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Taste Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2013

 

Go On a Super Gourmet Safari!
Taste cuisines from all over the world on the Super Gourmet Safari. Enjoy delicious, tasting portions from Malaysia’s best restaurants as they gather in one amazing location – the specially created Theatre of Cuisines. Bring your family and friends. A live band adds to the carnival like atmosphere.All You Need Are Taste TokensTo go on the Super Gourmet Safari, all you need are Taste Tokens – valued at RM5 each and sold in booklets of 10. Purchase them at the venue on the day itself or buy them online in advance andenjoy a special 5% discount. Simply click the link to www.tastemigf.com or scan the QR code.Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September from 11.00am to 11.00pm Enjoy Epicure Lifestyle Workshops!
Celebrity Chef Wan will hold court at 11am on both days. Sign up for cooking demonstrations, wine appreciation and more. There will also be Hospitality Pavilions and a Playroom for children.Shop at the Epicure International Gourmet Village!Browse through an array of premium food, wine, beverages and cigars in the international Epicure Gourmet Village – a haven for all food lovers.

Friday, 6th September – 11.00am to 4.00pm and Festival Gala Launch (Special Preview);
Saturday 7th  and Sunday 8th  – 11.00am to 11.00pm

 

The Westin Kuala Lumpur showcases “Hats Off Kuala Lumpur” with Michelin-star Chefs

A gastronomic tribute for serious culinary enthusiasts

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; April 2013 – All culinary enthusiasts are in for a rare treat as The Westin Kuala Lumpur prepares to unveil a spectacular gastronomic journey like no other the city has seen.

Staged for the first time ever in Kuala Lumpur, “Hats Off”, an extraordinary culinary showcase, will bring together international and local masters of their own culinary expertise, through a series of intimate and engaging dining experiences.

For 5 days in May (from 8 to 12 May 2013), be prepared to tantalise your tastebuds and tickle your culinary senses as The Westin Kuala Lumpur Hotel will pull out the stops to ensure all who appreciates fine cuisine, experience one of the most spectacular dining extravaganza the city has to offer.

The “Hats Off” culinary event will see 3 international acclaimed Michelin-star chefs – Jeremy Biasiol, Serge Dansereau and Alvin Leung – take to the kitchens of the award-winning restaurants at The Westin Kuala Lumpur, to share with their signature dishes and personal brand of culinary specials with KL-ites.

Individual and engaging dining experiences

Currently the most buzzed about chef and restaurant in Hong Kong, Jeremy Biasol’s 1 Michelin Star Mirror Restaurant was awarded Asia’s top 300 best restaurant by the Miele Guide 2012. On 8 and 9 May, local food enthusiasts will get to sample Jeremy’s Michelin-star cuisine through a specially-crafted set menu at Qba, the popular Latin grill and bar venue. Some of the dishes to look forward to are Crab jelly with cauliflower sauce, caviar and crab roes; Beef tenderloin Rossini, perigueux sauce with potatoes cromesquis black truffles and Half Maine lobster with eggplant, lobster and comte cheese sauce.

Featured as the iconic chef in 2012 MasterChef Australia, the renowned Serge Dansereau is the owner of The Bathers’ Pavilion in Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia. Apart from being a chef at heart, Serge has written 6 books, with the most recent “Summer Food” released in November 2011. Join Serge, as he takes over the award-winning Prego Italian restaurant on 11 and 12 May, with simply divine creations such as Galantine of quail, foie gras and leek ash confit leg, verjuice jelly and mizuna; Kombu-baked ocean trout with black salsify baby gold beetroot, dried oyster, woodland sorrel and Duck magret with confit peach, pistachio cream witlof, crisp tongue and kimchi sauce.

