Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chef Tony's Popcorn

Chef Tony's first popped up in Manila six years ago before spreading across the Philippines and then to Singapore; finally, this premium popcorn is now available for regular customers in KL.

 How to build the perfect popcorn? Start with non-genetically modified U.S. corn grown in Omaha, steer clear of chemicals but scour the world for ingredients like Belgian butter, French herbs and Japanese green tea to flavor your popcorn.

A "small" tub of popcorn that two can happily share starts from nearly RM14 for a basic caramel; other varieties are fun without being over-the-top, including cheddar, white and dark chocolate, mocha, parmesan and cinnamon.

This Belgian Butter, mixed with honey-roasted walnuts, is very nice; biting into it, a distinct taste of corn evolves into a subtle sweetness before exploding into sinful savoriness.


The popcorn tubs are a terrific size for stuffing into a bag and sneaking into a multiplex. Or buy some and bring them to Tate at The Intermark, to nibble on while watching Chaplin movies flicker on the bar's screens and sipping a New York Flip (maker's mark, tawny port, demerara syrup, heavy cream, whole egg).


Kraphao Fragrancy (hendrick's gin, thai basil, lemon juice, sugar, egg white, celery bitters).


Ernest Hemingway's creation and favorite: Death in the Afternoon (absinthe, veuve clicquot yellow label champagne, lemon twist).


Chef Tony's Popcorn is sold at KL's Fahrenheit 88 and Wangsa Walk and in Johor Baru. 


Chef Tony's Gourmet Popcorn,
Second Floor, Fahrenheit 88, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
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38 comments:

  1. Hmmmm...country cheddar sounds nice! How's this compared to Planet Popcorn? :)

    Sneaking in more happiness into Tate I see :p

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    1. Ulric: ohh, hmmm, my personal preference would be for chef tony's. planet popcorn tastes a little too artificial, i feel =) it might have been confucius who said, 'happiness is found at the end of a popcorn tub and the bottom of a martini glass' :D

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    2. Haha...so says d wise-man Sean =)

      Might pop in there today to grab some country cheddar to nom :)

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    3. Ulric: country cheddar should be nice and savory. not sure if i'd go for that one or for parmesan =)

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    4. Ulric: too many calories =)

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  2. interesting to know that pop corn can actually has plenty of flavors, too bad they don't have a outlet in penang, i don't mind to try some despite of their high prices :P

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    1. Ken: here's crossing our fingers that Penang can be their next stop! :D ya, my favorite kinds of popcorn are the salty ones, since I'm not a major fan of sweet popcorn =)

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  3. popcorn seems to be the new milktea!

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    1. KY: too bad popcorn is much less healthy than milk tea. nearly 1,000 calories per small tub, arggh! :D

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  4. I saw Chef Tony's Popcorn at Markets@Jaya One awhile back... when it was first brought in? Haven't seen it in PJ yet (that I know of). There's also a kiosk in KSL City, Johor.

    I say if you enjoy Garrett's uber sweet caramel popcorn, you can never go to others like this or Planet Popcorn.

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    1. Synical: ya, i'm glad they finally have their own permanent kiosk in the klang valley (or at least a long-term one). i like garrett's, but the unpopped corn kernels can be a bit annoying and the super-sweetness and extra-oiliness can be a bit cloying, heh :D

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  5. Rif is so going to try this now that it's here! Hahaha...he's a popcorn freak. :P

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: ooh, i wonder which flavor he'd be targeting! :D

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  6. This is more expensive than popcorn planet @ pavilion.

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    1. Smitten By Food: ooh, i can't recall planet popcorn's prices :D

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  7. Another popcorn brand? I haven't tried Popcorn Planet but somehow, I still prefer the freshly cooked ones like Garrett Popcorns...

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    1. Chong: ya, i was expecting to dislike chef tony's, but it was somehow better than i had expected. give it a shot if you happen to be at bukit bintang ... the airtight tub is very convenient and resealable :D

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  8. if only i read this earlier...then i could have packed bought some of these for this morning's preview of Brave. Hunger pangs hit me halfway through the movie and I only had water to fill in. Aargh!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooh, i usually don't bother with popcorn during movies anymore, cos i'm scared of empty calories (ironic, i know), but chef tony's could have been a nice snack for you. i hope 'brave' was fun. i've read some mixed reviews about it, but i'm looking forward with it! :D

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  9. popcorn is popping everywhere now...
    move over GSC popcorn.. kekekeke..
    But I still have not tried any... afraid that they put plastic to make it so crispy .. kakakaka

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    1. Simple Person: heh, GSC popcorn can be nice for the first few bites, but i usually skip it nowadays whenever i'm watching a movie. i think chef tony's popcorn promises good-quality ingredients though ... no plastic, heheh :D

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  10. What's with gourmet popcorns these days?

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    1. Michelle: they're addictive! and if done well, quite enjoyable, heh =)

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  11. During my highschool 80th aniversary celebration, we made popcorn and sold it in the food fair. I still remember the taste was weird and stale. lol

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    1. CK: ooh, that sounds like a fun experience! and i guess you can still make a profit from selling the popcorn! :D

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  12. I'm amazed that a stall can survive just by selling popcorn! Good on them.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yaaa, hopefully the rental isn't too expensive. hopefully below RM1K per month, heh =)

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  13. sounds even sweeter than it looks. hahaha. No thanks! Do they have salted? I LOVE salted.

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    1. Ciki: you have a salty tooth! I think the cheesy popcorn flavors (Parmesan or cheddar) would be the ones to satisfy ya! :D

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  14. i wanna try is like now...haha the dark n white chocolate is so tempting..

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    1. Cindy: oh yeah, you can also try some free tasting for all the flavors at this popcorn kiosk :D

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  15. I used to bring tubs back while i was working in Manila - they had limited editions flavors as well. Sigh RM30!

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    1. Nekohime: ooh, it's priced a bit cheaper here! for the smaller tubs, the maximum cost is about RM20. i hope you'll find the flavors here as satisfying as the ones in manila :D

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  16. Lol.. and I didn't know that even when I go to Manila almost every month. This is really new!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, remember to get a tub of chef tony's popcorn before your next movie! or maybe you'll be able to find it at manila too during your next trip :D

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  17. Hello.. want to know whether it still selling @Fahrenheit88 until today, coz i really love chef tony and want to bring it back to Indonesia.. thankss

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    1. Stefen: oops, sorry, i'm not sure, i think you'll have to check their facebook page. i do believe they have multiple branches in kl =)

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