April 25, 2017

Hotel Armada Ramadhan Food Review

The time has come again for my favourite buffet dishes review at Utara Coffee House, Hotel Armada. Gosh time passes by superr fast! Before you know it, it's pusasa month soon. I always look forward to the selection of dishes by Chef Mummy and her team for the Ramadhan buffet. She never fail to disappoint.

This time, themed Selera Nostalgia Ramadhan, guests can expect to indulge in only the most authentic method of preparation and ingredients this coming Ramadhan.







Ayam Golek

With more than 100 dishes available, we were filled to the brim of our tummy tasting most of it by the end of the night. So, what made my dinner so satisfying that night at Hotel Armada? Caution: do not read with empty stomach.

Be sure to break your fast in the month of Ramadhan with these assortment of starters:

Bubur Lambuk.

I was so happy to be served with this because I was already getting hungry and one spoonful made my tummy very happy. The taste was just 'cukup rasa' and can you imagine having prawns in the bubur lambuk? Yeah, so generous and so yummy. I'm not a porridge kind of person but this appetiser totally kickstarted my taste buds for the coming dishes.

And then the sup tulang rusuk was the bomb diggity. After the first two dishes, I knew it was going to be a super fulfilling night haha The spice was blended well and the aroma just comes out with the warmth filling my throat and tummy felt soo good.

You should definitely try the traditional kerabus as well.

This Kerabu Soo Hoon was so good although there were so many 'booby traps' of cili padis hahaha....All of us bit so many chili padis and some of us were actually gulping water but it was too good to dismiss so we kept on eating and kept drinking hahahah It was a rather funny situation of good food, but too spicy yet didn't want to pass.

The Kerabu Mangga was a combination of sour, sweet and spicy all in one beautifully made dish.

I think the appetisers had done a very good job to whet our appetite. In fact, we were already quite full by then. Now, on to signature classic mains:

If you're a fan of assam laksa, beware to ONLY stop at one bowl because there are many dishes to try as well LOL. I am a huge assam laksa fan and the condiments in it with the perfect blend of spicy sour and the 'otak udang' screamed more assam laksa but I had to halt myself because there are so many others to try as well. In fact, I had another bowl of Thai laksa and I wanted to call it a day.

Then came this:
And we pengsan.

I mean, they were serious in making sure we were FULL and not go back to have supper. So, let's go through one by one.

Kari Kepala Ikan Salmon.

If you're a fan of fish head curry, you will definitely love this. I like how they don't compromise on their food and although salmon is expensive, it is available to customers in the buffet spread. I was in love with the curry so much so that I 'banjir' my rice and roti after that for dipping hehe

This is my FAVOURITE! I know I have too many favourites here but if you know me, you would know how much I love crabs. This is Ketam masak nangka muda dengan kunyit. It was not too spicy so that it doesn't overpower the crab meat taste. My whole plate was left with crab shells after that haha because I had quite a bit and it was delicious with the nangka muda and I practically made the gravy like soup ^^ 

Sayur lemak labu.

Pumpkin with the same type of sauce as the crabs. Malays dig this because it's really authentic and the pumpkin is really soft and has infused itself with the lemak gravy. Yums!

Sambal Udang Petai. Nuff' said. 
Aside from crab shells, my plate was also covered with prawn shells haha

And it doesn't stop there..

The all time favourite Siput sedut masak lemak cili padi.
I also look forward to this every year because I never eat this anywhere except in Hotel Armada.
It's really fun to sedut hehe

Itik Berladok
Yeap, they even have duck

Rendang daging.
How to have the Ramadhan feeling without rendang daging? 

Four Angle Bean with Belacan sauce

Others include Apam Balik, Roasted Lamb, Assorted Satay, Murtabak, Ayam percik panggang and many more.

Dessert taime...

Assorted Malay kuih and pastries



Roti durian! Their specialty.
Just one bite and you can smell the king of fruits. The durian aroma comes from the batter.