To tease your Oriental palette, Alvin Leung will lead the kitchen brigade over at Five Sen5es, on 11 and 12 May. Renowned for his unique ‘X-treme Chinese’ cuisine, Alvin Leung takes traditional Chinese recipes and blends them with modern ingredients and cooking techniques. Give in to culinary temptations like Scallop in Shanghainese “jolo” sauce, crispy woba and peas foam; Organic Chicken served with 7-years aged Acquerello rice, yellow chicken stock, wooden fungus with sand ginger chicken jus and Cherry tomato baked in Chinese filo with fermented Chinese olives “lam kok” and tomato marshmallow with green oil. His restaurant Bo Innovation in Hong Kong is the only independent restaurant to win two Michelin Stars by the coveted Michelin guide.

 Priced at RM348++ per person (inclusive of wines) and at RM298++ per person (excluding alcoholic beverages), these specially designed 5-course set menus, are only available for dinner at the above mentioned restaurants.

  10% discount for SPG Restaurants & Bars members

  Group discounts are also available through the hotel

Gala Spectacular

If you like to sample the stunning culinary magic of all 3 chefs and more, we rec0mmend you block your diary for 10 May 2013. An amazing gastronomic feat not to be missed, the Hats Off Gala Dinner will see the 3 Celebrity Chefs work alongside Starwood Kuala Lumpur’s very own masters in their own right – Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur’s Executive Chef Antoine Rodriguez, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur’s Executive Chef, Rajesh Kanna and The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s Executive Sous Chef, Fahdrul Abd. Malek – all renowned and familiar faces to the local KL dining crowd.

Each of the chefs will represent 2 canapés and one course. And whilst diners enjoy the sumptuous meal, they are able to view how these delectable dishes are prepared by the master chefs via a special live feed from the kitchens. Complementing the spectacular cuisine that evening will be a wide range of exquisite wines available from many renowned wineries like M. Chapoutier, Paul Bouchard, Banfi, Torres, De Bortoli, Pascal Jolibvet and more.

To be staged at the Westin Grand Ballroom, the dinner spectacular will see diners savour signature canapés and cocktails before embarking on a true gastronomic delight of a 6-course set menu, paired with a wide range of exquisite wines.

Price :    RM448++ per person, inclusive of wines and champagne

RM388++ per person, exclusive of alcoholic beverages

10% discount for SPG Restaurants & Bars members

Group discounts are also available through the hotel

Get Up Close and Personal

There is also an opportunity to get close to your favourite chef personality and learn his trade secrets. Simply sign up for any of the 2 Master classes, to be presented by Alvin Leung at Five Sen5es or Serge Dansereau at Prego. Treat yourself to a personalized and exclusive cooking class like no other.

Date :      11 May 2013

Time :     3 pm to 5 pm

Venue :   Five Sen5es and Prego

Price :    RM188++ per person per class

Limited to 20 persons per session, advance reservations is a must.

For more information or to make reservation, visit www.thewestinkualalumpur.com or call +60 3 2731 8333 or email westindining@westin.com

About “Hats Off”

“Hats Off” is Starwood Hotels & Resort’s branded culinary showcase – a platform for multiple renowned chefs and the hotel group’s talented culinary maestros to come together and create an extraordinary gastronomic journey for all fine cuisine enthusiasts. The event concept was developed in 2008 and was first kicked off at The Westin Beijing Financial Street , by its Executive Chef, Stephane Tremblay. The yearly event gained huge popularity within the city and the region. This year, the event is set to take other parts of Asia Pacific by storm, starting with the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur at The Westin Kuala Lumpur.

ALOFT KL Sentral Official Opening Event

An easy breezy adventure awaits you at the heart of Sentral district, considered Kuala Lumpur’s new Central Business District, with Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral’s lively loft-inspired style. Stroll out the door and be among major corporations and the city’s transport hub so you can zip around to all the buzzing city attractions. Nearby attractions include Little India, National Museum, Bird Park and Lake Gardens. The airtrain link to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is part of the Sentral complex where we are located, and a brand new, adjoining retail mall which provides lots of shopping choices.

See why everyone’s all abuzz about Aloft, and discover a whole new travel experience. Start your adventure in one of the 60 hotels in 10 countries, from Baltimore to Beijing to Bogota to Brussels – and everywhere in between.

