executive Chef Michael Chew Chee Peng.

Zuan Yuan seats 380 persons, and provides a Cantonese culinary experience in a stylish venue that embodies the concept of vitality and energy, with spacious and pillar-less dining area, sophisticated colour palettes and elements of modern oriental design.

The restaurant also has private dining rooms, with eye-catching backdrop inspired by traditional Chinese mountain paintings, and a brightly coloured and very Instagrammable side wall providing a cheerful ambience for your celebrations. The rooms can be used as one large room or partitioned into two to five rooms, seating up to 100 persons in total.

For this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations, Zuan Yuan is offering five (5) varieties of this popular salad are available for dine-in or take-away from 1 January to 1 March 2019. Priced from RM118.00nett, the premium selection includes Yee Sang with Salmon Skin and Abalone, Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab, Yee Sang with Abalone, Yee Sang with Salmon and Fruits Yee Sang with Chef’s Signature Sauce.

You can also usher in the Year of Swine at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant from 15 January to 3 March 2019 with three (3) set menus with dishes signifying everything auspicious from prosperity, good luck, good fortune, good health and longevity. The menus echo Executive Chef Michael Chew Chee Peng’s two-decade culinary prowess and centred on time-honoured Cantonese cuisine signatures.

Priced at RM1,798.00 nett, RM1,988.00 nett and RM2,288.00 for a table of ten with a complimentary bottle of wine, the Gathered Elegance promotion is available daily for lunch (12.00 noon to 2.30pm) and dinner (6.30pm to 10.30pm).

Among the featured dishes are Braised Pumpkin Soup with Mixed Seafood, Barbecue Roast Duck and Chicken, Steamed Live Dragon Garoupa with Superior Soy Sauce, Wok Fried Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk, Braised Abalone with Seafood, Steamed Rice with Assorted Preserved Meat and “Nian Gao” with Coconut Flakes.

Zuan Yuan remains open on the eve of Lunar New Year and throughout the festive season.

 

日式麻酱烟三文鱼捞生

Yee Sang with Smoked Salmon, Crystal Pear and Japanese Sesame Sauce

瑶柱鲍鱼海味羹
Braised Superior Abalone Soup with Dried Scallop and Dried Seafood

We are really glad that many restaurants including Zuan Yuan have stopped serving sharksfin soup! The seafood soup with abalone here is way tastier anyway with loads of umami flavours!

粤式烧味拼
BBQ Roasted Duck and Chicken “Hong Kong” Style

A well executed traditional dish. We especially enjoyed the duck which didn’t have that pungent duck smell.

金镶海明虾
Wok Fried White Sea Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk

This dish had deliciously creamy salted egg yolk covering the prawns – imparting a rich savoury taste to the prawns. One of the best dishes of the night!

港蒸游水龙虎斑
Steamed Live Dragon Garoupa with Superior Soy Sauce

Chef Michael shared with us that fish dishes must be served with the head and tail to symbolise completeness or wholeness – something that is very important to the more traditionally minded Chinese diners, and especially business owners. The fish though, was fresh and tender and complemented perfectly with soy sauce!

带子卷伴鲜菌彩虹蔬
Stir Fried Lotus Root and Garden Green accompanied with Crispy Scallop Roll

Not your ordinary stir fried vegetables as this fish came with crispy scallops rolls!

红烧鲍鱼金钱袋
Braised Abalone with Money Bag and Flower Mushroom

Abalone makes another appearance with this dish!

银丝椰汁年糕
Steamed Coconut Nian Gao with Shredded Coconut

罗汉果六味糖水
Six Treasures Soup

Ending a luxurious meal on a sweet note!

 

For reservations or enquiries, call 603 7681 1159 or email zuanyuan@oneworldhotel.com.my

For more info, head over to http://www.oneworldhotel.com.my/restaurants/zuan-yuan-chinese-restaurant/

 

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant is located at:

Lobby Level, One World Hotel,

First Avenue, Bandar Utama City Centre,

47800 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor, Malaysia.

 

Operating Hours:

Monday to Friday

  • Lunch: 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm
  • Dinner: 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday:

  • Lunch: 10.00 am to 2.30 pm
  • Dinner: 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

 

Thanks for having us! Happy Chinese New Year to all our Chinese friends!

 

 

NanoMD Bright – Protect, Repair, and Brighten Your Skin

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Most of the talents we work with are constantly pursuing a bright and glowing complexion as appearance is an essential aspect of being an influencer these days. Therefore, we were very excited to have an exclusive afternoon tea with NanoMD® Bright – the world’s latest and most advanced supplement for skin protection, nutrition and brightening.

NanoMD® Bright is a skin whitening tablet developed in Boston, USA by multi-disciplinary team of world-class researchers and developers. Clinical studies on this new discovery were published in 2018 prestigious clinical research journals. The NanoMD® Bright represents the cutting-edge scientific discovery in nutrition and nano technology in a one-tablet-a-day form.

It is the most powerful supplement that is able to add years of healthy, glowing skin, utilizing nano technologies that radically improves its skin brightening potential.

NanoMD® Bright was clinically proven to regenerate and thus maintain levels of collagen, and support the overall condition of blood vessels. Blood vessels remain supple and flexible which allows for nutrients to reach the organs keeping them healthy.

