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Sunday, January 8, 2017

An Intriguing Culinary Experience at Tiger STREATS featuring Hawker Chan & Chef Jeff Ramsey

Last month on the 17th of December, I was invited to experience the world’s first ‘street food meets fine dining’ culinary collaboration – Tiger STREATS. The exclusive dining experience was held at MH Platinum Warehouse, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur which transformed into a fine dining pop-up restaurant.



This event was a collaboration featured Hawker Chan, of the first hawker stand to win a prestigious Michelin Star – Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore and Jeff Ramsey, former Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel, and current owner and chef of progressive modernist restaurant Babe KL.



Wishing trees were set up at the event for guest to write down their wish and hang them up as they desired.


Here's my wish, can you guest what it means? :D


Entering the fine dining pop-up restaurant. I like how the lighting and the wordings on the wall made it looks kind of mysterious.


Upon entering the dining area, I was amazed. The set up for the pop-up restaurant took us back to the past like how cities like Shanghai or Hong Kong used to look like back then. The way they transformed the entire warehouse into how it looks that night was really something to be praised about.


A very classic children game which made into a wall. Back then we have to pay a certain amount of money to get a number and hope that we will win something nice out of it. Since this is an event from Tiger, everyone get to choose one and pair with another guest in order to win something.


Here are the prizes for the Tikam Wall.


At my table... let's check out the menu below.


We had two appetizers, one main and one dessert. The dessert was a collaboration between Hawker Chan and Chef Ramsey.

Down the Rabbit Hole
Guests were treated to a menu of contrasts by both chefs starting with appetisers by Chef Ramsey called ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ an intriguing take on well-loved local favourites nasi lemak and roti banjir.


Drink me? Sure I will! :D

Laksa Injections
This was followed by ‘Laksa Injections’, tubes packed with the flavours of three types of laksa. This was pretty interesting because most Malaysian would know there's three most popular laksa which came from Penang, Kuching and the Klang Valley.

The Michelin Star famous – Soya Sauce Chicken Rice
Hawker Chan’s signature Chicken Rice was next on the menu, giving the crowd a chance to taste the dish which attracted the attention of the Michelin judges. The chicken was really tender with the balance of sweet and savoury from the soya sauce gravy. If only there's blended chilli condiments provided and the rice was cooked with ginger, garlic and chicken broth… it would probably be the perfect chicken rice!

Two Makes a Blossom
Those with a sweet tooth found delight in the dessert, a collaboration between Hawker Chan and Chef Ramsey called ‘Two Makes a Blossom’. This culinary masterpiece, created exclusively for Tiger STREATS, featured an aromatic combination of Asian pears with a rosewater and honey mousse that enhanced the homely taste of the classic flower jelly. Fermented Roselle and its syrup coupled with a mint garnishing topped off this breezy dessert.

Glutinous rice with duck meat
Guests were in for another surprise when the hawker stations were revealed, offering everyone more food to enjoy. Prepared by renowned food establishments in Malaysia – Tujo Bar-sserie & Grill, Chocha Foodstores, Hoppers, and Inside Scoop – the hawker stations carried contemporary interpretations of local street food where guests were able to have a bite of traditional food with a touch of modernity.

Toasted bread with pandan and brown sugar ice-cream.

Deep fried cempedak ice-cream
Apom with chicken rendang



Yee Sang
As the night went on, guests were presented with an unexpected Tiger STREATS inspired Yee Sang dish in conjunction with the commencement of Tiger Beer’s Chinese New Year 2017 campaign. Prepared with a new twist on tradition to kick off the new lunar year, the Yee Sang dish was filled with unexpected ingredients such as dried prawn crackers and satay sauce for added abundance and prosperity in the year ahead.

Rozella and Son of a Policeman performed at Tiger STREATS
Alongside the great food, there were also some amazing performances by Tiger Jams finalists, Rozella and Son of a Policeman, to keep the crowd entertained. Engagement activities and games were also conducted to make the night a memorable one for guests.

Commenting on the event, Tiger Beer Marketing Manager, Jessie Chuah said, “It is an honour to have two renowned chefs as part of our Tiger STREATS campaign and to see food lovers from all walks of life sitting together around the table, making unexpected new connections. Having scrumptious food accompanied by ice cold Tiger brews just adds to the celebration.”

(Left) Hawker Chan and Chef Ramsey posing for the camera at the photo wall.
It was definitely a night to remember with delightful variety of food, nice performances, great set up, awesome beer and wonderful company. It did leave a good impression for me in 2016 despite all the bad news which has occurred. Anyway, do check out more photos at my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CleverMunkey.

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.: Peace Out :.
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