Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020: Asia Coming Together Through Virtual Telecast

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2020 | Food For Thought

The highly anticipated Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 was initially meant to be celebrated in Saga, Japan, with the city preparing to welcome some of the biggest culinary names in Asia. However, due to the unfortunate circumstance of the Covid-19, the small ceremony was held in Tokyo with the main event streamed as a live broadcast over The World’s 50 Best Facebook on the 24th of March. As the indomitable human spirit keeps fighting on, we take a look at the restaurants that made the biggest impact in 2019. Continue reading

Bringing The Party To You: JOLOKO

JOLOKO Cuisine | JOLOKO | Food For Thought

The current climate has caused businesses to change, with many finding new ways to not only keep their businesses running, but also ensuring that their patrons get to take a part of their experience home with that, and that is exactly what Afro-Caribbean JOLOKO has done. From their taste amalgamation of fusion Afro-Caribbean cuisine, to their impeccable mezcal and organic wine selection, you have to order to know what the full experience is really like. Continue reading

Chef’s Table: Soleil x Goulburn Valley Beef

Chefs | Soleil's Chef's Table | Soleil

It was around 10 am that I received a phone call when the speaker at the other end said, “Hi Mr. Nicholas, it’s Iman from Soleil. Chef Evert would like to invite you to a chef’s table where we will be hosting 15 chefs. It will be a dinner focusing on beef.” I did not know which chefs were going to be in attendance but I knew it would be a fascinating dinner nonetheless, and I have to say, the dinner definitely did not disappoint. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 Best Female Chef: Cho Hee Sook of Hansikgonggan

Chef Cho Hee Sook | Hansikgonggan | Food Dor Thought

Korean chef Che Hee Sook has recently been named Best Female Chef at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020, which specialises in Korean traditional cuisine. Her restaurant Hansikgonggan is known for elevating very traditional dishes in a spectacular display without losing touch with its roots. In conjunction with International Women’s Day, we hear what she has to say about winning this spectacular honour as well as her advice for young female chefs entering the culinary industry. Continue reading

Entier

Monaka | Entier | Food For Thought

Located on the 41st floor of the Alila Hotel in Bangsar sits the modern French fine dining restaurant Entier French Dining. The eatery takes its name from old French which mean “entire”, giving you a hint of their nose to tail dining concept. The restaurant doesn’t only focus on ensuring that all parts of the animal is used, but is also knows for its very beautiful plates. From their signature Monaka to their beautiful Organic Garden, you can see why its time to give this place a visit. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 Icon Award: Yoshihiro Murata of Kikunoi

Chef Yoshihiro Murata Preview | Yoshihiro Murata of Kikunoi | Food For Thought

Yoshihiro Murata of Kikunoi in Kyoto has been awarded the American Express Icon Award for the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020, an award voted on by one’s peers. Known not only for his championing of traditional Japanese cuisine, but also originating the Japanese Culinary Academy, we sit down with the esteemed chef to know a bit more about his journey. Continue reading

To Eat Or Not To Eat: Food Trends for 2020

Grazing Board | | Food Trends 2020 | Food For Thought

Grazing tables. Bone broth. If these buzzwords sound familiar to you then you might have been following food trends that were popular in 2019. Every other year we make predictions on what will be on trend, from fine dining to fine casual. From the rise of the flexitarian diet to the rising interest in seacuterie, we’ll take a gander on what will be in, what we think will be in in 2 years, what we want to see and opinions from industry veterans. Continue reading

A Casual Lunch with Darren Chin

Cacio E Pepe | A Casual Lunch with Darren Chin | Food For Thought

It started out over a text from me asking for some thoughts on what would be on trend in 2020. Instead of a lengthy answer, I got a simple reply from Darren saying, “Let’s have a simple makan and chit chat.” And if you are familiar with the dining scene in Kuala Lumpur, you would never pass up an opportunity as such. In all honestly, I thought we were going to have a simple casual lunch with an expectation of fried noodles or something simpler, and obviously that was never going to be the case. Continue reading

How Mouthfeel Affects Our Perception Of Taste

Roughness | How Mouthfeel Affects Our Perception Of Taste | Food For Thought

Mouthfeel is key ingredient to the success of many chefs, with those knowing how to play with them creating some of the best food you will have ever eaten. Today, this is made more interesting by molecular gastronomy with a scientific approach. From the crisp of a chicken skin to the warmth of a lobster bisque, you can see how the crunch of a dish or the heat of a soup can make a huge difference. Continue reading