 

 

To enhance the effectiveness of NanoMD Bright, do also ensure that you get a good daily supply of Vitamin C from natural fruits such as grapefruits or even from Vitamin C supplements as the body does not produce or store it.

 

A qualified doctor shared with us regarding the benefits of NanoMD Bright from a clinical perspective
And answered the questions we had regarding the usage, and how to effectively use the product by consuming Vitamin C at the same time
One of the consumers of NanoMD Bright was also there to share her positive experience with the supplement. She saw the results within a month and is very satisfied with the products.
To enhance the effectiveness of NanoMD Bright, you get a good daily supply of Vitamin C from natural fruits or even from Vitamin C supplements

 

The product will be available in Malaysia in 2019. This product is NOT available online. Use of the product is protected by one or more U.S. and other international patents. It is available only through physician offices and a consultation with physician may be necessary to evaluate whether you may benefit from the use of this novel product.

 

NanoMD® Bright is available in Malaysia and Singapore, exclusively at selected prestigious esthetic clinics below:

 

Sliq Clinic – https://sliqclinic.com/ (Malaysia)

The Retreat Clinic – http://theretreatclinic.com/ (Malaysia)

Alainn Clinic – http://alainnclinic.com/ (Malaysia)

SHENS Clinic – http://www.shensclinic.com (Singapore)

TES Clinic  – http://www.tesclinic.com (Singapore)

 

Keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. And hence do consult your doctor.

 

For more info, head over to https://www.mynanomd.com/

 

 

 

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MHB Digital Visits Malaya Optical Optometrist and Designer Eyewear Boutique (2018)

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MHB Digital recently headed over to the Malaya Optical eyewear boutique and optometrist in Damansara Uptown to check out their latest range of eyewear – from designer frames to branded sunglasses, as well as prescription glasses and contact lenses. 

The boutique carries a huge range of eyewear collections such as Swiss flex, Ryan ADDA, Wolfgang Proksch, Mykita, Coppe Sid, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, JF Rey, Calvin Klein, Whiteout & Glare, Blackfin, Less Than Human, Unodstrial, Tag Heuer, Oakley, Rayban, Maui Jim, Markus T, Moschino, Lafont, ByWP, Parasite, Boz, Round Frames, Retro Frames, Anitque Frames, Aha, Benetton, Burberry, Bywp, Coach, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Giogio Armani, GF Ferrer, Haus Marke, John Richmond, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Moschino, Nike, Prada, Paris Hilton, Robert Marc, Romeo Gigly, Rudy Project, Sama, Victor Rolf, Vivien Westwood, Zero Rh, Andy Wolf, Bevel, Blackfin, Boz, Byblos, Coppe + Sid, Derapage, Derek Lam, Dun, Dutz, Eco, Envisu, Face Font, Ferragamo, Frank Kids, Free Form Green, Gotti, Hana, Lotto, Metzler, Modo, IC Berlin, Parasite, Noego, Paul Smith, Perfect Number, Plasta, Ultem, Superdry, Staffan Preutz, Synergi, Spvvyi, Salt, Carbon Fiber, Undostrial and many more.

Malaya Optical only hires qualified optometrists who will examine not only examine, but also advise on the condition of patients’ eyes, and are trained to recognise diseases of the eye, such as glaucoma and cataract, as well as general health conditions such as diabetes.

Optometrists in Malaya Optical especially in they HQ Damansara Uptown are aided by many state of the art instruments such as Slit Lamp with Optical Digital Zoom Camera by Nikon (to examine contact lenses fitting and cataract),  Non Contact Relax Tonometer by Reichert (to examine Inter Ocular Pressure, IOP or Glaucoma),  High Definition Digital Retina Imaging by Canon (to examine Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration  or Retina Atrophy), Zeiss iProfiler Occular Wavefront Aberrometer, Autorefractometer, Atlas Corneal Topographer, and Keratometer (to examine Refractive Errors to 0.125 Diopter and also Corneal Curvature for better fit of soft or RGP contact lenses), Zeiss Relax Vision Terminal (to examine pupillary distance and multi-focal precision fitting height) and more.

Malaya Optical also offers specialized service for children’s power control, lazy eyes, orthokeratology (Ortho-K) and many more. For those who prefer specialty lenses, the eyewear boutique provides transitions and colour tinting as well.

  

Checking out the latest range of designer eyewear with the friendly staff assisting to recommend suitable designs

 

It’s also very important to conduct an eye test periodically
Malaya Optical has the latest instruments for eye checks

The tests will be conducted by qualified optometrists and not your run of the mill optician
Our influencers got a hands on tutorial of how the tests are conducted to give them a better understand. Kai Ling and Simone even got to try out the machines for themselves.

 

Malaya Optical outlets are located at:

 

Damansara Uptown

71, Jalan SS21/37,

Damansara Uptown,

47400 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-7728 0228/03-7710 8550

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm

 

Subang Jaya

B10-G, Jalan SS 15/4D,

47500 Subang Jaya,

Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel +60356313328 / +60126022809

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malayaoptical

Website: http://www.malayaoptical.com

 

Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com) and author’s own

  

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Canmake Tokyo x Torikin x MHB Digital Influencer Dinner

[Beauty x Dining]

 

MHB Digital had an exclusive influencer dinner in partnership with Canmake Tokyo and Torikin at J’s Gate Dining, Lot 10 on 21st November 2018. The dinner was a good opportunity for our influencers to make new friends, and familiarise themselves with the new range of Canmake Tokyo products while enjoying some delicious Japanese fare by Torikin.