Aloft has been shaking up the staid and traditional mid-market hotel sector and redefining the category by delivering urban-influenced, modern and vibrant design, and a social guest experience at an attractive price point. As such, the brand continues to make an impression on its guests, gaining market share and building traveler loyalty.

“Aloft’s international expansion so early in the brand’s life cycle is unprecedented. The Aloft debut in Kuala Lumpur underscores the strength of the Starwood network and the power of the Aloft brand,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Driving trends in music, design, and technology, Aloft is well positioned towards youthful, tech savvy, and connected travelers.”

For more information, please visit www.alofthotels.com.

Adjacent to Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station, the largest railway station in South East Asia, and a 28-minute train ride to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the 482-room hotel is the largest Aloft property in the world. Dato’ Mohammed Azlan Hashim, Chairman of Aseana Properties Limited said, “We are delighted to be part of this milestone development of the first Aloft in Malaysia, especially as it is also the biggest Aloft hotel in the world to date. Travelers can now expect stylish design-led accommodations with accessible technology, comfort and convenience – all at a great value”.

A press conference and official opened with a lion dance show after the prayer done in the morning.

The video below is the actual lion dance show which I shot on the day.

It was attended by all the senior management company of the people who involve in the newly built ALOFT KL Sentral.

(From L to R): Lai Siew Wah – Group Managing Director of Ireka Corporation Berhad, Monica Lai – Chief Financial Officer of Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd, Lai Voon Hon – President & CEO of Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Mohammed Azlan Hashim – Non Executive Chairman of Aseana Properties Limited, Paolo Campillo – General Manager of Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Vincent Ong – Senior Director, Brand Management, Asia Pacific for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Dato’ Seri Ismail Shahudin – Non Executive Director of Aseana Properties Limited and Chuck Abbott – Regional Vice President, South East Asia for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

(From L to R) : Lai Voon Hon – President & CEO of Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd, Vincent Ong – Senior Director, Brand Management, Asia Pacific for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Dato’ Mohammed Azlan Hashim – Non Executive Chairman of Aseana Properties Limited, Dato’ Seri Ismail Shahudin – Non Executive Director of Aseana Properties Limited,  Paolo Campillo – General Manager of Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral and Chuck Abbott – Regional Vice President, South East Asia for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

To celebrate its opening, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral has unveiled special opening rates, starting at MYR328+ per night for a Loft room. This special promotional rate includes an Aloft welcome gift and a complimentary cocktail, to be enjoyed at either the w xyz(SM) or MAI bar.

For more information or to make reservations, please call 1800 80 6575, email Reservations.

Aloftkl@alofthotels.com

or visit

www.alofhotels.com/kualalumpursentral 

Racing Creatures & Barista Guild Asia Launches The 4th Malaysia Barista Championship 2013

Last week I was invited to Blackbox located at Publika for a press launch for the launch of 4th Malaysia Barista Championship (MBC). We use to take Nescafe back in the olden days to start off our day. As the day goes by, we are glad to have the culture originate from Melbourne Australia to start in Malaysia. More and more gourmet coffee joints and cultures started.

My heart shape coffee art on a cup of cafe latte.

This is a new live center for the community in Publika where many stand up comedy, or showcase were held here.

The first thing I saw upon entering the place were Monin where they are the famous syrup and sauce maker. The flavored syrup where used almost in all over the coffee joints in Malaysia. Flavor like hazelnut coffee is added with this syrup.

Coffex being the famous Australian Coffee producer are part of the sponsor in the event. Street gourmet coffee were popularize back there in Melbourne Australia.

Alongside the good coffee beans, the milk that goes into your coffee need to be consistent, creamy and has a certain character condition met in order to produce a good cup of latte or flat white. Not all plain milk off the shelf will taste good with gourmet coffees.

Usual coffee snacks that accompany the drink.

Or an overly sweet macaroon to balance a cup of sugarless coffee? I take my coffee without sugar. This way it is more healthy and you get to taste the barista skill in preparing a good cup of good coffee.

It is all started from the selection of coffee beans ranging from Southern Americans, African Regions and South East Asians. Each has its distinctive character and taste where coffee traders or experts. Then they were roasted and mixed to create blends which each cafe has their own signature blend.

