Thursday, August 30, 2018

MIGF 2018 Launching - Taste MIGF - Malaysia Food Festival 2018

Muhibah Chefs! Good Food Brings Us Together

MIGF 2018 Logo

The Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival is back and will take place from the 1st to 30th September 2018. Throughout the Food Festival month, Malaysia’s premier league of dining venues will serve special Festival Menus at special Festival prices.

MIGF 2018 Launch

Adding to this will also be a host of Festival Offers that are sure to elevate each dining experience. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Muhibah Chefs! Good Food Brings Us Together’. There is no such thing as too many chefs spoiling the broth when it comes to MIGF. 

All the chefs work together for the common good and every diner benefits. After all, nothing connects people better than food and this Malaysia Food Festival theme reflects this too. This year’s MIGF feature.

MIGF 2018 Launch

The spectacular preview event of MIGF will be returning to Berjaya Times Square Hotel & Convention Centre for one gastronomic weekend on the 1st and 2nd September. Taste MIGF will gather Malaysia’s best restaurants in a special dining area – the Theatre of Cuisines – where bite-sized portions of food are on offer from their specially created Festival Menus.

Taste MIGF 2018 Chef Wan

Taste MIGF promises exciting gastronomical activities for the whole family in a carnival-like atmosphere. Aside from the delicious food being served in the Theatre of Cuisines, visitors to Taste MIGF can also shop at the Epicure International Gourmet Village, attend Master Chefs cooking classes, enjoy wine appreciation talks and a host of other informative lifestyle workshops.
 At the Taste MIGF 2018 you will get to taste cuisines from around the world including Malaysian, French, Sri Lankan, Korean, Cantonese, Italian, South Asian, Western, Asian Fusion and many more. For more details, visit

MIGF 2018 - DC Restaurant Chef - Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

A diverse line-up makes up the MIGF collective this year, including new and returning establishments. The winner of the Golden Cauldron, DC Restaurant, returns this year with exquisite contemporary French fare from Le Cordon Bleu Paris alumnus Chef Darren Chin.

MIGF 2018 - 2OX French Bistro Chef - Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur

Treat your taste buds to French fare with a Mediterranean twist at 2OX

MIGF 2018 - Lai Po Heen Mandarin Oriental Chef Team

or head to the Mandarin Oriental for traditional Cantonese at Lai Po Heen – the latter returning into the Festival fold after five years.

MIGF 2018 - Summer Palace Marriott Putrajaya Chef Team

The Marriott Putrajaya also makes a comeback to the Festival with Chinese restaurant Summer Palace.

MIGF 2018 - Marble 8 Chef Team - Petronas Tower 3, Kuala Lumpur

A trio of eateries helmed by restauranteur Modesto Marini grace the roster; Marble 8,

MIGF 2018 - Marini 57 Chef Team - Petronas Tower 3, Kuala Lumpur

Marini’s on 57

MIGF 2018 - M Marini Grand Caffè & Terrazza Chef Team - One KL

and M Marini Grand Caffè & Terrazza, each of which has become a household name over the years.

MIGF 2018 - SukaSucre Bistro Chef Team - Wisma RYU, Kuala Lumpur

Expect a forward-thinking menu from the returning SukaSucré Bistro, where fusion is the name of the game, and if you fancy Italian,

MIGF 2018 - Nero Nero Chef Team - Damansara City Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Nero Nero offers some of the finest in KL.

MIGF 2018 - Nulnu Chef Team - 3 Damansara Petaling Jaya

Nulnu also debuts this year with health-focused foods combining Western and Chinese delights.

MIGF 2018 - Jibby East Chef Team -KL East Gallery, KL East, Kuala Lumpur

Jibby East

MIGF 2018 - Serai @ Pavilion Chef Team - Pavilion KL

and Serai @ Pavilion makes their way to MIGF for the first time, providing modern Pan Asian and Northern Malaysian-Thai flavours respectively.

MIGF 2018 - Drop Exchange Chef Team - Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

Drop Exchange is also a fresh face in MIGF 2018, offering a mix of Indian and Parsi cuisine.
MIGF 2018 - Kikubari Chef Team - Damansara City Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Progressive Japanese fare comes courtesy of new entrant Kikubari,

MIGF 2018 - Nadodi Chef Team - Lot 183, Jalan Mayang, Kuala Lumpur

while Nadodi is set to take diners on a voyage traversing South Asian cuisines.

MIGF 2018 -  Samplings on the Fourteenth Chef Team _Berjaya Times Square Hotel

Festival veteran Samplings on the Fourteenth is on board once again to deliver fine Western Classical fare.

MIGF 2018 - Gen 根 Chef Team - George Town, Penang

From Malaysia’s Pearl of the Orient comes the swanky Gen 根, extending a progressive menu to tempt the palate.

MIGF 2018 - e18hteen Chef Team - Crockfords Maxims Pahang

Resorts World Genting comes in with the award-winning The Olive restaurant and the one-of-a-kind e18hteen Inspired Cuisine where Artisanal Chinese cuisine adorns the menu,

MIGF 2018 - High Line Chef Team - SkyAvenue, Pahang

as well as the soon-to-be-opened High Line, where an assortment of themed eateries and bars rub shoulders.

MIGF 2018 - Hugo’s In The Sky Chef Team - Grand Ion Delemen Hotel, Pahang

Also in Genting, Hugo’s In The Sky at the Grand Ion Delemen Hotel offers breath-taking views of the Titiwangsa mountain range – the perfect complement to the blend of Mediterranean fare on the menu.

MIGF 2018 - Mamanda Chef Team - TPC Kuala Lumpur

Back down in the capital, Mamanda presents its take on classic Malay cuisine with Group Executive Chef Dato’ Fazley Yaakob,

MIGF 2018 - Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar Chef Team - Plaza Damansara

and Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar returns with a colourful spread of Sri Lankan cuisine.

