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High Octane Chefs at Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival 2016

It is time of the year to treat your palate and prime your tummy again! Since the first event held back in 2001, MIGF has never failed to excite food connoisseurs with the best that Malaysia’s food scene has to offer.

LTITUDE’s starter of Hokkaido scallops with Romanesco cabbage and mint snow
LTITUDE’s starter of Hokkaido scallops with Romanesco cabbage and mint snow

During the month-long festival, chefs from Malaysia’s best restaurants will offer diners specially created festival menus at exclusive festival prices. The culinary expertise of the chefs will be showcased through an array of world cuisines which includes Malaysian, Nyonya, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Mediterranean, Sri Lankan, Argentinian, as well as Asian Fusion.

This year, Malaysia International Gourmet Festival has been changed to Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival 2016 to reflect the inclusion of non-fine dining establishments, giving more variety to the one of most anticipated culinary events in the food-obsessed country. As a result, it is bound to be the most diverse MIGF in the festival’s 16-year history.

Chef Radzuan’s noisette of lamb, polenta, lentil, eggplant puree, carrot, cauliflower, artichoke, mint ice cream
Chef Radzuan’s noisette of lamb, polenta, lentil, eggplant puree, carrot, cauliflower, artichoke, mint ice cream

The theme of the 2016 edition is “High Octane Chefs”, a befitting theme as participating chefs from Malaysia’s top-rated restaurants will engage in a friendly competition to overtake one another in whipping up sumptuous culinary masterpieces in the most creative and innovative ways possible. All chefs takes pride in their specially-crafted menu for the festival, translating their vision into an intimate dining experience for both the chefs and the diners who all share a passion for good food, something that I experienced first-hand at Resorts World Genting’s signature restaurants, The Olive and LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge.

The Olive is the winner of the Golden Cauldron for Best All-Round Restaurant of MIGF 2015, so naturally everyone was excited to see what Chef Radzuan Hamzah has in store this year, and he didn’t disappoint at the tasting. The six-course meal started strong with a rich amuse bouchè of sea urchin mousse. Known for his bold creativity, the chef doesn’t hold back when it comes to presentation, as shown by the way the way he plated his smoked tomato essence soup surrounded by lavender-scented salt rocks, creating a unique sensory experience. For the main course, he served up mint ice cream along with his sumptuous noisette of lamb, a refreshing change from your run-of-the-mill mint sauce.

Chef Mandy’s wild caught French sea bass, Swiss chard, vanilla foam
Chef Mandy’s wild caught French sea bass, Swiss chard, vanilla foam

LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge is located within Genting Club, one of the most exclusive entertainment hubs in Malaysia. Usually only members are allowed into the club, but it opens its doors to non-members for diners participating in MIGF 2016. Chef Mandy Goh sourced some of the best ingredients from around the globe to create her festival menu for MIGF 2016, taking diners to a wonderful culinary journey. She uses wild-caught French sea bass with Swiss chard for her first main course, heirloom coeur de boeuf tomato for the palate cleanser, and blood orange for her terrine. These exotic produces are sought-after for a good reason. I couldn’t remember the last time I was so excited about a soup, but the chef’s purple artichoke soup with black truffle and Albali white wine was so smooth and exquisite that I couldn’t help but to ask for a second helping!

The Olive’s dessert for the festival menu: Fleur de sel caramel apple, lavender marshmallow, panna cotta, chocolate bar, crème brûlée, pomegranate glee
The Olive’s dessert for the festival menu: Fleur de sel caramel apple, lavender marshmallow, panna cotta, chocolate bar, crème brûlée, pomegranate glee

My experience at these two exemplary restaurants was a mere tip of the iceberg as a total of 25 restaurants are participating in this year’s MIGF. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy special festival menus from the Malaysia’s finest restaurants at special prices and avail of generous special offers from each restaurant all through October. Whether you’re a well-dined gourmand or a casual foodie looking for a good time with your loved ones, there’s something for everyone at MIGF!

Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival 2016
October 1 – 31, 2016
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