OR: Malaysian Food Week at Island Shangrila’s Cafe TOO
What is Malaysian cuisine all about? If you were wondering, then you’ve come to the perfect entry – read on!
Today was yet another food-focused day with my lunch hour spent at Island Shangrila’s Cafe TOO for the kick-off ceremony of “Malaysian Food Week.” I have to admit, I’m guilty of not having tried any Malaysian food in Hong Kong yet – but I more than made up for it in today’s buffet lunch where I had over 5 platefuls of pure Malay goodness.
Starting today (4th September) until the 14th of September, cafe TOO will be featuring delightful tropical fare from Malaysia especially prepared by guest chefs from Shangrila Kuala Lumpur:
It was a really wonderful experience exploring the Malaysian section of the buffet with the chefs preparing the food in front of you. They were all so very friendly and warm (and chatty too!) – which added that extra authenticity and enjoyment for me. I lingered at the buffet table just asking questions about particular dishes, which they cheerily entertained, and before I knew it my plate was piled high with different Malaysian specialties:
There was really an overwhelming variety of options I couldn’t even leave the Malaysian food section to try the other cuisines on offer, except for maybe a sneaky dose of pumpkin soup (it was the best I’ve ever tried in Hong Kong), Caesar’s Salad, and some char siu (pork BBQ). What with all the food I was eating, I took the Laksa section for granted:
I thought to myself that I have Malaymama and Katong Laksa Prawn Mee just across the road from my office in Sheung Wan anyway if I ever get a laksa craving. To be honest, though, I don’t think I can handle the spice!
Finally, I moved on to the dessert section. I never give this part of the meal a pass, ever:
Phew! That was quite the mouthful! I hope you learned something about Malaysian cuisine as I did, and if you haven’t tried it yet, do widen your culinary horizons and sample the tropical fare at Cafe TOO or at any Malaysian establishment in the city!
For more information on Island Shangrila’s Malaysian Food Week, click here.
About the Malaysia Kitchen Programme (MKP)
Malaysia Kitchen Programme (MKP) is a global initiative entrusted to the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) that aims to strengthen the brand image of Malaysia through its cuisine and enhance the opportunities in trade for Malaysian products and services.
MATRADE has carried out the MKP at key food events in various global markets including London, New York, Australia, and China.
This year, in collaboration with Cafe TOO of Island Shangri-La Hotel, MATRADE is organizing Malaysia Food Week from September 4–14 2013. The 11-day event promotes a range of Malaysia food products used in the preparation of Malaysian traditional and authentic dishes.
For 2012, Malaysia is the 10th largest trading partner and 7th largest source of imports for Hong Kong. For processed food and beverages, Malaysia exports USD253 million worth of products and is the 17th largest exporter into Hong Kong.