A unique food blog post especially for chocolate lovers!

On my latest culinary adventure in Kuala Lumpur, I got an invitation to join a Media Chocolate Cooking Class and an enticing Chocolate High-Tea Delights at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur. The Chocolate Cooking Class was conducted by Chef Holger Deh, the Executive Pastry Chef who delighted us with his chocolate making using cocoa from Cacao Barry, world known for its premium products.

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL

We had a great time getting to watch and learn how the chocolates were made. The class was held in the cold kitchen as chocolates are very sensitive to heat. The kitchen has the fragrant chocolate aroma flowing inside it.

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Our first demonstration by Chef Holger was the Truffle Mousse!

Chef Holger had a lively conversation with us explaining the procedure throughout the cooking class. Glucose, water and sugar are boiled and the mixture is poured over the partly melted dark chocolate. Melted gelatin solution is poured together with the orange juice and zest into the chocolate mixture. The cream was lastly added into the chocolate mixture.

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

The smooth melted ganache

The layer of chocolate sponge disc soaked with mango syrup is laid with a thin layer of truffle mousse, followed by mango creme brulee in the center and another thin layer of truffle mousse. Another layer of chocolate sponge cake soaked with mango syrup is added on. The whole cake was then cover with the remaining chocolate mousse and kept in the freezer.

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

The mousse is spread evenly over the cake with a spatula

The entire cake is warmly glazed. It is nice to indulge with this cake decorated with a colorful butterfly.

Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea at Mandarin Oriental KL

Next up was the Raspberry Truffles!

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Chef Holger cheerfully showed us the way to create the colorful Raspberry Truffles. For the start, he brushed a few strokes of cheerful red colored cocoa butter into the mould with his finger…the thinner the layer, the better it is.

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Once this red layer is hardened, another white layer is added in

Melted milk chocolate is pipe into the chocolate shell and left to crystallize for 2 days at 17C. It is then taken out again and covered with a thin layer of white chocolate.

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

All of us got to taste the gorgeous freshly made chocolates which have a balanced sweetness and amazing taste. The melt-in-your-mouth texture of chocolate provides real satisfaction with the melted milk chocolate oozing out.

Invitation to Chocolate Cooking Class and Chocolate High-Tea from Cacao Barry, Callebaut at Mandarin Oriental KL conducted by Chef Holger

Another exclusive Chocolate Cooking Class will be held on 9th November from 11am onwards. Priced at RM180++ per person, participants will be given a cooking apron and will get to enjoy a Chocolate Afternoon Tea.

Continue to view Chef Holger’s Gallery of Chocolate Creations!

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23 comments so far

 1 

Hmmm,…. I told myself am not going to read this post. Ended up am the 1st to comment!
Hate you and love you for this!!! Grrrrr……
These chocolates are driving me real crazy!!! :)

November 2nd, 2009 at 8:11 am
 2 

I wish I can bite on that XD

November 2nd, 2009 at 10:02 am
 3 

wahhh the gold chocolate!!! eat it pls!!!! imagine someone display this in living room, then burglars will just take it away thinking that it is a real gold bar.. lol.

November 2nd, 2009 at 12:51 pm
 4 

amazing! how he manage to craft those design ooutt…and the oval shape chocolate look so shinning likes its waving to me..:D

November 2nd, 2009 at 5:23 pm
 5 

CK how can you do this to me man! tempt me with so much chocolate!!!! lol

really drooling over the chocolate afternoon tea la… but til 15nov onli!!! sob sob sob

November 2nd, 2009 at 11:17 pm
 6 

OMG ~~ CK, you are torturing me with these chocolate! Love your post!

November 3rd, 2009 at 12:04 am
 7 

hahaha shall we all endulge into those awesome chocolate, oh you got 2 boxes right! lol! share lar with all your fans lol! :)

November 3rd, 2009 at 10:16 am
 8 

gorgeous chocolates.

November 3rd, 2009 at 1:51 pm
 9 

their chocolates look like crystal ball,wow~

November 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm
 10 

Wow… the chocolates are so tempting. Don’t eat the chocolates….. keep it! lol Unfortunately, for the next two weeks I am not able to go KL. If I do, might really enjoy the high tea. lol

November 3rd, 2009 at 10:25 pm
Mark
 11 

Oh gosh, for the love of chocolate, they look SO heavenly and well-crafted!

Seriously, death by chocolate isn’t such a bad way to go right? At least you die very happy XD

November 4th, 2009 at 11:08 am
 12 

CK look at those chocolate to die for. and I agree totally with Mark’s comment! :))

November 4th, 2009 at 2:22 pm
Holger
 13 

looks not soooooo bad ;)

I like the article a lot.

Thank you.

November 4th, 2009 at 11:39 pm
 14 

Holger – Thank you so much for having us. It was a great experience!

November 4th, 2009 at 11:45 pm
 15 

The picture of crane looks SOOOOOO awesome! Still at your home now?

November 8th, 2009 at 12:20 am
 16 

All that chocolate! A dream for a chocoholic like me! But I think I rather eat than make them, haha… Malas sikit lah… :)

November 18th, 2009 at 1:10 pm
David
 17 

hi.. i’m interested to learn how to make chocolate. the next chocolate class will be on when and where? kl ?

March 8th, 2010 at 2:44 am
Noran
 18 

Hello…I love to attend the chocolate-cooking-class. Pls let me for the next session. Tks.

March 8th, 2010 at 4:29 pm
vanessa
 19 

I like to attend the baking class especially chocolate. pls let me know for the next session.

May 14th, 2010 at 4:20 pm
Holger
 20 

Thank you for the nice words here.
I will be again part of this years Epicure Malaysia 2010
http://www.epicuremalaysia.com/

This will happen in September. I guess I don’t have much time before to conduct other classes.

May 20th, 2010 at 7:44 pm
arzrin
 21 

hi…i love chocolate n wud love to learn chocolate making.pls do inform me on your next class.tq

May 31st, 2010 at 10:05 am
vasanthi
 22 

please let me know if there is any chocolate classes.

August 7th, 2010 at 1:11 pm
Holger
 23 

My next public cooking class

http://www.epicure.com.my/workshop_18sep2010.php?time=1pm

September 9th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

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