Monday, March 04, 2013


Author Kim Inglis was given the enviable task of taking passionate foodies on a gastronomic journey in print to YTL Group's hotels and resorts. The project entailed delicious forays that took her to Malaysia, China, Japan and Europe, documenting signature recipes of each property and the group's culinary 'wok stars' led by Corporate Executive Chef Wai Look Chow. Danish shutterbug Jacob Termansen captured vivid insights of the different luxury hotels and resorts under YTL.

According to Dato' Yeoh Soo Min, Executive Director of YTL Corporation, the tome published by Talisman Publishing features recipes that were conceived to ensure avid cooks can recreate the plethora of dishes in their own home kitchens.

To give guests at the book launch delicious snapshots of the recipes found in the book, we were whisked off to the Third Floor Gallery at JW Marriott Hotel KL for a sumptuous dinner.

 Shook! signature amuse bouche of Stir-fried Prawns with Hot Mayonnaise Sprinkled with Honey Glazed Walnuts was the night's befitting curtain-raiser. Springy and succulent, the crustacean's natural sweetness was enlivened by a light coating of buttery mayo dotted with crushed honeyed walnuts.

From Gonbei San, crispy chunks of Soft Shell Maki and Kaki Agebonoyaki; an artful layering of contrasting textures but harmonious flavours lulled us into believing we were in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Reeling us in after that was the prized catch of Steamed Fillet of Saltwater Barramundi with Bird's Eye Chilli, Roasted Baby Eggplant and Pumpkin Sauce from Fisherman's Cove. It was a showcase of subtle, delicate nuances occasionally punctuated by the fieriness of tiny chilli bits. Nice and memorable.

I couldn't decide if the Pressed Chicken Sauteed with Grilled Asparagus, Jasmine Rice and Lime-Coconut Veloute by Shanghai could be pigeonholed into a specific cuisine. There were Indian, Chinese and Continental nuances all rolled into the creation that left my palate a little confused.

Gariguette Strawberries in A Crunchy Pastry with Light Vanilla Cream was my favourite dish by far that night but heck, I'm a sweet-toothed mama so this really hit the spot for me. Paired with a glass of chilled Italian prosecco, it was enough to send me up to cloud nine.

We went home happily replete, totting a goodie bag filled with a comp copy of A Perennial Feast. For those who are keen to lay their hands on a copy, find it at Kinokuniya, Borders, MPH Bookstores, Times the Bookshop and WH Smith. It's priced at RM125 per copy.


missyblurkit said...

Grabbed myself the book! COuld not resist adding it to my collection of coffee table books especially when it comes with recipes too!

Ciki said...

great night out, wouldn't you agree? :D

Alice JomMakanLife said...

@missyblurkit - hope you enjoy every page of the book. the contents are really spectacular.

@ciki - oh yeah! you're my fairy godsister or else i would hv missed out ;D

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