Nicholle Liew, Marketing Manager of Teeni Enterprise (the official and sole importer/ distributor of Canmake Tokyo products in Malaysia) shared with us that Canmake Tokyo has been in the market for 33 years and has consistently enjoyed tremendous popularity with its range of petite-price cosmetics that takes the effort out of looking pretty and fashionable.

Canmake has been in Malaysian market for 13 years with Teeni Enterprise and has since expanded and is currently available at over 150 points of sales (both offline and online) which includes Sasa, Aeon Wellness, Guardian, Aeon Departmental Store, Hermo – Online Beauty Shop, Play-Up by Parkson and Ourshop by Airasia. In 2017, Teeni Enterprise opened the first Canmake stand-alone store in Malaysia located in Damen Mall in USJ Subang.

Canmake Tokyo products are designed in petite sizes for convenience to bring around even in the smallest cosmetic pouch, or to easily fit in a handbag. The products are manufactured to the quality, made only with finest ingredients. Although the products are of high quality, Canmake’s products come with affordable price point, and are priced from RM31.90 to RM86.70 in Malaysia.

 

 

Among the products that we got to try were the:

 

Marshmallow Finish Base O (Oil-Block)

  • Creates marshmallow-soft, supremely touchable matte skin without feeling heavy and cakiness.
  • Makes pores less noticeable and smoothing out uneven skin texture.
  • Offers outstanding coverage to conceal skin concerns, despite its lightweight texture.
  • Non-greasy. Formulated to minimize shine, with a high proportion of low-refractive-index ingredients and an enhanced soft-focus effect.

 

Creamy Touch Liner – 1.5mm hyper-slim gel eyeliner

Soft, super-smooth tip

  • Glides easily onto your eyelids! The tip is formulated to be kind to your eyelids.

1.5mm hyper-slim tip

  • With such a slim tip, drawing ultra-fine lines and filling in the gaps between lashes is simplicity itself

Bold, rich colour

  • Provides perfect color with just one application, so there’s no need to go over the line again.
  • Rich color that’s just glossy enough to make your eyes stand out!

Long-lasting gel eyeliner

  • Once dry, the gel eyeliner clings to your lids and won’t smudge a bit!
  • Waterproof formulation, resistant to water, sweat, tears, and sebum.
  • Stands up to rubbing, so your make-up stays looking as fresh as it did when you first applied it.
  • Contains beautifying (moisturizing) ingredients – Squalane, jojoba seed oil, macadamia seed oil, sodium hyaluronate

 

Juicy Lady Liquid Cheek

Juicy color that seems to burst out from within. Fruity natural-looking color creates a lusciously translucent glow.

  • Buildable finish and easy to blend.
  • Formula designed for staying power without stickiness
  • Waterproof formulation resistant to water (cheeks only)

Long-lasting tint formulation. The color progressively develops as time goes by.

  • Non-sticky formula, so it melts into your skin right away.

Two-way formulation that you can use on your lips too!

  • You can use it on both your cheeks and your lips
  • Use on lips for matte lip color

Contains beautifying and moisturizing agents

  • Sodium hyaluronate, honey, rosemary leaf extract, soluble collagen, Rosa multiflora fruit extract, olive fruit oil, squalane, chamomile flower extract, artichoke leaf extract, arnica flower extract, pomegranate flower extract

 

 

Lip Tint Matte

Long-lasting tinted formulation that provides a fadiant matte lip color with a true-colour finish.

True-color matte finish

  • The smooth lip cream spreads easily on lips.
  • Creates rich matte lips with a true-color finish that looks just like the shade in the tube.
  • Firm tip makes the perfect sharp lip line simple!
  • Dries quickly without stickiness straight after application, so you can enjoy beautiful lip make-up without worrying about hair or clothing fibers sticking to your lips.

Minimizes the dryness characteristically caused by typical matte lip colors

  • Contains 10 moisturizing agents to minimize the drying effects.

Choose between full matte and soft matte effects by varying the amount

  • Apply lip cream generously for a full matte intensity or use just a little for a soft matte look!

 

Perfect Stylist Eyes

Get two styles with one pallet only!

Moist powder for a perfect fit.

  • A moist-buttery powder formulation.
  • Fine, smooth particles that cling to your lids without powder fall outs.

Create 2 different make-up looks suited to any occasion!

  • Choose your main color and alternate between the two styles, depending on your mood

Featuring 1 shimmer color

  • Use the shimmer last to add accent to the eye for more dimensional eye makeup

 

Transparent Finish Powder

For translucent makeup with a soft luster like an exquisite pearl, brightens the complexion from within. A face powder ideal for finishing your foundation or touching up your make-up. Combines three shades to give your skin an irrisistable aura.

Smooth finish powder with brightening effect

  • Get soft, luster, and translucent skin with smooth powder like silk and delicate pearl.
  • Hides pores and colour correcting
  • Formulated to prevent shine, dullness, or make-up run due to dryness
  • Contains shine-inhibiting powder. Absorbs sebum to prevent shine, stickiness, and make-up run.