Although how full I am, I can never miss desserts!
Onde onde was my fave coz the gula melaka just bursts in your mouth.

Other sweet delicacies include Pengat Nangka, Bubur Pulut Hitam, Ais Kacang and Bubur Cha-cha

Our table.

Thank you Chef Mummy and Chef Chew for a wonderfully delicious evening =)

Diners who book early can take advantage of the Early Bird Vouchers. Purchase between 2nd May to 31st May 2017 to enjoy buy 5 vouchers and free 1 voucher. For those who miss out, can instead purchase the Super Value Vouchers. Purchase from 1st June 2017 onwards to enjoy buy 10 vouchers, free 1 voucher.

Head over to Utara Coffee House, Hotel Armada this Ramadhan to savour your festive favourites.

27th May - 24th June 2017

RM80+ per adult
RM40+ per child (7 to 12 years)

Hari Raya Aidilfitri Hi-Tea Buffet
25th & 26th June 2017
12pm-4pm

RM65+ per adult
RM45+ senior citizen
RM32+ per child

April 19, 2017

MinNature: Asia’s Largest Miniature Exhibition

MinNature Malaysia is located on the 4th floor of Summit USJ.  It is Malaysia’s First and Largest miniature exhibition. It is a very unique exhibition and ever since I heard of its launch, I have been wanting to go and take a look.


The brainchild behind this exhibition is Wan Cheng Huat (Alvin) who aims to bring a different experience to Malaysia when it comes to models and miniature displays. 

Inspired by Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, Alvin (though he has never been to the exhibition) realised that this was an experience that Malaysia has been missing out on and sought to build a Malaysian version of a miniature wonderland.


The exhibition is just next to GSC Cinema.

 
The map showing what you will experience inside the exhibition.


With the whole intention on bringing this unique experience to Malaysians, Alvin set along a long road in realising this dream, raising the capital and going through a lot of self-training to be able to setup, source and build all the required models used in the exhibition you see today.

Since the successful development and curation of MinNature Malaysia, the brand has attracted over 4,000 visitors in their first 3 months of operations.


MinNature is also currently running a Ultimate Treasure Hunt Challenge, with prizes worth more than RM3000. Visitors will be able to spot numerous ‘Treasure Hunt’ details throughout the exhibition (e.g. lookout for Batman and Spiderman).

Visitors who are able to find at least 12 out of the total 18 items will qualify for the Ultimate Treasure Hunt Challenge which will be held in June 2017.

A sneak preview at the reception of what you will experience inside.

A mini snow mountain with flowing water



MinNature utilises 1:87 scale models of everything from buildings, nature and human models. MinNature Malaysia aims to replicate an entire ecosystem of animal life, human beings and lifestyle activities within a 1:87 scale sizing in its re-creation.

It's soo tiny. You need a lot of patience and skills to paint on those tiny figurines.

Yeap, it's THAT tiny.

The idea of MinNature came up in 2008 but could only be realised several years later. In 2012, the planning stage started. In 2013, the initial investment went to a tedious process of 3D modelling and printing, clocking up the most man hours; 113,400 hours to date. In 2016, they landed in Summit USJ and started building the facility from ground level. 

This is the 3D printer and it really takes time to wait for it to print each 3D miniature design. Gosh! No wonder it took that long hours. It's not massive bulk printing but 1 by 1 design after design.

99% of the building and structures that you see in the exhibition are extensively modeled from scratch. Alvin’s team, the Masterbuilders, have built more than 1,000 miniature buildings with more than 5,000 figures.  The sophisticated designs and intricately created craftworks of the models will wow the visitors who are willing to take their time to explore over 7,000 sqft of numerous different themes and ‘wonderlands’.

You will see recognisable landmarks and iconic buildings in Malaysia and also buildings and structures from the creative imagination of the Masterbuilders. Tons of steel, wood, and plasters form the foundation of this extraordinary exhibition.

