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Malaysia Asean Heritage Trails Calendar of Events

by The News Team, on Fri, October 30, 2009 - 10:58:35 AM, 0 comment
Events
Latest Update : Download the latest MAHT Calendar of Events for Avenue K here.
Great Event Links :
- Video of the event, including chef interviews and event launch
- 5 minute interview with Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen on Malaysian Street Food.
- More Chef writeups in Gastronews!

Meet The Chefs
The MAHT 2009 has been a whirlwind of excitement and to tell you the truth...a dream come true…  Continue reading »

Food Articles

Ghoulish Goulash

by Aida Azizuddin, on Thu, October 29, 2009
Chef-In-Residence
Halloween is a big deal in the States. When I was there and staying with my foster family, pumpkin carving was our main activity. We used to buy five or six gigantic pumpkins for next to nothing (about 30 cents each) because there were so many of them! I suppose being so far away from home, lining up pumpkins outside the house with a candle in each…   More »

Gastro News

Le M

by The News Team, on Wed, October 28, 2009 - 7:36:28 AM, 0 comment
News
Here I am at about 10am in the morning drinking enough coffee to put hair on my chest. Although this is not necessarily an uncommon thing, let me clarify that I am not a coffee drinker. But Le M  Continue reading »

Where To Eat

Bon Ga

by Alexa P., on Tue, October 27, 2009
Korean

"The rice crust is the best part!"

Kimchee, bulgogi, and ginseng chicken it all sounds good to me! However I usually like to order the paper-thin slices of meats that are barbecued on the tabletop grills and served with salty sesame oil and chilli sauce as a dip. Choose between different cuts of fresh meat or opt for the tasty lean beef marinated in bulgogi sauce. There are also chicken, seafood and veggie varieties to choose from but I’m a red meat girl.

The bulgogi here is cooked on a special dome grill where the meat is placed on top with spices and on the bottom there is a bulgogi sauce as well as oyster mushrooms and onions. While the meat is cooking on top its juices drip down into the bulgogi mixture adding flavour to it as the onions and mushrooms caramelize. The meat has a subtle sweetness and is very tender.

The highlight of any Korean meal is all the little side dishes that accompany the meats known as the banchan. What you get differs each time according to what is fresh in the kitchen. You can usually expect to get an array of kimchi, pickled vegetables, fried sticky sweet anchovies, scallion pancakes, mashed potato salad, sautéed beansprouts and more. These bites are filled with notes of sweet, sour, spicy, and creamy giving you a total sensory experience. They are also refillable as long as you are still enjoying your meats so do be sure to ask for more of the ones you enjoy.
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Food Articles

Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs

by Honey Ahmad, on Fri, October 23, 2009
Special Feature
Truth be told there has been a dearth of good movies at theaters this year. Many of the promised blockbusters guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seats are lackluster and seemed weighed down by their CGI and action promises. However in the world of animation, it's been a pretty stellar year.

First was the fantastic Coraline, creepy,…   More »

Where To Eat

Luk Yu Teahouse

by Alexa P., on Fri, October 23, 2009
Chinese

"The carrot cake was sublime..."

Dim sum (literally meaning "touch the heart") is always a fun treat especially when you’re out with a group of friends on a lazy late weekend morning. The delicious small portions offer up a good variety of flavours and textures. I enjoyed a great dim sum brunch at Luk Yu Teahouse recently and most importantly it was halal and to tell you the truth, the pork wasn’t missed!

The cool thing about this place is that you get to see the kitchen in action as you dine. Watch the cooks assemble and steam the dim sum…stare in awe as they demonstrate their expertise in knife work… and you’re so close that you can almost feel the heat coming off of the hot wok. It’s especially exciting if you love to cook and watch masters at work.

I started with the har kau. The dumpling skin is firm enough to not fall apart as I pick it up with the chopsticks, yet it still has a nice bite to it and the prawn is sweet and succulent. From this alone I can tell that the other dishes will be just as good.

Once I’ve sampled the har kau I proceed to try out the feast of little bites. Another lovely dish here is the barbecue chicken bao. It tastes so good that you might never want to go back to the original porky kind. The chicken is cooked in a thick dark sweet sauce encased in a soft fluffy cloud-like bun. One is never enough so do make sure you order a few baskets.   More »

Food Articles

TV Dinners Anyone?

by Honey Ahmad, on Thu, October 22, 2009
Special Feature
This interview was done during the fasting month. I facebooked it:

Me: will be trying out Malaysia's first TV dinner (or some incarnation of it) for buka today
D: Menatang apa tu? Sedap ke? (what nature of beast is that? Tasty?)
A: Got, meh?
AP: Hmm... TV dinner... interesting...
B: Why does it sound less than appetising?More »

     
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