Contains natural mineral ingredients, can wash-off with just face wash

  • Contains natural mineral ingredients that are gentle on your skin.
  • Need not makeup remover to remove product – your usual facial cleanser will be fine!
  • Surfactant-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free

Contains 11 types of beauty ingredient to prevent skin dryness and chapping

Beautifying and moisturizing agents

  • ● aloe vera leaf extract, rosemary extract, chamomile extract, lemon extract, hydrolyzed conchiolin (pearl protein extract)

Skin-toning agents

  • ● horse chestnut extract, perilla leaf extract

Emollient agents – squalane, olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil

  • Comes with a mirror and a puff
  • Contains natural mineral ingredients
  • Beautifying and moisturizing agents
  • No need to use a specialist cleanser

 

Velvety Fit Colours

Combines the advantages of a cream and a powder single-shade shadows for enchanting eyelids

Eyeshadow cream with dewy finish

  • Glides smoothly onto your finger just like a cream eyeshadow should. Just apply it onto your lids gently with your finger and it’ll cling firmly to your eyelids. (Contains Fitting Oil)

Velvety finish, like a powder

  • Despite the dewy texture, it quickly transforms into powder once applied onto eyelids.

It contains spherical powder, creating a lightweight finish that won’t feel  sticky or uncomfortable on your eyelids.

  • Despite the velvety-smooth finish, it clings tightly to your lids without powder fall outs, keeping your eyelids looking beautiful for hours!

Soft color for sophisticated eyelids

  • The gentle finish creates eyelids with a sophisticated sexiness.
  • Despite the soft shading, these colors still make their presence felt, giving your eyes added impact even when used alone.

Enjoy the differences in color intensity and shimmer between each shade

  • Each shade has a different color intensity and level of pearliness, have fun with not only the differences in color, but also your whole make-up look

Contains beautifying/ moisturizing ingredients

  • Squalane, jojoba seed oil, macadamia seed oil, sodium hyaluronate

 

Chef Koichi of Torikin in action at the grill preparing the yakitori

Based in Fukuoka, Torikin at J’s Gate Dining in Lot 10 Shopping Centre Kuala Lumpur has its roots in “Toricho,” a renowned restaurant in Roppongi, Ginza, Tokyo. Torikin inherited the tradition and history of Toricho, as well as its sauce that has been passed down for 60 years. Using only fresh ingredients and an original blended seasoning, Torikin’s yakitori brings out the best taste in its skewers, while keeping them simple.

Tanbakuromame kuriimu chiizu (on the left)

Sweet Black Bean Cream Cheese accompanied with crackers

A little East meets West starter here – with the creamy black bean cream cheese served with crackers! Not your typical Japanese starter but nonetheless delicious!

Yodare Dori (on the bottom)

Boiled Chicken Breast with Spicy Sesame Sauce

Boiled chicken breast is usually quite dry and tasteless however we were immensely surprised by the juicy tenderness of this one which was topped with a spicy sesame sauce!

 

MAIN COURSE

Tori Soboro Don

Minced Chicken on rice

A very filling dish indeed topped with a beautifully cooked egg. Break the yolk into the rich and minced meat and combine for a rich and savoury main dish that’s really filling enough on its own!

 

Yakitori Set – 4 types of assorted yakitori

Four (4) different types of freshly grilled yakitori that really hit the mark! Goes great with some Japanese beer or whisky highball!

 

DESSERT

Matcha Tiramisu

Creamy Greentea Tiramisu

Torikin’s signature and very popular dessert which was a wonderful blend of matcha atop creamy tiramisu! Some of our influencers even had second helpings as it was that delicious!

and

Mitarashi Dango

Grilled Japanese Shiratama served with Sweet sauce and cream

Lovely sweet mochi grilled and served with cream – rich, chewy and sweet at the same time! A truly decadent end to a wonderful Japanese meal!

 

Group pic of us with Nicholle Liew, Marketing Manager of Teeni Malaysia, Koichi-san of Torikin, Yanase-san and Sharyn from J’s Gate Dining

 

For more info, head over to:

Canmake Tokyo: http://www.canmake.com/en/ or https://www.facebook.com/CanmakeMalaysia/ or https://www.instagram.com/canmake_malaysia/

Torikin: https://www.facebook.com/torikin.lot10/

MHB Digital: http://mhbdigital.com

 

Torikin is located at:

J’s Gate Dining

Unit P1-15, Level 4, Lot 10 Shopping Center,

Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Thanks for having us!

Sunday Champagne Brunch at BABE – Japas Fun Dining

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We recently attended the Sunday Brunch on 9 December 2018 which is priced at RM150++ per pax (for the food only) with an option to add-on RM250 for unlimited flow of Perrier Jouet champagne! Guests are free to have a dip in the pool or lounge on the deck chairs which have a lovely panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline.

This special brunch only happens once every quarter so do follow BABE on their Facebook page (link at the bottom of this post) to stay in the know of upcoming events.

 

 

 

Starting off the meal was not your typical “amuse bouche” as this “Down the Rabbit Hole” course came in the form of test tubes containing liquids of various flavours. We were not told what they are so we had it then tried to figure out what it was. Eventually after we finished it the servers revealed it to us and some were very interesting especially the “Hainanese Chicken rice” one.

 

Crab Nori Salad

Alaskan King Crab, Coriander, Lime Leaf Leche De Tigre

Sweet umami goodness of Alaskan King Crab on an edible leaf. This served to pretty much whet the appetite for what’s to come!