This is El Salvador where espressolab let the guest of the events to try out their new blend. I find it not strong enough for my liking where it is a blend with more southern American beans ratio. Hence it doesn’t have much after taste.

Next we need a good and fine coffee grinder that able to churn out the perfect amount of coffee powder per cup. Too much is over bitter and too less will make it tasteless.

Then the coffee machine is the major factor for milk frothing and coffee press consistency.

It is a dream machine to be owned by coffee connoisseurs and baristas.

Mr Kelvin Ngow the Exec Director of Coffex Coffee (M) Sdn Bhd is one of the main sponsor here where he supply the coffee machines, grinders, beans and blends.

Last year’s 2012 Barista Champ JH Yee who started off from Espresso Lab and now a co owner of Top Brew Coffee at Plaza Damas, Hartamas. He was on the stage to give some inspirational talk.

Myself with Jim Liaw and a friend of his. I am so surprise that he knows so many people in the coffee industries.

Mr Kelvin and Jim both are long time friends where Jim got his coffee machine from Coffex Malaysia.

Farm House Milk anyone?

“Four espresso, four cappuccino and four signature drinks in 15 minutes – the country’s best baristas battle it out to be named MBC2013 Grand Champion.” expressed Ms Karen Khoo of Racing Creatures Sdn Bhd. 16 baristas from all over the country will display their talent in the art and science of specialty coffee. With an international panel of judges from Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia to cast a critical eye on the contestants. This year, Head judge Hendri Kurniawan (Indonesia) and Ross Bright (Singapore) will lead this group of judges. To make the competition even more attractive, the grand champion will get the chance to see the World Barista Championship 2013 happening in Melbourne as well as a hotel stay of 4D/5N in Melbourne plus coffee tour and access to the Melbourne International Coffee Expo in May 2013, all courtesy of Tourism Victoria; as well as a 3D/2N coffee farm tour in the Gayo Islands courtesy Global Coffee Resources. Additionally, a Nuova Simonelli MusicaV 1 Group (Black) coffee machine sponsored by Dankoff Coffee on behalf of Nuova Simonelli is up for grabs as well.

TALENT ACQUISITION, ALOFT STYLE: ALOFT KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL TO HOST MASS TALENT ACQUISITION AT THE BUTTER FACTORY, KUALA LUMPUR

PRESS RELEASE BY ALOFT HOTEL

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 JANUARY 2013 – Aloft Hotels, the “Style at a Steal” brand by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), will debut soon in Kuala Lumpur, when the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral opens its doors on 22 March 2013.

splash, the swimming pool @ Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Pioneering initiatives in pop culture, design, and technology have positioned Aloft as a must-have brand for the next generation of travellers. Aloft hotels have reported consistently high guest satisfaction scores since launch, reflecting the success of its modern, and vibrant design at an affordable price point.

MAI Bar @ Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

As part of the pre-opening preparations of the 482-room Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, a mass talent acquisition audition will be held at an out-of-the-box venue, The Butter Factory Kuala Lumpur. Giving its future talents a taste of the modern design, meet, mix and mingle concept of Aloft hotels, this unique talent audition will be the first of its kind in Kuala Lumpur.

Nook, all day dining restaurant @ Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

The audition will take place on 14 and 15 January 2013, from 12pm to 9pm at The Butter Factory Kuala Lumpur. Some of the vacancies to look out for are:

money, money, money (finance)

  • re:fresh (housekeeping)
  • can fix it (engineering)
  • meet, mix and mingle (bars & food)
  • aloha desk (front office)
  • be safe and secure (safety and security)
  • tactic (banquets)
  • sassy stay (reservations)
  • look what’s cooking (culinary)
  • anytime, anywhere (bellman, concierge, operator)
  • sales, sales, sales (catering sales)

Candidates will undergo a series of engagement sessions and behavioral interviews designed to ensure that the selected candidates are aligned with the brand’s values.

Each candidate that makes the shortlist  will be given a “I make the a-list ticket”, which will provide exclusive access to an after-party hosted by the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral team, at The Butter Factory on 15 January 2013, from 10pm to 12 midnight.