MIGF 2018 - Tangerine Chef Team - The FACE Suites, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Meanwhile, The FACE Suites joins the Festival for the first time this year with its lofty European restaurant Tangerine,

MIGF 2018 - Champignons Chef Team  - Ara Damansara Petaling Jaya

as does Champignons over at Ara Damansara, which is helmed by the affable Chef Gary Chang.

MIGF 2018 - Pampas Steakhouse, Old Malaya Chef Team  -  66-68, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur

Meat-lovers are in for a treat as Pampas Steakhouse, Old Malaya comes back to treat diners with tenderloins and T-bones,

MIGF 2018 - Spice Garden Chef Team - No 2, Jalan Delima, Kuala Lumpur

while Spice Garden makes itself heard with a mix of Northern Indian and Middle Eastern.   

For a full list of MIGF restaurants as they are announced, be sure to keep an eye on

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

GOA BY HUBBA - Spices Of Indian Cuisine at Goa By Hubba


GOA BY HUBBA has recently moved to the prestigious Ascott Kuala Lumpur located at 9, Jalan Pinang Kuala Lumpur, in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle.

GOA BY HUBBA Ascott Kuala Lumpur

The specialities of GOA BY HUBBA is their elaborate Indian Cuisine. This time around, to celebrate the spices of Indian cuisine, the menu at GOA BY HUBBA now features New Indian Cuisine by Celebrity Chef Sapna Anand, herself born and bred in Goa.

GOA BY HUBBA Ascott Kuala Lumpur Address

GOA, is one of the smallest Indian states on the west coast, it has remained the dream destination for travellers all around the world. Pristine beaches, a unique cultural mix coupled with warm hospitality, upscale accommodation and deliciously different food keep national and international tourists returning for decades.


Not resting on its laurels, Sapna and the GOA team have been rustling up new dishes to inject freshness into their menu. With her many months away recently, and this time to India's tropical Malabar Coast, Kerala, Sapna has brought home some very interesting flavours. These new dishes were showcased in an exclusive tasting session titled with An Evening with Sapna.

GOA BY HUBBA Menu - Kashmiri Lamb Chop

Almost a year since it’s inception, GOA BY HUBBA has garnered avid admirers that are drawn to its signature dishes. Among the many are the Kashmiri Lamb Chop which is a fresh cut lamb rack grilled with a blend of homemade spices, served with a mint chutney that was served to us.

GOA BY HUBBA Menu -Papadam With Moong Dhal Salsa

Starting off the evening was the wafer thin Papadam With Moong Dhal Salsa

GOA BY HUBBA Menu - Vegetarian Mantao

Next on is a marriage setup of the Vegetarian Mantao which was a creation using the popular Chinese Man Tao which is then stuffed with spiced cauliflower, pepper, caramelised onion & coriander.

GOA BY HUBBA Menu - Butter Chicken With Cranberry Rice

We then had the Butter Chicken With Cranberry Rice. The chicken thigh meat is lightly grilled and served in a mild butter sauce with cranberry rice at the sides.

GOA BY HUBBA Menu - Garlic Butter Prawn With Fried Mantao

Our next dish is the Garlic Butter Prawn With Fried Mantao. The Freshwater prawns are halved and then grilled to have a slight char taste. It is then cooked in a garlic butter sauce, which makes it a rich and creamy dish.

GOA BY HUBBA Menu - Fried Mantao

The sauce perfectly matched with the fried mantao which has a nice crisp on the outside and soft texture on the inside to soak up all the butter sauce.

GOA BY HUBBA Menu - Appam

Five new dishes synonymous with Keralan fare were presented with flair. The hero was the homemade Appams which served as the base to be enjoyed with the following new dishes.

Beef Pepper Fry Recipe

The first is the Beef Pepper Fry which has bite-sized chunks of beef laden with spices and pepper is a real start with the Appam.

Vegetable IShtew

Next to follow is the vegetable dish which is Vegetable Ishtew; the vegetables are cooked in coconut milk; is a simple yet very flavourful dish.

Fish Mango Curry Chef Spana GOA

While the Fish Mango Curry dish which uses fresh red snapper was subtly tart as it uses young raw mango which left a flavour mango sourish taste to the palate. Instead of using fish, you can opt for Tiger prawns instead of the red snapper for this delightful curry.

Malabar Bone Marrow Mutton Curry

The melt in your mouth Malabar Bone Marrow Mutton Curry was literally to die for, rich, spicy yet mellow.  The mutton is cooked until soft and tender.

Caramelised Banana & Goa’s Home-made Peanut Ice Cream

The dinner ended on a sweet note with a Caramelised Ice Cream with Sweet Appam which hit the right note. Sweet APPAM Brown sugar & condensed milk, drizzle with caramel and infused with brandy was the perfect end to our lovely dinner.

Goa Appam

“My food is simple and is what I would cook for my family. I am so happy to be able to share it with you tonight. The hero of tonight’s food are the spices, the cooking style and its combinations which we have tasted tonight are the secrets to sublime Indian cooking.” as explained by Chef Sapna.

Cocktail -Masala Mantra

What's more when these delectable dishes are complemented by Goan Inspired Cocktails that amuses the palate with exotic spices. The dinner also featured Bombay Sapphire Gin in the guise of Indian Inspired Cocktails like the Masala Mantra,

Cocktail - Kinky Kokum

Kinky Kokum,

Cocktail - Spiked Mango Lassi

Spiked Mango Lassi

Cocktail - Pandara Martini

and Pandara Martini.

For your information; these new dishes will be launched on 20 Aug for all to enjoy! So it’s time to make that beeline to Goa By Hubba to taste this delicious fare.

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