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Malaysian Kitchen, Private Dining

Malaysian Kitchen Australia is part of a global marketing campaign to promote Malaysian cuisine. They had their first campaign in Sydney in February, where Malaysia Kitchen was set up in the narrow alley behind the State Theatre. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to go but it did look like a fun event!

Adam Liaw is the ambassador for the Malaysian Kitchen in Australia and I was fortunate enough to take part of this special occasion thank to S (theheartoffood) for asking me to be his plus one and of course Annabel from Ogilvy PR.

As most of you know, the Good Food and Wine Show is currently on in Sydney and will be until Sunday 3rd July which is held in the convention centre in Darling Harbour. The Malaysian Kitchen has a stand and if you have yet to go, check it out, you might see both Adam Liaw and Alvin Quah doing some cooking demonstrations.

It was a private dinner, seven people including Adam and Annabel. The ‘private’ dining area was set up just behind the Malaysian Kitchen stand. It was like a fish tank, people peering to see the action and we got the odd ‘oh it’s Adam’ and girls shrieking and asking for a photo. However, despite that, it was quite intimate and we got up, close and personal with Adam himself. We (especially me) were all keen to hear what life was like before and after Masterchef. It was interesting to hear what life was or would be like in the Masterchef household and of course what Adam is doing right now. He has a couple of projects coming up so very keen to see how it all pans out!

Thanks to Aidan Gan at Kaki Lima, Kensington for the wonderful dishes! All the entree, main and dessert was especially made by her and trust me, everything on the menu sounds divine!

Aidan would explain each dish that was served, and Adam would then elaborate. If we had questions on how to make it or what is in each dish, he was more than happy to share.

To start with, we had the chicken curry puffs and prawn fritters (udang bakwan).

I am a huge fan of prawn fritters so this was a win win for me. Crispy and thin batter with juicy prawns, it was wonderful – not too oily and not too fatty. The chicken curry puffs was another favourite of mine, succulent bite size chicken pieces and eaten with chili was excellent. A great way to start.

The mains, started with beef rendang (spiced beef in coconut) and a side of roti canai. The beef rendang was good but I think the beef could have been a little more tender. It was a little sweeter than normal I thought and wasn’t as coconut-y as I had expected but still quite tasty! (Secretly though, I still like Mum’s will have to get the recipe of her I think!)

The roti canai – excellent! This is what ALL roti canai should look and taste like! It was thick, fluffy, moist and we all couldn’t help but use our hands, rip it apart and dip in the rendang… ah, how I love good roti canai! A visit to Malaysia is definitely in order.

Acar Jelata (Malay tangy pickle salad) I loved! It is a tangy, pickle-like salad consisting of cucumber, pineapple, spiced up with a touch of red chili and a hint of red onion. It was deliciously fresh, refreshing and I love the spice and tang! Definitely one of the nicest acar jelata I have had in a long time!

The ayam masak merah (fried chicken with tangy, sweet and spicy sauce) reminds me very much of my holidays in Malaysia as either our friends, or relatives would make this. I love the sweet, tangy and spice sauce. The chicken again could have been more tender but still very good.

It was served with tomato rice which had sultanas, and nuts and was oh so very yummy! The perfect combination, red chicken and red tomato rice.

Now dessert – when Aidan brought the plate out – it was one of the most colourful dish I have ever seen! Different types of luscious dessert placed before us – I wanted one of each but I KNEW my eyes were bigger than my stomach!

Baked tapioca cake – this is Mum’s favourite and the tapioca (the yellow looking one), the steamed sticky rice pudding with pandan custard (seri muka), I didn’t have as I was full but wished that I had brought some home.

The layered cake (kueh lapis) is a favourite of mine, like a child, I peeled each layer off and eat them separately! The baked pandan cake with sesame seeds was deliciously rich and had a strong pandan flavour.

We learnt a great deal about Malaysian food, the different types and ingredients. It is very close to Indonesian food and very close to my heart! Quite similar in fact and I realise how much I have to learn from Mum in terms of cooking these dishes.

Thanks again S (truly appreciate it!) and of course Adam, Annabel and Aidan for the private dining. Truly had a wonderful time and loved the food!

Gastronomous Anonymous dined as a guest thanks to Ogilvy PR and Malaysian Kitchen Australia. 

  1. July 2, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Great night of food, even if it was a little weird at times & it cost you your anonymity.

    Glad you enjoyed it!

    • July 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

      hey simon, thanks again! I know! will have a word about the video! hehehehe really did enjoy it and twas great seeing you again 🙂

  2. July 2, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Oh I love roti! Malaysian food is close to my heart too – my Malaysian neighbours have been gifting us with kueh lapis for 20years!

    • July 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

      oh lucky you!!!!!!! i think mum makes it frequently but sometimes its gone by the time i visit – probably a good thing as i would finish it all!

  3. July 2, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Oh wow, I had no idea there would be just seven people at the dinner – what a treat! The desserts and that pickled salad look lush…and that roti, oh my!

    • July 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

      it was very intimate and lovely 🙂 that roti… best!!! and the pickled salad too… hmhmhm… i think diet soon is in order!

  4. July 2, 2011 at 11:22 am

    omg the roti looks perfect! all those layers!

    • July 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

      the best i have had in Sydney…. must visit kaki lima soon i think! wanna go?!?!?!? 🙂

  5. July 3, 2011 at 12:40 am

    good work on the pho’os and a great write up! check out that roti! for a moment, i wasn’t sure if Aidan was a guy or girl when i was reading this on the iphone in bed! you gotta check out your blog on the iPad. so cool!! i think you need one too, iPad, that is… haha… just kidding. i can’t wait for your video debut too!

    • July 3, 2011 at 1:19 am

      thanks uncle for your kind words! we should definitely check out kaki lima – its near your hood 🙂 dont tempt me! you know once i am tempted i will go and buy one!

  1. July 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

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