Jack Fruit marinated Stingray with a confit of Mango? Sabah crabs sautéed in wasabi and coconut? The sky’s the limit as the MIGF Organisers introduce a unique concept to the festival this year. The ‘Malaysia Truly Asia Cuisine’ competition requires the Master Chefs of the festival to use their unrivalled local expertise to create a menu that combines all the traditional ingredients and influences of Malaysian and Asian cuisine—one that each chef believes has global appeal.
Each dish will be accompanied by a story that explains its inspiration. The Master Chefs will then prepare the ‘piece de resistance’ of their menus for judging by a group of international chefs, food experts and writers. The best dish will then be crowned the ‘Malaysia Truly Asia Dish’ for 2007. All creations from the competition will be included in a book produced by Festival Partner, Malaysian Kitchen, featuring the chef, photographs and description of the dish and the story behind it.
Malaysian Kitchen is a government initiative whose aim is to establish thousands of Malaysian restaurants worldwide. The Malaysia Truly Asia Cuisine competition will help to create an entirely new range of Malaysian dishes. Ones that have universal appeal, that suit the varying palates of different countries. A much needed development of ‘haute cuisine’ which can become mainstays of Malaysian restaurants overseas.
As well as representing all the races of Malaysia, the Master Chefs of the festival come from such far flung places as France, Germany, Switzerland, India, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Canada, and Thailand so it will be interesting to see what menus and dishes they come up with—bearing in mind their own multinational palates and experiences.
One thing’s for sure they are likely to be very different from the traditional dishes we all know now - and more elaborate too. Who knows what new signature dish is just waiting to be discovered?
See the links below to see details of the showcase.