Ikura Tartlette

Thin Tart Shell With Fromage Blanc and Marinated Salmon Roe

We really enjoyed this one! Salmon roe on top of white cream cheese in a tart shell – simply bursting with umami flavours from the roe, contrasting against the creaminess of the cheese. A truly excellent appetiser!

“Steak” Sandwich

Braised Beef Tongue, Gherkins, Wagyu Tartare

Beef done two (2) ways atop  what we thought was bread but turned out to be “bread” made from tomatoes which gave a very interesting texture, and tartness to the “sandwich”. The green “leaf” turned out to be cheese! What a surprising not to mention interesting take on a common sandwich!

Nagano Walnut Soba

Cold Buckwheat Noodles with 7-Ingredient Herb, Root and Seed Condiment

We got to “play” with our food here. After all, the place is not called Japas FUN Dining for nothing! First, we crushed the walnuts which were then added to the broth. Next we squeezed the oil into the dried ice which froze it to form tiny little icicles which were then placed on the soba. As it slowly melted, it imparted its flavours to the soba which we then dipped into the broth (containing the walnuts) before eating it! Talk about interactive dining!

We crushed the walnuts first before the broth was added to it
Freezing the oil into tiny icicles!

 

Forest Floor

Braised Daikon, Japanese Mushroom Duxelle, Seaweed Egg Emulsion

We had to remove some actual leaves to reach the “forest floor” where we discovered the “mushroom” which contained the daikon and mushrooms. Loads of earthy flavours in this dish and great for a mushroom lover like me and my partner in crime.

Mains (Choice Of)

Yuan Miso Salmon with Yuzu Cream

Crispy Burdock, Herb Salad and Daun Kaduk Oil

Most of the girls had this one. A perfectly cooked piece of salmon that went exceedingly well with the (slightly) piquant yuzu cream.

Or

(None of us ordered this one hence no pics/ comments)

CO2 Battered Tatsuta Chicken

Tatsuta-age, Truffle and Black Pepper Dressing with Mizuna and Radish

[Upgrade to Krystal Osetra Caviar : 15g for RM175++]

Or

Kagoshima A5 Wagyu Striploin 100g Steak

[Supplemental Charge of RM120)

Those of us who ate beef had this one and it was mind-blowingly awesome! It delicious chunks of Wagyu was served with various condiments like watermelon salt (yes they make it themselves), Japanese black pepper, and more! The flavours of the beef, with it’s super tender texture feels like a party in the mouth. Definitely one of the best wagyu dishes we’ve ever had!

Awesome! Simply awesome! We closed my eyes and savoured every bite of this!

Pina Colada

Caramelized Banana, Vanilla Rum Syrup, Coconut

A nice refreshing and creamy end to a wonderful interactive meal! It was like having the cocktail in solid form, which was rather unusual but undeniably satisfying! The girls attacked this one with gusto!

We also had their famous Babe & Daz which is an “ice cream style” foie gras laced with some Martell cognac and covered with chocolate! I loved this as I love foie gras and this was one of the most unique ways to enjoy the premium ingredient! (FYI this is not part of the champagne brunch set.)

A pic with Chef Jeff Ramsay and Chef Chu of BABE – Japas Fun Dining

 

BABE will also be running a special Festive menu from 21 December 2018 to 65 January 2019 which will feature some of the restaurant’s “Best of 2018” menu put together for this festive period.

 

 

BABE – Japas Fun Dining is located at:

Work @ Clearwater,

11th Floor, Changkat Semantan,

Damansara Heights,

50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone: 03-2095 8599

Website: http://www.babe.com.my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/babegastro/

 

Thanks for having us!

French Vanilla Charlotte with Raspberries Baking Workshop at Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia

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Le Cordon Bleu has produced great talents worldwide throughout the years, and its alumni have been adding more colours and flavours to the F&B scene in Malaysia. Some notable establishments include DC Restaurant by Darren Chin, Mamanda and Suka Sucre by Dato’ Fazley, Kompasssion and K2 by Chef Nikom – all located in Kuala Lumpur, Jam & Kaya by Janice in Petaling Jaya, and gēn by Johnson Wong in Penang.

For beginners, gourmet enthusiasts or those wanting to be the best house party host, there are a wide range of short one day courses held monthly which are is great way to experience first-hand the world of Le Cordon Bleu.

We got to experience the French Vanilla Charlotte with Raspberries Baking Workshop (the November 2019 short course) which was led by Chef Rodolphe Onno who is the Technical Director & Cuisine Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia.

Chef Rodolphe Onno was born in Brittany, France. He first obtained his professional certificates, C.A.P. and B.E.P., from Saint Ivy College in Pontivy, Brittany, France in 1987. He then proceeded to get the Professional Advanced Level in Food and Beverages at Saint Marc College in Trégunc, Brittany, France. Finally, he graduated with a Diploma, E.S.C.F., from FERRANDI School which is affiliated to the Paris Ile-de-France, Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Chef Rodolphe started his professional career as early as 1986 as the Chef de Partie at L’Espérance and at Jacques Le Divellec, a 3-Michelin-starred and 2-Michelin-starred restaurants respectively. Then, he worked his way up as kitchen manager, deputy executive chef, and finally as restaurant manager and executive chef at Val Joly hotel restaurant in Saint Gervais, France. Chef Rodolphe is also a member of the elite Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Kuala Lumpur, an international gastronomic society.

