A fusion of fine food and fashion


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 10 Apr 2003

BY RENEE CHOONG

KUALA LUMPUR: If there’s one event where fine food and fashion meet, it is no other than the KL Fashion Week 2003 at the grand ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. 

On April 23, guests of the Secretaries’ ‘Unplugged!’ luncheon shall savour a sumptuous eight-course Chinese cuisine while enjoying a parade of beautiful clothes by our local designers. 

Mandarin Oriental’s executive Chinese chef, Bong Jun Choi, a Malaysian, has personally concocted the “Essence of Chinese Cuisine” from eight different provinces of China. 

Among the best is the yummy dim sum platter of the Cantonese and Szechuans, superior shark’s fin soup of the Hei Long Jiang province, steamed cod fish with supreme soya sauce of Zhejiang and a heavenly dessert of chilled sea coconut with taros in honey sauce with ginkgo biloba of the Anhui province. 

Bong, who has 25 years’ experience in Chinese cuisine, said the menu would be one of the most comprehensive selections served in one single sitting. 

“We are dishing out the best of what each province is famous for, and we ensure only the purest and freshest ingredients will be used,” said the Hot Wok silver medallist in the 1994 World Chinese Cuisine Spectacular competition. 

FOR THE LUCKY WINNER: Hassing presenting the hotel vouchers to Wong.

His team of over 35 chefs will also be preparing another glorious spread for the gala dinner dubbed “Style & Sensuality” on the same day. 

The elaborate dinner to be held at 8pm is complemented with a fashion show that will feature a catwalk by the renowned Dalian models of 40 Qi Pao (cheongsams).  

As an official hotel for the KL Fashion Week, its general manager Christian Hassing said they were very proud to be associated with the inaugural event and would be working closely with The Star to ensure a memorable occasion for the attendees. 

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur’s involvement includes the sponsorship of suites and deluxe rooms for the overseas fashion designers and their entourage; five lucky draw vouchers for the Secretaries’ ‘Unplugged!’ Luncheon where attendees will stand a chance to win a one-night stay at its Deluxe City View room inclusive of two breakfasts, and a three-day two-night stay at its Park Suite inclusive of daily breakfast for two for one Mix FM lucky listener. 

Hassing presented the vouchers to Star editor for editorial projects Johnni Wong in a ceremony at the hotel premises. 

For enquiries and bookings, call The Star at 03-7967 1388 ext 1431 or access www.thestar.com.my/fashionweek for details.  

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