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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Gourmet South Australia: A food fair of South Australia's mouthwatering bounty, making a Malaysian debut


Verdant plains where crops have been cultivated since the 1850s, where wheat and farming sheep abound, earning a reputation as South Australia's breadbasket. Rugged, cool-climate hills, a land of honey that's home to hundreds of species of native bees. The Adelaide Central Market, a hub of food and culture, one of the Southern Hemisphere's largest undercover markets, selling a million kilograms of produce monthly.


At a time when these scenes are beyond our reach, the new Gourmet South Australia food fair promises a ticket for your tastebuds to travel.

The fair will run for nearly two weeks, with 14 brands making their first-ever appearance in Malaysia, available for a limited time only.

Many of these are family-founded businesses that have endured the test of decades. All are nurtured in a clean, green and sustainable environment, for discerning customers who seek the best of South Australia's natural bounty. 

The Gourmet South Australia food fair will run at these locations:
Isetan KLCC and Isetan Lot 10, from 23 September to 5 October.
AEON One Utama, AEON Bukit Tinggi, and AEON Queensbay Mall, from 23 September to 6 October.

Visitors to Gourmet South Australia will experience everything from organic vegetables and sustainably caught tuna to raw honey, premium gelato and extra virgin almond oil.

Gourmet South Australia is an initiative by the Department for Trade and Investment, led by the Government of South Australia. Products at the fair contain no pork or alcohol. 

Gourmet South Australia graciously furnished us with a sneak peek of the pleasures of the fair. 

Here are some healthful highlights.

From the fertile soils of Adelaide Plains, Rainbow Fresh is run by the Giangregorio family, who've been growing vegetables since the 1970s, from paddock to plate on a 300-acre property,

Thanks to a Mediterranean-style climate that fosters extended cultivating sessions, Rocket Fresh's gorgeous greens - including the Wild Rocket, Mesculin Mix and Baby Spinach - boast high nutrients, robust flavours and an exceptional shelf life. 

Perfect as the foundation for a fantastic salad - we recommend pairing the rocket with South Australian cherry tomatoes, plus some walnuts and pear, oranges or peach!

Straight from Adelaide Central Market, Lucia’s Fine Foods’ tomato-based products are handmade in small batches during Australia's summer months, when tomatoes are at their fresh, flavourful prime. 

Your pastas and pizzas will be beautifully transformed by these classic sauces, including the Premium Passata or the Tomatoes and Fresh Basil Pasta Sauce, a completely gluten-free tomato purée, and the Pizza Sauce, based on a treasured Italian recipe that dates back to the 19th century.

Fun fact: The late founder Lucia Rosella moved to Adelaide with her husband and two daughters in 1956, leaving her small village within driving distance of Naples. Her grandchildren now continue her legacy.

From Adelaide Hills, where koalas and kangaroos roam the wildlife parks, comes Buzz Honey, producing multiple award-winning honeys, pure and pristine, 100% raw and hand-selected.

From the eucalyptus Blue Gum honey to the aromatically citrusy Orange Blossom to the herbaceous Meadow of Limestone Coast, these are irresistible for honey bears and human enthusiasts alike!

Buzz Honey's non-heat-treated honey retains its unique flavours, natural enzymes and wholesome properties thanks to a cold-press, chemical-free extraction.

Healthy Garden Australia headlines its own factory in Pooraka, specialising in porridge products, GMO-free with no preservatives, artificial colours or flavouring. 

Check out the Quick Oats, made with meticulously selected Australian wholegrain rolled oats, exuding all-round quality, creaminess and smoothness, laced with Manuka honey in convenient sachets that can be transformed into a meal in 90 seconds. Have it on its own or in a smoothie bowl topped with dragonfruit!

Adelaide-based Nature’s Delight has been run by the Capobianco family since 1976, honing the craft of drying, roasting, salting, spicing, coating and mixing its range of nuts, dried fruits, confections and snacks.

For guilt-free snacking, munch on crunchy corn chips in flavours like Zesty Lime and Chilli, washed down with a caffeine-free Organic Beetroot Latte that's loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and plant compounds for digestive health.

Gelista is only 12 years old, but it has rapidly become recognised as Australia's leading brand of luxury artisanal gelato, made with traditional Italian equipment to craft the smoothest texture possible, relying on ingredients by South Australian producers. 

Fun flavours include Chocolate Almond Fudge (made with dairy-free chocolate, with almond pieces and a chocolate sauce swirl), Salted Caramel with Crunchy Toffee Pieces, and Peppermint Double Choc (made with natural peppermint oil sourced from an Australian family-owned producer).