Chef Rodolphe has a great passion for specialties of Brittany, his hometown, especially roasted turbot in hazelnut butter, sea-flavoured vegetables, and for entremets, milk chocolate pistachio. Chef Rodolphe was Cuisine Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit in Bangkok, Thailand, and has now taken over the role of Technical Director at Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia overlooking all aspects of the Cuisine and Pastry Arts programmes.

It doesn’t matter if you have absolutely no baking/ culinary experience as the chef and his assistants will guide you step by step, ensuring that by the end of the class you will have mastered the recipe and produced something lovely to bring home!

The workshop started early on Saturday morning, with a simple briefing to the participants which numbered around 20, on the basic guidelines (practise cleanliness, etc. etc.) followed by the start of the class in the kitchen.

Chef Rodolphe proceeded to give a step by step demonstration, dropping some pearls of culinary wisdom along the way from his many years of experience. The class was rather informal with participants able to ask questions,, and Chef Rodolphe cracking a joke here and there to keep the atmosphere light! 

After Chef Rodolphe demonstrated each step, the participants got to do it by themselves, starting with the base ingredients, flour, butter, cream, sugar, fruits, etc. etc. It was truly quite a learning experience for us (some of our talents have never baked a cake in their lives) as we got to learn some very useful baking techniques, tips and tricks!

After four (4) hours of baking, finally each of our talents put the finishing touches to their cakes, and adjourned to the dining room for a little certificate presentation. Participants also got the opportunity to purchase a cookbook written by the chefs of Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia and got them autographed by the chefs! A truly memorable learning experience and one that we highly recommend to any baking/ culinary enthusiast. 

 

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Apart from the gourmet and short courses/ workshops, Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia also offers the following culinary arts programmes/ courses:

Cuisine

A highly acclaimed range of cuisine courses offer the most comprehensive training in French culinary techniques available today.

Completion of the Basic Cuisine Certificate, Intermediate Cuisine Certificate and Superior Cuisine Certificate results in the award of Diplôme de Cuisine. Students will learn to master the necessary skills to create fine cuisine dishes through a combination of practical sessions, demonstrations and theory lessons, gaining knowledge from the team of classically trained master chefs who have experience working in senior position in the world’s finest kitchens and Michelin star restaurants.

The cuisine master chefs of Le Cordon Bleu lead demonstrations to show students how to produce dishes to the highest professional standard. Students are then tasked with replicating the dish in one of the dedicated cuisine practical kitchens under the guidance of one of Le Cordon Bleu’s Master Chefs to ensure satisfactory progress is made.

Theoretical technical classes explore a specific culinary subject or ingredient and are taught through concise classroom sessions. Each technical class is supplemented by supporting resources to underpin the practical knowledge taught and provide context to the techniques developed and ingredients used.

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

 

Pâtisserie

Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia offers a large range of pâtisserie courses led by the team of classically trained Master Chefs Le Cordon Bleu to help student develop their skills whilst improving their creative flair. The Diplôme de Pâtisserie covers Basic Pâtisserie Certificate, Intermediate Pâtisserie Certificate and Superior Pâtisserie Certificateis (the ultimate pâtisserie and baking qualification) which can be obtained in 9 months or 6 months.

The wide range of exciting gourmet short courses include Pâtisserie techniques, learning macaroons and chocolate demonstrations, all of which provide a truly unique culinary experience suitable for beginners or experienced students.

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

 

Bakery, Danish Pastries & Artisan Breads

The Boulangerie programme is based on understanding, learning and mastering boulangerie techniques. The training mainly comprises practical classes. Theory classes, conferences and boulangerie related visits are also included.

The programme is divided into two levels: Basic and Advanced Bread Baking Certificates. Students have the option to create a comprehensive programme by studying the Diplôme de Pâtisserie alongside the Diplôme de Boulangerie within a 1 year period.

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

 

Hotel, Restaurant & Culinary Management

All of the restaurant management and culinary management courses at Le Cordon Bleu London have been adapted to meet the needs of the ever evolving culinary and hospitality industry. Specialist courses such as the Diploma in Culinary Managementhave been designed to provide aspiring managers and business owners with the relevant skill set to lead successful kitchens and food businesses.

The focus of this innovative programme is to provide practical and technically advanced culinary skills, alongside entrepreneurship and management studies.

From menu concepts and marketing, professional kitchen management and food and beverage cost control, students will develop their creativity and understanding of modern food trends during their time on this course, whilst working closely with enthusiastic lecturers who have had many years of practical experience themselves.

The Diploma in Culinary Management can also be studied as an integrated programme with one of the culinary arts diploma (Grand Diplôme®, Cuisine or Pâtisserie)

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

 

Grand Diplôme®

Respected across the culinary and hospitality industry as a mark of excellence, Le Cordon Bleu’s Grand Diplôme® is an influential qualification combining classical training in both cuisine and patisserie.

This Diploma is awarded after the successful completion of both the Diplôme de Cuisine and the Diplôme de Pâtisserie.

The programme is an intensive and comprehensive programme in classic French culinary techniques. Throughout the 9 month tuition, students are first taught basic culinary skills before applying them to high-quality produce and specialist ingredients. Supervised by some of the most qualified and classically trained Chefs, students will learn fundamental culinary techniques through a succession of  theoretical and practical training combining Chef demonstrations and practical sessions.

