Do you really need a time or season to enjoy wholesome, lip smacking fare that can be as lavish as a sit-down meal at a 5-star hotel or as humble as hawker offerings that only the locals would know? No, neither do we. So, here’s a roundup of what’s whetting appetites and getting gastric juices flowing.
Words: Alice Yong
Popular TV personality, model and host of The LINK on Astro B.yond’s Life Inspired (Li) channel – Jason Godfrey – reveals his fave travel destination and how to be an intrepid traveller:
Best Holiday Destination Taiwan! I recently had a shoot in Taiwan for The LINK and the trip was an absolute whirlwind. I enjoyed every bit of the shoot and the places we visited.
When in Taiwan The W Hotel is a fantastic destination for luxury travellers. I also tried the world’s most expensive beef noodles at 688 Beef Bowl, which tasted totally delicious. For coffee, Gabee in Taipei is an interesting spot with some great brews.
- Stay somewhere out of your comfort zone.
- Eat out somewhere unusual! Don’t keep looking for food you normally eat back home.
- Bring money – I cannot stress this point enough!
Insider Tip – Sydney
“When you’re in Sydney, the best dish to savour at Bar Cupola (Gallery Level, Angel Place Office Tower, 123 Pitt St.) is Twicecooked Duck with Poached Pear, Hazelnuts and Red Endives with Caramelised Red Wine Jus. The crispy skin and tender aromatic meat are just divine! Coffee connoisseurs will also enjoy Bar Cupola’s distinct blend of Colombian coffee.”
~ Suan Imm Lim, photographer and avid foodie.
Getting There AirAsia flies to Sydney from Kuala Lumpur daily from April 1, 2012.
Prime your palate for a Roast of the Day lunch on weekdays at the Lobby Lounge of the Ritz- Carlton Kuala Lumpur. Priced at RM95++ per person, inclusive of soup of the day, and a dessert trolley selection, the selection offers roast leg of lamb, salmon en croute, salt-crusted black cod fillet and Wagyu rump, amongst others.http://www.ritzcarlton.com/
GODIVA sweetens your Easter celebrations with its 2012 Spring Easter Collection. Give your family, friends and loved ones their first taste of spring and melt their hearts with this exquisitely decorated limited edition chocolate box-set filled with GODIVA’s premium chocolates. http://www.godiva.my/
Jet Lag Be Gone!
Overcome jet lag with these easy tips:
- Maintain a high-fibre diet with adequate liquid intake for a few days prior to your departure.
- Stay hydrated with lots of plain water during your flight. Reduce intake of alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee or chocolate drinks if possible.
- Request for light, healthy meals on board. Good choices include fresh fruits or salad, bread and yoghurt.
Dough It Right
Learn the art of making artisanal bread under the supervision of culinary instructor and cookbook author Jean Michel Fraisse of HTC in Asia – The French Culinary School Kuala Lumpur. The basic class commences on April 9 and 10 followed by the advanced class on April 11 to 13. Classes are conducted from 9.00am to 5.00pm.http://www.htciasia.com/
New Zealand’s premier wine and food magazine Cuisine awarded five stars to Hawkshead Pinot Gris 2011 and Hawkshead Riesling 2011 in its annual wine tasting recently. Critics praised the Pinot Gris from Hawkshead’s single vineyard Lark Block at Gibbston, Central Otago as “all purity and youthful exuberance, splashing with the freshness of a mountain stream.” The Hawkshead Riesling 2011 from a single vineyard at Bendigo, described as “a wonderfully delicate, poised and individual expression of wind-blown orchard blossoms” was considered Cuisine’s Best Buy. The Hawkshead Pinot Gris retails between AUD24 to AUD26 and Hawkshead Riesling 2011 is sold between AUD18 to AUD22. http://www.hawksheadwine.com/
Penang is foodie heaven and you can literally eat yourself silly with the delicious, delectable offerings there. Here are some famous dishes from Penang and where to get them.
Curry and rice combo that has become a signature dish of Penang. In the past, sellers of nasi kandar used to carry pots of gravy and rice (nasi) balanced on wooden poles (kandar), hence the name. Sold mainly by Indian Muslim vendors, the meal is a quick, one-plate dish with rice, meats, seafood and vegetables.
Merlin Nasi Kandar
Address : Gr Fl, Old Merlin Hotel, 1A Lebuh Union (+604 264 2826)
Voted #7 in CNNGo’s International Food Survey, this noodle dish has a spicy, sourish broth made with flaked mackerel and topped with pineapple slices, torch ginger flower, onions and chillies. A dollop of prawn paste (heikou) provides the extra oomph!
Assam Laksa at Kek Seng Coffeeshop
Address : 384 Jalan Penang
Chee Cheong Fun
Prawns wrapped in steamed rice sheets served with sweet soy sauce and crunchy fried shallots – Hong Kong Style.
De Tai Tong Cafe
Address: 45 Cintra Street (+604 263 6625)
Deep-fried Indian pasties with curried potato and pea filling.
A Corner of King St. and Market St. junction, opposite Sri Ganga Store