“Our hotel is searching for individuals with a unique and vibrant personality that will complement the brand’s sassy ambience and buzzing social scene. We hope that this fresh approach to hiring will allow us to find talents who can deliver, delight and engage our guests”, says Paolo Campillo, General Manager of Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral.

Interested candidates should attend the audition with their latest updated resume, a recent portrait shot and be dressed in trendy and stylish attire that exudes Aloft’s passion for music, design and technology.

For more information, please email to kl.talents@alofthotels.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/AloftKualaLumpurSentral

Celcom Cupcake Challenge Finale 2012

Celcom Axiata Berhad, the first and foremost mobile telecommunications provider, launched the Celcom Cupcake Challenge on 30th Aug 2012 in conjunction with the 55th Malaysia Independence day. The contest were open to any Malaysian irregardless of which telco they are using. This is to promote the national unity and  showcase the creativity talents of the participants.

I even participate in the event but however due to my vote on Facebook is pretty low, I don’t get to showcase my work in the finals. My previous participation on the event is located at http://www.foodpoi.com/2012/09/celcom-hosts-exclusive-baking-workshop-for-national-pride/

To win is not an easy thing. You are against 700 entries from 664 unique participants nationwide. The finalist then later battle it out again in Publika, Solaris Dutamas on 29 Sept 2012 which is yesterday.

 

All the cupcakes are prebaked for them and they just need to recreate their winning designs and independent celebrity judged will choose the top 3 winners based on Creativity, Uniqueness, Best Decoration and Match the submitted photos.

The top 3 winners will be going home with each having a unit of Samsung Galaxy S3 each with cash RM10,000 (First), RM5,000 (2nd) and RM2,000 (3rd) respectively. The rest of the finalists are getting a LG Prada phone themselves.

The  judges are Chef Dato’ Fazley Yaakob, Chef Rose Weiss and Chef Sherson Lian which each are famous in their own National TV programmes.

Aside from being able to cook and host talks, Chef Dato’ Fazley Yaakob can sing! He presented the audience his latest song yesterday in front of all the participants and guests of the mall.

Afizulazha Bin Abdullah, the Chief Operations, Advanced Data of Celcom Axiata giving the 3rd prize to :-

Mac Leong

Juneci Siong for 2nd place

And the Winner Vincent Liew where he walk home with a big fat cheque amounting RM10,000 and a brand new Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone.

This is the first prize winner creation that bag him all the great prizes sponsored by Celcom Axiata Berhad.

Oversea Kickstarts Mid-Autumn Festival By Celebrating 30 Years Of Mooncake Making

This is my 3rd mooncake review for the year 2012. I am going to show you the goodies that Restoran Oversea brought to the table in conjunction of this upcoming mooncake festival.

Just look at the moist and color of the mooncake …. look like a real moon on a plate.

Oversea always use the premium grade ingredients in their mooncakes. Each were hand crafted by their chefs.

Lotus seeds on mooncake maker mold.

To make the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration more meaningful, and in conjunction with its 30th anniversary of producing the much appreciated pastry, Oversea has put together a variety of mouth-watering Mooncakes and a special set menu just for the occasion.

Along with its collection of signature mooncakes, this year Oversea features the scruptious Shanghai Mooncake made with luscious egg yolk and lotus. The hand-made Shanghai Mooncake was created in 1982 and is specially baked fresh in the kitchens of Oversea Restaurants. Availability is exclusive and limited time only, it is served warm so that its crumbly crust and fragrance can be fully appreciated. However when you go Shanghai, you can find this goodie. This is invented in Malaysia by the founder of Oversea Restaurant.
Below is the video showing how the Shanghai Mooncake is done.

The lotus paste wrapping the golden egg yolks.

The Shanghai Mooncake pastry dough.

