Food is one of the few things that unite people. Although, it has also generated fierce debates on the true origin of a beloved dish or two. In a melting pot such as Malaysia, tracing the origins of a dish can be especially tricky. Early settlers comprised of a complex melange of ethnic groups from neighbouring countries as well as from the across the seas. Bringing with them herbs and spices along with recipes from their native land, these unique cuisines set the foundation for what is known as Malaysian food today. With the passing of time, recipes were adapted due to influences of the different races, making it uniquely Malaysian. At the same time, making it a challenge to determine its origins.
There is an argument to be made for both the professional chef and the home cook. Both are equally passionate. Both are capable of creating beautifully riveting masterpieces where food is concerned – both find solace and joy in the kitchen, whether in the stainless steel kitchens of commercial establishments or in the comfort of a warm home. Where, then, do the two intersect?
When French missionaries arrived on Vietnamese shores in the 17th century, they came bearing more than just trade and religion.
His usually reserved persona is camouflaged by his professional facade. Never one to run out of ideas coupled with his keen sense of detail, chef Mohd Noor lives up to the task of designing the best first course dish for patrons.
Imagine, if you will, a sandwich. What’s in it, you ask? Ham, cheese and eggs, paired with all kinds off crisp, fresh-picked produce. It’s your imaginary sandwich, after all. Pile on the sauces of your choice, and you’re ready to go. But wait – we’re forgetting something.
Think of the French. They are masters in living the life and enjoying every moment of it. Whimsical Parisian poets sing songs of whimsical Parisian days on whimsical Parisian streets. Their culture and heritage predates centuries. It is more than just a city they have built – it is a timeless cornucopia of life and all the good things life can bring.
Tertiary level education in today’s world has become more than merely graduating with a degree. Increasingly, parents are sending their children to university and college with the hopes – and even demands – that they exit having learnt something more than theories on how to survive the game of Life and Industry. It’s not as easy as signing a child up for a programme with a pat on the back. It’s dedication, hard work and commitment. Most of all, it’s the foresight to choose the right program, and subsequently the right school.