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Eton Cafe offers marvellous Malay cuisine

MALAYSIAN food is often described as spicy and flavorful as it utilizes a melting pot of spices and herbs. And if you want an authentic taste of this distinct Southeast Asian cuisine, Eton Café at the Eton Hotel Shanghai has it pretty well covered.

Through the end of the month, authentic Malaysian cuisine will be provided by three guest chefs from Kuala Lumpur One World Hotel as part of a Malaysian food fair.

Young and passionate about promoting Malay food in Shanghai, all three chefs visit the city for the first time, bringing the most traditional hometown flavor to diners here.

A wide choice of Malaysian food is available, including biryani rice, bah kut teh, Malaysia mee siam and chilli crab. Meanwhile, delicious drinks such as bandung are served to add a cool touch to the summer.

Mohd Adib Bin Muhamad Yusof, one of the three chefs, said beef rendang is the most popular dish among Shanghai natives.

"Normally, it is served at ceremonial occasions to honor guests. On festive occasions it is a must," Yusof said. "Ingredients such as meat, curry powder, onion, ginger, garlic, lemon leaf and tomato are added to reach a strong and juicy flavor."

The most popular noodles are the fried Hokkien noodles, according to the chef.

The yellow noodles are stir-fried with dark soya sauce and oyster sauce, and garnished with bean sprout, sliced pork and fish cake.

Another dish common at reunion dinners, family birthdays or other special occasions is fried chilli crab. Thai chilli sauce and tomato ketchup contribute to the yummy taste.

Otak-otak is a cake widely known across Southeast Asia. It consists of fish paste wrapped inside banana leaf and accompanied by shrimp, sambal chilli and seasoning. It can be eaten as a snack or with bread or rice as part of a meal.

Bak kut teh soup and lamb in local flavor has also been well received at the Malaysian food fair.

"Malaysian food is getting more and more attention from the overseas market," said Yusof. "The true traditional flavor is added by having Malaysian waitresses wearing traditional Malaysian-style clothes."

A committed food service and culinary arts professional with more than seven years of comprehensive experience, Yusof is willing to incorporate his knowledge and skills into a challenging course.

Having been serving at One World Hotel Selangor since 2007, his creative mind has been able to inspire local chefs at Eton Cafe to work at their highest level.

"It is essential to have a contagious passion for culinary arts," said the chef. "I hope I can gain more exposure in developing skills and knowledge for self-improvement in the hospitality industry."

Located on the third floor, the Eton Cafe has a modern open-kitchen concept highlighted by Asian delicacies, Japanese-style and Western cuisine.

Normally, it offers meat and seafood freshly selected from the market daily.

Diversity will be further enhanced by holding similar themed food fairs in the future.

Eton Café

Address: 535 Pudong Ave

Tel: 3878-9888


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