Ensuring the highest standards of excellence, over the years of Oversea has become recognized as a pioneer of delicious and best-selling Mooncakes. In addition to its most popular scrumptious lotus seeds, Oversea has created several other great favourites such as the delightful Pandan Lotus or better known as the Golden Emerald;

the delectable Golden Starlight, Malaysia’s first double layer paste of pandan and mung bean with an egg yolk; the popular flavourful Noble Delight which is made with dragon fruit essence and lotus, and its delightful Snowy series.

This is the signature Snowy series mooncake which place in the fridge frozen part. You can still see the frost on the mooncakes.

The best way to enjoy it is to wait for 15 minutes and let the frost melt. You can tell by looking at the mooncake sweating.

Sweating mooncakes

After 15 minutes cut them into mouth size and eat it. You will get the melting sensation like you are eating Haagen Daz ice cream. Give it a try! You will love them!

The founder of Oversea Restaurant (Cheng Kor) which everyone call him Brother Cheong.

Mr Yu also explained that mooncake was not just about eating, but is also an experience. “Oversea has tried to take the appreciation of Mooncakes to the next level. The mid-autumn festival is about appreciating the value of sharing and reunion with family and friends” he explained.

Most of the time the night start off with dinners and mooncakes served as dessert. We were served a four course dinner where the starter resemble a Yee Sang tossing ceremony. But we don’t toss it this round.

 

The main  key ingredient for Mid-Autumn Festival is the Lotus Seeds.

Lotus seeds means prosperity and good harvest in Chinese terminology.

This is how it look after it is tossed.

Our main dish for the night is none other than the famous Poon Choi! It is a luxuriously crafted besen of good foods.

 The Poon Choi consist of roast duck, chicken feet, braised sea cucumber, abalone, black mushrooms, lotus seeds, tiger prawns, 3 layer porks and best of all the soup boiled from all these ingredients. The soup is served last and taste very rich. It may look simple that 9 dishes piled up together in a big besen. But in reality it is so much tedious work. Each dish are cooked separately like for example a roast duck. You know the pain of preparing a roast duck from scratch.

Fried lotus roots with asparagus and almond flakes.

Steam Lotus leaf glutinous rice

Slight salty but full with fragrant result from the lotus leaf wrap. This is a finale for most of the wedding banquets.

Finish with the main course and I get to enjoy a slice of freshly oven baked Shanghai Mooncake.

Oversea Mooncakes are specially packaged by exceptionally designed boxes to reflect its uniqueness and are  certified “HALAL” by JAIS. Oversea Mooncakes can be purchased from Oversea outlets within the Klang Valley, Ipoh and Hypermarkets throughout Malaysia. During the mid-autumn festival period, Oversea Restaurant is also offering a set menu meal featuring key contemporary Cantonese dishes like the Poon Choi above.

The mid-autumn festival is the perfect time to show appreciation for the ones we care about, so call Oversea Restaurant at tel : 03-7845 9911 or checkout the restaurant’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Oversea to place your order of superior, great tasting Mooncakes or to make dining reservations.

 

My Opinion On Foods

Seek out new food

Food is the most wonderful creation. It gives you energy, fills you up, and above all else, makes you feel happy. A full stomach is a happy stomach, they say. Hence why more of us should seek out new foods, tastes and dishes.

Experience new flavours

Even the most experienced food lovers haven’t tasted every flavour in the world. The get distracted from their mission by foxy bingo games, and daily commitments. There will always be a new flavour from an obscure corner of the world to try, that will likely blow your taste buds away. Because every country, every culture, and every home has their own recipes and special ingredients.

Find out what you like

Many people have the bad habit of saying they won’t like something, purely because they don’t like the look of it, or they’ve eaten something similar before and disliked it. You shouldn’t let opportunities to eat great food go that easily. Trying new foods all the time, gives you a better idea of what you do and do not like.

Get out of your comfort zone

We all end up in food slumps, continuously eating the same foods over and over again. It’s easier and at least you know you’ll enjoy your meal. Every so often you need to reach out of your comfort zone though, and seek out new tastes. Otherwise your taste buds get bored.

Try everything once

It doesn’t matter how many similar foods you’ve tried, just because it looks like that really hot chicken dish you hated one time, doesn’t mean it tastes anything of the sort. Give it a go at least once. It only takes a small bite. And if you hate it, you can note it down as a no. If you do like it however, you have a new recipe to love.