Staff members are available to provide a quality experience to all visitors by answering queries as well as giving visitors a first-hand explanation on the intricate models in the exhibition.

When you first enter, you will see a massive structure which looks a bit like Cameron Highlands with so many miniature buildings, houses, trees etc. 

There are buttons as well to press to turn lights on, music and special effects. Very cool! I was already impressed at my first impression.


All models are printed using sophisticated 3D printers. Each part depending on it's complexity, will take anywhere from 2 minutes to 1 hour for a single piece. You know, just a miniature roof for a house takes about an hour to complete printing! That's a lot of patience and dedication.

Inspired by the scenery in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

If you look closely, you can see trains moving along. More than 40 trains traverse along the 2,600-feet-long railways around the exhibition.  


The great thing about this exhibition is that they do not disallow photography. In fact, they encourage you to take pictures, touch the figurines and admire them whole heartedly. With no such restrictions, we get to enjoy the masterpieces even more.

Along each and every square feet of the exhibition, there is a miniature masterpiece to be admired.

Also, don't just look down. Look up as well.
There are clouds and hot air balloons to be admired.

Miniature waterpark

Soo cute! Scene at the beach.


Inspired by the Xichan temple in China

Special effect such as vapour comes out from a mini factory.

Mini volcano!


Rapunzel in the castle with her long hair. Look closely to see Prince Charming also haha

My favourite!

A mini scene- like from the movie Smurf with colourful mushrooms. They off the lights for us to appreciate the scene better.



 

The entire exhibition on display has been built and made by hand – a process, which has led to the 3 years of set-up until where it is today. Over 80 staff members have contributed to this lengthy process.

 
Dataran Merdeka. 

Each building at the Dataran centerpiece has been intricately modeled based on their originals, and recreated by 10 3D printers.  

Don't need to brave the jam to see the Twin Towers. Can see it here hehe

At the end of the tour, there are photo booths to take pictures as a memorabilia



If you signed up for the workshop, you will be brought into a room to do your 3D miniatures.


Visitors who are interested in making their own miniatures can join various workshops and purchase kits from RM15 per model kit. 

We were taught how to make a tree.

Disclaimer: I haven't done art ever since I left school *laughs*

So, I'm pretty much an amateur making my own miniature tree hahaha


Glue-ing them together

Work in progress.

And finally! Please don't laugh and yes I know a 5 year old can do better LOL
But at least you can see lah there's like an autumn tree, a pond, some stones and grass. Not bad lah for my standard already hahaha

But we had so much fun at the workshop as we create our own miniatures.

You can also choose to join for the house making workshop. But ermm...that looks complicated to me. The tree itself took me much effort so it's okay, skipped the house making hehe

For those artsy people, you will really enjoy the exhibition and the workshop. Even I am not such an artsy person and I loved it so much. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience but I am more in awe in the team's hardwork and dedication in building those miniatures because it's really not easy. Plus, they are constantly building more new miniatures daily so it will not be the same if you re-visit the exhibition. Phase 2 is also upcoming and I can't wait to visit again to see new stuffs =)


Ticket prices are:

Malaysians
Adults: RM28
Senior Citizens and Children (age 4 to 12): RM15
Children below 4: FREE

For group bookings and enquiries, give MinNature Malaysia a call directly at 03-8011 9372. 

Workshop prices:

Tree making = RM15
House making = RM25
Tree + House making = RM35

Workshop schedules can be obtained from the MinNature Malaysia’s Facebook page. 

MinNature Malaysia
Summit USJ, Lot 4.03A & 4.05,
Level 4, Persiaran Kewajipan USJ 1, 
Subang Jaya, 47600, Selangor Darul Ehsan

Opens daily from 10am- 10pm (last entry at 8pm). 

Follow MinNature on social media through their official Facebook page for all their latest news and updates.