Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Chef Wan @ Mandarin Oriental KL

Just yesterday, we had the pleasure of meeting Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, better known as Chef Wan and sitting through an entertaining cooking demonstration with the man himself at Aqua Restaurant in Mandarin Oriental KL. With over 27 years of culinary experience, Chef Wan is recognised as Tourism Malaysia's culinary ambassador and is Malaysia's most iconic celebrity chef.

From 3 to 9 April 2016, Chef Wan will be showcasing classic and Royal Malaysian cuisine at Mosaic for both lunch and dinner, where diners will get to sample his delicious cuisine as well as meeting him in person.

We were one of the lucky few to learn and taste some of his recipes that he will be presenting during the promotion at Mosaic. During the cooking demo, Chef Wan, with the help of the wonderful team at MO showed us how to make 3 classic Malaysian dishes, namely ayam percik, his grandmother's nyonya laksa, and kerabu nangka and tempeh. It was a hot afternoon, yet the gregarious Chef Wan cooked effortlessly and even entertained us with many amusing and delightful stories about his life as well as food culture in Malaysia. As he spoke, the space we were in was filled with lovely aromas of the many spices he uses in his dishes. According to Chef Wan, what makes Malaysian cuisine unique is the freshness as well as the wonderful spices used in the preparation of the dishes.

The ayam percik is a Kelantan specialty dish, whereby spices are simmered until fragrant and then the chicken is cooked in the gravy, before being finished on the grill for a smoky flavour. Chef Wan's recipe uses pineapple which gives the gravy a beautiful sweet taste.

We love Nyonya Laksa, and this was absolutely delicious. Egg noodles is topped with a spicy, rich and creamy gravy, and then topped with various ingredients such as fish ball, chopped prawns, tofu puff, cockles, fish cakes, bean sprout and shredded cucumber.

The kerabu nangka and tempe, also known as urap nangka is a salad made from young jackfruit and tempeh, along with fresh pineapple. This is a popular dish from Johor. The use of lime, palm sugar and chilli gives this salad a combination of sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavours, all in one mouthful.

Don't miss the chance to try the above dishes and many more (he will be showcasing about 25 dishes in total for this promotion) such as nasi ulam di raja, gulai daging kawah, nasi telur and rendang ayam Minangkabau. Lunch is priced at RM128 nett per person while dinner is priced at RM158 nett per person. For more information and dining reservations, please call 03-2179 8881 or email

Location: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

GPS Coordinates: 3.155514, 101.711555

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1 comment:

  1. Look at those wonderful spices! I hope you had a good time learning from Chef Wan :)


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