Archives: Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2009 (01-31 October 2009)

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Island Fusion
24 October 2009, Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
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Situated in The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, on the tropical paradise of Langkawi, Seasonal Tastes is well known for its luxury buffets, fusion cuisine and breathtakingly spectacular views of the Andaman Sea, lush rainforest, and neighbouring isles.

The newly-refurbished restaurant is helmed by well-travelled Master Chef Chandran Narayanan, who counts prominent diners such as Tun Mahathir and the Sultan of Brunei among his previous patrons.

A Festival Dinner hosted by MIGF 2009 Organising Chairman Dato’ Steve Day was held here on 24 October, and was attended by foreign dignitaries, royalty and captains of industry. Among the guests were H.E. Alejandro A Gordillo, Peruvian ambassador to Malaysia; Tengku Marina Tunku Annuar Badlishah, a director at Nestlé (M) Berhad; and Che Puan Winnie Sophia Low, MIGF Festival Advisor and CEO at Low Keng Huat Brothers Realty Sdn Bhd. The VVIP guests were chauffeur-driven from the Langkawi airport, and arrived just in time to catch the stunning sunset from the restaurant’s terrace.

Once the sun had set, guests were led to the dining area. They were wowed early on by the starters, in particular, the Wild Quail Consommé with a Hint of Green Tea Essence. More than one guest remarked about its “distinct, yet complementary flavours.” Clad in his signature black outfit, Chef Chandran repeatedly came out to tell the story behind each dish, and answered questions about his cooking methods. Festival Dining veteran Dr. Beh Chor Khim, a renowned heart surgeon, was fascinated by the “fusion” nature of the Roasted Stuffed Duck Leg Confit, which was flavoured with five spice powder, nestled on crispy wild rice, and accompanied by quail egg and galangal soya.

Another hit with the diners was the Cajun Flavoured Lobster Pasta Served with Julienne of Bell Peppers, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Oil. Chef Chandran revealed that the dish was originally created for Tun Mahathir, and it remains one of the former PM’s favourites. “I actually put it together from leftovers,” he said sheepishly.

Chef Chandran’s top-notch culinary skills, coupled with the exotic location and wonderful company, made for a perfect evening; with the cuisine as well as the venue drawing rave reviews from diners. There’s obviously nothing quite as good as island life.