Friday, April 28, 2017

Grill & Chill @ Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

For BabySumoKids, their favorite part of any staycation is pool time. Renaissance KL's pool is located on Level 4 of the hotel, and features a children's pool, as well as an Olympic-sized pool. The pool area is also beautifully landscaped, with tall palm trees providing shade.

Hotel guests can chill and enjoy a wide range of exotic cocktails, tropical fruit juices and a variety of light bites by the pool. Every Saturdays and Sundays, there will also be a weekend grill themed "Grill & Chill" by the poolside, offering a selection of meat and seafood along with entertainment by the resident DJ.

The smell from the grill is absolutely alluring.

From the BBQ, we ordered the Whole Andaman Seabass grilled with Malaysian spices (RM48) and served with acar awak. This was absolutely fabulous - we loved everything about it! The flesh was moist and I adored the tangy lime-chilli dipping sauce that came with this.. had to go back for seconds and the chef happily obliged. The price is very reasonable too for the portion served. Highly recommended for seafood lovers. ;)

If fish is not your thing, they also do great Grilled Angus beef sliders (RM44) with jalapeno, cheddar cheese, and lettuce, along with gherkins and potato chips. Each serving comes with two sliders; the beef patty was nice and juicy. We were pleased that the potato chips were nice and crispy too.

BabySumoKids and their papa chilling and enjoying their meal by the pool

Other items on the menu include mini chicken burgers, corn on the cob, Chorizo lamb sausage, and chicken hot dog as well as several appetizers such as fattoush, salad and Halloumi and vegetable kebab.

Do a few laps in the pool after to stay healthy ;)

Grill & Chill - happening every weekend from 12pm to 6pm. For the full menu, click here.

Location: Poolside, Level 4, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail & Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2716 9388


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Zip Line & Kayaking - Lost World Adventure Park - Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh

When you spend the night in a tent at one with nature, you tend to wake up refreshed and more adventurous than usual. What better way to act upon those feelings of adventure than to jump into a kayak and power yourself across the lake or even step into a harness and scream as you accelerate down the zip line.

During our recent Glamping trip at Lost World of Tambun, we did exactly that!

Hubby and Baby D went first on the zip line, while Baby C and I watched from the side. I plucked up enough courage and agreed to go next on the zip line with Baby C. I surprise myself sometimes. The professional team at Lost World Adventure Park strapped us into the harness and safety helmets, and up we went onto the take-off tower.

The most intimidating part was walking off the tower, but after that as you take in the view and zip across a 120m long cable over the beautiful Boga Lake, you can't help but feel the excitement. Truly an exhilarating experience! The Zip Line experience costs RM20 per person.

The Boys Team

The Girls Team

You only live once - just DO it ;)

Check out BabySumoFamily as we go on the Zip Line at Lost World of Tambun and conquered it like pros ;P (Hubby says "Scream if you wanna go faster" LOL)

The following morning, BabySumoKids went on their first kayaking experience. The backdrop couldn't have been anymore perfect; with the 400 million year old limestone hills and surrounding nature. I was majorly impressed with Hubby's kayaking skills too. Another activity checked off our bucket list ;) For those interested, you can try kayaking for RM5 per person.

Our Glamping site is located right next to the Lost World Adventure Park - blog post coming very soon!

Lost World Adventure Park also offers other adrenaline-filled thrills such as 13 High Rope Course, Via Feratta with Abseil, Wild Woosey, and Super Adventure Race. A great venue for teambuilding activities. For more info on the activities, please click here.

Lost World of Tambun is open on weekdays from 11am to 6pm; weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays from 10am to 6pm. Closed every Tuesday except PH and SH.

Location: Lost World of Tambun, No.1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia (Parking RM1 per entry).

Tel: 05-542 8888


GPS Coordinates: 4.625842, 101.154697

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nam Heong Ipoh, The Starling, PJ

Nam Heong Ipoh is an established and renowned entity from Ipoh, Perak. Now with presence in the Klang Valley, everyone can enjoy local specialties from Ipoh such as chicken hor fun, Ipoh white coffee and their signature egg tarts.

We recently visited their outlet in The Starling Mall with BabySumoKids. Ordering is done via the electronic menu with a few simple taps on the tablet screen, and all dishes come with an attractive photo. For those who prefer the old-school way, they also have paper menus for you to browse through.

BabySumoKid's new found love ever since we visited Ipoh is chicken hor fun, and Nam Heong does a fantastic version.What we really liked was the broth, which was robust and creamy. Definitely a must-try here!

Nam Heong Chicken Hor Fun (RM11)

They also regularly offer promotional (seasonal) items on the menu  such as this Golden Man Tau (RM6.90) which comes with a choice of sauce - Kaya Margarine, Chocolate Peanut Sauce and Pork Curry.  We went for the pork curry and it was so good! The mantau itself was nice, warm and crisp on the outside, and the pork curry was thick and flavorful. Available for a limited time only - get it before it's gone!

We ordered a Soft Boiled Egg Set which comes with kaya margarine toast (RM7.50) for the kids. Yeah, our kids can have this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. My little food critics told me the eggs were super creamy compared to two other places we had these for consecutive meals.

Siew mai for the boy  (RM6.50)

Hubby and I shared the Supreme Prawn Noodles (RM13). You can specify what type of noodles you like for this. Again, we loved the soup which was full of flavour and fragrant. The noodles came with fish cake, egg, beansprouts, kangkung and prawns.

Nam Heong is also currently running a Ipoh Street Food Promo, whereby you can find baby octopus, rojak Ipoh, Hainanese chicken chop rice, and Nasi lemak with pork curry. During our trip to Ipoh, I didn't get to eat the baby octopus, so I was very happy to see it here. The baby octopus has been lightly poached and served with light soy sauce and a sprinkling of golden fried garlic. I loved it!

