Sunday, 7 April 2013

Brunch & Co Event #17 - Brunch Malaysian style!

Today's brunch was a very special one for Brunch & Co as we welcomed, for the first time, our friend Li-Yong Choo into our underground kitchen to dream up her own idea of a perfect brunch menu and to cook & serve it up for the lucky few Brunch & Co customers to snaffle up seats for this event!

Li-Yong describing her dishes!
Li-Yong hails from the crazy melting pot of Johor Bahru & loves whipping up a spicy curry amongst other treats in her spare time so today's brunch was all about serving up homemade Malaysian dishes that embody a symphony of flavours - spicy, aromatic, pungent, salty & sweet.

To kick off the Malaysian food journey, Li-Yong served up shots of Tea Tarik along side homemade kaya toast sandwiches using lovely loaves of homemade bread.

Photo courtesy of Sous Chef of the day - Kirby Mark (Li-Yong's hubby)!
She then served a starter of Roti Jala (lacy pancakes) with Kari Ayam Kapitan, which is a Nonya style chicken curry - rich, spicy & complex flavours!

Photo courtesy of Sous Chef of the day - Kirby Mark (Li-Yong's hubby!)

To cool the palates after this starter, we served up a refreshing & tangy lemongrass & lime granita.

For the main course Li-Yong whipped up a dish called Nasi Lemak Udang which consisted of spicy sambal prawns served on a bed of coconut & pandan infused rice accompanied by crispy fried anchovies & peanuts, pineapple & cucumber salsa and a soft centred egg - phew, so many flavours, colours & textures!

Crispy fried anchovies & peanuts.
Photo courtesy of Sous Chef Kirby Mark

With tongues on fire, we served another sorbet - this time lychee & coconut flavoured ones...

With our fantastic group of guests engaged in lots of great conversation & laughter, Li-Yong set to work preparing her final course of "deconstructed" banana fritters - bananas pan fried in butter served alongside crunchy buttery crumble, pandan ice cream and a small slice of pandan butter cake with gula melaka syrup drizzled over the top - YUM!

Li-Yong also provided homemade coconut candies for our guests to take home - these candies used to be made by Li-Yong's Mum & Auntie when she was growing up and she recounted waiting excitedly at the kitchen counter waiting for them to come out of the oven ready to munch on. 

So, tummies full of delicious food and new friendships blossoming - those are the signs of a successful brunch!  Well done & a HUGE thank you to Li-Yong & Kirby for such an awesome effort!

Our next brunch - the Domestic Goddess Brunch will take place on Sunday 12th May and promises to be filled with decadent & tasty British treats! To book your place, please email us at

Until then, keep well & happy brunching peeps!

Louise & Mark

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