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We had the pleasure of attending a Nyonya-themed Supperclub hosted by Guan Chua aka TheBoyWhoAteTheWorld. You may have seen Guan fly the Malaysian flag on Channel 4’s The Taste, cooking several amazing Malaysian dishes along the way.

 

To start, Guan introduced us all to Nyonya cuisine, a large subsector of Malaysian food that originated from Chinese merchants from the 17th Century adapting their dishes from home to include the spices and flavours from the port towns of Penang and Malacca. These towns today are still the food hubs of Malaysia where you can be treated to an array of the traditional dishes.

 

Our entry course featured delicious little Kuih Pai Tee ‘Top Hats’; crispy, hand fried batter shells filled with beansprout and chilli salad topped with shallots. These little bites were delicious and was a perfect introduction to the meal.

 

The two dishes to follow were arguably the best of the night. Firstly, a spicy yet refreshing Kerabu Chicken Salad with Woodear. The chicken was cooked in mint, belacan and chillies. With these strong flavours I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the strong taste but they balanced themselves out perfectly. The Kerabu was followed by Lobak; 5-spice pork rolls deep-fried, served with a chilli and sesame seed sauce. The Lobak was presented beautifully on a slate (pictured) and they tasted as good as they looked!

 

Our mains were also superb. There were Assam king prawns, fresh from Billingsgate Fish Market that morning, marinated in tamarind and then deep-fried to perfection. The accompanying main was a nutty and fragrant Chicken Kari Kapitan with steamed rice. The chicken was cooked on the bone as it typically would in Malaysia, which really added to the dish.

 

The puddings were a fantastic end to the meal. The first was a banana and salt caramel tarte tatin, which was a highly praised dish of his on The Taste. It was light, sweet and had just the right amount of salt. The second pudding was Pandan Madelines. They came straight out of the oven and were piping hot. They were a fun ending to what was a brilliant night and we highly recommend the experience.

 

If you want to book a slot at one of Guan’s Supperclubs, check out his blog where you’ll be able to find out dates and menus!

 

http://theboywhoatetheworld.com/my-malaysian-nyonya-supper-club/

The Taste on Channel 4 is now over but it had Malaysian chef and blogger Guan Chua progress far in the competition.

Nigella Lawson, food maverick Anthony Bourdain, and critically-acclaimed chef Ludo Lefebvre looked for the first British winner of the high stakes cooking competition where flavour is the only thing that matters. The judges could only eat a spoonful of each dish so the chef’s had to ensure all of the flavour was crammed in!

Guan for several years has written his popular food blog ‘TheBoyWhoAteTheWorld’ and is also a Cordon Bleu trained chef. His culinary skill, love for innovative food and Malaysian cuisine saw Guan sail through the first round with his Sambal Prawns. His dish particularly impressed American food critic Anthony Bourdain who has fond memories of Malaysian food after a previous visit. Guan was the last male contestant standing, just missing out on a semi-final place!

It was great seeing Malaysian food promoted on national TV in such style, we look forward to see where Guan goes from here!

If you want to find out more about Guan’s blog and his fantastic recipes or Supper club, please check out http://theboywhoatetheworld.com

 

Finally, high quality, deliciously distinctive Malaysian grown Durian fruit is available for everyone.

Durian, usually remembered for its distinctive smell, is a sweet fleshed fruit with a custardy taste. It can be used in various dishes, served alone or used as a flavouring.

The fruit is growing in popularity in the UK and can be found in everything from sweets to ice cream, as well as on restaurant menus.

Foods Wise Durian fruit has been grown and produced in Malaysia, exclusively for Fruits Wise in the South of Malaysia, in an area known as ‘The Land of the Kings of Fruit’, Jementah, an area that produces the best quality fruit in the country.

A large box of vacuum packed fresh Durian fruit (more than enough for a dinner party or two) can be purchased from Loon Fung stores across London or ordered online at www.foodswise.com for only £20.50 a box

 

 

 

On October 5th, for the fourth year running, Malaysia Kitchen took over London’s iconic Trafalgar Square for the annual Malaysia Night!

Over 35,000 Londoners and members of the Malaysian community visited the Square to absorb the amazing sights and smells that came from the food stalls and main stage.

17 of London’s Malaysian restaurants lined Trafalgar Square, serving the waves of hungry foodies, eager to taste some of the delicious  dishes available including Asam Laksa, Beef Rendang, Apam Balik and PujiPuji’s famous Chicken Satay which sold well over 10,000 sticks!

For those wanting to take a taste of Malaysia home with them, there were two bustling product markets supplied by Chuanglee and Wing Yip. They both sold a wide variety of Malaysian goods such as durian, condiments, curry pastes and drinks.

The stage provided the huge crowds with a colourful evening filled with cultural performances throughout. After a dramatic opening ceremony, Bonnie Freechyld wowed the crowds with her Malaysian singing whilst Nottingham based troupe Nusantara provided authentic dancing and musical pieces. The shows ran until 9pm with many of those in attendance staying for the entirety of the show.

As well as the performances on stage, the cooking theatre hosted six cooking demonstrations that were streamed onto two huge screens. MasterChef Winner Tim Anderson, YouTube Chef Caroline MiLi Artiss and Head Chef of Gilgamesh Ian Pengelley ran the demonstrations throughout the day.

Thanks to the clear skies and huge crowds, Malaysia Night 2013 was the most successful to date and Malaysia Kitchen look forward to welcoming you all back to Malaysia Night 2014!

 

 

Malaysia Kitchen have been informing the customers of Sainsbury’s stores nationwide about the amazing taste of Malay Taste’s Kicap Manis, a thicker, sweeter version of Soy Sauce which is 33% off until April 23rd in selected stores and online!

The Malaysia Kitchen team were in 33 stores all over the UK last week, including London, Edinburgh and Belfast, handing out samples of delicious Mee Goreng (Malaysian Fried Noodles) to hungry shoppers and converting them to the wonders of Kicap Manis.

Caroline Mi Li Artiss and PujiPuji Catering have been very busy cooking up nearly 5000 delicious samples from our Malaysia Kitchen food truck that show the versatility of our new favourite product; using Kicap Manis in traditional Malaysian dishes like Nasi Goreng (Malaysian Fried Rice) and Chicken Satay as well as in more adventurous ways such as a glaze for steak and in fried egg rolls!

So far we have visited the carparks of the Ashton Moss Sainsburys superstore in Manchester, the Selly Oak superstore in Birmingham and the Kiln Lane, Nine Elms and Richmond superstores in London. There has been a fantastic turnout to the truck throughout the tour, in all types of weather so we would like to thank those who came to say hello!

This weekend is unfortunately our last weekend of sampling at Sainsbury's. Malaysian Restaurant Tukdin will be manning the food truck on its final stop at the Ladbroke Grove (W10 5AA) store this Saturday and Sunday.

You can still enter our amazing Facebook Competition to win a whole year's supply of Malay Taste products, simply click here to be in with a chance of winning!

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