AS FAR as food courts go, the best thing about it is the variety of choices at our disposal.
Taking the communal dining setting concept a notch further is Tiffin Food Court, a gastronomic playground to treat diners to the latest food offerings by restaurateurs and aspiring cooks.
Until Oct 21, this eight-week-long food fiesta is being held at a disused warehouse in Petaling Jaya, behind Gasket Alley in Section 13.
While regular food courts have designated hawker stalls serving mostly local Asian cuisine, the vendors at Tiffin Food Court are the “pop-ups” of well-known chefs and cooks wanting to test culinary waters.
In addition, Tiffin Food Court is hosting four new restaurants previewing menus to the public for the first time.
MyBurgerLab is debuting its latest venture Pizza Lab and Boba Lab – a new pizzeria and bubble tea cafe. Restaurateur Liang of WhupWhup has his latest creation, Ngouu, offering unique twists on local staples such as nasi lejen, Klang-Tong Rice and Mee StaBombastic.
Also making its first appearance in the Klang Valley culinary scene is Jun Chan of Bowls of Steel – a “Malaysian-ised” noodle bar with local flavours sourced from all over Malaysia.
In the line-up are Asian Food Channel host and executive chef of Define: Food chef Malcolm Goh, who serves an eclectic menu, as well as others such as The Bowling Club sports bar and restaurant, Shawarma King, Define:Burgers, LI Restaurant, Pulp by Papa Palhelta, Aunty Manju’s, BoozEat, Lucky Cuisine, Nachoslah, Mom’s BBQ KL, and Softsrve.
The man behind Tiffin Food Court is Adrian Yap, the chief executive officer and founder of media company Freeform Sdn Bhd, and festival director of Urbanscapes Festival, who wanted to venture into events and the food and beverage scene.
“The concept of gathering a nice selection of food under one roof started two years ago, where the intention was to hold it over a weekend.
“But the challenge was getting the vendors to come on board for such a short duration, so we extended the time frame to eight weeks like the current one,” he said.
Any given day, there are 16 vendors at Tiffin Food Court and there are 50 of them participating in the entire duration of the event that started on Aug 30.
“There is no set theme, just global cuisine great for sharing that doesn’t cost more than RM25 for each portion.
“Malaysians are well-exposed to different cuisines and they like to try new things, so people can expect something interesting every week,” Yap added.
The 12,000sq ft warehouse lot hosts food stalls that serve pork-free food.
For the payment method, Yap has engaged a cashless system using the e-wallet Boost app.
“Many establishments are using this cashless system whereby people just need to download the app and scan to pay using the QR code,” he said.
Yap added that the next Tiffin Food Court event would be held in January or February next year, and they might extend the duration to 12 weeks.
Diners will also be entertained by various deejays who will spin different tunes every week.
Tiffin Food Court is open from Thursdays to Sundays from 5pm until late, at Lot 15, Jalan 13/6, Section 13, Petaling Jaya. Admission if free.
The full list of vendors is available at www.tiffin.my
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