The month of March typically heralds the return of spring, a season that signals rebirth, renewal and regrowth. Here are some refreshing suggestions that will help put a spring in your step and brighten up the days ahead.
Words: Alice Yong
Just Right at the Outback
With its casual ambience and contemporary décor of original Australian art pieces, Outback Steakhouse is known for its generous portions of scrumptious food. The restaurant’s signature starters of Typhoon Bloom (deep-fried hand-carved onion) and Buffalo-style Chicken Wings are simply irresistible. Its juicy steaks and ribs are downright delicious, thanks to a secret Outback spice blend that adds the oomph to the cuts while other compelling choices include chicken, pasta or seafood dishes. Top your meal off with ‘Chocolate Thunder from Down Under’, a dessert to die for! Outback Steakhouse is located in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok. www.outback.com
To keep the Irish happy (and locals too!) on St Patrick’s Day (March 17), Chef Valmurugan of Samplings On The Fourteenth, Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur has conjured up a special Irish-themed menu. Kick off with Oyster Kilpatrick with Sautéed Spinach and Crispy Beef Bites, savour Chicken Essence with Goose Liver Ravioli & Pearl Vegetables before enjoying a main of Pan-roasted Red Emperor Fish Fillet or, the Grilled Australian Tenderloin with Merlot and Bone Marrow Jus. Raspberry Chocolate Cake with Fresh Winter Berry will round off your evening on a sweet flourish.www.berjayahotel.com/kualalumpur
Rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 activity to do in Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia, the folks behind Food Tour Malaysia are ever-ready to give visitors a real taste of the country’s vibrant food scene. Billing themselves as the Indiana Joneses of food in Kuala Lumpur, they are the first to come up with off-the-beaten track culinary tours where only the bravest food tourists would dare to venture. www.foodtourmalaysia.com
Knead and bake your way to success with master baker Dean Brettschneider’s definitive book, New World Baking: My Time in Shanghai. Learn how to produce his trademark Deluxe Fruit and Nut Loaf, Orange Pine Nut Polenta Cake, Italian Bomboloni and other baked goods that have taken cosmopolitan Shanghai by storm. www.marshallcavendish.com/genref
AirAsia Pre-booked Meals
Don’t be left out when the meals onboard get sold out! Pre-book them online to enjoy a host of benefits. You also earn Biggies when you quote your Big Shot ID when making the booking. Here’s how you stand to benefit with a little planning upfront.
- Enjoy great discounts – save up to 15%.
- You’ll be served first onboard.
- All pre-booked meals are served with a bottle of mineral water (100ml).
- There’s greater variety of meals to choose from.
- You are assured of getting your favourite meals.
- You help in cutting down waste and thus make the world a greener place!
Go to www.airasia.com for details.
Big in Japan
Believe or not, Kit Kat has a worldwide following of five million fans. Fans are totally hooked on the Japanese variations of this four-fingered chocolate covered wafer that comes in lots of quirky flavours such as macha (green tea), sakura (cherry blossom), adzuki (red bean), blueberry cheese, strawberry, tiramisu, creme caramel and even wasabi! Remember to grab some on your next visit to Japan.
Winnie Loo, Malaysia’s international award-winning hairstylist and owner of A Cut Above hairdressing salons is as adept at wielding kitchen knives as she is at handling scissors. Bosom buddies vouch for Loo’s superb spicy asam fish, chicken curry and braised chicken with mushroom. The enterprising businesswoman, devoted wife and doting mother claims to have a ‘fetish’ for Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, a very popular noodle dish is the khao suey / khao soi. Deep-fried egg noodles are doused in a spicy massaman-style gravy and garnished with pickled cabbage, shallots, lime wedges and a dollop of chillie paste. Reminiscent of laksa, this is a wholesome dish that can be eaten at any time of the day. Locals say that the dish has a strong Chinese-Muslim influence due the massaman-style gravy.
“The best khao suey I tasted in Chiang Mai can be found in the Muslim enclave along Chang Klan Road. There are many stalls and shops along the road near the Chang Klan Mosque (between Chang Klan Road and Charoen Prathet Road). And it is halal too!” ~ Bibi Sabrina Yahaya, AirAsia guest.
Whet your appetite with these new culinary shows on Asia’s first lifestyle channel
in HD – Li (Astro B.yond ch 706).
Charly’s Cake AngelsNo cake’s too tall and no request’s too small for the family-run Charly’s Bakery in Cape Town when it comes to creating fantastic cakes for weddings and birthdays. Premieres March 11 @ 10:00pm.
Zumbo Watch master pâtissier Adriano Zumbo and his team bring unique desserts to life in this six-part series. Enjoy interesting glimpses into the world of the ‘Sweet Assassin’, his technically challenging creations and the goings-on behind one of Sydney’s busiest kitchens. Premieres March 11 @ 10:30pm.
Cooked Embark on a South African-inspired culinary escapade with filmmaker, chef, and television personality Justin Bonello. From some of South Africa’s premier restaurant kitchens to exotic locales, Bonello puts his culinary skills to the test. Premieres March 7 @ 1:30am. www.litvchannel.com