Celcom Hosts Exclusive Baking Workshop For National Pride

How many of you out there who love cup cakes?

I believe many of you sweet tooth people out there especially girls love them so much! You know how to eat them but do you know how to bake them? It is pretty simple in terms of steps but need patience and creativity to decorate them. If you are well verse with them, then it will be an easy job for you. To tell you a good news, CELCOM are having a cupcake challenge starting from 8 September 2012 till 23 September 2012 in conjunction of our country’s 55 years anniversary of independence day. Participants for the Celcom Cupcake Challenge need only to design a cupcake with their own creative interpretation of national pride.

Then you can upload them to join the competition at www.facebook.com/cupcakeschallenge where you stand a chance to win some cash and a Samsung Galaxy S3 for the top 3 winners. Your designs will be voted via Facebook Likes and the top 55 will then later will have a baking showdown in front of celebrities and VIP guests. We all as a media get the opportunity to learn how to bake our very own cupcakes yesterday morning.

The event were held at The Cooking House located at Desa Sri Hartamas lead by Chef Lu Soo Chee (Resident Cake Artist).

All the ingredients and preparations were done ahead awaiting us to rock the place.

Flours, sugars, eggs, utensils and some colourings is the key ingredients for the cupcakes. It is less ingredients but requires a lots of patience to do it if you do not have a mixer. This means hand batter!

The event were started with Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Chief Marketing Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad.

He said, this event is open to all Malaysians and not just Celcom customers. The use of social medias to promote national unity spirit.

We were then shown a sample of how should the cakes look like. You can either follow them or come out with your own.

After taking a look on the concepts, we all start to bake for the basic Vanilla Cupcake.

We were instructed by Celebrity Chef from Selera TV3 Chef Rose on baking our cupcakes and decorate it

This is the instruction sheet. Just follow it and you can’t go wrong.

Beat the butter and sugar.

When done put in eggs and continue till it is even and fluffy.

Place it half height in every cups so that it can raise nicely.

Do not over stuff it or else the cupcake will raise too high and overflow from the cup.

Our cupcakes being bakes. You can see it raise nicely.

See how cute is our cupcakes. We feel so happy for the result where it came out golden brown and smells good.

After done with the cupcakes now we need to prepare and get ready the icing sugar.

This is hand beaten from icing sugar and butter. It may look simple to do it but as you go to the final stage it is tight. So hand mixer comes in handy if you have it.

Colours on our icing for our national flag colours.

My partner Dila Ariff love to decorate the cake than to bake it.

Some people said this looks like a France Flag … lol

Dila putting the final touch on it

Tada!!! Our first cupcakes design …. 1 Malaysia style

Camwhore a bit with our cakes

Since we finish early, we go around and take some photos

Anna decorating her cakes with plenty of patience.

Anna’s cake

Derek’s cupcake design.

Camwhore further with Ciki, Taufulou and Eric Yong

The winner for best looking cupcakes won by Anna’s and Bok’s Group which they got a Chocolate Recipe book.

After cleaning up and packing the cakes, we were served lunch.

It was a home style baked chicken with some rosemary marinations then oven baked. After that it is topped with mash potatoes and veges. It taste pretty good.

I would like to thank Celcom for the invite to this great event. It certainly made my weekend more fun!

Now we are going to submit our winning piece of cake along too. Do vote for us!

Top 3 winners will walk away with a brand new Samsung Galaxy S3 worth RM 2199, each and RM 10,000, RM5,000, and RM 2,000 in cash for the first, second and third place winner. Not only that, as for the rest of 52 participants, you wont be going back empty handed as you will received a stylish LG Prada mobile phone for your achievements.

For this upcoming Malaysia day, do watchout on selected malls, as they will be giving away free cupcakes.

For more information, just visit their Facebook page : www.facebook.com/cupcakeschallenge orwww.celcom.com.my or call 1 300 111 000 or 1111 from a Celcom mobile.