Peel & Tonic loves to liven things up, harnessing South Australian fruits to help elevate beverages to the next level, with no added sugars or preservatives.

Its pouches of dehydrated fruits promise plenty of pop, making for a brilliant beverage garnish, lending sparkle to everything from cocktails to cheese boards. Double down on the Opulent Orange or the Lavish Lemon, made of 100% lemon. 

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Satuu, Setapak




Satuu might be Setapak’s one and only home-based cafe, founded by baker Syahir, helmed by barista Zaidi, in a corner-house exterior that blends classic and contemporary cultural charm with a laid-back neighbourhood friendliness.


Syahir’s cakes are fairly priced, fresh and moist, with the right balance of sweetness and flavour. The Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake is luscious, caramelised comfort (RM10), while the Butter Bundt Cake is light-crumbed and bright-tasting, beautifully fit for a royal tea (RM8).

Zaidi makes a satisfying latte (RM8) too, pleasingly aromatic and creamy-textured, worth a short 15-minute drive from the city centre. 


Satuu

2 Jalan Mata Ayer, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 9am-430pm.

This post first appeared on eatdrinkkl.com

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Juugatsu Ten, Sri Petaling: A premium omakase experience, in the restaurant or at home

Juugatsu Ten introduces the omakase experience to Sri Petaling, offering exquisite Japanese ingredients in an elegant space with a dedicated sushi bar that seats only up to eight patrons per session.

Juugatsu Ten's fleet of skilled chefs harnesses ingredients sourced directly from Japan throughout three omakase selections: Shun: (RM488++), Takumi (RM668++) and Tenshin (RM900-1000++).

Juugatsu's omakase is available daily, 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-7:30pm and 8pm-10pm.

The omakase feasts showcase a parade of seasonal specialities, spanning appetisers to sashimi and sushi, plus cooked dishes, soup and dessert.

For prime indulgence, choose the Tenshin menu, which boasts five appetisers, five seasonal slices of sashimi, chef-recommended simmered, grilled and fried dishes, chawanmushi, six pieces of premium nigiri sushi, soup and special dessert - it's an extensive exploration of delightful delicacies!

Juugatsu Ten's omakase courses are beautifully prepared and presented, a treat for the eyes and the palate. Feel free to let Juugatsu Ten's friendly team know if you have specific preferences - perhaps you really want some gorgeously grilled fish, or the restaurant's signature wagyu beef with truffle sauce, or a caviar-sprinkled creation for a starter.

It's worth visiting simply for the omakase sushi - masterworks that transform classic and contemporary elements into mouthwatering morsels!

True to the spirit of omakase, the chefs ultimately determine exactly what to serve, depending on the freshest-flown coveted catch of the season, with seafood galore to satisfy your cravings, from creamy Hokkaido uni to a multitude of molluscs and fish, plus potentially crabs or other crustaceans.


To complete and complement your meal, choose from a curation of sake by respected brewers like Hakkaisan and Yamamoto - sip slowly to savour the nuances of each sake.


Prefer to enjoy at home? Juugatsu Ten also offers four varieties of Omiyage Premium Bento, box sets bursting with extraordinary ensembles.

The Kaze (RM430) comes closest to an omakase, layered with six seasonal raw specialities, relying on what's best at the restaurant everyday - it's the perfect pick if you want to be pleasantly surprised.

If you're seeking a sumptuous spread of seafood, order the spectacular Mizu (RM580), comprising fish such as kinmedai, madai, shime saba and akami, bolstered by unagi, hotate and botan ebi, rounded out with ikura and kinshi tamago - the greatest hits of the Japanese genre.

The Hika (RM340) is equally striking, elaborately colourful, highlighted by Western influences, partnering angel hair pasta with kani tsume and black truffles, with no lack of top-flight Japanese ingredients such as aori ika, hotate, kuruma ebi, mentaiko and ikura.

If your household is filled with beef enthusiasts, share the excitement with your family by ordering the Tsuchi (RM420), with thick, succulent slices of Wagyu beef, supported by angel hair pasta, black truffles and egg.

All in all, Juugatsu Ten offers a luxurious take on Japanese cuisine, whether you're at their sushi bar or in the comfort of your dining room. Text them at 013-772-0010 for reservations or enquiries.

Juugatsu Ten
42, Jalan Radin Bagus 3, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur. 

This post first appeared on eatdrinkkl.com