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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2017

HAPPENINGS MALAYSIA

HAPPENINGS MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR Myanmar yangon / mandalay SPOTLIGHT The Pawn Room With an atmosphere reminiscent of an ancient Chinese pawn shop, The Pawn Room takes visitors back to a 1920s Shanghai, decorated with paper lanterns, rattan chairs and herbalist cabinets. And the pawn shop concept doesn’t just stop there. On certain nights, visitors may choose to trade their belongings or services to work at the bar in exchange for cocktails. A wide range of cocktails include those with a particular Asian focus and ingredients, including that of kaffir lime leaves, pandan syrup and cream. And should you wish for a change of scene, try out The Private Room wine lounge located on the same street, operated by the same management. www.facebook.com/tprttdi, +60 13-483 8863 SPOTLIGHT Top Chef by the Lake Leading Swiss chef Boris Granges is now at the helm of Le Planteur, a restaurant in a stunning colonial-era waterfront property on picturesque Inya Lake. Fine dining continues despite several incarnations since the restaurant’s modest opening in 1998. Le Planteur consists of several dining and drinking venues to suit all tastes with their upscale restaurant, a bistro, wine bar and a tearoom for high teas. The excellent menu ranges from a tender fillet of cod and foie gras with pear chutney to a dessert of wasabi ice cream. leplanteur.net, +95 1 514 230 Afternoon Teas Asian destinations with a strong colonial past have revived the delights of an extensive afternoon tea, especially Kuala Lumpur. Charming spreads include dainty sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream. Locations offering a superior afternoon tea experience include Lounge On the Park at the Mandarin Oriental, Serena Brasserie at the InterContinental, The Drawing Room at the St. Regis and the Orchid Observatory at the Majestic. For a Malaysian-inspired menu, try OneFiveSix at the InterContinental. mandarinaoriental.com, kualalumpur. intercontinental.com, stregiskualalumpur.com, majestickl.com A Taste of Thailand It’s always good to eat Thai food and nowhere is it better in Kuala Lumpur than at Baan Kanom Jeen, with its focus on different combinations of thin rice noodles with curries, gravies and sauces. Try the Kanom Jeen Set with noodle balls, sauces, boiled eggs, anchovies and leafy herbs and vegetables. Other delicious items on the menu include green curry with fried rice and fish, phad thai and a mouthwatering selection of desserts. www.facebook.com/ baankanomjeenmy Contemporary by Tradition Mogok Pauk Pauk, a Myanmar transgender fashion designer in Yangon, is now on the list of top Southeast Asian designers. After graduating from renown fashion design institutes in Milan and Paris, she returned home and dedicated her work to creating awareness of the traditional Myanmar textile design known as luntaya acheik. At Pauk Pauk’s studio in Mandalay, villagers create traditional patterns with old weaving methods. In collaboration, she adds design touches into the patterns to give a sense of the contemporary to the textiles. www.mogokpaukpauk.com; Yangon +95 9 2522 4048; Mandalay +95 2 666 28 Garden of Spices Justifiably proud to be the only Indian-Myanmar fine dining restaurant in Mandalay, the Spice Garden is an elegant restaurant serving Myanmar, Northern and Southern Indian cuisines with a strong focus on poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Guests can dine on such Myanmar delights as refreshing salads and curries. Desserts include Indian favourites like rasmalai, gulab jamun and kheer. Food enthusiasts can even learn how to prepare the restaurant’s dishes in specially organised cooking classes with the resident chefs. hotelredcanal.com 106 Fah Thai 107