The Grand Diplôme® may also be studied as an integrated diploma with culinary management

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

For more info on the short courses, head over to https://www.cordonbleu.edu/malaysia/gourmet-short-courses/en

 

LE CORDON BLEU MALAYSIA is located at:

Sunway University

No. 5 Jalan Universiti,

Bandar Sunway,

47500 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor Darul Ehsan,

Malaysia.

 

Telephone: +603 5632 1188

Email: malaysia@cordonbleu.edu

Website: https://www.cordonbleu.edu/malaysia/home/en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeCordonBleuMalaysia/

 

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Leica Sofort Afternoon Tea with MHB Digital at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

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We recently headed over to Altitude at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur for the Leica x YL Camera afternoon tea with Banyan Tree KL. Altitude is located on Level 53, and offers a calming environment with a panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline (which includes the Petronas Twin Towers!), that’s a perfect setting for morning coffee, light lunches, afternoon tea, or even to enjoy handpicked wines or craft beers, paired with a casual menu.

We were in luck as the hotel gave us a preview of their Festive Afternoon Tea at Altitude, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, which is available from 1 to 31 December 2018, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm priced at RM98 nett per person which includes premium coffee and tea selections.

The afternoon tea menu at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur includes Christmas Spice Tuiles, Orange Coral Crisp, Christmas Duck Bon-Bon, Truffle Mushroom Macaroon, Smoked Eel with Horseradish Mousse Choc, Foie Gras Grissini, Boston Lobster Panna Cotta with Avruga Caviar, Smoked Christmas Turkey Breast Sandwich. Christmas Egg Nogs, Buche de Noel, Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Jelly, Christmas Mince Pie Macaroon, Vanilla Cup Cake, Assorted Christmas Cookies, Spiced X-Mas Walnuts, Classic Scones, and The Fruity Cranberry Scones.

 

 

The Leica SOFORT is Leica’s first instant camera which was specifically created to help frame those special and magical moments, moments that must be kept forever, although they are gone in a flash. Moments that must be framed and captured to hold in your hand – transformed into lifelong memories that you can relive again and again.

The Leica SOFORT is available in White, Orange, and Mint with the product name SOFORT displayed discreetly on the camera body, giving users an ideal fusion of style and function while capturing spontaneous and magical moments in analogue pictures.

The compact and stylish Leica SOFORT is at home whether on an outdoor adventure or at a tea party. With it, you can let your creativity flow and dive into the atmosphere and when you encounter a special moment, simply frame it, and capture it – quickly, intuitively and creatively! The simple operation and variety of manual settings of the Leica SOFORT gives the freedom of convenience or for you take control of the  focusing distance, flash and exposure compensation.

The Leica SOFORT has a programme suitable for every occasion. Just pick the one you need, concentrate on your subject and let the Leica SOFORT do the rest.

The various modes available on the SOFORT include:

  • Macro
  • Bulb
  • Automatic
  • Self timer
  • Party and People
  • Sport and Action
  • Double Exposure
  • Selfie

 

 

The Leica Sofort is available for purchase on the YL Camera website (https://www.ylcamera.com.my/) or at their retail outlets at PJ33 and Pudu Plaza. YL Camera started their operation in 1999, at Pudu Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, founded by photography enthusiast Desmond Liew, to cater the needs for amateurs and professional photographers, repair and service, buy and trade in used cameras and lenses. Since then, YL Camera has grown into a well-known name in the local photography community, expanding from a small kiosk to two large branches in Pudu Plaza, Kuala Lumpur and Jaya 33, Petaling Jaya. Today, YL Camera sells a large selection of cameras, lenses, photo and video equipment, and mobile gadgets, and are a firm favourite among many local professional photographers.

YL Camera carries stock of the equipment and accessories listed on their website ensuring that they can deliver the items to customers within two (2) business days or faster, as compared to one to two weeks by other retailers. For niche products, they even offer pre-order service, and they even offer free shipping for purchase above RM50 to all over Malaysia, while international shipment service is also available.

YL Camera has its own in-house repair and service center with specialists with years of experience to repair and service camera equipment, and they are committed to always providing customers with fair and competitive pricing.

 

For more info, head over to the following sites:

YL Camera: https://www.ylcamera.com.my/

Leica: http://en.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-SOFORT/Leica-SOFORT

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur: https://www.banyantree.com/en/malaysia/kuala-lumpur

MHB Digital: http://www.mhbdigital.com

 

You have a view of both the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers from Altitude!

 

Altitude is located at:

Level 53, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur,
2 Jalan Conlay,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone: +603 2113 1823

Email: Altitude-KL@banyantree.com

Operating hours: All Day 11:00 – 23:00 with Afternoon Tea from 14:30 to 16:30

 

YL Camera Outlets are located at:

YL CAMERA SERVICES SDN BHD (810934-V)
Lot UD8H-8L, Upper Ground Floor Pudu Plaza
Jalan Landak off Jalan Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 2110 2261/+6016 218 7810

The Accessories-Pro Shop
Upper Ground Floor Pudu Plaza
Jalan Landak off Jalan Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +6012 638 2261

Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:30am – 9pm); Sunday & Public Holiday (10:30am – 8pm)

 

PJ BRANCH – JAYA 33

Lot PG-23 Ground Floor, Jaya 33 Section 13
Jalan Semangat,
46100 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor

Tel No: +603 7958 6163

Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:30am -9pm); Sunday & Public Holiday (10:30am – 8pm)

 

 

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October/ November 2018 Dining Offers at J’s Gate Dining, Lot 10 Kuala Lumpur

[In Partnership with J’s Gate Dining at Lot 10 Kuala Lumpur]

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We recently headed over to J’s Gate Dining at Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur to try their October & November 2018 RM18 Specials at Ichiyutei, Kaisen Don Kinme, Shinanoji, Fuji Sakura, Bonta Bonta and TSUJIRI. This promotion from 20 October until 25 November 2018 and all the aforementioned participating outlets are pork free (no pork and no lard).

