Iron Chef Shellie

Malaysia Kitchen Australia & GFWS 2011

“Remember that awesome looking Malaysia Kitchen food market event they held in Sydney earlier this year? (If not check out Chocolate Suze’s post: It looked so amazing, and I so desperately wanted to attend! Hopefully they will be bringing it to a lane way in Melbourne some time soon. I was lucky enough to...”

Malaysia Kitchen Australia & GFWS 2011

Malaysia Kitchen Australia & GFWS 2011

Remember that awesome looking Malaysia Kitchen food market event they held in Sydney earlier this year? (If not check out Chocolate Suze’s post:

It looked so amazing, and I so desperately wanted to attend! Hopefully they will be bringing it to a lane way in Melbourne some time soon. I was lucky enough to be invited to a private lunch at Malaysia Kitchen’s stand at the Good Food & Wine Show this year. The Malaysia Kitchen stand had cooking demonstrations throughout the show; featuring Adam Liaw, as well as some of Melbourne’s best Malaysian restaurants. On the last day of the show, they turned half of the stand into a private dining room for a special lunch hosted by celebrity chef and author, Karen Martini (you may know her from Better Homes & Gardens). A competition winner from Facebook, and a lovely lady who entered the competition the day before whilst attended the show also joined us for lunch.

Entrees and mains were cooked by Cherating. I’m looking forward to going there one day soon with my family to see what they think, as they are always on the search for good Malaysian food in Melbourne to remind them of home.

Curry Puffs & Special Fried Calamari

(Fresh calamari lightly battered and snap fried with Cherating’s special spices. Served with homemade sweet chilli dipping sauce)

Cherating prides itself in only using fresh Australian seafood. This calamari was like no calamari I’ve ever had before. No sign of rubberyness anywhere; it was soft, light and smooth. Definitely order this when you go to Cherating.

Spicy Pork Fillet

(Tender pork fillets marinated with special spices and pan-fried with asparagus)


A really bad photo of delicious Sambal Prawns


Curry Laksa

(Fine strands of vermicelli noodles and soft hokkien noodles with bean shoots, broccoli, fried bean curd puff, sliced of fish cake and chicken, in a spicy coconut curry soup)

It’s the first curry laksa I’ve ever had (and I’ll tell you I’ve had more than my fair share!) that’s ever had broccoli in it. If I didn’t love broccoli as much as I do I’d complain, but it was delicious, the soup had a great flavour which is always the key to a good curry laksa.


Before too long, it was time for dessert from Bread and Butter.

Durian Pastries & Lychee Tea

(Layers of sweet puff pastry filled with a soft durian cream served with lychee black tea)

This was my first experience with durian. My parents don’t like it, so whenever we go back to Malaysia we stay clear of it. I’m not sure if I like it. I am willing to give durian another go…. but I’m in no hurry to 😛

The Malaysia Kitchen private dining experience will also feature at the other Good Food & Wine shows in your state. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for more details:

Don’t forget to see some of your other favourite chefs at the Good Food & Wine Show; I was so stoked to meet Poh and tell her her pandan chiffon cake recipe is the best!!

Gary and George entertaining the crowds as usual. George showed us how to make filo pastry.

As usual I came home with loads of food show bags, and it was a great event to try lots of great food products and wines/ciders/liquers.

For more information or to book tickets head to:

Iron Chef Shellie attended the Good Food & Wine Show Melbourne thanks to Ogilvy PR & Nuffnang Australia. Iron Chef Shellie dined at the Malaysia Kitchen private dining room thanks to the crew at Ogilvy PR.


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14 comments on “Malaysia Kitchen Australia & GFWS 2011
  1. Mez - June 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm


    Now I want Malaysian/Asian FOOD

    and kitchen’s closed at Mopho so I can’t put in a home delivery order.


    Looks like you had an amazing time lady!!


  2. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed - June 12, 2011 at 7:36 am

    The calamari sounds fantasic! Ahh it all looks like SO much fun. Especially meeting Poh! I adore her.
    Heidi xo

  3. msihua - June 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Dang it! Wished I waited around the MK stand now.. instead I went to investigate Poh and Marion’s food :)

  4. Vien - June 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Went to the Good Food and Wine show on Friday and it was amazing!!! :) So lucky you got to eat all the nice food!!!! yum yum yum… looks good!!

  5. FOOD - June 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Have only tried the Malaysian-style durian desserts so far – Dodol, durian with green bean soup etc. Durian pastries seem to be quite a good idea!

  6. Hannah - June 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Yay, photo of you! *waves* Teehee! I would so love to try the durian dessert, as I yet to eat durian. This sounds like the easy way into the flavour 😀

  7. Helen (grabyourfork) - June 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Looks like you had a ball – and durian pastries sound awesome! Loving the Team Billy t-shirt action too :)

  8. Ashley - June 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Wow, the food all looks so delish! :) Love the look of the Laksa. :)

  9. Jackie B - June 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    OMG!!!!! Pretty please, let me a be a MKI, I want to go to the private dinner in Sydney…. drool factor 10/10….

  10. jenius - June 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I want some of those durian pastries! Yum!

  11. Thanh - June 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Did someone say durian pastries, step aside everyone, I’m coming through.

  12. Louise Rhodes - June 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Shellie, your photos are fantastic, was a little dissapointed with the professional photographers ones. Great record of a wonderful dining experience too :-) Company wasnt half bad either!

  13. Lisa - June 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Wow! What an amazing food experience.

    I went to Vietnam earlier this year and one of my travelling companions was a durian nut. Everywhere we went, he would seek it out. I can say without a shadow of a doubt, I would have been avoiding that dessert, but everything else looks amazing.

    One of these years I must get to that show.

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