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Venezuelan Gastronomic Feast


The things that cross my mind when one mentions Venezuela would be vibrant colours, gorgeous looking people, happy music, lots of dancing and rich tasty food! And my experience with some Venezuelans the last few days is precisely what I thought Venezuelans would be. To add to it, the Venezuelans are very warm and friendly! 

And if you want to experience Venezuela in Malaysia, then you have until 8th October 2013 to do so! Soak up everything Venezuelan during the Venezuelan Week celebrations in Kuala Lumpur. For a gastronomic feast, head down to Eccucino in Prince Hotel & Residence for an authentic feast prepared by Celebrity Chef Tamara Rodriguez. Chocolate lovers must not miss this as Chef Tamara has a few dishes prepared with Venezuelan famed cocoa. 

Here's some pics from my 2 nights of fun and yumminess at Prince Hotel and Residence:
I sat almost beside the desserts that were calling out my name...
Negro en camisa - comforting creamy chocolate goodness
Creamy rice pudding
Venezuelan Papaya Tarts
 Chocolate and coconut bonbons are very sweet but addictively good in its own way.
Vuelve a la vida - tangy seafood cocktail
Comforting Fosfofera is a tomato based seafood soup.
Pisca Andina - light chicken broth with onion. Very hearty and satisfying!
Tortitas de auyama - deep fried pumpkin cakes.
Callaloo - a creamy dish with spinach. Does taste a little like our local 'masak lemak'.
Braised beef with chocolate
Chacapas - a creamy mix of corn meal and cheese. Its so good that I could not stop at one serving...or two servings...
Roast beef with guasacaca - love the creamy guasacaca made with avocado, pepper and coriander sauce.

One of my faves from the night were the Arepas. A simple and cute corn meal sandwich with fillings of your choice and topped with cheese.
Chicken and mayo (though traditionally its normally beef)
Nutritious plump Black Beans
A mixture of feta, mozzarella and cheddar cheese
Corn meal sandwich - a simple mixture of corn meal and water.
Cooked on a hot plate till its firm.
Tasty arecas. Eat it while its warm of the corn meal 'bread' can get a tad hard.

THANX to Chef Tamara Rodriguez, dessert wasn't quite the normal affair. Instead, a few of us had a Venezuelan chocolate and Venezuelan rum tasting session. 3 types of chocolates from different regions of Venequela, each chocolate with its own unique texture and flavour reflecting its origin.
60% dark chocolate!
Chocolates and rum is a refreshing experience from my usual chocolate and whisky sessions.
A good chocolate will give you a crisp snap sound.
Happy faces with bubbly Chef Tamara. We have a happy photo bomb behind...guess he enjoyed his rum session with us too:D
Chef Tamara and her son Rodrigo. If you are in Perth, then check out his Venezuelan restaurant ArepaWA there!

Chef Tamara believes in giving back to her people, founded a community radio station eight years ago which airs programmes on cooking, health and communal subjects targeted at helping the villagers cope with the challenges of daily life and a special programme on the preservation of education to benefit the youth and those suffering from the ills of HIV. Follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/tamararodriguez

THANX to the Venezuelan Embassy and Prince Hotel for the lovely Venezuelan evenings. Hurry and experience true Venezuelan culinary delights at Eccucino. The buffet is available for dinner only until 8th October 2013.
• RM98++/pax for adults.
• Children under 12 dine complimentary with every paying adult.
Eccucino
Lobby floor of Prince Hotel and Residence KL
Jalan Conlay
Kuala Lumpur.
T: +603 2170 8888

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 Among other activities happening around town in conjunction with the Venezuelan Week, hop by to http://thevenezuelanweek.blogspot.com