Monday, February 19, 2018

Recipe: Stir fried prawns with XO sauce

This year, we were also gifted two bottles of XO sauce from The Ritz-Carlton KL's Li Yen Restaurant. XO sauce is a spicy sauce originating from Hong Kong, and is usually made from roughly chopped dried seafood such as scallops, fish and shrimp and cooked with chilli, onions and garlic. It is great with seafood dishes (last year I used it to cook scallops), so this year we paired it with prawns.

Prawns often grace dinner tables during the Chinese New Year period as they symbolise laughter and happiness. This is an easy stir-fry dish you can prepare any time of the year. And you'd need extra rice to eat with the deliciously fragrant XO sauce.

Stir fried prawns with XO sauce

Stir fried prawns with XO sauce
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 7-8 minutes
Serves 4-6

500g prawns, peeled with head and tail intact
4-5 tsp XO sauce
1 tbsp cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 green pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp chicken stock granules

1. In a wok, heat the oil over medium high heat. Once hot, add the garlic and saute for 1 1/2 minutes, until lightly golden.

2. Add the XO sauce and saute for a minute, then add the prawns and saute for about 2 minutes, until cooked through.

3. Add the green pepper and saute for a further minute, then season with the chicken stock powder. Serve immediately.

See here for recipe for the braised mushroom with abalone dish (in picture above).

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

New Menu @ Maison Francaise, KL - French Fine Dining

Maison Française, one of the finest French dining restaurant in KL has recently introduced a brand new menu. The kitchen is currently led by Brittany-born Chef Florent Lescouezec; his cooking style is simple yet exquisite, utilizing the freshest ingredients to create some of the best known French dishes.

At the restaurant, diners can choose from the Menu Degustation (6-courses for RM390++), Menu Gourmand (4-courses for RM280++) or from the a la carte menu, paired with premium French wines from their extensive wine list. Full menus can be viewed here.

The Gamberro rosso tartare with Kristal caviar, crustecean oil and quinoa taboule (RM110) promises a lavish start to your meal. Beautifully presented, this seafood delight is a light and healthy option, and features prawn tartare, Kristal caviar and the supergrain, quinoa.

Larnaudie duck foie gras custard, smoked eel, green apple emulsion, artichoke (RM90) - somewhat light, with a smooth, creamy texture.

French organic farm snails in fricassee, garlic butter and porcini mushrooms (RM90) - snails cooked with a herb, garlic butter mix encased in a crispy ball, paired with porcini sauce.

Homemade smoked duck breast, shredded confit of duck leg, 64.5 degrees egg, buttered kale  (RM80) - one of our favorite starters here, the egg is simply perfect, and lovely paired with the delicious duck prepared two-ways.

If you prefer something richer, go for the luscious Signature Lobster Bisque (RM75). Topped with lobster chunks, the soup was smooth and creamy with a deep rich flavour.

More lobster? Yes, please! For mains, diners can indulge in the Butter poached lobster (RM320), served with leek fondue and saffron potato and a Bourbon vanilla sauce. Top marks for presentation too, so pretty!

Butter poached wild French cod, pea and basil veloute, sauce vierge (RM140) - beautifully cooked fish with a deliciously, vibrant sauce.

French aged sirloin on the grill with mesquite wood, anchovy, horseradish and celeriac puree, onion tart - beautifully tender and juicy.. cuts like a dream.

Poultry breast blanquette, truffle juice and truffle white pudding sausage, black trumpet (RM160) ... ahh the scent of truffles is just intoxicating.

Rump of lamb, slow cooked, eggplant confit, buttered broad beans (RM140) - my favorite main course. The lamb was a beautiful pink, absolutely tender and full of flavour and complemented beautifully with a creamy eggplant confit.

Chocolate pear, quince paste, Jivara and Dulcey Chocolate Mousse (RM40) - tasted pretty similar to an Opera cake, beautiful light layers.

Valrhona dark chocolate and pistachio lava cake, vanilla ice cream (RM40) - a chocolate lover's dream.. rich and sinful.

Classic Tatin apple pie, Bourbon vanilla cream cheese - lovely, crisp base and I especially liked the pairing with the vanilla cream cheese. Usually served with cardamom ice cream too.

Opening times: Lunch: Mon - Sat 12pm - 3pm; Sun 11.30am - 3.30pm (Sunday Brunch only); Afternoon Tea: Sat-Sun 2pm - 5pm, Dinner: Mon - Sun 6pm -11pm.

Location: Maison Francaise, 5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Valet parking or street parking available)

Tel: 03-2144 1474


GPS Coordinates: 3.151518,101.715147

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