Classical Chefs Serve Up a Symphony of Great Cuisines

Its a scene when a whole group of chefs gather together. And its even a greater sight when these chefs gather together to play musical instruments. 
An orchestra of chefs playing classical music kick started the 12th Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2012 at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall yesterday. The reason for the chefs downing their usual culinary tools to play musical instruments was to reflect this year’s Festival theme: “Classical Chefs – a Symphony of Great Cuisines.”  

From 1st to 31st  October 2012, local diners and international visitors are in for a real treat as 28 of Malaysia’s finest restaurants serve up Special Festival Menus at Special Festival prices accompanied by 
a host of Special Festival Offers. 

Additionally, and for the first time ever, the general public will also be able to get a preview of things to come as the organisers introduce a spectacular new preview event, Taste MIGF which will take place at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre from 11am to 11pm on Friday 28th September 2012.
Taste MIGF will allow tourists and the general public to sample food from the festival restaurants as they gather under one roof in the specially designed Theatre of Cuisines. All they need to do is buy Taste Tokens at the venue on the day of the event or in advance at . Taste Tokens are valued at RM5 and are purchased in booklets of 10 for RM50.  

Tasting potions are big enough to give you an idea of each chefs creative talents but small enough toallow you to try food from a lot of different restaurants. First-time diners can also experiment with all sorts of new cuisines without having to pay the price of a full meal. So what are you waiting for? Hurry and grab your taste tokens from

The stellar line-up for MIGF 2012 includes restaurants specialising in Japanese, Korean, Thai, Lebanese, French, Italian and Latin American alongside ones serving dishes from Malaysia’s own rich food heritage. 

I definitely agree with the Minister of Tourism, YB Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen that the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is an integral part of Tourism Malaysia’s “Fabulous Food 1Malaysia” initiative, which promotes the country’s unique, multicultural food capabilities to the world. Its undeniable that Food is one of Malaysia’s biggest draw cards other than the usual tourism attractions. 
MIGF shows the world that Malaysia has the complete dining product – that in addition to sumptuous hawker fare the country can also offer visitors world-class premium dining and international cuisines of every type.

This year, it is interesting to see new participants taking part in MIGF. To quote Dato Steve Day "Over the years we’ve seen all sorts of innovative food trends make their debut – nouvelle cuisine, fusion, molecular cuisine, to name a few - and yet through it all the experts still agree that nothing beats ‘Mama’s Cooking’! Let’s face it, whatever the choice of cuisine, people simply love the classics whether it be authentic Malaysian or authentic Japanese, Italian or any other cuisine.

The MIGF2012 Festival Restaurants 
Celebrating Malaysia’s rich food heritage are Bunga Emas and Enak KL which feature traditional Malay cuisine, with Makan Kitchen providing a multi-cultural round up of Malay, Chinese and Indian cooking, as well as fare from the Peranakan, Kristang and Iban communities. In their menus, you can discover dishes made from recipes that have been handed down from generations, including grilled fish marinated in coconut and cili padi paste and served with honey tamarind sauce; and grilled lamb ribs accompanied by a duo of sauces – tamarind and dry-fried grated coconut. 

Chinese cuisine is strongly represented by The Emperor, Dynasty, Lai Po Heen, Five Sen5es and West Lake Garden, with a range of dishes from across the genre, including BBQ Beijing duck with mango and crispy taro; roulade of roasted crispy duck with eight treasures and glutinous rice garnished with fresh shimeji mushroom; Peking duck and Hong Kong bau. 

For a superb mix of Chinese and Thai, there’s Imperial Rama, with creations such as double-boiled guinea fowl with Chinese herbs soup, while rounding up the Asian influence are Japanese masters Sagano, Kofuku and Ten Japanese Fine Dining with fresh raw seafood that can’t be beaten, and newbie Onsemiro Korean Fine Dining, with creations from the land of Kimchi that include beef chuck flap grilled over Korean Oakwood charcoal served with a special sauce; and traditional rice cakes with a honey filling. 

Moving northwest of Malaysia, dishes just like those enjoyed by families in Lebanon – including the mezze shared in a companionable setting – are brought to you by Al-Amar, while Europe’s classics are presented by Prego, Senja and Nerovivo with full Italian flair, L’Heritage with Swiss perfection and Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie with French refinement. 

Then there are Mandarin Grill, The Olive, The Restaurant, New Orleans Bar and Grill, Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant, Circus and Grill 582 with the best of Western and Continental dishes, including the finest meats in town, while THE POMELO creates a chilled-out vibe with exquisite healthy cuisine and Qba Latin Grill and Bar dazzles with the unique taste of Cuba and the Caribbean. 

And with prices starting from RM98++ per person for a three-course meal, you will find that the Festival Menus can provide you with an affordable introduction to the world of great cuisines and premium dining. 

Wine connoisseurs will especially love the Participating Restaurants’ offers on wines, by the bottle or glass, from renowned vineyards in Lebanon, France, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina, among others, while Circus lets you pop the cork off a Moët et Chandon bottle at a 10% discount. For those into other kinds of spirits, there are a raft of offers on cocktails, while Qba Latin Bar and Grill heats up the night with events involving a variety of whisky and cocktails throughout the month. 

Calendar of Events:
1. The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 
• Dates: 1st to 31st October 2012
• Website:

2. Taste MIGF: The Spectacular Festival Preview 
• Date: Friday, 28th September 2012
• Venue: Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre
• Website:
a. Taste MIGF - Super Gourmet Safari
• Venue: Theatre of Cuisines, Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre
• Date: Friday, 28th September 2012 Time:11am to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm Admission: Free
• Purchase: Only with Taste Tokens
• Buy Taste Tokens:
b. Taste MIGF – Good Food and Wine Fair Venue:
• The Gourmet Village, Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre
• Date: Friday, 28th September 2012
• Time:11am to 11pm
• Admission: Free
• Purchases: Cash and Credit Card
c. Taste MIGF - Workshops 
• Website:

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