J’s Gate Dining which is located on Level 4 of Lot 10 Shopping Centre (the top shopping floor), brought together 16 specialty restaurants from Japan, taking up the entire floor! The dining hall provides authentic Japanese cuisine and level of service, centered on superior quality ingredients, Japanese hospitality, and a lively atmosphere,  employing bona fide Japanese design to create a space where customers can comfortably enjoy real Japanese culture.

 

We decided to try the October & November 2018 RM18 Specials at the six (6) participating food and beverage outlets namely Ichiyutei, Kaisen Don Kinme, Shinanoji, Fuji Sakura, Bonta Bonta and TSUJIRI which all share a common seating area.
Instagrammers Any Wong, Serene Khoo and Joey Tng (L-R)
MHB’s popular food and beverage bloggers Kelly Siew (L) and Sharon Loh (R)

  

Ichiyutei

Creamy Curry Udon

The Creamy Curry Udon actually was topped off with mashed potatoes (which looks like “cream”) and not actually cream itself. This gave the dish a nice balance of flavours and textures, making it both creamy with a hint of spice from the Japanese curry sauce.

In Fukuoka Hakata in Japan, Ichiyutei sells over 100 bowls in an hour during lunch time, and their in Kuala Lumpur is their first overseas venture. Ichiyutei features the authentic flavours of Fukuoka Hakata udon noodles mixed with Japanese curry sauce and Japanese soup to make a hearty noodle curry soup with the rich flavour of katsu curry. The Hakata Udon is hand crafted by craftsmen and is freshly made each day.

  

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Kaisen Don Kinme

Salmon Mentai Aburi Don

The Salmon Mentai Aburi Don features slices of salmon atop the rice which are covered with mentai (fish roe) and mayo then torched before being served!

Kaisen Don is a Japanese rice bowl dish which consists of toppings of fresh and delicious raw seafood on sushi rice. Kaisen Don Kinme’s ingredients are freshly sourced and flown directly from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the largest fish market in the world. The concept and the menu of the outlet in Lot 10 is similar to that of (the parent outlet) Sushi Kinmedai, located at Publika Kuala Lumpur.

  

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Shinanoji

Mini Cold/ Hot Soba with Assorted Tempura & Miso Soup Set

Shinanoji is a 40-year old Soba specialty restaurant chain from Wakayama, a prefecture in the Kansai region, at the west Japan. Shinanoji specializes in soba and serves a choice of hot or cold soba. Japanese Soba is well-known as a healthy food because they are made with Japanese buckwheat flour, an ingredient that is rich in nutrients and low in fat and cholesterol. The soba at Shinanoji is made fresh in the store each day.

  

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Fuji Sakura

Chicken & Miso Special Hotpot

The concept here is to make the hotpot to your preference, which means that you can choose your choice of Dashi soup, with your choice of meats, then top it with your choice of seasonal toppings and side dish!

The outlet’s name “Fuji No Sakura” is inspired by Mount Fuji and Sakura, both of which are widely recognised icons of Japan. This outlet’s signature dish – the Nabe hotpot, is an authentic Japanese hotpot cuisine that widely recognised and favoured by many Japanese families.

The “Dashi” (soup stock) is the soul of the Nabe, and Fuji Sakura’s Dashi is freshly made with bonita flakes and kombu (kelp) each day in the store. The outlet also has several types of flavor for their dashi, ranging from the Japanese favourite Shoyu (soy-sauce) base, to a locally tailored fusion base which is more towards the Malaysian palate.

  

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Bonta Bonta

Toritama Stir-Fried Noodle

The Toritama Stir-Fried Noodles is fried with generous pieces of chicken as well as egg and vegetables. A rather uncommon Japanese dish here in Malaysia but one that is pretty delicious and very filling indeed! Bonta Bonta also has (non-RM18) dishes such as Unagi Bowl, Unagi Omelette Bowl, Fried Chicken Omelette Bowl and Teriyaki Chicken Omelette Bowl, all of which can have side dishes added on to make it a value set!

  

  


  

TSUJIRI

1pc Roll Cake & 1 Latte (Hot/Cool)

Roll cake selection: O-Matcha Roll Cake, Black Sesame Roll Cake, Houjicha Roll Cake

Latte selection (M size): O-Matcha, Houjicha, Chocolate

The story of Tsujiri begins at end of the ancient Edo period in 1860, when the brand Tsujiri was first established by Riemon Tsuji in Uji Kyoto, Japan. The founder Riemon tapped his own wealth to improve the tea industry, advancing and innovating the method to enhance the flavours and sweetness of the tea from the highest quality Gyokuro tea leaves. He also devised the tea cabinet to keep the tea leaves fresh longer, thereby reviving the popularity and marketing of the Uji tea. His effort was well recognised by many and to attest to that, his statue was built in Byodoin, Kyoto’s world heritage temple.

  

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