Midsummer Nights Feast 2011 – Master Chef of 5 Elements – Master Chef Wai (Malaysia)

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As you would have known from my previous post, The Midsummer Nights Feast 2011 kicks off on the 1st – 8th July this year. And as promised, I’m sharing the menu of the each of the featured chef each night during the festival.
Here’s starting the week with our very own Malaysian Chef Wai! (Malaysia Boleh! :P )

Chef Wai,YTL Corporate Executive Chef

Chef Wai has been helming Shook! for the past year, ever since Chef Kevin Cape left for Shook! Shanghai.

Pic: Chef Kevin Cape during Midsummer Nights Feast 2010.

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I have personally dined at Shook! last year on a few occasions:
Shook! Champagne Brunch on Sundays (post HERE), the brilliant menu during theA Journey Through TimeDinner(post HERE) & during the La Motte South African Wine Pairing DinnerHERE.

His creations has never failed to astonish me; clever pairing of local & imported ingredients & the flavours that he managed to coax out from each plate of his dishes makes each dining occasion here a most pleasant experience.

For this year’s Midsummer Nights Feast, Chef Wai’s element is SPACE & below is his speciality menu.

Element: Space
Inspired Interpretations of Space

Master Chef Wai (Malaysia)
YTL Corporate Executive Chef
Autodome Chain of Restaurants, Malaysia

A pioneer of Pangkor Laut Resort’s signature restaurant, Fisherman’s Cove which has made a name for itself locally and internationally, Chef Wai today heads YTL restaurants at Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Among the celebrities he has delighted with his cuisines include Elle Macpherson, Anna Friel, Keira Knightly, Ralph Schumacher, George Benson, Bobby Charlton, Felipe Massa, Al Jarreau, Kimi Raikkonen, Dato‟ Michelle Yeoh, Russell Watson and more.

For Chef Wai, what counts the most in his kitchen are the freshness and variety of the ingredients made available to him and his team every day. These are two factors of utmost importance to achieve, and “Our main goal is to provide each and every guest with the perfect dining experience,” he says with conviction.

The 40 year-old father of three, who is also a keen cyclist and names Lance Armstrong as his favourite, professes to be a fan of reality cooking programmes, if not to expand his knowledge on new styles of cooking, but also to learn about new and different ingredients.

“I love to watch how other chefs use ingredients I’ve never seen, smelled or touched before,” he says. “This is the way I can learn many new things”, which probably goes a long way to explain the hallmakrs of his cuisine which are a combination of some of the most unique ingredients fused together, resulting in not just delicious tasting dishes, but surprising ones too.

His spirit of continually learning, and openness to new ideas with space for improvement will surely be appreciated with his creative interpretations of culinary excitement at Starhill Gallery, Midsummer Nights Feast this year.

SPACE MENU

AMUSE BOUCHE

GELATO

Parmigiano Reggiano, Hass Avocado, Lime & Tabasco

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FOIE GRAS MOLLET

French Duck Liver, Bamboo Char coal-Coco Soil & Peach Coulis

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ABURA BOUZU

White Tuna Loin, Kumquat Aioli, Watercress & Garlic Puree

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GYUNIKU

Wagyu Sirloin, Scallop Potato, Urchin-Salted Yolk Glaze

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FINAL MISSION

Valrhona Chocolate Truffle, Hazelnut Pralinosa, Cotton Candy

 

This eight exciting nights of culinary authenticity are now available for booking.
Limited to 130 seats per night at RM385 nett per person; and RM50,000 nett for corporate bookings.

For further enquiries and reservations, please call +603-2782 3855.

Stay tuned to my next few blogposts as I will be sharing the menus of each of the chefs for the whole week!

For an idea on Midsummer Nights Feast 2010, check out my experiences below:

Starhill Gallery presents Midsummer Nights Feast 2010 (2 July – 9 July 2010):
Link Here
Starhill Midsummer Nights Feast 2010 – Shook!, Jakes’, Jogoya, Gonbei, Village Bar, Pak Loh Chiu Chow & Luk Yu Tea House – Special Menus:
Link Here
Best of Shook!” menu – commemorating the launch of Starhill Gallery Midsummer Nights Feast 2010:
Link Here
Midsummer Nights Feast @ Starhill Gallery 2010 – Celebrity Chef Stephen Mercer showcasing modern Australian cuisine:
Link Here

Next, the Air Menu by Master Manabu Ogawa (Japan) & the Fire Menu by Chef Jason Koppinger (US)!