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Chef Zaidah’s Cooking Demo on Sunday

by The News Team, on Sat, November 07, 2009 - 8:33:31 AM, 0 comment
Asean Heritage Trail
This secretary turned celebrity chef used to cook as a hobby until her first appearance on RTM 1. From then onwards she has appeared in cooking shows, live demos, and she has written many recipe books including her latest with a selection of a thousand recipes! Chef Zaidah will be doing a cooking demo at Lot 10 @ 4pm on the 8th Nov, Sunday.

Chef Zaidah handing out samples of her delicious steamed banana cake

We were lucky enough to sit down and have a chat with this lovely lady:

What inspired you to be a Chef?
I have always loved to cook as a hobby so it made sense for me to pursue it.
Favourite food: Sambal goreng because I can eat it with anything.
Favourite ingredient to work with: I like to…  Continue reading »

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Chef Tatang’s Satay Lilit

by The News Team, on Fri, November 06, 2009 - 3:19:38 AM, 0 comment
Asean Heritage Trail
This charismatic Indonesian celebrity Chef has had over 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry working with both Asian and Western cuisine. He is famed for his cooking shows that are broadcast throughout Indonesia.

He charmed his way into our hearts with his warm personality and avid passion for cooking, not to mention with his delicious food too! Despite not having the exact ingredients he likes to work with he managed to deliver beautiful dishes with vibrant flavours. We especially enjoyed his Balinese Sate Lilit with the piquant Sambal Matah (recipe below).

What inspired you to be a Chef?
I have been in the kitchen since 7years old. I used to help my parents cook. I think if you love food and you like to…  Continue reading »

Gastro News

Chef Chumpol @ Lot10

by The News Team, on Thu, November 05, 2009 - 3:39:19 AM, 0 comment
Asean Heritage Trail
This Chef was born into cooking in his family  Continue reading »

Gastro News

Pictures from the Malaysia Asean Heritage Trail Launch

by The News Team, on Thu, November 05, 2009 - 1:25:50 AM, 0 comment
Asean Heritage Trail
As many of you know last Thursday was the launch of Asean Heritage Trails by Chef Wan. This firecracker of a chef will be bringing Asean chefs into Malaysia to showcase regional cooking.

It was full house for the launch

This is all the part of making Malaysia the center for Asean inspired food. During this month-long event too there will be appearances by much-loved Malaysian chef personalities like Celine Marbeck, Florence Tan, Chef Shukri, Chef Sabri, Chef Zaidah and Chef Riz.

I have always cooked Malaysian food when I am abroad, we have to bring back chefs to the Asean discipline.
…  Continue reading »

Where To Eat

A Taste of Osaka @ Genji

by Honey, on Wed, November 04, 2009

"Beautiful to look at, good to eat"

I remember being in the Osaka train station and feeling rather bewildered. I just came from gorgeous Kyoto where the pace is a little languid, a smell-the-cherry-blossoms kind of place. And then suddenly stepping into Osaka- a crazy bustling metropolis, everyone rushing to go somewhere.

One thing I did remember everyone telling me was, "Osaka, lucky girl- it's a food mad city." In the whirlwind two days I was there I remembered eating grilled octopus at the side of the street, hot and sticky while breathing in the city. Each city has its unique smells, sometimes I get a whiff of damp asphalt with a tinge of metallic and warm malt vinegar and think of London. In Osaka it was electric neon and those grilled baby octopi.

Anyway... Genji's affable Chef Richard who is mad about the tastes and textures of Japanese cuisine recently had a sojurn in Osaka and came back with a few tricks. So now fans of Genji can enjoy "A Taste of Osaka" when they dine.

To some people Osaka's lighter touch on the food might seem a little bland but because of that you can really only get away with it by using the freshest ingredients. Before the meal started Chef Richard gave a quick demo on Osaka-style sushi. First he takes up the box press, a rectangular mould and lays a bamboo leaf at the bottom, "so the rice doesn't stick." He adds in a generous slice of mackerel and some scallions. Then he presses in sushi rice, “not too tightly just firmly” and wallah, box sushi!

So to the meal, a sort of Osaka-inspired degustation First up are delightful raw scallops with roe in a fresh vinaigrette and diced mango. This slips down your throat and whets your appetite for something more. Sashimi followed then a medley of three delicious things. This is my favourite of the night. Succulent grilled cod (PJ Hilton always does cod extremely well), addictive garlic fried rice studded with edamame and a slice of tender beef with a sesame marinade.   More »

Food Articles

A Toothsome Halloween Tale

by Alexa P., on Fri, October 30, 2009
Special Feature
Beyond Evil Pumpkin Mountain lies the happy little village of Gallow Hills a place where they the ghouls go every year to partake in the festivities. This night was a bit different though as they came across a fork in the road that they hadn’t noticed on any of their previous trips to the village.

“Hey Irina! This has never been here…   More »

Gastro News

Malaysia Asean Heritage Trails Calendar of Events

by The News Team, on Fri, October 30, 2009 - 10:58:35 AM, 0 comment
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 »


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