Ipoh style fresh poached baby octopus (RM7.90)

Good things come in small packages, we were told. This was certainly the case with the Teeny Savory Asam Laksa (RM3.90), served in a small rice bowl. The soup was thick, spicy and pungent.. absolutely lovely. The serving size is perfect for a sampler, and if you like, you could always order another bowl. 

Ipoh is also famous for its steamed chicken, so we went for the Twin Mixed Roasted Meat set (RM19.90). They use kampung chicken here, and it was beautifully done.. the chicken was really smooth. We also enjoyed the char siew (BBQ pork) which came with a sticky, sweet caramalised glaze. 

We tried a variety of drinks - Baby D had the 7 Up Float (RM3.90), Baby C had the Baby Milo Dinosaur (RM4.80), Hubby had the newly launched Vintage Nan Yang Coffee C (RM4.20) while I had the Dragon Fruit Mango Juice (RM8.90).

A hot Ipoh white coffee to go with egg tarts

Cendol (RM3.50)

Don't forget to try the signature egg tarts (RM3.20 per piece, or RM17.90 for 6). We got a pack of six to take away with us as they keep really well and still taste good the next day. But of course, nothing beats a warm egg tart, fresh from the oven. Nam Heong bakes their egg tarts fresh daily, in several batches throughout the day. Another must-try is the Signature Chicken Sou (RM3.20) - the pastry was buttery and light, with a delicious BBQ chicken filling.

Opening times: 10am to 10pm daily.

Location: Nam Heong Ipoh, G041 & G042, Ground Floor, The Starling Mall, 6, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: 03-7662 5457


GPS Coordinates: 3.134716, 101.623136

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lemon Garden, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

The refurbished Lemon Garden at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is back with a brand new look and a refreshed menu. It has undergone renovation for four months and reopened in February 2017, reaffirming its position as one of the best buffets in town.

The main restaurant of the hotel received an exciting facelift, designed by Bond Design Studio Inc from Japan. The interior of the restaurant is elegantly decked with modern, contemporary designs which exudes a warm and sophisticated ambiance - I especially loved the yellow light orbs. Guests seated within the air-conditioned restaurant can dine with a panoramic view of the beautiful outdoor garden with a koi fish pond and water fountain.

Lemon Garden is well-known for its extensive buffet selection and open kitchens, where local and international specialties are prepared a la minute. We recently visited the all-new restaurant for its International Lunch Buffet.

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Begin your meal at the Seafood station, host to an array of seafood on ice (fresh oysters from US, clams, mussels, yabbies, and king prawns), sashimi and sushi. On Fridays and Saturdays, there will be an enhanced seafood selection at the Seafood Dinner Buffet which includes Alaskan king crab, lobsters and scallops.

One of the unique addition to the kitchen is a giant earthern urn at the Chinese station, used to prepare a selection of double boiled soups. Certainly not something you will find in everyday buffets. Double-boiled soups are nourishing, so make sure you get yourself a bowl. A must-try is the Double boiled black chicken with ginseng soup.

Other noteworthy items from the Chinese station are Peking duck roll, Roast duck and chicken, and Steamed cod with superior soy sauce and Dim sum.

There is also a noodles corner, which serves hot off-the-stove noodles such as Nyonya Laksa, one of the Memory Makers here at Lemon Garden.

The Asian theatre kitchen is equipped with a hot tandoori oven, and will feature authentic dishes such as satay, murtabak, chicken tikka, tandoori chicken, naan bread, roti canai, whole baked Malay red snapper with curry and more.

From the Western kitchen, you will find a wide selection of salads, cheese, roast beef, glazed lamb ribs and quiche. Pizzas are made using a wood-fire oven and the interactive pasta station allows guests to personalise their preferred pasta type and sauce.

Smoked duck with artichoke salsa

Smoked Mackarel


Duck Leg Confit

Pan Fried Padi-Padi Fish with Cream sauce

Italian antipasto and bites

Seafood Bruschetta


Pasta station

The Dessert Pavilion is home to an array of delectable desserts. There are lots to choose from, including an assortment of cakes and tarts, ice cream, macarons, local Malay kuihs, ais kacang , waffles, crepes and chocolate fountain. Not to be missed here are the Memory Makers: Durian cake and Jackfruit cream puff. I love the durian cake which was light with a delicious durian cream.... wonderfully sinful!

The glorious durian cake

Jackfruit cream puffs

Below are the prices of the buffets available at Lemon Garden:
International Lunch Buffet
Monday – Friday (12noon – 2.30pm)
RM 128 nett (adult), RM 64 nett (child)

Saturday (12noon – 3pm)
RM 148 nett (adult), RM 74 nett (child)

International Sunday Brunch
Sunday (12noon – 3pm)
RM 168 nett (adult), RM 84 nett (child)

International Dinner Buffet
Sunday – Thursday (6.30pm-10.30pm)
RM 158 nett (adult), RM 79 nett (child)

Seafood Dinner Buffet
Friday – Saturday (6.30pm-10.30pm)
RM 208 nett (adult), RM104 nett (child)

Sunday Champagne Brunch
Sunday (12noon – 3pm)
RM 488 nett (adult)

*Children under the age of 5 can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in Lemon Garden up to a maximum of 2 children per booking. In excess of 2 children under the age of 5 and for all children aged between 6 and 12 years, a 50% discount of the buffet price will be given.

For reservations or more information, call 03-2074 3900 or email

Opening times: Buffet Lunch: 12noon - 2.30pm (Monday - Friday), 12noon - 3pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays); Buffet Dinner 6.30pm - 10.30pm (daily).

Location: Lemon Garden, Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2074 3900


GPS Coordinates: 3.1541, 101.706297

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