BY CK Lam
Malaysian Chefs representation by members of the Penang Chefs Association shine at the 3rd Thailand Culinary World Challenge held at Siam Square, Bangkok, Thailand. The competition which took place from 28th – 29th March 2015, had ten teams of chefs participating.
The Malaysia Team led by Chef Audee Cheah, together with Chef Andy Leong and Chef Willy Soon, battle it out with their expertise and culinary skills on the two days culinary challenge and took home the:
1. Overall Champion, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy
2. Highest Scoring Team for Day One – Best Country of Origin Cuisine Team Awards (Malaysian Cuisine)
3. VIP Vote of for Day Two (Thai Cuisine Team)
During the competition, the trio from Penang prepared a soup, an appetizer, and an entree from their home country, and also Thai cuisine using Thai ingredients.
Chef Andy Leong, Chef Beh, Chef Willy Soon, William Tan and Chef Audee Cheah
In celebration of the winnings, the Penang Chefs Association organized a dinner showcasing the Championship Winning Menu at Ixora Hotel in Bandar Perai Jaya, Penang. The chefs spent the day preparing the menu for the invited guests.
Chefs preparing the appetizer, main course and soup
The guests were impressed with the delights of the Championship Winning Menu. The food looked good while maintaining the authentic taste.
CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING MENU
Wing beans salad in sambal chilies paste, traditional fish satay and tamarind prawns
Assam pedas soup with fresh water prawns and fish
Nasi lemak with creamy coconut rice, stir-fried stinky beans with pork belly, shrimp paste chicken and beef rendang
Guests enjoyed the food and a dessert of honey mango puree prepared by chef Beh
A group photo to the closure of the night’s event
For the month of May to July 2015, The Straits Cafe & Lounge at Ixora Hotel Penang is offering the Championship Winning Menu. Known as Thai Award Prestige Set, the three course set meal is priced at RM53 nett (including GST). It is available daily, from 12noon till 10.30pm.
Bandar Perai Jaya
* Thanks to Penang Chefs Association for extending this invitation.
Photos are courtesy of Ixora Hotel and William Tan.