A Malaysian Blog about Food, Family and Friends – by Lyrical Lemongrass
I like Maya Karin. Every morning, while I drive to work and listen to my favourite radio station, Hitz.FM, she reminds me that I’m doing the right thing by drinking Nescafe which is full of natural antioxidants, an ingredient which will apparently keep me healthy and youthful. And here I was thinking that my baby face was due to all that puppy fat I never shed. NO WONDER my husband dutifully wakes up EVERY MORNING to make me my daily cuppa. EVERY DAY. He knows the Secret (cue eerie music). And now, thanks to Maya Karin (and me), you do too. At only RM23.90 for a bottle of Nescafe Gold (good for a gazillion cups (don’t quote me)) and way cheaper than SKII.
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Also, thanks to Mr Jean-Georges Vongerichten, we can now enjoy Michelin quality food in Kuala Lumpur, the city frequently referred to in movies when they’re looking for a place in the far east where unrest takes place everyday and often said in the same breath as Afghanistan and Congo. Sure, while the bombs are going off, I’m enjoying my daily cup of Nescafe and a Jean-Georges Signature Breakfast. *kaboom* Damn, did I just spill my Nescafe on my Hermes scarf?
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Jean-Georges Vongerichten is apparently quite an amazing chef. He owns a string of restaurants including the 3-Michelin-starred Jean Georges restaurant in New York. Vongerichten recently created a selection of “signature” breakfasts specially for Le Meridien properties worldwide for people who don’t want the same boring fare at hotels.
What delights me is Vongerichten‘s creative use of ingredients for the breakfast dishes. Take the Croque-Madame (RM24), for example. Soft cheese is sandwiched between two slices of toast, and when cut open, runny fried egg oozes out from the toast, much like when you squeeze a pimple and the pus spurts out. Well, maybe that imagery doesn’t work. The toast is topped with a citrus-chilli hollandaise sauce which adds a lovely zing to the dish.
The Buckwheat Crepe (RM20) gives an interesting twist to the typical crepes we find here. The buckwheat crepe is filled with gruyere cheese and mashed spinach (which looks similar to the mashed-beyond-recognition spinach vegetarian indian dish that my mum expertly prepares every Friday). Only for fans of spinach.
I was attracted to the Espresso Steamed Eggs (RM18) due to its interesting description. “Fresh eggs are steamed with the high-pressure espresso steamer to create a light and fluffy ‘a la minute soufflé’. Wouldn’t you be curious too? If you’re expecting a cloudlike fluffy appearance characteristic of soufflés, be prepared to be surprised. This is perfectly cooked scrambled eggs at best. Absolutely delicious, but I regretted not ordering the Smoked Salmon and Steamed Silken Tofu which, on hindsight, might have been a more adventurous choice.
Goat Cheese Gruyere Custard (RM32) is described as “a textural deconstruction of a Provençal quiche”. I like pretty words. Deconstruction. Provençal. Textural. It’s enough to give me an orgasmic shudder. I shuddered alright. My untrained palate couldn’t take the extreme sharp, pungent flavours of the goat cheese custard (had I lost my mind?!?!) with black olive puree topped with goat cheese foam (*screaming all the way to Sungai Pelek*). Granted, the texture was gorgeous and the assembly pretty, but if you’re used to milder cheeses, don’t be a smartypants and try to appear sophisticated. This brings back memories of my flight to London where I had to sit next to a man who smelt like cheese. I. Am. Not. Minnie. Mouse.
Other than the Signature Dishes, Mr Vongerichten also created a series of LM Eye Openers, basically blended fruit juices with a twist. Shots (like in the first picture above) are complimentary, while full-sized drinks are priced at RM12. Some of the choices include Cherry Lemon Pepper, Raspberry Pineapple Clove and Strawberry Banana Lime. Our favourite? Definitely the Mango Chilli Lime. Enough to give you a wakeup call that will see you till 2010.
Overall, this is a menu that is definitely created for the finer palate. My bill came up to RM60 (after 50% discount) thanks to our Starwood Card which just expired end May, but we definitely over-ordered. A perfect serving would be 3 dishes – one each, and one to share.
Check out FriedChillies’ take on the Signature Breakfast too.
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Food, for me, is a means to an end and not an end in itself.
Food, for me, represents the love of family, the fellowship of friends, and the community and communality it brings.